Plastic Surgery: Let Go of What You Can’t Change, and Take Control of What You Can

We look at pictures of celebrities and famous athletes and automatically assume that because they have a gorgeous body, they don’t struggle with the same insecurities and self-doubt that a lot of us do. But the fact is, almost everyone goes through moments in life where they feel unhappy about some aspect of their body. The size of our breasts may bother us, we may wish we could lose that “spare tire” around our waist, or we’re annoyed by our nose. But ultimate happiness in life depends on letting go of what you can’t change, and taking control of what you can. Cosmetic surgery can help you reshape certain aspects of your appearance and give you the confidence you deserve every day to live your best self.

Studies have shown that plastic surgery can help people gain the confidence that they could never have without it. According to a recent study by the University of Basel in Switzerland, “the vast majority of patients who undergo procedures report that they ‘felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and felt more attractive’” and “[b]ecause having a positive association with self-image, higher confidence, and healthy self-esteem are linked to an increased level of happiness and life satisfaction, it is by no means a stretch to suggest that high quality cosmetic procedures can improve someone’s life.” Here’s more about just a few plastic surgery procedures that have helped patients overcome their personal worries and take control.

Liposuction and Tummy Tucks Can Sculpt Your Figure

As we age, our bodies change and our metabolism slows down. Sometimes no matter how much we diet and exercise, we don’t get the results we want. Cosmetic surgery can make up the difference. Liposuction removes stubborn fat pockets around the hips, waist, thighs, tummy, etc that don’t go away from working out. One 52-year-old patient of McKinney, TX-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty underwent liposuction to combat the effects aging had had on her body.

“Dr. Setty gave me what I could not do for myself with weight loss. After three kids and being 52 years old now, my body had simply changed. My waist was pretty much nonexistent & I had large bra rolls and fat pockets on my flanks. Losing weight would make them smaller but they did not ever go away. Your shape is your shape. Dr. Setty changed that! I have a beautiful waist now and my bra rolls are gone . . . I have done a complete 180 on how I feel about myself. . . . It was the absolute best decision and truly I wish I had done it sooner. . .”  -Anonymous Review on RealPatientRatings

We can waste a lot of mental energy focusing on something we don’t like about our appearance, when we could be doing so many more productive things. In Westport, Connecticut, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony says that at a plastic surgery consultation, “I don’t actually make an outward recommendation to anybody. What I like to do is have a consultation, find out what a person’s goals are, find out what their issues are, listen to them very carefully, and then outline for them what the options are that are available to them to reach their specific goals.”

If you have issues or are bothered by your tummy area, It’s unrealistic to think that a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) will instantly make you look like a supermodel, but what a tummy tuck can do is get rid of excess, saggy skin and re-tighten your abdominal muscles to give you your waist back. On, 97% of patients say their tummy tuck was worth it. One of Dr. Mahony’s patients said she was, “. . . Tired of always trying to hide my tummy even after losing 60 pounds. My family was so supportive and they did everything they could to help me recover. Finding a great doctor helped make my decision to do this journey! So glad I did it!” review from Jflavin3618

Popular Cosmetic Surgery Breast Procedures: Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

We make a lot of investments in our outward appearance. We get our ears pierced, change our hair color, buy certain clothes, get tattoos, and do many other things to show the world who we are. But if you feel self-conscious about your breasts, a push-up bra can only do so much. A breast augmentation can change the size and shape of your breasts and correct asymmetry to give you a more proportionate figure. This plastic surgery procedure is still the number one most popular in the nation, and women find they can let go of a lot of their personal anxieties afterward.

New York board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sophie Bartsich says, “In my personal opinion as a woman, there’s also a fine line between wanting to be noticed but not necessarily wanting too much attention. Most women don’t want to walk around broadcasting that they had a breast augmentation. They want to look good in a dress, they want to look good in a T-shirt and jeans. It’s not just about the bikini. They want to feel comfortable. . . . Women are doing this for themselves, they’re not doing this for other people. I think sometimes that also gets misunderstood.”

One of Dr. Bartsich’s patients says that after her breast augmentation she is now “truly amazed every time I look in the mirror”. She wants other women to feel confident in moving forward with surgery, “When you have surgery you put your life in the hands of strangers, it’s a very scary thing. I usually don’t do these kinds of reviews but felt like I had to do this one so that women can read this to help them make a decision that is right for them and hopefully ease their fears. . . . My surgery went beautifully, and the results better than anticipated.” – review from meggenb

Most cosmetic surgery breast enhancements are performed using breast implants, though some plastic surgeons also offer breast augmentation using your own body fat. Currently, women can choose from silicone gel implants, unstructured saline implants, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Saline Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the look and feel of silicone gel with the safety of only saline inside. You can also elect to have your breast augmentation along with a breast lift at the same time. A breast lift by itself can lift your breasts to a higher position if you are already happy with the amount of volume you have.

About breast lifts, Dallas, Texas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregg Anigian says, “Women really love it. A breast lift can restore that youthful appearance that a woman may have seen when she was 18 or 25, before the breast began to sort of slide down the body. It narrows the chest, it lengthens the waistline. It gives her a comfort level that she didn’t have before and it then expands the types of clothes that she can buy when shopping. It can really increase confidence.”

It’s also important that you have accurate expectations about what breast procedures can and can’t do. While you can achieve beautiful, natural-looking breasts, your breasts will not suddenly look like someone else’s. You also shouldn’t expect a “boob job” to fix a personal relationship or solve your emotional issues.

Selecting the Right Surgeon for Your Plastic Surgery

It’s time to stop worrying about things in life that you can’t control, and start taking control of the things you can. If you’ve been debating about having cosmetic surgery, take that first step in meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with. A qualified plastic surgeon will listen to you, let you know about all your options, and not pressure you into making a decision. For a full list of board-certified plastic surgeons in your area, go to To find board-certified plastic surgeons that offer the new IDEAL IMPLANT, click here.

Before Choosing Between Saline, Structured, and Silicone Implants Determine if Cosmetic Surgery is the Right Path

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. It offers women increased self-esteem and satisfaction with their bodies. But before you start researching topics like structured implants versus silicone gel implants (sometimes referred to simply as silicone breast implants), you need to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Read our guide below before you make an appointment with your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Evaluating Your “Why”

Why are you seeking out a breast augmentation? There are many reasons women want to enhance their breasts. For some, pregnancy or weight loss has left them with less volume. Others have always had naturally small breasts and want a more feminine look. Most women experience some amount of asymmetry, but for some this asymmetry is very noticable and they want to even out their breasts. Sit down and think about your “why.” There is no wrong answer, as long as you are doing it for yourself. A breast augmentation will not improve personal relationships, job status, or social standing. If you feel pressured by a friend, relative, boss, or significant other to get a breast augmentation, your surgery will leave you feeling unsatisfied.

Set Realistic Expectations to Help You Choose Saline, Structured, or Silicone Implants

Setting realistic expectations is one of the keys to a successful cosmetic procedure. Every woman is different in needs, wants, and results. Rather than expecting to become a “perfect” version of yourself, strive to enhance your natural beauty though cosmetic surgery. Know that what worked for one person won’t necessarily work for you.

To get an idea of how choosing implants works, we talked to Dr. Eric Desman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Alexandria, Virginia. He tells us

“A 300cc implant is going to look vastly different in a woman who is 5’ 1”, 105 pounds, who’s never had any children compared to a 5’ 7”, 147 pound woman who’s had two or three kids. Those women are very different in body physique and tissue type. So, during the course of a consultation, we’ll take some measurements of your breast tissues. This helps me see if what you wish to get out of breast augmentation is an achievable result. If you come in for your consultation and want to have exactly the same procedure as your best friend, that may just not be right for you. I try not to focus so much on cup size, and really hone in on the final look my patient wants.”

