Breast Implant Surgery: A Realself Experience With Dr. Colgrove

When you are preparing for breast enlargement surgery, it is important to educate yourself and do your research on all aspects of your procedure. Learning about breast implant options and looking at before and after photos is helpful, but reading the stories of other women can be even more enlightening. Online communities such as RealSelf provide a place for you to see the breast augmentation process from start to finish through the eyes of actual patients. You can find support and insight, see before and after photos of different breast implant sizes, and get unbiased information on everything you need to know about breast enhancement

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants on RealSelf

Plastic surgery patient communities are helpful reference tools when you are researching your options for breast implant sizes and types. Women share their reviews of silicone gel and saline breast implants, as well as the latest in breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new option for women who want the both security of saline and the cosmetic benefits of silicone gel. With only saline inside, the IDEAL IMPLANT provides peace of mind when it comes to leakage detection. There are no MRIs necessary to know whether your implants are intact. IDEAL IMPLANT’s unique structured design gives it a natural look and feel, comparable to silicone gel breast implants. 

For an up close and personal look at the IDEAL IMPLANT, here is one woman’s series of updates about her breast enlargement experience on RealSelf.    

Charlimichelle’s IDEAL IMPLANT® Journey

RealSelf user charlimichelle from Atlanta chose IDEAL IMPLANT for her breast enlargement. She shares one preoperative and two postoperative photos to give a side-by-side comparison, along with her personal stats and breast implant sizes for reference. She writes:   

“So far everything has been wonderful with Dr. Colgrove. The top picture is 4 days post op. The bottom picture is one week post op. Still swollen and high but I already know that it takes a while for them to drop so I am patient. I am 6’3 210 lbs. I got the IDEAL IMPLANT filled to 530 cc under the muscle. I was a 36b before surgery.”

Torey, a Community Manager at RealSelf, commented on her post: “Looking great, can’t wait to see when they drop and settle!”

12 Days Post Op

Charlimichelle provides a brief update on her IDEAL IMPLANT breast enlargement recovery with photos to show her progress:

“They’re still sitting high but that’s normal. I visited my surgeon yesterday and he says they are fine. I am so ready for them to drop and fluff! Still bloated :-(“

Patiently Waiting 

Four days later, charlimichelle shares photos and a post about how she is feeling and that her new IDEAL IMPLANTS are already beginning to feel softer. 

“So today marks 16 days post op. On Thursday I will be able to trade this ugly surgical bra in for a sports bra. Yay!!!! Not much is changing at the moment. They are feeling softer though and my pain has mostly gone away. I wake up really stiff in the morning but that’s it. I wish I can fast forward to my three month mark. I’m ready to show these girls off!”

3 Weeks After Breast Enlargement

With more photos of her beautiful IDEAL IMPLANT results, charlimichelle writes about how she is feeling more like herself again at weeks 3 and 4. She says:

“No longer in pain! Yay!! I’m finally able to do more stuff but still taking it easy. I have my next follow up appt January 2nd. I am supposed to start breast massage then”

4 Week Update

“I saw my doctor yesterday and got the OK to start breast massage. They are dropping more everyday but still have not fluffed. Can’t wait to reach the 3 month mark. This is such a slow process lol. I know I will love them tho. So far I’m only having pain when I lay on my side. They are still pretty irk but softer than week one.”

The next day, she shared a quick photo of herself out with a friend that she captioned, “Love how they look so far.”

Stubborn Breast

The only issue charlimichelle reported throughout her updates was that her right breast was slower to drop, or come back down to its natural position, than her left breast. On her 1 month post surgery update, she says: 

“My right implant is dropping sooooo slowly. Has anyone else had this problem? I know I’m still early on but I am really impatient lol”

Loving Life With IDEAL IMPLANTS

Charlimichelle’s updates began to slow down after her 1 month post, but she did make a point of sharing how happy she was with her IDEAL IMPLANT results. She finally made it to the 3 month mark that she had been wishing for, and posted a photo of herself all dressed up with the title, “Love them!” and captioned, “Best decision ever”. 

NurseP46 commented on her post “They look great” and Courageous5362 said “PERFECT!”

Happy With Her Breast Implant Sizes

At her 10 month mark, charlimichelle shared a photo of herself in a bikini and writes, “The only complaint that I have is that my right boob is slightly higher than my left. Other than that I love them”. It is obvious that she felt like she chose the right breast implant sizes and type for her. 

An Individual Experience

Because every patient is different, it is important to keep in mind that your results will vary according to your own body, goals, and preferences. Following RealSelf users like charlimichelle can be fun and even educational, but remember that your experience and outcome will be unique, even if you choose the same breast implant sizes. The IDEAL IMPLANT works with your breast shape to create a beautifully natural contour. The implant’s internal structure gives it a youthful appearance without the use of silicone gel. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will never have to compromise on beauty or peace of mind.

Dr. Colgrove: An Atlanta IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon

Dr. Robert Colgrove is a well-respected plastic surgeon in the Atlanta area with many loyal clients. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has been a licensed MD since 1981. Dr. Colgrove now runs his own private plastic surgery practice where he serves patients who desire cosmetic enhancements and reconstructive procedures. His commitment to personal patient care and the expertise with which he performs each procedure have earned him an excellent reputation in his community. Dr. Colgrove continues to give lectures on plastic surgery and is also a Surveyor for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). 

Dr. Colgrove strives to provide his patients with the latest advancements in plastic surgery technology and methods, which is why patients have access to the IDEAL IMPLANT at his practice. He belongs to an exclusive group of board-certified plastic surgeons across the country who offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. He is an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of his extensive experience performing breast augmentation with the new implant technology.     

Atlanta Breast Enlargement With IDEAL IMPLANT

Considering breast implants in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr. today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-955-9000, or visit colgrove.com. Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange, Building 300, Atlanta, GA, 30339. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

The Right Time for Breast Implant Surgery

Are you considering breast augmentation surgery? Breast augmentation has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any plastic surgery procedure, and Realself patients give breast augmentations a 98% “Worth It” rating. The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports over 313,000 patients received a breast augmentation in 2018, making it the top cosmetic surgery procedure. In a recent RealSelf review of her breast augmentation with the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant a patient of Dr. Dallas Buchanan wrote, “After a long time waiting I was finally able to get them… They look awesome and I love them!! totally worth the wait and pain . . .” If you are on the fence about getting a breast augmentation, what is stopping you? Some women worry about breast implant cost, feel anxious about surgery, or do not want to go through the pain of recovery. You should never feel pressured to conform to a certain beauty standard, but it is also important to take into account how much time and energy you spend thinking about how you look. Weigh the benefits and compromises of getting a breast augmentation versus feeling self conscious about your body. You have the power to change the things you don’t like about your body. If you’re considering a breast augmentation here is some information to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Saline and Silicone Breast Implants: What You Need to Know

In the past, women had only two options for implants; unstructured saline and silicone gel. Each type is constructed with a solid silicone shell filled with saline or silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with saline, or saltwater, which is naturally absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures. Additionally, if the implant ruptures it will deflate and the patient will know immediately what has happened by looking in the mirror. However, the unstructured saline implant does not feel natural and tends to ripple or wrinkle under the skin.

Silicone gel breast implants address the issue of natural feel by filling the implant with thick, sticky silicone gel. Silicone gel provides a soft, natural feel and upper pole support. However, if a silicone gel implant ruptures the patient will be unaware, this is known as a “silent rupture.” The FDA recommends removing a ruptured silicone gel implant along with all leaked silicone gel that is in contact with the tissues. The possibility of a silent rupture can give women anxiety about the status of their breast implants.

The Latest Breast Implant Technology

The newest implants on the market are the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Saline Breast Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT was created by a plastic surgeon to address the compromises women had to make when choosing between unstructured saline and silicone gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT is made with a solid silicone shell, like the other implant options. However, what sets this new implant apart is its internal design of two chambers and nested shell layers. The implant is filled with only saline, giving women peace of mind, since saline is harmlessly absorbed in case of a rupture. The internal structure gives the IDEAL IMPLANT stability and the soft, natural feel that is typically associated with silicone gel. 

Comparing Breast Implant Cost

When you budget for your breast augmentation how much do you need to set aside? Realself reports the average price of a breast augmentation is $6,000-$7,000. However, to get a full picture of what you will pay out of pocket you need to factor in more than just your primary augmentation. Keep in mind that cosmetic surgery and any care associated with a cosmetic procedure is typically not covered by insurance. This is especially important for women undergoing breast augmentation because of the long term maintenance recommended for silicone gel breast implants.

