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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women, but very few are prepared for the effect pregnancy has on their bodies postpartum. Many new moms assume that they will automatically return to their pre baby shape immediately after giving birth. On the contrary, pregnancy can have an immense impact on several areas of a woman’s body.

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Do Breast Implants Ever Need To Be Replaced?

Breast implant removalIf you are considering breast augmentation or recently had the operation to enhance your breasts, you might wonder about the longevity of your breast implants. Will you, at some point, need to replace them with a new pair? The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery addresses that common question here.

Implants Are Long-Lasting Medical Devices

Breast implants are designed to be stable and long-lasting. They do not come with an expiration date, and the implants that we use at our practice have very low rates of failure.

The only reasons why you would need to replace your implants are:

1)     The implant ruptures, leaks or develops a complication

2)     You want to change their size

Let’s break those reasons down in more detail.

Rare Possibility of Complication

Although it is very rare for an implant to fail, as with any man-made device, it is possible. Potential complications include rupture, leak, “bottoming out” and capsular contracture.

It is very obvious when a saline implant ruptures or leaks; the saline filling is quickly absorbed by the body and the deflated side looks noticeably different. It is more difficult to detect a leak or rupture in silicone implants, due to the thick, viscous nature of the filling. This is why women with silicone implants are encouraged to have MRIs on a regular basis to check the integrity of the implants. Capsular contracture is another breast implant complication which occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and squeezes it (causing the breasts to harden and contort).

We want to emphasize that these complications are very rare. However, when they occur, implants must be replaced. In this scenario, you could opt for the same type and size of implant or select a new option.

Desire to Change Implant Size

The second scenario involves a change in personal preference. Perhaps you regret not initially selecting larger implants for more noticeable results. Perhaps you have found, over time, that large implants are not conducive to your active lifestyle or your tastes. It might be difficult to run marathons or participate in CrossFit classes with oversized breasts. You might feel that your breast size is age-inappropriate as you get older. It is your call — whatever your reasons, our breast augmentation surgeons can help you select a more appropriately sized pair of implants.

Learn More about Breast Implants

If you have additional questions or curiosities about the longevity of breast implants, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Call us anytime at (954) 565-7575.

Why women have breast surgery?

Why women want breast surgeryPop culture often marginalizes breast surgery by showing superficial, vanity-obsessed women with big breasts getting even bigger implants. The reality is that the reasons why women pursue breast surgery procedures are as unique as the women themselves. Here, Florida Center explores some of the common reasons why women undergo breast surgery.

To Change the Size of the Breasts

Let’s start with one of the most common reasons: Many women pursue breast surgery to modify the size of their breasts. Women with naturally small breasts have implants placed to boost breast size, and women with oversized breasts have them reduced.

This is not done purely for cosmetic reasons. While the aesthetic benefits are most obvious, there are other benefits to altering breast size, especially in breast reduction cases. Reducing heavy, oversized breasts can alleviate chronic back, shoulder and neck pain. Augmenting breast size with implants can end the life-long struggle to find well-fitting clothes. Psychologically, a change in breast size can improve self-confidence.

To Address Pregnancy and Nursing-Related Changes

A lot of Florida Center’s breast surgery patients are mothers that have noticed changes in their breasts after pregnancy and nursing. Quite commonly they have pronounced sagging and loss of fullness. Many of these women loved the way their breasts looked before they had a baby, and wish to restore their pre-baby breasts. Depending on their specific needs, they may opt for breast augmentation and/or breast lift.

To Correct a Deformity

One of the best examples is tuberous breast deformity (TBD), a congenital abnormality in which the breasts do not develop normally. Tuberous breasts usually look pointy and narrow and may have significant asymmetry. Women with TBD are often unaware that they have the condition; they simply believe their breasts look abnormal. TBD treatment can involve both breast augmentation and breast lift techniques to achieve the desired results.

