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.
Dr. Sophie Bartsich is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, New York. She specializes in breast procedures, with the goal to help her patients achieve happiness with their appearances and find better comfort in their bras. Her published article, “Why There’s No Such Thing As a Standard “B” Cup,” dives into the real problems women face when it comes to finding the right size bra. Dr. Bartsich’s experience as a woman performing cosmetic surgery gives her a special point of view into the matter as she sheds light on this common issue that is not as widely talked about as it should be.
You may be part of the 80 percent of women who are wearing the wrong bra size right now. Have you ever tried on two separate bras in the same exact size, only to have them fit completely differently? Whether they have natural breasts or have different breast implant sizes, many women struggle to find the right fit. Our breasts are as individual as our personalities, so it’s no wonder they don’t all fit into a category named by a letter of the alphabet. So, Dr. Bartsich asks, “How could something so intimate be so off-base?”
The Root of the Problem
Dr. Bartsich explains the history of bras, dating back to the days way before cosmetic surgery when women wore corsets to support their breasts and entire upper bodies. Bras were introduced in the 1930’s and were made to fit a woman based on how much her breasts sagged. This system was only partially helpful. When the bra sizing system began to include breast volume as an important factor in cup size, the “A, B, C, D” letter system was introduced.
How Bras are Sized Today
If you want to figure out your cup size, first measure the circumference of your chest right below your breasts regardless of your breast implant sizes (if you have them). Then, move the tape measure up and measure the circumference of your breasts at their peak. Your final size is based off these two numbers: if their difference is one inch, the cup size is A, if it is two inches, it’s B, and so on. “This approach is simple and direct, and seemingly adequate, but ultimately totally inefficient,” Dr. Bartsich says.
What We Should Be Measuring
According to Dr. Bartsich, the most important measurement that bra sizing does not take into account is the width of the base of the breast. She says, “As a plastic surgeon, this is the most critical assessment I make on any breast exam during a consultation. The base diameter of the breast sets the stage for any implant-based surgery by letting the surgeon know how much real estate she has to work with … Much as a foot fits into a shoe, width can make or break its success; cup sizing as we know it takes no account of this.” Because the options for breast implant sizes are so varied, patient and doctor both need these important measurements to achieve the desired results from cosmetic surgery.
Women with breasts that hang are hard-pressed to find a bra that fits. Current methods for bra sizing do not consider how much ptosis, or sagging, the breasts have. If a woman’s breasts are mostly situated lower on the abdomen rather than on the upper chest, a bra that is supposed to be the correct size based on her measurements will be far too small.
Public Enemy Number One
Gravity is, and always will be, an enemy to women trying to look their best. Its effect on our breasts is deflating and over time, our breasts will inevitably begin to sag. Dr. Bartsich says this creates even more of a bra sizing problem, especially for flatter breasts. “If you go back to the cup measurements, and you visualize the measuring process, it becomes clear that perky breasts will stick out more than flatter ones. And they could easily measure out to a larger cup size even if the breasts they represent are in fact half the size of the sagging ones.”
Do Lingerie Stores Have the Answer?
Some women prefer going to to their favorite lingerie store to have their busts personally measured to find the perfect fit. This can be helpful, because the sales associates know their specific brand and how it will feel on you. But not every brand will fit each woman the way she wants, especially if she has different breast implant sizes. Dr. Bartsich says, “As long as we have the current system, finding the right size bra will continue to be similar to finding the right size pair of jeans. The sizes will serve as a guideline, but it is only once you identify the perfect brand for you that things will really fit into place.”
According to Dr. Bartsich, the lingerie assistants provide only a “band-aid” to the real problem or bra sizing because women’s breasts will never fit into a small, medium, or large size chart in real life.
There is Hope in the Future
Because she dedicates her work in cosmetic surgery to helping women feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, Dr. Bartsich wants to be part of the solution. She says, “It is my plan to devise a realistic bra sizing system in the near future, one that can be standardized and represents relevant measurements for each woman.” She wants women with natural breasts and those with different breast implant sizes to have a go-to bra size. She does not expect the task itself to be the most challenging part; it’s getting the world’s bra manufacturers to accept the new system that could prove difficult. It is possible, but the switch could take some time.
In her article, “Why There’s No Such Thing As a Standard “B” Cup,” Dr. Bartsich’s final advice for the bra-wearers of the world is this: “Embrace your B, whatever that means, but lose the wire. The only thing worse than the wrong width bra is one with a metal band set to the wrong diameter. Technology offers us revolutionary new materials that can change and conform as needed, and support without the remnants of a corset. Support is possible without metal, and shape is easier with stretch. Until the day that bras are actually made to fit real breasts—and I believe that day is coming—the only chance we have at comfort is adaptability.”
Go Bra-Free With IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants
One goal Dr. Bartsich would love for all of her cosmetic surgery patients to achieve is to be able to confidently go braless whenever they felt like it, regardless of the breast implant sizes they choose. She offers her patients the new IDEAL IMPLANT, a saline-filled breast implant which has an internal structure that gives it a beautifully natural shape. With this new implant technology, women no longer need to feel self-conscious about their implants showing visible wrinkling or rippling, like they did with unstructured saline implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT also has advantages over silicone gel implants. Because there is no silicone gel inside, the IDEAL IMPLANT has zero-risk of silent rupture. Dr. Bartsich is proud to offer her patients this natural-looking option with the peace of mind of saline.
Experience the Best in Cosmetic Surgery With Dr. Sophie Bartsich
Considering breast implants in New York City? Contact Dr. Sophie Bartsich today to discuss your options. Simply call 212-717-9200, or visit www.doctorsophie.com. Dr. Bartsich’s office is located at 960 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.