Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2010
Many women find that wearing a bra is very constricting and can have difficulty finding a bra that fits them properly. Those who undergo plastic surgery to get breast implants or have their breast size reduced also find it challenging to find a bra that provides the support and comfort they need. Cosmetic surgeons have now developed an innovative breast lift procedure that may reduce the need for wearing a bra altogether.
The “breform” procedure works as an internal bra to support the breast tissue and keep it in place. This bra is placed under the skin layer of the breasts to act as an internal support system. It is made of a polyester material and is inserted right into the tissue without risk of breaking down. The internal bra is inserted into the tissue after a small incision is made around the areola. The cup is designed to cover the fat and tissue of the breasts completely, and then is sutured in place to create a smooth look.
The breform procedure works as a permanent bra, and can reduce the need to be completely dependent on wearing a real bra for support. The material used to create the bra in this procedure is safe to use as an implant and poses few hazards and side effects for the patient. It is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, but some surgeons may recommend general anesthesia depending on the size of the breast tissue and the health of the patient.
This innovative breast lift procedure is designed for women who have sagging breasts, but may not be effective for women with very large breasts. Women who are a C cup, D cup or larger may need to undergo breast reduction surgery before they are suitable candidates for the breform procedure.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 12, 2010
Many women considering breast implants or breast enhancement procedures are hesitant to go under the knife because of the long recovery process and pain associated with the procedure.
A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has developed the flash recovery breast augmentation procedure as an alternative to traditional breast implant and revision procedures. Dr. Ashkan Ghavami has developed this trademarked procedure that involves less trauma and promises speedy recovery.
According to Dr. Ghavami, “The goal of the Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation is to give my patients a rapid, painless recovery, with the least amount of trauma on the body possible…this procedure is superior to traditional breast augmentations in almost every way imaginable and I am conducting a prospective study to analyze its unique benefits.”
The reason why this procedure offers better results and a faster recovery time than conventional breast augmentation procedures is because it involves dissecting the breast tissue in a very precise way, and reduces damage to the surrounding tissue. The surgeon can develop a small breast pocket to hold the implant and thereby minimizes trauma to the tissues, muscles and rib cage. The entire procedure can usually be performed in under an hour, and in some cases, in under 30 minutes. The process involves cauterization of some of the tissue, which reduces trauma to the surrounding tissue and ensures that the implant is secured permanently in place.
Patients undergoing this procedure do not even need to take prescription pain medication, and there is no draining, binding or wrapping of the breast and chest tissue required. Most patients will be required to wear a surgical bra after the procedure. The bra helps to support the breast tissue during the healing process, and also helps to speed up recovery. In order to maintain results with Flash Recovery Breast Augmentation, patients need to maintain a consistent exercise and stretching program.
(Source: American Health and Beauty)
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 1, 2010
For many men and women undergoing breast augmentation, dealing with scars can be a challenge. Plastic surgeons typically need to make several incisions around the breast bone to insert the breast implant, and some are able to use certain techniques to reduce postoperative pain and minimize the appearance of scars.
Dr. Phillip Chang of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is one of the first plastic surgeons to use the Keller Funnel technique in breast augmentation, which helps to minimize scars and reduces the risk of implant trauma. He perfected the Keller Funnel technique for breast augmentation and breast lift procedures, and currently has offices in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Northern Virginia. The Keller Funnel device was recently introduced at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Dr. Chang has perfected the technique, and recommends this procedure instead of traditional breast augmentation, because it minimizes the length of the scar, reduces the trauma of the implant in the surgical pocket, and reduces the amount of bacterial contamination. In order for the surgeon to take a patient with an A-cup breast to a C-cup, he or she must make a scar that is about seven to nine centimeters in length. With the Keller Funnel technique, the incision needs to be only about five centimeters in length. During this procedure, the implant never touches the patient’s skin or the surgeon’s gloves, which in turn reduces the risk of infection and capsular contracture.
The Keller Funnel procedure has now been performed on dozens of patients and with great success. Dr. Chang reports that patients who are comparing the surgical scars with girlfriends who have had traditional breast augmentation procedures say they have much smaller incisions and are satisfied with the results.
More information about the Keller Funnel technique can be found here.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 11, 2010
The majority of cosmetic and plastic surgeons in the United States recommend silicone breast implants over saline implants because the gel helps create a more natural-looking breast. However, not all plastic and cosmetic surgeons have the skills and experience to insert silicone breast implants effectively. For many, inserting the pre-filled implant in the breast through a small incision can be challenging, and presents a high risk of the ‘double bubble’ and other complications.
The Keller Funnel No Touch Technique is a new technique in breast implant surgery, and involves making an incision wide enough for a narrow tip of a small bag that looks similar to an icing bag. The implant is placed into the Keller Funnel, and the narrow end of the funnel is placed directly into the incision. The surgeon then squeezes the bag to insert the implant directly into the breast cavity, and pushes the implant slowly through the funnel until it is properly positioned into the breast.
