Breast augmentation near Dearborn and West Bloomfield is performed to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. Uneven breast sizes may also be improved by the use of different volumes in each breast implants. The exact size of the breast cannot be guaranteed. The size depends upon the amount of tissue available to cover the implant, the patient’s stature and the judgment of the female plastic surgeon.

What to Expect

  • Anesthesia – Usually local with IV sedation
  • Length of Surgery – 1 to 2 hours
  • In / Outpatient – Generally out-patient in our accredited on-site surgery center
  • Recovery – Back to work: 5 to 7 days with arms restrictions. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 3 to 6 weeks
  • Duration of Results – Variable, implants may require removal or replacement after initial placement

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The Procedure

An incision is made in the fold of the skin below the breast. The breast tissue is elevated from the rib cage, a surgical “pocket” is constructed under either the breast tissue or muscle, and the implant placed into this “pocket”.

Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery

The ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery is any individual in good overall health seeking to improve the appearance of their breasts. It is important that you maintain realistic expectations and are not pregnant or breastfeeding if you choose to undergo a breast augmentation. Most women will have this procedure done due to shape or volume loss in the breasts due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Other reasons that someone may seek out a breast augmentation are because they are unhappy with the fullness at the top of their breasts, or because they have asymmetrical breasts.

Breast Implant Placement Options

When it comes to choosing the type of implant for your breast augmentation, there are three main options. The first is the saline breast implant. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that will be reabsorbed by the body in the event of an implant rupture. Saline implants are uniform in shape, firmness, and feel. The next type of implant to be aware of is the silicone breast implant. Silicone implants feel the most like natural breast tissue of all implant types. If your silicone implant begins to leak, it will not cause a collapse in the appearance of the breast. The last option is a gummy bear breast implant. Gummy bear implants are thicker and heavier than traditional silicone but will retain their shape even if the implant shell is broken. They have a distinct shape of being full at the bottom and more tapered toward the top.

Saline Implants Vs. Silicone Implants

In the fall of 2006, after rigorous review of data collected over 10 years, the FDA approved silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic breast enlargement. Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel and saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt (saline) water. Currently, both silicone and saline breast implants in a variety of shapes are utilized at the Straith Clinic. Dr. Sabbagh will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages among saline implants, traditional gel silicone, and the next generation of silicone – cohesive gel implants, also known as gummy bear implants.

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Subglandular Placement

Subglandular placement of breast implants means that the implant is placed under the breast tissue in front of the muscle. The muscle is not stretched or disturbed when inserting the implant. This placement is best for those wanting a faster recovery and a more natural look. It is also a better placement for highly athletic or active women as the pectoral muscles are manipulated during surgery.

Submuscular Placement

Submuscular placement means that the breast implant is inserted under the pectoral muscles. This is recommended for particularly thin or lean women, as the muscle is more able to conceal the characteristics of the implant. Because the implant is placed under the muscle, upper body movements and aggressive exercise can lead to breast implant movement or “animation”.

What to Expect Following a Breast Augmentation

For the first few weeks after a breast augmentation, you can expect to experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising. If you had submuscular implants, you may be a little sore due to the stretching of the pectoral muscles. You may be sent home with drains in place to collect any excess fluid or blood. These will be removed at your follow-up appointment. You will also be asked to wear a surgical compression garment during our recovery to maintain the shape and placement of your implants while your body gets used to them.

What are the Risks?

No surgical procedure is risk-free and that includes cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Sabbagh, he will review the risks so you can make an educated decision. With an established track record of over 80 years, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients throughout Dearborn, metro Detroit, Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

How long is recovery from breast augmentation?

During recovery from breast augmentation surgery, patients can often return to work within 5-7 days, resume physical contact with the breast after 3-4 weeks, and resume strenuous activity after 3-6 weeks. Recovery can be discussed during your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Sabbagh.

Frequently asked questions about breast augmentation

Can breast implants last 30 years?

