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What type of breast implant is right for me?

What type of breast implant is right for me?

If you’ve decided to have breast augmentation and found a board certified plastic surgeon you’re comfortable with, there are still some important decisions you have to make about surgery.  Specifically, you have to determine what type of breast implant would be right for you.

Types of breast implants

There are two main types of breast implants – saline and silicone implants.  Saline implants contain sterile salt water, and silicone implants contain silicone gel.  Breast implants are also available in different shapes and sizes.  Round implants and tear drop shaped implants are the most common shapes. 

What type of breast implant is right for me?

Selecting the breast implant that’s right for you is essential, because it can make all the difference to the final outcome of your breast enhancement surgery.

The ideal breast implant for you will depend on the look you want, and your specific body type.   

If prefer more natural looking breast augmentation results, tear drop shaped implants may be the right option for you, because they closely mimic the contour and shape of the natural breasts.   However, if you would like your breasts to be fuller at the top, round implants would be the better choice.

The most appropriate breast implant size for you will depend on your body type, and chest measurements.   If you have a small frame it’s not a good idea to choose overly large breast implants, unless you want to achieve an ultra-enhanced look.  Ideally, the breast implants you opt for should be proportionate to the shape and size of your body.

Would you like to learn more about breast implants

If you are in the Newport Beach or the greater Orange County, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Tenley K. Lawton M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Lawton at www.lawtonmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-4597.

5 tips on prepping for a breast augmentation

5 tips on prepping for a breast augmentation

Are you making preparations for a breast augmentation? There’s no need to be anxious, because your plastic surgeon will review the entire process with you, so that you can make the necessary plans to ensure a safe, healthy surgery. Also, recovery will certainly go much smoother if you pre-plan for surgery.

5 tips on prepping for a breast augmentation

  1. Get blood work done. Patients undergoing breast augmentation may be required to have pre-operative blood work done, to ensure that they do not have an underlying medical condition that could adversely impact surgery.
  2. Stop smoking. Patients are advised to stop smoking at least one month before a breast augmentation, as smoking can affect wound healing. Doctors also advise patients to refrain from smoking 2 weeks after surgery.
  3. Avoid taking certain medications. Patients should stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen at least 14 days prior to surgery, as these drugs can thin the blood. Your surgeon may also recommend that you stop taking certain dietary supplements.
  4. Fill prescriptions. Patients should ask their plastic surgeon about the prescription medications they will need after surgery, so that they can get these early.
  5. Stock up on supplies. It’s a good idea to get food items and other supplies that will be required during recovery.

After breast augmentation patients generally need help at home, so requesting help from a family member or friend to assist with chores is also recommended.

Would you like more tips on prepping for a breast augmentation. Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Brookline, MA and the greater Boston area, Longwood Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.lpsmd.com, or by calling (617) 749-2715.

Will breast augmentation affect nipple size?

Will breast augmentation affect nipple size?

Are you considering breast augmentation but want to know if surgery will affect your nipples. That’s very understandable, because many women interested in breast augmentation want to know if their nipples will look the same after surgery, or if there will be a noticeable difference in size or position.

Will breast augmentation affect nipple size?

Women that want to undergo breast augmentation generally believe that since breast size will increase after surgery, the size of the areola (the pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple), will also increase. However, there is rarely any change in the size of the nipples after breast augmentation.

In some cases the areola may appear bigger after breast augmentation, because the skin has to stretch to accommodate the implants. This is generally more noticeable when larger implants are involved, but again, the size of the nipples will not be affected.

Will breast augmentation affect the position of the nipples?

Some patients may notice that the nipples sit higher on the chest immediately after breast augmentation. However, once the breasts have stabilized within a few months, the nipples will settle to a lower position and look more natural (click here to learn more).

How does breast augmentation affect the nipples

While breast augmentation won’t affect the size and position of the nipples, it can affect sensation. There have been instances in which women experience either partial or complete loss of sensation in the nipples after breast augmentation. However, these cases are rare.

Would you like more information on how breast augmentation affects the nipples? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Boca Raton, FL area, Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at drkeusch.com, or by calling 561-368-9455.

How Much Does A Breast Augmentation Cost In Irvine?

How Much Does A Breast Augmentation Cost In Irvine?

If you are thinking about having breast augmentation done, it’s important to be aware that it can be a costly procedure. While it may be helpful to do your own research, it’s always advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon and ask them directly – how much does a breast augmentation cost.

How much does breast augmentation cost in Irvine

The cost of breast augmentation in Irvine, CA ranges from $6,500 – $8,500, and the national average is approximately $6,100.

There are different variables that can influence the cost of breast augmentation and this includes breast implant prices, geographic location, and the surgeon’s fee.

Breast augmentation is typically performed with the use of saline or silicone breast implants, and silicone implants are more expensive.

The cost of living index within the state of California will also have an impact on the cost of breast augmentation in Irvine. Additionally, costs will vary among surgeons in the same state, as a surgeon with more extensive experience and expertise may charge more than a less experienced physician.

