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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.

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Posted Saturday, June 20th, 2015 and filed under Implant Sizing.

Round or Teardrop Implants – What’s the Difference?

roundVteardropImplantsThere are a number of options women must weigh when considering breast augmentation. Some of the options are more obvious like the decision between saline or silicone. Others options patients don’t even know exist until their breast augmentation consultation. Women are often surprised to hear that they have options when it comes to the shape of their implant. Breast Implants USA explains the differences between teardrop implants and round implants.

Teardrop Implants: Teardrop implants are contoured and are considered the most anatomical. They are shaped like a natural breast and create a sloped shape when placed over the chest muscles. While these are the most natural looking breast implants, it takes a skilled plastic surgeon to ensure they are placed properly. If you are interested in teardrop implants, be sure to ask your board certified plastic surgeon if he or she has experience with these types of implants and ask to see photos of other patients that have received this type of implant.

Benefit: Teardrop implants are the most natural looking implant

Downfall: If the pocket for the teardrop implant is not created correctly, there is a risk that the implant may flip over leaving the breast looking misshaped.

Round Implants: Round implants are used to give women that “Victoria Secret” look. Round implants are the most common implants as they generally give women the most lift, fullness and cleavage. Certain types of round implants can also enhance the forward projection of the breasts. Some women however, feel that round implants are too artificial looking. Women with large implants report that others ‘know’ they have had breast augmentation.

Benefit: Creates full breasts with the greatest amount of cleavage. If they flip or turn in their pocket the shape of the breasts stays the same.

Downfall: appears more artificial than teardrop implants

Ultimately, the decision as to which shape implant is right for you is largely based on the look you are trying to achieve. During your implant consultation, your surgeon will help you determine which shape implant is right for you by closely listening to your desires for breast augmentation and showing you a number of before and after photos of women who have opted for either round or teardrop implants.

Breast Implants USA has a complete breast augmentation before and after photo gallery available. Narrow down the photos you would like to see by before and after cup size or by city, state, or zip. Narrowing down the before and after procedures by location allows you to view photos of patients who have used breast implant surgeons in your area. Each photo is labeled with implant information and a few details about the patient. These extra details will allow you to find a woman with a similar build to your own so you can get a better idea of what you would look like after breast augmentation.

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Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 and filed under Breast Augmentation Questions.

Saline VS Silicone Implants

When you are considering undergoing a breast augmentation, there will be many decisions you will have to make. Aside from the right Plastic Surgeon, the next most important decision you will make will likely be whether to go with saline or silicon implants. Each material has it’s own pros and cons to consider and your Plastic Surgeon can be an extremely valuable guide in helping you to determine which would be best for you.

The decision between saline and silicone is a personal one and there is no right or wrong answer. Here at Breast Implants USA we want to help our readers make informed decisions by making reliable information available to them. You can read our comprehensive Saline VS. Silicone, Size and Shape page for all the info you need. Still have questions or are ready to schedule your consultation? We’ve got that covered too. Ask an expert your question or find and schedule a consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon near you.

Breast Implants USA understands that finding the right board certified plastic surgeon can be difficult. Just as we have simplified silicone and saline implant facts, we have made finding a board certified plastic surgeon a process that takes just a few clicks of the mouse.

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Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015 and filed under Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery – You Have Options

The diagnosis of breast cancer is something that no one hopes to hear, but unfortunately the facts are that 1.3 Million women word wide every year hear that diagnosis. Some women will lose one or both breasts to the disease. While simply surviving cancer is something to celebrate, going on without your breasts can be a tremendous loss. Women who lose one or both breasts have more options today than ever before and while there is no one right answer for everyone,  for some women a Breast Augmentation is the best option for breast reconstruction and to help restore confidence.

There are a few different breast reconstruction options for women who’ve had a mastectomy. The best of these options will be decided upon between you and your Plastic Surgeon depending on your specific situation and the results you wish to achieve. To find a board certified Plastic Surgeon in your area, use our Plastic Surgeon locator.

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Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 and filed under Breast Reconstruction.

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.

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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.

Surgery Day: What to Expect

That day circled in red on your calender has finally come. What can you expect? Hopefully, you will have gone over all of this with your plastic surgeon prior to this day, but let’s re-cap the basics of what to expect on Surgery Day.

When get there, they will check you in and get you comfortable. Your Plastic Surgeon is going to mark the decided incision points on your breasts with a marker. You are going to be put under anesthesia, which feels a little like falling asleep. Your breasts will also be numbed locally. Once you are fully under the anesthesia and numbed, your Plastic Surgeon will make the incisions. Then, he will use a cautery device which will open and separate the breast incision and the breast tissue. Your Plastic Surgeon will continue going deeper until they get to the pectoralis muscle where they will create a space for the implant. This space will either be under the breast tissue but above the muscle, or partially or fully under the muscle, depending on what you and your Plastic Surgeon have discussed.

The next step is actually placing the implants. If you decided on saline implants, they will be placed and then filled. If you chose silicone, they will simply be placed. The Plastic Surgeon will make sure they are symmetrical and natural looking and any final adjustments that need to be made will be made to ensure the most positive outcome. Once it all looks good, the Plastic Surgeon will suture the incisions closed. In some cases, a surgical drain may be placed in each breast to help drain fluid, but that’s not always necessary. Finally, the breasts will be bandaged and a compression garment is usually given to be worn in the upcoming weeks of recovery which will help to reduce fluid build up, swelling and will support you as you heal.

You will likely wake up in a recovery room, where nurses and your Plastic Surgeon will be checking up on you as you come out of the anesthesia. You will need to have scheduled in advance to have someone pick you up and drive you home as you will still be a little out of it for the rest of the day. In some facilities, they offer recovery suites for people who would prefer to stay there while recovering than at home. If this is a priority for you, you will want to ensure your facility offers this and arrange for this service in advance.

Every procedure and every patient brings unique challenges and no two surgeries are alike. In rare exceptions, you may need to stay overnight. Be sure to discuss every possibility and risk with your Plastic Surgeon ahead of time so that you can know exactly just what you can expect on Surgery Day.

Moving from Saline to Silicone Implants

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, 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 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.


Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 and filed under Breast Procedures, Breast Reconstruction.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Do you know what to expect in the days, weeks and months following the procedure? A Breast Augmentation recovery may be different from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors. While your plastic surgeon will do everything to make sure things go smoothly, as with any surgery there is always a risk of complications which may make the recovery period more strenuous and even mean an overnight stay. Generally, however, this is not the issue.

Some patients may prefer, for whatever reason, not to recover at home and for these people, in some facilities, there are special Recovery Suites in which patients can stay in and be attended to. This is not an option in every facility, so be sure to check if the facility you are having your procedure done at offers this and make the arrangements in advance.

It is normal during recovery to have some slight pain, swelling, and bruising. As you recover you will have regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon to make sure that everything is healing as it should. If you are in pain or have bleeding or are unsure if something is normal, contact your doctor immediately. It’s always best to air on the side of safety. You’re recovery will continue to progress over the following weeks and months and eventually you won’t need to wear your compression garment any more and can enjoy your new breasts in full.

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.

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Posted Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 and filed under Education.

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