Choosing Breast Implants

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ statistics, Breast augmentation surgery has remained the most frequently pursued surgical cosmetic procedure for the past five years. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. For patients considering breast augmentation surgery, size is often their first consideration when thinking about implants. However, it is imperative to consider several other breast implant decisions such as shape, texture, and type to achieve a natural-looking balance between breast size and body type.

Before selecting a size or texture, it is important to understand silicone and saline are commonly used breast implant types. Saline breast implants, as the name implies, are filled with sterilized saline solution surrounded by a strong silicone shell. They pose few health risks if the implants should leak or burst because saline can be safely absorbed into the body. Silicone breast implants are made with the same type of silicone outer shell, but are filled with silicone gel. There are three, FDA approved breast implant manufacturers: Mentor, Sientra , and Allergan. Sientra was the first manufacturer to offer a high-strength cohesive silicone gel.   Dr. David Whiteman makes all of these options are available to Southern Plastic Surgery patients.

Depending on the type; implants also come in different shapes and textures. The breast implant shell can be shaped round or contoured like a teardrop. They can either be smooth or textured to prevent the implant from moving. These decisions will dictate which implant type is best for your needs. For example, saline breast implants are available in teardrop and round, but teardrop saline implants are only available with a textured surface to prevent the implant from moving around within the breast cavity.

As most patients know, breast implants come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different body types. Most people are familiar with the typical bra cup sizes of A,B,C, etc. measurements. Breast implants are slightly different because they are measured based on volume. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average of 189 cubic centimeters of saline is needed to increase a breast size by “one cup.” It is very important to consider various aspects of a patient’s body, such as height, weight, previous breast size, and rib cage size to decide which implant size would be proportionally best. Some patients may also opt for breast lift surgery to raise the position of the breasts on the chest.

Dr. David Whiteman understands each patient’s needs and goals are different, so he can help you choose which type is best for you during a consultation. If you are interested in breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation today. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates on plastic surgery.

Take Advantage of Special Offers at Southern Plastic Surgery through June 30, 2012

From breast surgery to cosmetic injectables, there are plenty of opportunities to save this summer at Southern Plastic Surgery. In fact, it’s the perfect time to schedule breast augmentation surgery. If you receive breast augmentation surgery to increase your breast size or you want to give your natural breasts more of a lift with a breast lift, breast enhancement is the way to go.  Also, those patients who choose Natrelle® Gel Implants before June 30th, 2012 are eligible to receive FREE Botox® Cosmetic injections -or- FREE Latisse® from Allergan. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your breast implant options.

The manufacturers of the Restylane® family of injectables are offering rebates May 1st through June 30th, 2012. You can save $40 per milliliter of Restylane® and Restylane-L® and $50 per milliliter of Perlane® and Perlane-L® (stipulations apply, see note*). Perfect for filling in lines and wrinkles while plumping lost volume, you can save on your favorite Restylane® family product with or without lidocaine. All you have to do is receive treatment between 5/1/12 and 6/30/12, send in a completed redemption form with your itemized receipt (credit card receipts not accepted) and product box end flaps (must show hologram) postmarked prior to July 31, 2012. However, if you prefer to re-plump areas of lost volume and wrinkles with dermal filling Radiesse®, be sure to take advantage of buy one get one free Radiesse® injections.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes, the manufacturers of Dysport® are offering a $50 rebate for patients who receive treatment between May 1st and June 30th, 2012. Additionally, Dr. David Whiteman will match the manufacturer’s rebate for a total of $100 off. To receive the manufacturer’s rebate, sign up to become a member of the Dysport® community online, complete the redemption form, and mail it along with your itemized receipt within 30 days of your treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take advantage of these specials. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for specials updates and plastic surgery news.

* In order to receive the rebate, a 2 mL minimum 9 mL maximum of Restylane® (up to 1.5 mL can be used per lip), a 2 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Restylane-L®, or a 1 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Perlane® or Perlane-L® must be purchased.

The Great Debate: To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?

Many women cite the studied health benefits and reported emotional bond they feel it creates between mother and child as the reason they chose to breastfeed. Others opt for formula because they feel breastfeeding will change the appearance of their breasts. Earlier this month the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that women with breast implants are increasingly concerned that their augmented breasts would change shape after breastfeeding.

A study surveyed 160 mothers who had breast implants. Eighty-six percent of the mothers chose not to breastfeed because they didn’t want their breasts to look bad, and 13% of the mothers in the study who did breastfeed their babies were concerned their breast shape would change because of breastfeeding. Although more research is necessary, doctors say breastfeeding should not be blamed for breast sagging in women with (or without) breast implants after pregnancy. Instead, they say breast sagging is more evident after each pregnancy whether or not the mother breastfeeds.

Therefore, whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, breast-fed or bottle-fed, you may notice increased sagging with each pregnancy. However, something can be done to correct the appearance of deflated, sagging breasts. If you’ve already had a breast enhancement and decide you’d like further refinement after the birth of a child, breast revision surgery is an option.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. David Whiteman removes the original breast implants, and depending on the patient’s desires, he can excise tissue and lift the breast to a more natural location or insert new breast implants for added volume. Mothers who do not have breast implants, but are bothered by sagging breasts after pregnancy can benefit from a breast lift procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without a breast implant to produce fuller breasts depending on the patient’s wishes.

Unfortunately less perky breasts are not the only complaint many women have about their bodies following pregnancy. It’s not always easy to get back to that pre-baby appearance, but mommy makeover surgery can help. Usually comprised of a breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), along with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, a mommy makeover procedure is custom-tailored to the mother’s specific needs. Aside from mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Whiteman maintains a focus on Health and Wellness at his Duluth plastic surgery practice and offers helpful exercise tips and healthy recipes to promote the long-term health of his patients (and their children)!