Another example of seeking breast surgery for a deformity is women that are born with/develop inverted nipples. Treatment of inverted nipples depends on the degree of inversion, but usually involves a straightforward (and sometimes in-office) procedure.

What Are Your Reasons?

Does the size, shape or position of your breasts make you self-conscious? To discuss your concerns with our board certified plastic surgeons, please contact our practice today at (954) 565-7575 and schedule a consultation.

How to choose a plastic surgeon?

Breast implant surgery

If you’re interested in Breast Augmentation Surgery, then it’s likely that you’ve already extensively researched the procedure. The next step is to choose a plastic surgeon who will deliver on your expectations for breast augmentation results. We offer tips on how to find a plastic surgeon that will give you the desired outcome and what questions are worth asking before making your final decision.

How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon: Are they Board-Certified

Before choosing your cosmetic surgeon, make sure your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Surgeons certified by ABPS have earned a degree from an accredited medical school, completed specialized plastic surgery training, and passed written and oral examinations. Plastic surgeons are also required to continue their medical education throughout their careers, keeping their board certification and qualifications  up-to-date to perform plastic surgery.

Choose a Plastic Surgeon with Experience.

You don’t want to get on the operating table and find out later that you weren’t in good hands. Make sure your plastic surgeon has a solid background with plenty of experience performing breast augmentation procedures so they can do what’s best for your body!

Choose a plastic surgeon who regularly performs breast augmentations and specializes in the procedure. Collectively, the plastic surgeons at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery have performed more than 30,000 plastic surgery procedures, including the popular breast augmentation procedure, for over nine years.

Procedure Safety When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon.

All cosmetic plastic surgery procedures  just as any other general surgery procedures should be performed at an accredited facility. This ensures the facility has met strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. Make sure to go over your medical history with your primary care physician as well as your cosmetic surgeon before undergoing the surgery to make sure everything goes smoothly. Do not withhold any important information about your health simply to get your cosmetic surgery. It is a process that requires preparation and careful evaluation. South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery puts patient safety first by performing all cosmetic procedures in a fully accredited surgical facility of operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment. All patients go through a review process to make sure they are qualified candidates for their desired procedure.

Choose a Plastic Surgeon with Patient Satisfaction.

The most satisfied patients are those who do their research beforehand and know what results to expect. Before choosing a breast surgeon, be sure to ask any potential surgeon all of your questions about the procedure and your desired results. A qualified surgeon will meet with you one-on-one before the procedure to go over your aesthetic goals and what can and cannot be achieved through breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation, ask to see before and after pictures of the breast surgeon’s past work, so you have an idea of what kind of results to expect.

Follow-Up Care Experience From the Plastic Surgeon You Choose.

A qualified breast augmentation surgeon should be personally involved with your recovery. The highly trained breast surgeons at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery provide instructions to help you with recovery and will meet with you several times after the surgery to check up on your recovery process.

For over nine years, SOUTH FLORIDA CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY has been the preferred choice for breast augmentation. Thousands of patients have trusted our surgeons to help them achieve perkier, fuller breasts and the Center is committed to delivering beautiful results every time. If you’re interested in learning more about our breast augmentation, other cosmetic surgery procedures, or skin care services  or if you would like to meet with a plastic surgeon one-on-one, please call (954) 565-7575.

History of Breast Implants

Do you ever wonder how the concept of breast implant surgery first originated? If so, you have come to the right place. South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery explores a brief yet interesting history of breast implants.

Early Attempts at Surgical Breast Augmentation

The first attempt to enhance a woman’s breast occurred in the 19th century, when a German physician by the name of Vincenz Czerny transferred a lipoma (a benign fatty tumor) to a patient’s breast after removing a potentially dangerous tumor from it. He did so in order to avoid breast asymmetry after the initial surgical treatment.

