How Breast Augmentations are Performed by Hampton Roads Best Plastic Surgeons
Have you ever wondered what happens during a breast augmentation surgery? Patients are under anesthesia during the surgery and unaware of what is being done. Surgeons sometimes do not explain the step by step process of the surgery to their patients. Now Dr. Matthew Galumbeck, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Virginia Beach, shares what really goes on when the patient is asleep. Dr. Galumbeck uses the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant to give his patients beautiful, natural looking results without worrying about silent ruptures. Learn about a real surgery performed by Dr. Galumbeck as he informs us of the process below.
How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeons in Hampton Roads
Before you can even consider what surgery will entail you need to find a plastic surgeon. Start by searching for a plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A board-certified surgeon receives training specific to plastic surgery, and stays up to date with medical research. Schedule a consultation so you can get to know your surgeon and feel comfortable with them. Look at before and after pictures of previous surgeries, either at the surgeon’s office or on their website, to judge their skill level. Find out how many breast augmentations they have performed, and look at patient reviews on websites such as RealSelf. Dr. Galumbeck’s patients often call him one of Hampton Roads best plastic surgeons because he is experienced, skilled, and compassionate. Learn more about Dr. Galumbeck’s education and experience by visiting his website.
Your Pre-Surgical Appointment
There are several decisions you will need to make at your pre-surgical appointment that will affect how your surgery is performed. Bring up any questions or concerns you may have about different methods your surgeon recommends. From the first consultation to the final check-up, Dr. Galumbeck welcomes any questions and concerns, and wants all of his patients to feel empowered to make the best decisions for their health. A few of the decisions Dr. Galumbeck discusses at a breast augmentation consultation are:
- Incision Site
- Type of Implant
- Implant Placement
Dr. Galumbeck will assess your size, learn about your desired results, and make recommendations for an individualized treatment plan. Your breast augmentation can be combined with other procedures such as a breast lift or a tummy tuck in order to achieve your goals. While at his office, you will be able to view before and after pictures from real patients on whom Dr. Galumbeck has operated. Dr. Galumbeck is dedicated to listening to his patients and providing them the best options for a safe and effective plastic surgery experience.
Choosing an Incision with the Best Plastic Surgeons in Hampton Roads
Before your breast augmentation, your surgeon will help you choose a type of incision. Your incision site will determine where your breast augmentation scar will be. There are benefits and compromises to each type of incision and your surgeon can explain these in detail. The incision itself will be a few centimeters long if you choose an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, or longer if you choose a silicone gel breast implant. This is because silicone gel breast implants are pre-filled with silicone gel, while the IDEAL IMPLANT comes as a shell that can be rolled up, inserted, and then filled with saline once it is placed in the breast pocket. Below is a basic description of each type of incision.
- Axillary Incision: An incision through the armpit, made so there is no scar on the breast. However, if a sleeveless top or swimsuit is worn the scar can be seen when the patient lifts her arms. An endoscope is used to create and check the pocket.
- Inframammary Incision: This incision is performed under the breast, in the breast crease. The scar can be hidden under clothing and swimsuits, but may be visible when lying flat.
- Transumbilical Incision: The implant is placed through an incision in the belly-button. This type of incision is uncommon because it is not recommended by breast implant manufacturers and many surgeons do not use it. Similar to an axillary incision, an endoscope is used to create and check the pocket.
- Periareolar Incision: This incision goes around the areola. Dr. Galumbeck tells us this type of incision “is a good place because the color change hides the scar very well.” He explains that during surgery, “we’re going to go right around the tissue down to the bottom so we don’t cut through the breast tissue. It stays attached to the nipple, so after surgery patients are able to breastfeed, if they get pregnant and have children.”
Choosing Breast Implants: Hampton Roads Best Plastic Surgeons Offer Options
Picking your breast implants is one of the most important decisions you will make. Each implant type has unique benefits and compromises to consider. Silicone gel breast implants used to be a popular choice because they offer a natural looking result. However, they come with a risk of silent rupture, which is a rupture that may show no symptoms for years. The FDA recommends that women with silicone gel breast implants get an MRI every three years to check for a silent rupture. A ruptured silicone gel breast implant must be removed, along with any silicone gel that has leaked into the breast tissue. Many women feel anxiety about not knowing the status of their implant. This, combined with the cost of repeated MRIs, caused many women to desire an alternative to silicone gel.
