Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mentor Gel Implants - Are They Right For You?

Mentor Gel implants are the name we can trust. And they've proven that over and over to women around the world. They provide both a round and contoured implant and a saline or silicone option. So really, what's left? You've got plenty of options.

For over 30 years, Mentor has been providing quality breast implants. They are recognized around the world for their quality products and are the choice of many surgeons.

All the gel implants are cohesive. In English, this means that the gel is a solid with the natural feel of real breast tissue. Mentor also provides saline filled implants, which are saltwater, offered with different textures.

The round gel implants have two different surfaces: smooth and the Siltex surface. These implants are very soft and feel just like actual breast tissue. The different shapes are designed to allow your surgeon to find the most natural fit for you.

Mentor's adjustable breast expanders give your surgeon the option of doing a single or two-stage reconstruction process. Their designed Becker implant has a duel shell, so it has the feel of gel but the flexibility of saline.

But why should you consider Mentor? Sure, we've given you some convincing reasons like their track record, but this really is about you. If you want to look and feel great without the worry of whether your implant is safe, secure, or not leaking, there's two things you want - the very best surgeon and the very best implant.

You pick the implant size and the shape, and you'll look fantastic!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Do You Really Need A Breast Implant?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And they say you shouldn’t get breast implants just to boost your ego. But (and it’s a big but) who are “they” and how do they know what’s best for us? Many women will tell you that after having their breast augmentation they felt better about their bodies, and that gave their confidence and self esteem a real boost too.

Our bodies change with life. That perfect set of girls might not be so perfect now. Perhaps a change in weight, maybe a couple of pregnancies and some breast feeding, or perhaps you always felt you were robbed and finally have the ability to do something about it.

The key here is that if you are an emotionally stable women, you get to decide what’s right for you. Whether you just want a bit of an improvement or lift, or whether you want that pair of triple D’s – it’s up to you and your surgeon to decide what’s right for you.

Most of all don’t get caught up listening to nay-sayers that say you shouldn’t do it. It’s a good idea to do your research and know what you are getting into. It’s also great if you can actually talk to other women about their experience.

Breast implants aren’t perfect. There are risks, things sometimes go wrong, some women’s bodies don’t like the idea of a foreign object in the body and it reacts, but on the whole, breast implants are a safe procedure when a qualified plastic surgeon does the procedure.

Be weary of these deals that are simply too good to be true. Generally they are, and you may save some money, but you are putting your life at risk.

Breast implants can be a real benefit to a woman. You know what’s right for you. If breast implants are just that, make an appointment with a qualified plastic surgeon and get going.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What To Ask Your Surgeon About Breast Augmentation

Deciding to have breast augmentation is a big decision both financially and emotionally, and you'll feel much more confident if you ask your surgeon the right questions and know what to expect. So here's a list of questions to get you started ...

1. What are the risks and complications of the surgery? It's important to know what the risks are so you can make the right decision for you.

2. Over the lifetime of your breast implants, how many surgeries will you need to have? The original surgery is just the beginning - implants don't last a lifetime.

3. What is the right size, shape, and texturing for you? Each woman's body is different.

4. What do you recommend for the placement and incision site? There are options.

5. Will my ability to breastfeed be affected? This is especially important if you haven't had children yet.

6. How will my implants look over time? How will pregnancy affect them? You will want to know if they will stay looking as perky as they are now, what type of movement you can expect.

7. How will my implants look after breastfeeding?

8. Are there alternative procedures available to breast implants?

9. Do you take before and after pictures I can look at to see what I can expect?

10. What if cancer occurs or recurs in my breast?

11. Will breast reconstruction interfere with cancer treatments?

12. What are my breast reconstruction options?

13. How much pain is there after the implant procedure?

14. How long is the hospital stay?

15. When can I resume normal activities?

If you get the answers to these questions from your surgeon, you will be more relaxed and comfortable about the procedure you are about to undertake. Why not print the list and take it with you?

How To Choose Your Breast Implant Size

Choosing your breast implant size is an aesthetic matter, and it's an extremely personal decision. However, that said, you should ask your surgeon for his/her advice. There are many things to consider when choosing your breast implant size.

Breast implants allow you to choose the breast size that you feel will enhance your overall body image and even boost your self-confidence. Many women don't want to admit that their breast size does affect their self-confidence. It's not the breast size itself but your overall image that boosts your self-confidence.

Most of us have an image of what the ideal breast size is. And for some of us that have spent our lives cursing that we can't even generate a little cleavage, the idea of breast implants is very appealing. Many women that have had breast implants find themselves back in the surgeon's office looking for another increase.

Besides the surgery costs, each surgery has increased risks. Your surgeon is a skilled professional who can help you choose the ideal size the first time.

