A Chat With Alexandria Plastic Surgeon Dr. Eric Desman About Breast Enhancement Surgery and the IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Eric Desman has been providing highly personalized care to residents in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas since he opened the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in 1999. He greatly enjoys getting to know his patients and building an ongoing relationship with them. Dr. Desman’s practice is focused on body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction.

Why should patients choose your practice over other options in the area?

“At the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery, we help our patients achieve a natural and not overdone look. I help each individual figure out what that means for them, and I do my best to help them achieve their plastic surgery goals.”

Have you seen any changes or trends when it comes to breast implants?

“In general, people are much more educated about breast augmentation and what goals are attainable. Patients get a lot of information from the internet. There’s pretty good information out there, but my job during your consultation is to find out what’s important for you specifically so you can make a good decision for yourself.”

What is your approach to helping women pick the right breast implant size?

“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 2 or 3 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. Some women who want a certain breast implant size have enough breast tissue to achieve that size and some don’t. Taking these measurements gives us the ability to pick the best type and size of implants for your body. We spend a lot of time prior to surgery trying to pinpoint your desired outcome post-procedure. As a surgeon, I can tell by looking at your body frame and looking at a volume number what we can expect in the range of cup size. Since there is no such thing as a standard cup size, most women are after kind of a full C, small D range. 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.”

What should women know before choosing a plastic surgeon?

“You’ve got to look at the surgeon’s years of experience. You should also take into account how their office staff responds to you, because that is almost always a reflection of the doctor. Throughout the course of your surgery, you will sometimes have as much contact with the office staff as with the doctor in the day-to-day visits. So if the office staff treats you well, that’s a good sign. Then once you make it into the office, think about how closely you feel you’re being listened to. Some of it is a little bit of a gut instinct, a gut feeling to make sure that the practice and the surgeon are a good fit for you personally.”

Can you talk to us about placement of the breast implants? Is above or below the muscle better?

“With a breast augmentation surgery, there are two basic choices of where to put the implant. One is above the muscle and one is mostly below the muscle. The very bottom part of the implant is typically not below the muscle, but the upper two-thirds to three-quarters of the implant are covered by the muscle. I like to go below the muscle as there’s a little bit more of a natural feel to the touch. Mammograms are also easier to read if the implant is under the muscle. So most women choose to go underneath the muscle and typically that’s my recommendation unless there’s any special extenuating circumstances that would indicate a need to go above the muscle. Depending upon what type of implant you choose, you have a lot of options on placement of the incisions. I discuss that with my patients throughout the whole process so we’re on the same page.”

How can women speed along the healing process after breast surgery?

“One of the things that we do at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery that has been very successful over the past 15 years is a rapid recovery approach to breast augmentation surgery. This rapid recovery approach allows most women to get back to normal activities, (sore but functional), 24 to 48 hours after surgery. There are three things that allow us to get most women back to normal activities very quickly after surgery:

  1. We pick the right implant for your body.
  2. We use a meticulous surgical technique that allows very little bleeding which helps the recovery process.
  3. We ask the patient to come in and complete arm stretches after surgery which will also help hasten her recovery.

“My approach to rapid recovery breast augmentation means there are no special bras or narcotics needed after surgery. You can get into the shower the night of your procedure and women love it because they can get back on their feet very quickly.”

What can you tell us about silent rupture in breast implants?

“Breast implants are man-made devices. They’re not lifetime devices. So every implant, in my opinion, eventually will leak or rupture. If you have silicone gel implants and you detect a rupture early enough, a lot of times we’re able to remove the implant as well as the scar tissue that surrounds the implant as one unit. But frequently that leak in the silicone gel implant is not detected quickly and the silicone starts to leak through that scar tissue. A patient will then need a challenging, complicated surgery to get that old implant out and then put a new implant in. 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. With IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, it’s easy to detect a leak because the breast will just start to get a little bit smaller as the saline leaks out. If that does happen, then it’s a fairly straightforward operation to replace that implant.”

