What is a breast augmentation?
Many women in Columbus and all over the US prefer to have fuller breasts to improve their appearance. Cosmetic surgery is helping women achieve this through breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can increase the fullness and projection of the breasts. A breast augmentation can also improve the symmetry of a woman’s breasts for a more balanced appearance.
Breast augmentations involve the insertion of a silicone bag or a prosthesis under an incision that is made under the breast and will later be filled with saline solution to the size of your choice. This prosthesis will expand and provide a fuller size and better-contoured breast. We recommend breast augmentations to our patients who want to restore the volume of their breasts that may have been lost due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations. Patients who are looking into increasing the size of their naturally small breasts can also consider breast augmentation.
What are the different implants used for breast augmentation?
Saline breast implants are a type of implant filled with sterile salt water. This implant is either pre-filled to your desired size, or can be filled during your breast augmentation procedure so that your doctor can make adjustments to the size if there is any need for it.
Silicone filled implants are filled with elastic silicone gel. Developments in cosmetic surgery have made it possible for silicone implants to mimic the feel of the natural breasts which makes this option very popular. Silicone implants are pre-filled and do not require a longer incision to be made on the patients breast when used for breast augmentation.
GUMMY BEAR IMPLANTS
Gummy bear, or form stable implants, are designed to look like a tear drop, thicker at the bottom and tapered towards the top in an attempt to mimic the natural shape of the breast. To maintain this shape, the silicone gel in the implant is firmer than that which is routinely found in a round implant. The consistency of the gel inside the implant is thicker, and maintains its shape even when the implant is cut in half. Therefore these types of implants are commonly referred to as ‘gummy bear implants’.
Form stable implants offer an additional option for women desiring breast augmentation surgery. As with all devices, these implants have advantages and disadvantages. Before choosing an implant, every patient should discuss the potential risks and benefits with her surgeon, as form stable implants may not be the optimal choice for every woman. One of the purported advantages of form stable implants is that they match the shape of the natural breast, giving more fullness to the bottom of the breast. Comprised of a stiffer gel, less wrinkling of the implant is expected, and some women desire the additional firmness of the implant.
Finally, because they are all textured, there is some evidence to suggest that the patient’s risk of developing a capsular contracture around the implant could be lessened. Disadvantages include potential rotation of the implant in which case the thicker part of the implant can distort the breast’s shape. Because the gel is thicker, a slightly longer incision to insert them is often necessary. Some women also disapprove of the gel’s consistency. Of course, form stable implants also share risks common to all breast implants including rare cases of infection, bleeding and implant rupture.
What happens during breast augmentation?
All patients undergoing a breast augmentation in our office in Dublin, Ohio will be required to get a baseline mammogram and will be provided pre-operative instructions prior to the surgery. Breast augmentations are done on an outpatient basis and patients can choose between local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. An incision will be made either under the breast fold, in the corners of the areola, within the areola, or in the area of the armpit and a pocket will be created. The breast implants will be inserted into these pockets and your doctor will position them to achieve the perfect balance and appearance. The incisions will be closed with stitches and patients will be provided with proper home care to facilitate the healing.
Using GalaFLEX for Long-Lasting Support
GalaFLEX is a tool that Dr. Dorner can use to help provide long-lasting support for the breast augmentation. Approved by the FDA, GalaFLEX is essentially an internal bra built using a natural mesh material. Over time this supportive mesh is safely absorbed by the body and left behind is a much stronger tissue that helps significantly with longevity of the breast augmentation.
The MENTORPromise Protection Plan
At Dorner Plastic Surgery we are happy to offer Mentor® breast implants which go above and beyond industry standards with one of the most comprehensive warranty programs available—the MENTORPromise Protection Plan.
For implant surgeries conducted after May 1, 2017 the MENTORPromise Protection Plan will offer:
- FREE lifetime replacement*
- Up to $3,500 financial assistance
- 10-year coverage for all implants
- Revision coverage
For full program details and requirements check out the new MENTORPromise Patient Brochure.