Because of the risk of silent rupture, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get MRI scans every two years to ensure their implants are intact. If you are considering silicone gel implants, you should factor in these regular MRI scans to your total costs. Most insurance companies do not cover MRIs related to cosmetic procedures, which leaves patients paying out of pocket for them. According to NerdWallet, the average cost of an MRI is $2,600. 

One of the benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is that it is filled with only saline. Saline filling means instant rupture detection and no need for repeated, expensive MRIs. Women who choose IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants can plan for their future without worrying about the cost of MRI scans every two years.

The Perfect Time for a Breast Augmentation

There has never been a better time to schedule your breast augmentation. With the new IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant technology, patients have access to the benefits of saline and silicone gel in one innovative implant. Patients are reporting high levels of satisfaction with their choice of implant. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found at six years after an augmentation using IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants the patient satisfaction rate was 89.7% for a primary breast augmentation, and 91.6% for a replacement augmentation. Surgeon satisfaction rates were 92.6% for primary augmentations and 94.0% for replacement augmentations. Patients on Realself, like the one quoted above, give IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants a 98% “Worth It” rating. With this new technology long term breast implant cost is reduced, peace of mind is increased, and women enjoy a natural looking enhancement. Now is the perfect time to schedule your breast augmentation and free yourself from anxieties about your body. 

Visit Dr. Dallas Buchanan for Your Breast Augmentation

Dr. Dallas Buchanan is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He holds active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. His education includes a rigorous five-year residency in general surgery followed by a three-year specialty fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Prior to opening his Tampa Bay private practice Dr. Buchanan practiced plastic surgery in Spokane, Washington and was an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

At Dr. Buchanan’s boutique Tampa Bay plastic surgery center, Vivify Plastic Surgery, he practices cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Buchanan tailors each procedure to his patients individual needs and desires. He prides himself on staying up to date with medical research, giving his patients access to the latest safe and efficient surgical methods and technologies. Dr. Buchanan is one of the exclusive Tampa Bay plastic surgeons to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. 

The Realself patient quoted above visited Dr. Buchanan for her breast augmentation. In her review she praises Dr. Buchanan, saying, “I found an amazing surgeon that did a fantastic job.” If you are wondering whether or not a breast augmentation is right for you visit Dr. Buchanan today for a consultation. He will help you determine the right path to reaching your aesthetic goals. See before and after pictures of previous patients on his gallery page. To learn more about Dr. Buchanan, visit his website.

Considering breast implants in Tampa? Contact Dr. Dallas Buchanan today to discuss your options. Simply call 833-284-8439, or visit www.vivifyps.com. Dr. Buchanan’s office is located at 1000 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, 33606. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.

A Breast Augmentation Before and After: One Patient’s Experience

We love to hear about other people’s experiences, especially when they’ve gone through something we also plan to go through. Relating to each other in this way is something humans do best! Reading online reviews and talking to friends and family who’ve had breast augmentation, before and after, can be extremely helpful in making your decision. If you’re contemplating a specific breast implant type or size, hearing what worked for someone else can be a key factor in your decision. A recent patient of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Subbio recently underwent a breast augmentation at the end of 2019 and chose to share all about her results and recovery on RealSelf. Millions of people come to RealSelf each month to make smart, confident choices about cosmetic surgeries and procedures—and to connect with vetted, board-certified doctors. 

This patient, who goes by the username of yogapantsmilf said her procedure was “worth it.” She chose IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for her procedure. In her posts, she discussed her feelings and thoughts about her new breasts after surgery. 

Women choose to undergo breast augmentation for various reasons, but the most common are:

  • To increase natural breast size
  • To correct sagging and volume loss associated with age, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
  • To correct asymmetrical breasts

Before her surgery, yogapantsmilf was dissatisfied with the size of her breasts and wanted them to be bigger and more proportionate to the rest of her body. She describes her before-surgery size as “Deflated 32B but probably really an ‘A’ cup. Mostly wore sports bras . . .”

When you view breast augmentation before and after photos, you can see how great the patient looks, but you can’t always tell how satisfied they are with their results. After this patient’s surgery, she was extremely happy with her new shape, “I am 1 dpo [day post-op] and totally in love with my new breasts. . .’

Women who choose the IDEAL IMPLANT report very high satisfaction rates in general. Though you can expect to see a dramatic difference right away, most implants start out high and have to “drop” and settle into place over a period of time. yogapantsmilf wrote early in her recovery that “. . . They still have lots of dropping and fluffing of course but I know they will be perfect. I am 5’5, 125 pounds, 400cc ideal implant, under the muscle. Best decision ever.”

On the first day after breast augmentation surgery, yogapantsmilf noticed a change even a few hours afterward: “I can’t resist the desire to take a photo every chance I get for progress. Here’s another day 1 post op take a bit later in the day.”

Most women experience soreness, swelling, bruising, and tightness for a few days or weeks after their surgery. Your doctor will prescribe you some pain medication and advise you to avoid heavy lifting to ease some of this pain. Two days after surgery, yogapantsmilf said she experienced some of these symptoms: “Still in love with my boobs. Tracking my progress as often as possible. Woke up with my boobs hard and tight. Very uncomfortable. Took a pain pill and arnica immediately. 3 hours in I’m feeling ok. Not sure if that was the dreaded ‘morning boob’ but I’m glad it’s over.”

Just eleven days after her breast augmentation procedure, yogapantsmilf reported her level of pain had decreased dramatically. “I’m healing extremely well! Virtually no pain, just occasional tightness from slightly ‘over doing it.’ I have 2 little ones so it’s a bit hard to full relax and recover lol. But again, no complaints, my surgeon is extremely responsive via text and I’ve appreciated it big time. Steri strips are almost ready to come off too. Very minimal bruising. Love love love them already!!! My surgeon was amazing and the healing process has been a breeze!!”

Nineteen days post-surgery, yogapantsmilf said her “boobs are softening up perfectly!” She was so thrilled with her results she posted a video for other users on RealSelf to see. Most patients have to sleep on their back for about two to six weeks following surgery, but plastic surgeons sometimes ok sleeping on your side using pillows to support your side and breast. yogapantsmilf noted she was “loving my results more and more. Soft and dropping nicely, my incision scars are healing well and I’ve already started with silicon strips. Surgery and recovery has been a breeze so far. I’ve been sleeping on my side for some time and have no pain or discomfort. Probably will make my way back to the gym soon for basics like the stair climber and other low impact lower body/abs.”

Almost all patients feel like having some type of cosmetic surgery gives them a boost in their confidence. A study by the University of Basel found that “96% of the patients who underwent cosmetic procedures reported a consistently favorable outlook”. One of the most exciting things for women after breast augmentation surgery is going shopping for new bras. One month after her procedure, yogapantsmilf shares how she bought her first bralette in a bigger size: “Not sure exactly what size I am but home measurements puts me around a 32DD which seems about expected. The bralette is from Target and size medium, previously I was a small. Will wait one more month and surgeons clearance to get fitted and possibly decide on underwire bra. So far so good, just waiting for the right one to round out at bottom.”

Breast Augmentation Before and After Surgery with IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Christian Subbio is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants to his patients. This revolutionary breast implant technology gives women a natural look and feel with the safety of only saline inside. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower risk of both rupture and capsular contracture when compared to silicone gel implants for primary augmentation in clinical trials, which gives women greater peace of mind. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by board-certified plastic surgeons and is FDA approved for women ages 18 and older in breast augmentation. 

About Dr. Christian Subbio

Dr. Subbio received his medical degree from the Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his general surgery residency and plastic surgery fellowship at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. He also completed an additional year of specialty fellowship training in the cutting edge art of microsurgery in Rochester, NY. Dr. Subbio is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has over 10 years of experience in the plastic surgery industry. He has won many prestigious awards, including Philly.com Reader’s Choice “Best Plastic Surgeon” in 2016 and 2017, Main Line Today Top Doc 2016, RealSelf Top Doc 2016, and RealSelf Top 500 in 2016. Dr. Subbio’s patients praise his artistic abilities and his patient and calming manner throughout their surgical journey. Dr. Subbio also volunteers his time on trips to third world countries one or two times per year to help those less fortunate through the modern artistic miracle of plastic surgery.

