Get Your Body Back with a Mommy Makeover

Many women struggle to lose the leftover baby weight to get back in pre-pregnancy shape. Even losing the extra pounds can leave you with sagging skin, stretch marks, or drooping breasts, and these flaws can be difficult to hide under your clothes. A mommy makeover could be just what you need to get your figure back after having children and can even help provide you with a boost of self-confidence! Dr. Jonov can put together a customized combination of surgical procedures to get rid of excess skin, enhance your breasts, and get rid of stubborn fat so that you can achieve your ideal figure as a new mom. Continue Reading

Surgeons Can Replace Breast Implants with Fat in â??Reverse Liposuctionâ? Procedure

A reverse liposuction procedure may soon become a popular alternative to using breast implants and revision surgery. This procedure replaces breast implants with the patient’s own body fat, rather than new implants, providing natural-looking results, according to a report in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Properly known as simultaneous implant exchange with fat (SIEF), reverse liposuction is a conceptual paradigm shift of using natural fat for volumetric augmentation and breast reshaping, says report author Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio. He used the technique to help a 42-year-old woman who was dissatisfied with the appearance of her breast implants after seven years. She felt that they were too full and rounded, and appeared unnatural.

Although she wanted the implants removed, she was concerned about how her breasts would look afterwards. Dr. Del Vecchio designed the SIEF technique as a way to maintain the natural shape of her breasts after the removal of the implants. Here’s how the reverse liposuction technique works:

  • Over the course of three weeks prior to surgery, the patient uses a bra-like device to gradually expand her breast. The device uses negative pressure  basically vacuum suction to stretch the tissue.
  • Before performing the implant removal surgery, the surgeon harvest fat cells from the patient’s thighs and/or abdomen with liposuction.
  • The fat cells are injected into the space over the implants. This allows the surgeon to sculpt and reshape the breast.
  • The breast implants are removed, and the surgeon can inject additional fat beneath the skin.

When he followed up with his patient one year later, Dr. Del Vecchio discovered that her breasts were roughly the same volume as they had been with breast implants. He was also pleased to find that they looked better than before, with a smoother transition at the top.

Washington Man Accused of Administering Illegal Breast Injections

Police in the small city of Quincy, Washington are hoping to hear from anyone who may be a victim of illegal breast injections. Mario Palafox Valle, a 32-year-old resident of Quincy, has been accused of illegally giving a woman injections to augment the size of her breasts and buttocks. The man was found hiding in a closet during a search of his home, and is being held while an investigation moves forward.

Earlier this month, the Washington health department had ordered Valle to stop performing augmentation injections because he has no health care credentials. According to Oregon Live, the woman who received the injections had to undergo corrective surgery. Police believe that there may be additional victims, and are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.

These types of stories seem to be in the news more and more often lately. People posing as medical practitioners often scam their clients of thousands of dollars, while performing risky procedures that are often life-threatening, or even fatal. Sadly, it is not unusual for patients of people who practice medicine without a license to die unnecessarily.

Why do people do it? In part, it may be because cosmetic surgeries are elective. Many people don’t take them as seriously as medically necessary procedures like open-heart surgery. But any medical procedure is extremely serious and should only be performed by properly trained and licensed professionals.

The other part of the problem, of course, is simple economics. It’s easy for criminals to provide cosmetic surgery on the cheap. After all, without training, proper medical equipment, sanitary procedures, and aftercare, these types of services certainly do cost less than what you might find in a properly accredited facility. Of course, there is the flip side of the equation infections, disfigurement, and potentially fatal complications. It boils down to which one you value more: money or your life.

How can you avoid falling prey to someone pretending to hold a medical license? Most of the time, it boils down to being a good sceptic. Ask about their qualifications, and check with the accrediting body. Ask to see pictures or other evidence of their successful work. Above all, keep an eye on the bottom line, and walk away if the price seems too good to be true.

LoveYourLook.com Launches Online Breast Augmentation Simulator

If you’re thinking about breast implant surgery, you may want to check out the latest New You Visualizer — an interactive tool designed to help you virtually simulate breast augmentation in the privacy of your own home. Mentor Worldwide LLC, a leading saline and silicone breast implants manufacturer, has launched a new educational campaign for women featuring actress and model, Brooke Burke-Charvet as their new spokesperson.”If cosmetic surgery is something you’re considering it’s important to make an informed, healthy decision. In truth, I think the decision-making process is as important as the procedure itself,” said Burke-Charvet.

