Implant Options: How to Ensure You Make the Best Choice

Selecting the right breast implants can be a nerve-wracking process. There are a number of variables to consider—such as the type of implant you want, what size you need, and where you want your implants placed—and all of these factor into achieving a pleasing outcome. If you’re not sure how to begin weighing all of your options, we can help; this simple guide to choosing the right breast implants covers all of the basics you’ll need to know before booking a consultation:

Choosing the Right Implant Size

One of the most common misconceptions about choosing breast implants is the idea that you can simply walk into a plastic surgeon’s office and request a cup size (e.g., “Make me a D cup.”) This approach is not advised because cup sizes are not standardized; they vary between different band sizes and even different underwear brands. What you should do is try on a set of “mock implants.”  Ask your plastic surgeon for a set of sample sizes.

Choosing an Implant Type

Today, patients over 22 years of age can choose to have either saline or silicone gel implants. Both options are safe, contrary to some of the early rumors about silicone implants that made their way into the media. Silicone implants are made from a type of medical-grade, durable silicone. Other types of silicone implants, like highly cohesive implants, are increasingly popular because if the implant ever ruptures, the filling sticks together rather than leaking into the body.

The only caveat to be aware of when choosing silicone implants is that implant ruptures can be harder to detect. Unlike saline implants, silicone gel implants do not obviously deflate after rupturing, so you will have to pay close attention to any minor changes in the shape of your implants. If you notice any small dents or lumps around one of your implants, make sure to book an MRI as quickly as possible.

Silicone implants are the preferred choice for most breast augmentation patients because they look and feel more like natural breast tissue. That being said, some people still prefer traditional saline implants because surgeons can adjust the filling during surgery before the pocket has been sewn up. They are also slightly less expensive and leave a much shorter scar. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, both saline and silicone implants can be made to look very natural, so you should choose the implant type that works best with your goals.

Choosing the Right Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed either above the pectoral muscles or below them. When implants are placed under the muscle, the top of the implant is effectively hidden by muscle tissue. Some surgeons believe that placing implants under the muscle allows for more natural results, while others believe that placement can interfere with athletic activity. This creates a very natural “slope” to the breast and prevents the overly round look that’s associated with breast augmentation surgery.

However, not all patients are suitable candidates for under the muscle implant placement. Most notably, patients with very small chests who want to have large implants inserted usually require over the muscle placement. (This is necessary because they do not have enough natural breast tissue to accommodate under the muscle placement.) Fortunately, if you’re not able to have your implants inserted beneath your pectoral muscles, there are other options available. For many patients, over-the-muscle placement can still create natural results, but it’s crucial that they work with a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience with breast augmentation.

If you still have questions about breast augmentation surgery after reviewing the information above, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to explain your options in more depth or help you book a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.

Mommy Makeover Series: Breast Implants – Breast Lift

You’re a mother, and you love being one. You wouldn’t change anything in the world about motherhood – except for one thing: your body.

You had a different body before pregnancy; you felt confident, healthy, and you even turned a head or two. You’ve sacrificed for your children, and that’s okay – but you want to feel proud of your body again. You want to look in that mirror and feel confident. You want to go into that closet and fit into your best clothes. You can get that feeling again with a mommy makeover and with one mommy makeover procedure in particular: the breast lift with implants.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, elevates your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift reshapes the breast to a more youthful form, and it resizes overly large nipples that were stretched by sagging breasts.

Breast Implants (Mammoplasty)

While a breast lift can reshape your breasts, addressing volume loss is another issue. Many women experience volume loss once lactation and breastfeeding are over. Pregnancy has stolen both size and volume from your breasts, and they need help!

To address both issues, the breast lift can be paired with breast implants. A breast lift with implants can:

  • Restore volume loss due to breastfeeding
  • Reposition and elevate sagging breasts
  • Create a perkier shape
  • Resize overly large nipples
  • Enhance the cleavage

Choosing Breast Surgery

The decision to get breast surgery is a big one. It is a major procedure, and it’s not to be taken lightly. Being fully informed is vital to making the right choice, that’s why a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is critical. A qualified surgeon should be able to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Don’t forget to ask your surgeon these questions about the breast lift with implants:

  • Am I a candidate for the breast lift with implants?
  • How frequently do you perform this procedure?
  • What are your qualifications for performing the breast lift with implants?

Contact us today for your free consultation to determine if breast augmentation is right for you. Call us at (540) 371-7730 or contact us online today.

What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation in Your 60s+

As a whole, people are living longer now than they ever have before in the past. As such, if you’re a woman over 60, you’re probably looking forward to a bright, healthy future, and you want a body to match your aspirations! Many women over 60 are turning to cosmetic surgery to reshape and revitalize their bodies, with tummy tucks, breast lifts, and breast implants being among the most popular procedures. If you’re one of the many “baby boomers” who are interested in breast augmentation, here’s what you’ll need to know beforehand:

You can combine breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.