Considering breast implants in Newtown Square, PA? Contact Dr. Subbio today to discuss your options. Simply call 610-356-6100, or visit www.drsubbio.com. Dr. Subbio’s office is located at 3734 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Realself Patient Shares IDEAL IMPLANT Breast Surgery Story

Realself user momwins, a mom of seven, had felt like she was small chested with a poochy belly ever since she was a teenager, despite her athletic lifestyle and small figure. After debating for a long time whether breast surgery was right for her, what she wanted, and if she could afford it, she decided she was ready for a much needed boost of confidence and a more proportionate body. While researching plastic surgery before and after photos, she decided that the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant would be the best option. She explains her thought process, how she decided to move forward, how she found the right surgeon, and what she thinks of her end result. 

The Decision to Get Breast Surgery

Patient momwins says, “I am 42 years old and have either been pregnant or nursing babies over the span of 19 years . . . I have always been self conscious of my appearance in a bathing suit . . . I have struggled with a ‘poochy’ belly and small chest my whole life but even more after having kids. Even as a teenager I was athletic but could never get the abs I dreamed of. I have always been a small person and never gained more than 15-20 pounds with each pregnancy and lost it all shortly afterward. The problem has been the rectus abdominis muscles getting stretched so badly and the extra skin I’m left with, on top of the completely deflated breasts. I was about 34B before kids. Now I’m about an A . . . I am ready to begin my journey . . . It’s not about how others perceive YOUR body, it’s about how you feel in your own skin. My husband reassures me that he loves me regardless of my breast size or poochy belly . . . but I just don’t feel like myself in this current body. I want to look nice in dresses and wear a bikini without feeling self conscious.”

Once momwins discovered the IDEAL IMPLANT and researched plastic surgery before and after photos, she knew what she wanted. She appreciated the IDEAL IMPLANT’s ability to maintain a perky profile while feeling as soft as a silicone gel implant and loved that because it is filled with saline, it offers women peace of mind and instant rupture detection. When women choose the IDEAL IMPLANT, they don’t have to worry about getting FDA recommended MRI’s silent rupture. Based on a recent eight-year study, the IDEAL IMPLANT had the lowest risk of rupture and capsular contracture compared to silicone breast implants for primary augmentation. 

Finding the Right Surgeon

After comparing feel, risk, and the cost of breast implants, momwins knew she wanted the IDEAL IMPLANT and a board certified plastic surgeon. Though the IDEAL IMPLANT is growing in popularity, it is exclusively available to board certified plastic surgeons who are part of the IDEAL IMPLANT network. She goes on to describe how she chose the IDEAL IMPLANT and why she wanted Dr. Robert Colgrove to perform her breast surgery saying, 

“I found IDEAL IMPLANTS to be the safest and most natural-appearing and feeling . . . implant on the market so I will be getting those. For me it’s a no brainer . . . no MRI’s, no silent rupture, easy fix if any problems arise. I found Dr. Colgrove on RealSelf researching surgeons and I feel he will provide me with the look I am going for at a price I can manage with travel expenses in consideration. Since I live in Michigan and his office (Vinings surgery center) is in Atlanta, GA, we have been communicating through phone calls and emails. I have been in close contact with his surgical coordinator and so far everything has been professional and friendly. He features one of the most highly credentialed and accredited surgical facilities and personnel a plastic surgeon can obtain. I will fly in on a Tuesday, consult with Dr. Colgrove on Wednesday, surgery Thursday, follow up Friday, go home Saturday. Tickets bought, room reserved, deposit paid! I am doing all the pre OP things I have researched and just looking forward to the huge change about to take place!”

The Consultation and Breast Surgery 

She flew to Atlanta and went to her one-on-one consultation with Dr. Colgrove and describes it, saying 

“I am reflecting on the consultation. I am somewhat closer to deciding on the final size but still have my anxiety about the final decision. I have to tell them in the morning. They have both sizes on hand . . . So, how IDEAL IMPLANTs work is that they start at a certain cc amount and can be filled to a higher amount once they are placed . . . I feel like 450 was a good size but I could go slightly bigger and still be quite happy.”

On the day of the surgery, she was ready with her decision. “I think I’ve settled on the right size. I’m choosing 440 implants filled to 475cc. Dual plane. I just hope it’s not going to look too big. [The nurse] did the 3D image and it seemed to be just right.”

Post Breast Surgery and Recovery

Though momwins experienced the usual post breast surgery pain and soreness, her bruising disappeared within about a week and she was very happy with the size she chose. 6 weeks post op, she says 

“I have been religious about massage and exercises as instructed for the past 3 weeks . . . I love the size. I tried on bras and 34D seems to fit well in maidenform brand. I found a very comfy/secure bralette to wear during the day and I wear a more supportive/restricting one at night. I’m getting impatient with progress and dropping. I know I have a ways to go and lots of changes to take place . . . All in all I am still happy with my breasts and looking forward to my three week ‘graduation’.” 

Though her experience was hard at some points, momwins doesn’t regret her decision. She is very happy with her plastic surgery before and after photos and is glad she chose the IDEAL IMPLANT. 

About Dr. Colgrove

Dr. Colgrove is one of the exclusive surgeons who offer the IDEAL IMPLANT and his practice, Vinings Plastic Surgery Center in Atlanta, GA, is known for being one of the best. When you research him online, you’ll be impressed with his plastic surgery before and after photos and great reviews. Dr. Colgrove attributes much of the credit for the exceptional experience patients have with his practice to his dedicated and caring staff. His staff goes above and beyond to make sure patients have a good experience. They are committed to making you feel welcome and to making your entire surgical experience a positive one. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Colgrove will take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns about each service he offers, the breast surgery process, and the different costs of breast implants. 

“I researched reputable places to improve my appearance that were safe and highly rated; I wanted my figure back, but I did not want to put myself in danger because I had babies to care for.  Dr. Colgrove was fantastic!  The consultation was informative and educated me, as well as the staff on what my expectations were. I had a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. My results have been amazing!… His office was friendly, and open and honest with how your results will look.  Thank you, Vinings Surgery Center, for helping me to regain my confidence.”

Liz S., Google Review

Considering breast surgery in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Colgrove today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-995-9000, or visit www.colgrove.com. Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 300, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30339. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Why I Chose IDEAL IMPLANT for My San Diego Breast Implants

Hearing about a new type of breast implant is one thing, but learning about it through the real experiences of a plastic surgeon and his patient is even more helpful. Dr. Michael Rossi is a premier plastic surgeon who specializes in San Diego breast implants. He and his patient discuss IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants to provide an in-depth look at how it is changing the game for breast augmentation patients. The story begins with Dr. Rossi’s patient sharing her breast augmentation journey. 

Breast Implant Concerns

“I had 18 year-old saline breast implants that needed to be replaced. I’ve had two kids in the meantime, and after breastfeeding both of them, it was just time to address that. I’m a little jaded when it comes to silicone gel implants for a couple of reasons. First of all, when I had my primary breast augmentation, silicone gel implants weren’t even offered on the market. Secondly, as a plastic surgery patient care coordinator in San Diego, I’ve seen a lot of cases of silicone gel implant ruptures and leaks that are just quite messy and I just knew ultimately silicone gel was not an option for me.” 

Why Silicone Gel Implants Weren’t for Me

“I had two main concerns that led me to not want a silicone gel implant. Number one: I did not want to have an MRI every three years to check on it. I’m a mother of two, I work, and I don’t have time to worry or think about what’s in my body. Number two: the rupture cases that I’ve seen while working for a plastic surgeon and the amount of cleanup that he has to do for some of them is pretty gross.” 

Finding the Right Fit With IDEAL IMPLANT

“I first learned about IDEAL IMPLANT through my work as a patient care coordinator, and working with Dr. Rossi. He worked closely with the IDEAL IMPLANT reps and he knew my concerns about silicone gel, so he suggested it as a good option for me to ease any qualms I had. And so he and I worked together to make sure it was a good fit for me, for my body.

“I have very limited breast tissue, so that was a concern with my old saline implants. But now with  the IDEAL IMPLANT, I don’t feel like I have any concerns as far as rippling, even though I do have minimal breast tissue. It was a collective effort between Dr. Rossi and I finding the best suited implant for my concerns and my wants and needs.”