The technique was recently presented on The Doctors show. Dr. Drew Ordon points out that this technique may help with capsular contracture, a common problem incurred by breast implant patients where a hardened shell of tissue forms around the implant. It is still not clear why capsular contracture occurs, but some experts suggest that it could be the result of an infection or debris left on the doctor’s gloves during the procedure. In most cases, the physician must apply a significant amount of pressure to break up the hardened shell of tissue around the implant.
The Keller No Funnel No Touch Technique may now be an attractive alternative to popular breast augmentation and breast reconstruction techniques, and does present a lower risk for infections because the physician does not every actually touch the implant.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 30, 2010
Earlier this month, Stem Cell Assurance, Incorporated announced that Arthur Handal, MD, F.A.C.S., has performed the first ever regenerative cell breast augmentation procedure through the Stem Cell Assurance physician network. The procedure was successfully performed at the Handal Plastic Surgery clinic in Boca Raton, Florida.
The goal of the procedure was to increase the patient’s breast size by one cup. Fat was extracted from the patient’s hips and thighs through a conventional tumescent liposuction procedure, and transplanted into the breast tissues for assimilation.
Shortly after the procedure, Dr. Handal stated that, “Today is a defining moment in breast augmentation surgery. The offering of this pioneering procedure through a collaborative national physician network is an important milestone that marks major improvement on current technology and the way in which it is delivered to the patient.”
Dr. Handal was able to create a natural-looking set of breasts using certain techniques that would insure the breast tissues would adapt to the introduction of the fat and regenerative cells. Since the procedure does not involve introducing a foreign implant, there was no risk that the body would reject it. According to a press release from the Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. network, the fat volume retention rate is approximately 80% or more compared to the 30-50% survival rate of fat retention in other fat grafting procedures.
Stem Cell Assurance, Inc. is the first U.S.-based company to offer adult stem cells for physician use. The company offers several services including adult stem cell research, stem cell collection, cryogenic storage and cosmetic therapies.
Dr. Handal is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is dedicated to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. The patient that underwent the procedure has been monitored closely with scheduled follow up visits with Dr. Handal, and more information about the outcomes of the procedure will be posted on the Stem Cell Assurance website.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 12, 2010
MakeMeHeal.com, a site dedicated to the latest celebrity plastic surgery news and gossip, has announced its list of “Best Celebrity Breast Augmentations of 2009”. The list is comprised of both rumors and confirmed reports of surgeries that took place this past year, and includes celebrities as young as 22 years old.
At the top of the list is Ashley Greene, the 22-year old rising star of Twilight. Jenny McCarthy also made the top of the list this year, and Make Me Heal believes that Jenny’s saline implants were replaced with “more natural-looking” silicone implants some time in 2009.
Supermodel Bar Rafaeli, a Sports Illisturated star who underwent breast augmentation this past year, is number three on the list, followed by 47-year old Ann Coulter who appeared on the front cover of Playboy in 2009. Miss California Carrie Prejean, another 22-year old who had breast implants this year is followed by Lady Gaga who hasn’t been shy about showing off her breast enhancement procedure.
Other celebrities that made the top of the list for 2009 include: Anna Faris, Ashley Dupre, Jayde Nicole, and Sophie Monk.
Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures among women in the United States, and more patients are turning to both silicone and saline implants to achieve their ideal figure. Doctors are now using several innovative techniques including liposuction to transfer fat directly into the breasts, and creating an “internal bra” that helps to lift and firm up the breasts without any type of implants. Some women can also benefit from skin tightening treatments that help to firm and tone up the breast area, while others are better suited for breast lift procedures that involve minimal incisions.
More information about the latest breast augmentation techniques and procedures can be found here.
(Photo courtesy of MakeMeHeal.com)
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 23, 2009
Women who are interested in achieving shapelier and larger breasts may not need to resort to breast implants.
A new product called the “Cup & Up” promises to improve the shape of the breasts without affecting their size. The product has been deemed an “internal bra” by some plastic and cosmetic surgeons because it works by harnessing the existing breast tissue and pushing the breasts upward to create a more attractive silhouette and shape.
The surgeon inserts a set of small silicone cups underneath each breast to improve their shape and size, and then fits a small thin strap to each cup between the ribs, breast and shoulder. The surgeon can then tighten the strap to gently lift the breasts up from a sagging position.
According to the manufacturers of the “Cup & Up” device, results of this minimally invasive procedure can last for several years and will cost less than the typical breast lift. The UK’s Daily Mail reports that the “Internatl Bra” can be fitted in just 40 minutes and the breasts still look very natural.
