The Gummy Bear Revolution“Gummy bear” implants are a cool advancement in silicone implant technology. To give you an idea of what “gummy bear” implants are, visualize an implant full of a cohesive silicone gel that would retain its form if cut in half. While the technology has been around for approximately three decades, this type of implant is a recent revolution in the United States within the last five years. The silicone inside the implant has a higher amount of crosslinking. It holds its shape better, and it won’t wrinkle or ripple as much, increasing volume near the cleavage. If the implant were to rupture or leak, the gel won’t seep into the body. That last bit is critical since ruptured or leaking implants can cause complications that need additional surgery. It’s why doctors once recommended replacing your implants every decade. The new cohesive gel implants have a rupture rate of 2.6 percent over nine years, significantly decreasing the need for replacement. The gel is soft and natural to the touch, but some implant manufacturers make them stiffer than others. Schedule a complementary consultation appointment with us and see them for yourself.
Quick RecoveryWhile breast augmentation is considered to be a major surgery, under-the-muscle breast augmentation is minimally invasive and allows for an easier and shorter recovery. Dr. Tehrani can precisely create a breast pocket with little bruising or bleeding. Pain and inflammation are minimal, and he can perform the surgery in less time. The procedure will ensure less pain, decrease the need for opioids, and result in a shorter amount of downtime. Dr. Tehrani feels that breast augmentation is becoming less invasive and restrictive regarding time and pain. A reduced amount of scarring, inflammation, and revision surgery rates are some other pleasant results.
To Lift or Not to Lift, that is the QuestionThe logistics of planning and executing breast implant surgery is important. Many patients who come to see Dr. Tehrani know they need a breast lift along with implant augmentation. Some patients, however, have no idea they need a lift (mastopexy) along with implants. If a patient has minimal sag and minimal excess (but good quality) skin, then implants alone can provide the lift needed without additional surgical lifting. Dr. Tehrani believes in always inserting implants under the muscle. If the patient has minimal sagging, then placing the implant under the breast will ensure perky, natural, and firm results. If the patient has poor skin quality, stretch marks, too much sagging skin, or the nipple position is low when there appears to be a disengagement between skin, gland, and chest wall, then a lift is mandatory to give the best cosmetic outcome. Most women over forty fall into this category and some younger women do as well. If you have had multiple pregnancies, for example, chances are high that the repeated expansion and contraction of the breast tissue has resulted in loose skin, stretch marks, and the loss of breast volume (especially in the upper portion of the breast). Women under 40 who have lost a significant amount of weight also frequently struggle with flat, drooping breasts. If you have battled obesity in the past, you will almost certainly need a breast lift along with implants. Mastopexy incisions vary based on certain variables. It is important to have a detailed discussion concerning incisions during your consultation so that you can have the best breast augmentation outcome. Understanding the relationship between the skin, the breast glands, the muscles, implants, and chest wall is critical. Some surgeons are fearful and shy away from the combination of the breast lift and breast augmentation, Dr. Tehrani does not. He believes that in the long run, mastopexy augmentation is less stressful and more cost effective. Combining breast lift and breast augmentation procedures into just one surgical event is best for the patient and more likely to result in a successful outcome. It’s important to understand that combined lift and augmentation surgery must be performed by a skilled, experienced surgeon like Dr. Tehrani. While combined lift and augmentation surgery has many benefits for the patient, it’s more challenging for the cosmetic surgeon. Lift and augmentation surgery requires extensive knowledge to complete correctly, otherwise complications may arise during healing.
Combination of Lift and Augmentation is Just as Safe as Single SurgeryNo surgery is without risk. The approach of combining breast augmentation with a breast lift can be as safe as a single-procedure surgery as cited by the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This combination procedure can address various aesthetic breast issues, like age-related sagging, childbearing, genetics, stretch marks, and weight loss. There are many reasons, whether cosmetic or reconstructive, to combine the breast surgeries:
- There is less scarring,
- There is less removal of skin,
- The implant helps fill out the breast and improves its overall appearance,
- Less expensive than having the surgeries separately,
- If both procedures were done alone the recovery time would be similar.