Why I Love My IDEAL IMPLANTS

“I feel like I got the best of both worlds with the IDEAL IMPLANT. My breasts feel soft, they feel natural, and I also have the peace of mind that I don’t have to worry if anything were to happen to them. I also didn’t want to have to get an MRI every three years just to double check on my implants. I know exactly what’s going on with them right now every day, so I’m very much excited for that.”

My Procedure

“I had the surgery done on April 2, so I’m just at about 12 weeks now. I feel better than ever. I always joke with Dr. Rossi, “I wish I had this done 10 years ago,” and he says, “Then you wouldn’t have had me”. And I love that because everything happens for a reason and timing is everything. I truly am so grateful for the outcome. My recovery was super easy. I did have to get a full lift, so I have the full anchor scar which can be concerning to some women, but it was necessary. Dr. Rossi and I agreed that it was the best option for what I wanted because I did want to go smaller. The recovery was great. It was actually really, really easy, and I would do it again.

“The main reason why I chose to have a breast lift is because I wanted to go smaller. After having two children, the skin stretching was just a little too much. I just wanted to go back to my previous size so I could feel like myself again. I think the biggest concern that most women have about a full breast lift is the scarring. But that’s why you seek out a highly reputable surgeon with impeccable suturing skills like Dr. Rossi. He does all the suturing himself, which says a lot about his style. I think that’s why I have the outcome that I do and why I am so okay with having these scars. And I know that with my fair skin, over time they’ll just fade to nothing.”

The Recovery

“To be really honest, my recovery has truly been a walk in the park, and I’m not just saying that. I mean, I’m sitting here three months out, and I don’t even wear a bra anymore – they are perfect. My breasts stay exactly where they need to be, and I don’t ever have to worry about them. So, it was maybe a couple of days of some discomfort, but it was nothing that a pain medication couldn’t fix. I went back to work five days later, and felt totally fine.”

My Advice 

“It’s important to know that you have a choice and you have options, and it’s not what we’re used to hearing all these years. Breast implant technology has come a long way, and now you can get the best of both worlds with the IDEAL IMPLANT. You can get the softness, you can get the perkiness, and still have that peace of mind knowing exactly what your implants are doing any day. I think women need to know that there is more than one option, and they can have a saline-filled structured implant without having to worry about rippling or that water balloon bag look that used to come with the old school saline implants.

“I think it’s really important to seek out a doctor that is doing this regularly and has a sincere passion for it. And that’s why I sought out Dr. Rossi to do my case. I also feel like it’s important that the breasts look natural, they feel soft, and that they don’t pose any health risks. There are no health concerns connected to the IDEAL IMPLANT, so that should be option number one for anyone who is worried about that. I know there are a lot of things you hear in social media about breast implant illness, or other concerns, but it gave me peace of mind knowing that the IDEAL IMPLANT has no connections to any adverse effect. It requires no monitoring, and has no new known association of complications, which I think is really important.”

Why I Chose Dr. Rossi

“I had multiple consultations with very reputable surgeons, and I felt like every single consultation was exactly the same. It felt like a one-size-fits-all approach. They were all very nice, but I never felt like they were truly listening to my concerns or to my wants, and they weren’t very patient with my questions.

“When I found Dr. Rossi, he was so willing to answer all my questions very patiently and he was very honest about my options. It definitely was not a one-size-fits-all approach. You have to connect with your surgeon. You need to find a surgeon that is passionate about his craft, and lives and breathes it every single day. Dr. Rossi is super charismatic, very charming, and probably one of the best surgeons in San Diego, and I’m lucky that I had the opportunity to work with him.”

At his practice in San Diego, Dr. Michael Rossi helps his patients achieve their cosmetic goals with his perfectionist approach and surgical artistry. He has advanced experience with different types of breast implants and offers an expert opinion about the IDEAL IMPLANT. 

Meet Dr. Rossi

“I’m originally from Chicago, Illinois. I completed my general surgery training in Chicago, followed by a highly intensive program there. My plastic surgery training was in Houston, Texas, in the biggest medical center in the world. That’s where I got my first real, extreme experience with cosmetic surgery. There’s a huge market for plastic surgery in Texas, and I really fell in love with the cosmetic surgical fields, breast surgery in particular.

“I’ve always had a knack for the cosmetic aspect of surgery, but I also really enjoy talking to my patients. I feel like a big part of my practice is helping patients connect the work that is done on their body with their mind, as far as how they feel they should look. That’s the biggest thing about my practice – making sure my patients feel that balance between the mind and the body.”

A Personal Approach

“I am very big on conversation with my patients and making a connection with them. I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to my patients. I spend an hour to an hour and a half with all my consults so we can get to know each other. I really get to know them on a personal level first, and that helps lead me to a lot of my answers.

“So if they are big into crossfit, if they carry their child around, if they don’t like to work out much, if they surf, if they hike, all these different things tell me a little bit more about their lifestyle. This helps me know what style of implant, what kind of approach, and what pocket to use. I use that information to then lead me to my measurements, which I’m very meticulous about. Then we discuss what it is that they want to accomplish.

“A big part of my mantra is the natural appearing breasts. Most women here don’t want to look overstuffed or augmented, they want to have a natural look. So I spend a lot of time analyzing my patient’s full body from their shoulders to their waist and hips, and explain to them what size, shape, and contour would be best to fit that whole package.”

My Introduction to IDEAL IMPLANT

“At baseline, I’m a bit of a science nerd. I really like to do my research, read journal articles, and see data out there. On Instagram I saw some posts from colleagues about IDEAL IMPLANT and when I learned what the implant was, it was fascinating to me. I thought it was a brilliant idea.

“So I did my own research on the IDEAL IMPLANT, and it really made me feel good that it was developed by a plastic surgeon. Because I think surgeons think very differently, more outside the box compared to the big corporations. I’m very patient centric, and I trust other plastic surgeons who are doing the same work I’m doing, and who also care about their patients. Whereas sometimes I think although companies want to make a good product, the bottom line is about making money. I got a sense of comfort seeing that IDEAL IMPLANT was made by a plastic surgeon.”

A Look at Silicone Gel Implant Rupture

“When I first came to San Diego, some of my biggest cases where these big revision cases. These women would come to me who had other consultations where they weren’t even told that they had capsular contracture. So they were a little shocked when I told them their implants were ruptured. Sure enough, almost every time I operated, they had an older model silicone gel implant where the gel wasn’t as cohesive. And not only did they rupture, but here’s the scary part: the older silicone gel implants’ shell actually sweat. Even though you can’t see a defined rupture within the implant, you can see that there’s this gooey gel-like sweat that’s outside the implant within a hard calcium capsule around it.

“That situation creates quite a problem for these patients. These types of patients are the ones you’ll see with implant related illness as a reaction to the silicone gel. The body walls it off appropriately, it just makes for very lopsided, unattractive looking breasts that are imbalanced. Many times it will progress to a grade four capsular contracture, which creates pain in the breasts. I have seen a lot of that. That is one thing that’s nice about IDEAL IMPLANT; that’s not something you have to worry about.”

Guiding My Patients Decisions 

“I’m seeing a lot of women who are mistrusting of silicone gel because of the news we keep hearing about breast implant related illness, capsular contracture, and now there’s ALCL. All these things are real concerns. With everything that is going on, the conversations I have with my patients have changed a lot over the past year. Women who want the IDEAL IMPLANT  tend to be women who like to feel very natural.They feel safer knowing that there is an inert substance within their body and that they don’t have to worry about getting MRIs because there’s no chance of a foreign substance such as silicone gel leaking into their body.

“With that said, I’m still using a lot of silicone gel in my practice because the silicone gel implant technology has changed drastically, in particular, in the last three to five years. But if a patient really is averse to having silicone gel in her body, then it’s a very natural decision for me. The only saline implant that I really would ever consider using moving forward is IDEAL IMPLANT. The engineering behind it, the shape, the smooth surface, and the decreased rippling make it superior to other saline implants on the market.”

Professional Experience With IDEAL IMPLANT

“The concavity of the bottom of the IDEAL IMPLANT really fits nicely with the chest wall. It gives a very nice lateral breast, nice medial cleavage, and it feels more natural than typical saline implants. For me, the biggest difference is the adjustment of filling the IDEAL IMPLANT, which many surgeons who use primarily silicone gel implants aren’t as familiar with. Once you can adjust to that and know what that looks like inside the body, then it’s no different than every other implant that you place. It just has a different sort of profile, that’s all.”