There are different implant shapes. The anatomic implant, which was introduced to better replicate a natural contour to the breast, is especially popular with breast reconstruction.
The round and teardrop are used mainly with breast augmentation. Most of the surgeons prefer the smooth round breast implants when doing augmentations. Your surgeon will evaluate your situation and make the right recommendation for you, which means you don't need to worry about it.

Much of the choice in implants is surgeon-preference. You can trust that your surgeon will recommend the implant with which she or he can get the best aesthetic result. It just may be helpful to be aware these options exist.

When you meet with your surgeon for your consultation be sure you are clear about what it is you are looking for, and if you aren't sure, tell your surgeon just that.

Don't define your breast size based on bra size because there can be quite a variation. Plastic surgeons have implants that you can try to determine which size is right for you.

Lastly, be realistic and do not assume that bigger is better. Implants that are too large can not only make you look disproportioned, they can also be uncomfortable to pack around, putting pressure on your back and muscles. Consider everything before making your decision, that way you'll be happy with your choice.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Average Bust Size - Do You Need Breast Implants?

You might be surprised to discover that these days there’s an awful lot of talk about what is the best breast size. In fact, it has become the subject of many debates. There is no question that the average bust size is on the increase. So does that mean you need breast implants?

The average bust size has been on the rise over the last decade. Young teens have breast sizes that are two and three times that of what girls the same age were just a decade ago. This carries through into adulthood. As the average bust size grows, many women begin to feel self-conscious over their small size, so they begin to seriously consider breast implants as an option.

Young girls running around with natural large breasts are actually making women quite self-conscious, who often decide to head off to see their plastic surgeon with the idea of increasing their breast size.

Here’s an interesting survey done by MSNBC – 71% of men are happy with the size of their partner’s breasts while 3% wished they were smaller, and 36% would like their partner to have larger breasts. Now, even though 71% of the men surveyed were happy, 70% of the women weren’t and wanted larger breasts.

Here’s another interesting stat – 30% of women are unhappy with their droopy breasts, while only 18% of men are bothered by it. It seems this is a women’s issue and is not at all driven by what their “man” wants.

And although there are still men that prefer small-breasted women, it seems the consensus among North American men is that they certainly have no objections to a partner with bigger breasts. Perhaps another incentive for women to consider breast augmentation.

As women, we are bombarded by large breasts both in fashion and on the screen with celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe, and Kate Hudson packing “big girls.”

Whatever the reason women are deciding they want breast implants and a larger bosom, one thing is certain - it isn’t because of the men in their lives pressuring them. It seems women have made that decision for their own benefit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

How To Find A Breast Augmentation Surgeon

One of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures is breast augmentation. When you are deciding whether breast implants are right for you, it is critical that you are getting reliable information relating to your Boston breast augmentation, so it’s important to know how to find the best surgeon.

Up until recently there has been no real data collected regarding the breast augmentation procedure, but the ASAPS, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, has not put together information on more than 5000 women, which will assist the FDA in determining if women are getting the proper care and which surgeons are providing the proper care to their patients and which are perhaps not getting the proper care.

It is important that you do your research and ensure that you are dealing with a surgeon that is board certified and has an impeccable record. After all your breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, which demands your attention. You would be devastated with a breast augmentation that was a flop, worse yet your life could be at risk from infection.

There are plenty of plastic surgeons practicing out there. The majority are top-notch surgeons, but there’s always a few that should be avoided. By contacting the certification board you can find out surgeons that are certified and where they are located as well as any complaints on a surgeons record.

It’s important that you choose a breast augmentation surgeon that is qualified and that you find easy to communicate with.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Benefits Of Breast Augmentation

Modern breast augmentation has been around since the early 1960's and it has not been without its fair share of controversy. Interestingly enough, the nay sayers are often individuals that would not be having breast surgery done.

For the women who has undergone a mastectomy, has had her breast shape distorted from child bearing, or who simply want's a self esteem boost by having the bosom she's always dreamed of - breast augmentation becomes a bit of a life line. So why so much controversy? There are other procedures that are done that have a higher risk and don't undergo the scrutiny of breast implants.

There are many benefits to having breast augmentation including looking great and feeling great about your body. Research has shown a real psychological boost and you'll miss no more than a couple of weeks at work, often retuning in as little as a week. There is no scientific evidence to substantiate an increased risk of autoimmune disease or breast cancer, and they don't have to impede your ability to breast feed.

Life isn't without risks, but if we worried about every little risk we'd go nowhere and do nothing. As a woman you work hard to make sure your family is taken care and that you do your part to put food on the table. So don't you deserve a little pampering too? If your breast size or shape bothers you, why not have a Boston breast augmentation done? Wouldn't it be great to have that figure back that you had when you were young and crazy? Or if you've always had small breasts, perhaps you're ready for a little fuller figure so that shopping for a wardrobe isn't so difficult.

