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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.

Saline vs. Silicone – What Implants are Right for You?

There are many options to weigh when considering breast augmentation starting with what type of implant will produce the best results for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both saline and silicone implants. Breast Implants USA has gathered some of the most common questions and a few breast implant facts to help you better understand the differences and the pros and cons of saline and silicone implants.

Click here to learn about the pros and cons of saline and silicone breast implants.

saline-vs-siliconeDetermining what type of implants is best for you is a decision that should be made along side your board certified plastic surgeon. Neither Saline or Silicone implants are universally considered better for all patients. There are many factors that come into play when making the decision as to which implant is right for you. Going into your breast augmentation consultation with an open mind will help in ultimately producing the results you desire.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss what your plastic surgery goals are. Your age and health are both things that will be taken into consideration when choosing saline or silicone implants as each implant requires different long term maintenance and has different health risks. Patient safety is always the number one concern of a board certified plastic surgeon and they will do their best to meet your breast implant goals while always keeping your health safety in mind.

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.

Click here to begin your search for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area

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 Monday, October 27th, 2014 and filed under Breast Reconstruction.

Smooth Breast Implants vs Textured Breast Implants

Once you have made the decision to undergo breast augmentation, there are many implant options to be considered. During your breast augmentation consultation, your surgeon will discuss all of your options including implant texture. In some cases, depending on the shape of the implant you choose, you may not have a texture option but your surgeon should tell you what texture you are getting.

There are two breast implant surfaces available: smooth and textured. Smooth breast implants feel like the outside of a balloon. Textured implants feel somewhat like sandpaper. Below we will discuss why one surface may be better for your individual situation than the other.

Smooth Breast Implants: Smooth breast implants are used in the large majority of breast augmentation procedures. Smooth implants move freely within the breast pocket. Smooth implants have thinner shells making them softer than textured implants and may be less likely to ripple than textured implants. Some of the other benefits of smooth implants include lower cost and increased implant longevity.

Textured Breast Implants: Textured implants were designed to limit the risk of capsular contracture, an implant complication involving scar tissue growing around the implant. This claim has not been conclusively proven in study. There are however additional uses for textured implants. If a teardrop implant moves or flips over in the breast pocket, the breast can appear deformed.  Textured implants create cohesion between the implant and surrounding tissue reducing the risk of the implant moving.

Just as there are risks and benefits of saline and silicone implants, smooth and textured implants have pros and cons. Textured breast implants have been associated with a higher rate of leaking and breast rippling than smooth implants; however, textured implants have also been shown to decrease the risk of displacement. Your board certified plastic surgeon will help you determine which type of implant is right for you.

Need help finding a board certified plastic surgeon in your area? Breast Implants USA features some of the country’s best breast augmentation surgeons. Click here to begin your search for a board certified plastic surgeon in your area.

Silicone Implants or Saline Implants? Breast Implants USA has the Results

The percentage of  women choosing silicone implants over saline implants is steadily increasing.  Full FDA approvalwas 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 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!

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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.

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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.

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