My IDEAL IMPLANT Patients

“My patients who choose IDEAL IMPLANT are extremely happy. They feel it’s very natural.They’re getting a well-engineered implant made with an inert substance in their body that they don’t have to worry about. They really seem to have an extra level of satisfaction. The shape is really beautiful in the right patient, and the feel is much more natural than saline implants. Overall, my IDEAL IMPLANT patients have all been 10 out of 10 satisfied, which is what I shoot for with every patient. There are no variants and there’s no fall off with IDEAL IMPLANT for sure.”

Giving My Patients the Very Best

“My goal is to create very happy patients and to take really good care of them. If that means using very high end breast implants that I trust, if it means spending the extra time with them to coax them through their anxieties and fears, whatever it may be, I have the energy and the passion for all of that. This is all I would ever want to be doing.”

Learn More About San Diego Breast Implants With Dr. Michael Rossi

Considering breast implants in San Diego? Contact Dr. Michael Rossi today to discuss your options. Simply call 858-997-0085 or visit sandiegoface.com. Dr. Rossi’s office is located at 3252 Holiday Court, Suite 206, La Jolla, CA, 92037. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants.

A RealSelf Breast Surgery Experience With IDEAL IMPLANT®

When it comes to receiving breast surgery, firsthand reports are invaluable. Reading personal accounts is a helpful way to learn what to expect following surgery, gain knowledge about your desired procedure, and hear about real-life outcomes. RealSelf is a platform where women and men can leave reviews and updates about a variety of medical procedures, plus upload plastic surgery before and after images.

Meet bonnie5555 from RealSelf 

On RealSelf, bonnie5555 describes her recovery and post-operative experience after receiving IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. She writes:

“Since so many of you helped me with my process I decided to contribute and show my journey with breast augmentation! I am 25 yers old, 127 lbs and 5’7. I am currently a small B cup and decided to go with the ideal implant. After consultation with my doctor we decided to go with the 405 cc and doing a little more in my left breast. My goal is to look natural but also have a more fuller frame. I have read good reviews with ideal implant so I am hoping it lives up to its hype !! Here is a pic of me before with some stats.”

One Week After Breast Surgery

To show her plastic surgery before and after transformation, bonnie5555 posted images one week after breast surgery. She states:

“Feeling excited here are some pictures from one week post op! The first few days were brutal and sleeping was a complete nightmare. I took my pain meds only the first day then stuck to Tylenol extra strength. After surgery I was put into a post surgical bra that was black and resembled a very very tight bandeau that zipped in the front. When I went back one week later my PA said I will be switching to a white strap that goes around my mid torso and then around the top of my breasts to help them settle. I hate this thing !!!!!! It is so comfortable and painful. My left breast feels pain when I wear it around the inner mid section and my back feels like it’s broke lol. Other than that things are going smoothly my incisions are still healing and my breast[s] are still firm and swollen.”

Day 10, 12, 14, and 19 Post-Operative Posts

As bonnie5555 continued the recovery process, she provided regular updates:

“The pain has gone down significantly I am able to do everything except I am still sore and very careful. I go for walks in the morning and night because I am a workout freak and petrified to gain weight lol. Even though I feel bloated I hope it will go down. I noticed my left breast hurt more than my right. I go back for my second check [up] tomorrow so we will see if I can get this damn strap off !! Hope for the best …”

“Ideal implants still feel firm and I have noticed they are dropping. Tomorrow is my appointment so we’ll see what my doctor says …”

“I just went for my two week appointment everything is really well so far ! My breasts are dropping and the little indent in my left he said will go away once these bad boys drop! I only have to wear the strap at night until I go back for my checkup next week! I’m beginning to put the scar cream on today twice a day I also bought some silicone pasties for my nipples which are crazy sensitive !!!”

“Tomorrow is my three week visit to the doctor so we’ll see how things go and if I need to keep wearing my strap. The area in my left breast is going down and my boobies are beginning to feel slightly softer!! I’m curious when everyone else’s softened up??”

Additional Updates

“7 weeks post op … they are feeling SO much more natural ! My right is still dropping more than my left. No pain, but my right breast when I touch the top I do slightly feel the implant. My left was overfilled so I don’t feel the implant at all. I heard once you get to month 3 that’s when you feel the softest! Can anyone relate/update me on their progress.”

“My progress has been great! My right breast feels completely natural but I’m waiting for my left to settle in. I have been increasing my workouts weights I just don’t do push-ups because it feels very weird. But overall I love them!”

Six-Month Follow-Up

“6 months later and I love the boobs!!! They feel pretty normal except when I lay down they are hard but other than that they are fine. They are very perky and close together which I love but the top of my breasts do feel somewhat firm. I still can’t do push-ups but I do everything else workout wise. Love them!”

Video Upload at Seven Months

Seven months after her breast surgery, bonnie5555 posted a video of herself to RealSelf which sparked several comments and questions. bonnie5555 states: “I attached a video to show the softness of the ideal implant! Although they are not as soft as real breast I think they feel pretty soft!!”

A comment by joli2116 reads: “I have been seriously considering getting the ideal implants. Have it experienced any side effects from the implants? I.e. headaches, muscle aches etc?”

bonnie5555 responds: “I love the ideal! No side effects like that feels pretty nomal”

Another comment came in from jennacatt explaining her plastic surgery before and after experience: “They bounce! You’re so lucky! My high profile silicone never bounced. Looks so good! Makes me want ideal implants. Mine were high profile so they were rounder and filled to the max to reduce rippling. So they were not too soft and had no bounce. They were very firm. I didn’t like them so I had them taken out. They were big at 440 cc. I also had the old saline implants which were the worst. Rippling was crazy with those, so hard and ugly. I’m going to get around 220 cc with Ideal implants next. Really downsizing lol”

Ten Months Later

Nearly a year after receiving IDEAL IMPLANTS, bonnie5555 made a concluding post:

“Loving them! They are still a littttttle firm but most people I talk to say implants are never going to be exactly like the real thing. My left breast is overfilled to meet the size of my right and since my skin is on the thinner side I slightly feel the implant on the bottom of my left breast. But on my right breast I do not since there was more fat there. Other than that no complaints !!”

Plastic Surgery Before and After with IDEAL

IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are the first of their kind, with no other breast implant utilizing the same advanced technology. FDA-approved in 2014, the IDEAL IMPLANT is made up of a unique internal structure—a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This design allows the implant to provide the natural feel and realistic look commonly associated with silicone gel implants, yet the peace of mind that comes with saline and no risk of “silent rupture.” Plus, the IDEAL IMPLANT is only available to an exclusive group of board-certified plastic surgeons. If you are interested in learning more about IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants or to find an eligible surgeon near you, visit idealimplant.com.

Learn From One Woman’s Experience With Breast Augmentation

How can one woman’s experience with breast augmentation help you prepare for surgery? Some women feel anxiety when thinking about pain during recovery and wonder how realistic their results will be. Studies show that knowing what to expect before breast surgery will lead to higher satisfaction with your results. In fact, according to the University of Basel, 96% of cosmetic surgery patients reported increased happiness and self-esteem after their procedure. The majority of the 4% who did not feel these benefits were shown to have unrealistic expectations heading into their procedure. 

To give you an idea of what you can expect, we looked at one patient’s experience from the day of surgery to 6 weeks after. Lanegrabella, a RealSelf user, posted her experience on the website. Her surgery was performed in October 2018 by Dr. Constance Barone in San Antonio using IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. Lanegrabella describes herself as 27 years old, 116 pounds, 5’2”, and a mom who breastfed three children. 

Breast Surgery Recovery: Immediately Post-Op

Lanegrabella describes her state 15 hours after her plastic surgery.

“I don’t see many reviews for the IDEAL IMPLANTS, so I am adding my review. Right now I’m about 15 hours post op. I received 335 cc in my right breast and 350 cc in my left breast to correct some symmetry. As a point of reference, I started very deflated and flat chested after  breastfeeding my wonderful babies. My surgery went quickly, and so far I love my surgeon and her team. They are so efficient and did a beautiful job. I’ve had the normal pain and [have been] nauseous, but I’ve already started to feel a little less pain and nausea. I hope it continues to improve from here.”

