Replace or keep current implants? (Photo)
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19 year old saline implants. Lift with change of implants?
Changing breast implants
Your now 20 year old breast augmentation has aged well. Your options are many. As you probably know, all breast implants have a life span. Yours are near the end of their life span and should be exchanged. Other options for saline versus silicone, type of breast lift procedure, and under or over muscle are best discussed with an American Board of Plastic Surgery board certified plastic surgeon in a personal consultation. Good luck!
Keep or replace implants
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Replace or Keep Current Implants
In regards to implants alone, this is usually said to be mistake by patients reflecting back at the decision. Most breasts will look larger and more droopy with solely implants. They will sag more and sooner, due to the sudden and excess weight. At times it's possible for a “Snoopy” breast or double bubble to develop as a result. There are a variety of techniques for a #BreastLift. I prefer to use the short scar technique, “#lollipop scar” or “#donut lift” rather than the majority of surgeons in the United States that use an anchor pattern lift which involve more significant scarring. Although the “anchor-shape” or inverted “T” incision is still more popular in the United States, it represents an older technique with extensive #scarring and a less optimal result in many cases.
Additionally, scar therapy with #scar maturation products (e.g. BioCorneum or Embrace) is recommended for the best scar and can be started a few weeks following your surgery.
Concerns pertaining to your personal #healing should always be discussed with your surgeon. Saline tends to be a little less natural feeling than silicone, but it can also create a more dramatic upper breast appearance, which some women prefer. A new saline breast implants option called Ideal Implant™ was recently FDA approved and is now being offered here at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery Newport Beach. The #IdealImplant was created for women who are not comfortable having silicone implants in their body, but desire a more natural feeling implant than traditional saline implants on the market. The unique structure of the Ideal Implant allows for a similar look and feel as silicone with the safety of saline.
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