So with all the benefits of breast augmentation, why wait any longer?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Breast Implant Post Operation deformity can now be prevented

Recent studies carried out in Australia show that titanium coated breast implants can be used in order to prevent post cosmetic surgery deformities in women. What really happens is that when women go in for the regular silicone gel breast implants their implants are bound to react with the breast tissue. This will make the growth very stiff and painful. Such a procedure is known as capsular contracture. Studies have revealed that a microscopic coating of titanium will help to curb such a type of reaction and help to reduce all those post operation malformation that women face.

So all those women who are contemplating breast implants will now be offered those that are titanium coated. Because the main problem post operation is that the breast tissue reacts to the silicone implants making the enlargement become very hard and painful o bear. A coating of titanium is often used to join false hip joints can prove beneficial to prevent this from happening. About 3000 women all across Australia have been recruited to test this kind of implants. Initially they carried out these tests on more than 80 patients and the results are looking very positive.

The doctors feel that the body will not react so severely if the breast implants are coated wit titanium. About 7% of the patients had suffered from the problem of capsular contracture post operation and that is why this new innovation was found. The now newly available option of breast implants coated with titanium is creating new venues for women who are about to have a breast surgery for the first time in their lives. It is also for all those women who have already previously had breast implant surgeries but are looking out for breast implant replacement or revision. Patients who are not considered suitable for saline implants can also undergo breast implants coated with titanium.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Surgery - breast implant surgery

Deciding About Breast Implants for Reconstruction
When thinking about surgery for breast cancer you will have many important decisions to make. One decision is whether to have surgery for breast reconstruction at all. As expected, women have different opinions and views about reconstruction.
A few reasons why some women decide FOR reconstruction with breast implants:
* to restore body image following mastectomy surgery for breast cancer
* to replace an external breast form (prosthesis)
* to avoid being constantly reminded of their breast cancer diagnosis
* to avoid embarrassment in public dressing areas
* to help create a look that makes them feel more comfortable with or without clothes
A few reasons why some women decide AGAINST reconstruction with breast implants:
* they understand that breast implants are not lifetime devices, that they may have to undergo multiple surgeries and they want to avoid more surgery
* they feel the risks of surgery and anesthesia are greater than the benefits
* they are concerned about potential known and unknown risks from breast implants for themselves and their children should they become pregnant
* they feel they are able to adjust to a new body image without reconstruction with breast implants
* they prefer to wear an external breast form (prosthesis)
If you decide on breast reconstruction, there are currently two surgical techniques:
* The "flap" technique. This surgery rebuilds the contour of the breast by taking tissue from other areas of the body. The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous) flap technique may be used to reconstruct one or both breasts at the same time. The flap technique involves moving skin, muscle and fat to the breast area from the abdomen, back, or buttock to rebuild the breast. There will be a scar in the area where the flap was lifted. The flap technique is considered a major operation and, for medical reasons, is not suitable for everyone. This, like all operations, should be discussed carefully with your doctor. In some cases, breast implants may be used in addition to the flap procedure.
It is important to note that the TRAM flap operation can be done only once. The TRAM flap can be used to reconstruct one or both breasts, but only in one operation. If the TRAM flap is used to reconstruct one breast, and a mastectomy is later required on the other breast, reconstruction of the second breast must be done through other means (i.e., insertion of a breast implant).
* Insertion of breast implants. The surgeon inserts the implant into a pocket created under the skin. The pocket may be located either behind (submuscular) or in front (submammary) of the chest muscle.
Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of each implant technique. If you decide to have reconstruction for one breast, you may need to think about surgery on the other breast to achieve a similar appearance.
Special Concerns for Women with Breast Cancer
Here are some of the known risks or problems with breast implant surgery for women with breast cancer:
* The physical and cosmetic results with breast implants may be affected by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or any other factor which significantly alters the healing process.
* Skin necrosis (dying skin) may occur because circulation to the remaining tissue has been changed by a mastectomy or other trauma to the breast area. Also, skin necrosis may be increased as a result of radiation treatment.
* It usually takes more than one operation to achieve the desired cosmetic outcome, especially if this procedure includes rebuilding the nipple.
Timing for Reconstruction with Breast Implants
Reconstruction can be done either at the time of breast cancer surgery or at a later date. If breast surgery and implant surgery are done at the same time, the surgeon usually uses the same incision to insert the implant. Another option is to insert a temporary tissue expander. In this case, in a second operation after the skin has stretched sufficiently, the surgeon will remove the expander and replace it with an implant. Another option is to insert the implants at some time after the mastectomy. With delayed insertion, the surgeon may still be able to use the mastectomy or lumpectomy scar to insert the implant. The surgeon should discuss with you which approach is the most desirable for you, and the associated risks.
Recreation of the Nipple and Areola following Reconstructive Surgery
After your breast has healed from the original implant surgery, you may want your nipple and areola (darker skin around the nipple) rebuilt. This procedure can usually be performed on an out-patient basis. Ask your surgeon to explain the various ways this can be done.
Your Expectations -- Reconstruction or Augmentation
Your consideration of breast implants, for reconstruction or for augmentation should be based on realistic expectations of the outcome. To help you get an idea of what results may be possible, look at before and after pictures of patients who have had this surgery. Your doctor may have some to show you. You may also want to talk with other women who have had this surgery at least a year before with the same surgeon. Keep in mind, however, that there is no guarantee that your results will match those of other women.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Breast Implant Surgery