This experience is common. Most surgeries are finished in under one hour, patients are observed for a short time, then sent home the same day. As a patient, you should plan to have what you need in order to rest as soon as you get home from surgery. This may include food, water, compression garments, and prescriptions.

Breast Surgery Recovery: One Day Post-Op

One day after her breast augmentation Lanegrabella details her recovery.

“Today has been rough. I woke up in a lot of pain. I had my first post op appointment. My surgeon wants me to begin doing aggressive massage twice a day, and it hurts so bad. I feel like I have some uneven swelling. More swelling on the right side. They are so high and tight. It’s just been a very painful day. On a positive note I took a shower today.”

Every patient has a different experience with pain but knowing that you will most likely experience it in some capacity is important. Patients experience the most pain in the first few days after surgery and typically take pain medication to manage it. These first days of recovery can be difficult, but the benefits of breast implants are long lasting.

Lanegrabella also mentions her breast implants are “high and tight.” This “high and tight” feeling happens because the skin and muscles around the implants need to relax and stretch to accommodate the increase in volume. In the first few weeks after plastic surgery, you will notice your breast implants begin to drop down into their final position and fill out the bottom of the breast pocket. Surrounding muscles relax resulting in a more natural shape and a softer feel. 

Breast Surgery Recovery: Four Days Post-Op

Almost one week after her surgery Lanegrabella states,

“Things are going well. I’m slowly getting into the swing of things again. I am able to do my breast massages without too much pain. I still have pain, but I’m only taking extra strength Tylenol twice a day. Boobs are still high and tight.”

How long after your surgery can you return to normal activities? The answer is different for every patient, however Lanegrabella’s experience is average. Between three and seven days post-op most patients are able to stop taking narcotics for pain management and can return to work and social activities. Exercising should still be avoided after a breast augmentation until you are cleared by your board-certified plastic surgeon. 

Dr. Barone advised Lanegrabella to perform daily breast massage for several weeks after her surgery, which can help prevent capsular contracture. Capsular contracture happens when the capsule surrounding the breast implant begins to tighten and harden. In severe cases this condition requires reoperation. It is not known what causes capsular contracture, though there are some ways to help prevent it from happening. Daily breast massage can help but it is important to talk with your surgeon before beginning these massages. Some breast implants have higher rates of capsular contracture, so before you pick a breast implant for your surgery do some research about capsular contracture rates. To get started visit this page https://idealimplant.com/compare/.

Breast Surgery Recovery: Two Weeks Post-Op

Pain, swelling, and the “high and tight” feeling continues to improve. Lanegrabella describes what life is like two weeks after her plastic surgery.

“Things have been going well. I think some of the swelling has gone down, and my boobs now feel a lot softer to the touch. It’s nice to know that they will continue to get soft. My sister was impressed with how soft they are already (she got silicone implants four years ago). Pain is very minimal. To me it feels like my boobs felt in the early nursing days. A little sore. I keep thinking to myself, ‘I need to go pump.’ lol. I only need about one extra strength Tylenol a day, and some days I don’t even need any. Things started to get better around six days post op. The hardest part now is protecting them from my little ones. My one year old always wants to lay on them, and that’s not possible right now. I look forward to being able to pick him up again.

I’m still going bra free and doing my massages as per the doctors orders. I have my second follow up appointment in two days. I hope she says everything is going well.”

Breast Surgery Recovery: Six Weeks Post-Op

Six weeks after her breast augmentation Lanegrabella reports that she is feeling more and more like her normal self.

“Things are going well. I just have to remember to do my massages. I still have pain occasionally, but not most of the time. I’m still most comfortable when I’m sleeping on my back. It feels a little weird to sleep on my side. Could be because I’m not wearing a bra. They have dropped some, but I can’t wait until they have dropped a little more . . .”

At this point in recovery most women are cleared by their plastic surgeon to resume all normal activities including exercise. As in Lanegrabella’s experience, pain should be minimal six weeks out, but do not be surprised if you experience some lingering pain. If you feel a sudden increase in pain or other symptoms, do not hesitate to call your surgeon. Lanegrabella reports after over two months of healing, “I was having a lot of sudden pain in one my breasts. Dr. Barone let me come right in to examine the issue. It turned out that I had just pulled a muscle, but I really appreciate the way she handled the situation.” 

Schedule Your Plastic Surgery With Dr. Barone Today

After almost four months with her breast implants Lanegrabella reports “All in all, I do really like them. I think they look amazing, and they’ve given me a lot of confidence.” If you are considering a breast enhancement visit Dr. Barone for a consultation. With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery Dr. Barone has helped hundreds of women gain more confidence in their bodies. Dr. Barone is one of the exclusive plastic surgeons in the San Antonio area to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, and is an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon. This new implant provides a natural look and feel, the safety of only saline inside, and some of the lowest rates of rupture and capsular contracture in any breast implant available today.

Considering breast implants in San Antonio? Contact Dr. Constance Barone today to discuss your options. Simply call 210-268-1596, or visit www.baroneplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Barone’s office is located at 9502 Huebner Road, Suite 202 San Antonio, TX 78240. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Why I Traded My Silicone Implants for the 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.


When it comes to breast augmentation, women deserve implants that not only look and feel beautiful, but also give them peace of mind. IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants are the latest innovation in breast implant technology that offers both beauty and security. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled only with saline, and its design features internal chambers that gives it a natural look and feel. Dr. Sophie Bartsich is a board certified plastic surgeon in New York City who offers this implant option to her patients. One of Dr. Bartsich’s patients shares her personal experience switching from silicone implants to the IDEAL IMPLANT:      

Using My Story to Help Others

“I have decided to write about my breast implant replacement for two reasons. First, to let everyone know that Dr. Sophie Bartsich is absolutely the most amazing doctor I’ve met. Second, why I chose the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants and how I feel now, after surgery.”

Starting Out With Saline

“I had my first breast augmentation in 2000 when silicone implants were banned in the USA. I chose a saline implant with a textured shell. Surgery was successful, they looked great. I had them for 18 years and I was very happy with them. I never had any complications, they felt and looked great.” 

Out With the Old, In With the New

“I moved to a new city a couple of years ago and started seeing a new cosmetic surgeon. When it came up during our conversations that my implants are old, she recommended replacing them before they might rupture, and the process would become more complicated. It sounded logical, I had some downtime coming up from travel, so I scheduled the surgery. This time I chose the so-called silicone gummy bear implants. 

“Surgery went well, except when I saw my breasts for the first time after surgery, I knew that the doctor made a mistake and misplaced one of the implants. I was furious. I knew that this isn’t going to change. They might look somewhat better, but it would never look the way I wanted them to look and they definitely wouldn’t look like they looked after my first augmentation. I also knew I would probably have to wait six months to have another surgery.” 

Looking For Answers

“During the next six months, I saw six different doctors for consultation. They all had the same opinion acknowledging the mistakes and assuring me that it is correctable. I just didn’t feel comfortable with any of the doctors I’d met until I met Dr. Bartsich. She spent a long time with me the first time I saw her. She listened to everything I said, and I had a lot to say. She asked me why I chose silicone gummy bear implants since I had saline implants for so long. I don’t really have a better answer than I just wanted to try something different that supposedly feels more natural.”

Finding My Perfect Fit With the IDEAL IMPLANT

“By this time, six months had passed since my surgery and, to be honest, I wasn’t happy with the silicone implants. They looked like jello. They were soft, almost mushy, they seemed to pick up my breasts’ shape. They looked nothing like my almost 20-year-old saline implants. Dr. Bartsich then showed me an implant I have never seen before. They felt very natural in my hands, close to how silicone gel feels, but they were a nice dome shape. I picked them up, so they hang, and they didn’t ripple, then I lay them flat and the top didn’t go flat like silicone gummy bear implants do; they stayed dome-shaped. She explained to me that these are new, structured saline implants, and she also explained all the pros and cons. There aren’t cons really, unless someone only wants silicone implants. These implants look nicer, they don’t lose their form and the most important fact about them, they are SAFE. There is no need for MRIs and being afraid of silent ruptures. 

“Now I just had one dilemma; which implant to choose—the gummy bear implants again or the IDEAL structured saline implants. I got home and I did a ton of research. I’ve read every publication about both implants, including all trial, research, and other materials I could find on the internet. I went back to see Dr. Bartsich to discuss just the differences between the implants. Honestly, I already knew that I would go with the IDEAL IMPLANTS, it was really a no brainer. 

