You were called “flatsy” as a teenager. Or your once beautiful breasts have begun to sag and wither due to aging or pregnancy. Or you would just like to have the most womanly and lovely figure possible.
Whatever the reason, you are considering breast augmentation — otherwise known as breast enlargement surgery — with breast implants made of silicone or saline. It’s not a simple decision: breast augmentation is a complicated surgery with all of the risks that any surgical operation has.
Dr. Julio Garcia, one of the top plastic surgeons in Las Vegas, understands that making the decision to augment your breasts is not something to take lightly. But many of the reasons that inhibit women from moving forward with their desire to have the breasts of their dreams are nothing more than myths.
Here he shares some of the concerns that women have about breast augmentation surgery, providing the facts they need to make considered and well informed decisions about how to enhance their femininity:
- All Deflated or Droopy Breasts Need Implants
Dr. Garcia is an expert plastic surgeon who also has a degree in Art History. This unique combination allows him to approach each patient as a work of art. While women whose breasts have been sagging may believe they need implants to restore volume, Dr. Garcia knows that an expertly performed breast lift, or mastopexy, may be sufficient to rejuvenate their breasts and restore them to a higher position and more beautiful projection.
In fact, he is so confident in the positive outcome of his breast lifts, that he will not perform a breast lift and an augmentation simultaneously. Instead, he asks each of his patients to wait at least six months after her breast lift before moving on to an augmentation. Most women who work with Dr. Garcia are so thrilled with their newly perky breasts that they opt not to augment them with implants.
2. Breast Implants Look and Feel Unnatural
Las Vegas breast implants now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and types to make your new breasts look and feel more natural than ever. You can choose from:
Silicone implants filled with a soft silicone gel that has a similar texture to natural breast tissue. Silicone breast implants are generally placed above the breast muscle, for a softer sensation.
Saline implants, whichcan be inserted in a deflated state and then filled with salt water to more precisely control their size. Saline implants are often placed behind the breast muscle. During your consultation, Dr. Garcia will explain in detail the difference between the two types of implants and which might be best for you.
Teardrop shaped implants. Theselook most natural, as they more precisely mimic the breast’s natural contours. Their textured surface keeps them from rotating but also may make them easier to feel in women who have thinner skin.
Round implants make the breasts look very full and youthful. They are the most commonly chosen breast implant shape. Round implants can be adjusted for position and projection.
Size. Dr. Garcia’s eye for proportion will help you choose the breast implant size that will most naturally flatter your figure. While the ultimate decision is up to you, Dr. Garcia will make his recommendations based on precise measurements of your figure and his understanding of proportion and anatomical harmony.
3. You Can’t Breastfeed With Breast Implants
Most breast implants will not interfere with breastfeeding. During your breast augmentation, Dr. Garcia will take care to place the implant so that it will not impede breast function, including lactation.
4. Saline Implants Easily Rupture or Leak
Breast implants undergo rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand the pressures of an active life. In the rare instances when an implant leaks, it can be replaced or removed with revision surgery.
5. Silicone Breast Implants Are Dangerous
The FDA approved improved silicone breast implants in 2006. They have since been used by oncologists to safely reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy and cancer treatment.
6. You Can’t Have Mammograms With Breast Implants
To accommodate patients with breast implants, radiologists have developed a technique called displacement, which replaces the traditional compression method of viewing breasts. Displacement may actually result in greater accuracy of results than compression.
7. Breast Implants Cause Breast Cancer
Despite numerous studies, breasts implants have never been linked to a higher risk for breast cancer.
A recent study suggests that some women with breast implants may be at increased risk for a rare, benign nonmetastasizing form of lymphoma called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) that affects 1 in 500,000 women in the United States annually. However, Phillip C. Haeck, MD, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said, ”You have a greater chance of being hit by lightning than you do of developing this disease.” ALCL appears to develop more frequently in women with textured implants. Dr. Garcia will be happy to talk to you about this issue during your consultation.
8. Breasts Implants Need to be Replaced Often
How often implants need to be replaced will vary by the patient and by the expertise of the surgeon. Some women will need a replacement after a few years, but many women never need to replace their implants at all. The most common reason for breast implant replacement is, in fact, the desire to move to a smaller or larger sized implant.
9. You Have to Be Young to Have Breast Implants
Healthy women of almost any age can benefit from a breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants. Dr. Garcia will work with you to find an implant type, size, shape and position that flatters your current physique.
10. Everyone Will Know I Have Implants
While friends who’ve known you for awhile may notice a positive change in your figure, they may attribute it to diet or exercise. Well placed and expertly chosen breast implants will both look and feel natural — as if they were a part of your body.
The scars are hidden either under the armpit, in the crease below the breast, or on the areola. When healed, the scars tend to be nearly invisible. If their appearance still bothers you, they can be improved by a variety of techniques, including microneedling and chemical peels.
Prepare Now for Surgery Tomorrow
Breast augmentation is major surgery that must be prepared for both physically and psychologically. Ceasing smoking, avoiding blood-thinning herbs and drugs, and arranging for care and help for the two-week plus recovery period are all essential to the successful outcome of your breast augmentation. Dr. Garcia and his staff will be happy to help you learn everything you need to know about how to prepare yourself for your operation and recovery so that you can enjoy a beautifully enhanced, natural looking, more womanly figure for years or decades to come.