Medical Terms You Should Know Before Your “Boob Job”

So, you just finished your initial consultation for your “boob job,” and you’re a little more confused than when you first went in. Your plastic surgeon was mentioning words like, “capsular contracture” and you’re a little overwhelmed by all the medical jargon you suddenly need to know. Deciding on a breast augmentation can be a big life change and it helps if you know some common medical terms before you make your final decision. Whether you’ve chosen to get silicone gel-filled implants, traditional saline implants, or IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants, you should feel confident and educated going into your procedure. Here are some medical terms you might hear during this process broken down into easy, everyday language.

Mastopexy or “BL”

This is an abbreviation for a breast lift. A breast lift will tighten your loose skin and sagging breasts and put them back up where they belong. Often plastic surgeons will perform a breast augmentation combined with a breast lift for optimal results. If you go this route, you might also hear terms for the different incision styles available for a breast lift. These are crescent, donut, lollipop, and anchor.

Bottoming out

This term can mean two different things.

  1. Your breast implants have managed to go below your breast crease and look like they’re sliding down your chest.
  2. The weight of your implants has completely stretched out the skin and tissues of the bottom part of your breasts. This is more common with large implants.

If this happens to you, it can be corrected with a surgical revision.

What BWD Means for Your “Boob Job”

BWD stands for Breast Width Diameter. This is a measurement that helps your surgeon pick an implant size for your body. Your plastic surgeon will measure your BWD from your cleavage to the outer edge of your breasts before your breast augmentation. Most women’s breasts are around 11-14 centimeters. Your doctor can help you pick an implant that is around the same size as your BWD if you want that same width breast or a slightly narrower implant if you prefer more taper and less bulging on the side of your breasts..

Capsular Contracture

This term describes when the breast tissue surrounding the implants hardens. You want to lower your risk of capsular contracture as much as possible because it can be painful. There are four different grades of capsular contracture. Grade I, where the breast is soft and looks natural, up to a Grade IV, where the breast is firm, painful, and abnormal-looking. You may have to replace your implants if your capsular contracture is severe.

Drop & Fluff or D & F

Right after your “boob job”, you may be concerned that your breast implants don’t look as natural as you thought they would. This is because you can experience a lot of stretching and swelling in your muscles post-procedure that can cause the implants to be pushed upward. As your body heals, the implants will “drop” into their correct place, and the tissues will soften and “fluff.” This process can take a few weeks, so be patient.

Transaxillary, Periareolar, or Inframammary

These terms describe where the incisions will be placed for your breast augmentation. The implants can go into your body through the following areas:

  • Transaxillary: an incision in your armpit
  • Periareolar: near the nipple
  • Crease/inframammary: under your breast

When you know the medical definitions associated with your “boob job,” you can be more assertive and informed when talking to your doctor before and after your breast augmentation procedure. You can evaluate all the risks involved and make the best decision for your future. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. It offers a lower risk of rupture than other implants on the market and can often be placed with a smaller incision. This implant gives a natural feel and a lower rate of capsular contracture. Talk to your board certified plastic surgeon today about the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Getting the Look of Natural Breasts with Breast Augmentation

Getting the look of natural breasts with breast augmentation seems like a contradiction. You may think that women who choose breast implants will look unnatural, but that is not the truth. Below we dispel this myth and explain how your choices before, during, and after surgery affect your breast enhancement.

Choosing the Right Implants for the Look of Natural Breasts

Getting a beautiful, natural-looking breast augmentation starts with picking the right type of implant. Saline implants tend to give women ripples under the skin because saline is less dense than breast tissue and the implant has no structure to support it. Silicone-gel implants are filled with dense, sticky silicone gel which moves and feels more like natural breasts. However, some women are uncomfortable with the risk of “silent ruptures” with silicone-gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is filled with saline, but the inner structure gives it support and density which keeps it from rippling and results in breasts that feel and look more natural. If the IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures there is no need to worry, as the saline is naturally absorbed by the body.

Surgery Procedures and Care for Natural-Looking Breasts

Results will vary by individual, but let’s take a look at what a typical woman experiences when she receives breast implants.

  • Placement: Your surgeon will place the implant either behind or on top of your pectoral muscle. This may affect the look of your results, so talk with your surgeon about what they plan to do, and look at the surgeon’s before and after photos.
  • Recovery: Your breasts won’t look like natural breasts immediately after the procedure, but don’t let that scare you. Your implants need to settle, and swelling needs to go down which could take several weeks. Always follow your surgeon’s instructions to achieve the best results.
  • Implant maintenance: FDA cautions that breast implants may not last forever and may need replacement at some point in time. With the IDEAL IMPLANT the rate of rupture is very low, so the chance that you will have to see your surgeon for maintenance is very low as well. Silicone-gel implants, however, carry the risk of a “silent rupture,” which happens because a silicone-gel rupture is only detectable with an MRI. The FDA recommends women with silicone-gel implants get MRIs every two years, a cost that can really add up.

