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5 Keys to Breast Augmentation

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.

Click here to learn more about what it means to be Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

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.

Click here to request your list of 25 must ask questions.

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.

Breast Reconstruction

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 womanhood, of your body is taken from you, it is only natural to grieve and the healing process, both physically and emotionally follows no set time line, but one that is unique to each patient. There are many different options available for women today 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.

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.

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 and filed under Breast Reconstruction.

Finance Your Cosmetic Procedure – Breast Augmentation Financing

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation is one that takes plenty of consideration. Many woman find that while their desire to undergo breast augmentation is high, the funds required for such a procedure poses a problem. Thankfully, there are options available.

Plastic surgery financing allows women to undergo their procedure right away rather than having to wait while they save the money. For some, saving means waiting month or years to have their procedure. Breast Implants USA understands that financing your cosmetic procedure can seem overwhelming. In our plastic surgery financing information page, we have answered some of the most common financing questions.

There are financing options to fit almost any budget. Many plastic surgery financing companies offer low or no interest rate options, low payment plans and no penalties for paying off your loan early. Breast Implants USA can help you determine if plastic surgery financing is right for you. Simply fill out the information request form and a financing specialist will contact you within 24 hours.

It is important to remember that applying through our information request form in no way commits you to financing your procedure.

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Posted Friday, April 18th, 2014 and filed under Financing.

Considering a Breast Lift?

Women of all ages may opt for a breast lift procedure for various reasons. It is most common for women after pregnancy and nursing, and changes in weight, though genetics and gravity also play a role . 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 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, but in most cases the areola and nipple will remain in tact to their original blood supply and nerves. 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.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon near you to further discuss your breast lift surgery options.

Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 and filed under Breast Lift, Breast Procedures.

Breast Implants USA Giving You the Answers to Your Breast Augmentation Questions

There is an endless amount of breast augmentation information available on the web. At Breast Implants USA, we strive to provide women considering breast augmentation surgery with up-to-date accurate information regarding all things breast implants. While some of the more general breast augmentation questions are easier to give straight forward answers, Breast Implants USA understands that some questions are very personal and require a more personal answer.

Breast Implants USA has polled some of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons as well as women who have undergone and are considering breast augmentation to find the questions women most often ask. The answers to some of the most common breast augmentation questions can be found on our FAQs page. Questions ranging from the cost of augmentation to what patients can expect during and after the procedure have all been addressed in our breast augmentation FAQs section.

Our breast augmentation FAQ page does answer many of the breast augmentation questions a woman might have but there are also questions that are more personal in nature. While a breast augmentation consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is the best way to have these very personal questions answered, Breast Implants USA allows users to “Ask an Expert” so to get a quick answer to their unanswered questions. After filling out our confidential “Ask an Expert” form, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will respond with the best answer to your question.

Breast Implants USA will always work to provide women with the information they need to make an informed decision regarding breast augmentation. It is important to note that the best place for all breast augmentation information is a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Click here to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area.

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Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 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 Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 and filed under Plastic Surgeons.

How to Choose Your Implant Size

One of the best ways you can communicate to your Plastic Surgeon the size of implant you want is to show him pictures of women who have the size that visually you desire. If you have chosen a good Plastic Surgeon he should be well educated and experienced in assessing what size implant that would translate to for you. Bring in several pictures to your consultation to show him, including things you may want to avoid.

Your Plastic Surgeon may have you “try on” different implant sizes to see what feels right on you. A common mistake and something that is very important thing to keep in mind, is that it’s best to avoid getting stuck on an idealized cup size. Try to stay open to what feels best for you. There are many contributing factors to creating an ideal cup size; things to take into account like ribcage size, chest shape and height, and these factors can make a certain cup size on one woman look like an entirely different size on another.

The key thing to remember is go into your consultation with some idea of what you want and an open mind. Don’t get overly attached a cup size just because so and so has that cup size- take the time to find what flatters your body best. Above all, find a qualified, experienced Plastic Surgeon whom you trust to help steer you in the right direction.

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Posted Monday, April 14th, 2014 and filed under Breast Augmentation Questions.

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.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation

Much time is spent researching the decision to undergo a Breast Augmentation procedure and then even more time preparing for the surgery day, but 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 the amount of work done. Also, 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 and after the surgery, patients will be be sent to a recovery room while they come out of the anesthesia and then are free to go rest at their homes. You will need to have made arrangements prior to the procedure day to arrange to have someone pick you up and drive you home as you will be a little weak and out of it from the anesthesia for a little while after the surgery.

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.

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Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014 and filed under Plastic Surgeons.

The Incision Decision – What Option is Right for You?

incisiontypesbreastaugmentWhen discussing breast augmentation there are no doubt a number of options you will have to consider. The location of your incision is one of the many options you will discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon. Each incision location option has benefits and down falls. There is not one location that is widely considered best for everyone. Together you and your surgeon will determine which of the four incision locations will be best to meet your individual needs.

1) Inframammary Incision: These incisions are placed underneath the breast slightly above where the breast meets the rib cage. Surgeons like this incision location as it allows them easy access to create the implant pocket above or under the muscle. This direct access allows surgeons to use very small incisions with saline implants being inserted in incisions as small as 1 to 1.5 inches wide. Silicone implants will need a slightly larger incision.

Benefit: Easy access to the breasts for the surgeon, Very small incision

Downfall: Some visible scarring

2) Transumbilical Incision or TUBA: A Transumbilical incision is a C or J shaped incision placed in the folds of the belly button. Your surgeon will then insert a camera so that he or she can see the surgery on a screen in the operating room. Very small instruments will then be inserted to create a path to the breasts and tissue expanders inserted to create the implant pocket. Using TUBA implants can be placed over or under the muscle. Patients who opt for TUBA have a reduce risk of infection and are not at risk for losing sensation around the breasts. Only Saline implants can be used if TUBA is selected for the incision as silicone implants will not fit through the very small incision made.

Benefit: Often referred to as scarless breast augmentation as the incision is very well hidden. Low risk of infection

Downfall: Only Saline implants can be used. Larger margin for error due to the distance the incision is from the implant location

3) Transaxillary Incision (Armpit): These incisions are created in the armpits. The incision is generally 1 to 2 inches long. A short path is then created to the breasts where the implants will be placed. Many doctors believe this is the best incision if implants are being placed under the muscle. This incision is one of the most popular in part due to the ease in which surgeons are able to place implants under the muscle.

Benefits: Small Incisions. Allows surgeons to easily place implants under the muscle

4) Periareolar Incisions: This incision is created around the areola or the darker tissue that surrounds the nipple. This incision is common if other cosmetic breast procedures such as breast lift or areola reduction, are being performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. There is a risk of losing sensation in the nipple but most patients find this is temporary. There is also a greater risk of staff infection as the bacteria is found in milk ducts and these ducts are often cut during the procedure. Women who choose periareolar incisions may have trouble breast feeding and should consult their doctor should they choose to do so.

Benefit: Great incision if multiple breast procedures are being performed.

Downfall: Higher risk of infection. Women may have trouble breastfeeding.

Your board certified plastic surgeon is the best person to answer any questions you have about which incision is right for you. During your consultation your surgeon will help you determine which incision is right for you and why. Need help finding a board certified breast augmentation specialist? Breast Implants USA offers an easy to use surgeon locator. Simply select your state from the list then select the region within the state that is closest to you. You will then be given a list of surgeon profiles of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in your area.

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