It is possible, as there is no defined timeline for an implant. The risk of a breast implant rupturing does increase with time. However, current generation implants have improved rupture profiles compared to past generations. If you are concerned that your implant may be ruptured, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Yes. Fat transfer to the breast is done most commonly in situations of breast reconstruction after cancer removal. Fat can also be transferred to the breast for purposes of cosmetic augmentation. However, the size increase with fat grafting augmentation is less predictable than with an implant.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Breast implants placed for cosmetic augmentation are not covered by insurance. Breast implants placed as part of breast reconstruction after breast cancer are often covered by insurance.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

You can prepare for your breast implant consultation by identifying the goal result you have in mind. Look through pictures on our website to find a person with a similar body and breast size prior to surgery, and with an outcome after surgery that is in line with your goals. Then, during your consultation, you can show these pictures to your plastic surgeon to best convey your breast augmentation goals.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is the term for abnormal thickening of scar tissue that can develop in the otherwise normal capsule surrounding a breast implant. Capsular contracture can cause your breast to feel hard, to develop a more spherical shape, to move up or ride high on your chest, or to become painful. If you are concerned that you may have capsular contracture, contact your plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation.

How long do breast implants last?

There is no defined timeline for an implant. The risk of a breast implant rupturing does increase with time. However, current generation implants have improved rupture profiles compared to past generations. If you are concerned that your implant may be ruptured, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.

Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?

Breast augmentation is a very personal decision, unique to each patient. It is important to take time to reflect on your individual reasons for wanting a breast augmentation and the discussions you have had with your plastic surgeon regarding the details of the surgery and the recovery. Only then can you decide for yourself if it is worth it.

What can go wrong with breast implants?

Potential complications after breast implant surgery include, but are not limited to, implant rupture, capsular contracture (or a thickening of scar tissue that forms around the implant), nipple/breast/skin sensation changes, asymmetry, scarring, wrinkling or rippling, infection, hematoma and potential need for additional surgery. It is important to have a discussion with your plastic surgeon prior to your surgery regarding potential complications, their risk rates, and ways to decrease the risks.

What is the most common breast implant size?

Breast implant size is unique to each patients body size, breast size, and augmentation goal. The important thing is to have a discussion with your plastic surgeon regarding your goals, so that together you can arrive at the perfect breast implant size for you!

Are breast implants under warranty?

Yes. The breast implants come with a warranty from the manufacturer. The specifics of the warranty vary with the manufacturer, the type of implant, and the scenario.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Every patient experiences pain differently. The majority of patients have pain in the breasts, which may require prescription pain medication, for anywhere from a few days to a week or so after surgery. Typically, after one week a patient may still have some soreness, but to a manageable degree and which continues to improve day by day.

Is breast enlargement possible without surgery?

Sustained breast enlargement is not possible without surgery. Padded bras and other clothing garments may create the appearance of breast enlargement. However, true sustained breast enlargement can only be achieved with surgery.

What is the difference between a breast augmentation and breast implants?

Breast augmentation refers to the process by which the breast is augmented or made larger. Breast implants are the most commonly used devices that are inserted surgically in order to achieve the increased size, or augmentation, of the breast.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

No. An implant only needs to be replaced if it is ruptured, or in certain scenarios if there is another specific problem or symptom associated with the implant. While rupture rates increase with time, more so after 10 years, the rupture rates are still quite low with current generation breast implants.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

If you have a silicone breast implant, the breast itself will not deflate if the breast implant is leaking. Instead, the capsule around the breast will likely be stimulated to create thickened scar tissue known as capsular contracture. This may case the breast to become firm, to become more spherical in shape, to move up or ride high on the chest, or to have pain. If you have a saline breast implant, the breast will deflate partially or completely if the breast implant is leaking and you will likely notice the decrease in size of that breast. If you are concerned that your breast implant is leaking, contact your plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation.

How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?

Every patient experiences pain differently. For most patients, the majority of the soreness around the incision improves after approximately one week or so.

What are cohesive breast implants?

Cohesive breast implants refer to a subset of silicone breast implants. The silicone that fills the shell of a silicone implant is a gel-like substance. Cohesive implants use more cohesive, or firmer silicone gel in their implants. The purpose of a more cohesive silicone gel fill to an implant is to retain the shape of the implant as the implant is moved in different positions.

What are Natrelle breast implants?

Natrelle is the brand name for breast implants made by the manufacturer Allergan.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

The most effective, efficient, and researched way to surgically augment/enlarge the breasts is with breast implants. Fat can also be transferred to the breast for purposes of cosmetic augmentation. However, the size increase with fat grafting augmentation alone is less predictable than with an implant. Also, the overall increase in breast size is limited when using fat grafting alone for augmentation.

What are gummy bear implant?

Gummy bear is a term that refers to some of the cohesive breast implants.

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