If you’re looking for a way to enhance your breasts without looking unnatural, breast implants are not out of the question. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for a great looking breast augmentation results.

The Latest Technology in Breast Implant Plastic Surgery from Dr. Jeffrey Umansky

Dr. Jeffrey Umansky is a highly regarded plastic surgeon that San Diego patients seek out for breast implant plastic surgery procedures. He uses the latest surgical technologies and techniques to consistently deliver the best possible surgical outcomes. Renowned as a talented San Diego plastic surgeon, he specializes in breast augmentation, body contouring, and facial beautification procedures. Dr. Umansky’s patients have recognized his caring nature by ranking him as one of America’s Most Compassionate Surgeons on Vitals MD. He also received an award from Mutual of America for his dedication to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, an organization that transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery.

The Latest Technology in Breast Implants

Remember how amazed you were the first time you watched a DVD and didn’t have to rewind your VHS tape? It wasn’t that long ago, but technology has already advanced so much. The same goes for breast implant plastic surgery. What worked once has been reworked and improved and is available now for you to enjoy.

New Breast Implant Plastic Surgery Technology

Women have wanted a new type of implant – one that would combine the natural feel of a silicone gel implant with the safety and peace of mind afforded by saline breast implants. After years of research, engineering, product development, and a large US clinical trial, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant was approved by the FDA and is now available through a limited network of board certified surgeons.

The IDEAL IMPLANT gives you the breast augmentation you want- a natural feel without the risk of silent rupture from silicone gel. The implant has a natural feel because of its internal supporting structure that controls the movement of the saline. If the IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, the saline inside is harmlessly absorbed by the body. Also, you have the confidence of knowing that your implants are intact just by looking in the mirror. In contrast, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, it is “silent”, requiring a costly MRI for detection.

Contacting Dr. Umansky

Considering breast implants in San Diego or researching breast augmentation? Contact Dr. Umansky today to discuss your options. Simply call 858-281-4276 or visit Dr. Umansky’s office is located at 4150 Regents Park Row, La Jolla, California 92037. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants.  

Women Concerned About Silent Rupture in Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Nearly 75 percent of women say they’d be “very” or “constantly” concerned about “silent” or unknown ruptures of silicone gel breast implants, according to survey results presented recently at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Three surveys of 1,143 women showed 97 percent want to know if silicone gel implants rupture, with 95 percent wanting the faulty implant replaced even if it’s not causing symptoms. And surgeons – especially men – need to more diligently heed patients’ concerns about ruptures, said Vivian Ting, a California-based surgeon.

“The surveys clearly showed that the majority of women have very real concerns about silicone gel in their bodies and the risk of silent rupture,” Dr. Ting told attendees at the Aesthetica Super Symposium of ASPS in Las Vegas last week. “Surgeons may underestimate this anxiety simply because they don’t share the concern, in great part because 90 percent are male. Yet a woman’s anxiety about what is in her body is a critical part of the full treatment picture.”

Read the full press release here.

What Patients Need to Know About Breast Implants

What do you need to know before you choose breast implants for your breast augmentation? Doing some research before you choose an implant and a surgeon will help you make the right choice for your lifestyle. A 2017 independent survey revealed concerns many women have surrounding their breast implants. The findings may address similar concerns you have and can help you decide which type of breast implant is right for you.

Breast Augmentation Concerns

The survey found many women are concerned about the possibility of their silicone-gel implant having a silent rupture. A silent rupture happens when a silicone-gel implant breaks and the silicone begins to leak into surrounding tissue. This type of rupture can only be detected by an expensive MRI scan. When asked “If you had silicone gel implants, how concerned would you be about silent rupture?” 68% of women answered they would be somewhat to constantly concerned. A rupture with IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants is instantly detectable by looking in the mirror and typically needs a less invasive procedure if replacement is required.

Rupture Rates Of Breast Implants

How much do you need to worry about your breast implant rupturing? With the IDEAL IMPLANT, the answer is not much. The IDEAL IMPLANT boasts a lower rupture rate when compared to major silicone-gel brands over seven years. The risk of rupture in the IDEAL IMPLANT is only 1.8%, compared to Allergan Gel at 7.4%, Mentor Gel at 3.4%, and Sientra Gel at 5.4%. The survey found that a lower rupture risk is a top priority for 7 in 10 women who are choosing between breast implants with a similar look and performance. Although it is filled with saline, the look and performance of the IDEAL IMPLANT is comparable to silicone-gel implants because of the stability that is given by the internal structure.