What do you like about the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“From a surgeon’s perspective, I like the IDEAL IMPLANT because they have a fill range and 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.”

What do your patients think about the IDEAL IMPLANT?

“We’ve been using IDEAL IMPLANT for almost a year now, and my patients have been very happy with the results. They’ve been very satisfied with their look, and it’s equalled or exceeded their expectations. With IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, I see this trend continuing for a long time.

Considering breast implants in Alexandria, VA? Contact Dr. Eric Desman today to discuss your options. Simply call 703-982-7106 or visit www.vcps.com. Dr. Desman’s office is located at 6355 Walker Lane, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22310. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Dr. Gregory Park, Oceanside, CA, Plastic Surgery: Before and After Images 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.

Women are no longer forced to choose between saline breast implants and silicone gel implants. There is now a third option available – IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. This new, innovative implant utilizes the latest technology to provide the safety of saline and a natural look and feel similar to silicone gel implants. Dr. Gregory Park is part of an exclusive group of board-certified plastic surgeons to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Considering Oceanside, CA Plastic Surgery? Before and After Photos

The IDEAL IMPLANT is made up of a series of implant shells and uses two separate chambers to hold the saline. This advanced internal structure not only controls the movement of the saline, it also helps to:

  • Reduce wrinkling and rippling
  • Prevent collapse
  • Give support to the implant edges
  • Eliminate sloshing, known as the “water-hammer” effect
  • Provide desired volume and projection

This 25-year-old woman chose the IDEAL IMPLANT and received a breast augmentation by Dr. Gregory Park in Oceanside, CA. Plastic surgery before and after photos show the preoperative size of 32A, and the postoperative size of 32C. Dr. Park used size 270-305cc filled to 305cc.

The IDEAL IMPLANT Compared to Other Breast Implant Options

Saline Implants: Saline is a natural, safe solution. The body easily and safely absorbs it if an implant ruptures. Saline implants are also known to wrinkle and move like a water balloon.

Silicone Gel Implants: Silicone gel is a sticky material that can attach to surrounding tissues in the body. It must be surgically removed if a breast implant filled with silicone gel ruptures. This is known as a “silent rupture” and can only be detected by an MRI. The FDA recommends that women with silicone gel implants receive an MRI every other year to learn of a rupture.

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants: The IDEAL IMPLANT offers the peace of mind of saline implants and the youthful look of silicone gel implants. Women can know their implants are intact by simply looking in the mirror. There is no risk of “silent rupture” and no MRI needed.

Meet Dr. Gregory Park

Dr. Gregory Park, board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has extensive experience in cosmetic surgical as well as non-surgical procedures. He began working at his North San Diego County location after serving 24 years in the United States Air Force, providing medical and surgical care for pilots and their families. While deployed to Afghanistan, he used his surgical expertise to perform life-saving surgeries for those with battlefield injuries. Now in California, Dr. Park is committed to offering the highest standard of care to his patients. His Oceanside, CA plastic surgery before and after photos speak for themselves.

Considering breast implants in Oceanside, CA? Contact Dr. Gregory Park today to discuss your options. Simply call 760-655-1414 or visit www.drgregpark.com. Dr. Park’s office is located at 3998 Vista Way, Suite A, Oceanside, CA 92056. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Breast Implant Surgery: Finding the Ideal Implants for You

Picking the Ideal Implants For You

Before making an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss a breast augmentation, educate yourself on the three different types of implants, risks, complications, and what to expect during surgery. Picking breast implants is a decision that will have a lasting impact on your lifestyle and your confidence. Thoroughly researching breast implants before you see a surgeon will allow you to ask the right questions and make informed decisions which will lead to a better outcome physically, mentally, and emotionally. Visiting our Breast Implant Education Center is a great step to getting your breast implant surgery questions answered.

