Breast Augmentation Blog from Breast Implants USA
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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We are seeing more and more reports of doctors not certified in plastic surgery performing breast augmentation. This trend is quite the cause for alarm. As a new station in Atlanta reports, a breast augmentation procedure went terribly wrong when the opthamologist performing her implant procedure was unable to stop her from bleeding. You read correctly. An eye doctor was performing her breast augmentation. While this woman survived after a call to 911 for help, others may not be so lucky.
Breast Implants USA wants to remind women of the importance of researching plastic surgeons before selecting one. When choosing a plastic surgeon you should verify there are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification ensures that your surgeon has had a minimum of 5 years of dedicated plastic surgery experience and passed rigorous testing. It also ensures that your procedure will be performed in the safest possible environment, an accredited facility.
Your decision to undergo breast augmentation is one that should not be undertaken lightly. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. A board certified plastic surgeon will not only inform you of the risks but also direct you on way to minimize those risks. Your health and safety is not something that should be trusted with anyone. Breast Implants USA can help you find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area.
Our easy to use surgeon finder allows you to find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area with just a few clicks of the mouse. After selecting your state and the region closest to you, you will be given a list of board certified plastic surgeon profiles. In these profiles you will find information regarding the surgeon’s philosophy, their credentials, before and after photos and so much more. This information will help you narrow down plastic surgeons to a those you would like to schedule a consultation with.
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.
The decision to have breast augmentation is a very personal one. There are a number of reasons women consider breast augmentation from the desire to restore their breasts to pre-pregnancy form to being generally unhappy with their shape and size. Everyone considering breast augmentation wants a successful breast implant procedure. For the best chance of a successful implant procedure you will be happy with for years to come there are a few things every woman should do.
1. Ask yourself “Why do you want breast augmentation?”
The answer to that question should be simple. If you are considering breast augmentation your motives should be clear to you. Studies have shown that women who undergo breast augmentation for reasons other than for themselves are often unhappy with their decision at some point down the road.
2. Chose a Plastic Surgeon you are confident can meet your breast augmentation goals.
When searching for a plastic surgeon you will no doubt find many plastic surgeons who are more than qualified to perform breast augmentation. It is important that during your consultation you feel that your breast augmentation surgeon fully understands what your desired results are. Your surgeon should have before and after photos available for you to look through. These photos will give you the best idea of the kind of results produced by the surgeon.
3. Do your research
The Internet has provided women interested in breast augmentation with more information than they could ever use. Before visiting a plastic surgeon for a breast augmentation consultation, do your research so that the information you receive during your consultation doesn’t feel foreign. Researching your potential plastic surgeons is also a good idea. One of the first things you should look for or ask is weather or not the surgeon is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. While there are many qualified plastic surgeons that are not board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, this particular certification ensures the patient that the surgeon is dedicated to providing their patients with nothing less than the best patient care.
4. Know the questions you want to ask during your consultation.
There are a number of questions you should ask a potential breast augmentation surgeon during your initial consultation. It is helpful to write down your questions so that you don’t forget them during your visit. Breast Implants USA has created a list of questions for you that you can print and take along.
5. Breast augmentation is not always a one time procedure.
Breast augmentation does require some maintenance. Most women find that 10 to 15 years down the road their implants need new life. As time goes on, the appearance of the implants may change as the skin around the implants changes. Many women opt for different size implants during their implant exchange procedure. In some rare cases, implants are exchanged due to a leak or rupture in the implant. Leaks and ruptures can occur in both saline and silicone implants. Put your worries of another painful, possibly lengthy recovery away. Breast implant exchange is generally a much easier procedure as the pocket for the implant already exists. A consultation with your plastic surgeon will help you better understand how implant exchange will effect you.
With these 5 keys to breast augmentation in mind, Breast Implants USA hopes that you will feel more confident about your decision to have breast augmentation.
You should approach your initial consultation with your prospective Plastic Surgeon like you would if you were interviewing someone for a job. In a way, you are interviewing someone for a job. A very, very important job at that. You should prepare a list of questions ahead of time and write them down. Once in the room you might forget and you’ll want to be relaxed during the consult. It’s also a great idea to print off and bring in pictures of women who’ve had the procedure and who got the results you are looking for. Remember that no question is “stupid” and give yourself permission to follow your instincts. If you don’t feel completely comfortable with your first prospective Plastic Surgeon, then see another one. You don’t have to know why you don’t feel comfortable, just trust your gut.
Of course, before you make your appointment you’ll want to check out the Doctors credentials and make sure that they are board certified and take a look especially at their Before and After Photo Galleries to see their work. It is an important decision and you should go about making it feeling empowered by every step along the way. Check out our FAQ page to read more about how to prepare for your Breast Augmentation. Then click here to Find a Surgeon in your area.
Women of all ages may opt for a breast lift procedure for various reasons. Pregnancy and nursing, changes in weight, genetics and gravity all play a part in weighing the breasts down. For women who are dissatisfied with the drooping of the breasts, a breast lift procedure may be all they need to create the firmer, for youthful breasts they desire. However, for some women who feel their breasts have “deflated” after nursing or who have never been fully satisfied with the size of their breasts, a breast augmentation couple with a breast lift procedure may be the best way to achieve the results desired.
In a breast lift surgery the incision is generally made around the areola area and excess skin will be removed. The areola may be re-positioned, re-shaped or re-sized as need to better correspond with the breasts new position. The remaining skin will be closed around the areola area creating perkier, firmer and more youthful looking breasts. Gauze and bandages will be placed and a compression garment will likely be recommended to be worn to keep swelling down and to help support you while you recover.
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.
Determining 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.
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.
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Atlanta news sources are reporting a woman’s terrifying breast augmentation experience. After a woman began bleeding uncontrollably during her breast implant surgery, the Opthamologist performing her procedure called 911 for help. You read correctly, an eye doctor was performing her breast augmentation. This is another example of a disturbing trend, doctors not trained in plastic surgery are trying their hand at breast augmentation.
With more and more women undergoing breast augmentation every year, doctors with no surgical training are taking advantage of women who want breast augmentation at a discounted rate. Many of these surgeons are offering the procedure at up to $2000 less than a board certified plastic surgeon. But buyer beware, your health may be at risk when selecting a doctor who is not board certified trained surgical professional.
When considering breast augmentation it is important for the patient to research the surgeon performing their procedure. Your surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification ensures that the doctor performing the procedure has had a minimum of 5 years of dedicated plastic surgery experience, has passed rigorous testing and is required to perform your breast implant procedure in a clean, safe, accredited facility.
The case in Atlanta is not unique. There are hundreds of cases just like this happening all over the country. So what can you do to ensure that the surgeon you have selected is the most qualified to perform your breast augmentation? In many cases, the surgeons website will list the American Board of Plastic Surgery as one of there certifications. If it does not, ask your surgeon if he or she is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You may also visit www.abplsurg.or to see if your surgeon is listed there.
Breast Implants USA is dedicated to providing women interested in breast augmentation with the latest breast augmentation information. All surgeon featured here at Breast Implants USA are board certified, dedicated breast augmentation professionals. Use our comprehensive surgeon locator to find a skilled plastic surgeon in your area.
One 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.
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- Breast Lift Revitalization
- Saline vs. Silicone – What Implants are Right for You?
- Smooth Breast Implants vs Textured Breast Implants
- Breast Implants USA Stresses the Importance of Board Certification
- Breast Implant Options – Understanding Low, Moderate, or High Profile Breast Implants
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