The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was created to give women the beautiful results they want, without worrying about silent rupture. It was FDA approved in 2014. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a structured implant with multiple layered shells. These shells give the implant stability that results in a smooth, natural looking breast augmentation. Dr. Galumbeck is one of the only surgeons in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. He is also one of the top surgeons in the nation using this implant and was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon.
Breast implant choices are important for women to have. It is up to you to decide the best breast implants for your body and your lifestyle. You can get more facts about how breast implants compare by visiting the IDEAL IMPLANT comparison page.
Breast Implant Placement
Another choice your surgeon will discuss is whether to place the implant under the pectoral muscle or on top of it. When the implant is placed under the muscle it is less likely to ripple, has a lower risk of capsular contracture, and is easier to read on a mammogram. However, implants placed under the muscle can also become displaced upward when the muscle is flexed. Implants placed above the muscle tend to have a rounder shape and are not distorted when the muscle is flexed. This type of implant placement may also prevent the need for a breast lift in some women. However, placing the implant above the muscle does have a higher incidence of capsular contracture and implant rippling. For patients choosing to place their implant above the muscle, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is recommended because the structure makes it less likely to ripple and it has a low risk of capsular contracture.
Your Surgical Experience with Hampton Roads Best Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Galumbeck strives to provide his patients with the most effective treatments performed in a private and comfortable environment. He performs breast augmentations in his fully accredited operating suite. The first step before your surgery is to make preoperative markings, to ensure your breast implants are placed properly. A physician anesthesiologist will then administer IV anesthesia. After you are asleep, Dr. Galumbeck will use the incision you have chosen to begin your breast augmentation.
Creating a Pocket in the Breast Tissue
After performing the incision, Dr. Galumbeck will create a pocket in the breast tissue into which the breast implant will be placed. When using a periareolar incision, Dr. Galumbeck says he cuts “around the breast tissue, down to the bottom of the chest. We’re going to pick this tissue up and we’re going down to the muscle.”
Dr. Galumbeck tells us with one recent patient,
“Because she’s thin, we’re going to go under the pectoralis muscle. So we’re cutting down to it. We don’t cut the muscle, we’re just going to lift it up. We’re just going to develop the plane that’s separating the muscle off the chest wall, leaving it attached on the side so it doesn’t affect her strength, range of motion, anything like that. We decided pre-operatively where the pocket was going to be. She selected her size which is a 455cc implant. We’re going to make sure that the dissection of the pocket looks good.”
After checking the pocket Dr. Galumbeck uses a method to reduce risk of infections, “We’re going to get an antibiotic soaked gauze. I’m going to put that in to make sure that we don’t have any worries of infection.” Dr. Galumbeck uses an endoscope to check inside the pocket and make sure everything looks ready to place the breast implant. An endoscope is a small camera surgeons use to look inside the body. Dr. Galumbeck uses it during breast augmentations to check the breast pockets. When Dr. Galumbeck sees the pocket is dry, the surgery can move forward and he knows drains will not be necessary afterward. Using technology such as the endoscope and paying close attention to each detail is part of what makes Dr. Galumbeck one of the best plastic surgeons in Hampton Roads.
Inserting the Breast Implants
Dr. Galumbeck inserts the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant by following a few simple steps. First the implant is soaked in an antibiotic to decrease risk of infection. After soaking, excess air is taken out of the implant and it can be placed through the incision. Dr. Galumbeck tells us, “the nice thing with the IDEAL IMPLANT is we fill it after the implant is in so it’s easier to make a smaller incision. Silicone gel implants, because they’re prefilled, you need to make a larger incision.” The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is rolled up to make it small enough to fit through the incision. Once inside it is filled with saline and Dr. Galumbeck points out, “we actually have the ability to adjust to different fill sizes, if we need to adjust for symmetry we certainly can.” There are two fill ports and two fill tubes that surgeons use to fill the implant with saline after they are inserted into the breast pocket. After the breast implants are inserted and filled Dr. Galumbeck sits the patient up to make sure no adjustments are needed. When he is happy with the results, the fill tubes are taken out.