We do keep hearing about success stories about women who have been faring well, years after having a breast implant. But medical studies always underline the fact that there is no such thing that you can place in a human body, which will not break down, given a period of time. This artificial fixes are temporary and are bound to stop working in a few years. The same applies for artificially enhanced breasts. Women these days go in for breast lifts, silicone implants, saline implants, breast reduction, etc. But how long will this enhancements last? Studies show that a lipolysis reaction takes place in the body because of saline implants and they get broken down over a period of time. Even the silicone breast implants have a timeline of 8-15 years after which they too will break down.

Some of the women have undergone tremendous pain and suffering, not to forget loss of money all for the sake of having bigger and better breasts. A major scheme has taken place in the medical device history to hide all the destructive outcomes of breast implants and the lifelong scars that they have left behind in the women. Breast implants do increase the risk of certain life taking diseases. And women have filed many lawsuits because they are now left feeling delusional and dejected forever.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Breast Implants Surgery

Prior to the FDA approval on November 17, 2006, silicone gel breast implants were not available for general use and women could only obtain silicone breast implants as part of an FDA-sanctioned study such as the Silicone Adjunct Study which is now closed.

As of November 17, 2006, women aged 22 and over qualify for the silicone gel breast implants manufactured by Mentor Corp. and Inamed. Not all silicone gel breast implants made by these manufacturers have been approved. According to Mentor's website, eligibility is as follows:Mentor MemoryGel Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants are indicated for females for the following uses (procedures):• Breast augmentation for women at least 22 years old. Boston breast augmentation includes primary breast augmentation to increase the breast size, as well as revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast augmentation surgery.•

Breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction includes primary reconstruction to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast abnormality. Breast reconstruction also includes revision surgery to correct or improve the result of aprimary breast reconstruction surgery. (A separate patient brochure is available for and should be read for breast reconstruction.)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Breast Implants Surgery

Breast Implants is the third most common cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. Clinically known as augmentation mamoplasty, surgical breast implants have seen an increase of more than 20% over the past four years.

Mostly, all breast surgery today is performed with saline filled implants that consist of a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater. Saline filled implants are safe because the body absorbs the saline solution in case the implant ruptures or leaks. At present, the FDA does not approve silicone gel breast implants because they are not proven to be safe.

Women looking for breast Implants should have realistic expectation of the outcome. Though the implantation can improve an individual’s appearance and self-esteem, the desire to match the looks of one’s ideal won’t necessarily materialize. The outcome will depend upon individual factors such as health, the chest structure and the shape of the body, the type of surgical procedure and the size of implant, prior breast surgery, and the skill and experience of the surgical team.

Prior to the surgery, it is important to ascertain whether the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies the surgeon. In addition to this, an individual should question the doctor regarding the risk or complications involved in breast augmentation, the size, shape and texture of implant, the contents of implant, the remedial measures if anything go wrong with the surgery, and the time of recovery. The plastic surgeon must also be informed about the individual’s medical records. Any weight reduction program or future planning of pregnancy should be told to the surgeon because this can affect the long-term result of breast enlargement.

A breast Implants surgery takes 1-2 hours or more depending on the type of surgery and is usually done under local anesthesia. The implant is placed either under the breast tissue or the chest muscle beneath the breast. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, but sometimes hospitalization may be necessary for some individuals.

Complications may occur with this surgery. The common complications are breast pain, breast hardness and numbness in the nipples that may last for years. Some individuals may also develop an infection that may require the removal of the implants for several months until the infection clears. Implants may also occasionally leak, rupture, wrinkle, or change shape necessitating a second surgery to replace the damaged implants. Differences in shape and size of the breast after the surgery may also occur in some cases.

While there is no scientific evidence that Boston breast augmentation causes breast cancer, the presence of breast implants can make it technically difficult to detect breast cancer on a mammogram.

Most women may have to go through remedial surgery depending upon their age. Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to undergo breast enlargement surgery.