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Types of Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants

Types of Breast Implants | Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery | West HollywoodBreast augmentation is one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures today, which makes it a highly popular procedure among women in different age groups.

Various types and sizes of breast implants are available, and the patient can choose them according to her unique cosmetic and anatomical needs. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will help the patient make the right choice of implants.

Patients should select the appropriate implant type to match with her personal cosmetic goals and comfort level. Implants should provide proportion and shape to the body, and the focus should not just be on the size. If the patient only has limited breast skin available, she should not select very large implants so that the risk of implant rippling is minimized.

Committed, perspicacious, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai provides breast implants to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations in this part of the southwest.   

 

Classification

Breast implants are broadly classified into two categories: saline and silicone implants. The surgeon will inform the patient about the advantages and limitations of both types and discuss their respective costs and other aspects to help her make the best choice for her breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure.

 

Saline Implants

The FDA has approved saline implants for women above the age of 18. These were the implants originally approved by the FDA, and continue to remain popular till today. The inner core of saline implants is filled with a saline solution, and the outer shell is made of silicone. Saline implants can provide natural shape and firmness to the breasts.

The benefit with saline implants is that they can be inserted in a deflated condition using a smaller incision, while the saline solution can be filled thereafter. Saline solution is completely biocompatible, which makes these implants safe in the event of implant leakage or rupture. In such a case, the saline solution will get naturally absorbed in the body.

 

Silicone Implants

The FDA approved silicone implants a few years after the introduction of saline implants. However, now silicone implants are more popular than saline. The aesthetic benefits and natural feel of these implants is superior due to the silicone gel core. Silicone implants are approved for women above the age of 21.

The silicone gel in these implants allows it to mimic the natural effect of the breast tissue. This makes them a preferred implant option for many women. Profound and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other cities and neighborhoods across the horizon for breast implant surgery and other aesthetic procedures.

 

Gummy Bear Implants

These are the latest and most advanced implant quality in the US, which are made of ultra cohesive silicone gel core. Form and shape of these implants remains maintained even under pressure because of the high viscosity of the silicone gel.

The silicone gel in these implants will not leak out to other areas in the body even when the implant is damaged or broken. Both silicone and saline implants are available in round and tear drop shape as well as sizes ranging between 120 cc and 960 cc.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190.Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks and Safety

Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks and Safety | Beverly Hills SurgeryImprovement in surgical techniques as well as advanced implant qualities have made breast augmentation cosmetic surgery a less invasive and less painful procedure over the years. Although the risks in breast implant surgery are now dramatically reduced, but some risks are still associated with breast augmentation as with any other surgery.

At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the potential risks and complications associated with breast augmentation. The surgeon’s first concern will be to help the patient make a well-considered decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai provides breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA and surrounding locations.

 

Implant-related Risks

Some of the risks and complications in breast augmentation are present because of the involvement of silicone or saline breast implants.

 

Capsular Contracture

As the implants are surgically placed in the breast tissue, it will initiate the natural healing mechanism in the body. This will cause the formation of scar tissue around the implants. However, in some cases, this scar tissue may tend to contract or become hard, putting excessive pressure on the implants.

The implants may get squeezed due to the tightening of the scar tissue, causing them to lose their shape, shift from their position, or become damaged. Some patients may feel pain as the breast capsule becomes harder. In such cases, the breast surgeon may suggest breast implant revision plastic surgery.

 

Implant Rippling

In some cases, the size of the breast implant may be disproportionately large compared to the amount of breast skin available to cover the implant well. This can lead to wrinkles or folds in the implant. A rippling effect may occur on the skin surface, distorting the natural breast appearance.

An experienced surgeon will recommend the most appropriate implant size and shape with an aim to minimize the risk of implant rippling. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA and nearby areas for breast augmentation.

 

Implant Shifting or Rupture

In rare cases, the implant may move from its original position soon after the surgery has been performed. This risk of displacement increases in case of bigger implants. The risk of implant rupture will exist in all types of implants.

If the rupture occurs in a saline implant, the implant will immediately deflate and the patient will notice it. But in case of silicone implants, the rupture may only get noticed during a breast MRI. The surgeon will have to perform implant removal or implant replacement surgery to address these conditions.

 

Surgery-related Risks

 

Infection

Infection risks are higher during and immediately after the implant procedure. The surgical facility should maintain sterile conditions, and the patient should keep the incision areas clean and dry to minimize this risk.

 

Numbness in Nipples

Change of sensation, sensitivity or numbness in the nipple area may occur after breast augmentation. The condition generally resolves on its own, but may become permanent in rare cases.

