Will breast implants feel like natural breasts?
Implant innovation is providing implants that look and feel more like natural breast tissues. At Verve Plastic Surgery, we will work with you to choose the implants that are right for you.
Why are breast implants placed under the muscle?
Because the science shows that the implants look more natural and feel more natural when inserted below the muscle. Importantly, placing the implants above the muscle tends to obscure mammography and the implants stay softer longer when placed below the muscle.
What is rippling and how can it be prevented?
Rippling is a where the implant’s folds and wrinkles become visible under on skin, especially in women who are very thin, or when they lean forward. It is most common when saline filled implants are chosen, and they are over or under filled. Rippling is also more common with certain implant shapes, and when the implants are placed above the muscle. Rippling can be prevented by choosing to place the implants below the muscle, and to assure there is adequate breast tissue, and to use silicone implants, which are more form stable. It is important to note that you are likely able to feel the implant in the lower outside quadrant of the breast. This is normal.
If you have concerns about rippling, talk to Dr. Gupta. He can do fat grafting to make ripples and irregularities less noticeable.
Does a ruptured silicone implant need to be replaced or removed?
When a silicone implant ruptures it leaks and this causes scar tissue to form around the implant. So, while replacement is not urgent it is best to remove and replace it within a few months of the diagnosis. Replacement recovery is fast, about 3-5 days.
Q:What is capsular contraction and what can be done about it?
The formation of a capsule of scar tissues is normal and helps keep the implants in the correct position. But, when the body reacts to the implant by forming excessive scar tissue, the breast can become hard and painful. And the aesthetics of the implant may be compromised. This is capsular contraction.
It is not because the implants are somehow dangerous or toxic, or that a mistake was made during surgery. It is not dangerous. But patients who are prone to developing thick scars, have autoimmune diseases or compromised immune systems are more likely to experience this complication.
It is uncommon, and the risk can be reduced by placing the implants under the muscle. It occurs during healing and the majority of cases occur within 2 years of surgery. If capsular contracture occurs after that, it is likely due to a rupture.
It is highly treatable and there are specific techniques to treat this complication and improve the appearance of the affected implant.
What is the risk of losing nipple sensation?
There may be some sensory changes as a result of augmentation, especially when a large implant is chosen. Usually the sensation returns within 3-6 months, especially when the implant is place below the muscle. Incision in the inframammary fold – where the breast connects to the chest, has the lowest ratio of sensation loss – 5-10% loss.
Will I get better cleavage from breast implants?
Cleavage depends on the amount of breast tissue, shape and diameter of your own breasts, and the degree of enhancement. Just increasing the breast size doesn’t always increase cleavage.
Breast augmentation can increase fullness and projection, correct breast asymmetry, improve the balance between your breasts and hips, and enhance your self-image and confidence.
Dr. Anshu Gupta is a leading plastic surgeon in Solana Beach, CA. His breast augmentation outcomes are beautiful and natural- looking. He marries science and his artistic eye to deliver your desired enhancement. To find out how you can attain, larger, fuller, and more proportionate breasts, contact Verve Plastic Surgery in Solana Beach, CA to schedule your consultation.