Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery – SF Bay Area

Posted September 02, 2019 in Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Capsular Contracture, Home

Breast Implant Revision Surgery is performed when there is a problem with the breast implants. Some problems are subjective, for example when the implants are judged to be too small or too large. Other problems are objective, such as issues with the breasts’ shape, firmness, symmetry or position. These are commonly associated with Capsular Contracture and breast implant malposition. A third group of breast implant problems require urgent attention, like infections or exposure of the breast implants.

Today’s post reviews Breast Revision Surgery and the treatment for some of the more common Breast Augmentation Problems.

Capsular Contracture Correction

Capsular Contracture occurs when the normal pocket that holds the breast implant in place becomes tight. It can be tight all around the implant causing firmness and a reduction in the apparent size of the implant(s), or it can be along one side, pushing the implant out of position, usually upward.

Breast Implant Revision for Capsular Contracture Before and After Pictures - Front View

These breast augmentation revision before and after pictures show grade III/IV capsular contracture of the right breast preoperatively, and the result of removing the tight capsule (capsulectomy) thus lowering the breast mound to match the left side. (Click image for uncensored view.)

In the Breast Implant Revision Before and After Pictures above, the right breast mound is significantly higher, and harder, than the normal appearing left breast mound (Grade III Capsular Contracture). This is a problem for the patient both in and out of clothing, and with time, the right breast has become tender (Grade IV Capsular Contracture).

This Breast Implant Malposition was treated with a complete capsulectomy, removal of the tight scar. The result is a softer breast, that is lowered back to its normal and symmetrical position. The areolae are also more symmetrical postoperatively. To see the nipple position, click or touch the picture above and the censoring will be removed. Tap again to replace it.

Symmastia Correction for Uniboob

Symmastia is a specific type of Breast Implant Malposition where the implant(s) move toward the midline. It is more common in women with tighter skin and larger, high profile breast implants. Just like raising the towers on the Golden Gate Bridge would raise the bridge’s cables across the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, the high profile breast implants have raised the skin across the sternum causing a Uniboob Deformity or “Bread Loafing”. In addition, this patient has “bottoming-out” of her breast implants, greater on her right side.

Breast Implant Revision for Symastia or Uniboob Before and After Pictures - Front View

These breast augmentation revision before and after pictures show symmastia of the breasts and bottoming out (right greater than left) preoperatively. The after photo shows the result of symmastia repair and breast implant replacement with smaller breast implants and raising of the inframammary folds (IMFs) thus getting rid of the uniboob bread-loafing of the implants in the midline. (Click image for uncensored view.)

The Symmastia Deformity was corrected by both repairing the damage and addressing the original problem to prevent recurrence. The damage was repaired by closing the original capsule medially, forming a pseudoneopocket in the correct anatomical position and reinforcing the repair. Since the original cause was breast implants too large for the chest, they were replaced with smaller implants. The after picture shows that the breasts have been elevated and separated into two separate breast mounds. Breast symmetry is improved and the reduction in breast implant size should help to maintain the superior cosmetic result.

Stage 1 – Breast Implant Removal for Impending Exposure

Breast Implant Exposure and Breast Implant Infections are emergencies, and require prompt surgical intervention. In the picture below, the square area at the base of her left breast is the lower edge of the breast implant which is about to erode through the breast skin. Once exposed, infection is inevitable, so the implant was removed promptly to prevent this eventuality.

Breast Implant Removal for impending breast implant exposure Before and After Pictures - Front View

These breast augmentation revision before and after pictures show stage one of treatment for breast implant exposure. Once an implant is exposed, it requires removal to prevent infection and sepsis. The after photo reveals that the left breast was smaller before breast augmentation, confirmed by the removal of a larger breast implant during surgery. (Click image for uncensored view.)

An inframammary incision was used to remove the breast implant, and the damaged skin at the base of the breast was also removed to allow for a secure closure. Her left breast implant was larger than the right, because her left breast was smaller than her right breast before Breast Augmentation. The size discrepancy is apparent in the after picture

Stage 2 – Breast Implant Replacement after Exposure

After breast implant infection or exposure, a minimum of three months is allowed to pass before replacing the breast implant. This is to reduce the risk of another infection. After three months, the patient returned to the operating room for delayed Breast Implant Replacement.