Closing the Incision
Closing the incision is a delicate and artistic process which the best plastic surgeons in Hampton Roads take very seriously. Dr. Galumbeck uses a nylon suture that will be taken out at one week post-op. Dr. Galumbeck tells us this suture “won’t leave any stitch marks, it just slides right out in a week.” After this final step, each patient is taken to a recovery area for monitoring. Patients are typically sent home the same day, and can go back to work and social activities within a week. Remember to follow any post-op instructions given by your plastic surgeon, such as wearing a support bra or taking antibiotics. These instructions will help you to achieve your desired results and avoid excessive pain and infections.
Time to Enjoy Your Body
Congratulations, your breast augmentation is complete! If you chose the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant for your augmentation, there is nothing left but to get out there and enjoy your new body. With a rupture rate of only 2.1% for primary augmentations at 8 years, according to FDA trial study results, the IDEAL IMPLANT offers beautiful results with low risk of future complications. And if the implant does rupture patients know immediately because the implant deflates slightly. There is no risk of silent rupture and no need for MRIs, giving women peace of mind. Women with silicone gel breast implants should schedule periodic MRIs to check for silent ruptures, and visit their surgeon if they feel any symptoms such as tightening, tingling, or hard lumps in their breasts as those can be signs of complications.
You deserve to feel confident and empowered in your new body. Visiting one of Hampton Roads best plastic surgeons, Dr. Galumbeck, is the first step in your journey. If you have ever considered breast augmentation, there has never been a better time to start.
Considering breast implants in Virginia Beach? Contact Dr. Matthew Galumbeck today to discuss your options. Simply call 757-320-4115, or visit www.galumbeckplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Galumbeck’s office is located at 1817 Republic Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
We asked San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Constance Barone to explain what options women have when choosing breast implants. Dr. Barone is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. She is a respected member of the medical community and known for her work as an innovator in plastic surgery, an author, and a teacher. Her extensive background, training, and work has resulted in her designation as one of America’s Top Doctors by multiple professional organizations, patient review sites, and media outlets. Recently she was named an Ideal Implant Premier Surgeon because she is one of the most experienced surgeons performing breast augmentations with the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.
Dr. Barone is dedicated to providing the safest and most efficient procedures for her patients. She also believes each patient should have access to a variety of choices in order to reach their goals. She offers every type of breast implant at her plastic surgery center and works to educate each patient about the benefits and compromises of each. Read below to learn what Dr. Barone has to say about choosing the best breast implants for you.
Dr. Barone is dedicated to providing the safest and most efficient procedures for her patients. She also believes each patient should have access to a variety of choices in order to reach their goals. She offers every type of breast implant at her plastic surgery center and works to educate each patient about the benefits and compromises of each. Read below to learn what Dr. Barone has to say about choosing the best breast implants for you.
What Breast Implants are Available?
The FDA has approved 3 types of breast implants: saline breast implants, silicone gel breast implants, and IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. At Dr. Barone’s plastic surgery center, you can see and feel each implant to help you make your choice. Before and after pictures are also available so you can see what the final results will look like.
- Saline implants are filled with saline (sterile saltwater), which is naturally and safely absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures. Saline has many medical uses, including IV fluids to keep patients hydrated. A rupture can be detected immediately because the implant will deflate as the saline flows out of it and is absorbed by the body. These implants tend to visibly ripple and women complain that they feel unnatural, especially if they do not have much breast tissue or fat covering the implant.
- Silicone gel implants have silicone gel inside the shell for a smooth and attractive result, but can give some women anxiety about potential complications. Silicone gel is not absorbed by the body, and it can be difficult to know if the implant has ruptured. Silicone gel has more recommended maintenance and a higher rate of rupture and capsular contracture than some other breast implant types. Many surgeons recommend replacing silicone gel breast implants every 10 years to avoid complications.
- The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is the newest breast implant type. Dr. Barone tells us, “it consists of a saltwater-filled structured breast implant. There is an outer fill valve, which covers the outer area, and then there’s an inner fill valve that covers the inner lumen. So, there’s actually two fill sites, which allows this implant to have a very natural feel, as opposed to saline implants, which felt hard and like a balloon.” The saltwater inside gives women peace of mind in the event of a rupture. Based on 8-year clinical trial results, it also has lower complication rates for capsular contracture and rupture compared to silicone gel breast implants.
How Does the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant Compare to Silicone Gel?
