Breast Implant Information, Absolutely Essential
Due to genetics, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or trauma, women frequently opt to undergo breast enhancement to achieve a shapelier contour. I can provide breast implant information and help patients reach their goals through this plastic surgery procedure.
Because we perform so many breast revision surgeries, obviously it is very important that we have as much information regarding the previous operation as possible, including breast implant manufacturer, size of implant, volume and cc, smooth versus textured, lot number, catalog and serial numbers of the implant, shape of the implant, as well as the profile of the implant.
It is with great disbelief that approximately 70 percent of the revisions I perform, patients have no idea what size implants they have or whether they are textured or smooth or who the manufacturer of the implants are. The following is critical information that all patients should have, whether their surgery is performed in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills or Timbuktu.
During an appointment, patients can learn of the various choices available to them when considering breast augmentation surgery (“augmentation mammaplasty”). The most important factors to take into account include breast implant type, incision location, and implant placement. Each individual is thoroughly examined in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
- Silicone vs. saline implants. The patient needs to know obviously whether she has had silicone gel implants placed or salt water saline implants placed. Most patients do know the difference between silicone and saline and primarily approximately 90 percent of the patients will know whether they have had silicone versus saline implants, but do not know the volume of the implant nor the smooth versus textured coating on the bags.
- Profile of implant. Most patients have no idea as to whether they have a moderate, moderate plus high profile implant and whether the implant is manufactured from Mentor or Allergen Pharmaceutical. The older implants include the Dow Corning and PIP implants that can be deciphered due to history, especially silicone gel that were placed over 25 years ago or if the implants were made in France, they may be the PIP implants which are no longer used in the United States of America. Breast implant profiles can include moderate flat, moderate plus mid range and high profile roundest fullest with least diameter of the bag. Different implants will patients differently and will allow for a better result specifically associated with the anatomy of each individual woman.
- Textured vs. smooth. We don't use textured implants any longer in my practice. I feel that they adhere to the tissue, lead to malposition and sticking like fibrous Velcro and they are difficult, if not yet totally, impossible to move the implant around in the pocket, especially if it lays and sticks in the wrong position. We use smooth saline and smooth silicone implants.
- Shape of the implants. We use round implants. We do not use teardrop, anatomical or wide-base shaped implants due to the rotation or deformity that can occur and lead to an absolutely horrific, bizarre, distressed patient. Round implants are what we use in all moderate, moderate plus and high profile patients whether they are saline or silicone.
- Lastly, the manufacturer of the implant should be known, whether it is Mentor, Allergan or previous Dow Corning implants from the past. In the United States of America, the only two FDA-approved implants as of July 28, 2010 are Mentor Corporation (now with Johnson and Johnson), Natrelle Allergen implants (previously known as McGhan). Find out your catalog lot number and serial number. This will be provided on the device and Identification Card, which will be given to you through either Mentor or Allergen, which is found in the boxes of your implants and your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should give this to you in the recovery room with the nurse staff and you should keep this in a safe place for future reference, especially if you need to undergo breast revision surgery in the future.
To see examples of my work, be sure to view breast implant before and after photos.
Breast Enhancement Surgeon
In practice for more than 10 years, I am board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Prospective breast implant surgery patients may call my practice at (310) 275-4513, send us an e-mail, or fill out a contact form.
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