Comparing Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

When considering getting a breast implant surgery, there is a lot to take into consideration. One aspect to pay attention to is whether to get saline or silicone implants. Both offer pros and cons that you will need to think about.

The Basics

First, you should know what both of these types of breast implant surgery are made out of and the basic differences. Silicone implants are made out of – as the name suggests – a thick silicone gel. These implants are inserted pre-filled into a patient’s body during surgery. Saline implants are made out of a salt-water solution, similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. These implants are inserted into the body without the fluid, but are predetermined in size. Both of these implants use durable, elastic shells that contain either the silicone or the saline. While the shells may rupture after being placed in your body, know that it is not common. The shells are tested thoroughly for rupturing and tearing prior to surgical use, so that should give you piece of mind.

The Benefits

Each of these implants offer unique advantages. When speaking to your doctor about which type of implant to get, you might hear these points brought up:

Benefits of saline implants:

• This type of implant is very popular for its biggest advantage: it looks more realistic rather than obviously augmented.
• Since the implants are filled after being put in the body, the size is completely adjustable. A patient can choose the size of the implant based on her figure, which is easier to tell once the implant is inserted.
• The implants can be inserted through a variety of areas on the body (armpit, areola or breast fold) and require smaller incision lines.
• They have a textured or smooth shell available in multiple shapes.
• These implants are ideal for women with slight breast asymmetries.
• The saline itself is lower in cost, and they are usually covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.
• They are available in wider variety shapes sizes.
• They are safer because it is easy to tell if ruptured. The solution is also just naturally absorbed by the body.

Benefits of silicone implants:

• Because the silicone gel is thicker than saline, it feels more like natural breast tissue.
• The implants will never deflate.
• Silicone is a great choice for women with minimal breast tissue.
• They come in many sizes from C cup and larger to create the right look for a patient.
• These will address volume loss due to pregnancy.
• The incision can be made in various places, including under the breast fold, areola or armpit.

The Drawbacks

These types of implants also come with their own unique set of drawbacks:
Drawbacks of saline implants:
• Saline is not as natural feeling as silicone.
• In women with less breast tissue, the implant may be obvious.
• Saline implants have the risk of deflating over time.
Drawbacks of silicone implants:
• It is hard to tell if the implant ruptures because of the thick silicone gel. Because of this, an MRI is recommended every few years.
• This type of implant requires larger incision due to it being pre-filled.
• Silicone is more expensive.

Which is Breast Implant Surgery Right for You?

Ultimately, you and your doctor will be able to discuss these advantages and disadvantages with you to come up with a decision based on your unique situation.

Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery has a mission to provide you with a personalized procedure in a comfortable environment. We provide outstanding cosmetic services and procedures that utilize state of the art technology. Dr. Nojan Talebzadeh and his staff are dedicated to provide you with exceptional service and highly personalized treatment.

Addressing Physical Discomfort with a Breast Reduction

Large breasts and the weight of excess breast tissue can lead to physical discomfort, causing pain and physical conditions that impair a woman’s ability to lead an active life. Breast reduction surgery helps reduce the size of large breasts that are disproportionate to a woman’s body. It helps to correct the functional symptoms associated with large breasts, but also shape better proportioned breasts, enhancing a woman’s body image and self-confidence.

What is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large breasts and to improve breast size, shape and the associated conditions of large breasts that include:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of excess breast tissue
  • Shoulder discomfort and indentation from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts
  • Restricted physical activity due to breast size and the associated discomfort
  • Persistent rashes underneath and between the breasts
  • Difficulty breathing

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery, an outpatient procedure, involves the surgical excision of surplus breast skin and tissue. The procedure typically takes anywhere from 2 to 5 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make an incision around your nipple, and the operating team will remove extra skin, tissue and fat from your breasts and reposition your nipple. Drainage tubes may be used, followed by a special gauze to wrap the breasts and treatment area. You may also need to wear a surgical bra.

How to Prepare

Before the day of surgery, your surgeon will likely evaluate your medical history and overall health, and discuss your expectations for breast size and appearance. A detailed description of the procedure and its risks and benefits will be provided, along with an explanation of the type of anesthesia used during surgery. Your surgeon may also examine and measure your breasts, take photographs for medical records, and complete various lab tests including a baseline mammogram.

Stop smoking before and after surgery – how long in advance and afterwards will be determined by your surgeon. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements to help control bleeding during surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery

After the procedure, gauze is placed over the incision and the breasts are wrapped in an elastic bandage or supported with a special surgical bra. Stitches may be removed in 1 to 2 weeks. Breast tenderness and pain may accompany for the first few days after surgery, and then mild discomfort for a week or longer.

Medication can be prescribed to relieve the pain. Swelling and bruising may last for several weeks, and wearing a surgical bra 24 hours a day on a regular basis can help reduce swelling and support the breasts while they heal. Within a couple of weeks, you can resume normal activities, but avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks or more.

What to Consider

Breast reduction surgery may make breast feeding difficult or impossible in the future. While some may still be able to breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery, you should consult your surgeon to discuss risks and options.

Other risks associated with breast reduction surgery may include:

  • Visible scarring on the breasts. How visible the scars are vary from person to person and depend on the type of incision. The incision point may appear red and swollen at first but scars typically fade over time.
  • Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. This is often temporary, however, and will only last a few months.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have large breasts that limit your physical activity and cause pain or discomfort, breast reduction surgery may be the solution for you. Be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nojan Talebzadeh to start discussing the best options available to you.

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Breast Augmentation Procedure: Decisions & Incisions
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Breast Augmentation: When Is It Time to Work Out?

How to Avoid Implant Resizing

How to Ensure Satisfaction and Avoid Implant Resizing Surgery

Statistics indicate that the number one reason women return to a plastic surgeon is to change the size of their implants. Results from the National Breast Implant Registry support this. “Explant” procedures increased nearly 10 percent from 2010-2014 as augmentations fell by about 3 percent, per data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In one year, nearly 24,000 women had their implants removed. In the same period, over 55,000 patients had breast revisions.

The ultimate goal of any procedure, of course, is to find a reputable surgeon who can achieve results surpassing the patient’s needs and desires the first time. By the time a woman pursues the route of plastic surgery, she is usually convinced that breast augmentation is the right change for her.

While checklists are essential to ensure the best results, it’s also important to carefully consider—and preemptively address—what could go potentially go wrong to avoid the need for multiple revision surgeries. The right surgeon will discuss the risks and potential complications in detail during the initial consultation, to educate their patients and better determine that the decision they make together is the right one. This usually includes a consultation with a detailed visual representation of what the patient will look like with different breast sizes. If this doesn’t happen, beware: you are risking your body by leaving it in uncertain hands. Communication is vital to achieving the results you desire.

Another component of breast sizing is the significance a patient places on the impact bigger breasts will have on her body and lifestyle. The decision should be no less important than getting a tattoo. It’s just as permanent, as modern implants should last a lifetime barring any complications. If the following considerations are not included in the decision-making process, and not addressed in the consultation, then the patient is most likely not ready to make the commitment of breast augmentation.

What to Consider Before Committing To Breast Implants

Here are some things to consider before getting a breast augmentation, to ensure satisfaction and avoid the need for later resizing:

  • Possible physical repercussions of augmentation: these include back problems, infection, reoperation, and potential dissatisfaction with the end results.
  • Clothing may no longer fit (especially tops, blouses, dresses, and brassieres).
  • The procedure is typically the entire financial responsibility of the patient. If the cost to benefit ratio is not practical, or the patient is anything less than 100% confident that this is the right course, alternative options should be considered.
  • Researchers found that of 745 implant removals, the most commonly cited explanation (34%) was for resizing.
  • Psychologically, prosthetics should be done for the right reasons. No one should ever make a decision like this for anyone else. The benefits of plastic surgery should be for the exclusive benefit of the patient. Otherwise, the chance of asking for a reversal is much higher.

After committing to an augmentation, here are some things to consider before resizing:

  • Breast revision can be challenging, since the patient’s original anatomy has been altered. Many women fear sagging tissue, but most doctors confirm that this is highly unlikely to occur if done properly.
  • Additional complications, such as thinning breast tissue, ruptured implant material, and scar tissue make breast implant revision a complicated procedure requiring exceptional skill and experience.
  • Additional problems with nipple sensation loss, infection, bleeding, and rupture during or following the procedure are rare but possible. This is an added risk for any type of breast surgery.
  • Ask yourself if you need a lift, or are implants and nipple relocation required to perk up aging breasts?

If removal is the desired outcome, a second surgery will simultaneously determine the extent of any damage while correcting the new size. Regardless of the reason for resizing, patients should always have realistic expectations, and understand that reoperation satisfaction rates go down dramatically.

Schedule a Consultation with a Trusted Cosmetic Surgeon

If you desire breast implants, or are dissatisfied with the ones you already have, schedule a consultation with the talented Dr. Nojan Talebzadeh at Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery today.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

How to Recover from Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. Because of its popularity, the procedure is constantly being refined with innovative technology in order to provide patients with the best results possible. However, one of the best ways to get the best results from your breast augmentation surgery is to make sure you recover properly.

Prior to Breast Augmentation Surgery

If you take any regular medication or dietary supplements be sure to discuss these with your surgeon as so that prior to your procedure, you can discontinue using anything that may cause side effects or complications during surgery or recovery.

Make sure your home is prepared ahead of time for your recovery. Set aside an area for you to rest and be sure you have plenty of comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, soft pillows and ice packs so you will be comfortable while you recover. Because you will be out of commission for quite some time, don’t forget to be sure that your refrigerator and pantry are well-stocked.

Best Practices for Short-Term Recovery

Initial healing can take the average patient anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks before resuming any physical activities. After this period, patients can resume more strenuous physical activities depending on what kind of breast augmentation. Patients should be sure to account for this when planning time off for the procedure. It is also advisable to have somebody else on hand that can help you change your bandages and look after your kids or pets if need be during your down time.