Breast Implant Replacement after breast implant exposure Before and After Pictures - Front View

These breast augmentation revision before and after pictures show stage two of treatment for breast implant exposure. After the breast implant is removed, and the site heals for several months, the breast implant can be replaced. The after photo shows the restoration of symmetrical breast mounds after Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation. (Click image for uncensored view.)

The before and after pictures above show the results of the second stage of reconstruction. The breast implants were replaced without complications, and the patient was happy to have her figure back.

Breast Augmentation Revision Consultations

If you are considering Breast Augmentation Revision be certain to consult with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353, to schedule a private consultation appointment in my Walnut Creek, CA, plastic surgery office.

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Breast Implant Removal in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted August 26, 2019 in Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Home

Breast Implant Removal is performed for about 1% of all Breast Augmentation patients. It is not a common procedure. Often it is elective, but sometimes it is as necessary as it is unwanted.

Breast Implant Removal Before and After Pictures - Side View

These breast implant removal before and after pictures show the result of removing moderate sized breast implants from a woman with young, elastic skin. No lift was needed. (Click image for uncensored view.)

Why Breast Implants Are Removed

Breast Implant Removal is chosen for many reasons ranging from completely elective to emergency situations. Elective reasons include the desire to have smaller breast, anticipating pregnancy and breast feeding and even a desire to exchange the current breast implants for larger ones. Urgent situations include exposure and infection of the implants.

How Are Breast Implants Removed?

Breast Implant Removal With Breast Lift Before and After Pictures - Side View

These breast implant removal before and after pictures show the result of removing ptotic, “bottomed-out” breast implants with a Breast Lift performed at the same time. (Click image for uncensored view.)

Breast Implants are often removed during a relatively short outpatient procedure through the same incisions originally used to place them.

For Saline Breast Implants, after a small incision is made the implants are deflated and then removed. The empty shell allows removal through a smaller incision.

Silicone Breast Implants are not deflated prior to removal to avoid leaving silicone inside the breasts. If silicone breast implants are already ruptured, the capsule is often removed to contain the extravasated silicone and to prevent gel migration.

Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Breast Implant Removal Before and After Pictures - Side View

These breast implant removal before and after pictures show the result of removing large breast implants from breasts with less elastic skin. No lift was performed, so the skin sags after the loss of support previously provided by the breast implants. (Click image for uncensored view.)

Recovery after Elective Breast Implant Removal is normally just a few days. If a capsulectomy is performed, a drain is often placed, and it may take longer for the swelling to subside. Aesthetically, the appearance of the breasts continues to improve for several months as the skin recoils postoperatively.

BioCell® Textured Breast Implants

Since the recall of BioCell® Textured Breast Implants a few weeks ago, I have received several phone inquiries regarding breast implant removal. This textured surface is associated with a small risk of developing BIA-ALCL; however, the FDA’s current recommendation is to leave the implants in place and follow them clinically for signs and symptoms including enlargement due to fluid collections around the implants and swelling.

Despite the FDA’s current recommendations, some patients feel more comfortable having their BioCell® textured breast implants removed or replaced. Allergan® will provide smooth replacement implants at not charge (until July 24, 2021). Since the FDA does not recommend removal, there is no financial support available for the elective surgical removal of BioCell® textured breast implants.

Breast Implant Removal Consultations

If you are considering elective Breast Implant Removal, be certain to consult with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In cases with larger implants and skin laxity, a Breast Lift may be recommended, either at the time of breast implant removal or staged after recovery.

An experienced plastic surgeon can discuss these and other options with you and offer personalized guidance during an in-person consultation appointment. To schedule a private consultation in our Walnut Creek plastic surgery office call (925) 943-6353.

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Allergan Updates Recalled BioCell Textured Implant Warranty

Posted August 12, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Home, Patient Safety

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On July 24, 2019, Allergan withdrew all BioCell textured breast implants from the market.

Last month, Allergan® recalled every textured breast implant they sold in the US. Read my previous post for details about the BioCell® Textured Breast Implants Recall.

