Breast Implant Sizes and Options: An Experienced Patient’s Advice

Before your breast augmentation, it can be helpful to hear about other people’s experiences. Monica is a former breast augmentation patient of Dr. Ben Moosavi. Dr. Moosavi operates his private practice, Ultimate Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Huntington, West Virginia. Monica chose IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for her procedure after learning about them from Dr. Moosavi. Monica is thrilled with the IDEAL IMPLANT and loves her results! She was interviewed and gave us permission to share her story with others.

“This was my third breast augmentation, and with the previous surgeries I’d chosen saline implants, so when it came to what type of implant I was going to use, I decided I still wanted a saline-filled implant, but I was interested in what was new.

“It had been eleven years since I had the previous surgery, so I had a lot of rippling, and I had three babies, so my body had changed a lot, and I was really looking for a new option that was closer to silicone but without having scary side-effects you hear of and read about online. So that’s when Dr. Moosavi recommended the IDEAL IMPLANT. I honestly researched it for a long time and couldn’t find anything negative on it, and it sounded to me like a great option.”

Monica says she didn’t have very much anxiety prior to her procedure because she was so confident in the advantages IDEAL IMPLANT had to offer.

“I wasn’t nervous about breast augmentation surgery at all, since I’d already gone through two surgeries. Honestly I was more excited! Everything I read online about IDEAL IMPLANT and everything I read in other people’s reviews was positive.”

Unlike older saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT is structured to hold its shape and keep the saline in place. A series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers hold the saline filler. This structure gives women a more natural feel, while reducing folding and wrinkling. Monica says she could tell the difference in feel right away.

“I’ve had breast implants for a long time, and I was really excited to get the IDEAL IMPLANT because it felt different. I’ve had them since June, and I’m a runner. I work out, and they feel amazing. Obviously I had to wait for the recovery a little bit, but I’ve been feeling great since I’ve had them. It just seems like a wonderful switch out so far.”

With her first set of saline breast implants, Monica’s former plastic surgeon diagnosed her with capsular contracture. They tried multiple treatments to fix the problem, but nothing seemed to help.

“It was just a tightness, and my right implant sat much higher, so you could almost see that it was being pushed up a little bit more than it should have been. The left one settled, and the right one never did, so that was something I lived with for five years. They tried ultrasound treatment, and other things to get it to release a little bit, but at the end of the day I lived five years with it as long as I could, and then I had them switched out. And I had no problems with my second surgery. I was 20 when I got my first set, I was between 25 and 26 when I got my second set, and then I just turned 36 and got the IDEAL IMPLANT. I can tell a big difference. I know a good implant and a bad one, and the IDEAL IMPLANT just feels great.”

The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rate of capsular contracture when compared to other breast implant options. While silicone gel implants can have capsular contracture rates as high as 16%, the IDEAL IMPLANT has a capsular contracture risk of only 6.3%. The risks and safety concerns associated with silicone gel implants convinced Monica she didn’t want to go that route.

“I spent a lot of time researching, and I read about women having symptoms after silicone implants, and actually having their implants ex-planted because they were concerned about the side-effects that aren’t that well known. Most of the stories I read were tied to silicone gel breast implants. The articles on the internet listing side effects, and the comments from other women out there kind of scared me. I’m really active and and I have children, and I don’t want to have an implant rupture. People say it happens more commonly with silicone gel, so I was nervous about that too. Honestly, I never was displeased by the look of saline, I just wanted to stick with what I knew and what I felt safe with.”

When it comes to implant rupture, IDEAL IMPLANT carries a rupture risk of only 1.8% compared to silicone gel implants, which have rupture rates around 5-7%. If an IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, women can tell just by looking in the mirror. With silicone implants, women have to shell out money for an MRI every 2-3 years to check for ruptures because implant rupture is silent. When it comes to rupture, women can have greater peace of mind with the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Some women who are considering breast augmentation surgery have a hard time choosing their implant size. Often augmentation patients will say they wish they had gone bigger or smaller. Monica has advice for those women struggling to pick what’s right for them.

“The first time my implants were at 330 ccs, and now I’m almost double that size. Each time you have surgery, you don’t realize your swelling goes up and then goes down, so you’re very happy with your results for the first six months, and then suddenly you’re like, “Hey. I went through all that, and they’re not that big.” So the second time I went up to 525 ccs. This third time with the IDEAL IMPLANT I went with around 625 ccs. I definitely went up each time, because I remembered how it felt after the swelling went away.”

With all of her experience, Monica also suggests that breast augmentation patients keep in mind their long-term plans and goals.

“Remember that breast implants are temporary. At some point you do have to change them out. You have to think about that in the future. Is that something you want to do or not? If you don’t want to be in it for the long haul, don’t do it because here I am three surgeries in. It happens. That’s the negative end. The positive end is it’s life changing. Breast implants can make you feel great about yourself, really. This far into it I feel like you owe it to yourself to be the best you. I don’t really have any regrets.”

Monica believes it’s important to pick a plastic surgeon you feel confident in and who doesn’t try to sway you in one direction or another when choosing your implants.

“We’re a military family, so we move about every four years. I’m originally from south Florida. My first two surgeries were done in south Florida before I was a part of the military. When we  landed in West Virginia I found Dr. Moosavi. Dr. Moosavi is a mutual friend of a friend here in West Virginia. A few other military wives I know had gone to him and I heard his name a lot. I started asking other women who had gone to him, ‘What was your experience like?’ And I also did some of my own research online, and that’s how I narrowed that down. You have to be knowledgeable about researching surgeons. I never had a surgeon try to push silicone gel on me, but that is not always the case.”

Now that she has the IDEAL IMPLANT, Monica is extremely satisfied with how her breast implants look and feel.

“Now that I’ve switched to the IDEAL IMPLANT, they feel really natural so far. Running feels great. I don’t have that sloshy weird feeling. That’s gone. They just feel comfortable and natural. It doesn’t feel like there’s anything in there! They feel great.”

About Dr. Ben Moosavi

Dr. Moosavi established his practice Ultimate Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2013. He completed one of the most prestigious plastic surgery fellowships in the world at Emory University, after undergoing a rigorous education in general surgery. Dr. Moosavi has a reputation for providing safe, exceptional, quality care and treats each and every patient with respect and compassion. His breadth of training in the reconstructive and aesthetic realm has allowed him to perfect his surgical skills and technique. Dr. Moosavi is one of a limited number of board-certified plastic surgeons who offers his patients the latest in breast implant technology with the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Considering breast implants in West Virginia? Contact Dr. Moosavi today to discuss your options. Simply call 304-399-4220, or visit www.ultimateprs.com. Dr. Moosavi’s office is located at 5170 U.S. 60, HUNTINGTON, WV 25705. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.