Enhance Your Breasts with Breast Implant Surgery in Las Vegas
Breast augmentation with implants can achieve the positive change you wish to see in your figure. Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Mary Herte has the extensive training and artistic ability necessary to achieve shapely breasts that complement your body and your lifestyle. In order to determine if breast implants are right for you, a thorough consultation and discussion is warranted.
During your consultation, one of your most important decisions is whether to choose saline or silicone breast implants to enhance your breast size and shape. To help you decide which type of breast implant to choose, Dr. Herte takes into account your physique, aesthetic goals and unique concerns. Together, you can work out your best implant choice.
Silicone Breast Implants Las Vegas
Like saline breast implants, silicone implants have a flexible outer shell made of silicone. However, the silicone implant is filled with a thick silicone gel. Now fully approved by the FDA, silicone breast implants also come in a wider variety of sizes, shapes, and profiles.
Because the filling material in silicone implants is more like the consistency of your own breast tissue, you may find that for breast augmentation and breast lift, silicone implants have a superior aesthetic appearance and a softer, more natural look. Silicone gel also keeps the outer shell from wrinkling as sharply and visibly (especially important if you have very thin breast tissue coverage). The gel fill also protects the shell and helps the implants last longer.
Silicone implants come pre-filled, so most silicone implants cannot be inserted through the belly button or armpit incision. Particularly large silicone gel implants may require a slightly larger incision. If a silicone implant should ever leak, you may be unaware of it, because the gel remains trapped in the breast implant capsule and is not absorbed as the saline solution is. This can allow you to look “normal” despite having a broken implant and you can take more time to schedule your implant replacement surgery. Some women may still have anxiety about the safety of silicone implants, despite the extensive study and data analysis that led the FDA to approved silicone gel implants as safe and effective for general use.
Saline Breast Implants Las Vegas
Comprised of a silicone outer shell filled with a saline solution, saline breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and profiles.
Because saline implants are filled after they are inserted into the breasts, small adjustments in size can be made to improve symmetry. While it is generally thought that smaller incisions are needed for saline implants (because they are inserted empty), Dr. Herte uses small incisions for both silicone and saline implants; the size of the incision relates to accurate placement and careful surgery, rather than the size of the implant. Another advantage to saline-filled implants is that if an implant ruptures, the saline solution is absorbed by the body without harm. And when a saline implant deflates, you may be alerted quickly to the problem.
Saline implants feel a bit less natural and their shell is more likely to have wrinkles that you can see or feel especially if you are quite thin. However, by placing the implant beneath the chest muscle, Dr. Herte can help overcome this disadvantage of saline implants for patients at our Las Vegas Plastic Surgery center, showcasing the feel of your own tissue, for a more natural look and feel. Saline implants generally have a shorter lifespan than silicone implants as well, and a full deflation may be abrupt causing a “social emergency”.
Who is a Good Candidates for Breast Implants?
As with all plastic surgery procedures, breast augmentation with implants is most successful when you have realistic expectations. Enhancing the size and shape of the breasts will change your physique. This can result in heightened feelings of self-esteem, but cannot help you overcome a negative body image if this has been a problem for you in the past. Discussing your concerns and expectations with Dr. Herte, you will be able to make an informed and confident decision about breast implant surgery.
Breast Implants vs. Other Procedures
There are two ways in which the breasts may be enhanced. In many cases, breast implant surgery is ideal. The insertion of well proportioned implants adds volume and shape. It may also lift the breasts somewhat. Depending on the condition of skin and breast tissue, some women may choose breast lift as opposed to implants. Dr. Herte provides the full extent of information needed to choose which approach to breast enhancement is right for each patient.
Where is the Placement of Breast Implants?
In addition to the size, type, and shape of implants, placement is an important consideration. Implants may be placed either above or below the muscle of the chest wall. The benefit of submuscular placement is that the additional tissue over the implant can improve the shape of the breasts. In women with little natural breast tissue, this is particularly important because the goal is to “hide” the implant, not to make it an obvious, artificial structure on the chest.
To achieve the most natural appearance, augmented breasts should retain a slight slope at the top. An overly rounded breast may not look as natural as desired. The pressure that is placed on the implant by muscle tissue facilitates this slope. In most cases where saline implants are chosen, their stiffness requires this pressure.
What Can I Expect From a Breast Implant Procedure?
Breast implant surgery is performed in an accredited outpatient surgery facility under general anesthesia. You will sleep during the procedure, which usually takes about an hour. After we monitor you for a short time, you will be able to go home to complete your recovery. Most patients are back to their normal routine within about 7 to 10 days. This excludes heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. While you may be able to work and perform most of your usual tasks, you may notice that your breasts feel “tight” or sensitive for a month or so. Depending on the size and type of implant you have selected, you will notice that your breasts continue to “settle” for up to two months. Click to view before and after photos of Dr. Herte’s breast implant patient’s results.
Will Breast Implants Cause Stretch Marks?
Women considering breast implant surgery may worry that the quick growth will cause stretch marks. The risk of permanent marks is very low, because the skin over breasts tends to be quite elastic and resilient.
Learn More about Breast Implants from The Herte Center in Las Vegas
Augmenting your breasts can enhance not only your figure but your state of mind. At the Herte Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing each patient with all of the information needed to make an educated decision. To request more info about saline or silicone implants, discuss questions with our knowledgeable staff, or to schedule an in-depth breast implant consultation with Dr. Mary Herte, contact our Las Vegas cosmetic surgery center today.
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