Breast Implants

Breast Implants - Northern Virginia

Imagine having perfectly proportioned curves, even after pregnancy, weight loss, or general aging. With breast enhancement, you can restore fullness and symmetry to your breasts, or balance out your figure by enlarging the size of naturally smaller breasts. Viewing a breast photo gallery will give you a better idea of what kind of transformations are possible from this popular procedure.

When searching for a plastic surgeon in Alexandria, VA, for breast enhancement, it’s important to think about what type of breast implants you should get. Dr. Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in Alexandria, VA, is a board-certified plastic surgeon committed to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals. Discover how the various types of breast implants he offers can completely rejuvenate your look.

To schedule your consultation for breast implants in Alexandria, VA, contact Dr. Eric Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today at (703) 924-3144.

Your Guide to Breast Implants – Northern Virginia

When it comes to breast implants in Alexandria, VA, the options might seem overwhelming. There are many different types of implants for breast enhancement, including variations in shape, size, texture, and materials, but the right ones for you depend on your body and specific aesthetic goals.

Structured implants are filled with saline, but essentially, they contain several implant shells nested together. This innovative structure addresses some of the disadvantages of traditional saline implants. Specifically, the internal structure controls movement of the saline, which produces a more realistic breast movement and a reduction in folding and wrinkling. These implants also feel very natural to the touch.

The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a new type of implant designed by a plastic surgeon. It combines a natural feel with the safety of only saline inside, for peace of mind. With IDEAL IMPLANT, you can look in the mirror and be confident your implants are intact.

IDEAL IMPLANT is a Structured Breast Implant made from safe and proven breast implant materials and manufacturing processes. It contains no silicone gel or new materials. It has a natural feel because of its unique design with an internal structure. And because the design is patented, no other breast implant company can manufacture or sell the IDEAL IMPLANT.

When silicone breast implants were removed from the market for a short time, saline breast implants were the only option available. Since then, they have remained a popular choice. This type of breast implant is filled with saline or salt water once they have been placed during your breast augmentation procedure. Because of this, saline breast implants are more flexible when it comes to the type of incision that is used. The volume can also be adjusted to fix asymmetry issues.

Since saline occurs naturally in your body, if there is a rupture, the saline is absorbed safely. A rupture will be noticeable almost immediately as the breast size and shape changes.

Drawbacks of saline implants include:

  • Rippling effect around the edges of the implant, especially on women with thin physiques
  • May not look realistic with women who have thin or minimal breast tissue

Silicone breast implants were reintroduced to the market by the FDA in 2006. Today’s silicone breast implants are vastly improved from the ones removed from the market, and they are extremely safe. They are approved for women who are at least 22-years-old.

Because silicone breast implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer, the incision made during the breast augmentation surgery will be larger than that of a saline implant. In the event of a rupture, silicone will stay within the implant area due to the cohesive nature of the silicone gel. Silicone breast implants are noted for their natural appearance, which makes them a popular choice for those wanting to maintain a more natural aesthetic.

Drawbacks of silicone implants include:

  • Difficulty in noticing a rupture since the silicone stays within the implant shell
  • MRI is usually the only way to tell if there has been a rupture

To schedule your consultation for breast implants in Alexandria, VA, contact Dr. Eric Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery today at (703) 924-3144.

What You Need to Know About Breast Implants

Before considering breast implants in Alexandria, VA, there are some important factors to keep in mind. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and you will likely undergo implant removal with or without replacements at some point. Many of the changes to your breasts after implantation are irreversible, so if you have your implants removed, you might experience cosmetic changes like wrinkling and dimpling.

Since it’s difficult to detect ruptured silicone implants without an MRI, it’s recommended that you have a follow-up MRI three years after surgery, and every two years after that. Breast enhancement is an elective procedure, so the surgery and related treatments might not be covered by your insurance. Likewise, your insurance premiums might be raised, coverage can be dropped, or future coverage may be denied.

If you plan on breastfeeding with silicone gel-filled implants, be sure to speak to your surgeon before your breast surgery, as these implants may affect your ability to breastfeed. While breast implants can enhance the shape and fullness of breasts, they cannot prevent sagging. Breast implants can make mammograms more difficult, so you’ll need to inform the person doing your procedure so they can make proper adjustments.

Implants greater than 350 cc in volume have a greater risk for complications, including: implant extrusion, capsular contracture, hematoma, infection, visible skin wrinkling, and palpable implant folds. The top three complications at four years post-op are: reoperation (23.5%), capsular contracture III/IV (13.2%), and breast pain (8.2%). The top three reasons for reoperation at four years are: capsular contracture (28%), implant malposition (15%), and sagging/ptosis (14%).

Shape: Contoured vs. Round Breast Implants

In addition to implant type, it’s important to consider which shape will work best for you. Your two options for the shape of breast implants are contoured and round. While both enhance the breasts by adding volume and fullness, the difference is in how they achieve these effects.

Also known as teardrop breast implants, contoured implants have a subtle, sloping shape that is designed to match the look of natural breasts. They have less volume at the top, and then gradually fill out toward the bottom like a teardrop. For patients seeking a more natural appearance, contoured breast implants are excellent options. Because these implants are teardrop-shaped, there is the possibility that they will rotate, which is why they require a textured surface to help prevent rotating.

Women who choose round breast implants are drawn to the way they significantly enhance fullness and cleavage, and for their ability to provide lift to the bust. These implants tend to have a more projected appearance, with volume and fullness in both the upper and lower parts of the breasts. In terms of texture, they can have either a smooth or textured surface. In the rare event that they rotate, your breasts will look the same because the implant has an even, rounded shape all the way around.

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