A Brief History of Breast Implants

Like many devices in the history of medicine, the road to developing the ideal implants for women has been rocky. Before modern-day implants, doctors were injecting women with a variety of materials including goat’s milk, ground rubber, and silk fabric. According to researchers Walter Peters and Victor Fornasier, paraffin injections and liquid silicone injections have been among the most popular choices from the 1890s up until modern implants began to be used in the 1960s. However, they caused many issues in unsuspecting patients ranging from painful lumps to death. Injections often traveled to other parts of the body such as the abdomen or armpits. One of the important facts to note in this history is the lack of regulation before the 1970s. In the US, Congress passed the Medical Device Amendment in 1976 which opened the door for regulators to ensure devices such as breast implants were tested and approved for safety before being placed on the market. To learn more about this history of breast implants read our post on the subject.

The Three Types of Modern Breast Implants

The breast implants you will encounter at your board-certified surgeon’s office are no longer injectables or hazardous substances but properly tested medical grade devices. Here is a brief overview of the three types of breast implants you should consider before your breast implant surgery.

    • Silicone Gel: the FDA approved silicone gel implants in 2006 after a lengthy testing and approval process. Silicone gel filled implants are comprised of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. The gel inside is thick, sometimes giving these implants the nickname “gummy-bear” implants. Many women love the look and feel of these implants, and they have enjoyed popularity. However, a recent survey found that women do have concerns about the possibility of the implant rupturing without their knowledge, known as a “silent rupture.”  While the silicone gel implant is safe when intact, the FDA does recommend removing a ruptured silicone gel implant including the shell and any leaked silicone, so it does not become misshapen, cause discomfort, or migrate. However, the only way to detect a silent rupture is with an MRI, which is why the FDA also recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI at three years post-op, then every two years for the life of the implant.
    • Saline: saline breast implants have a silicone shell filled with sterilized salt water (saline).  These implants were the only implants approved by the FDA between 1992 and 2006. Women enjoy the peace of mind that comes with saline breast implants because the body naturally absorbs saline in the case of a rupture. There is no need for repeated MRIs as a rupture will be immediately evident, and nothing will migrate and need to be removed like silicone gel. However, because saline is less dense than breast tissue, these implants tend to look and feel unnatural and can cause ripples under the skin.
  • The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant: the FDA approved the new technology found in the IDEAL IMPLANT after years of research, testing, and clinical trials. It was developed by a plastic surgeon to address the compromises women feel they have to make when choosing between saline implants and silicone gel implants for their breast implant surgery. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline filled implant with an outer silicone shell and a baffle structure inside that controls the flow of saline. The result is an implant that has structure and stability, fewer ripples, a natural look, a natural feel and peace of mind.

What Complications and Risks Should You Know About?

According to the FDA, the most common complications with breast augmentations are implant rupture, capsular contracture, reoperation, and removal. Reoperation and removal can occur due to a variety of reasons such as rupture or dissatisfaction with results. Removal may or may not be followed by replacement. It is important to note that breast augmentation is surgery and comes with the same risks and complications that occur with any other surgery. Your doctor can further explain risks and complications you should be aware of, including infection and problems with anesthesia. Different implant types and brands have their own statistics on the rate and risk of reoperation, removal, rupture, and capsular contracture. Choosing an implant with statistically lower risks means a decreased chance of complications that can lead to discomfort and removal. Read below for more information about implant rupture and capsular contracture, including important statistics.

Implant Rupture

An implant rupture is when the outer shell of an implant tears. With saline implants, this causes deflation as the saline flows out and is naturally absorbed by surrounding tissue. A rupture in a saline implant is immediately detectable because of total deflation. With the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, a rupture is still easily detectable, but the structured layers and two lumens inside mean the deflation will not be total. In silicone gel filled implants, the silicone gel may stay close to the tear or stick to the surrounding tissues. To remove ruptured implants the surgeon must remove the shell, and in the case of silicone gel implants, the surgeon must also remove any silicone gel stuck to the tissues. Removal surgery for silicone gel implants that have ruptured or had capsular contracture may include a capsulectomy, where the surgeon removes the thickened scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. To confirm a tear or hole in a silicone gel filled implant, your doctor will order an MRI. Some women with silicone gel implants may have had a tear or hole for several years without knowing it, which is why the FDA recommends regular MRIs for these women. The FDA recommends removal of all types of implants that have torn, even if the implant is not causing symptoms. See the table below for the rupture risk of some of the top silicone gel brands and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Brand Name Rupture Risk for Primary Augmentation*