Later attempts at breast enlargement occurred in the 1940s, when Japanese prostitutes implanted a variety of foreign substances into their breasts, speculating that American servicemen preferred women with large breasts. These substances included paraffin wax, sponges, glass balls and non-medical grade silicone. Unsurprisingly, using these foreign substances to augment the breasts caused severe complications, including tissue necrosis and even blindness due to cerebral embolism.

Contemporary Breast Augmentation

Surgical breast enhancement as we have come to know it began in the early 1960s, when Drs. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin invented silicone breast implants. In 1962, Timmie Jean Lindsey earned the honor of becoming the first patient to receive modern silicone implants.

In the 1990s, the safety of silicone implants came into question, as individuals asserted that silicone gel that had leaked out of the implants was causing autoimmune diseases. After much back and forth on the matter, the FDA implemented a moratorium, or temporary ban, on the use of silicone breast implants in initial cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. Silicone implants remained available for use in breast reconstruction following lumpectomy or mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer as well as for patients who needed to replace silicone implants that were placed before the moratorium. During this period, saline breast implants were patients’ only option for initial cosmetic breast enhancement surgery.

However, in 2006, the FDA lifted the ban on silicone implants, stating that the data did not demonstrate that silicone implants caused autoimmune diseases. Today, silicone implants are available for use for patients who are at least 22 years old, in all breast enhancement procedures. They remain a popular choice among patients, thanks to their natural look and feel.

Learn More About Breast Implant Surgery

Thankfully, breast augmentation surgery as we have come to know it is a safe procedure with several treatment options.

To schedule a consultation with one of our friendly, experienced plastic surgeons to learn more about your breast augmentation treatment options, contact the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575.

 

Upgrade Breast

Choosing a type of breast implant, whether you are planning to undergo breast augmentation surgery for the first time or are thinking about replacing your current implants, is a personal decision. However, here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering whether to upgrade to silicone breast implants, which will help you make your ultimate decision.

Could Silicone Implants Fit My Body Type?

Breast augmentation patients must have a sufficient amount of skin, fat and breast tissue to cover and support breast implants properly. In addition, saline implants are more prone to rippling or folding within the implant pocket. In patients with thin skin and little body fat, saline implants are more likely to cause visible rippling underneath the skin’s surface. That is why patients with this body type often benefit from choosing silicone implants instead of saline implants.

Will I Have to Undergo Breast Imaging Exams?

The body can naturally absorb the saline, or sterile saltwater, filling material inside saline breast implants. This means that in case of an implant rupture, your body would safely absorb and pass the filling material. Also, in case of implant rupture, you would notice that there is a problem with the damaged implant because your breast would look flat on the affected side.

In contrast, the body cannot absorb the silicone gel filling material inside silicone implants in case of a leak, or rupture. Instead, the silicone filling material stays intact either within or close to the implant pocket. When this happens, it can lead to a condition called “silent rupture,” in which the patient does not realize there is a problem with the breast implant.

For this reason, the FDA recommends that patients with silicone breast implants undergo breast imaging exams (e.g., mammogram, MRI) every three years, starting the third year after the initial enhancement surgery. If you are okay with the idea of having a breast imaging exam every three years, silicone implants might be the appropriate choice for you.

Is It Worth the Slight Premium for Implants That More Closely Resemble Natural Breasts?

Silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breasts than saline implants. They are also available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit various body type and frames. However, they also require a slightly larger incision for insertion than their saline counterparts because silicone implants come prefilled from the manufacturer. (Saline implants can be filled by your surgeon after insertion.) For these reasons, silicone breast implants are slightly more expensive than saline implants. However, if you do not mind paying a slight premium for implants that more closely resemble the look and feel of natural breasts, silicone implants might be right for you.

The best way to determine whether to upgrade to silicone implants is to come in for a consultation. Your knowledgeable breast augmentation surgeon can listen to your aesthetic objectives and evaluate your anatomy before suggesting the type of breast implant that is most appropriate for your needs.

To schedule a personal consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (954) 565-7575 now.

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