“The day of my surgery came. I was excited. I knew Dr. Bartsich would fix the mistakes, and, deep down, I also felt that my breasts would look a lot better aesthetically. So, the first time I saw them after surgery, I can’t describe how happy and relieved I felt. They looked PERFECT! I mean perfect, exactly the same as they did 18 years ago. They are symmetrical, the shape is awesome, and they feel great. Now it’s been a couple of weeks, they still look awesome. I can’t feel the implants, or I have to look really hard for them (nothing like the old silicone implants), they are completely natural, but the biggest difference is that the implants give a nice shape to my breasts. They are no longer a mushy jello (more perky) like they were with the gummy bear implants.” 

Comparing Recoveries

“Another observation: I had a harder recovery after the silicone implants. I wasn’t in pain at all, but I was tired, out of breath for almost three weeks after surgery. I would go out for a walk and had to turn back because I felt like I had no energy. Just a note, I am above average shape, exercise six times a week, so it was very weird for me to feel like this. I am not a medical professional, but just based on common sense logic, it seems that my body isn’t fighting against the saline implants, while I think it took a lot for it to accept the silicone ones. I actually worked from the next day on since my surgery (work from home). I felt great the whole time. By the time my first visit came around, I didn’t even feel like I had surgery. I’ve been walking hours since then without any issues and I can do all my daily activities, except exercising.” 

Making the Right Choices

“I hope my story will help the reader to make the right decisions. Make sure you choose the right doctor, you research everything about them and most importantly you feel comfortable with whom you end up choosing. If there is that little feeling in your stomach that always questions things, listen to it. As far as the implants, I would choose the IDEAL structured implant over any other implant over and over again.” 

Learn More About IDEAL IMPLANT With Dr. Bartsich

Dr. Sophie Bartsich’s artistic training combined with her surgical expertise makes her the perfect choice for women seeking a plastic surgeon with a personalized approach to breast augmentation. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been named as a SuperDoctors Rising Star. Dr. Bartsich is part of an exclusive network of plastic surgeons to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, and is proud to provide her patients with the latest in breast implant technology. 

Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit www.doctorsophie.com. 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. 

A Personal Experience with Breast Implants Before and After Surgery

Do you wish you could get advice from someone who has had a breast augmentation, but don’t know who to ask? While every person’s body is unique and your breast implants, before and after, surgery may not be exactly the same as someone else’s, most women find it extremely helpful to read personal stories from former or current patients to know what to expect throughout the breast augmentation process. 

A recent 36-year-old female patient of Los Angeles-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bresnick shared her personal experience with breast augmentation on RealSelf. She chose the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for her procedure. In her posts, she discusses her consultation with Dr. Bresnick, choosing breast implant sizes, the day of the surgery, and the recovery process.

While a lot of women and surgeons used to think, “bigger is better” when it came to breast augmentation, trends have changed. Most women now want proportionate, natural-looking breasts that fit their body type. This patient said she only considered an augmentation after looking at realistic breast implants “before and after” photos.

“. . . For many years I was grateful for my 36B sized breast and very adamantly did not want breast implants because I thought I would look like I had two coconuts on my chest. I work in the aesthetic industry and in the more recent years I have seen so many gorgeous natural looking breast augmentations. . . “

Before a breast augmentation, it’s imperative that every patient select a plastic surgeon who is board-certified and can deliver fantastic results.

“After neurotically researching doctors in my area, I chose Dr. Stephen Bresnick (solid 5-star Yelp and seen his work firsthand). The end result of any beautiful breast job is a reflection of the true artistry mastered by the surgeon. Take your time looking through the Drs portfolio of before and afters. Of course I tried to select a woman of similar breast size and weight as myself to judge the overall potential outcome. . .”

Since every woman’s body is unique, different breast implant sizes won’t look the exact same on every person. Here are some tips this patient gives on finding the right size for you.

“I decided on the IDEAL IMPLANT for the safety and peace of mind, the decision was easy however deciding on the size was not! The doctor asked me to select three images of my wish boobs. He was very honest about what I could realistically expect. The women I liked had swoop style breasts which is more easily achieved with silicone. Saline is more round and takes time to settle lower in the breast . . .

“Since my choice was saline the doctor informed me that whatever range was possible to feel the implant, he would have to fill it half way in order for the implant to give the nipple a natural lift effect. Without putting this effect into place the natural roundness of the implant would have my nipple pointed towards the ground. This is the part of the consultation where I realized going with a doctor of 27 years experience is critical at spotting a problem before it becomes one. My desired breast size would be a full C small D, and the doctor ordered two different size implants and said he would put both in and pick which ever looked the fullest but the most natural.

“If you need guidance on how many cc will look best, I recommend trying out the rice bag test at home. There are online instructions of how much rice to fill to simulate X number of cc. The rice is placed in a hose tied off and compressed around your natural breast in a thin tight fitting sports bra. It does look weird without any nipples, so I put two marbles inside the sports bra over the bags.

“Rice sizer helped tremendously, allows you to feel the weight and see how a variety of your clothes will fit. 460 cc felt way too big, 425 cc was what looked and felt best.”

Your doctor should discuss every detail of the surgery and recovery process with you at your appointments. Any preparation you can take care of beforehand will help things go easier for you. This patient suggests prepping for your recovery well beforehand.

“Don’t wait to the last minute, I picked up my prescription meds the same day he wrote them, two weeks before the surgery day. I lined all the medications on the counter and marked them with sharpie indicating which time and how many and which ones had to be taken with food. Make sure to pick up all of your favorite frozen meals, protein bars, bone broth soups, stool softener, probiotics and Epsom salts.”

The Day of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Surgery went right on schedule. Wore scrub pants, and a snap down shirt, with oversized jacket. I spoke with the nurses and anesthesiologist about how nervous my bf was, this funny banter went on for five min or so, then I remember nothing.

“I woke up in postop recovery feeling like I had had the best nap of my life. My chest was wrapped and I couldn’t see or peek! I asked the nurse what size and she said 405. I was a little disappointed because after our conversation this was not part of the plan in order to raise the nipple. However it wasn’t until later that day at home that I opened up my envelope and saw my card and it said that I received 435 in the left breast and 445 in the right breast. She simply stated 405 because that’s the standard size ordered before they put in the saline. I took Percocet every four hours and the pain was controlled and the extra bonus was it helped me sleep most of that day.

“The pressure/soreness was similar to a strong workout at the gym (and I mean strong work out like as in haven’t worked out in a few years and you get DOMS delayed onset muscle soreness) but very tolerable. . . . Everyone told me to buy certain bras from Amazon, but I’m glad I did not. My doctor has me wearing a loose-fitting sports bra.”

Though you can expect to see your results right away, most implants start out high and have to “drop”and settle into place over a period of time.

“When my bandage compression was removed the second day my breast were quite high. I expected this and I know it will take time. I fully trust my doctors advice and artistry.”

Your doctor will probably also ask you to massage your breasts after surgery to help reduce the growth of a scar tissue capsule around the implant. This will also keep the implants soft and flexible.

“Had another follow up Monday and the nurse showed me how to do my dressing changes and my breast massage exercises. Doing the exercises the first few days were a pain because she asked me to do 20 side presses and milk squeezes every two hours throughout the day. My breast are tight and very firm but today is Thursday and since Monday I can feel them moving much easier.

“I am not experiencing any pain, however the right boob starts to ache when I’m doing my exercises. It almost feels like a Charlie horse along the side of my breast near my underarm.”

A week or two after surgery you will need to go back into your plastic surgeon’s office so they can remove the sutures and check for any infections in the incisions.

“Today has been one week since my surgery and I’m loving my boobs more everyday. My visit today was with the nurse to remove the sutures. This nurse has worked with the same surgeon for 10 years and fully capable of routine postoperative care and can identify things that are normal and things that are not. Thankfully my incisions are healing nicely with minimal bruising.”

Most women experience a significant boost in confidence after a breast augmentation. This patient couldn’t wait to fill out an unpadded bra after surgery.

“Couldn’t resist a stop by VS (Victoria’s Secret). First sexy lacy bra fitting. I know it’s early but I’ve been dreaming of the day I can fill out a lacy PADLESS bra. So far 36D fits best. I am so grateful to my surgeon, and his entire staff. Truly amazed and hard to believe a week ago I had barely b’s (all breast sizes are beautiful but I fantasized larger to harmonize with the rest of my body, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!)”