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel






*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

Capsular Contracture

According to the FDA, capsular contracture is “the hardening of the breast area around the implant. It can occur in the tissue surrounding one or both implants. This hardening causes the tissue to tighten, which can be painful.” Capsular contracture can happen any time after your breast implant surgery. In many cases, your doctor will recommend removal and replacement. See the table below for the capsular contracture risk of some of the top silicone gel brands and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Brand Name Capsular Contracture Risk for Primary Augmentation*

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel






*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

To read more about implant types and common complications visit this post.

What Will Breast Implant Surgery Entail?

Before your surgery, gather information on what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Knowing what will happen to your body will allow you to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally, leading to a better outcome.

Before Surgery

Before your surgery, you will meet with a surgeon and choose the ideal implants for your body, desired results, and lifestyle. If you desire a natural look and natural feel, your doctor will most likely recommend the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, or a silicone gel filled implant. If you are concerned about the cost or hassle of repeated MRIs, or you feel uncomfortable with silicone gel, make sure your doctor offers the IDEAL IMPLANT so you can choose a saline-filled implant with a natural look and natural feel. Your surgeon should talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you have. If your surgeon ever makes you feel uncomfortable or refuses to answer important questions, consider looking for a new surgeon. For more information on finding the right surgeon read our post here.  

During Surgery

Breast implant surgery typically takes a few hours and, as long as there are no complications, you should be able to go home the same day. During the operation, you will be put under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Your surgeon will make one of the following incisions to place the breast implant:

    • Inframammary – under the breast fold
    • Transaxillary – under the arm
  • Periareolar – around the nipple

Silicone gel filled implants are pre-filled to a predetermined size. Saline implants are placed and then filled by the surgeon with the desired amount of saline. Because they are not pre-filled, the IDEAL IMPLANT, can fit through a smaller incision site. Your surgeon will place the implants either below the chest wall muscles (submuscular) or above them (subglandular). Your surgeon will then close the incision with tape, stitches, or glue.


Breast implant surgery typically does not require an overnight stay at the surgery center or hospital. Be sure you have a friend or family member available to bring you home, which should be an hour or so after surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped with gauze and a bandage or support bra. It is important to follow all your surgeon’s post-op instructions for the best possible outcome. Wear your support bra and rest for as long as your surgeon recommends, take any medication prescribed, and be aware of the signs of infection. Call your doctor immediately if you have any concerns, or visit the ER if you believe it is an emergency. After the first week, the worst of the pain should be gone, but swelling and soreness will remain for a few weeks. Following your surgeon’s instructions for limiting activities, exercising, and follow-up visits will ensure you end up with the ideal implants for years to come.

To learn more about what to expect from a breast augmentation visit this page.

How to Choose a Doctor

How do you know you’re choosing an experienced, compassionate surgeon who will help you through this process? Asking the right questions during your initial consultation will help you determine if a plastic surgeon is the right one for you. Your breast augmentation is a decision that will affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally for many years to come. Make sure you have a surgeon who listens to and responds to your questions and concerns. Keep in mind the following when interviewing a plastic surgeon.

    • Is your surgeon board-certified? Being certified by the American Board Of Plastic Surgery means your surgeon is kept to a higher standard of care and stays up to date with safe and effective methods of surgery. To learn more about the American Board Plastic Surgery visit their website.

For a checklist of questions, you should ask your surgeon, print this FDA Checklist.  

To find a board-certified surgeon in your area, visit the IDEAL IMPLANT plastic surgeon finder.

How Much Does Breast Implant Surgery Cost?