This month, Allergan® has updated their warranty for the affected BioCell® Textured Breast Implants. The following information comes directly from Allergan®, and is correct at the time of publication. As with any warranty, be sure to check with Allergan® directly if you have questions about their products.

What Implants Are Covered?

The BioCell® Replacement Warranty covers all BioCell® textured implants that were manufactured under the brands McGhan®, Inamed®, Allergan® or Natrelle®. Both saline and silicone gel-filled textured implants are covered. This coverage will be available through July 24, 2021. Please note that Natrelle® smooth breast implants are not subject to this withdrawal.

What Are The Replacement Options?

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The FDA web site has up-to-date breast implant and BIA-ALCL information.

The FDA recommends not to remove devices if you do not have symptoms. However, if you and your plastic surgeon decide that replacing your device(s) is in your best interest, you can choose any Allergan® smooth breast implant(s) as a replacement on or before July 24, 2021.

You should bring your current patient ID card or any other information available about your implants with you to your appointment. You and your plastic surgeon will decide on the best size and style as a replacement option for you. Your plastic surgeon will request your replacement implants from Allergan® on your behalf.

Are Surgery Fees Covered?

No. As part of this program, Allergan® will not provide surgical fee assistance. This decision is aligned with the FDA’s recommendation not to remove textured implants or other types of breast implants in patients who have no symptoms of BIA-ALCL.

What If I DO NOT Explant My Textured Implants?

If you choose not to explant your BioCell® textured devices, you will continue to be covered under the Natrelle® ConfidencePlus® Warranty, which includes comprehensive coverage including rupture, capsular contracture and late seroma. More information about the Natrelle® ConfidencePlus® Warranty can be found at Allergan.com.

How Do I Know If My Implants Are Textured?

Allergan Smooth and Textured Breast Implants

Allergan Smooth and Textured Breast Implants

Most breast implants used world-wide are Smooth Breast Implants. All teardrop shaped implants are textured, so if you have teardrop shaped breast implants, you have textured implants. For Allergan®, these are called style-410. Some round implants are textured. You will need the catalogue number for your breast implants to know if they are textured.

Please visit Allergan.com to understand how to read your product ID card. If you don’t have a card, or would like to speak to someone at Allergan, please contact Allergan Medical Information at 1-800-678-1605, option #2, or email IR-Medcom@allergan.com.

How Do I Learn More About BIA-ALCL?

I am constantly updating my blog with new information about BIA-ALCL and other Plastic Surgery News. So keep tuned to the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog for more information. Additional reading is available on the FDA Website.

Textured Implant Removal or Exchange Consultations

If you are concerned about your breast implants and are considering changing size or style, be sure to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you. In the San Francisco Bay Area, call our Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery Center at (925) 943-6353 to schedule your appointment.

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Breast Implant Options – What Are Your choices?

Posted July 29, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Options, Home

Today, Breast Implants come in different shapes, sizes and materials. For experienced board certified plastic surgeons, these are exciting options that provide us with the opportunity to customize your look and maximize your results. However, for patients, too many options can sometimes lead to overload and confusion. Today’s post will help navigate through the alternatives available for breast augmentation. There is no substitute for an in-person consultation appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Until then, the following is a brief introduction to the currently available breast implant options to get you started on your way.

Breast Implant Fillers – Silicone Vs. Saline

Breast Augmentation Before and After - Front View

These breast augmentation before and after pictures show results using silicone gel breast implants. (Click image for uncensored view.)

All breast implants have silicone shells and are classified as either silicone gel or saline depending on the filler. The current Silicone Gel Breast Implants are more popular than saline because today’s Silicone Gel is highly cohesive. This extra high strength gel is safer and more predictable because it does not flow. It supports the shape of the breast implant shell while remaining soft to the touch. Consequently, silicone gel filled breast implants have a lower incidence of rippling when compared with saline. They are also available in a greater variety of sizes, shapes and profiles. Moreover, my patients who have had both silicone and saline filled breast implants, prefer the look and feel of silicone implants.