Looking at breast augmentation before and after pictures will give you an idea of the results you can expect. Make a note of the breast implant type (structured, saline, or silicone), breast implant size, and placement that you like. Bring these factors up with your plastic surgeon to help you decide the right path for you. Dr. Scott Greenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Winter Park, Florida, explains the process his patients go through when choosing an implant. He says

“we recommend that they go to our website where they can look at photos of patients who have had breast augmentation. We have pictures taken from the front and the sides. I ask my patients to especially look at the side views. It’s been my experience that if we can get the upper pole of the breasts the way a patient wants in terms of the amount of fullness, then they will be happy. I tell my patients not to get caught up in letters or numbers when it comes to the cup size they want.”

Preparing for Surgery and Beyond

Breast augmentation is an investment in your happiness and in your future. But before you take the plunge you need to know what is involved. Make sure you consider the risks associated with surgery so you can weigh them against the benefits a breast augmentation will bring you. Your board-certified plastic surgeon should be upfront with you about these risks so you can choose the best path for yourself.

It is important to know that costs associated with a breast augmentation don’t stop after your primary augmentation. Women with silicone implants incur extra costs when they adhere to FDA MRI guidelines. Some women seek out revision surgery to increase their implant size. Others require additional surgery to address complications.

Dr. Paul Zwiebel, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, explains how and why women should prepare themselves for future surgery

“Many women ask about the durability of the implant or whether or not they’re going to have repeat operations in the future. For years, there’s been kind of an urban myth out there that implants have to be replaced at 10 years. That’s not the case. Implants don’t really have an expiration date. However, even the latest data does show that there’s a high likelihood that anybody who chooses to have breast augmentation will probably have another operation sometime during their lifetime. I think the most important thing women can do is to go into surgery emotionally and financially prepared for the likelihood of another operation at some point in the future. While we always hope that the implants will last forever, realistically, doctors and patients have to be prepared for the eventuality of some additional surgery in the years to come.”

The breast implant you choose will have a statistically higher or lower rate of complications. For example, silicone breast implants have rupture rates for primary augmentation as high as 13% at eight years, while the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant rate is only 2.1% at eight years. Knowing these statistics will help you choose the best breast implant, and help you prepare for your future. To learn more about breast implant complication statistics visit our comparison page.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

While you will see immediate results after a breast augmentation, you shouldn’t expect to return to your normal routine as quickly. Dr. Larry Weinstein, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chester, New Jersey, tells us, “We explain to our patients that they won’t be able to exercise for several weeks afterwards. I usually recommend waiting three weeks to exercise again. I do encourage and appreciate patients who exercise regularly, but you have to give your body some time to rest and heal from a procedure like this. You can’t expect to go out and conquer the world in the first three weeks. Most patients can go back to work in four or five days, but you shouldn’t try to do every activity that you would normally do.” Recovery is generally the same if you choose saline, structured, or silicone implants. In every case it is important to adhere to your surgeon’s instructions for the best results.

Schedule Your Consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Today

When you’re ready to start your journey, make an appointment with an IDEAL IMPLANT surgeon. IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons are board-certified, and have shown a commitment to high quality patient care. They offer IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants so their patients can experience a natural looking result with the peace of mind of only saline inside.

At your first consultation, your plastic surgeon will help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for surgery. Your surgeon should always be honest with you while you compare enhancement options including silicone breast implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. Find the right surgeon near you with our easy Surgeon Finder.

Compare the Benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT to Silicone Breast Implants with Dr. Hamas

Breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. But out of the 300,000 women who get implants every year, more t have come forward claiming their implants are the source of illnesses, even cancer.  NBC 5 News in DFW recently interviewed Dr. Robert Hamas, the inventor of the latest in breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, as well as Heather Jordan, a patient who, after years of research, chose to receive the IDEAL IMPLANT over her other options—silicone gel and saline.

Dr. Hamas caught national attention when he spoke at an FDA hearing about breast implant safety in March, 2019. The longtime Dallas surgeon was at the height of his career in the 90’s when the federal government pulled silicone breast implants off the market citing concerns about their safety. “The patients were very very frightened about what was in their body,” said Dr. Hamas. He knew that he had to do something to create more options for women.

Safety Risks of Silicone Breast Implants

Not only were patients concerned about their implants causing illnesses, but they were also worried about possible silent rupture, a break in silicone breast implants that you can’t detect until symptoms show, and symptoms may not show for years. This could lead to silicone gel leaking into your body tissues and creating complications and the need for extensive future surgeries in order to remove the gel and replace the implants. Because there is no way to detect a silent rupture right away, the FDA recommends that women with silicone breast implants get an MRI every two years to make sure their implants are still intact. MRI’s are often costly and not covered by insurance, meaning additional out-of-pocket expenses for these women for the rest of their lives. Silicone breast implants were allowed back on the market in 2006, but by then, Dr. Hamas had created a new kind of implant, The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.


“It gives women a third choice, with many of the safety features of saline, which they like for peace of mind, but it also gives them the natural feel and the performance much like a silicone breast implant.” – Dr. Hamas

The now FDA-approved IDEAL IMPLANT is a structured implant designed to look and feel like a silicone breast implant with a saline filling instead of silicone gel. It is in its fourth year on the market and is being offered by plastic surgeons all over the nation. Now that women have three options, they can better customize their implant to the look and feel they want and have peace of mind knowing exactly what they are putting into their bodies and the amount of risk involved. Through the research and innovative design by Dr. Hamas, women now have three options for their breast augmentation. They can know exactly what risks are involved with what they put into their bodies and experience peace of mind and total bodily autonomy.

“I think it was important for me to convey the message that women want choices of implants.” – Dr. Hamas

Breast Augmentation Options

Before the IDEAL IMPLANT, women only had two choices: silicone breast implants or unstructured saline breast implants. Silicone gel implants were a popular choice because of their natural look and feel. Saline implants were chosen because of the peace of mind they provided. If a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution is absorbed, causing no harm to the body and allowing for instant rupture detection by the patient. The only problem with unstructured saline implants is they tend to wrinkle and ripple, feeling and looking more like water balloons than natural breasts. Women loved the peace of mind of saline but were missing the natural look and feel of silicone breast implants.

Dr. Constance Barone, a renowned, board certified plastic surgeon with a busy practice in San Antonio, Texas, and an Ideal Implant Premier Surgeon, expresses her thoughts on the latest in implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT. “I show patients every type of implant available. I show them saline. I show them silicone. And I show them the IDEAL IMPLANT. They get to feel and see each of their options, and almost exclusively these days, they pick the IDEAL IMPLANT [for their breast augmentation].”


The unique design of the IDEAL IMPLANT provides a natural feel and youthful look—without using silicone gel. The IDEAL IMPLANT incorporates a series of shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold saline. Made with standard implant materials, the IDEAL IMPLANT uses an advanced internal structure to control movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce collapse and wrinkling. The IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone ten years of development, testing, and refinement—including contributions of clinical expertise from several board-certified plastic surgeons. The IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada in 2014. The findings below were discovered in an eight-year study comparing the rupture and capsular contracture risk rates between the IDEAL IMPLANT and three types of silicone breast implants.

