Breast Augmentation Blog from Breast Implants USA

Breast Implant Sizing Options

When considering a Breast Augmentation there are many factors to take into account. The most important of which is the plastic surgeon who will be performing the procedure. Once you find the right plastic surgeon, your work is half done. They will help assist you make the best decisions for you every step along the way. One of the decisions is breast implant sizing. Often patients have an idealized letter size in their head, “I want to be a D!” There is much more to take into consideration, however. Patients come in all shapes and sizes and what may work for one, won’t necessarily work for another. A “C” on Mary may be equivalent to a “D” on Sandy or a “B” on Cary. So, it’s important to go into a consultation with both an idea of the results you desire as well as an open mind. Your plastic surgeon will help you feel, see, and understand what various implants may feel and look like on you and he or she will likely be able to make a qualified recommendation on what they feel will give you the results you want.

Got questions? We’re here to help! Head on over to our Ask An Expert page to submit your question! If you are ready for an in person consultation, use our handy guide to map out the qualified plastic surgeon nearest you! Good luck!

Tags: , ,

Posted Monday, September 15th, 2014 and filed under Implant Sizing.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast Augmentation recovery varies from patient to patient and unforeseen complications are always a possibility in any surgery which may require an overnight stay. In the average scenario, however, patients generally will stay at the facility being monitored for a few hours as the anesthesia wears off and then are able to go home for the remainder of their recovery. You must have someone to drive you after the procedure, which is something you will need to plan ahead for.

Some facilities offer unique, special Recovery Suites for patients who would prefer to recover in the suites versus at their homes. Not all facilities offer this, so if this is a priority for you, you will want to make these arrangements prior to your procedure as well.

During your recovery period, you will have regular check-ups with your Plastic Surgeon to ensure that you are healing properly. As always, talk to your Plastic Surgeon to get a better idea of what you specifically may expect and remember that if at any time  during your recovery period you have pain, questions or feel unsure of if you should call your Plastic Surgeon, always air on the side of precaution.

Tags: ,

Posted Saturday, August 30th, 2014 and filed under Breast Augmentation Questions.

Breast Reconstruction Through Implants, Latissimus Flap, or TRAM FLAP

There is no way to prepare yourself for the loss of one or both breasts due to cancer or other illness. When a piece of your body is taken from you, it is only natural to go through all stages of grieving. The healing process, both physically and emotionally, follows no set time line and is unique to each patient. Many women find strength in making reconstructive decisions. Today there are many different options available for women following the removal of one or both breasts, and while no one answer is best for all, for some women, a Reconstructive Breast Surgery may be the right option.

Do you have questions about Breast Implants? Ask an expert!

Most Plastic Surgeons work personally with each patient, discussing the pros and cons and how they specifically apply to each individual patient’s needs, goals and desires to create the best plan for them. When considering a Breast Reconstructive Surgery, there are three main types of reconstructive procedures you will be presented with. These are: an implant based reconstruction, a Latissimus flap reconstruction, and a TRAM flap reconstruction.

To discuss your options for Breast Reconstruction, contact a board certified plastic surgeon in your area today.

Moving from Saline to Silicone – Why some women are considering the upgrade

The numbers are in, between 2007 and 2008 the percentage of  women choosing silicone implants over saline implants has increased by 1/3.  Full FDA approval was not available for Silicone implants until 2006. The women that underwent breast augmentation pre-FDA approval of Silicone, were left with no choices other than Saline. Luckily, those women aren’t stuck and the upgrade is fairly easy.

As noted at americanhealthandbeauty.com, the transition to silicone after having saline is made easier since the pocket for the implant already exists. In most cases, the implant swap can be completed in less than an hour and patients are able to return to work the next day. As with any procedure, individual results vary and consultation with your cosmetic surgeon are necessary to determine the best plan for your implant upgrade.

Saline implants were the only option for women 5 years ago. While some were pleased with their results, others were left with a “rippled” look and dissatisfied with the “water balloon” feel. The Silicone implant gives these women an option of keep their implants but improve the effect. The new Silicone implants are described as being more realistic, feeling more like natural breast tissue.

The concerns of pre-1990 silicone implants was the safety of the implant and the possibility of silicone leaking into the body. The new silicone implants have the consistency of a jelly bean and are much less likely to rupture and were designed not to “leak”. The warranty of saline implants should cover the upgrade to the new silicone implants should your old saline implant rupture. Even without the warranty, the cost of the upgrade may be less than you imagine.

If you are unhappy with your saline implants, it may  be worth a consultation with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your individual options. Let Breast Implants USA help you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in breast implant upgrades.

Breast Augmentation: What Size Breast Implants Should I Get?