How to Find a Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation

One of the most important things you can do before your breast augmentation surgery is finding the right surgeon. After learning the basic facts about implant options, many women said they would intentionally seek out a doctor who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by eligible, board-certified plastic surgeons who are dedicated to giving their patients the best options and outcomes. To find one close to you, use the Surgeon Finder on the IDEAL IMPLANT website. To find out more about the IDEAL IMPLANT, or search for a surgeon near you, visit our website today.

How Can Your Practice Attract Breast Enhancement Patients?

An independent 2017 study asked women questions about their thoughts and concerns regarding breast enhancement and breast implants. The study surveyed 933 random female respondents, 415 of which were nurses. Follow-up questions were given to 100 female physicians and received similar responses. The findings can give insight to surgeons who want to attract more breast augmentation patients to their practice.

What Do Women Want From a Breast Augmentation?

Women who are researching breast implant types are primarily concerned about the look and feel of their implant. This leads most surgeons to recommend a silicone-gel implant. However, women are concerned about other aspects of breast implants. For instance, the survey revealed that 7 in 10 women state a lower rupture risk is one of their top priorities when choosing between implants with a similar look and feel. Women and their surgeons have been very satisfied with the look and feel of the IDEAL IMPLANT, comparing it to the natural look and feel of silicone-gel implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT, however, offers a lower rupture and capsule contracture rate than the leading silicone-gel brands, giving women exactly what they want from their breast enhancement.

What are Women Concerned About Before and After Breast Augmentation?

One surprising finding from the survey shows that most women are concerned about “silent ruptures.” An astonishing 98% of women reported they would feel somewhat to constantly concerned about a possible silent rupture of silicone-gel implants. This figure includes 68% of women who already had silicone-gel implants in place. This finding should signal to surgeons that their patients want and need a better option for great looking implants and peace of mind post surgery.

Benefits of Staying Up-to-Date with Breast Enhancement Technology

The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is the latest breast implant technology and addresses the issues women have with traditional saline and silicone-gel implants. The survey found that after the learning basic facts about breast augmentation and implant options many women would intentionally seek out a surgeon who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT. As technology and innovation move forward, make sure you and your practice move with it. Offering the IDEAL IMPLANT at your practice means you are taking your patient’s concerns about breast implants seriously. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by a small number of board-certified plastic surgeons that patients can find through the IDEAL IMPLANT surgeon finder. To learn more about the IDEAL IMPLANT and how you can grow your practice by offering it, visit our website today.

Taking Charge of Your Breast Augmentation

You deserve to have the best breast implants, the best surgeon, and the best overall experience for your breast augmentation. So, how do you make sure that you’re selecting a qualified and compassionate surgeon and an outstanding implant that will help you achieve this reality?

What to Ask Your Doctor

You need to take control of your initial consultation and come ready to discuss a list of your questions and concerns about your procedure. If your doctor is hesitant or refuses to answer them, you may have to look elsewhere for a surgeon who is willing to take their time putting your mind at ease. The following questions are a good place to start:

  • Are you board-certified in plastic surgery? (Most doctors will have this listed on their website, but it’s a good idea to double check.)
  • How many years of experience do you have in breast enhancement surgery?
  • Am I a good candidate for breast implants?
  • Can I view breast augmentation before-and-after photos before making my decision?
  • Which implants do you offer?
  • What kinds of risks and complications are possible with my procedure?
  • How long will it take me to recover from the surgery?
  • How many additional implant-related operations should I expect to undergo in the future?

Your board-certified plastic surgeon should be caring, respectful, and direct about their answers to these questions. After all, this is major surgery, and you deserve to know all the facts.

Choosing Quality Breast Implants

Here are some types of implants available on the market today. Your doctor may or may not offer all of these options.

  1. Silicone gel-filled breast implants. These implants were developed in the 1960s, and are filled with soft, elastic silicone gel. Though these implants do give you a natural feel, they carry a high risk of “silent rupture” and require an expensive MRI every two years to ensure they’re intact.
  2. Traditional saline-filled breast implants. These implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are considered a “safer” option than silicone gel-filled implants for your breast augmentation because they are filled with only saline, but they have no internal structure, so they tend to ripple and feel less natural.
  3. IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. These breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, and contain layers of shells to give the implant structure. These internal nested shells support the implant to prevent “rippling” and collapse. This means they look beautiful and feel natural. Plus the IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rate of rupture and lower rate of capsular contracture when compared to other implants.

