After a long, cold winter, spring is finally in the air and thoughts turn to fun in the sun. Typically at this time of year we see an increase in patients interested in breast enhancement. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the number of breast augmentation and breast lift procedures continue to increase in popularity each year with nearly 300,000 breast augmentations being performed in 2013.
A New Breast Implant
One reason for this trend is the improvements in breast implants. We now have more implant choices than ever with the introduction of the “gummy bear” implants to truly customize the procedure to each patient’s anatomy. By focusing on preoperative dimensional planning we achieve fabulous results ranging from natural looking breast shape and size enhancement to dramatic makeovers depending on patient preference.
Top 3 Patient Questions About Breast Augmentation
Q: Are silicone gel breast implants safe?
A: Yes, after more than 20 years of extensive study there have been no links found between gel implants and medical illnesses. In addition, the gel used nowadays is no longer liquidy and does not leak.
Q: Do my implants need to be changed after 10 years?
A: No, now that the durability of the implants have been significantly improved, and the gel is “highly cohesive” there is no reason to expect that when properly fit in the body, there is wear and tear that would require replacement at 10 years.
Q: How long will I be out of work after surgery?
A: Although patients differ in their recovery times, usually 5 – 7 days is adequate for downtime. We focus on minimizing postoperative pain by using a new, long acting numbing medication called Exparel which I inject into the area during the surgery. Most patients report much less need for narcotic pain medication and can resume their normal (non-physical) activities within days of surgery.