When a woman decides to undergo Breast Augmentation, she faces an important choice: Breast Implant Size. And while there is plenty of advice out there regarding this choice, in the end it is a very personal decision.

As with most medical decisions, you and your doctor know best. According to Salt Lake City Board Certified Plastic Surgeon M. Kirk Moore, MD:

No matter the size and shape that you choose for your implants, your body needs to be able to support them over time. Your doctor must be able to advise you of the best way to achieve the look that you want.

That means: don’t get too caught up in the size of the breast implants until you consult with your surgeon. Starting from this solid foundation, you are much more likely to be pleased with your results.

As for the do-it-yourself, homemade ways to find your size? Feel free to give those a shot and be ready to show your doctor how you’d like to look. Again, keep in mind that the two of you together will have to translate your goals into an actual breast implant size.

Your desires combined with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon’s expertise gives the best opportunity for a positive outcome.
spy software for android

Posted Sunday, July 13th, 2014 and filed under Implant Sizing.

Silicone Implants Replacing Saline Implants?

Women are choosing silicone implants over saline implants more and more these days.  Full FDA approval was not available for Silicone implants until 2006. The women that underwent breast augmentation pre-FDA approval of Silicone, were left with no choices other than Saline. Luckily, those women aren’t stuck and the upgrade is fairly easy. In most cases, the implant swap can be completed in less than an hour and patients are able to return to work the next day. As with any procedure, individual results vary and consultation with your cosmetic surgeon are necessary to determine the best plan for your implant upgrade.

Saline implants were the only option for women a few years ago. While some were pleased with their results, others were left with a “rippled” look and dissatisfied with the “water balloon” feel. The Silicone implant gives these women an option of keep their implants but improve the effect. The new Silicone implants are described as being more realistic, feeling more like natural breast tissue.

If you are unhappy with your saline implants, it may  be worth a consultation with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your individual options. Let Breast Implants USA help you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in breast implant upgrades.

What you Can Expect After Your Implant Procedure

Women who are considering breast augmentation often have a number of questions to ask their cosmetic surgeon. The majority of the questions asked prior to surgery involve the best implant options to meet their individual body goals and what to expect during the procedure. There are a number of women who don’t think to ask post op questions until they are, well, post op. Breast Implants USA has outlined what can be expected after breast augmentation.

First week after breast implant surgery: In the first couple days following your implant procedure you can expect to experience moderate pain. This pain is generally managed well with medication but many will continue to be sore and uncomfortable. Cold compresses are often recommended in the first 48 hours after surgery.  In the first week, your bandages and gauze will be removed and replaced with a supportive bra to help the breasts heal. If at all possible, it is very helpful to have a friend or family member stay with you during the first week.

Second week after breast implant surgery: After the first week of recover, some women are able to return to work. Women who’s job involves strenuous activity or heavy lifting should not return to work until their surgeon gives the thumbs up to do so. If you have stitches needing removal, this generally takes place 7 to 10 days after the procedure. At this time your breasts may continue to be sore. Pain should be easily managed with medication.Your implants may appear to be sitting rather high. This is common and over time they will begin to settle.

Week three and beyond: Your breasts will continue to be sensitive weeks after your implant procedure. Some women experience swelling that can last a month or more. Most women are able to resume exercise activity after a month assuming breasts are no longer sensitive and no other complications have arose. As time passes, the implants will begin to settle into their final position. This process may take several weeks.

It is important for women to follow their post op instructions very carefully. Your surgeon knows your medical history and the details of your procedure. Closely following your surgeons post op directions are the best chance at a speedy risk free recovery. If you have any concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you have or address any concerns.

Tags: , , ,

Posted Thursday, July 10th, 2014 and filed under Education.

Saline or Silicone? Understanding Your Breast Implant Options

saline-vs-siliconeIf you are considering breast augmentation you are no doubt trying to determine if Saline or Silicone implants are right for you. Saline and Silicone implants are currently the only breast implants approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Gummy Bear implants, a type of silicone-filled implant with a thicker filling, hence the term “Gummy Bear”, is currently under investigation and may soon provide another implant option for women undergoing breast augmentation. Below you will find a guide designed to help you better understand the risks and benefits of both saline and silicone implants so you are prepared to ask the right questions during your breast augmentation consultation.

1) Saline-filled Breast Implants: Saline implants are silicone shells filled with a sterile saline water, or salt water. Saline implants come in two shells, smooth and textured and two ‘shapes’, round or tear dropped shaped. Saline breast implants are also available in low and high profiles, and in many sizes. Saline implants are usually inserted into the breast empty and then filled with the solution to the size the patient desires.

