- 1 Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty)
- 1.1 What to Expect
- 1.2 The Procedure
- 1.3 Frequently asked questions about breast augmentation
- 1.3.1 Are breast implants under warranty?
- 1.3.2 Can breast implants last 30 years?
- 1.3.3 Can fat be transferred to breasts?
- 1.3.4 Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?
- 1.3.5 Does insurance cover breast implants?
- 1.3.6 How long do breast implants last?
- 1.3.7 How painful is breast augmentation recovery?
- 1.3.8 Is breast enlargement possible without surgery?
- 1.3.9 What are Natrelle breast implants?
- 1.3.10 What can go wrong with breast implants?
- 1.3.11 What is the difference between a breast augmentation and breast implants?
- 1.3.12 How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?
- 1.3.13 How do I prepare for breast implants?
- 1.3.14 How do you know if you have capsular contracture?
- 1.3.15 How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?
- 1.3.16 Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?
- 1.3.17 Is there an alternative to breast implants?
- 1.3.18 What are cohesive breast implants?
- 1.3.19 What are gummy bear implant?
- 1.3.20 What is the most common breast implant size?
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty)
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 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
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”.
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.
Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for the excellent job you did with my breast augmentation. Dr. Sabbagh you have such a nice and professional demeanor I felt comfortable immediately. The staff was courteous and welcoming and somebody was always available to answer questions and put any and all of my worries to rest. I put this surgery off for so many years because the thought of surgery was so scary. I researched and looked into so many doctors before choosing you and I have to say that trusting in you and your staff was the best decision I could have ever made.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 are Natrelle breast implants?
Natrelle is the brand name for breast implants made by the manufacturer Allergan.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 gummy bear implant?
Gummy bear is a term that refers to some of the cohesive breast implants.
What is the most common breast implant size?
Breast implant size is unique to each patient's 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!