The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was created to address common concerns with saline and silicone gel breast implants. Women should know about these concerns before they choose their breast implants. Dr. Barone explains the benefits and compromises of silicone gel breast implants, and how the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant compares:
“We like the feel of silicone gel implants. We just don’t like the fact that we should be getting MRIs at three years and every two years thereafter. That’s an out-of-pocket expense, which can be quite expensive. The other thing is, sometimes there’s silent ruptures. What’s that mean? That means it ruptures without you knowing it and silicone gel leaks out. And what happens when that happens? Well, you can get a hard, calcified capsular contracture, and silicone gel can migrate. There have been studies that show silicone gel has been found in the livers of people who’ve had a silicone gel breast implant augmentation. The IDEAL IMPLANT is called a structured implant because it has little sleeves in the shell, which allows it to have a buoyancy to it, so it feels more natural. It comes with a lifetime warranty. It also comes with a warranty for capsular contracture. We like the fact that this is a very, very user friendly implant. And do you have to exchange it out? No. If you’re having no problems, it’s intended to be kept in place for a lifetime.”
Overall, Dr. Barone believes the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has many advantages over silicone gel breast implants and recommends them to women who want beautiful, natural looking results with peace of mind.
What Happens If a Breast Implant Ruptures?
What exactly is “implant rupture,” and how does it affect women? An implant can develop a small hole in the shell and begin to leak. In silicone gel breast implants, women may not notice a difference in their breasts, meaning the rupture is “silent,” as Dr. Barone described above. Or they may feel a hardening or tightening, or feel lumps. As Dr. Barone mentioned, the silicone gel may migrate out of the breast capsule and into other parts of the body. In a recent survey of over 900 women 98% reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants. Before the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was introduced many women felt they had to make the difficult choice between constant concern with silicone gel breast implants, and the unnatural feel of saline breast implants.
The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant can also rupture, but there is no risk of a silent rupture. The saline inside begins to leak out of the implant and is safely absorbed by the body. A saline implant will deflate completely, leaving just the shell behind. Dr. Barone explains what happens when an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant ruptures, “one of the advantages of the IDEAL IMPLANT is that, if you get a deflation, it probably just deflates the outer sleeve so it’s not as obvious of a deflation.” This means that although you will notice a difference in your breasts, it will not be as obvious as with saline breast implants. You have the ability to plan a revision surgery around your life and your schedule.
The FDA recommends every type of implant be removed and replaced if a rupture occurs. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant can easily be removed and replaced by your plastic surgeon. Silicone gel breast implants can be more complicated to remove after a rupture, especially if the silicone gel has migrated into the body tissues away from the breast capsule. The FDA explains what happens if silicone gel begins to travel outside the breast capsule, “The leaked silicone gel may cause lumps to form in the breast or in other tissue, most often the chest wall, armpit or arm. It may be difficult or impossible to remove silicone gel that has traveled to other parts of the body.”
How Do Breast Implants Compare Aesthetically?
Saline breast implants are often compared to water balloons because they are simply a silicone shell filled with saltwater. They are not as dense as breast tissue and may ripple under the skin. This can especially be a problem in women without much breast tissue or fat to cover the implant. Dr. Barone tells us “I was very excited when the IDEAL IMPLANT came out because one of the things I hated, and most women hated, about the saline implant was just the unnatural feel. They felt like balloons underneath the chest wall.” The internal structure of the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant gives it a smooth, natural looking result that many compare to the look and feel of silicone gel breast implants.
Dr. Barone tells us about the aesthetic benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant as compared to silicone gel breast implants. “One of the other advantages of the IDEAL IMPLANT is the fact that it’s got a nice contour to it. It’s not super high profile, so you don’t get that real full upper pole, but it’s a more natural look. The other advantage is that there’s less rippling associated with IDEAL IMPLANT. I know everybody says that silicone gel implants don’t ripple, but guess what? They do. There’s rippling associated with both types of implants, but I feel far less with the IDEAL IMPLANT.” Aesthetically, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant gives women the natural, beautiful results they want.
How Does Dr. Barone Present Choices to Patients?
