Are you interested in enhancing your breasts? Breast augmentation surgery is an increasingly common procedure, particularly in the Los Angeles area.
Breasts can begin to sag for a number of reasons including genetics, age, and pregnancy. A woman’s body shape and contour are very important for her appearance and self-esteem, and breast implants can help patients achieve or regain their ideal figure. Dr. George Sanders is a renowned breast augmentation surgeon in Encino, CA, who can help enhance a woman’s bust line. He offers various shapes and sizes of breast implants to help meet the individual needs of each patient. Read on to learn more about breast implants with Dr. Sanders or visit our photo gallery to view breast augmentation before and after pictures.
Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants
For the woman who feels her breast size is too small or not properly contoured, cosmetic breast enhancement may be the answer. With years of experience, Dr. Sanders is well known for his excellence in aesthetic breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction. For his breast augmentation patients, he is able to increase size, fullness and elevation while artistically shaping the breast into a natural, pleasing contour. Both saline and silicone implants are available to his patients, and since Dr. Sanders uses the “dual plane” surgery technique, there is usually minimal discomfort after surgery and a reduced recovery time afterwards.
Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation
A woman is considered a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery if she:
- Is physically healthy
- Has breasts that are stable in size
- Is unhappy with the size or shape of her breasts
- Has asymmetrical breasts (one breast larger than the other)
- Has saggy or droopy breasts due to pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Is at least 18 years of age (for saline implants)
- Is at least 22 years of age (for silicone implants)
Types of Breast Implants
Both silicone and saline implants are available in various sizes and shapes, according to the patient’s personal preference. Both types of implants require minimal incisions, with the silicone implant requiring a slightly longer incision than the saline implant. Both silicone and saline implants can be placed through inframammary (breast fold) or periareolar (along the lower areolar border) incision areas. The incision scars are barely noticeable and easily concealed either just under the areola or by the breast fold. The transaxillary (underarm) approach does not allow for as precise a placement of the implant as do the inframammary or periareolar approaches. For this reason, Dr. Sanders does not favor the transaxillary incision.
Saline and silicone implants each come with two types of outer shells: smooth or textured. Smooth implants, which are round in shape, are the most popular choice of breast implants. Smooth implants are covered in smooth, thin plastic that gives the breast a soft feeling and produces less wrinkling than do the textured implants. And since smooth implants don’t adhere to the surrounding breast tissue, they move within the breast implant pocket, giving them more natural overall movement than textured implants. There is also a lower chance of rippling when using smooth implants as opposed to textured, and recovery time for smooth implants is less than for textured shaped implants.
Textured implants have a slightly rough surface designed to cause the implant to adhere to the tissue around it, maintaining their position. Tear drop implants are filled with a thicker gel that causes the implant to be “form stable” (meaning that it doesn’t change shape). These implants are used primarily in reconstructive cases or where there is significant tightness in the lower part of the breast. The textured surface prevents rotation of the implant, which is important because of their “tear drop” shape. The incision is larger when placing textured implants, resulting in a longer scar. For the tear drop implant, recovery time is also longer, and the cost of these implants is greater than for smooth implants.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Sanders uses the “dual plane” placement method, a method that places the implants partially under the muscle (with the top of the implant under the pectoral muscle and the bottom of the implant in front of the pectoral muscle). This implant placement method provides a more natural slope to the upper part of the breast.
The dual plane method also results in less discomfort than placing the implant completely behind the muscle. Placing the implants behind the muscle as opposed to in front of the muscle also results in a lower risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant, causing breast to harden) and traction rippling (folds or wrinkles in the implant that are visible through the skin) after surgery.
Recovering from Surgery
After breast augmentation surgery, patients can typically return to normal activities almost immediately. Cardiovascular exercise may be resumed 2 weeks after surgery and strength training/stretches/yoga restarted 4 weeks after surgery. Drainage tubes are rarely used during recovery, minimizing discomfort in the recovery process. And since the breast implants will naturally settle over time, there is no need to push them down with a strap across the upper chest after surgery.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost?
The cost of breast augmentation varies, based on the patient’s choice of implants and certain other individual factors, such as their build. Dr. Sanders offers financing options that create an affordable monthly payment method with low to zero interest. For more information on these financing options, contact the office of Dr. Sanders at (818) 981-3333.
Breast Implants FAQ
Are breast implants safe?
Breast implants have been subjected to extensive safety testing and have been widely used for decades. Modern implant technology has led to strong, durable shells that last for many years. While there is a small risk of implant complications, Dr. Sanders is very confident in the safety of the implants he uses.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants do not need to be replaced unless there is a problem with the implants, such as a leak or scar tissue contracture, or the patient wants to change her breast size. After 25 years there is an approximate 50-50 chance that one of the implants is leaking.
Visit our blog to learn more about when breast implants need to be replaced.
How do I know if my implant ruptures?
If a saline implant ruptures, the breast looks smaller and flatter almost immediately. It is more difficult to detect a silicone implant rupture because the gel tends to remain in the breast implant pocket. MRI’s are recommended every ten years to check the integrity of silicone implants.
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Where are breast implants placed during surgery?
Breast implants are placed in a pocket either above or below the chest (pectoralis major) muscle. The placement depends on factors such as the amount of native breast tissue, the implant used and the patient’s lifestyle.
How do I know if I need a breast lift in addition to breast implants?
Whether you need a breast lift depends on how much your breasts sag and where your nipple sits on the breast. If your nipple falls below the crease of your breast, it is likely you would benefit from breast lift in combination with your implants. Dr. Sanders can give you more information at your consultation.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Sanders has spent decades helping women achieve beautiful, natural-looking breasts that fit their individual aesthetic goals. If you would like to talk to Dr. Sanders about your breast implant options and about finding the right fit for you, contact his office at (818) 981-3333 to schedule a consultation.