Breast implants vary based on the office you choose, the implant you choose, and your location. Because it is a cosmetic procedure insurance companies typically do not cover the surgery or any complications that may arise as a result of the operation. Despite this, many women feel like it is the best money they have spent because of the increased self-esteem they have. When calculating your costs don’t forget to add the following:

    • MRIs: if you choose a silicone gel implant the FDA recommends an MRI every two years to check for a “silent rupture”. Most insurance companies do not cover this procedure.
  • Rupture Risk, Capsular Contracture Risk: all breast implants are at risk of a rupture or causing capsular contracture, but some have a higher risk than others. Look at the statistics when choosing breast implants to make an educated decision. Don’t let your surgeon push you toward a specific implant if the risk factors make you concerned. Make sure you have money put aside in case you need a reoperation.

Your Life Beyond Breast Implant Surgery

Breast implants can give you more confidence and self-esteem, but getting them shouldn’t be a spur of the moment decision. When you educate yourself about the options, the risks, and what to expect you will be able to enjoy your new body for years to come. It all starts with picking the ideal implants for you. For more information about breast implants visit IDEAL IMPLANT today.

Breast Enlargement Surgery Recovery: Expectations and Outcomes

If you’re considering breast enlargement surgery, you may be wondering what the recovery will be like. You may have heard from your neighbor that it’s no big deal and she was back to work the next day. Or maybe your co-worker said she was out of commission for weeks with the worst pain she’s ever had. Doing your own research, looking at data, and talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon will give you more information than anecdotal evidence. As with any surgery, recovery will vary, but researching typical experiences, listening to your surgeon, and setting realistic expectations are your first steps toward a great outcome.

What to Expect During Surgery

Before you prepare for recovery, you should know what will happen during your surgery. Your doctor will recommend a type of anesthesia, typically general anesthesia or IV sedation. Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss incision options and most likely recommend one of the following incisions based on their experience, your implant choice, and your desired outcome.

    • Periareolar incision: round the nipple
    • Inframammary incision: in the breast fold
    • Transaxillary incision: under the arm

After making the incision, your surgeon will place the implant either subglandular (above the chest wall muscles) or submuscular (below the chest wall muscles). Silicone gel implants are pre-filled, but saline-filled implants can be inserted empty, then filled with a predetermined amount of saline–meaning it can be inserted through a smaller incision, resulting in less scarring. With saline-filled implants, such as the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, the surgeon can adjust for asymmetry by adding a little more or less saline during surgery until the breasts look symmetrical. After the implant is placed and filled, the surgeon will close the incision. Your surgeon may use stitches, glue, or tape to keep the incision closed.

After Your Breast Enlargement Surgery

The most important thing you can do for a good surgery outcome is listen to your surgeon’s instructions. Gauze, an elastic bandage, or a support bra will be needed to provide support while your breasts heal. Your breasts will look different immediately, but some swelling and bruising are normal. Recovery in the hospital or outpatient center typically does not take long, and many patients go home the same day. If you plan to leave the same day, make sure you have a trusted friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24-hours. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to manage pain and antibiotics to prevent an infection. Take these medications as directed to reduce risks and complications. Call your surgeon or go to the ER immediately if you begin to notice signs of an infection. Don’t try to get back into the swing of things just yet, take it easy, and allow your body to heal.

Post-op: the First Few Weeks

Your surgeon will likely recommend taking one- to two-weeks off work, depending on your work environment. Stay away from physical activities until you are cleared by your doctor, which may take six weeks. This is not only to make sure your incision heals properly but to keep you from doing activities that could raise your pulse or blood pressure. Remember, you just had surgery! Give your body time to heal, and you will reap the benefits of patience. Realself has suggestions of a few things to do or buy before your surgery so you can take it easy when you get home.