How the New You Visualizer can work for you

The New You Visualizer, which was developed by Mentor, can be found at LoveYourLook.com. The website allows you to securely upload a photo of yourself and make modifications based on implant size, shape and position. Youâ??re also able to design customized before and after plastic surgery images that you can print or save online for later. “Women are bombarded with information about breast augmentation, but don’t get the answer they really want, specifically ‘How will I look afterward?’. I love that the New You Visualizer empowers women to inform themselves,” Burke-Charvet said. Mentor recommends bringing these simulated images with you to your first plastic surgery consultation. This will help eliminate some of the ambiguity that can arise when discussing your cosmetic goals and expectations “Our goal with this campaign is to enable a better conversation between a woman and her doctor so she can achieve the best results possible,” said David Wilson, Worldwide President, Mentor Worldwide LLC.

Set-up a consultation for breast augmentation

Once you’ve done at-home research on breast augmentation surgery, the next step is to set-up a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Jonov is a leading cosmetic surgeon in Seattle with years of experience performing breast augmentation. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today. Source: PR Newswire

Choosing Your Breast Implants: Implant Size

Choosing breast implant size in SeattleAlthough choosing a breast implant size is only one of many considerations for Seattle breast augmentation patients, it is often the single decision that can cause the most anxiety.

The most common reason this decision is so difficult for patients is because they do not understand how the volumetric measures of breast implants translate to a bra cup size.

The first thing that is important for patients choosing a breast implant size to understand is that bra cup sizes vary wildly from retailer to retailer and are not an exact measurement of breast size. Breast implant sizes are measured by exact volume in cubic centimeters (cc’s), so while a cup size might give you a ballpark range of the overall breast size you are trying to achieve, they will not help you choose an exact breast implant size.

Try to put the idea of C cup and D cup out of your mind while you consider your options. Also, remember that your natural breast tissues will also contribute to the overall size of your breasts after implants have been placed provided your implants are not part of a breast reconstruction procedure.

Breast Implant Sizes

A great place to start your journey to understanding breast implant sizes is with the range of implant sizes or, rather, volumes available in the U.S. There is slight variation in size availability for saline and silicone breast implants, however in general, breast implant volumes range from about 120cc to 850cc.

Saline implants can be overfilled to achieve a slightly larger size, however most patients do not want breast implants that large. In fact, some states even dictate that plastic surgeons may not supply patients with breast implants larger than a certain size (usually 1000cc to 1200cc).

In choosing a breast implant size, it also helps to remember that your skin must stretch to accommodate the implants you choose, so if you have poor skin elasticity or are prone to stretch marks, your cosmetic results may be best if you choose implants that will not put undue stress on your skin.

Breast Implant Profiles

In addition to different volumes, breast implants also come in four different profiles: low, moderate, moderate plus and high profile. The implant profile affects the projection of your breast implants, and although they are not directly related to the implant size, they can affect how large or natural your breasts appear.

The greater the profile of your breast implant, the greater the height of your breast side wall. Many patients who desire more upper pole fullness, or cleavage, and are less concerned that their implants look natural choose high profile implants, as do patients with very narrow breasts.

Tools to Help You Choose a Breast Implant Size

There are many tools Dr. Jonov can provide you with to help you visualize how different breast implant sizes would look after surgery. Although none of them offer an exact representation, they can still give you a general idea of the look and proportions implants would create.

Implant sizer bras are helpful to some patients as they struggle to imagine how they would look with larger breasts. Sizer bras have pockets in them designed to hold replica breast implants of different sizes, allowing you to contrast and compare the effect different breast implant volumes has on your contours. Try on sizer bras with a swimsuit, t-shirt and other tops to see a general approximation of the effect breast implants would have.

A measuring tape can also be a great help. Having your surgeon take measurements of your chest wall dimensions will help you get a better understanding of your existing body proportions and how they would change with different breast implants. Your surgeon will provide you with appropriate context and a brief anatomy lesson during this stage of the decision-making process.

Finally, arguably the best resources available to patients choosing a breast implant size are breast augmentation before and after photos. Looking at before and after photos of other patients who share a similar build, existing breast size and desired breast size can provide some of the most useful direction to women considering implants. Review as many before and after photos as possible as you make your decision.

Input From Your Surgeon

Dr. Jonov will certainly help guide you throughout the process of choosing your ideal breast implants. However, keep in mind that decisions about your implants, including their size, must ultimately rest with you.

Be sure to choose a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable asking questions and gathering all of the information you need to make an informed choice. While Dr. Jonov has spent many years helping women in the Seattle metro choose their breast implants and can offer you invaluable input, you must feel confident in your decision to ensure your expectations for breast augmentation are met.

Choosing Between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

Choosing between silicone gel or saline breast implants is often one of the most confusing and difficult decisions Seattle breast augmentation patients must make. Each implant material has its pros and cons, so there is no clear way to say which type of implant is best, and each patient must decide based largely on their personal goals and preferences.

Look and Feel

Both silicone and saline implants can give you a natural look, particularly if the implants are placed under the chest muscles, however silicone breast implants have a reputation for providing a more natural feel. This makes sense, given that silicone implants today are made of a cohesive gel material that more closely mimics the weight and suppleness of natural breast tissue than liquid saline solution. Patients who are very thin or have little natural breast tissue to cover their implants are often good candidates for silicone gel implants because the implants are softer and less prone to rippling, allowing for a more natural look and feel. Patients with pronounced asymmetry in the size of their natural breasts may also be good candidates for saline implants, as the volume of saline solution in each implant can be adjusted to even out the breasts.

Scarring

Saline breast implants are composed of an outer silicone shell and a filling of liquid saline solution. Because the saline solution can be added after the implant shells have been placed in the chest wall, the incisions needed to place saline implants are slightly smaller. There are also more options as to where incisions can be placed with saline implants. Unlike silicone implants, which can be inserted only through incisions in each breast fold (inframammary incisions) or along each armpit (transaxillary incisions), saline implants can also be inserted through incisions around the border of each areola (periareolar incisions) and even through the belly button (TUBA incision). Thus, saline implants result in smaller scars (about half an inch smaller) than silicone implants and offer more options for patients in terms of where their breast augmentation scars are located.

Safety

In 2006, the FDA ended a 14-year moratorium on silicone breast implants that was instituted because lawmakers felt there was insufficient evidence to rule that the implants were safe. After years of rigorous testing, the FDA allowed silicone implants to re-enter the market because no scientific data had been produced to link silicone implants to systemic diseases they were previously assumed to cause. From a scientific standpoint, the safety of silicone implants and saline implants is identical. The only difference between the two from a legal standpoint is that patients must be 22 to have silicone implants, whereas they can be as young as 18 to have saline implants. Patients who choose either option can rest assured that all FDA approved breast implants are safe and will not directly affect your health and wellness in any way, positively or negatively.

Breast Implant Cost

Breast implant manufacturers charge about $1,000 more for silicone breast implants than saline breast implants, so breast augmentation with silicone implants is slightly more expensive initially. Also, consider that patients with silicone implants should have an MRI three years after surgery and every two years thereafter, as there is no other way to detect breast cancer or implant ruptures with silicone implants. Saline implants, on the other hand, do not require an MRI to detect cancer and will visibly deflate if they are ruptured. Due to the cost of periodic MRIs, the cost of maintaining silicone implants can be slightly higher in the long run.

The Bottom Line

It is easy to get overwhelmed evaluating the pros and cons of saline and silicone breast implants, but before you do, remember that you have a guiding light in this process: your cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Jonov has decades of experience and has helped hundreds of Seattle breast enhancement patients choose the best breast implants to meet their unique needs. Trust Dr. Jonov to help you make this important decision, and feel free to ask questions, talk to other breast augmentation patients and look at plenty of breast augmentation before and after photos before you decide on silicone or saline breast implants.

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Breast Asymmetry Considerations before Breast Augmentation

breasts One reason a woman may choose to have a breast augmentation is to achieve better symmetry in the breasts if they differ in size and/or shape, which is known as breast asymmetry. Sometimes the asymmetry is obvious, but often women are unaware of a slight asymmetry of their own breasts, and itâ??s very common.

Women should be aware that a breast augmentation could accentuate the imperfection when the asymmetry is more pronounced, according to surgeons who participated in a panel on the topic at the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“It is important for surgeons to assess the patient’s breast symmetry before operating to determine whether the surgery is necessary and if it will make the asymmetry more obvious,” said Dr. Jack Fisher, the panel’s moderator.

Breast Asymmetry & Patient Satisfaction

The key to a high patient satisfaction rate is, according to plastic surgeon Dr. Laurie Casas, to fully inform the patient that this kind of augmentation is extremely challenging, but that using a detailed analytic approach, we can achieve a very aesthetically pleasing outcome within the limits set by their preoperative anatomic characteristics.”

When creating a breast augmentation plan for those with breast asymmetry, plastic surgeons must evaluate all elements that contribute to it including volume, nipple position and chest wall deformity in order to increase patient satisfaction.

Before breast surgery on those with breast asymmetry, the plastic surgeon should be clear with the patient about the challenges of augmentation posed by the asymmetry, so that patients are fully informed and have realistic expectations about their results.

Also, new technology, such as 4-dimensional imaging, can help patients during the consultation process so they have reasonable expectations.

Learn more about breast augmentation, which can help patients achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape.

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