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Easing Your Mind on Breast Reconstruction

If you’re facing a mastectomy, you may be as worried about what you will look like after the surgery as you are about having the surgery in the first place. Many women take great pride in their breasts, and losing them can cause women to feel like they have actually lost their identity. Scarring from the mastectomy can also cause a lot of concern. Breast reconstruction is available and the best solution for nearly all women after undergoing preventive breast cancer surgery.

You don not have to worry about feeling self-conscious about mastectomy scars or less of a woman after the surgery. Breast implants can allow you to regain your confidence without having to worry about the awkwardness of padding your bra.

Breast implants can be inserted with either silicone or saline to take the place of lost breast tissue. Your plastic surgeon can start the breast restoration process during the mastectomy or you can allow yourself to heal and acquire reconstruction later. Your breasts will be reshaped to be as similar as possible to how your breasts looked before you had them removed. Our doctor will be able to conceal the scars that result from a mastectomy during the reconstruction, so you can relax knowing that not only are you free from cancer, but you still are a beautiful woman.

If you are a breast cancer survivor and want to learn about your breast reconstruction options in New York, contact our cosmetic surgeon’s office online or call us to schedule a consultation directly at (212) 535-2300.


Are There Different Appearances After Breast Augmentation Caused by Implant Placement?

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Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. While it produces immediate and dramatic alterations in breast size and shape, it is a procedure that does not immediately present complications until after breast implants have been in place. One of the choices patients are faced with is whether their breast implants should be placed over or under the breast muscle. Surely they would love to learn more beforehand, which is why your consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon New York, is important. To help you in your quest we will share some of the details about the way breast implants will conform to your body depending on how they are placed.

Breast Implants New York

After you have made the decision to undergo breast augmentation the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation to review your options. Breast implants are designed to enhance the shape, size, and volume for a female patient’s feminine physique. Every patient’s goal is different, but your body image is important to us. Additionally, it is important to review your options for the type of breast implant to be used for surgery, as well as the location of the surgical incisions. Equally important is reviewing your options for breast implant placement.

Differences in Breast Implant Placement

Breast implants placed over or under the pectoralis muscle depends on a number of factors that varies from patient to patient. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, vocation will determine how their body will conform to breast implants. There are only two options and both serve important purposes. In women with very little breast tissue they may benefit from having breast implants placed under the muscle (Submuscular) so the implants will look as natural as possible.

In the other respect of breast implants placement, the chest muscle will not be affected if the breast implants are placed over the chesty muscles (Subglandular). When breast implants are placed under the muscle, when flexed, the muscles may press down on the breast implants and change its shape by flattening or moving slightly upward. So patients with larger pectoral muscles will benefit from having the implants placed on top rather than underneath, which may not appear as natural as patients would like, but this would be the most comfortable option.

The amount of natural breast tissue is an important factor when deciding on breast implant placement. A patient with more breast tissue will be able to have breast implants that will more likely to assimilate naturally with the look and feel of the breasts. Still if there is not enough breast tissue then the only option may be to go on top of the pectoralis muscle to be able to fit into clothing better.

In regards to preference, your cosmetic surgeon must be experienced in both options, because every person’s body is different. Overall, patient satisfaction is one of the commonly expressed factors that make breast augmentation the most popular cosmetic surgery. As per a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 98 percent of women reported their results exceeded or met their expectations, 85 percent felt that the new breast size was perfect and 92 percent reported an improvement in self-esteem after breast augmentation.

Learn More about Your Options for Breast Implants New York

The bottom line is that placement of breast implants will vary. Patients with more breast tissue who use silicone breast implants may have the option to go on top of the muscle to achieve the most natural results. If your cosmetic surgeon agrees that the breast implants under the muscle can be supported naturally then that may also appear and feel natural in the end. Contact our breast augmentation specialist at our New York office by calling (212) 535-2300.


More Women Opt for Breast Augmentation Following Mastectomy

Breast Augmentation New YorkBreast cancer is one of the most extraneous battles any woman can endure. To be able to live to tell about your experience is an accomplishment in itself. It robs women of their health, security, feminine physique and more drastically their life. Women are left with the ultimate self-conscious decision by undergoing a mastectomy in order to avoid precancerous cells from spreading. Women who have lost one or both breasts to deter the dangers of the disease have the option for breast reconstruction with the best breast augmentation surgeon New York patients can depend on.

A single or double mastectomy is one of the most unfortunate consequences of breast cancer patients worldwide. Several reconstruction options are available to them from a breast augmentation New York plastic surgeon that has experience in reconstructing the female physique.