Patient choice and education are very important. No patient should ever feel pushed into a decision they feel uncomfortable with. Dr. Barone tells us how she presents breast implant options to her patients:
“When people make their selection in my office, I present all types of breast implants to them. I present to them the adjustable breast implant. I present to them the silicone gel breast implant. I present to them the IDEAL IMPLANT. And I present to them the saline implant. Why do I do that? I think that’s an important part of an informed consent. So a woman can make their own decision as to what type of implant they want. I give them brochures on all different types of breast implants so that they can do their homework and they can study on it. I’m an investor in IDEAL IMPLANTS because I believe in this implant. I think it’s a great choice for women who want a breast augmentation. Because, if it does leak, it’s only saltwater. I don’t try to influence my patients. I let them make the decisions as they feel and look at the implants. But I also tell them the pros and cons of all the implants. For breast augmentation, I think the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is the choice today.”
How Should Women Choose a Plastic Surgeon?
Women should know it is important to choose an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation. A board-certified plastic surgeon has spent years training and performing plastic surgery procedures, learning about every complication and how to get the best possible outcome. Additionally, to maintain board-certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery physicians must meet continuing education requirements and take exams periodically.
Dr. Barone is board-certified in plastic surgery, so her patients know from the first meeting that she is dedicated to providing safe and effective medical care. Her patient reviews reflect her level of professionalism and her compassion. Read what some recent patients had to say about their experiences below.
“I was very satisfied and comfortable discussing my options with the doctor. She was very attentive to my needs and met all expectations, always very friendly and professional. I love the new me and highly recommend her to make you happy.”
www.RealSelf.com user liviaodabachian
“Excellent doctor and staff! Very caring, they take time to answer questions and follow up. Would recommend to anyone! I have been coming here for years. What a difference it has made in my life and confidence.”
www.Google.com user Ruby Rupprecht
“Dr. Barone is the best of the best and I am very happy with my results. I highly recommend her to my family and friends. Go see her!”
www.Facebook.com user Carmen Pazmino
If you’re curious about plastic surgery, visit Dr. Barone’s website to see what procedures she offers in addition to breast augmentations. She is trained in “awake” surgical technique for patients who feel uncomfortable with full sedation. Dr. Barone’s office is a state of the art plastic surgery center and features a spa facility, a laser center, an outpatient center for cosmetic surgeries, and rooms for treatment and recovery. Her patients enjoy a relaxing environment that allows them to discover their full potential. Don’t wait to start on your journey to a new you, your only regret will be that you didn’t start sooner!
Considering breast implants in San Antonio? Contact Dr. Constance Barone today to discuss your options. Simply call 210-614-0400, or visit https://www.baroneplasticsurgery.com/. Dr. Barone’s office is located at 9502 Huebner Road, Building 2, Suite 202, San Antonio, TX 78240. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
As a professional researcher, one patient knew that she had some work to do in order to find the best plastic surgeon to perform her breast augmentation. Women should only trust their bodies to the best, making sure they select someone with extensive experience and training. One way to be sure that your doctor has these qualifications is to make sure they are Board Certified. Other important factors are finding a doctor who will listen to your concerns, explain all of your options, and individualize your procedure so that it’s customized to your needs and lifestyle. This researcher turned patient shares her experience researching board certified plastic surgeons in NYC to find the right one for her personal breast augmentation.
“I did tons of research. Being in New York, we have the best of the best here, and I made sure that I found the best and, after this experience, I’m confident that it was Dr. Rapaport.”
NYC board certified plastic surgeon David P. Rapaport, studied medicine at Boston University and then transferred to Israel’s Tel Aviv University, where he earned his medical degree. He later did his plastic surgery training at the New York University’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, which is widely regarded as the nation’s top plastic and cosmetic surgery residency program. After gaining experience and pioneering work in endoscopic and minimal incision breast surgery in Florida, he moved back to New York City and opened his private cosmetic surgery practice in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Rapaport specializes in breast augmentation, liposuction, and coolsculpting. All of Dr. Rapaport’s procedures are performed on-site in his fully accredited office surgical suite on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Now that she felt confident in choosing the best of the best out of the board certified plastic surgeons in NYC, this patient moved on to researching exactly what she wanted. Wanting to be informed and make the right choice for her body and lifestyle, this patient made sure to do her research on what type of implant to get as well
“ Going back to the research—that’s actually what I do for a living—I work at a research company. I did my homework on this because I knew it was going to be a part of my body and I would have either chose something that had been on the market for a while or something that was innovative, brand new, state of the art technology, and I was very confident that [IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants were] something that I would put into my body .”