“The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has the best safety profile out there right now,” reports Dr. Ellen Mahony. “It’s pretty amazing that this particular implant has the lowest capsular contracture rate and the lowest leak rate of all of its competitors, yet offers a similar natural look and feel for which silicone gel implants are known. Women don’t have anxiety about potential silent rupture or wondering whether the implant is intact. It’s truly an ideal option for the majority of my breast augmentation patients.”

Why Women Choose the IDEAL IMPLANT

The data clearly shows that IDEAL IMPLANT has a substantially lower risk of major complications compared to silicone breast implants. The more women that choose the IDEAL IMPLANT, the less risk is out there of a “silent rupture,” or even greater complications in the future. Because of its smooth surface, the IDEAL IMPLANT also eliminates the recent concern over cancer risks associated with textured-surfaced implants.

“Recent surveys have clearly shown that the majority of women have very real concerns about silicone gel in their bodies and the risk of silent rupture,” reports Dr. Vivian Ting, a board-certified Ideal Implant Preferred Surgeon in California who presented the survey data above at the ASPS Aesthetica Super Symposium. “Surgeons may underestimate this anxiety simply because they don’t share the concern, in great part because about 90% are male. A woman’s anxiety about what is in her body is a critical part of the full treatment picture.”

IDEAL IMPLANT Protection Plan

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant began FDA clinical trials in 2009, and received FDA and Health Canada approval for public use in 2014. The company also offers a first-of-its kind optional Premium Protection Plan which provides limited financial protection for certain complications related to the procedure and/or the implant, and is renewable for life for greater peace of mind.

When you choose the IDEAL IMPLANT, you are automatically enrolled at no cost in the Basic Protection Plan provided by Ideal Implant Incorporated. Financial assistance helps with the uninsured and unexpected out-of-pocket costs of surgery for implant deflation for 10 years. Another option is the Premium Protection Plan which offers even greater peace of mind:

  • $10,000 PROTECTION during the first 60 days after your procedure for bleeding, infection, anesthesia, blood clots and wound healing events.
  • $5,000 PROTECTION during the first year for capsular contracture, deflation, insertional scar revision and related events.
  • $5,000 PROTECTION during renewal years for capsular contracture, deflation, insertional scar revision and related events.
  • REPLACEMENT IMPLANT during lifetime for deflation and first 10 years for capsular contracture.
  • RENEWABLE ANNUALLY FOR LIFE for greater peace of mind and financial protection.

Talk to your surgeon about which protection plan would be best for you and give you the greatest peace of mind. He or she will help you enroll in the best plan for you and your lifestyle.

A Real Patient’s Breast Augmentation Experience

Dr. Hamas presented his IDEAL IMPLANT to the FDA along with the message that women want more options. He hopes his message will further empower women like Heather Jordan, a patient who chose the IDEAL IMPLANT after looking at her other options. She spent a year and a half researching breast augmentations before choosing to go under the knife two years ago.

“I missed that whole, for lack of a better term, sex appeal, or feeling sexy as a woman instead of just feeling like a mother.” – Heather Jordan

When asked about whether she was worried about putting something foreign into her body and the risks involved, Heather responded, “Definitely. You’re putting something in your body, so you should definitely know what you’re getting into.” With more options and innovative technology comes more information and awareness. Women have the ability to become completely informed about their breast augmentation choices and know exactly what they are putting into their bodies and what they can expect. Happy with her choice of the IDEAL IMPLANT two years later, Heather Jordan can confidently say she feels sexy again with her natural looking implants along with her peace of mind.

The Future of the IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Hamas hopes to continue to educate women and surgeons that there are more than two breast implant options. The third option, the IDEAL IMPLANT, doesn’t require regular MRI’s that are often an out-of-pocket expense, and the risk of rupture and capsular contracture is significantly lower for primary augmentation than with silicone breast implants. Now women can truly have it all with implants that provide a natural look and feel along with complete peace of mind.

“When I started practicing, the surgeon made the decision-the women didn’t have many sources of information. Today there’s a huge amount of information on websites and through social media…Times have really changed and women expect, and they should, to be able to make their own decisions and get unbiased information.” – Dr. Hamas

When considering breast augmentation, women want a beautiful, natural, and safe result that doesn’t leave them wondering whether their implant has ruptured silently.  The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is the latest implant technology designed by a plastic surgeon, Dr. Hamas, to give women the best of both worlds—the beautiful look and natural feel they want, with the safety of only saline inside.

Long Island board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Blaine reports, “Once patients have the ability to feel the difference between silicone gel, unstructured saline, and IDEAL IMPLANT, they’re more comfortable with the idea of the structured implant because of the way the IDEAL IMPLANT feels—they feel that it’s soft, it’s more natural. The overall satisfaction rate with the patients that have had the IDEAL IMPLANT placed is great. They love the idea of a safe implant. They love the idea of no silent rupture, no MRIs or monitoring, and the lack of concern for higher complication rates.”

The “Plastic Surgeons’ Breast Implant Company

Since the IDEAL IMPLANT has been on the market, it has changed both patient and surgeon’s views of breast augmentation surgery significantly. Over the years, a number of plastic surgeons have chosen to become stockholders in the company because they believed in the IDEAL IMPLANT and the difference it could make for patients and for their personal practices. Today, Ideal Implant Incorporated is majority owned by plastic surgeons, making it the “Plastic Surgeons’ Breast Implant Company.”

Because of this, the company has a strong focus on patient care and safety, with particular emphasis on attention to detail and quality control in manufacturing of the IDEAL IMPLANT. IDEAL IMPLANT Premier plastic surgeons are surgeons who not only offer the IDEAL IMPLANT but also have extensive experience in performing hundreds of successful breast augmentations using this implant. We have continually improved process controls and inspections in our FDA-approved US manufacturing facility and the implant has demonstrated very low failure rates in comparison to other implants.

In the US, the IDEAL IMPLANT is only available through a Network of board certified or board-eligible plastic surgeons. The implant is also approved for use in Canada. Considering breast augmentation in your area? Go to our convenient Surgeon Finder to locate the surgeon closest to you.

Before and After Photos of a McKinney Plastic Surgery with IDEAL IMPLANT

IMPORTANT NOTE: Below you may find untouched before and after photos of patients who have granted permission to their surgeon to show them anonymously. While we protect the identities of our patients, please be advised that by their nature, these photos contain sensitive content.

As you age, your breasts tend to lose the high, perky position they held in your youth. Life changes such as pregnancy or weight loss can also affect your breasts; they can lose volume and shape. A breast augmentation combined with a lift can add volume to your breasts and reposition them for a more youthful look. Patients wondering about breast augmentation cost in McKinney, TX put their trust in the technical skills and experience of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty. Dr. Setty is a Realself “Top Doctor” and believes strongly in delivering high quality results to his patients. Dr. Setty is one of an exclusive group of doctors to offer his patients the latest in breast implant technology with the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

McKinney Plastic Surgery: A Before and After Breast Augmentation & Lift

A breast lift and augmentation can improve the fullness and skin laxity of the breasts at the same time. If you’re not sure what your goals are for your breast augmentation and lift, during your consultation Dr. Setty can show you before and after photos of previous patients who have had the surgery performed.

In these photos you’ll see a 36-year-old woman who received a bilateral breast augmentation and lift with 415 cc IDEAL IMPLANTS. The “after” photos were taken 12 months after surgery and she continues to be happy with her results. 

Why Choose the IDEAL IMPLANT?