Breast augmentation for women who wish to reconstruct their figure can opt for breast implants with cohesive gel, silicone or saline and can acquire them simultaneously after breast tissue is withdrawn. Researchers found operative and implant details with long-term outcomes that do not increase the risks compared to non-mastectomy patients. The most common complications, according to the study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, only 5.7 percent of 615 patients experience poor scarring. Additionally, a report by the Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed that more women opt for reconstruction with breast implants over autologous reconstruction.

Breast Augmentation New York Following Mastectomy

Whether you are contemplating breast augmentation for improving your natural physique or following a double mastectomy, you should first schedule a consultation with the best breast augmentation surgeon New York patients trust most. If you are worried about the final results of your body after beating cancer, then it is time to reclaim your confidence. Contact our breast augmentation surgeon’s office at (212) 535-2300.


Choosing the Best Breast Implants for Your Surgery


There is always that most important decision you need to make right before you schedule your breast augmentation – saline or silicone breast implants? While most New York patients know by now there are two types of breast implants used across the United States.

Saline breast implants are comprised of a sterile saltwater solution similar to the water weight in our bodies. Silicone breast implants are prefilled with silicone gel. Both options offer the same aesthetic enlargement from breast surgery, but there are a number of differences that women consider before going through breast augmentation.

Although it is difficult to tell when looking at other patients’ breast implants there are differences between silicone and saline. First let’s take a look at silicone implants. The most popular advantage is the feel of silicone implants over saline. Semi-solid gel or cohesive gel are the most popular solutions used for silicone implants and greatly eliminate the risks of leakage and capsular contracture.

Saline breast implants also promote several advantages. Saline implants, as mentioned before are made of a silicone shell but filled with sterile saltwater. Silicone implants usually demand a larger incision for placement, whereas saline implants are inserted through the breast cavity empty and then filled. This means that the implants are adjustable during the procedure to allow the surgeon to achieve near-perfect symmetry. However, saline implants are more prone to cause ripples and folds under the skin making the breasts unnatural in appearance at times.

Even though both types of implants are not guaranteed to prevent rupture or deflation, neither implants cause serious or long-term health issues. Though most American women turn to the likes of silicone implants, saline is still a choice for women who are less likely to take severe impact in the chest areas.

America’s Breast Implant Preference

Breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in America with both types of implants utilized. However, more women lean towards silicone breast implants. As per the statistics report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, silicone breast implants were used in 72 percent of breast augmentations performed in 2013. While saline implants were used in only 28 percent of procedures. Since women are inclined to decide on what they see and feel when it comes to implants you may be able to choose which implant works well for your body.

Which Style of Breast Implants Will You Choose?

Every patient is allowed to express her opinion about the look and feel of breast implants during consultation. Your aesthetic goals and expectations are important to us, so we will do our best to help you make the best choice for your procedure, whether it is saline or silicone implants. Schedule your consultation to discuss your breast implant options.


Breast Implants for that Summer Body Boost

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Breast augmentation to women often means they want to see an increase in fullness and size in their natural breasts. Oddly enough women are turning towards a simpler look that is not as obviously larger as women used to achieve in the past. Should women be concerned with the look of their breasts if an implant rotates or turns by itself? Today we will discuss this issue and creating a naturally pleasing appearance to improve your confidence before summer.

In the past, breast augmentation surgeons used round breast implants and if they just so happened to rotate in the implant pocket then there was nothing to worry about. They were symmetrically round and did not matter if the implant turned inside the breast cavity, but after smooth tear drop implants made their presence known they made it difficult for breast tissue to grasp the implant. This type of implant occasionally rotated upside down and made it very aesthetically difficult for women to deal with.

Fortunately, modern era silicone breast implants feel natural and filled in a textured shell that allows the body to grab hold on to prevent rotation or moving in breast tissue. The implants are designed to retain the thinner portion at the top of the breast and the thickness in bottom of the breast will remain at the bottom without risk of turning.

Preventing Rotation

All silicone breast implants are designed as very durable devices and withstand most movements as long as the patient wears a supportive bra during active situations during the day. One of the oddest occurrences in rotation came about with the use of gummy bear breast implants. Although gummy bear implants eliminate the risk of gel leaks, using this version of implant could lead to unwanted rotation in the patient’s breast pocket and result in visible deformity. Preventing rotation of anatomical implants is possible, as long as the textured surface of the implant shell is used during breast augmentation.

