The modern era of breast augmentation started in 1961 when the first silicone implant was used to improve the appearance of the breast. Since that time, the basic implant has undergone many modifications and improvements. In 1991, because of unsubstantiated claims, the FDA suspended use of silicone implants except for breast reconstruction. However, many studies that were then performed have demonstrated the safety of breast implants. At this time, silicone breast implants are now approved by the FDA.
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Many of our patients who desire breast implants are in their early twenties and thirties. Many of our patients are women who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy, and wish to return to their pre-pregnancy breast size. It is therefore not uncommon to perform breast augmentation surgery on women throughout their forties.
New York’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherman will discuss the goal of your proposed breast augmentation surgery, and go over the entire procedure with you. The following information will help you understand breast implants and the operation itself.
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Types of Breast Implants
The type of breast implant choice is one of the most important decisions that you have to make. Dr. Sherman will discuss the relative advantages of each type of breast implant, silicone or saline. A cohesive gel implant has been developed over the past several years (gummy bear implant).
Breast implants now come in various widths, heights, and projections. These are all individualized to create the desired goal of the patient. In addition, Dr. Sherman was one of the original investigators for the Allergan 410 cohesive gel breast implant. These implants are now approved by the FDA. Learn more about these cohesive gel breast implants.
About the Procedure
The operation may be performed in our fully accredited New York plastic surgery center, or in the hospital as an outpatient. The breast augmentation surgery itself can lasts from 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
You will stay in our recovery area until you feel comfortable to return home. If you are coming from out of town, you should remain in New York overnight, so that Dr. Sherman could see you if the need arises. Suture removal is usually one week after your breast augmentation.
There are several options besides the type of breast implants that you may choose for your breast augmentation surgery. These consist of the placement of the breast implants, relationship to the pectoralis muscle, and the choice of the incision through which the breast implants are placed.
Breast Implants for Pectus Excavatum
Breast implants have been known to help lessen the appearance of pectus excavatum. With this congenital disorder, the chest becomes sunken in, causing a concave depression. Also referred to as “funnel chest,” this condition can often have a negative effect on a person’s self-confidence. With the help of New York’s finest plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherman you will be able to choose the right breast implant for your body.
Furthermore, with this condition, subpectoral placement tends to commonly produce optimal results. Breast Size is also a factor to consider with this condition, as the concavity can cause breasts to appear too close together with overly large implants. However, each patient is different and the consultation will help to best meet individual needs.
If you are unhappy with your appearance due to pectus excavatum, breast implants may be a way to minimize its outward effect on your figure. Dr. Sherman is dedicated to carefully evaluating each situation and providing detailed skill and care to each patient.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Just like with any breast augmentation, patients with pectus excavatum will need to consider implant material, placement, positioning, as well as other factors. Dr. Sherma will discuss all your options and align them with your aesthetic goals.
Incisions for Breast Implants
The choice of incision is made by the patient after consultation with Dr. Sherman. Breast augmentation can be accomplished through either a transaxillary (armpit) incision; inframammary incision (below the breast, above the fold); or a periareolar incision (through the areola, the circle around the nipple). The selection of the breast implants as well as the goal for size, shape and placement each play a role in where the incision is made. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages and varies from person to person. During your consultation, Dr. Sherman will discuss all of these with you.
Submuscular or Subglandular Breast Implants
This describes the position of the implants in relation to the pectoralis muscle. Depending on your anatomy, age, and vocation, there are advantages to each approach. Dr. Sherman will explain each, and help you understand the position that may be ideal for you.
Breast Augmentation Revision:
Because of Dr. Sherman’s experience, he often corrects problems associated with previous augmentation surgeries. This may reflect the aging of the breast in relationship to the implant, or complications of the previous breast implant surgery. Read about Dr. Sherman’s New York patients’ experiences and reviews.
Patients have a choice of either a general anesthesia or intravenous sedation anesthesia. As in all of our operations, the anesthesiologist is a board-certified, and highly skilled, experienced anesthesiologist. If the breast implants are placed below the muscle, the operation is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Recovering from Breast Mammoplasty Surgery
After your breast augmentation procedure it takes approximately three to four days to feel comfortable. You should refrain from exercise for roughly three weeks after surgery while you recover.
Breast augmentation surgery has several potential postoperative complications. These include capsular contracture, deflation of the implant, and wrinkling of the breast implant. Dr. Sherman will discuss the incidence of each of these and relate it to your individual surgery.
In addition, some patients experience a temporary numbness of the nipple for several weeks after surgery. This may last longer or may be permanent in a very small group of patients.
Breast Augmentation Cost and Insurance Information
The cost of breast augmentation surgery is rarely covered by any insurance program. However, if there is a congenital mal-development of one or both breasts, this may be covered. Some insurance companies will cover the removal of ruptured silicone breast implants. If you do have a ruptured breast implant, contact our New York plastic surgery center to determine if your breast augmentation surgery costs are covered.