Breast Augmentation Safety
Ensuring that patients know exactly what to expect regarding the size and shape of their breast implants is achieved through discussions, by looking at before and after pictures, with the aid of 3D Vectra imaging and by assessing your unique body frame.
Breast Augmentation Safety
Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will guide you through the process until the optimal decisions are made. You can rest assured that when it comes to breast implants and our surgical procedures, we use only quality products and proven medical procedures. For your information, please browse through the information provided to learn more about the breast implant choices available to you:
- Silicone Breast Implants
- Saline Breast Implants
Silicone Breast Implants
The silicone memory gel products that we use for breast augmentation are FDA approved and naturally resemble breast tissue. In consultation with your surgeon, you can choose either a smooth or textured shell surface and also determine the volume of fill that will be pre-set. These memory gel implants can give you a uniform shape and there are four options in terms of projection – low, moderate, high or extra high profile. Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will discuss the required incision size with you as well as the desired placement of the breast implants. At Precision Aesthetics, we can use either round or the Allergan Anatomic Natrelle (Style 410) silicone breast implants. These can be highly-cohesive and anatomically shaped implants, known as ‘gummy bear’ implants. They have a natural feel and the thickness of the gel can make them highly resistant to leaking, rupturing, tearing or rippling.
Safety of Silicone Gel Implants
Extensive scientific research into the safety of silicone breast implants has conclusively found that these breast implants do not cause any major health problems, such as cancer or connective tissue disease. Important studies, including a report by the US Institute of Medicine, have found them to be safe and effective for breast augmentation and reconstruction. Silicone is made of silicon, a natural element, as well as oxygen, hydrogen or carbon. Silicone is commonly used in medical procedures such as artificial joints, prostheses, facial implants, artificial heart valves, catheters, eye surgery, dentistry and drainage systems.
Saline Breast Implants
The saline implant products that we use for breast augmentation closely resemble natural body fluid and look similar to breast tissue. They can offer firm breasts and you can determine your desired volume of fill for your breast implants. This option can be particularly good if one breast is naturally larger than the other, as the surgeon can adjust the volume during your breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure. At Precision Aesthetics, we use Mentor saline breast implants.
Safety of Saline Breast Implants
Mentor is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of breast implant products. Mentor breast implants have been successfully used for over 20 years by millions of women worldwide and are FDA approved. Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will assess your breasts and advise you about the all the advantages and disadvantages of using saline breast implants.
Getting the Right Size Breasts
Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will discuss the ideal size of your implants, in line with your anatomical features and the size of breasts you want to have. Finding the appropriately-sized implant can ensure your desired results. Together, we will consider the following factors:
- Your desired breast shape and size
- Your current breast shape, size, volume, width and base dimension
- Your chest shape and width
- The size of your ribs
- Your body tissue stretch characteristics
- Your pregnancy history and future pregnancy plans
- Your weight
- Your general health status
- How a bra can influence the appearance of breast implants
Breast Implant Incision
When we perform a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, there are several options in terms of where to make the incision. Choices can include the armpits, under the areolas, or at the base of the breasts. Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will examine your body and discuss the best option for you.
Breast Implant Placement
When we perform a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, the implants can be placed either over or under the Pectoralis muscles under your breast tissue. While we generally recommend breast implant placement under the muscles, your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will discuss these options in detail with you in order to ensure the best results possible.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation
Like any surgery, recovering from breast augmentation can takes time and requires good patient care. Following your breast augmentation procedure, you can expect some pain and discomfort for several days, along with some swelling. Within 4-5 days, however, your recovery should be well under way and you may be ready to return to work. Within 3 to 4 weeks, you should be able to resume low-impact exercise and by six weeks, you should be ready for upper body exercise. Remember that your surgeon will monitor your recovery carefully and, during scheduled post-operative check-ups, he will advise you about what activities you may be ready to resume.
How Soon Will I See the Results?
Although results of breast augmentation surgery may be visible immediately, swelling around the breasts can occur for at least a week. It’s may be normal for the breasts and surrounding areas to be swollen, for the nipples to point downwards initially and for the implants to appear high. After the first few weeks, the swelling can subside and the breast tissue can move to accommodate the breast implants. Your areolas may also stretch slightly and may remain slightly larger after surgery.
What Can Go Wrong?
Given our surgical skill and medical experience, the risk of complications following breast augmentation can be extremely low. Problems that can develop include infection, bleeding, deflation of implants and rippling. Your Precision Aesthetics surgeon will discuss all surgical risks with you and will monitor your recovery carefully to ensure that no problems are allowed to develop unnecessarily.
Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
You may have heard recent media reports regarding breast implants and a rare form of cancer. The FDA recently updated information regarding this disease (Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is working closely with the FDA in monitoring the disease. BIA-ALCL is not a breast cancer, but a rare and treatable T-cell lymphoma that usually develops as a fluid swelling around breast implants. The lifetime risk for this disease appears to be about 1 case for every 30,000 textured implants. This equates to a 0.003 percent risk. Thus far, there have been no confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL in women who have had only “smooth surface” breast implants. The FDA is not recommending removal of textured implants. Rather, the FDA recommends, as do I, that every woman conducts a regular self-examination. If you develop swelling or a lump in your breast, contact my office right away. I will comprehensively evaluate you and order the appropriate tests to determine if any treatment is indicated. Women who may develop BIA-ALCL can often be cured by simply removing the implant and the scar tissue surrounding it. Some patients may require additional treatment (such as radiation or chemotherapy). Following removal, replacement with a smooth surface implant may be an option. For additional information about BIA-ALCL, consult the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at www.plasticsurgery.org/alcl.