Getting Back to Normal

Swelling, bruising, and soreness are all par for the course after you have breast enlargement surgery. Different women will experience varying levels of pain and swelling but know that a normal recovery happens anywhere from a few weeks to a few months or more. Tightness and pain should lessen over the first few days, and you should be able to switch from strong painkillers to milder ones within the first month. Swelling and settling over the first few months means that the appearance of your breast implants will change slightly from when you first see them. As long as you are following your doctor’s instructions, there is no need to worry about bruising, this symptom is common within the first few days to weeks. However, if you feel worried at any point in your recovery, call your surgeon for a follow-up appointment. Wearing a compression bra or a sports bra will help you heal by giving you extra support, especially when you begin to exercise. Scars are an unavoidable part of breast enlargement surgery but should decrease over time.  

Long-Term Maintenance

After the swelling, bruising, and pain go away, you can enjoy your new body. Your surgeon will inform you of any follow-up visits you need to schedule and what common complications to be aware of. Continue to get mammograms (or begin getting mammograms when you reach 40 years old, as recommended by the American Cancer Society). Let the person doing your mammogram know you have breast implants. The implants may interfere with a standard mammogram, so you will need a different technique performed to get a clear picture. If you chose saline implants, such as the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, you would not need any special monitoring for rupture after surgery, since you know the implants are intact by looking in the mirror. Periodic monitoring for rupture with MRI scans is recommended for those with silicone gel implants, however, because of the risk of “silent rupture.” The FDA recommends all implants be removed if they rupture, but it can be difficult to detect a rupture in a silicone gel implant. An MRI is the only way to detect a silent rupture and determine if removal is necessary. Because of this, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI three years after the procedure, then every two years for the rest of their life. Silicone-gel is not absorbed by the body like saline is, and according to the FDA “When silicone gel-filled implants rupture, silicone gel may escape from the scar tissue capsule around the implant and migrate away from the breast. This can cause lumps to form in the breast, chest wall, armpit, arm, or abdomen.”

Your Breast Enlargement Surgery Journey

Knowing the ins and outs of breast enlargement surgery recovery will help you get the best outcome. Your breast implants will be part of your body for many years, so put in the effort to find a great doctor, pick the right breast implants for you, and educate yourself about the surgical and recovery process. Knowing what to expect will help you plan accordingly and not be surprised or upset by the processes. It may seem like a long road to beautiful results, but when you look back ten years from now, you will wish you started sooner. If you’re looking for a breast implant that is low maintenance and has a low risk of capsular contracture and rupture ask your surgeon about the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. To find a surgeon who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT near you visit the surgeon finder.

Preparing for Breast Enlargement or Breast Lift Surgery

If you’re considering breast enlargement or breast lift surgery, you need to prepare yourself physically and emotionally. Breast augmentation could take a toll on your body if you aren’t prepared for it, and knowing what you are getting into will help you deal with any unexpected emotions post-op. Here are some ways to prepare both physically and emotionally so you can get the best outcome and enjoy your new body for years to come.

Choosing a Doctor

One of the most important steps in your journey is picking a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should make sure you are comfortable with the procedure, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the surgical process. Pick a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery states its mission is to “promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.” If your plastic surgeon is unable to obtain certification through the board, you should question why and potentially start looking for a new surgeon. If needed, interview several surgeons until you find one you are comfortable with and treats you with respect. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a list of helpful questions to ask your surgeon before a breast augmentation. Finally, make sure your surgeon offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, so you have all the breast implant options available. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered through an exclusive network of board-certified plastic surgeons. To find one near you visit the surgeon finder.  