Saline Breast Implants are also excellent devices. Saline is water with 0.9% salt (NaCl) added to make the solution as salty as we are. It is the same fluid we administer intravenously for hydration during emergencies and as a delivery medium for medications during surgery. Saline breast implants also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and profiles, but they tend to be more palpable and have a higher incidence of rippling (visible wrinkling). An advantage of saline is that it is much simpler to tell when a saline breast implant deflates. If a hole develops in the implant’s shell, the saline empties quickly and completely. Conversely, highly cohesive gel, with is found inside silicone breast implants (gummy bear implants), maintains its shape and fullness, even when there is a hole in the shell.

Breast Implant Shape – Round Vs. Teardrop

The final shape of the augmented breast is determined to a greater extent by the shape of the natural breast than by the shape of the breast implant. Most women already have most of their breast tissue in the lower pole of their breasts. Thanks to gravity, the majority of the breast implants’s volume also fills the lower half of the breast, so round implants do not necessarily mean round breasts.

Unlike shaped implants, round implants are axially symmetrical. That means round breast implants can spin without affecting the shape of the breast. For shaped breast implants, rotation is a significant problem. To help prevent rotation, shaped implants have a textured surface. The rough surface attaches to the inside of the capsule like Velcro®, hopefully preventing rotation. Unfortunately, texturing may also increase the risk of rippling and double capsules.

Shaped implants may be beneficial after a mastectomy and in congenital cases when the breast does not fully develop. Any likely benefit needs to be evaluated against the risks on an individual basis. Texturing is discussed later in this article.

Breast Implant Profile – Low, Medium, High Vs. Extra High

Breast Augmentation before and after pictures - front view African-American woman

The above breast augmentation before and after pictures show breast augmentation with high profile silicone gel breast implants. (Click image for uncensored view.)

The greatest innovation in implant shape has been the introduction of multiple breast implant profiles. Selecting the best profile often causes confusion, but hopefully this will help simplify the selection process. High profiles have greater projection for a fixed diameter. That means for a fixed width, high profiles are rounder and fuller. This means they are larger and project out from the chest more. My patients all want rounder, fuller breasts, but unless they are looking for maximum size, not everyone is a good candidate for high profile breast implants.

It’s easier to consider profile in terms of the diameter of the implant rather than how round it is because the base diameter of your breasts are fixed. They can’t be changed. The base diameter is an objective dimension that is easily determined during your consultation appointment. All it takes is a tape measure. From this measurement, the optimal diameter of your breast implant is determined. If the implant is too wide, it sticks out too far under the armpits. If the implant is too narrow, the cleavage gap between the breast implants is increased. The breast implant diameter is very important, objective and easy to determine.

To determine the best profile, we need two pieces of information. One is the measured breast diameter. The other is your goal size – i.e. the size you would like to be after breast augmentation because this determines the volume required for you breast implants. The volume of your natural breast tissue plus the volume of the breast implant determines the final size of the breasts. In other words, the goal size minus your current breast size equals the volume of the required breast implant.

Since the goal size is subjective, it is worth doing some homework. A good way to try on different sizes is to fill Zip-Lock® bags with rice and place them inside the bra you would like to wear after augmentation. Often, patients bring their optimal rice bags with them to the office to convey their desired result. It can be very helpful. Once we have determined your goal size and the base diameter of the breast is measured, we can choose the profile that fits the bill. All measurements and profiles should be confirmed with in-person guidance from an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.

Breast Implant Size – Too Small, Too Large Vs. Just Right

Breast Augmentation Before and After - Front View

These breast augmentation before and after pictures show the front view for breast augmentation using saline breast implants. (Click image for uncensored view.)

Choosing the correct breast implant volume is the most difficult aspect of breast implant selection. Everyone wants to be big enough, but not too big. I’ve had it described in many ways from noticeable, but guys should still make eye contact, to celebrity but not porn star. It all very subjective. Your “ideal” may not be mine, or your friends, so you need to be honest with yourself. If you give your board certified plastic surgeon a good idea of your goal size is, you have a much better chance of being satisfied with your final result. Wearing padded bras, using rice bags, sizers or bringing pictures to your consultation appointment all aid in size determination. Once I know what size a patient wants, the rest is measuring and math, and I like math.

