Planning breast augmentation involves more than just selecting a cup size. One of the decisions that a patient must make is selecting her implant profile, or how far the implant projects forward from her chest. This is a commonly misunderstood aspect of breast implants, and one that Dr. Nirav Savalia, a top plastic surgery specialist in Orange County, would like to explain in detail in this post. Continue reading “Breast Implant Profiles: How to Select What’s Best for You” »
Dr. Nirav Savalia is a trusted Orange County breast surgeon that has helped thousands of women enhance the size of their breasts with saline or silicone implants. Occasionally, Dr. Savalia receives inquiries from women that are no longer satisfied with the size of their breast implants and are interested in breast implant revision. He is happy to help these women select a breast size that is better suited to their personal preferences. Implants come in many different sizes to satisfy different goals. Continue reading “Revising Breast Implant Size” »
Are you accompanying your girlfriend, your wife or even your best friend to her breast augmentation consultation? If so, you and your opinion are important to her. As your loved one’s “wing woman” or “wing man,” you play a key role in the consultative process.
To help make the appointment as smooth and productive as possible for both you and the patient, Dr. Nirav Savalia, trusted Newport Beach breast surgeon, has some helpful tips. Continue reading “Accompanying a Loved One to Her Breast Augmentation Consultation? Read This First” »
The life expectancy of breast implants is an oft-discussed topic during breast augmentation consultations with Dr. Nirav Savalia. Women that make the time and financial commitment of surgery want to know how long they can reasonably expect to enjoy their results. Dr. Savalia thought this would make an excellent topic for a blog post; he addresses the answer here. Continue reading “Life Expectancy of Breast Implants” »
One of the most important decisions you will need to make before your breast augmentation surgery is choosing the type of and shape of breast implant you will have placed. Breast implants come in two main shapes, round and teardrop. To help you with your decision, Dr. Savalia of Newport Beach Plastic Surgeons wants to share the following information regarding your implant choices.
Round Breast Implants
Following weight loss or pregnancy, it’s common for breasts to become deflated and lose volume, particularly in the upper half. If you seek more upper breast fullness, round breast implants may be the appropriate choice. Round implants, as their name suggests, are proportionate and symmetrical. Because of their shape, round implants do not look abnormal in case they rotate inside the breast pocket. Smooth round implants are a popular choice because they tend not to wrinkle as much as textured implants.
Many women who choose round implants do so for the lift, cleavage and fullness, resulting in younger-looking breasts. On the other hand, other patients do not choose round implants because they feel the implants look too artificial.
Teardrop-Shaped Breast Implants
Teardrop breast implants, also known as anatomical implants, closely resemble the shape of natural breasts, filling out more on the bottom than the top. While teardrop implants come in both saline and silicone gel, many women prefer form-stable, highly cohesive silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants. Gummy bear implants have a textured shell, mimicking the look and feel of natural breasts. The textured outer shell also helps reduce the chance that the implant will rotate. However, in the rare case that they do rotate, the breast may look distorted.
Breast Implants Are a Personal Choice
When it comes down to it, the type of implants you choose is a personal decision. The type of breast implant that looks good on your friend may not be best for you. During your initial consultation with Dr. Savalia, he will discuss your personal concerns and goals to determine what type of breast implants are best for you. Here are a few factors that he will take into consideration before making his recommendations:
- Your body type and frame
- How much breast tissue currently exists
- Placement of the implant
- Incision site
To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Savalia, contact us today. Please call the Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery at (949) 759-0980.
Are you considering enhancing your breasts through breast lift or breast augmentation surgery? Learn the facts about both procedures from a trusted source. In this blog post, leading Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Nirav Savalia clears up some common misconceptions regarding breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.
Myth #1: Breast Implants are not Natural-Looking
Thanks to advances in breast implant technology, modern implants look and feel very natural. What’s more, a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Savalia is highly-trained in the latest surgical techniques to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Savalia offers his Newport Beach patients several implant types, including the popular “gummy bear” implants. These highly cohesive silicone gel implants are designed to mimic natural breast tissue and are teardrop shaped, just like natural breasts.
Myth #2: Breastfeeding After Breast Lift or Augmentation is Dangerous
Many women worry their implants could leak and potentially contaminate their breast milk. This is highly unlikely as modern breast implants are strong and safe. It is important to note, however, that the incision pattern used to place a woman’s implants can affect her ability to properly breastfeed. For example, the periareolar approach involves making a small incision around the nipple, which can possibly interfere with the milk ducts. If you plan on breastfeeding in the future, Dr. Savalia can use an incision pattern that does not require making an incision close to the nipple or milk ducts.
Myth #3: Breast Augmentation Alone Can Correct Breast Sag
While breast augmentation can correct slight breast sag for some women, there are a few things to consider. First, if your nipple sits below your natural breast crease line, it is highly unlikely that breast augmentation can fully correct the breast sag. Second, while breast augmentation can help you achieve the breast size you have always wanted, the truth is, fuller breasts are more likely to sag due to the effects of gravity. For women who want bigger and perkier breasts, Dr. Savalia can combine breast augmentation with lift. Breast lift with implants resizes and reshapes your breasts for a more beautiful appearance.
Myth #4: Combining Breast Lift and Augmentation is Dangerous
Not only is combining breast lift with augmentation safe, there are several benefits to combining the two procedures. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Savalia, breast lift with implants can achieve breasts that are both fuller and perkier, adding to a more beautiful physique. Additionally, a combination procedure means you only undergo surgery once and avoid additional visits to your plastic surgeon’s office. Your body heals all at once from breast lift and augmentation, allowing you to enjoy the results you seek faster.