Choosing a Breast Implant

The type of implant you get will make a dramatic difference in your life, both physically and emotionally. Talk with your surgeon about what implants are available for an enlargement or breast lift surgery and the benefits and compromises of each type. Here is a basic break down of the three types of implant you will encounter:

  • Saline-Filled Breast Implants: these implants have a silicone shell filled with sterilized salt water (saline). Many women love these implants because they feel at peace knowing the saline is naturally absorbed by their body in case of a rupture. However, these implants tend to ripple and look unnatural under the skin because they are not as dense as breast tissue.
  • Silicone Gel Breast Implants: these implants also have a silicone shell but are filled with a thick, sticky silicone-gel. Women and surgeons tend to pick these implants because of the natural feeling results they give. One drawback is that silicone-gel is not absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures and often a rupture is only detectable on an MRI (silent rupture). The FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI every few years to check for a rupture, and remove the implant with any leaked silicone if a rupture occurs.
  • The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants: the IDEAL IMPLANT was developed to address common concerns women have about the unnatural look of saline-filled implants and the worry about silent ruptures in silicone gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, making ruptures immediately detectable and allowing the filling to be naturally absorbed into the body. The structure inside the IDEAL IMPLANT gives the implant stability, meaning less rippling and a natural, beautiful appearance and natural feel.

Educate Yourself About Risks

It is important to know the risks and safety factors of breast lift surgery and compare each type of implant before you make a final decision. Any surgery will include a certain amount of risk, but some implants will leave you will a higher risk of post-op complications such as capsular contracture or rupture. Ask your doctor for data, such as the tables below, before choosing an implant.

Implant Brand Capsular Contracture Risk for Primary Augmentation (in FDA 6 or-7 year clinical trial data)
Allergan silicone gel 16.2%
Mentor silicone gel 9.8%
Sientra silicone gel 10.0%
IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant 6.3%


Implant Brandc Rupture Risk for Primary Augmentation (in FDA 6 or-7 year clinical trial data)
Allergan silicone gel 7.4%
Mentor silicone gel 3.4%
Sientra silicone gel 5.4%
IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant 1.8%

Your doctor may ask you to sign a consent form before your breast augmentation or breast lift surgery stating you understand the risks and complications. If you feel uncomfortable or confused by this form, make sure you talk to your doctor about your questions. Don’t be afraid to switch doctors if your doctor seems too pushy toward silicone gel or refuses to answer your questions. You should be at peace with your decision before, during, and after your breast enhancement.

Think About Peace of Mind

How do you imagine your life after breast augmentation or breast lift surgery? Most women imagine the joy they will have with their new body, but few think about the emotional and psychological effects they might have. A recent survey found that 98% of women would feel somewhat to constantly worried about the possibility of a silent rupture with silicone gel implants. After learning about the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, 49% of women said they would specifically seek out a doctor who offers these new implants. Don’t discount peace of mind when you are weighing the benefits and compromises of breast implant types.

Prepare Your Body

Preparing your body physically for breast enhancement or breast lift surgery will help you have the best possible outcome. Your doctor should give you comprehensive pre-surgery instructions, but here are some basics things the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends you do before surgery:

  • Take a blood test
  • Review your current medications with your doctor
  • Stop smoking and taking recreational drugs
  • Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase bleeding

It is important to be open and honest with your doctor about your medical history. Holding back information can lead to complications during or after surgery.

Setting Expectations

Set clear expectations for your recovery time, post-op pain, and what emotional mood swings may come. Everyone’s experience will differ, but the most important thing you can do is listen to your surgeon’s instructions and recommendations. Your breasts may take a few weeks to settle into place and for the swelling to reduce. Do not expect to engage in any vigorous activity until you are cleared by your surgeon. You should also be aware of emotional mood swings you may experience, and know they are normal after a procedure such as breast lift surgery. Talking to a friend who has had the procedure or finding an online message board can help you cope with any of these situations. Realself has a forum where you can learn and connect with others in the breast augmentation community. If you find yourself in a large amount of pain or experience moods you are not used to, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.

Get Started On Your Journey Today!

Now that you know more about how to prepare for breast enlargement or breast lift surgery, get started on your journey today. Find a doctor who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant through the IDEAL IMPLANT surgeon finder. Learn more FDA statistics about breast implants. Join a breast augmentation forum. And learn more about the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant and how it is revolutionizing the breast implant industry.