Breast Implant Texture – Smooth Vs. Textured

I have always been a fan of smooth breast implants, primarily because of the excellent results they provide for my patients. They are simple, predictable and reliable, and for most patients they feel softer yet still give a teardrop shaped result. For cases of recurrent capsular contracture or when shaped implants are indicated, then texturing may provide an advantage, but recently texturing has been associated with an additional risk.

Textured Breast Implants have been in the news a lot lately, and in the future, some texturing may no longer be an option. Just this week, Allergan® voluntarily recalled its Biocell® textured breast implants from the world market. Biocell® was the most aggressive texturing and has an increased association with breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Of the 573 cases of BIA-ALCL, 481 are reported to have Allergan® textured breast implants at the time of diagnosis.

This may seem like a lot of BIA-ALCL cases; however, there are millions of breast implant patients. If you have textured breast implants, your risk of developing BIA-ALCL is 1 in 20,000 or 0.005%. If you have Biocell® textured breast implants, your risk of developing BIA-ALCL is 1 in 3345 or 0.02%. By comparison, the risk of developing breast cancer is one in eight or 12.5%. Biocell® textured implants manufactured by Allergan®, represent less than 5% of breast implants sold in the U.S. In fact, textured implants account for only 10% of all breast implants sold in the US.

It is important to note that Allergan smooth and Microcell® breast implants are not impacted by the recent recall. If you do have Allergan® Biocell® textured breast implants and have no symptoms, the FDA does not recommend the removal of these or other types of breast implants due to the low risk of developing BIA-ALCL. If you have any questions, talk to your health care provider. If you have breast swelling, especially if it is one sided, or any other symptoms of BIA-ALCL, it is important to seek prompt medical follow-up with a board certified plastic surgeon for further testing. Like most medical problems, early diagnosis is associated with increased cure rates.

Breast Implant Makers/Warranties – Allergan®, Mentor® Vs. Sientra®

Sientra®, Allergan®, Mentor® and Ideal® are the four FDA approved breast implant manufacturers in the United States. Sientra® manufactures their implants in the US and only makes silicone gel filled breast implants. Allergan® and Mentor® make both Silicone and Saline filled breast implants, and Ideal® makes only saline filled breast implants. These are the only FDA approved breast implant companies in the US.

All US manufacturers of Breast Implants have breast implant warranties. The details vary between companies. I try to keep the latest information on my website’s Breast Implant Warranties Page, but for the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check with your implant’s manufacturer.

Breast Augmentation Consultations

To schedule a personalized Breast Implant Consultation, call (925) 943-6353 today. An in-person consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can help you focus on the options specific to your needs and can save you a lot of time when considering Breast Augmentation.

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Breast Implant Revision Before and After Pictures – Capsular Contracture SF Bay Area

Posted July 22, 2019 in Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Home

Breast Augmentation Revision for Capsular Contracture

Breast Augmentation Revision for Capsular Contracture. Notice the decreased volume, increased hardness and irritated red color in the before picture on the left. After release, the breast are softened and expanded. (To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

There are many different reasons for Breast Implant Revision Surgery. Possible causes include:

  • Capsular Contracture
  • Breast Implant Malposition:
    • Too high
    • Too Low (Bottoming out)
    • Too close (Symmastia, Uniboob, Bread loafing)
    • Too far apart (in the armpits)
  • Breast Implant Deflation
  • Breasts sagging off implants (Waterfall deformity)

Capsular Contracture

One of the most common reasons for Breast Implant Revision Surgery is Capsular Contracture. So what is the capsule and what is contracture?

When you have Breast Augmentation, a pocket is created for the breast implant behind the native breast tissue. As this pocket matures, your body creates a thin layer of scar around the breast implant. This scar pocket is called the capsule, and it is very important because the capsule holds the breast implant in place, preventing it from migrating. Capsular Contracture occurs when the scar lining the breast implant pocket contracts, squeezing and distorting the breast implant.

Breast Augmentation Revision for Capsular Contracture Unilateral

Capsular contracture often affects just one side. In the case above, the right breast implant is higher and tighter than the left before surgery. After surgery symmetry is restored.
(To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

The above patient has mild capsular contracture affecting only her right breast. She was able to compensate for the difference in upper pole fullness by tightening her left bra strap. During the Breast Augmentation Revision, a capsulotomy was performed to expand the right breast capsule and lower the right breast implant.