Learn More from Dr. Savalia
Do you have more questions regarding breast lift or breast augmentation? Dr. Savalia, a renowned plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, will gladly answer all of your questions. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (949) 759-0980.
Recently, the FDA approved a new type of breast implant called INSPIRA™. The new implant is the most recent addition to the Natrelle® product line, which already included anatomically shaped implants, round gel implants and silicone implants. The Natrelle® line now offers 243 size options with a range of projection styles. Here is a closer look at the new Natrelle INSPIRA™ implant and how it differs from existing options.
Natrelle INSPIRA™ Qualities
The new Natrelle INSPIRA™ implant is a silicone gel, smooth round implant. The smooth round implants are the more classic implant style as compared to modern anatomically shaped implants that mimic the natural distribution of breast volume. However, the new implant differs from other round implant options with its higher fill ratio.
The Benefits of Higher Fill Ratio
Higher fill ratio means that there is slightly more silicone gel filler per unit of volume. In the case of the INSPIRA™ implants, a more highly cohesive gel filler is also used. In my experience, I’ve noticed a slight difference in feel and lower wrinkle susceptibility in implants with a higher fill ratio. The denser volume of gel filler in the implant can result in a decreased chance of rippling and longer shell longevity.
The Value of a Breast Augmentation Specialist
While implant type and brand can certainly have an impact on your end results, there is nothing more crucial to natural-looking breast augmentation results than your surgeon. I take special care to understand my patient’s needs while approaching their surgery with the accumulated knowledge that comes only from years of experience. Excellent breast implant results can be possible with a range of implants, but a highly skilled surgeon is less interchangeable.
While breast implants can improve body proportions for many women seeking an enhanced appearance, active women may feel unsure of how to approach breast augmentation. Large breasts can sometimes inhibit certain strenuous athletic activities, which may cause athletic women to feel as if breast augmentation isn’t for them.
To the contrary, I see excellent results with breast augmentation in women of all lifestyles, including very active women. Here are four tips for active women considering breast implants.
1. Discuss Your Goals with Your Surgeon
Fostering a communicative surgeon-patient relationship is critical in achieving the best cosmetic results. When it comes to breast implants, I highly encourage women to inform their surgeon if they have an active lifestyle or plan to adopt one. Being aware of your needs can help your surgeon develop the most suitable approach to your procedure.
2. Opt for a More Moderate Implant Size
In order to maintain maximum comfort in your active life, women are advised to opt for a more moderate implant size. While athletic breast implant patients can still achieve a significant enhancement, very large implants are likely to become cumbersome and interfere with vigorous sports and exercise.
3. Consider Subglandular Placement
One primary concern of active breast implant patients is whether they can safely perform chest exercises after augmentation. Because submuscular placement may restrict your long-term flexibility when it comes to lifting, chest presses and weights, some women may opt for subglandular placement instead.
4. Avoid Chest-Focused Exercise for At Least Six Weeks
Allowing your body the proper time to heal before resuming your exercise routine is important in maintaining optimal long-lasting augmentation results. Patients should wait a minimum of six weeks after surgery before participating in any chest-focused exercise to avoid unnecessary irritation or inflammation of the implant pocket.
It’s a common misconception among breast augmentation patients that implant revision is almost always performed as a result of implant rupture. In fact, most of the patients that I see for breast implant revision elect to undergo revision surgery for reasons completely unrelated to implant failure, whether for a placement issue or simply to maintain a youthful appearance. Here’s a closer look at four of the best reasons to consider breast implant revision.
1. Change in Size
Women with breast implants may decide to swap out their implants for a different size after some time enjoying their original size choice. Lifestyle changes, weight fluctuations or simply desiring a different look can all warrant a size update, whether that means going larger or smaller.
2. Swap Saline for Silicone (or Vice Versa)
With modern implant styles constantly being updated for improved augmentation results, women with older implants may decide to switch to newer ones. Additionally, some women’s bodies respond better to one implant type than another. This can mean swapping saline implants for silicone, or vice versa.
3. Correct Implant Malposition
Implant malposition can be caused by incorrect implant placement or the implant pocket becoming too large. Malposition can be detected by breasts that are too close together (synmastia), too far apart (lateral displacement), or that have shifted too low on the torso (bottoming out).
4. Treat Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that forms around an implant becomes overly hardened, resulting in implants that feel hard or even sore to the touch. Capsular contracture can be corrected by removing the hardened scar tissue before replacing the implant.
While many of my patients have a specific idea of what the perfect breasts should look like after breast enhancement, some may not realize that their goal figure involves not only a larger size, but also a higher placement. To achieve the often-held ideal of a high, full profile after breast augmentation, there are three reasons I recommend including a breast lift as well.
1. Can Better Meet Cosmetic Goals
Many women find that their hopes for breast enhancement surgery cannot be met by only one procedure. While women with a minor degree of drooping can sometimes find a solution in implants alone, others may have appearance concerns that are better addressed with a breast lift, like significant sagging. Combining a breast lift with implants helps my patients achieve both goals.
2. Addresses Volume and Placement
Implants don’t bring the breasts to a higher position, and may even increase the degree of existing sagging, especially in women who already have a generous breast volume. A lift restores a perkier profile, but won’t significantly boost cup size. Combining a lift with implants can increase the size of the breasts while simultaneously raising the bust line, enhancing cleavage and creating a flattering figure.
3. Brings Out the Best in Both Surgeries
Including a breast lift with your implants can enhance the results of both surgeries when compared to the results of either surgery alone. While a breast lift can tighten the skin and trim away any excess, breast implants can fill the breast first to result in less excess skin in the first place for minimal scarring. Additionally, a breast lift can reposition the nipple if necessary and even resize the areola, providing better balance to your enhanced breasts.