What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Surgery

If you’re considering breast enhancement, you will typically be faced with a few different implant options. Saline implants, silicone gel implants (sometimes referred to as simply “silicone implants” because they are filled with silicone-gel rather than just having a silicone shell), and the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Before: Research And Expectations

Each implant type will give you different results, so do your research before choosing one for your breast surgery.

  • Saline Implants are filled with saline which is naturally absorbed in the event of a leak. Women love the peace of mind they bring but are often unhappy with ripples that tend to form.
  • Silicone-Gel Implants, commonly called silicone implants, are filled with silicone-gel which holds its shape much better than saline, giving a more natural look. However, ruptures are “silent” and can only be detected by an MRI scan, and silicone-gel is not absorbed by the body in the case of a rupture.
  • IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is filled with saline, but unlike traditional saline implants, it has an internal structure that helps it keep its shape. The natural look and feel is comparable to silicone-gel, but it gives women the peace of mind that comes with saline in their body.

During: What Your Surgeon Will Do

Make sure you choose a board-certified surgeon who you feel comfortable with and is willing to show you before-and-after photos. Implants are placed either above or below the pectoral muscle through one of several different incisions. Your surgeon and the type of implant will determine which incision is best. Surgery usually lasts one to three hours, and unless your surgeon says otherwise, you should be able to go home the same day. General anesthesia is typically used, but local anesthesia may be an option for some patients.

After: Breast Surgery Recovery and Beyond

After a recovery time of about a week, you should be able to resume most activities outside of exercise with your surgeon’s permission. By three months, post-op swelling should be minimal, and you should be able to resume life as normal. Always be aware of the signs of bleeding and infection, and follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. With saline implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT, the only step left is to enjoy your new body. If you chose silicone implants, you would need to schedule an MRI every two years to make sure your implant has not ruptured and visit your surgeon if you’re feeling pain or discomfort from your implant. To learn more about breast surgery and to find a board-certified surgeon near you, visit the IDEAL IMPLANT website today.

Breast Enhancement: What to Expect for Your Recovery

Are you worried about what your recovery will be like after your breast augmentation? Whether you’ve chosen one procedure or a combination of procedures (such as a breast lift combined with breast augmentation) you can do a lot to ensure your recovery is as uneventful and pain-free as possible. While all the details of your procedure and recovery should be discussed in detail with your specific surgeon, here’s what you can expect.


Every surgeon has their preference for where they place incisions in a breast enhancement surgery. Incision placement has a lot to do with the procedures you’re seeking and the size and shape of your breasts. Wherever the incisions are on your body, be sure you keep them dry at all times under the dressings or bandages. Your surgeon will probably schedule a post-op appointment with you to change your dressings and remove stitches.

Swollen and Bruised Breasts

Beauty means pain, right? Expect pain and swelling for three to four months after your breast augmentation. You may be told to wear a compression garment around the chest area. Try to avoid straining, bending, and lifting the first week after surgery, since these activities could make your swelling more intense or cause you to bleed. Ask your doctor if it’s ok to apply warm compresses to the swollen areas to help with the pain.

Trouble Sleeping

Get as much sleep as possible before your breast enhancement procedure, because sleep may not be as comfortable for the first week or so after surgery. Try to sleep sitting upright, adding pillows for comfort, because the elevation of your upper body can help decrease pain and swelling. You don’t want to sleep on your chest or put any pressure on the chest area. If you need to, try putting pillows alongside you in case you roll over on your side during the night.

Choose the IDEAL IMPLANT for your Breast Augmentation:

Still deciding which breast implants you want for your breast enhancement? IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants combine the best properties of both saline and silicone gel breast implants. You won’t have to worry about rippling as you do with the traditional saline implant, and you won’t have to undergo costly MRIs to detect silent ruptures as you do with the silicone gel implant. In a recent 2017 survey:

“98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants.”

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, there’s no “silent rupture.” If your implants rupture, you’ll be able to physically see it by looking in the mirror and let your surgeon know right away. These implants are filled with saline, so there are no harmful after-effects in case of a rupture. Ask your doctor about your breast augmentation using the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.