Since the IDEAL IMPLANT is still relatively new (approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014), some McKinney plastic surgery patients don’t know much about it. One of the main reasons this implant was designed, was to give women the natural look and feel of silicone gel with the safety of only saline inside. Though traditional, unstructured saline implants tend to wrinkle or ripple, the IDEAL IMPLANT is supported internally by a series of nested shells, which gives the implant a unique structure. The saline is held in place by this structure which results in a smooth, beautiful implant that feels and looks natural. For patients who are worried about breast augmentation cost in McKinney, TX, the price of the IDEAL IMPLANT may be only about $500 more than silicone gel implants, and because the IDEAL IMPLANT is inserted into the breast pocket empty, it requires a smaller incision than silicone gel implants.

Dr. Setty says, “Most women come in with slight breast asymmetries, and silicone gel implants come pre-filled, so sometimes you can’t find that exact size that you need for each breast to give a more symmetrical result. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, I have the ability to adjust the fill volume and make the breasts more symmetrical overall. That’s a nice thing from a surgical standpoint.”

No Silent Rupture Concerns with IDEAL IMPLANT

If you had a rupture in your breast implants, wouldn’t you want to know about it? McKinney plastic surgery patients who choose silicone gel implants can experience a “silent rupture,” where a break or tear in the implant occurs, but they don’t know it’s there until weeks, months, or even years later. In a 2017 independent survey of 933 women, 98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants.

Dr. Setty says, “A lot of women are concerned about monitoring silicone gel implants for silent rupture, which you don’t have to do with the IDEAL IMPLANT.” The IDEAL IMPLANT has two separate chambers that hold the saline filler, and if part of your implant ruptures, the implant will deflate slightly. You can look in the mirror and see the rupture immediately. Unlike ruptures with a silicone gel implant, where sticky silicone gel can leak into the body tissues, the only thing entering your body from a ruptured IDEAL IMPLANT is a sterile saline solution that is absorbed safely without any health risks. This 8-year study shows that only 2.1% of patients with the IDEAL IMPLANT for primary augmentation even experienced a rupture in their implants, while silicone gel implants had much higher rupture rates.

Long-term Breast Augmentation Cost in McKinney, TX

You may be wondering, if a rupture is silent, then how do women with silicone gel implants ever find them? The FDA recommends that a woman with silicone gel implants should get an MRI scan three years after surgery, and every two years after that to check for ruptures. These MRIs are not covered by insurance, which means the money comes out of your pocket. These MRIs cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, which results in a larger long-term cost for silicone gel implants. McKinney plastic surgery patients who pick the IDEAL IMPLANT don’t have to worry about paying for expensive MRIs. They can have confidence their implants are intact every day with a quick glance in the mirror.

Another thing to consider before selecting implants for your breast augmentation, is how many future surgeries you may have down the road. For example, Dr. Setty says replacing a ruptured silicone gel implant can take an hour or more, depending on the severity of the rupture:

“If the silicone gel has spread everywhere, it could be even longer than that. We have to be much more cognizant in removing all the scar tissue and making sure we get all that silicone gel out, so it definitely adds at least an hour. From a recovery standpoint, it will add more time also because of having to remove that scar tissue and aggressive moving of the surrounding tissues. So cleaning up a silent rupture in a silicone gel implant definitely makes it more difficult at the time of surgery as well as afterwards.”

Most surgeons recommend that women with silicone gel implants replace them every 10 years, because the risk of rupture goes up the longer they stay in. So, if you select silicone gel implants, it’s important to consider the long term costs of both routine MRIs and breast implant revision surgeries you may need in the future. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, there’s no need to worry about the 10-year rule. The implants can be left in as long as you’re still happy with them. If a breast implant revision surgery is needed,  Dr. Setty says “it’s a straightforward and simple process.” IDEAL IMPLANTS can be swapped out with new ones without having to worry about cleaning out any silicone gel.

For Stunning Results, Select Dr. Setty and the IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Setty says he has consistently received positive feedback from his patients, and even members of his team about the IDEAL IMPLANT, “I have one staff member that actually has the IDEAL IMPLANT, and several others who are considering breast augmentation also plan on getting the IDEAL IMPLANT because they’ve seen the results and see the benefits of it. The feedback is very positive overall.”

Dr. Setty was recently recognized as an Ideal Implant Premier Network Surgeon due to his unsurpassed experience using these implants in breast enhancement surgery. Women from all over the United States select Dr. Setty for their McKinney plastic surgery procedure due to his impressive experience and education, and his ability to make them feel comfortable and welcome in his office. When you come to Setty Plastics & Aesthetics, Dr. Setty wants you to feel like part of the family. He places great importance on patient education and promises to listen to all your questions and concerns throughout your plastic surgery journey.

Considering breast implants in Dallas, TX? Contact Dr. Naveen Setty today to discuss your options. Simply call 214-842-6960, or visit Dr. Setty’s office is located at 175 Ridge Road, Suite 200, McKinney, TX 75070. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

An “Amazing Breast Implant Experience” with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

Have you wanted breast implants for a long time? Women used to have only two options for breast enhancements: silicone gel implants and traditional saline implants. But now there’s a third option—IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. This new implant technology is changing the cosmetic surgery industry, with more women asking for the IDEAL IMPLANT in their breast augmentation than ever before. In Newport Beach, California, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Nichter has decades of experience and training in cosmetic surgery. At his private practice, the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, patients can choose from a variety of facial, breast, and body contouring procedures. Dr. Nichter says, “My personal prediction is within the next five-ten years, the IDEAL IMPLANT will be one of the more popular implants in the U.S. and Canada.”

One Patient’s Experience

One of Dr. Nichter’s patients said she had an “amazing breast implant experience” with this new implant technology. She received her IDEAL IMPLANT breast implants one year ago:

“I had an amazing experience with Dr. Nichter and everyone at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to have had during the process of getting my breast implants. After reviewing and discussing my implant options I decided on the IDEAL IMPLANTS since to me they are the best/safest option out there today. Leading up to my surgery I was always kept informed of what I needed to be doing and any questions I had were always answered. The day of the surgery went great and Dr. Nichter called that night to make sure I was doing okay. I hardly had any pain during my recovery and the scars are barely visible. I just had my one year implant anniversary and couldn’t be happier and wouldn’t change a thing. I highly recommend Dr. Nichter and the IDEAL IMPLANTS!” – review from MarissaR86

How the IDEAL IMPLANT is Designed for Better Breast Enhancements

The trend in breast augmentation used to be “go big or go home,” but now women are seeking a more natural, not “overdone” look. The IDEAL IMPLANT can give women both a natural look and feel, but without the safety concerns associated with silicone gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014, and Dr. Nichter was part of the team of doctors that began the FDA study. Dr. Nichter says, “As one of the lead FDA investigators, I’ve read through most of all the peer reviewed journal articles on the IDEAL IMPLANT, and . . .  I have access to the data that’s been published. I’m just thrilled with the results.”

Some women complain that traditional, unstructured saline breast implants just don’t feel like natural breast tissue. They feel more like a water balloon sitting on their chest with no structure. Dr. Nichter says, “Virtually no one uses the traditional, old fashioned saline implants because of the waviness or rippling and so on.” The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline-filled implant, but it was designed with a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers to hold the saline. This unique internal structure controls movement for a more natural feel. This means the saline will behave more like natural breast tissue, and wrinkle and ripple less for a beautiful, round, look. The IDEAL IMPLANT also requires a smaller incision than silicone gel implants during surgery, resulting in smaller, less noticeable scars for your breast enhancements.

Zero Risk of Silent Rupture with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

While intact silicone gel implants are safe, they do carry a higher risk of both implant rupture and capsular contracture than the IDEAL IMPLANT in primary breast augmentation. In this 8-year study, the IDEAL IMPLANT was found to outperform silicone gel implants in both of these common implant complications. There is also zero risk of a “silent rupture” happening, where a break or tear in your implants can go undetected and lead to further issues. Dr. Nichter says, “From a surgeon’s perspective, the best thing involved [with IDEAL IMPLANT] is you don’t really have to worry about silent ruptures.”

