BREAST IMPLANT/AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE OVERVIEW
BREAST IMPLANTS CONSIDERATIONS AND OPTIONS
Breast Augmentation Before & After Gallery
There are many considerations and options regarding breast augmentation surgery, each of which you will want to discuss with Dr. Dedo. The first decision many women are faced with once they know they want to have breast enlargement is:
What size Breast Implants? The number one “wish” we have heard from ladies who have breast augmentation surgeryis “I wish I had gone just a little bit bigger.”
“If you could change one thing about your breast augmentation surgery, what would it be?”
48% Have “not yet” had the procedure
38% Would have gone “bigger”
9% Should have done it “sooner”
5% Would have gone “smaller”
WHAT TYPE OF BREAST IMPLANT IS RIGHT FOR ME
Breast implants can be smooth or textured, saline or silicone, and round or anatomical (“tear-drop” shape). They each have their pros and cons, as follows:
Smooth Breast Implants vs. Textured Breast Implants
Smooth Breast Implants
(+) PROS – As a rule, regardless of any other consideration, smooth implants wrinkle less than textured implants. Thus, if the implant is going to be placed above the muscle, you will most likely want smooth. The exception to this is if you have a previous history of capsular contracture (hardening of the breast tissue around the implant) with saline implants. When this is the case, textured implants may be better indicated for you. This is a consideration you will obviously discuss with Dr. Dedo.
(-) CONS – Smooth silicone implants have a higher rate of capsular contracture than do textured silicone implants. (Approximately 34% vs. 15% respectively, according to some studies). In terms of saline implants, studies have shown the rate of capsular contracture to be about the same (approximately 8% to 14%, according to some studies) regardless if the saline implant is smooth or textured.
Textured Breast Implants
(+) PROS – There has historically been a lower rate of capsular contracture for silicone, textured implants than for silicone, smooth implants.
(-) CONS – Textured implants generally wrinkle more than smooth implants.
Saline Breast Implants vs. Silicone Breast Implants
Since 1992, when silicone breast implants were taken off of the American market, the vast majority of breast implants have been saline (salt water). This water is exactly the same as you would be given through an I.V. if you were dehydrated, or going to be placed under general anesthesia, and is generally not going to be harmful to the body. Silicone has recently come back on the American market and is available to some patients, but only under certain circumstances.
Saline Breast Implants
(+) PROS Less perceived risks. No auto-immune disease controversy. Lower rate of capsular contracture than with silicone implants.
(-) CONS Feel. No Saline implant will ever feel quite as nice as silicone gel.
Silicone Breast Implants
(+) PROS Feel. Silicone almost always looks and feels more natural than any saline implant.
(-) Perceived and perhaps real risks of adverse reactions to silicone gel by the body. A higher rate of capsular contracture than with saline implants. Just as there is someone allergic to virtually everything, some people may have allergic reactions to the silicone gel in silicone breast implants.
Round Breast Implants vs. Anatomical Breast Implants
Round Breast Implants
(+) PROS Round implants consistently provide the most natural look and feel with the least potential complications.
(-) CONS Some will say round implants offer less control over long-term superior pole (the upper portion of the breast) fullness.
Anatomical (tear-drop) Breast Implants
(+) PROS Anatomical implants were developed to provide a contour more like the natural shape of the breast itself. In long-chested women the implant may provide greater control of superior pole fullness.
(-) CONS The implant must be textured so it will adhere to the breast tissue, and not rotate in the body. This concern with “directional orientation” results from the fact that if the implant does rotate, the upper portion of it could end up inappropriately positioned outward or inward. With round implants, all sides are the same by definition. Therefore, if a round implant does rotate, it does not matter. Of course, the anatomical implant does have many indications, and is a favorite of some excellent surgeons. Ask Dr. Dedo if he thinks this implant might be the best for you.
Standard Breast Implants vs. High Profile Breast Implants
Introduced to the market in Fall, 2001, the High Profile (HP) implant claims to give the highest projection per base width, within the US market. It is available in both Saline and Silicone-filled and Textured and Smooth versions.
