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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 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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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, December 29th, 2014 and filed under Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Prospective patients spend a lot of much needed time and energy finding the right Plastic Surgeon and discussing the vast options of the procedure itself, but what about after the procedure? It’s important to keep in mind that, as with any type of surgery, complications may arise that could require an overnight stay. Generally speaking, however, Breast Augmentation patients are kept for a few hours following the procedure to be monitored while they come out of anesthesia and then are allowed to go and rest in the comfort of their home. You will need someone to drive you home, though, so you will need to arrange for that prior to the procedure.

In some cases, for whatever reason, a patient may not want or feel comfortable recovering at home immediately after the procedure and some facilities offer specialized Recovery Suites for those who desire this option. This is not standard, however, so if you are interested in this option, you will want to check if the facility offers this option or not.

Breast Augmentation Recovery varies from patient to patient and in the weeks following your procedure you will have check-up appointments to track your progress and make sure that you are recovering properly.

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Posted Monday, December 22nd, 2014 and filed under Breast Augmentation Questions.

Finding Your Best Breast

The important thing to remember when considering any kind of Breast Augmentation is that Jen’s “best breasts” may not be Mary’s “best breasts,” and so forth. So, how do you choose the best procedure to achieve the best breasts for you?

With many choices out there, between the plethora of surgeons, kinds of implants- saline, silicone, textured, smooth and incision point, it can be a very overwhelming decision.

Having a clear idea of what you want the end result to look and feel like is a great first step to achieving it. Keep in mind that no one else’s opinion about your procedure is as important as your own, along with your chosen Board Certified Surgeon. Each patient’s experience is uniquely their own. To begin planning your procedure, be sure to check out our FAQ page and submit questions of your own!

We are always here for you as your primary resource for all Breast Augmentation related news, Doctor referrals and more!

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Posted Monday, December 1st, 2014 and filed under Breast Procedures.

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.

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