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What Happens During a Breast Augmentation – and How to Ensure Success

Have you ever wondered what happens during a breast augmentation surgery? Patients are under anesthesia during the surgery, unaware of what is being done; and 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 during surgery. Dr. Galumbeck uses the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant to give his patients beautiful, natural looking results.

And before surgery, there are important milestones  to ensure success:

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 www.realself.com. 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

These important decisions will be discussed in detail below. 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 Site

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 the Breast Implant That’s Right for You

Choosing 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 shows no symptoms initially. 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.

In 2014, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was created to give women the beautiful results they want, without worrying about silent rupture. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is a structured saline 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 https://idealimplant.com/compare/.

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.

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 is part of what makes Dr. Galumbeck one of the best plastic surgeons in Hampton Roads.

Inserting the Breast Implants: 

Dr. Galumbeck tells us the process of inserting an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. 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 to do but to get out there and enjoy your new body. With a rupture rate of only 1.8% 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 https://www.galumbeckplasticsurgery.com/. Dr. Galumbeck’s office is located at  1817 Republic Rd. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.

Breast Implant Surgery: Finding the Ideal Implants for You

Picking the Ideal Implants For You

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

A Brief History of Breast Implants

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

The Three Types of Modern Breast Implants

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

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

What Complications and Risks Should You Know About?

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

Implant Rupture

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

Brand Name Rupture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
 

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel

IDEAL IMPLANT

 

7.4%

3.4%

5.4%

1.8%

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

Capsular Contracture

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

Brand Name Capsular Contracture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
  

Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel

IDEAL IMPLANT

 

16.2%

9.8%

10.0%

6.3%

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

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

What Will Breast Implant Surgery Entail?

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

Before Surgery

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

During Surgery

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

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

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

Post-Op

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

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

How to Choose a Doctor

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

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

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

How Much Does Breast Implant Surgery Cost?

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

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

Your Life Beyond Breast Implant Surgery

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

Breast Enlargement Surgery Recovery: Expectations and Outcomes

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

What to Expect During Surgery

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

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

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

After Your Breast Enlargement Surgery

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

Post-op: the First Few Weeks

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

Getting Back to Normal

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

Long-Term Maintenance

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

Your Breast Enlargement Surgery Journey

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

What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Surgery

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

Before: Research And Expectations

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

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

During: What Your Surgeon Will Do

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

After: Breast Surgery Recovery and Beyond

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

It’s the Perfect Time for a Breast Enlargement

Modern medicine is always changing for the better. With all the new tools and technology available in the field of plastic surgery, now is a great time to undergo that breast enhancement procedure you’ve always wanted. New York board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Tehrani is one of the Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in New York, and he offers his patients IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. Dr. Tehrani offers the IDEAL IMPLANT to women because it achieves that beautiful, natural look and feel. Patients no longer have to worry about a silent rupture or pay thousands of dollars for a routine MRI to detect rupture like they do with silicone gel implants.

Ideal Implant also enables surgeons to use a much smaller incision to place the implant than with typical “gummy bear” implants, as they are filled after placement.  Click the video below to note the less-invasive incision in surgery (NOTE: surgical video – may not be comfortable for all viewers).

What Types of Patients Can Benefit from the IDEAL IMPLANT and Why?

Dr. Tehrani says, “Patients who desire a breast enlargement procedure but do not want any visible scars can benefit from this type of implant. IDEAL IMPLANTS can be inserted under the armpit with an inconspicuous hidden scar. With no visible scarring, no one will know the patient underwent a breast augmentation procedure.”

Since these implants don’t have to  be pre-filled with solution before they are inserted, it allows for a less invasive procedure. For women seeking the IDEAL IMPLANT® breast implants, New York Aristocrat Plastic Surgery is where they’ll find Dr. Tehrani, who can give them the results they desire.

What You Need to Know About Dr. Kevin Tehrani

Dr. Tehrani earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He then became the Chief Resident in General Surgery during his residency at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center. He continued his postgraduate training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Kansas University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident once again. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Tehrani is the founder and director of Aristocrat Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tehrani also volunteers his surgical expertise to underdeveloped countries for children with congenital and acquired defects.

Considering breast implants in New York or researching breast enhancement?  Contact Dr. Tehrani today to discuss your options.  Simply call (516) 498-9790 or visit https://www.aristocratps.com. Dr. Tehrani’s office is located at 560 Northern Boulevard, Suite 109, Great Neck, NY 11021. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.