Orbix Medical is the company behind the device and the first woman to receive her internal bra is still enjoying results after a year. Orbix Medical is currently recruiting volunteers for a trial and will be performing another procedure during the last week of December 2009.
According to plastic surgeon Eyal Gur who has been working with Orbix Medical to fine tune the internal bra procedure, “There are a lot of younger women whose breasts started to sag even before they have had children and breast fed. Those who are sagging after having kids want to look like they were when they were teenagers. This operation will give them back youthful breasts…the internal bra would be really beneficial to women who have had partial or full mastectomies.” (Source: Daily Mail)
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 15, 2009
Many women are opting for silicone gel implants after reviewing the drawbacks and risks associated with saline. Silicone gel implants offer several advantages over saline implants, and may be most suitable for women who want to achieve natural looking results and have implants that feel like real breast tissue.
Plastic surgeon Allan Parungao says that women who already have saline breast implants can undergo a simple breast implant replacement procedure to make the switch to silicone.
Silicone gel breast implants were approved by the FDA in November 2006 and run a lower risk of implant ruptures and leaking. Dr. Parungao points out that, “Until the FDA approved the new silicone gel implants, women having breast augmentation surgery had only one choice: saline implants…but some women – especially those with very large implants – can experience telltale “rippling” around the edges of the implant.” This is why many women are good candidates for the breast implant replacement procedure, and in many cases, the procedure takes 45 minutes or less.
Dr. Parungao uses a special technique where the breast implant replacement is performed under local anesthesia and the patient experiences little or no discomfort. There is virtually no downtime, so the patient can return to work the next day. (Source: PRWeb.com)
For some women, the cost of silicone gel implants may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty of the saline implants. If the saline implants have ruptured, the patient may be able to upgrade to silicone gel implants without having to pay several hundred dollars for the procedure.
The FDA has approved silicone gel breast implants for cosmetic surgery in women age 22 and older, and these implants are widely regarded as the most natural-looking option for breast augmentation. More information about silicone implants can be found here.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 28, 2009
For the first time in twelve years, the number of breast augmentation procedures performed over the year has outpaced the number of liposuction procedures.
Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for women in the 18 to 35 age bracket, and even with the economic downturn, many cosmetic surgeons have seen a steady increase in demand for breast implants and breast enhancement procedures. The surgery typically costs between $4,500 to $5,000 and is not covered by insurance, but many women turn to patient financing or work with the surgeon to set up a private payment plan.
Surgeons report that demand for breast augmentation and procedures such as Botox, another in-demand procedure for the year, are sought from all socioeconomic classes, but the majority are middle class.
The price of many procedures have become more attractive to many because of increased competition – many cosmetic surgeons have introduced a lineup of enhancement procedures such as Botox, Dysport, Hydrelle fillers and non-invasive procedures such as Zerona laser fat removal to attract more patients to their practice. Once the patient becomes more comfortable with the surgeon and the clinic, they may be more likely to consider more expensive procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction or facelifts.
While there are still several risks involved with the breast augmentation procedure, there are now thousands of licensed and skilled surgeons who have extensive experience with saline and silicone implants. Other procedures that are coming into the spotlight include the ‘Botox breast lift’ and the fat transfer breast augmentation procedure which do not require the insertion of implants.
With these procedures, the doctor simply injects compounds directly into the skin and results are immediate. These less-invasive procedures may offer more benefits over implants in some patients who want to correct sagging breasts and improve their appearance, but research is still underway.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 17, 2009
Women who do not want to undergo breast augmentation and breast reconstruction surgery may now have an attractive to silicone and saline implants. After much debate over the safety and effectiveness of fat injections, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has confirmed that liposuctioned fat may be a good alternative to breast implants. Results of a new study were presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Plastic Surgery 2009 Conference in October, and research pointed to the efficacy and safety surrounding fat injections in breast tissue.
Testing was performed on 50 women between the ages of 17 to 63. Five of the women had two grafting procedures, while the others had just one grafting procedure. Fat was extracted from various parts of the body including the upper thighs, hips and abdomen, and then re-injected into the breasts. In some cases, a graft was performed so that the skin could expand easily from the extra tissue. Each patient returned for a follow up test at the 9 month, three year and five year mark, and researchers report a high satisfaction rate and an average increase in breast volume between the 6 month to 12 month mark (approximately less than a full cup size). The overall success rate for this innovative fat grafting technique was 85%. (Source: eMaxHealth.com)
While this procedure presents a number of benefits and some new options for women seeking breast augmentation, it does have some drawbacks. If the woman was to gain or lose a significant amount of weight, the effects of the fat graft would become obsolete. Researchers also pointed out that natural changes in breast volume because of hormones, stress and other issues, would result in less than desirable results.
Demand for breast augmentation procedures continues to be strong in the United States and overseas. In 2008, more than 307,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States alone.
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