 

Unfavorable Scarring

Some amount of scarring is unavoidable in breast augmentation, but the impact can be minimized by placing the incisions in discreet locations.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190.Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast Augmentation Recovery | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryBreast augmentation cosmetic surgery is a significantly customizable procedure. The invasiveness of the procedure can vary according to the size of implants used and the positioning of implants below or above the pectoral muscle.

Therefore, the post-op recovery can also vary from one patient to another. In some cases, breast augmentation is combined with breast lift, which can make the recovery slightly longer.

During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast augmentation, including its estimated recovery. Patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive breast augmentation from righteous, fabulous, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai.

 

Immediate Post-Operative Phase

After the surgery, the patient will be moved to a recovery area for monitoring. As breast augmentation may be performed using general anesthesia, the patient will require some time to recover from its lingering effects. The incision sites will be initially covered with bandages. This will be later replaced with a surgical bra, which the patient will have to wear for several weeks.  

Patients can usually go home the same day of the breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure. The patient should have someone to drive her back home, and preferably stay overnight for assistance. Temporary drain tubes will be placed in the incision sites to collect excess fluid, and the patient and her caregiver will be explained how to empty and measure the drainage every day.

 

Recovery Process

Mild soreness and pain in the incision areas may be experienced in the first few days after breast augmentation. The surgeon may prescribe pain medications to keep the patient comfortable during this phase. Bruising and swelling will be more pronounced in the first week, but will resolve from the second week. Swelling will take a longer time to fade away completely.

Once the sutures are removed after the first week, most patients can return to their normal routine or go back to work, as long as it does not involve heavy lifting of weights or strenuous physical activity and strain. Vigorous exercises should be avoided for at least three to four weeks to allow time for healing. As far as possible, the patient should try to rest in a semi-upright position in the first week to support healing.

 

Tips for Safer Recovery

The patient can mitigate discomfort and ensure a safer recovery by following these tips:

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids
  • Use cold compresses in the first two days after surgery
  • Take adequate rest at home in the first week, but perform light activities and short walks within the home
  • Strictly avoid smoking during the recovery phase

 

Contacting the Surgeon

During the recovery period, if the patient notices any abnormal symptoms such as persistent pain in the breasts, unusually pronounced swelling, continuous burning or stinging sensation in the wound bed, high fever, dizziness or other symptoms, she should contact the surgeon immediately.

Golden and proven cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and in cities and suburbs in this region of The Golden State for breast augmentation surgery.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190.Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps

Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps | Beverly Hills Plastic SurgeryBreast augmentation currently ranks as the number cosmetic surgery procedure in the US. While the procedure can be performed using different surgical techniques, the overall steps involved will largely remain unchanged in each case. Breast implant surgery can be customized to match with the unique needs of a patient.

At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the various steps involved in breast augmentation. This will give full clarity to the patient about what to expect during the surgery, and help her overcome any initial anxiety about the procedure.

Patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive breast augmentation from the fantastic, cordial, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai.

 

Anesthesia

The first step after the patient is brought into the surgery room is to place her under anesthesia. General anesthesia is typically used to perform breast augmentation surgery. This may be administered by an anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse.

The patient may feel some grogginess, nausea and other mild side effects of anesthesia for a few hours after the surgery. Most patients can return home the same day after the initial side effects of anesthesia have worn off. The patient should have someone responsible to drive her back home after breast augmentation plastic surgery.

 

Placing the Incisions

After anesthesia, the next step will be the placement of incisions in pre-determined locations in a discreet manner. The incisions could be located under the breast crease, in the armpit area, around the areola border, or even around the navel area in a few cases. The surgeon will place the incisions in natural creases as far as possible to keep the subsequent scars concealed.

During the customized breast implant surgery planning, the surgeon will determine the size and location of the incisions according to the patient’s incision preferences. They will take into account the patient’s breast anatomy and her personal cosmetic goals.

 

Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed under the pectoral muscle or in front of the pectoral muscle immediately behind the breast tissue. The surgeon will decide the implant placement after assessing the implant size and evaluating the unique breast anatomy of the patient. The benefits and limitations of each placement option will be informed to the patient to help her make a well-considered choice.

 

Incision Closure

Once the implants are placed and adjusted into position, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with removable or absorbable sutures. Temporary drain tubes will be placed under the skin in the incision sites. The surgeon will instruct the patient about keeping the incision areas dry and contamination free in order to minimize the risk of infection.

 

Wearing Surgical Bra

The initial bandages will be replaced in a day or two with a special surgical bra, which should be worn for several weeks. This will help in faster healing and the breast tissue will acquire new shape. Astute and amazing cosmetic surgeon Dr. Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA and other cities and towns in this part of SoCal for breast augmentation.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190.Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.