It’s important that you follow all the instructions of your plastic surgeon after your procedure. Twenty days after surgery this patient was still diligent in doing her exercises to promote healing and recovery.

“I have been wearing the band this way for one week (nurse said it will help the top of the chest line drop/soften more naturally) We will see what the doc thinks at the follow up tomorrow . . . I am very pleased with how they are softening. The bottom of the breast more dramatically, while the top is still high and firm. I do my best to do the exercises but admittedly miss the every two hour mark (sometimes it’s more like four). The ace band has been uncomfortable, feels sore pushing on the numb upper breast area.”

By day twenty-five after surgery this patient was noticing a significant change in the way her breasts felt and really starting to enjoy her new look. 

“I don’t think my boobs ever touched while laying on my side before. I am loving my side lying cleavage! Still wearing my ace bandage to bed and keeping my incisions covered. Breast feel softer each day. When I do the massage, I can feel the bag under my skin, kinda weird. I wonder if I will always feel the bag (you can feel it more so with firm squeezes, soft breast squeezes and tissue feels natural).”

On day twenty-eight this patient’s breasts were almost in their final position and feeling much more natural.

“My breast are starting to settle but still have more dropping to do. They are so much softer. When I do breast massage, I no longer have to squeeze as hard with my hand, it requires a lot less effort.”

Breast Implants Before and After Surgery with IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Stephen Bresnick is one of an exclusive group of surgeons who offers the latest in breast implant technology to his patients with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. This innovative new breast implant technology combines the safety of saline with the natural look and feel women expect from a silicone gel breast implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower risk of both rupture and capsular contracture when compared to silicone gel implants, and you can notice a leak just by looking in the mirror. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by board-certified plastic surgeons and is FDA approved for women ages 18 and older in breast augmentation. 

About Dr. Stephen Bresnick

Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bresnick is a native of Los Angeles who completed his undergraduate work, Master’s degree, and Doctoral Degree at UCLA. Dr. Bresnick earned his M.D. at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Bresnick completed his surgery internship and surgery residency at Stanford University, followed by a three-year plastic surgery residency at Stanford. Dr. Bresnick was named Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery at Stanford in 1996. 

Once becoming a fully trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Bresnick completed a Craniofacial Plastic Surgery fellowship at USC and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He was named Clinical Instructor in Plastic Surgery from 1996-1997. Dr. Bresnick was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at USC in 1997, and remained on the full-time faculty for five years. During this time, Dr. Bresnick taught plastic surgery and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Bresnick has won many awards and is recognized as an expert in plastic surgery. He has published nine books in medicine and science and has authored over 20 articles published in medical journals.

Considering breast implants in Los Angeles, CA? Contact Dr. Bresnick today to discuss your options. Simply call (818) 981-3333, or visit www.drbresnick.com. Dr. Bresnick’s office is located at 16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 110 – Lobby Level Encino, CA 91436. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

The Cost of Breast Implants was Worth Every Penny

RealSelf user abruch, a nurse from upstate New York, had always felt like she was small in bra size and overall stature and was ready for a much needed boost of confidence. While doing her research on saline and silicone breast implants, she found the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant, and realized that she had more options than she thought. She explains her thought process, how she compared the costs, found the right surgeon for her, and what she thinks of her end result. 

The Beginning

Patient abruch says, “I have always been small, both in bra size and in overall stature. I am 28, have had one child, and breast feed and pumped for 8 months. I am 5’3, 118 pounds and use to wear a 32B. I did my research extensively, I am a nurse myself and wanted to ensure my best and safest result. I stumbled across the IDEAL IMPLANT a year ago and was intrigued by [the] hybrid like implant, saline filled but will feel and act like silicone [breast implants] due to the shell of the implant.” 

Once she discovered the IDEAL IMPLANT and researched all of its benefits, such as its ability to maintain a perky profile while feeling soft like a silicone gel implant, she knew it was exactly what she wanted. She also loved that, because it is filled with saline, it offers women peace of mind and instant rupture detection. When women choose the IDEAL IMPLANT, they don’t have to worry about FDA recommended MRI’s or silent rupture. Based on a recent 8-year study, the IDEAL IMPLANT had the lowest risk of rupture and capsular contracture rates compared to silicone breast implants. 

Finding the Right Surgeon

After comparing feel, risk, and the cost of breast implants, abruch knew she wanted the IDEAL IMPLANT and a board certified plastic surgeon. Though the IDEAL IMPLANT is growing in popularity, it is exclusively available to board certified plastic surgeons who wish to offer it to their patients. She goes on to say, 

“The only problem with the IDEAL IMPLANT is their availability in my area. I am from upstate New York and the closest areas were either across the border in Canada or driving to the city (6 Hour Drive) so I did some looking and found a board certified, well-reviewed surgeon who is located in Florida. Since I thought it would be a great idea to go on vacation and recuperate in the sunshine versus up here in the winter tundra I made the journey to Florida. I met with Dr. Roxanne Sylora at the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery and loved her!! She’s very experienced and well-known for her breast reconstruction and breast implants. I called the office and spoke with their coordinator Cheryl who I absolutely loved. The customer service at this Institute has been phenomenal.”

The Surgery and Cost of Breast Implants

She flew to Florida and went to her surgery appointment. “I went for my breast augmentation on March 19. I did get my IDEAL IMPLANTs of 375 CCs. The surgery went well, something that was a PRO to me was the fact that I wasn’t going to be put completely under with anesthesia, instead they use MAC (monitored anesthesia care), so essentially I was not completely under and was able to not be placed on a ventilator. I now am two weeks post-op and think this procedure was worth every penny and worth years of saving for.”

She explains that the IDEAL IMPLANT, though more expensive than her other options, still seemed to be the smartest choice because it gave her peace of mind as well as a reliable protection plan

“Now I will say that the IDEAL IMPLANTs were more costly than both saline and silicone [breast implants]. The IDEAL IMPLANTs cost me about $1300 more than the silicone but do appear to be much safer in retrospect. I was also able to purchase an insurance on the IDEAL IMPLANTs which covered a lot of potential complications post-op including infection, blood clots, and capsular contracture. With my track record that gives me peace of mind.”

About Dr. Sylora

Dr. Sylora, known for her expertise in breast enhancement, reduction and body contouring, recently joined the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery.  She spent the last several years in the Chicago area doing all types breast and body work, including breast augmentation, breast lifts with or without implants, tummy tucks, breast reconstruction and post-massive weight loss body contouring. She is one of the exclusive surgeons who offer the IDEAL IMPLANT along with saline and silicone breast implant options. 

Dr. Sylora graduated from the University of Illinois and trained in Chicago as well as Detroit. Training with world-renowned plastic surgeons in Nashville, she then completed a breast and aesthetic fellowship at the Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baptist Hospital. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, she has also been recognized as a Top Plastic Surgeon by Consumers Checkbook and by one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by Consumers Research Council of America.

“Our self-image is such a vital part of how we interact with the world. How you feel about yourself is reflected in every interaction you have. I have seen many people bloom after being able to address the issues which were undermining their confidence. We all have something we wish we could improve about ourselves. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to improve someone’s daily life by helping them enhance and maximize what they have.” says Dr. Sylora.

Dr. Sylora believes that every person should be encouraged to make choices about his or her medical care and appearance in a supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental environment. During a one-on-one consultation, she will take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns about each service she offers as well as the different costs of breast implants. 

“Little changes can dramatically change a person’s outlook on life,” says Dr. Sylora. “Plastic surgery is most successful when a person chooses it for the right reason: to make oneself happy, not someone else. We are typically our own worst critic.”

Dr. Sylora is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and actively participates in the Maintenance of Certification program.  She is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

“I already feel more confident with my body and I can’t wait for the rest of the healing process to occur . . . I’ve already seen a change in my implants—they have been becoming softer and appear slightly lower. I now am two weeks post-op and think this procedure was worth every penny and worth years of saving for . . . Overall I am just thrilled with my results!!!!”- abruch, Realself.com

Wondering about the cost of breast implants in Celebration, FL? Contact Dr. Sylora today to discuss your options. Simply call 407-459-8047, or visit www.instituteofaestheticsurgery.com. Dr. Sylora’s office is located at 400 Celebration Place, Suite A320, Celebration, FL 34747. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.