A 2017 Independent Survey, “Women’s Preferences in Breast Implants” asked 933 women how they would feel about a silent rupture in their breast enhancements. Out of the women surveyed, 98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants. This shows that the majority of women have very real concerns about silicone gel in their bodies and do worry about silent rupture.

About Dr. Larry Nichter

Dr. Nichter is a world-class, board-certified plastic surgeon who has been recognized time and again for his compassionate care and surgical technical excellence. His awards include Real Self 100, Top Doctor, Super Doctors, and Compassionate Doctor, among others. His patients appreciate his calm, caring bedside manner and plastic surgery expertise. The majority of Dr. Nichter’s patients now pick the IDEAL IMPLANT for their breast augmentation and are exceptionally pleased by their plastic surgery results.

Considering breast implants in Newport Beach, CA? Contact Dr. Larry Nichter today to discuss your options. Simply call 949-720-3888, or visit Dr. Nichter’s office is located at 3991 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 320/340, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

How Breast Implant Surgery Can Increase Confidence

Is there something weighing on your mind? Maybe you don’t even consciously realize it, but it is possible that you have been letting negative thoughts about yourself nag you for years. For most women in our society today, comparison to others, on social media and in messages from TV and ads, can make us feel like we aren’t measuring up. If you’ve been feeling that way, think about what needs to change. Are the things you don’t like about yourself traits that you simply need to learn to accept? Or are they things you have control over, but haven’t taken the time to change? Maybe it’s some of both. Sometimes learning to love yourself combined with finding the best plastic surgeon to address a few things is the answer, leaving you more confident in yourself and more at peace with who you are.

Finding the Best Plastic Surgeon

If you do feel like plastic surgery could help you let go of some of those negative thoughts that nag you every day, finding the best plastic surgeon is key. There isn’t one plastic surgeon that is better than all the rest in the world, but there will be one best plastic surgeon for you and your specific needs. Word of mouth and reviews are powerful resources in getting to know characteristics about plastic surgeons. However, until you meet personally with someone, you can’t really know how you will click with them. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with the proper training and education. The FDA only requires that someone be a doctor in order to perform breast implant surgery. This means that doctors who have no specific training in breast implant surgery are allowed to perform them.

If a surgeon is board-certified, this means that they have spent extra money and taken extra time out of their busy schedules to gain additional education and training. Someone that you can trust your body with when you elect to have breast implant surgery is someone who is board-certified. Then make sure that they are open and honest with you. Rather than trying to upsell you on products and make you feel like a number, your surgeon should explain all of the potential benefits and compromises of each of your options and make you feel completely comfortable asking questions and raising concerns. One of the most popular plastic surgery choices today is breast implant surgery.

“I think it’s hard sometimes for patients to understand what doctor to go to. The first and most important thing I think women should look at is if their doctor or their intended doctor is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. That is very easy to find out by going to the American Board of Plastic Surgery website. Once that piece is covered, I think that there are ways to find a doctor that you can trust. Word of mouth of friends or family members that have also used a doctor for a similar reason, or somebody else in the healthcare field that knows which plastic surgeons are better than the others.” – Dr. Jonathan Heistein

Breast Implant Surgery Options

Breast implant surgery is very popular among women today because of the way our bodies are viewed and how they make us feel. Many women are self conscious about their breast area, whether they think it is too small, too big, or completely changed after years of pregnancy, nursing, and weight fluctuation. This is a common surgery too, because there is nothing we can do on our own, through diet or exercise, to significantly alter our breasts. With a simple breast implant surgery, many women can let go of negative feelings towards that part of their body and start to feel confident again.

In the past, women only had two breast implant surgery options: silicone gel implants or unstructured saline implants. Silicone gel implants were very popular because they feel more like natural breasts. The concern that comes with silicone gel implants is that it is difficult to tell when they rupture. Commonly known as a “silent rupture,” if the implant breaks, the silicone gel can leak into your body and may not be detected or show symptoms until years later. Saline implants are also popular because if they leak, the saline fluid is harmlessly absorbed and provides instant detection. The disadvantage to unstructured saline implants is that they tend to ripple and feel more like water balloons than natural breast tissue.


Now women have another breast implant surgery option, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. This implant looks and feels natural because it does not easily move around or ripple thanks to its internal structure. Filled with saline, there is no need for an MRI every two-to-three years to check for silent ruptures which provides women with the best of both worlds: a beautiful, natural feel with complete peace of mind. If women are still wondering if the IDEAL IMPLANT is the best breast implant surgery option for them, they need only read the latest research performed by Ideal Implant Incorporated showing that the IDEAL IMPLANT has the lowest risk of rupture and capsular contracture rates in comparison to silicone gel implants.

“From a surgeon’s perspective, I like the IDEAL IMPLANT because they have a fill range that gives us a lot of control in the operating room for sizing of the implant. Most women have a bit of asymmetry, so we’re able to even that out during a breast enhancement procedure. The IDEAL IMPLANT also has a great feel to the touch after surgery and gives women a very natural look. Combine that with the lower capsular contracture rates and lower rupture rates that come along with IDEAL IMPLANT and these are all things that really make it a nice device to work with. Most of my patients are choosing IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants for these reasons over silicone gel implants.” – Dr. Eric Desman

Is Breast Implant Surgery Right for You?

Maybe you still aren’t sure if you want to get breast implant surgery. How much will it affect your lifestyle or self-esteem? Will it really change the way you feel about yourself? Whatever you do, don’t compare your situation to someone else’s. Beauty is defined differently from culture to culture, and generation to generation. What matters most is how you want to feel in your own skin. Being confident in who you are and feeling amazing in your body will help you live the best life that you were meant to live. Consider taking the time to self reflect on why you think negative thoughts about yourself and if a breast implant surgery will solve that or if you also need a true change in mindset. It is up to you to take control of your life and allow yourself the freedom to be the best version of you.

In the end, it’s your life and your decision. How other people feel and think has nothing to do with how you feel in your individual body and the personal journey that you want to go on. It’s never too late to realize the freedom you possess and make the most of it. Take control of your life and discover your breast implant surgery options. Make the best decision for you and your lifestyle and let a board-certified plastic surgeon that you trust guide you in the perfect direction. Our world is changing and so are you. There is beauty in change and you can take part in that by letting go of who you were and becoming who you have always wanted to be.

What the Best Plastic Surgeons Want You to Know About Silent Rupture

Are you researching breast augmentation or plastic surgery recovery? What about life after a breast augmentation? Even after you are “done” recovering from a breast augmentation, you might still encounter complications that require additional surgery. One term you may see when researching breast implant types is “silent rupture.” What is silent rupture, and how can you reduce your risk of encountering it? To help you learn more about silent ruptures, we talked to several of the best plastic surgeons around the country.

What is a Silent Rupture?

A silicone gel breast implant is made by filling a solid silicone shell with thick, sticky silicone gel. The stability this gel provides means silicone gel breast implants have beautiful, natural looking results. If a rupture occurs the silicone gel must be removed with the shell because, unlike the saline that fills saline and structured implants, silicone gel cannot be absorbed by the body.

According to the FDA, symptoms of a ruptured breast implant include, “a decrease in breast size, change in breast implant shape, hard lumps over the implant or chest area, an uneven appearance of the breasts, pain or tenderness, tingling, swelling, numbness, burning, or changes in sensation.”