Wanting the feel of a silicone gel implant without having to deal with the worry of a possible silent rupture and frequent MRI visits, she decided to go with the IDEAL IMPLANT. As a member of an exclusive group to now offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, Dr. Rapaport stood out amongst other board certified plastic surgeons in NYC. This patient had the peace of mind going into her surgery that the type of breast implant she chose has the lowest risk of rupture rate. She knows that if the implant does rupture, she will be able to tell right away, and the saline solution inside the implant will be harmlessly absorbed by her body. Because of its multi-layered shell structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT is known for keeping it’s natural looking shape and feel. With the IDEAL IMPLANT becoming more well known, women are starting to realize it is the obvious choice when considering types of breast implant.
Something this patient loved about Dr. Rapaport was that he did pioneering work in endoscopic incisions, meaning smaller incisions and even smaller scarring. She elected to have Dr. Rapaport perform an endoscopic incision in her armpit. Grateful that she chose this method, she explains:
“It’s very subtle, nobody ever notices, and it feels so comfortable. I can’t even remember what it’s like not to have [implants] in .”
This patient trusted Dr. Rapaport because he was board certified and a breast augmentation specialist. She knows that the best and safest procedures are performed by doctors who have received the extra experience and education to become board certified plastic surgeons. In NYC it can be overwhelming to find someone you trust and feel comfortable going to. Just knowing that Dr. Rapaport was board certified made her decision that much easier. She felt comfortable asking him about the IDEAL IMPLANT and knew that he would address any questions she had as well as help her choose the proportional, natural looking size implant she desired.
The surgeon you select to perform your procedure matters just as much as the type of breast implant you choose. Dr. David Rapaport is a NYC board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and concern for his patients. The goal of his practice is not just to obtain beautiful cosmetic enhancement results, but also to provide patients with an excellent overall experience. The number one priority is the patient. From the moment patients first walk through the doors of the office he wants them to feel comfortable, cared for, and appreciated. Dr. Rapaport and his excellent staff are now one of the exclusive places that offer the latest type of breast implant in implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT:
“NYC Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rapaport is one of only about 250 doctors nationwide that are offering the IDEAL IMPLANT today. Trained at Harvard and New York University, he is a skilled plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience in the field. Dr. Rapaport performs all procedures on-site at his fully accredited office surgical suite on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. For his procedures, he is able to use an endoscope underarm approach, which leaves the patient without any sort of breast scar .
“ Beyond the benefits of a natural look and feel, the IDEAL IMPLANT also comes backed by years of research and testing, contains no silicone gel or new materials and was approved by the FDA in 2014. What’s more, unlike silicone implants that can rupture silently, IDEAL IMPLANTS are designed to reveal the rare case of a rupture immediately and easy, simply by looking in the mirror so patients never have to worry about unknown damage .”
As the IDEAL IMPLANT continues to grow as one of the most sought after types of breast implant, information will be easier to find and women will hear more and more positive experiences like that of the patient featured here that they can use to help them make the right decision for their individual lifestyle.
Considering breast implants in NYC? Contact Dr. Rapaport today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-249-9955, or visit www.parkavenueplasticsurgeon.com. Dr. Rapaport’s office is located at 905 5th Avenue (at 72nd Street), New York, NY 10021. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
Stephanie Conley had been thinking about getting breast implants for 17 years because she has always been self conscious. After long consideration, Stephanie has finally booked her appointment. She made sure to spend a significant amount of time researching the different types of breast implants and the various surgeons available. Wanting to be informed and make the right choice for her body and lifestyle, Stephanie asked her surgeon numerous questions and made sure she felt completely informed. With eleven more days to go until her procedure, she tells us a little about the process and her decision:
“Since I was about 16, I’ve had multiple lumpectomies. Nothing resulting in anything serious, but I obviously have a loss of tissue. And so it was one of those things where I can balance it out with a bra, but I didn’t have the look I wanted if I was in a bathing suit or I wasn’t wearing a bra. So it was definitely a confidence issue for me. I was self-conscious. And I had thought about it for a long time, and it just kind of got to the point where I was ready to make a change, and I’d heard about the IDEAL IMPLANT [® Structured Breast Implants], but I didn’t know a lot . . .
