Plastic surgery has made it possible to transform just about every part of the body, from the nose to the thighs and almost everything in between. According to a top plastic surgeon Beverly Hills women who would like larger breasts for cosmetic reasons can take advantage of breast augmentation surgery, which places implants under the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase the breast size. Women who have small breasts, or whose breasts have lost their fullness after pregnancy or weight loss, may be candidates for breast implants.
Although this article covers only cosmetic breast augmentation Los Angeles patients are advised that breast implants can be used for reconstructive purposes (for example, after the breasts are removed because of cancer). This article discusses the types of breast implants available, the procedures used, and the complications that can occur.
To date, there are two primary types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Silicone-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although many women say that silicone implants feel more like real breasts than saline, they pose more of a risk if they leak.
In 1992, the FDA halted the sale of silicone implants because of safety concerns. But in 2006, after reviewing additional research, the FDA allowed two manufacturers — Mentor and Allergan — to sell silicone implants.
When Considering Breast Implants Los Angeles Surgeons Tell Us To Take Several Important Factors Into Consideration
Because the breasts can continue to develop until a woman reaches her late teens or early 20s, the FDA requires that women be at least 18 years old to get breast augmentation with saline-filled implants, and at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants.
Before your breast implant procedure, you will meet with your surgeon for a medical evaluation. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications a few days or weeks before your surgery. Breast augmentation can be performed as an outpatient procedure, or you may stay overnight in the hospital.
You will likely be given general anesthesia, in which you are asleep and pain free. The incision may be made under the breast, under the arm, or around the nipple, depending on your body, the type of implant, and how much enlargement is being done.
The breast implant is inserted into a pocket either above or below the chest muscle. After the implant is in place, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures or surgical tape. The entire procedure takes between one and two hours.
Your breasts will be covered with gauze after the surgery. There may be drainage tubes, which will have to be removed in a few days. You may need to wear a surgical bra as you heal.
You’ll need to take it easy for a few days after your breast augmentation surgery and avoid excess activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help relieve discomfort.Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication for you.
There will probably be some swelling in the area where the surgery was done. It should subside over time and the scars will slowly fade. For more information about breast augmentation and also facial procedures like Los Angeles rhinoplasty, contact your local plastic surgeons to learn more.
Dr. Grigoryants is a board certified plastic surgeon. He is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both surgeons. After graduating from Dartmouth Medical School with Honors in Hanover, NH, he completed prerequisite training in General Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Grigoryants accomplished additional fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Michigan. For more information please visit: http://www.vgplasticsurgery.com/