However, not all silicone gel breast implant ruptures show symptoms, which can cause some anxiety during plastic surgery recovery and beyond. According to the FDA, “If a silicone gel-filled breast implant ruptures, it is not likely that you or your doctor will immediately notice because most silicone implant ruptures are without symptoms, ‘silent ruptures.’” Even if a rupture is causing no problems, the FDA still recommends removal with or without replacement.

How Silent Ruptures are Detected

How do you know you have experienced a silent rupture? Women with silicone gel breast implants are encouraged to get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) every few years in order to detect a silent rupture. As Dr. Constance Barone, board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio, points out, not all women like this recommendation. She tells us, “We like the feel of silicone gel implants. We just don’t like the fact that we should be getting MRIs at three years and every two years thereafter. That’s an out- of-pocket expense, which can be quite expensive.” According to a recent report the average MRI cost is between $444-$1468.

Some of the best plastic surgeons around the country tell us detecting a silent rupture can be more difficult than just getting an MRI. Dr. Joshua Waltzman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Long Beach, says “I’ve had multiple patients who have experienced some type of silent rupture. The more common scenario is that I find the rupture during an implant exchange and/or upsizing or downsizing. I discover it once I am operating on the patient, which is really the ultimate silence.”

Even if you do your best to detect a rupture, Dr. Sophie Bartsich, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, says that may not be enough. She tells us, “In the last couple years I’ve had several patients who’ve had MRIs done because there was a question about their existing silicone gel implants. I’ve found that sometimes MRIs are not actually very reliable. In some instances, a patient’s MRI said the silicone gel implant had ruptured, and then when I went in to operate on it, it actually hadn’t. I’ve had one or two patients where an MRI showed the implant wasn’t ruptured, but based on my clinical exam I really thought there was a concern, so I went in and it turned out it was ruptured.”

Are Silent Ruptures Avoidable?

Is there anything you can do to avoid a silent rupture, which will lead to revision surgery and plastic surgery recovery? The short answer is, no. According to the FDA “silicone breast implants can rupture at any time after your implant surgery, but the longer an implant is in place, the greater the possibility an implant may rupture.” Dr. Eric Desman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Alexandria, Virginia, echoes the FDA when he tells us, “breast implants are man made devices. They’re not lifetime devices. So every implant, in my opinion, eventually will leak or rupture.”  Furthermore, after removing a ruptured silicone gel breast implant, Dr. Desman says, “If the patient puts new silicone gel implants back in, then they’re just restarting the clock on the next problem or process with a leaked silicone gel implant.”

Silent Rupture and Anxiety

Occasionally, some of the best plastic surgeons will recommend replacing your silicone gel breast implants at ten years, but if they are not causing issues there is no reason for a replacement. Some women are able to keep their silicone gel breast implants for 20 years or more with no issues. However, the anxiety caused by possible silent rupture should not be discounted. In a recent independent survey, 98% of women surveyed said they would be concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants, 95% of women say they would want a ruptured silicone gel implant removed, even if they didn’t show symptoms, and 89% of women reported that they were less likely to choose silicone gel after learning of the FDA’s MRI recommendations. Dr. Mathew Plant, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Toronto, says “Patients have aesthetic surgery to feel better about themselves and gain some confidence that they may be missing. So the last thing that I ever want to do is put a device into someone that then gives them a whole bunch of new anxieties and keeps them up at night. If all we’ve done is trade one insecurity for another then we haven’t really accomplished anything at all.”

Plastic Surgery Recovery and Beyond

Not every women will experience a rupture in her silicone gel breast implants but it is important to know statistics about rupture rates before you choose a breast implant. Choosing a breast implant with a low rupture rate will help you avoid future surgeries. Unfortunately, many silicone gel breast implants have high rupture rates. The FDA collects this data from core clinical trials so every patient can be informed and empowered to make the best choice for her future. To compare the benefits and compromises of some of the most popular breast implants, click here.

Beauty and Peace of Mind After Your Breast Augmentation

Women choose silicone gel breast implants because they offer beautiful results, and as Dr. Plant pointed out, aesthetic surgery should boost your confidence. In the past, silicone gel was the top choice for a great aesthetic. Now there is a new breast implant option that offers beautiful, natural looking results but without the risk of silent rupture. The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is filled with saline for a women’s peace of mind. If the IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures the saline will leak out and be naturally absorbed by the body, there is no need for an MRI to detect a rupture. The internal structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT gives the implant stability and a natural, beautiful look.

The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is offered from some of the best plastic surgeons in the nation. All IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons are board-certified, and dedicated to providing their patients with safe and effective treatment options. To find a surgeon near you use our easy surgeon finder: To learn more about the advantages of the IDEAL IMPLANT visit

Is Breast Surgery in Stoneham, MA, Right For You?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Below you may find untouched before and after photos of patients who have granted permission to their surgeon to show them anonymously. While we protect the identities of our patients, please be advised that by their nature, these photos contain sensitive content.

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your breasts? Have you considered breast augmentation, but are unsure if breast implants are right for you? Dr. Jonathan Hall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that will help you understand your breast implant options and discuss the best fit for your body and personal goals.

Why Pursue Breast Surgery in Stoneham, MA

Many factors impact how your natural breasts in Stoneham, MA, look over time. Pregnancy, aging, and weight loss are common reasons why women lose breast volume. As the body fluctuates and changes, the size and shape of the breasts change too. On the other hand, some women feel they have always lacked breast fullness and have never been the size they desire. Others might deal with breast asymmetry, meaning their breasts developed unevenly and are noticeably different sizes. Whatever your reason for wanting breast surgery in Stoneham, MA, Dr. Hall has the skills and experience needed to help you restore, enhance, or regain the size of your breasts with implants.

Types of Breast Implants

It is important to understand your breast implant options before receiving breast surgery in Stoneham, MA. Every type of breast implant offers various benefits and some even come with a few drawbacks. Dr. Hall utilizes a variety of breast implant options, including the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. He is part of an exclusive group of plastic surgeons eligible to offer this FDA-approved breast implant.

IDEAL IMPLANTS are designed to provide all the benefits women seek from silicone gel implants, without the worry of “silent rupture” following breast surgery in Stoneham, MA. Silicone gel breast implants are known for their natural feel and youthful look, yet come with an inescapable inherent risk of “silent rupture.” This occurs when an implant develops a hole or tear and the inside contents can come in contact with body tissues. Unlike implants filled with saline, a sterile saltwater solution the body can harmlessly absorb, silicone gel implants are filled with a sticky silicone gel substance that can extrude into the surrounding tissues of a woman’s body and must be surgically removed.

This type of implant complication is referred to as a “silent rupture” because it can go undetected for years without a woman knowing her implant needs to be removed. The only way to detect a “silent rupture” is through an MRI scan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends all women with silicone gel implants receive an MRI the third year after their breast augmentation and every two years thereafter. This is not the case with saline implants or IDEAL IMPLANTS. A woman can simply look in the mirror to determine if her IDEAL IMPLANTS are intact. No expensive MRI scans are required. And while unstructured saline implants can completely deflate upon rupture, IDEAL IMPLANTS maintain some of their shape and volume due to their advanced internal structure.

IDEAL IMPLANTS are comprised of a series of implant shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This unique design not only helps to produce the look of natural breasts in Stoneham, MA, but it also eliminates many of the concerns women have about saline implants. Unstructured saline implants can make the skin wrinkle or ripple, lack an internal support system to control the movement of the saline filler, and can collapse when in an upright position. IDEAL IMPLANTS have an internal structure to reduce wrinkling or rippling, mitigate sloshing, and prevent collapse.