Grades of Capsular Contracture

A scar around the breast implant is normal. Without the scar pocket, the breast implant will bottom out and move to the sides. On the other hand, too much scar causes problems with implants riding too high or becoming too hard.

Capsular Contracture is normally classified into four grades (I-IV), but I like to add grade zero for malposition problems caused by not enough scar support.

  • Grade 0 – not enough support causing breast implant malposition
  • Grade I – normal soft
  • Grade II – firm but no visible distortion of breast shape
  • Grade III – hard causing visible distortion of the breast shape
  • Grade IV – like grade III but is also painful

Breast Augmentation Revision for Capsular Contracture Unilateral

Severe unilateral capsular contracture – The right breast so high that it would be hard to disguise in clothing. After treatment for capsular contracture, the breasts are much more even.
(To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

The patient above has severe contracture of the right breast, which was noticeable both in and out of clothing. A capsulectomy was performed to remove the previous capsule, expand the pocket, lower the breast implant and reset the formation of a new capsule. Now both her breasts are soft and even.

Breast Implant Revision

If you have Breast Implants but are unhappy with their size, placement or firmness, Breast Implant Revision is worth considering. To schedule a private consultation, call (925) 943-6353, today. Breast Implants have changed in the last few years, and there are new options available.

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Breast Augmentation Before and Afters In The San Francisco Bay Area

Posted June 10, 2019 in Areolar Reduction, Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Tubular Breasts

Year after year, Breast Augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States. This is true in the San Francisco Bay Area also. Common reasons include congenitally small or misshapen breasts and changes in the breasts seen after weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Today, we will review a few examples.

Breast Implants For Breast Augmentation And Lifts

Breast Augmentation Lift for Tubular Breasts adds volume and improves the shape of the breasts.
(To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

Breast Implants are used for Breast Augmentation, either alone or in combination with a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) for Augmentation Mastopexy. The implants provide volume while the lift improves the shape, elevates the nipples and reduces skin redundancy.

The before and after pictures at the top of this post are of Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift. In the above case, Augmentation Mastopexy was used to enlarge and reshape a congenital breast deformity named Tubular Breasts. In addition, Areola Reduction was included in the Mastopexy to prevent the areolae from expanding with the Breast Augmentation.

Breast Implants For Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures

Breast Augmentation Before and After Pictures: Breast Implants alone are enough to enlarge the breasts and improve their shape when we are starting with “normal” anatomy.
(To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

The above case in simpler than the first. In this case, the patient has normal anatomy. The nipples are in a more ideal location, the breast skin has good tone and there is no excess skin causing sagging. A lift was not needed, so straight-forward Breast Augmentation was performed via an incision under the breasts via the IMF (inframammary fold). The scar is hidden in the shadow under the breast.

Breast Implants For Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation before and after pictures: Breast Implants areused to enlarge and improve breast asymmetry.

Breast Augmentation before and after pictures: Breast Implants are used to enlarge and improve breast asymmetry.
(To view uncensored before and after photos, click on the image.)

Asymmetry is as challenging as it is common. The third case is an example of Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation. The right breast is smaller and higher than the left breast. In these cases, a larger implant can be placed behind the smaller breast to balance the volume disparity. Additionally, the right IMF was lowered to match the left breast. The right nipple follows, to further improve symmetry. Larger asymmetry can sometimes require a Breast Lift or Breast Reduction on the larger size for the best results.

Breast Augmentation Consultations

As you can see from the examples above, breasts are like snowflakes; no two are exactly alike. In fact, a woman’s breasts are more like sisters than twins, and each requires careful individual evaluation. In the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353, to schedule your personal Breast Augmentation Consultation. We have the experience, certifications and the latest technology in breast implants for you.

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Breast Augmentation With A Breast Lift (Video) – SF Bay Area

Posted April 15, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Home, Tubular Breasts, Videos

Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift (Mastopexy Augmentation) and Tummy Tuck. Breast Enlargement when the breasts are sagging and the nipples are below the inframammary fold requires a Breast Lift to achieve an aesthetic result. The Tummy Tuck further enhances the breasts' proportion by flattening the belly.

Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift (Mastopexy Augmentation) and Tummy Tuck. Breast Enlargement when the breasts are sagging and the nipples are below the inframammary fold requires a Breast Lift to achieve an aesthetic result. The Tummy Tuck further enhances the breasts’ proportion by flattening the belly.

The Components Of Breast Enhancement

Breast Enhancement surgery has two aesthetic components: size and shape. Breast size is increased with Breast Augmentation and reduced with Breast Reduction. Breast shape is adjusted with the Breast Lift. There are many options for adjusting both size and shape, and today’s video is an introduction to the most versatile of all the Cosmetic Breast Enhancement procedures, Mastopexy Augmentation — the combination of Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift procedures.

Breast Augmentation With Breast Lift Video (Mastopexy Augmentation)

This Mastopexy Augmentation Video is from my Body Beautiful television show, originally broadcast on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. It reviews the techniques and options available for different types of Breast Augmentation With Breast Lift.

Indications For A Breast Lift With Augmentation

The majority of Breast Augmentation patients do not need a lift, but here are 5 reasons why your Plastic Surgeon may be recommended adding a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) to Breast Augmentation:

  • Breast sagging (ptosis)
  • Low set nipples
  • Tubular breast deformity
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Disproportionately large areolae

Breast Augmentation Lift – When the breasts are close to the desired size, sometimes a Breast Lift alone is all that is needed to create youthful, perky breasts. If the upper pole is empty, a small implant can be used to  enhance the shape of the breasts by adding fullness to the bust line without over exaggerating the size.

Breast Augmentation Lift – When the breasts are close to the desired size, sometimes a Breast Lift alone is all that is needed to create youthful, perky breasts. If the upper pole is empty, a small implant can be used to enhance the shape of the breasts by adding fullness to the bust line without over exaggerating the size.

Mastopexy Augmentation Consultations

When considering Cosmetic Breast Surgery, be certain to select an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. During your Breast Enhancement Consultation, your goals for both size and shape of the breasts should be discussed. If you are happy with the shape of your breasts, and are just looking for more volume, Breast Augmentation alone is likely the procedure of choice. If your size is good, but the shape is bothersome, a Breast Lift may be the best option to achieve your desired breast aesthetic. If your goal is to both augment and rejuvenate your breasts, the combination of Mastopexy Augmentation is often recommended and may be the best choice for you.

To schedule a personal consultation appointment in the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353.

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Mommy Makeovers After Children (Video) | SF Bay Area

Posted April 08, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Videos

Mommy Makeovers include breast and belly enhancement in one surgery.

Mommy Makeovers include breast and belly enhancement in one surgery.

No matter what shape you are in before childbirth, the postpartum physique is rarely an improvement. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. Cosmetic Surgery Repairs after having children are done so frequently, there’s a name for it: Mommy Makeover. Today’s video is all about the Mommy Makeover, and its many variations.

Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck Video (Mommy Makeover)

This Mommy Makeover Video is from my Body Beautiful television show broadcasted on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. It reviews the techniques and options available for different types of Mommy Makeovers.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover has two goals: to enhance the shape of the breasts and to flatten the belly. With pregnancy, the breasts enlarge and then often shrink and collapse. Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifting are used to enlarge and lift the breasts. On the other hand, if the breast remain too large after pregnancy, a Breast Reduction can be substituted to improve breast and body proportions. The differences and options for Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts are discussed further here: Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift?

For the belly, a Tummy Tuck is the workhorse that dramatically improves the appearance of the abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles and skin, and by removing excess fat. When abdominal laxity is confined to the area below the belly button, a Mini Tummy Tuck may be the procedure of choice to restore a pre-baby toned belly. Lastly, if the skin and muscle tone are good, but disproportionate fat is bothersome, Liposuction alone may be the answer. The differences between the procedures are discussed here: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

Mommy Makeover Consultations

If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, or its component cosmetic procedures, Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck, be certain to consult with an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353, and schedule a personal and private consultation appointment today.