(+) PROS The High Profile implant has the same projection height as an implant that is a fraction of the volume of a Round implant. In a nutshell, if placed side by side, an HP implant will extend off of the breast plate further than a similar volume and base diameter Round one would. Also, a Smooth Saline HP could ripple less than a similar Round Smooth Saline one would.
(-) CONS Also, because these implants have an anterior diaphragm valve, they can only be filled once, at the initial time of surgery.
BREAST IMPLANT PROS AND CONS
There are advantages and disadvantages to every consideration in breast implant surgery, and there is no single best way for the surgery to be performed. Following are many of these considerations, and their trade-offs.
Should my implants be placed above the muscle or below the muscle? In both cases the implant is behind the mammary glands and the breast tissue. The difference is that sometimes the implant is placed in front of the Pectoralis Major chest muscle, and other times it is placed behind it. Your individual body type, current amount of existing breast tissue, and the look you desire will help you determine which position is best for you, as follows:
If you have very little breast tissue… it is most likely you will want to “go behind the muscle”, for the following reasons: a) When the implant is in front of the muscle, there will not be much breast tissue to cover the implant, so more of the implant roundness, and potentially wrinkling, will be both visible and palpable (you can feel it). Clearly, if 1/2 to 2/3 or more of the implant is covered by muscle, it will be harder for you and others to see, feel and notice that an implant is there.
If you have some breast tissue… (approximately 3 cm or greater) you will have more of a choice between above and below the muscle. At this point new considerations need to be taken into account: a) If you exercise, the implant that is placed behind the muscle is more likely to displace, or move, when doing exercises that use the chest muscles. There is a slightly greater chance of capsular contracture, or implant hardening, when the implant is placed in front of the muscle.
If you have some breast tissue and a “saggy” or “droopy” breast… You will almost certainly want to go above the muscle for the following, very logical reason: Even though the breast (tissue and glands) itself has fallen, or drooped, down toward the abdomen, the chest muscles are still in the same place they have always been. So, if you were to put an implant behind the chest muscle, you would have the previous breast still in the same position it was before surgery (drooping low), but now you would have a breast implant protruding out from the chest wall a couple of inches above the rest of the breast.
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This is a technique developed by Dr. Jeffrey Klein in Coronado, California that has revolutionized laser liposuction. Since the mid 80′s when it was first introduced, it has literally created a quantum leap in the safety and efficacy of liposuction. When tumescent liposuction is combined with low level laser energy, the results are 21st Century cosmetic surgery. Enhanced healing, smoother skin, less bruising all benefit the patient.
Low frequency liposuction:
Dr. Dedo introduced the concept of low frequency liposuction in 2000. This technique cuts the operating time in half, enhances the removal of fat and reduces the trauma associated with classic liposuction procedures.
What to expect after laser-activated liposuction surgery?
Following laser liposuction surgery, you will be fitted with a magnetic compression garment. Dr. Dedo has shown in a highly sophisticated study that magnetic fields reduce pain. They do not affect wound healing or inflammation but they do reduce pain. Next to the skin are placed absorbent pads to take care of the liquid that naturally drains out in the first 24 hours. Following this, you will wear this magnetic compression garment 24 hours a day for the first week. After that, either this garment or a substitute compression garment is worn for the following 3-4 weeks while you are up. It is not necessary at night when you sleep.
What about pain?
Patient simply requires Tylenol.
Laser vibra rolling: What is it?
It has been shown that endermology, which is a technique of rolling the skin under vacuum, improves the postoperative liposuction result by creating a smoother surface. A combination of a roller attached to a vibrating device pulsates, massages and rolls out the areas treated with liposuction. By exposing the treated areas to the low level laser energy, the postoperative result is markedly enhanced. Everyday postoperatively, the patient is brought back. The areas that have undergone liposuction are treated with a laser and vibra roller to enhance and smooth the result. It is analogous to leveling concrete once it has been poured. Dr. Dedo again is the alpha center for its use and strongly believes in the efficacy of this procedure.