Results that Replicate Natural Breasts in Stoneham, MA

Dr. Hall recently performed breast surgery in Stoneham, MA on a mother of three in her late 30’s who wanted fuller breasts, yet the appearance of natural breasts in Stoneham, MA. Images below show before and after photos of her results. Dr. Hall described her experience:

“After reviewing the implant options, she decided upon the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. She was happy to not need to worry about a silent rupture, and even happier to be able to purchase an enhanced warranty from an outside insurance company that she will be able to renew annually for life. The base-width of each breast is 11.85 cm, and the nipple to [inframammary fold] on stretch distance is 8.5 cm. She was sized in the office and liked 325/350, but felt that 375 was simply too full in her clothing. Our decision was for the IDEAL IMPLANT  335-375 cc that has a base-width of 11.4 cm, filled to a total volume of 350 cc. The implant has an empty volume of 52 cc, and the back/inner chamber is filled to 188 cc. The front/outer chamber was filled to 110 cc to give a total implant volume of 350 cc. Her implants were placed below the pectoralis muscle and through an inframammary incision. She is shown before and again, 4.5 months after surgery. She is thrilled with her fuller, but still natural look.”

Exceptional Care with Dr. Hall

Dr. Hall specializes in breast augmentation and works hard to ensure his patients are happy with their results. He has received many awards throughout his career and his widely recognized as a top medical specialist in the Boston area. He takes the time to understand your personal situation, and what you hope to accomplish from breast surgery in Stoneham, MA. He creates customized treatment plans for each one of his patients in order to address the individual needs of the men and women that seek his care. If you have questions or concerns, he will give you answers and comfort as you work together to discover the best choice for your body.

Considering breast implants in Stoneham, MA? Contact Dr. Hall today to discuss your options. Simply call 781-279-7930 or visit Dr. Hall’s office is located at 92 Montvale Avenue, Suite 3300, Stoneham, MA 02180. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Natural Looking Breast Enlargement with the IDEAL IMPLANT

You may have doubled the size of your wardrobe in college by borrowing your roommate’s clothes, but chances are you wouldn’t have been able to share bras. The unique size and shape of your breasts means you need a specific bra size. For breast implant sizes, the same rule applies: breast augmentation results won’t look quite right unless you have implants that are customized to fit your body. Dr. Sophie Bartsich is a premier plastic surgeon in New York City who excels in her practice of helping women achieve their ideal breasts. Her Charlottesbook article, “Are Those Things Real? Breast Implant Sizing 101” answers all of your questions about breast enlargement and how to get implants that look and feel as natural as possible.

The Problem with Supersizing

If you want natural looking breast augmentation results, Dr. Bartsich says there are some major pitfalls to avoid. Nobody wants to end up wishing they’d gone bigger, but choosing a breast implant size that is too large is the ultimate giveaway that you’ve had a breast enlargement procedure. Dr. Bartsich knows the effects this error can have. She says, “The problem with an oversized implant is that it needs somewhere to go. It will either spill into the middle, creating a uni-boob effect, or pour into the armpit area. This is what happens when the width of the implant is too big for the breast.”

Finding a Custom Fit

Your surgeon will create an implant pocket during your surgical procedure for your implants.  The pocket needs to be properly positioned and just the right size. Dr. Bartsich stresses the importance of choosing an excellent surgeon to make sure you find your “custom fit.” She also explains what you need to discuss beyond breast implant sizes: “Your breast augmentation consultation should be a fitting, where the surgeon assesses your breast width, tissue quality, elasticity, and amount of breast tissue, to figure out what size and shape would work best. By the end of your consultation, you should understand why you have a specific size, and what that size is.”

Over or Under?

When it comes to deciding whether to place implants over or under the chest muscle, Dr. Bartsich says it depends on the patient. Placement under the muscle is often thought to give a more natural look, but for some women it can result in what is termed the “double bubble deformity.” This happens “when the breast hangs lower but the implant stays under the muscle and there is a step-off in between.” If it’s important to you that your breast enlargement looks as natural as possible, talk to your surgeon about your goals. Dr. Bartsich says that “In most instances, allowing the implant and the breast to migrate together is the best bet, and this means keeping them in the same space as a unit.”

Implant Types and Why They Matter

For decades women had only two options for breast implant types: unstructured saline or silicone gel breast implants. Silicone gel has long been a popular choice because it feels and looks more natural than saline implants, but questions about the health concerns of silicone gel have given some women second thoughts. Unstructured saline implants provide women with peace of mind but can lack the aesthetic appeal of silicone gel. Dr. Bartsich says, “For patients with a good amount of their own breast tissue, they can sometimes pull off the natural looking breast implants with a saline augmentation, but these are more prone to rippling, which is a total giveaway.”

IDEAL IMPLANT®: Breast Enlargement Without Compromise

What do you do if you want natural looking breast enlargement results without having to worry about the concerns surrounding silicone gel? The new IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants offer women an alternative that provides beautiful, natural looking results. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, and its unique design gives it a natural shape and feel that other saline-filled implants lack. Women who choose the IDEAL IMPLANT never have to worry about silent rupture, routine MRIs, or any of the maintenance associated with other types of breast implants.  

The Trend for Natural Looking Breast Implants

In her article, “Are Those Things Real? Breast Implant Sizing 101,” Dr. Bartsich says she has “always believed that cosmetic surgery should be like makeup: it should go largely unnoticed.” If you want breast enlargement that looks natural, it’s important to choose a surgeon with experience and skill. Then together you can make the best decisions about your breast implant sizes, placement, and type for the perfect end result.

New York City’s Premier Surgeon for IDEAL IMPLANT

Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit Dr. Bartsich’s office is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

Transform Your Body with McKinney Breast Implants from Dr. Setty

For stunning transformations and an excellent cosmetic surgery experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, patients put their trust in the skills and experience of Dr. Naveen Setty. A board certified plastic surgeon in McKinney, Texas, Dr. Setty has been in private practice for over ten years. His comprehensive education and extensive plastic surgery training make him one of the top plastic surgeons in the area. At Setty Plastics & Aesthetics, Dr. Setty and his staff consistently provide compassionate care with exceptional results. Dr. Setty is considered a leader in plastic surgery with the recognition of “Top Doctor” by, and distinguished as an Ideal Implant Premier Network Surgeon. We sat down with Dr. Setty to discuss his practice, the ins and outs of breast augmentation, and why he likes IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Why do patients choose your practice over others in the area?

“We spend time with our patients, we care about them, they are all important to us. We’re told that patients feel very comfortable in our practice. Most of them can relate to a lot of my staff and myself. We try to make the plastic surgery experience as comfortable as possible. We know it’s very nerve racking to come in, take your clothes off, and be examined and have your photo taken by strangers. So we try to make our patients as comfortable as possible. We try to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with the procedure, which is another big reason why patients tell us they chose us.

“I was actually a patient, not from a cosmetic standpoint, but I was a reconstructive surgery patient so I understand that feeling of being in a physician’s office or being at the hands of a physician and other people and trying to get that trust and build that trust. So it’s important that we build that relationship with our patients.”

How do you help women make individualized choices during their breast augmentation process?

“Some patients who come in don’t know much about the process or haven’t done a lot of research, and there are many misconceptions and half-truths out there. A lot of things people hear from other people. So, my goal is to make sure they’re really educated. That’s an important part of the consultation.