When checking out the cost of breast augmentation, be sure to determine if the quote given includes surgery related costs such as anesthesia, cost of the surgical facility, and surgeon’s fees.

Selecting a surgeon for breast augmentation

When choosing a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation, don’t consider cost alone. A careful choice must be made based on the qualifications and experience of the surgeon, as safety must take priority. Patients get what they pay for, so it’s important not to compromise on quality by choosing heavily discounted plastic surgery.

Are you interested in breast augmentation in Orange County or Irvine, CA.

Contact board certified plastic surgeon Kyle Song MD in Irvine for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-4472.

Does Breast Lift Surgery Leave Scars

Does Breast Lift Surgery Leave Scars?

Although breast augmentation is extremely popular in the US, many women are also choosingto have breast lift surgery to restore the youthful shape to their breasts. However, they are often worried about the surgical scars that will result, so they are anxious to find out the answer to this question – Does breast lift surgery leave scars.

Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift (mastopexy)is a surgical procedure that is done to lift and shape saggingbreasts. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, and takes about 2-3 hours to perform.

Does breast lift surgery leave scars?
As is the case with any type of plastic surgery, breast lift surgery does leave scars, since incisions are made. However, the degree of scarring will depend on the specific technique used to perform the operation. If you are contemplating breast lift surgery, it’s therefore important to learn about the different types of incisions, as this will impact the type of scars you will have.

Incisions that are made around the areola (donut technique), will result in scars that are a less noticeable than those resulting from the anchor technique, which includes an incision that runs vertically down the breast.

The specific technique used to perform breast lift surgery will depend on the shape and size of the breasts, and the degree of modification that has to be made.

While it’s impossible to expect a scar-free breast lift, a skilled plastic surgeon can minimize the appearance of scars, so be sure to choose your surgeon carefully.

Are you ready to improve the appearance of your breasts with a breast lift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Athens, GA area, Pittman Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.pittmanplasticsurgery.com, or by calling 706-549-3203.

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Best Ways Pre and Post-Surgery to Avoid Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture is an all too familiar side-effect of breast augmentation, but remains poorly understood. Although surgeons cannot predict the instances in which it can occur, they can optimize surgical conditions in order to keep the rate of capsular contracture to a minimum. So let’s take a look at the best ways pre and post-surgery to avoid capsular contracture.

Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture is a condition in which the thin membrane or capsule that the body naturally forms around the breast implant becomes hard and thick. When breasts implants are placed in the body they are seen as foreign objects, and as a result the body forms a thin membrane around them. While this response is natural, there are times when the capsule tightens around the implant as time passes.

Avoiding capsular contracture
Doctors are not entirely sure what causes capsular contracture, but research suggests that the problem may be linked to a low grade infection. Consequently, prevention methods are primarily focused on reducing the possibility of infection, by ensuring that the breast implants remain as sterile as possible:

Pre-Surgery Prevention
•    Antiseptic solution is used to prep the skin.
•    Application of a microbial sealant to the area where the incision will be made, thus reducing the risk of bacteria in the surgical area.

Post-Surgery Prevention
•    Daily doses of oral vitamin E  help to keep the collagen fibers that make up the capsule soft.
•    Compression exercises help maintain the flexibility of the capsule.

If you are considering breast augmentation, be sure to discuss complications such as capsular contracture with your surgeon. Clients in Orange County can contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA for more information. Call 949-701-4454 today, and set up an appointment with Dr. Kyle Song.

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What’s the Best Method to Treat Capsular Contracture?

Before you decide to undergo breast augmentation, you need to find out about capsular contracture, and what are your chances of developing it. Estimates indicate that at least 10% of the women in the US, who undergo breast enhancement with implants, are likely to experience this problem. Therefore it’simportant to know what it is, and what’s the best method to treat capsular contracture.

What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture is a complication associated with breast augmentation surgery. The body’s immune system reacts to the insertion of a breast implant by creating a thin protective lining or fibrous ‘capsule’ around it. However, for reasons that are not quite clear, there are cases in which the capsule tightens around the implant, causing it to become hard. This condition is referred to as capsular contracture.

What’s the best way to fix it?
Treating capsular contracture effectively,may require the surgical removal of the scar tissue along with the breast implant. The procedure is known as a capsulectomy. During this operation, the implant is also replaced, but is inserted in a different location. Therefore if the breast implant was originally placed subglandular, that is over the pectoralis major muscle, it is repositioned and placed below the muscle.

Complete removal of the capsule is recommended when there is significant capsule formation, but there are times when partial removal of the scar tissue may be adequate.

Breast implants don’t last a lifetime, and patients contemplating the procedure should be aware of the possible risks and complications, and discuss these with their plastic surgeon.

Clients in Orange County can contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA for more information on capsular contracture. Call 949-701-4454 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kyle Song. During your consultation, Dr. Song will discuss the various options, and determine which is most suitable.

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