Summer Confidence Restoration

Presently, women feel more inclined to go under the knife to improve their appearance because they simply want to feel better about their overall appearance in a survey published in More! Magazine approximately 72 percent of young women in their twenties said they want to have plastic surgery done, including 35 percent of women indicated 35 percent wanted to improve their self-confidence. This confidence boost can be achieved respectfully after breast augmentation. According to a report from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, 98 percent of women were satisfied with their breast augmentation results and 92 percent of women reporting an improvement in self-esteem and self confidence.

Ladies in search of a little extra bounce in their step can achieve their aesthetic goals by undergoing a breast augmentation by New York plastic surgeon Dr. Sherman at the New York Plastic Surgery Center. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Achieve Your Ideal Figure with Breast Augmentation Just in Time for Wedding Season


This is the time of year where birds are singing, flowers are blooming and brides are saying “I do,” but before the big day everyone is interested in looking their best. Brides-to-be, mothers of the bride and even female wedding guests all go through self-conscious feelings when getting fitted for their lovely dresses and one of the most demanding issues women struggle with is the look of their bust line. For brides, feeling insecure about the way you look on your big day should be the least of your worries. Instead of feeling empty in your upper body, find out how breast augmentation can bring out the best in your figure.

Breast augmentation in New York is one of the most performed procedures during spring to help wedding parties add the finishing touches to their look. Brides are no different than other patients turning to breast augmentation, they want to feel and look proportional in their wedding gown. Even mothers feel comfortable in their own skin after restoring youthful confidence with breast implants. To help you feel your best, we suggest that every patient plan their breast augmentation ahead of time, preferably six to eight weeks before the date to allow a full recovery.

Not only will the bride be able to achieve a fuller and feminine figure, but breast augmentation patients will find relief from self-consciousness. According to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost all patients are satisfied with their results and 92 percent report improved self-esteem. Improved body confidence, more clothing options, improved symmetry and a fuller upper body are some of the many benefits to look forward to after breast augmentation.

The beauty behind your look on your big day does not take much work when it comes to breast augmentation in New York. Schedule your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Sherman, New York breast surgeon, and plan your ideal look just in time for your wedding day.

Breast Implants Most Preferred for Breast Reconstruction


Breast reconstruction is an important part of recovery following mastectomy in breast cancer patients. It is very normal for a woman to feel the need to cater to the appearance of their body in order to maintain their feminine physique. A recent study shows that breast reconstruction after mastectomy significantly increased among U.S. breast cancer patients and the majority of women chose implant-based reconstruction.

Breast cancer patients have three forms of breast reconstruction that make the breasts appear natural after a mastectomy – implants, autologous tissue or autologous tissue with implants. Breast implants provide volume, shape and size to appear larger or the same size as the breasts were prior to mastectomy. Breast implants consist of silicone gel or saline. Most women turn to silicone implants since they look and feel more natural like breast tissue.

Although a third of eligible women did not undergo breast reconstruction between 1998 and 2007, reconstruction showed a dramatic 20 percent increase during this 10-year period. Research showed that women who underwent bilateral mastectomy, removal of both breasts, were twice as likely to have breast reconstruction.

The study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, identified 20,560 women who underwent mastectomy and 56 percent of the patients received breast reconstruction. The increase of breast implant reconstruction was reflected in the research, showing that tissue-based reconstruction decreased from 56 percent in 1998 to 25 percent in 2007.

Overall the rate of reconstruction may have been thanks to the law, Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. This law says that health insurers who offer mastectomy coverage must also provide coverage of all types of breast reconstruction. More women may be opting for reconstructive surgery now because of the law, but also because women have more options and access to information about surgical reconstruction after mastectomy.

This study highlights that women are now feeling empowered to take action in their battle with breast cancer. Every reconstructive option is tailored to satisfy a woman’s need to feel and look comfortable in clothes and without them.

The advantages of using breast implants after mastectomy are numerous. Women can ensure that their bodies remain normal in appearance and feel natural after breast reconstruction. A skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Sherman can help you understand what breast implants can do for you after mastectomy. Schedule your appointment today and learn about using breast implants for breast reconstruction.

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New York plastic surgeon John E. Sherman, MD, FACS offers breast augmentation, breast reduction, facelift, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), ear surgery (otoplasty), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and a wide range of other plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Sherman treats patients in the New York area. Patients from other areas of the U.S. and throughout the world travel to New York for plastic surgery with Dr. Sherman. Photos of actual plastic surgery patients are available in the plastic surgery before and after photo gallery. Dr. Sherman is a top NY Breast Augmentation doctor on RealSelf.