The minimum age for getting saline breast implants is 18, unless the implants are needed for reconstructive purposes. Young women under the age of 18 are discouraged from undergoing cosmetic breast augmentation as they may have not reached physical maturity or have matured enough mentally to make an informed decision.

Benefits: Less threatening to your health should one rupture. If an implant does rupture, the patient will know immediately. More incision options including Transumbilical or TUBA. Smaller incision needed to insert the implant.

Downfalls: Should an implant rupture, the woman will have one or both breasts that appear deflated and will need immediate attention to restore a normal appearance. Greater chance of rippling or wrinkling. This is often considered the greatest downfall of saline implants. Often described as feeling like a water balloon.

2) Silicone Breast Implants: Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel. Silicone implants have evolved dramatically over the years from a very thin, oily silicone substance to the current silicone gel used today. This improved gel decreases the risk that the silicone will leak out of the shell should it rupture. There may be another silicone option in the near future. The FDA is currently reviewing clinical trial data on a highly cohesive silicone gel that has the consistency often described as that of a gummy bear.

The minimum recommended age for silicone implants is 22. The higher minimum age is required due to the risks associated with silicone-filled implants. While there are risks also associated with saline implants, the FDA feels that the risks associated with silicone implants is greater therefore they require a greater level of maturity.

Benefits: Most natural feeling implants. Generally smoother and softer to the touch. Less likely to wrinkle or ripple than saline implants. If a Silicone implant ruptures the woman will not see a physical difference for some time if at all.

Downfall: MRIs needed every 2 years to detect ruptured implants. Larger incision needed to insert the implant since it is solid to begin with rather than being filled once inside the body like saline implants.
Neither silicone or saline implants are universally considered right for everyone. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is the only way to determine which implant is right for you. Need help finding a board certified plastic surgeon in your area? Breast Implants USA offers women an easy to use surgeon finder. Click here to begin your search. Select your state from the list and then the region closest to you. You will then be given a list of surgeon profiles of board certified plastic surgeons in your area. In these profiles you will find patient testimonials, surgeon credentials, before and after photos of real patients and so much more.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer have many option today for breast reconstruction. It can be an overwhelming and confusing time and it’s important to find a qualified, board certified Plastic Surgeon who has the experience necessary to be able to guide you through your options. There is no one size fits all option in Breast Reconstruction, it about each patient’s individual needs and goals. This is something you will need to speak to your Plastic Surgeon about in depth. It can be helpful to view their previous Breast Reconstruction Before and After photos to get an idea of what kind of aesthetic each option offers.

You can find a board certified Plastic Surgeon near you by using our Plastic Surgeon Locator. On our featured Plastic Surgeon’s profiles you’ll be able to read about their education and philosophy, the procedures they offer, view pictures and more. Find your Plastic Surgeon today.

Tags:

Posted Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 and filed under Breast Procedures, Breast Reconstruction.

Breast Implant Options – Understanding Low, Moderate, or High Profile Breast Implants

ImplantProfilesVerticalOne of the less talked about breast implant options is the profile. There are three implant profile types: low, moderate and high. The profile of the implant you choose will impact the appearance of your implants. The profile is what determines how far the implant protrudes from your chest wall. Selecting a profile can be complicated as it not only based on your desired look but also the size of your current breasts and your overall body shape. Your board certified plastic surgeon will help you determine which profile is right for you.

Low Profile Implants: Low profile implants project the least amount. Low profile implants are generally considered best for women with wider frames.

Moderate Profile Implants: Moderate profile implants are the standard implant that projects a predetermined amount per measurement of base diameter.

Moderate Plus Profile Implants: Mentor Corp., one of the two companies that manufacture FDA-approved breast implant products, offers the moderate plus profile. The moderate plus profile offers more forward projection than the moderate profile, but less projection than high profile implants.

High Profile Implants: High profile implants offer the most forward projection out of all of the profile types. High profile breast implants are typically recommended to women who have narrow chests. And additional benefit, high profile implants are less prone to visible rippling.

Advances in breast implant products allow plastic surgeons to choose the implant size and projection that will best suit the patient’s body type and provide the most natural looking result. If you are interested in breast augmentation, contact a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. They will help you determine which profile is right for you as well as explain the other implant options available.

Need help finding a board certified plastic surgeon? Breast Implants USA offers an easy to use surgeon finder complete with surgeon profiles allowing you to ‘interview’ multiple surgeons in one place. Our surgeon profiles give users an in depth look at the surgeons credentials, patient testimonials, before and after photos and so much more.

Blog Home

Recent Posts

Recent Archives

Categories

Past Blog Archives

Follow Us on Facebook
Breast Implants USA
Facebook Fan Page