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2-4 Weeks Full
In 95% of the cases, the breast implants will be placed in a submuscular position for two main reasons:
This occurs when the implant is placed behind the muscle in the top 2/3 of the implant and behind the gland in the lower 1/3 of the implant. This is performed by surgeons who have experience in this technique in those patients who do not wants the scars from a breast lift but still want implants and they have some mild sagging to the breasts. The dual place creates a lifting and rotation of the breast tissue.
This is performed infrequently due to the higher risk of capsular contracture. There are some patients who do benefit from this type of placement:
This is the most common incision for breast augmentation because the scar is essentially hidden underneath the breast near the crease. You do not see it when looking in the mirror and it is hidden underneath all clothes, bras and bikinis. Great access and results from this incisions.
Hidden along the color change and curve of the lower areola. Can be a very discreet scar in some patients. If it doesn’t heal well, then can be visible in a mirror. Slightly higher risk of infection and capsular contracture since dissecting near the breast ducts.
Well hidden along the curve of the upper belly button. Also called the Scarless Breast Augmentation since there are no breast incisions. Can only be performed with saline implants.
Potentially the most visible incision if it doesn’t heal well since can be seen with tank tops.
Breast Implant Malposition Correction: Breast implants can fall underneath the inframmamary fold (bottoming out) or fall to the side when lying down (lateral displacement). This usually can be corrected with tightening the pocket so that the implant cannot fall down or out. Sometimes extra material (such as Alloderm, Strattice, or other Acellular dermal Matrices) is needed to provide additional support especially in thin patients.
This is the most common question we receive and also the most important decision to address during your consultation. Let’s make it simple by looking at the flow chart below.
Uneven breasts or breast asymmetry is very common. In fact, almost every women if they look close enough will see that they have some difference between their breasts. For some women however, the difference can be very dramatic or noticeable. One side may be only an A cup while the other side could be a C cup. There are several reasons for this such as chest wall deformities which limit the growth and size of the breast or developmental abnormalities in which the breast does not develop properly or even at all.
For chest wall deformities, the chest wall is more sunken in on that side and the breast may look normal but is smaller and does not project out as far. This is why 3D imaging with the Vectra is so important. It can detect chest wall asymmetries and allow us to chose a larger and high profile implant on the smaller side to provide the best result.
See your results before surgery by having the machine take your photo then instantly see your 3D image on the screen. The implants for every company are built into the software so you can virtually try on every implant size on your body. Go from an A to a B, C, D, or even DD on the screen.
The benefits of the Vectra 3D imaging:
When breast implants are placed into a submuscular position, the normal reaction of the body is to contract the muscles and abnormally elevate the breast implants. In addition the skin is tighter and needs to relax as well. Over the course of a few weeks to a few months, the implants will continue to drop into a more natural position. They will continue to look more natural over the course of 9-12 months but most of the dropping occurs in the first 3 months. *Individual results may vary
We can let you feel and see the different implants and you can try different sizes beneath a sports bra. By trying on different sizes in each breast, you may be able to determine which size looks better on your frame. Be sure to bring a fitted shirt for better accuracy.
The rice test is a quick and easy way to get an idea of how you would look with different sizes of breast implants. Just follow the instructions below to make rice implants. After making several sizes, place them inside of a sports bra to get an idea of how breast implants of different cc volumes would enhance your figure.
Instructions: Use some knee high or cut-off panty hose to fill with the rice to different sizes. This will give you an approximate size and be very useful when discussing your size options with Dr. Ewart or Dr Tarakji. This will get you in the right range and then you can narrow it down when using our 3D Vectra imaging.
The most common implant used is the Cohesive Level 1 implant, however the newly released Cohesive Level 2 has a slightly more firm feel and “Gummy” quality while still being very natural and not too firm.
Saline implants are still used by patient request and will still provide a natural look in patients who start out with more breast tissue or subcutaneous fat; however, if you are an A cup or very thin, your best option is a silicone implant to prevent/reduce an unnatural look or rippling (seeing the edge of the implant).
Silicone Implant safety have been proven over the past 20 years with numerous studies showing no association with autoimmune disorders. In addition, these new implants are better made than in years past.