“The other important part is really listening to what they’re looking for and making sure we’re on the same page and that what they want is something I can deliver, something realistic. So, those are the two important aspects of the consultation that we really focus on. In the initial part of the consultation I will sit down with them, talk to them, find out their reasons for breast augmentation and what their goals are. Then after we’ve taken pictures and I’ve examined them, then I really sit down with them and go through a full presentation on the pros and cons of getting a breast augmentation, the different kinds of implant choices, incision locations, where we put the implants and why we put them there. I’ll talk about the risks involved and the recovery. It’s one of our longer consultations actually because of all the education and detail that’s involved.”

When did you begin offering IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Saline Implants in your practice?

“I’ve been using the IDEAL IMPLANT for a little over two years now. I’d heard about it for a few years, just being at different national meetings and hearing a little buzz about it. It sounded like a really interesting idea and then at one of the meetings I went to the booth and learned a little bit more about the implant itself. The reason it sounded interesting to me was the fact that it was filled with saline. Even though silicone gel implants have been shown to be safe and most women do really well with them, there’re still a lot of women who come in here that have reservations about using silicone and having silicone gel implants in their body. When I saw and felt the IDEAL IMPLANT, I thought it would be a nice option for women and it has turned out to be a really good option.”

From a surgeon’s standpoint, what do you like about the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“One of the advantages of the traditional saline implant, and the IDEAL IMPLANT, is there’s a little bit more flexibility as far as fill volume. Most women come in with slight breast asymmetries, and silicone gel implants come pre-filled, so sometimes you can’t find that exact size that you need for each breast to give a more symmetrical result. With IDEAL IMPLANT, I have the ability to adjust the fill volume and make the breasts more symmetrical overall. That’s a nice thing from a surgical standpoint.

“The other thing I like is the IDEAL IMPLANT requires a smaller incision because it comes empty and I put it in through a small incision fill line. So that’s nice as well. Really the biggest thing is just that I can give direct comfort to patients. They don’t have to worry about monitoring them afterwards like you do with silicone gel implants. When I mention that to patients, they really like that. A lot of women are concerned about monitoring implants for silent rupture, which you don’t have to do with the IDEAL IMPLANT. Most of the women coming to me are in their 30s, so they’ll have these implants for many years. The fact that the IDEAL IMPLANT is easier to monitor and follow up with is a big deal.”

What would you tell another plastic surgeon who doesn’t offer the IDEAL IMPLANT yet?

“I know there is some concern among surgeons about the feel and look of the IDEAL IMPLANT. That’s because they tend to think of them as traditional saline implants, which they are not. What I have found with the IDEAL IMPLANT is that it really does, in most cases, feel similar to a silicone gel implant. There are certain situations where silicone gel breast implants might be a better option based on the individual patient’s circumstance. But the average woman that’s going to come in here for breast augmentation will have a very similar outcome to silicone gel implants. Like I said, the advantage of the IDEAL IMPLANT is the peace of mind it brings to patients. I think that peace of mind is a big plus. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a nice option to have, (of course it doesn’t have to be for everybody) but I think it’s something that should be offered.”

Why do you think more women are choosing the IDEAL IMPLANT for their breast augmentation?

“When women first start thinking about breast augmentation, they may want to avoid silicone gel implants due to silent rupture risks, but they still want a natural result and a natural feel. When they actually feel the IDEAL IMPLANT, and realize that they are very similar in feel to silicone gel implants, they get excited about that and are thrilled it can still give them the outcome they want and that peace of mind. And the data we have so far on the IDEAL IMPLANT shows they perform better than silicone gel implants in certain categories. And that makes them feel better about it, too.

What kind of patient feedback are you hearing about the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“The feedback is great. The patients have loved it. I haven’t really had anybody complain about it or say that they feel any rippling or think, ‘Oh, this is different than a silicone gel implant.’ I can honestly say there’s been really consistent positive feedback. Members of my staff love the implants too! I have one staff member that actually has the IDEAL IMPLANT, and several others who are considering breast augmentation also plan on getting the IDEAL IMPLANT because they’ve seen the results and see the benefits of it. The feedback is very positive overall.”

What do you foresee will be the trend with implants going forward? What will be popular in the future?

“I believe there will always be a percentage of women wanting silicone gel implants, and only about five percent of the cases I do are with the traditional saline implant. But right now, I have seen a big shift towards the IDEAL IMPLANT. In my practice, half my patients are asking for silicone gel and the other half want the IDEAL IMPLANT. Really over the last six months it’s been kind of a dramatic shift where we’ve seen more women move towards the IDEAL IMPLANT. I don’t ever foresee it going to 80 to 90 percent IDEAL. I think it’s always going to be kind of in that 50/50 range, but I think it’s an implant that’s going to be around for awhile.”

Have you had any patients that have switched from silicone gel or traditional saline to the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“I’ve had a couple patients where we went in to replace the silicone gel implants with the IDEAL IMPLANT and we found a silent rupture in the silicone gel implant while doing that. The patients were very happy afterwards that they had switched to the IDEAL IMPLANT, because they didn’t have to worry about that silent rupture occurring again.

“I’ve also had several patients that wanted an implant exchange from silicone gel to the IDEAL IMPLANT, but they didn’t have silent rupture. They decided to switch to IDEAL because, again, they liked the option of not having to worry about implant monitoring. Typically, when a patient comes in and has had traditional saline implants in the past, it’s easier for them to transition to the IDEAL IMPLANT because it’s a structured saline implant. That’s an easier transition then moving to a silicone gel implant. So that’s the other thing I’ve really noticed.”

What is your experience in cleaning up silent ruptures with silicone gel implants and the “gummy bear” silicone gel implants?

“The ‘gummy bear’ implants are generally much easier to deal with. I’ve definitely dealt with some of those old silicone gel implants from the 80s and 90s, and those are a real pain to get out, the silicone gel is all over the place. For the most part, the ‘gummy bear’ silicone gel does stay cohesive and within the capsule. Of course that depends on how long that rupture has been sitting there, a lot of times we don’t know that. The longer it sits, the more chance the implant is going to move around. With that muscle contraction constantly squeezing that implant, eventually it’s going to push all that silicone gel out. So a ruptured ‘gummy bear’ silicone gel implant is still difficult to deal with.”

How long does it take to clean up a silent rupture in a silicone gel breast implant?

“On the surgical time standpoint, it could be upwards of an hour of surgery, depending on how severely ruptured it is. If the silicone gel has spread everywhere, it could be even longer than that. We have to be much more cognizant in removing all the scar tissue and making sure we get all that silicone gel out, so it definitely adds at least an hour. From a recovery standpoint, it will add more time also because of having to remove that scar tissue and aggressive moving of the surrounding tissues. So cleaning up a silent rupture in a silicone gel implant definitely makes it more difficult at the time of surgery as well as afterwards.

“If I’m replacing the IDEAL IMPLANT due to a rupture (there’s no silent rupture with an IDEAL IMPLANT, you’ll notice it right away by a quick glance in the mirror), the implant just comes right out. We may take out a little bit of the scar tissue depending on what we’re trying to do with the new implants, but it’s a straightforward and simple process.”

Anything else you would like women to know who are considering IDEAL IMPLANT?

“I’m very excited to use the IDEAL IMPLANT in my practice. I think it’s been a great addition. It’s one of the few things in the practice over the last couple years that has been a game changer as far as what we can offer patients. It’s nice to be able to offer something that can make a big difference for patients. Like I said before, the IDEAL IMPLANT brings peace of mind to my patients. Anytime someone chooses to go through elective cosmetic surgery, they already have some doubt because it is elective and it’s something they don’t have to do. Anything that can reduce their anxiety or worry about risk in the future I think is beneficial for them. So the IDEAL IMPLANT has been a really nice addition to my practice.”

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