Breast Augmentation FAQs

If you’ve been debating whether or not to get your breasts enhanced, now’s the time to take your first step to achieving the look you really want. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have broken down the top common questions patients typically ask before/after undergoing breast augmentation surgery:

Q: Who is a candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
Breast SizeA: From graduation gifts to a mother of three wanting to restore her pre-baby body, breast augmentation is reserved for women of all ages. The ideal candidate should however be at least 18 years old and physically and emotionally mature.  Breast augmentation is ideal for anyone wishing to increase the size and volume of their breasts.

Q: How do you determine what size breast implants are right for me?
A: There isn’t a “one size fits all” method to choosing breast implants and the sizing of your implants is completely customized for you. During your consultation, we will discuss your personal plastic surgery goals, medical history, and different breast enlargement techniques and implant options that showcase the most natural looking results. To determine which type of breast implant is right for you, whether it is silicone, saline or gummy bear implants, I will take full body measurements including height, weight, rib cage size, and current breast size. Additionally, you can physically try on different implant sizes to test which size and type of breast implant will help best achieve the look you desire.

Q: How long do implants last?
A: Breast implants have the possibility of lasting a lifetime. However, manufacturers do not consider them “lifetime devices.” It is important to attend follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon and contact him or her if you have any questions or notice anything unusual.

Q: How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation surgery?
A: Following your surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and an elastic bandage or support bra in order to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal post-surgery. Recovery time differs for each patient and will be discussed during your consultation. Multiple factors such as the type of incision you receive, or the type of procedure you have, determine the length of time you will have to wait before returning to everyday activities. A majority of patients are typically able to return to work within a week and can engage in physical activity within four to six weeks. By adapting a healthy diet and exercise regimen, you can maintain and improve your breast enhancement results.

If you’re interested in a breast procedure or any other cosmetic procedures I perform, at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., contact us today to schedule as these savings are only valid while openings last! Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Lift or Enhance, Which Breast Procedure Will I Need?

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has performed a variety of breast surgeries, Dr. David Whiteman often consults with patients who are unsure of which procedure they need. Two of the most commonly confused procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Breast augmentation addresses the size, shape, and volume of the breasts but does not correct sagging. Breast lift surgery is specifically designed to reposition breasts to a more youthful location to eliminate drooping. Often, these procedures are combined for complete rejuvenation of the breasts.breast lift vs breast augmentation atlanta duluth ga

According to the 2012 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation surgery has remained the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. for the past five years. Breast enhancement surgery involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can choose from a variety of breast implants since there are different types, textures, sizes, and shapes. Allergan’s highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” as another option for breast augmentation patients. Breast implants are also available as an option for some breast reconstruction patients.

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, involves surgical removal of excess skin to tighten the breast area for a younger, perkier appearance. Over time, the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can contribute to the loss of skin elasticity. Since breast lift addresses the area surrounding the breasts, this procedure can be performed on its own or combined with other breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery.

While breast procedures can be combined or performed individually, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your needs and goals. If you’re interested in a breast procedure or other procedures that Dr. Whiteman offers, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Introducing Sientra High-Strength Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Patients seeking breast augmentation surgery now have a new option for breast implants. Prior to March 2012, there were only two FDA approved breast implant manufacturers: Mentor and Allergan. However, Sientra, a California-based company that manufacturers all types of plastic surgery implants known internationally as Silimed, recently gained FDA approval for their breast implants. Sientra offers an innovative type of breast implants made out of high-strength cohesive silicone gel, which will be available to appropriate Southern Plastic Surgery patients.

Breast implants have been somewhat controversial since the first silicone breast implants were designed in the 1960s by plastic surgeons Drs. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin due to safety concerns and the fact that plastic surgery was not as widely accepted back then as it is now. The fear of a silicone breast implant rupturing and leaking silicone into the body inspired the development of saline breast implants, which are made out of a silicone elastomer shell filled with sterile saline solution.

The safety debate continued, and in 1976, Congress passed an amendment to ensure the safety of medical devices by requiring FDA premarket notification. Between 1988 and 1991 the FDA battled with the breast implant classification requiring premarket approval and eventually submission of premarket approval applications. In 1992, silicone breast implants were actually taken off the market due to lack of data on their safety, but after 14 years of clinical studies, silicone breast implants were declared safe by the FDA and placed back on the market.

While Sientra’s newly designed implants are similar to other devices manufacturers have previously designed, they are the first to gain FDA approval and are currently the only cohesive gel implants available in the U.S. In fact, you may have already heard the term “gummy bear” breast implants, which originated in Europe to describe a similar type of breast implant that are slightly thicker than Sientra’s. Although Sientra does not use this description for their implants, their consistency can be compared to that of a gummy bear, and they are known for their singular shape retention and natural, soft feel.

High-strength silicone implants are also the only shaped silicone breast implants available in the U.S. Before Sientra designed these implants with a solid-like structure, shaped breast implants were only available with saline. Although some patients can achieve desired results with round breast implants, some prefer shaped breast implants for more natural results. Sientra’s breast implants are available in smooth, textured, moderate projection and high projection. The moderate and high projection implants show promise for women with very underdeveloped breast or those looking to correct breast sagging without breast lift surgery.

Plastic surgeons across the country are hoping high-strength silicone breast implants will be the solution for breast implant ruptures or leaks and more natural looking results. In wake of the recent French breast implant (PIP implants) recall, it’s important for patients to understand that the Sientra breast implants spent years in clinical trials and similar implants have been safely used for the past 30 years outside of the U.S. However, it is also essential for patients to understand all surgical procedures carry risks and breast implant complications are fairly common, but often avoidable. It’s imperative for patients to find a board certified plastic surgeon to minimize complication risk.

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