BREAST PROCEDURE BASICS
Breast Augmentation is an implant in the chest to enhance and contour the breasts of an individual. An incision is made along the natural skin fold to reduce visible scarring.
There are two ways the implant can be placed in the chest. Submuscular pockets are placed between the chest muscle wall and rib cage. These are often used in small-breasted individuals as it provides extra padding. It also provides a more natural look and a decrease in scarring. Subglandular pockets are between pectoralis muscle and under the breast tissue and are often used in larger-breasted individuals.
Linea Cosmetic Surgery provides two types of breast implants. There are silicone and saline implants. Both of which have pros and cons.
Silicone Implants are approved by the FDA for patients 22 and older. They have a silicone shell and are filled with a thick, medical-grade silicone. They are softer than saline and therefore feel more natural. They also have a lower risk of leakage. In the case of a leakage, silicone implants will not collapse. However, they will have a ‘silent rupture’ making it very hard to know when your implant is damaged. Clients who chose silicone implants are recommended to have an MRI every 2 years to check their implants. In the case of a rupture, it can be painful and your implant may change shape causing accidental rotation and asymmetry. Silicone implants are also pre-filled causing a larger incision to be made for placement.
Saline Implants are approved by the FDA for patients 18 and older. They have a silicone shell and are filled with a salt water solution. They require a smaller incision than silicone because they are filled after they have been implanted. They are ideal for a patient with asymmetrical breasts because you can ‘custom fill’ your implants. There are also more options for the placement of the incision. In the case of a leakage, the saline from the implant will be absorbed by the body. This is harmless to the individual. However, they have a higher risk of leakage and quickly deflate when a leakage occurs. Similar to silicone implants, they can shift, change shape, harden, and ripple causing asymmetry in the breasts. Saline implants are firmer and don’t feel as natural.
Fat Grafting is the removal of fat from one are of the body and moving it to another. The fat is removed by liposuction. Fat grafting allows an individual to contour the face a body giving them the appearance they desire. This procedure causes minimal scarring and is long-lasting. Unlike dermal fillers or injections, fat grafting has a lower risk of allergic reaction of foreign substances.
Nipple Resizing is the shaping or reduction of the areola. An incision is made in the nipple and the excess tissue is removed from the area. Typically, this procedure is not performed with a mastectomy in order to preserve the blood supply to the nipple. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia.