Breast augmentation is among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the world today. But it’s amazing how many people come to our office for a breast implant consultation and have been given very little information from other offices regarding the surgical procedure they are considering. Some doctors over book and simply don’t have the time to give full informational consultations to prospective patients. At Premier Plastic Surgery Center, we are committed to making time for our patients. We believe you should be provided with as much information as possible before deciding which procedure to undergo.
Women often seek the have the breast augmented to change the size or shape of the breast. During this procedure, either silicone or saline-filled implants are inserted either under the crease of the breast, around the nipple, or through the armpit. Your implants can be placed under the breast tissue or beneath the main chest (pectoral) muscle. After surgery, your breasts will appear fuller and shapelier. Incision scars will fade over time. We have listed frequently asked questions in order to provide you with information regarding breast augmentation.
If you’re ready to begin the process – Contact us for a breast augmentation consultation.
Over the years, Dr. Ferrari of Premier Plastic Surgery Center has perfected a breast augmentation procedure called “Quick Recovery Breast Augmentation”. When most surgeons perform breast augmentations, they typically utilize blunt trauma techniques to create the pocket which will accommodate the implant. As a result, there is bleeding and bruising of the tissues which causes more inflammation and therefore more pain.
We also encourage light activity to keep the muscles from becoming stiff and uncomfortable. A light, compressive ace wrap and bra are put onto your body after surgery to further reduce your post-operative swelling and tenderness. We encourage our patients to return to non-strenuous activity within 24 hours of their surgery. Most of our patients typically say that the procedure was much easier than they ever thought it would be and highly recommend it to other women. They only regret is that they didn’t do it sooner so they could enjoy the benefits of their appearance longer!
When making this decision it is important that you consider your aesthetic goals and lifestyle.
Benefits of Under the Muscle (submuscular) implants:
Disadvantages of having implants placed under the muscle:
In the 1990’s, there was some controversy as to the safety of silicone gel implants. The media portrayed silicone implants as toxic substances that were ruining women’s lives. Dow Corning decided on a $4 billion settlement instead of trying to fight the lawsuits. The FDA restricted first-time augmentation patients from getting silicone gel. However, what most people don’t realize is that the FDA did not completely ban silicone gel implants from the market. For example, if a woman had saline implants that rippled, she could get them exchanged for silicone implants; if a woman needed a breast lift along with augmentation, she could opt for silicone implants; and if a woman had breast cancer and needed reconstruction after mastectomy, she could choose silicone implants.
So, you must ask yourself; if the FDA thought silicone implants were dangerous, then why would they allow them in cancer patients? You should also ask yourself why the United States was the only country in the world to put a ban on silicone implants. The story is long and convoluted involving political and financial gain. In 2006, after the implant companies repeated all their safety studies for 10 years, the FDA re-approved silicone gel implants for women over 22 years old. They found no link between silicone implants and disease or cancer. Premier Plastic Surgery Center was one of the offices that was allowed to use silicone implants during the years they were “banned”. We submitted our data to the FDA which helped get the silicone implants re-approved for general use. Prior to 2006, about 35% of our patients chose silicone implants. Now,over 90% of our patients choose silicone because of the more natural look and feel.
Benefits of Silicone Implants
Benefits of Saline Implants
Disadvantages of Saline Implants
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center, our goal is to hide and minimize any scars from the plastic surgery we perform. There are three main locations for breast augmentation surgery, the underarm, bottom of the breast and around the areola.
Bottom of the Breast
Around the Areola
We hope this information has been helpful. For more information, please feel free to contact us at Premier Plastic Surgery Center.
Call us at 704-844-8344 or 1-800-A NEW YOU.