Combining these two complementary procedures is recommended for a number of reasons: One, women tend to lose volume on the upper part of their breasts as they get older, leading to both a reduction in breast size and a “flat” look. Having both a lift and augmentation performed will correct this issue completely by adding volume and repositioning the nipples so that they sit higher up on the chest. Combining surgeries makes sense from a practical point of view as well: It minimizes the patient’s recovery time and keeps costs reasonable.

You’ll need to be in good overall health.

Even if you feel healthy and lead an active lifestyle, you’ll need to have a comprehensive medical exam before surgery.  Ideally you have had a recent or have been receiving regular mammograms, or you may need to have one performed prior to surgery.

If you smoke, you’ll need to stop before surgery.

Older women don’t heal as quickly as younger women, so it’s of paramount importance that you do everything in your power to prime your body for recovery. In addition to getting medical clearance prior to surgery and eating healthily, you’ll need to stop smoking for at least three weeks leading up to your surgery. This is because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen available in the blood and therefore impedes the body’s natural healing processes.

If you have further questions or concerns about having breast augmentation surgery, feel free to get in touch with us. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you plan for a successful, satisfying augmentation procedure. Contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg today to schedule your consultation.

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation in Your 30s

The 30s are a prime time for breast augmentation. You’ve grown up, figured out what you want, and are ready to love your body. If you’re thinking about breast augmentation in your 30s, this guide will help. Contact us to schedule a consultation and to take the next step toward your ideal breasts.

Why Do Women Choose to Have Breast Augmentation in Their 30s?

Why do you want breast implants? There are many reasons to choose breast augmentation in your 30s. Here are some top reasons why our patients choose breast augmentation from age 30-39:

  • Increase breast size or correct asymmetry
  • Restore the breasts after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Finally able to afford cosmetic surgery
  • Boost confidence
  • Look and feel younger again

Whatever your reason for considering breast augmentation, we’re here to help you make your dreams a reality.

Special Considerations for Breast Augmentation Patients in Their 30s

Breast augmentation is safe, simple, and effective for women in their 30s. In fact, more women get breast augmentation in their 30s than in any other age group. If you’re in your 30s and are thinking about breast surgery, pay attention to these special considerations to ensure your best results.

  • You May Need a Lift– Many women in their 30s have undergone pregnancy and likely have some breast sagging. We may be able to correct mild sagging with implants, but more advanced sagging will likely need a breast lift. We can perform both your breast lift and your augmentation with one trip to the operating room.
  • Do You Need a Mammogram?- We don’t require patients to get a mammogram before breast augmentation in their 30s. Come on in and let’s get the process started.
  • Are You Finished Having Children?- You don’t need to wait to finish having children to get breast augmentation. Many women get breast implants before pregnancy and can successfully breastfeed after. Pregnancy can change the breasts, but these changes would occur with or without implants. If needed, we can perform a breast lift when you’ve finished having children to rejuvenate your breasts and correct any sagging. Don’t wait for your dream breasts; learn about breast augmentation today.

If you’re 30 and fabulous and ready for implants, let us know. Contact us today and learn more about breast augmentation at any age.

Spring, the Perfect Time for Breast Implants

Spring is a time for beautiful flowers, light sweaters, and breast implants. If you’ve been wanting to increase your cup size or reshape your breasts, now is the perfect time. When you get implants in the spring, your new body is ready for summer. Can you think of a better way to reveal your stunning new implants than in a bikini lounging at the pool? Come talk to us about breast implants today and have your best summer yet!

A Perfect Summer Body Starts Now

Many of our patients come into our offices to talk about breast implants after their first swimsuit shopping experience of the season. They put on that bikini and realize they would like a little more up top. Many women can benefit from breast enhancement surgery: mothers that have lost volume from childbearing and breastfeeding, pear shaped women that need a little extra up top to balance their figure, women that want a more shapely figure, and women that have lost a lot of weight. How will breast enhancement help you?

By the time bikini season hits, you would have missed an ideal for breast augmentation. New implants take time to settle in and soften. If you want to look great for summer, now’s the time to prepare.

Are Breast Implants Right for Me?

Many women want breast implants, but worry about making a lasting change to their bodies. They wonder what their new implants will look like and wish they could see themselves with new breasts before the surgery. We understand your concerns and want to help you make an informed and educated decision about your breast augmentation. This is one reason why we offer complimentary breast implant consultation appointments.

Each patient considering breast implants has the opportunity to meet with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons where they can discuss the procedure, different types of implants, recovery, and more.

We’ll help you understand the cost of the procedure along with financing options that may be available. We’ll show you why Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is a top choice for breast enhancement in the area.

At this appointment you’ll also have the opportunity to “test drive” your new implants. This breast implant sizing appointment will give you a better understanding of how you’ll look after surgery. What size implants do you want? We can help you decide.

Are you ready to take the next step in your breast implant journey? Give us a call and schedule your free consultation. If you want to be bikini ready come summer, spring is the time to get breast implants.