“7 in 10 women state lower rupture risk is their top priority in choosing between implants with similar look and performance.”

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, patients don’t have to spend money for expensive MRIs, because if an implant ruptures, you can tell just by looking at your breast in the mirror. Plus, you won’t have to worry about side effects to your health from silicone gel, because the IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with salt water, which is not harmful to your body. Bottom line: the IDEAL IMPLANT promises a great look and peace of mind.

Considering a breast augmentation? Ask your doctor for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Breast Enhancement: What to Expect for Your Recovery

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


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

Swollen and Bruised Breasts

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

Trouble Sleeping

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

Choose the IDEAL IMPLANT for your Breast Augmentation:

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

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

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

How to Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation

After your procedure, you want to ensure that you have a smooth and easy recovery. When you prepare in advance, you can resume your normal lifestyle sooner. If you’ve chosen the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for their unique structure and enhanced safety features, you’ll go into your surgery confident you’ve made the best choice on the market today. Here’s what you can do to prep for your procedure.

Get a Mammogram

Depending on your plastic surgeon, you may be required to undergo a pre-operative mammogram. Most doctors encourage you to do this, so they will have a standard mammogram to compare future ones too.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

You’ll be given a list of pre-operative instructions to follow before your breast augmentation. It’s important that you do exactly as your surgeon recommends to avoid any complications during surgery. Though some instructions may seem unnecessary, your doctor should be willing to explain in detail why they are required. Some common instructions you’ll see may include:

  • Avoid typical drugs like ibuprofen as they may thin the blood.
  • Don’t wear jewelry on any part of your body on the day of the surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before surgery.
  • If you’re a smoker, quit if possible.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Wear a shirt that buttons or zips in the front.

Patients who want their transition to new breast implants to be an easy one should observe and keep all the guidelines their surgeon gives to them.

Take Care of Household Chores

Clean up around the house, make meals in advance if you can, pay all bills, and finish all your laundry before you go in for surgery. Treat your breast augmentation as you would any other surgery. Realize that you’re going to need time to recoup and recover.  Ask a friend or family member to stay with you for the first few days after surgery to ensure you can get around ok and get plenty of rest.

Why IDEAL IMPLANTS May Be Right For You

If you’re still deciding which breast implants to choose, you should ask your doctor if they offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. These implants can offer you peace of mind! Since the IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, which has no harmful effects to your body, you won’t need to spend time before surgery stressing about future leaks. The safety of saline choice is the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Considering a breast augmentation? Ask your doctor for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Get a Better Breast Augmentation with New a Kind of Breast Implants, Atlanta

What do women want from their breast implants? Atlanta women want beautiful and natural results, low-long term maintenance costs, and less anxiety about rupturing. You should find a surgeon who offers different breast implant options so you don’t have to compromise on one of these priorities. If you are considering breast implants, Atlanta surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT gives women beautiful results with lower long-term maintenance costs and less anxiety than other leading implants.

Beautiful Look, Peace of Mind

How does the IDEAL IMPLANT compare with silicone gel implants and saline implants? The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, not silicone gel. This means if it ruptures it can be easily detected, and the saline is naturally absorbed by the body. There is no need for an MRI to detect a rupture like with silicone gel implants. The internal chambers of the IDEAL IMPLANT give it stability, so you are left with a more natural feel than traditional saline implants.

Costs and Concerns of Breast Implants, Atlanta

After a breast augmentation, if a silicone gel implant ruptures, it needs to be removed, just like any other breast implant. However, unlike other implants, silicone gel implant ruptures are only detectable with an MRI. The FDA recommends women with silicone gel implants get an MRI every few years to detect these silent ruptures, a cost that is often not covered by insurance companies. A recent survey found 89% of women said that if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they would prefer an implant where rupture could be detected by looking at the breast rather than needing an MRI scan. The long-term maintenance costs and concerns about silent ruptures are unnecessary when you can get the same beautiful results from the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Choose Dr. Robert Colgrove for Atlanta Breast Augmentation

Dr. Robert Colgrove is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Vinings Surgery Center in Atlanta and one of the exclusive surgeons in the area to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT. Dr. Colgrove is dedicated to his patient’s individualized care and takes special time with each patient to ensure their questions are answered, and they feel comfortable. As a surgeon, Dr. Colgrove stays up to date with the latest techniques, so his patients can achieve their desired results.

Considering breast implants in Atlanta or researching breast augmentation?  Contact Dr. Robert Colgrove today to discuss your options.  Simply call 770-955-9000 or visit Dr. Colgrove’s office is located at 1900 The Exchange SE #300, Atlanta, GA 30339.  Call today for more information on the IDEAL IMPLANT.