“So I started looking around and I found Dr. Creech as one of the doctors for the IDEAL IMPLANT, and he had done a surgery for me when I was a teenager on my ears . . . And so it seemed worth it for me to go talk to him and talk about the safety. And I really didn’t want a silicone gel implant. I’m really apprehensive about the possibility of the silent rupture. I don’t want the upkeep of an MRI every couple of years. It was just something that, to me, wasn’t worth it with that type of implant.”
Wanting the feel of a silicone gel implant without having to deal with the worry of a possible silent rupture and frequent MRI visits, Stephanie decided to go with the IDEAL IMPLANT. She now has the peace of mind going into her surgery that the type of breast implant she chose has the lowest risk of rupture rate. She knows that if the implant does rupture, she will be able to tell right away, and the saline solution inside the implant will be harmlessly absorbed by her body. Because of its multi-layered shell structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT is known for keeping its natural looking shape and feel. With the IDEAL IMPLANT becoming more well known, women are starting to realize it is the obvious choice when considering types of breast implant.
Stephanie trusted Dr. David Creech from her previous surgery and knew that he provided the implant she was wanting. She felt comfortable asking him about the IDEAL IMPLANT and knew that he would address any questions she had, as well as help her choose the proportional, natural looking size implant she desired. When deciding on which surgeon to choose, Stephanie said that once she saw Dr. Creech’s website, the answer was pretty simple:
“First I went out to his website. I was looking through a few doctors that I had heard of in my area. And I went out to his website and I saw that he was an IDEAL IMPLANT surgeon…[During the consultation], he helped me with sizers; that was our main way to figure out what would look best. But he was really helpful in guiding me into the right direction of what size was going to look right and what was going to give me the look I was going for after explaining my goals.”
The surgeon you select to perform your procedure matters just as much as the type of breast implant you choose. Dr. David Creech is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and concern for his patients. The goal of his practice is not just to obtain beautiful cosmetic enhancement results, but also to provide patients with an excellent overall experience. The number one priority is the patient. From the moment patients first walk through the doors of the office he wants them to feel comfortable, cared for, and appreciated. Dr. Creech and his excellent staff are now one of the exclusive places that offer the latest type of breast implant in implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT.
“Patients have many choices to consider.” states Dr. Creech.
“My job includes educating patients so they can make a well-informed decision. Every procedure I perform is highly customized. There is no substitute for experience and the use of technology with a well-documented track record and history of success. We see new technologies come and go, that are hyped in the marketplace as the ‘next greatest thing.’ It takes experience to know what works and what does not, and if one method is truly superior to another.”
Dr. Creech has seen trends come and go with types of breast implants, and he stands behind the quality and innovative technology of the IDEAL IMPLANT. This is precisely why he has chosen to become part of the exclusive group of surgeons who now offer and recommend the IDEAL IMPLANT to patients. Because it’s exclusively offered in only certain places, women like Stephanie occasionally have a hard time finding information or other women’s experiences with the IDEAL IMPLANT. She hopes to change that by opening up about her experience:
“. . . one of the reasons why I am so willing to [open up] is because I know it was hard for me to find people that went with the IDEAL IMPLANT and I use social media a lot and found some people that way. I actually am chatting with a girl that I met online that had hers today, so we are going to compare experiences. But it’s definitely harder to find, and when I talk about it … Because most people immediately assume you’re getting silicone gel. And when I talk about the IDEAL IMPLANT, they don’t know what it is. So I would definitely like to have more stories out there for people.”
As the IDEAL IMPLANT continues to grow as one of the most sought after types of breast implant, information will be easier to find and women will hear more and more positive experiences that they can use to help them make the right decision for their individual lifestyle. Stephanie says,
“. . . with the IDEAL IMPLANT having the saline option but also reducing the wrinkling and getting that more natural and similar to what you would feel with a silicone gel implant, to me that was worth it. I wouldn’t have ever done a silicone gel, but knowing I could do the saline safer option, that was worth it to me.”
Considering types of breast implants in Chandler? Contact Dr. Creech today to discuss your options. Simply call 480-899-3737, or visit www.davidcreechmd.com. Dr. Creech’s office is located at 485 S. Dobson Road, Suite 217, Chandler, AZ 85224. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
At ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California, you can be positive that you’ll receive the best care by Dr. Karen Leong. She understands what women look for when it comes to treatments for their face, breasts, and body. We recently interviewed Dr. Leong to learn more about a typical consultation and her thoughts on the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.