Your inframammary incisions or incisions made at the base of the breast near the chest wall can take up to 4 weeks to heal. During this time period you should avoid any upper body exercise such as weightlifting or any activities that require you to lift your arms above your head. It is very important to keep the incision dry for one month, so that means no sweating. Not only will avoiding these activities speed up your healing process it will also produce more discreet scars in the long term.

As with all surgical procedures, there will be some soreness, swelling and pain following the surgery. Your pain can easily be managed with pain relieving medication, which will likely be prescribed by your surgeon. Be sure to discuss pain management with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

Best Practices for Long Term Maintenance

It is important for you to have proper support for your implants in order to maintain their size and shape. You will be given a surgical bra during your initial healing process, but it would you will require long-term support and comfort. It is equally important that the bra fits you properly and that it doesn’t have any parts that will irritate your incision sites.

You will also want to use cocoa butter or vitamin E on your surgical scars in order to reduce that their appearance. Regular massage can greatly improve the look and feel of your implants, especially one month after the surgery. Daily massage helps stimulate your circulation through the surgical area and improvising blood flow will provide the nourishment it needs to heal faster.

Other Things You Should Know

Following breast augmentation surgery, a capsule of scar tissue forms around your breast implants. By implementing a regular massage regimen into your daily routine you can shape this capsule so it does not interfere with the overall aesthetic of your breasts.

Smokers should be advised that nicotine can greatly increase the time it takes you to recover from your breast implant surgery. Nicotine shrinks your red blood cells and decreases the oxygen in your blood, which is needed in order for you to heal properly. In addition, it depletes your white blood cells, leaving you vulnerable to infection.

Be sure to follow these steps along with any advice from your doctor in order to ensure optimum results after your surgery. If you have further questions and concerns about recovering from breast augmentation, feel free to reach out to any member of our expert staff.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or find out more about breast augmentation and breast augmentation recovery.

Breast Augmentation Procedures: Decisions & Incisions

Types of Breast Augmentation Procedures

Breast augmentations provide patients with many benefits, from improved self-confidence to a more youthful appearance. Because of these advantages, breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures globally. However, many people may be unaware that there are multiple forms of breast augmentation surgeries.

Different Kinds of Augmentation

Depending upon the patient’s lifestyle, body type, their desired results, and other factors, the surgeon will usually choose to place the implant either above or below the pectoral muscle. So, be sure to take these issues up with your surgeon.

Submuscular Augmentation

Submuscular Augmentation is the most invasive of the augmentation procedures because it requires not only an incision, but a partial separation of the pectoral muscle in order to create a place for the implant.

Submuscular augmentations produce natural-looking results and are ideal for those who do not engage in activities that put strain on their upper body. Additionally, because the implant is under the muscle it keeps the implants safe, it helps them maintain their shape and size, and it prevents the implants from getting in the way of your mammograms. However, the one down side of this form of breast augmentation is that it may require a longer recovery period than all other forms of breast augmentation, usually ranging from 7 days to 2 weeks.

Subglandular Augmentation

Subglandular Augmentation  places the implant right behind the breast tissue and in front of the pectoral muscle. Because this procedure is not as invasive as submuscular augmentation, the recovery time is dramatically decreased with only two to three days needed for recovery. It is also the best option for those who are looking for a significant increase in breast size as there is more room above the muscle for larger implants.

As well, women that engage in a lot of upper body activities such an as weightlifting may prefer this augmentation method as that it does not interfere with muscles. Because the implant is placed behind the breast tissue, that can make mammograms more difficult to perform. While instances of implant damage rarely occur with any type of breast augmentation, they are more likely to occur with a subglandular augmentation than a submuscular augmentation.

Fat Transfer Augmentation

Fat transfer augmentation is simply taking liposuction fat from another part of the body, usually the midsection or back and transferring the fat to the breasts. This procedure is ideal for patients that are only looking for a subtle increase in the size of their breasts and desire a more natural look and feel.

If a patient was already considering getting a liposuction, this is often the best way to incorporate both procedures naturally and simultaneously. However, just like other fat transfer procedures, the fat will be reabsorbed by the body over time so this procedure is not ideal for those looking for a permanent solution. Also, mammography could be adversely affected by this procedure.

Other Things to Consider

In addition to the type of augmentation patients also have to decide what type of implant they would prefer. There are many different kinds of implants each offering their own unique benefits. However, the three most popular are saline, silicone and the new form of stable material referred to as gummy bear. Be sure to discuss the different implant options with your surgeon along with which augmentation surgery is best for you.

Additionally, there are multiple types of breast augmentation incisions that can impact your recovery time as well as your end results. It is important to discuss these different kinds of incisions with your doctor and how each would affect your overall recovery.

For those who are interested in getting a fat transfer augmentation,  it is possible to harvest and freeze fat for additional touch-ups as your body absorbs the fat from your original procedure.

To set up an appointment and find out which type of breast augmentation is right for you, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery today.