Tell us a little bit about you and your practice.
“I have been in practice for a couple years now. I am an East Coast girl at heart but I love it here in California and I’m very excited to speak with you today.”
Can you tell us a little bit about what areas you focus on?
“In my practice, my philosophy is to journey with you throughout your life. I’m a woman, which means I’m going to go through the same body changes as you, and I want to be with you every step of the way. Your passions are my passions. I care about my face and my breasts and that’s what I want to focus on with you.”
Can you walk us through a typical consultation?
“When a woman comes in for a breast consultation, she usually has something in mind. Whether she wants to go bigger, perkier, smaller, or change the implants she currently has, she has an idea of what she wants. She tells me what she’s aiming for, and I work with her to achieve those goals. I talk with her through all the breast implant options. They may have concerns about ruptured implants, how silicone gel compares to saline, or the feel of the implant. We talk about what’s possible and make a plan together.”
How did you hear about the Ideal Implant?
“I heard about the Ideal Implant a couple of years ago. I was intrigued because if I were going to choose an implant for myself, I would want the security of knowing that if it were to burst, I don’t have to worry about silicone gel in my body. The fact that the burst rate of the Ideal Implant is less than 1.8% is amazing. The fact that if I have to worry about scar forming around the implant, that the rates are lower than both traditional saline and silicone gel implants. Plus, if I can have an implant that feels and acts like a silicone gel implant without the risks, I’m in.”
What’s been your overall impression of the Ideal Implant?
“After having Ideal in my practice, I find that I have pretty much gotten rid of traditional saline implants. I just don’t see any benefit in a water balloon when you can have something that looks and feels natural, lasts a long time, and has fewer complications. My patients feel the same way. Their biggest desires are to have a natural feeling implant with fewer complications, which this is. When we talk about price point I think it’s comparable. It’s an investment because if you’re looking at this in the long term, 10-30 years, is $200 a big difference? No. Think about what you’re buying and getting out of it and it’s worth it every time.”
How long can a woman expect her breast implants to last?
“If a woman has a silicone gel implant, my personal recommendation is to replace them every 10 to 12 years. They tend to break around that time and the FDA recommends that you have an MRI to look for ruptures. With the Ideal Implant, because it’s filled with saline, which is just salt water, you don’t have to worry about MRI’s and you save on that additional cost. If it breaks it’s not dangerous to you. Because of that, you don’t have to replace the Ideal Implant every 10 years, you can keep going as long as they do.”
What has been your experience with the Ideal Implant as far as patient satisfaction?
“For people who switch from their old implants to the Ideal Implant, it’s a world of difference. They’re just softer, more natural, they don’t ripple, and they have peace of mind. They’re very happy.”
What would you tell other surgeons about the Ideal Implant?
“It’s very easy to use. You can use a smaller incision than you would with the silicone gel implants. In terms of wound healing, lower rates of capsular contraction, and an almost non-existent rupture rate, it’s a really nice addition.”
Could you give us a quick sum up of your thought and feelings on Ideal?
“This is the implant I would choose for myself. It’s natural feeling. It’s filled with saline, so I don’t have to worry about rupture, complication rates are low, and satisfaction is really high. Plus it’s only offered by board certified surgeons. For me, the choice is pretty easy.”
Why do patients choose you over other surgeons?
“Well, I think I have a gender bias. I can relate to women on many levels, from insecurities about body image, the way they feel in their relationship, their sex lives, how they feel about having children, and everything in between. I also hope that the genuineness of my personality and the fact that I truly care are winning factors.”
Anything else you want to mention about your practice?
“Being in Southern California, I know you have a lot of choices. We are a dime a dozen in this field. I want you to make the choice that’s best for you and find someone that you’re very comfortable with because to be honest this is a relationship that I’m hoping we’ll have throughout your lifetime and throughout mine. I think my practice is special because we are a group of female physicians and we love the patients that we treat. We try to meet all your needs in a very welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. We want to make you feel the best you can about yourself.”
Considering breast implants in Newport Beach? Contact Dr. Leong today to discuss your options. Simply call 949-200-8222 or visit www.drkarenleong.com. Dr. Leong’s office is located at 359 San Miguel Drive Suite 300, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.