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BIA-ALCL Special Announcement – April 4, 2019

Posted April 04, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Home, Patient Safety

Special Announcement Regarding Textured Breast Implants From The ISAPS

As of tomorrow, the use of Textured Breast Implants will be restricted in France.

As of tomorrow, the use of Textured Breast Implants will be restricted in France.

From the ISAPS:

We have been informed today that the French health regulatory authorities (ANSM) have announced the following regulations regarding breast implants, and have summarized the most important information for you. You can read the full text of their announcement here.

As a precautionary step, ANSM decided on April 4, 2019, to withdraw macrotextured breast implants and polyurethane-coated breast implants from the market, as certain macrotextured implants and implants with polyurethane-coated surfaces may be a risk factor for the development of BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma). Given the rarity of the risk to exposure to BIA-ALCL, ANSM does not recommend preventive explantation for women with these implants, due to the very rare risk of serious disease. This decision will go into action on April 5, 2019. The purpose of this precautionary approach is to prohibit the sale, distribution, use, and withdrawal of this type of breast implant in the French market.

The ANSM reiterates its recommendation to use smooth breast implants as the preferred method of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

Since 2011, 59 cases of BIA-ALCL have been reported in France, with approximately 400,000 implants implanted annually in the country.

In addition, ANSM would like to reiterate the importance of proper information for women who wish to receive breast implants of all types. The patient and the surgeon should jointly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various implants available and alternative techniques in cosmetic surgery or post-breast cancer reconstruction.

An informed consent form containing the identification of the implant surface (smooth, microtextured, etc.), its limited life span, and the possible resulting need for re-intervention and medical care, must be submitted to all women prior to the placement of breast implants.

In the case of functional or physical symptoms in a woman with breast implants (such as abundant periprosthetic effusion, increased volume, pain, inflammation, mass, ulcers, or changes in general condition), particularly in the time since the postoperative phase, the diagnosis BIA-ALCL must be taken into account and ruled out by an analysis of the periprosthetic fluid (CD-30 testing, culture, cytology, and flow cytometry).

For women with breast implants and without clinical signs on the breast, the expert group recommends an annual follow-up examination of the breasts.

The International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

While ISAPS respects the decision reached by ANSM, we would like to point out that this disease BIA-ALCL is rare and, above all, easily treatable with total capsulectomy in early stages or Brentuximab in more advanced cases. Fortunately, compared to the high number of breast implants that are performed on a global scale, there are only few deaths worldwide. We are concerned about the recommendation to only use smooth implants, as we know from evidence-based data that the complication and reoperation rates are higher for smooth implants. Through this decision by ANSM, we plastic surgeons are effectively taken back to the time when there were no anatomical implants. This will affect breast reconstruction outcomes.

We believe that this is the wrong approach and less satisfactory for our patients. It is more important to inform our colleagues, family doctors and gynecologists about the early symptoms of the BIA-ALCL and how to evaluate patients. Patients must also be informed about the possible risks and symptoms of BIA-ALCL at the time of implantation. The information here should be cautious and always show the relation of an extremely rare disease.

We hope that the decision in France will remain on a case-by-case basis and that treatment options using macrotextured implants will not be taken away from our patients and us, as this would be a huge step backwards. Current opinion indicates that macrotextured implants can be safely used when appropriate precautions are taken to mitigate surface biofilm contamination, according to published data.

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Kind regards
Dirk Richter, MD,
ISAPS President

The response from the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS)

April 4 2019,

Press Release of EASAPS

ANSM (agence national de sécurité du medicament et des produits de santé) stated April 3th, 2019 that macrotextured and surface-coated polyurethane implants from different labels are prohibited in France.

EASAPS opinion is that this is an regrettable decision that is not based on scientific data.
We need evidenced-based and statistically convincing studies for proper patient information on adverse events and the rare disease of ALCL.

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Mommy Makeovers – Breast and Belly Rejuvenation

Posted March 04, 2019 in Breast Asymmetry, Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Implant Revision Surgery, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Women), Home, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Mommy Makeovers may include Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts or Breast Reduction combined with a Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck or just Liposuction, depending on the areas that need improvement and the patient’s wishes.

Mommy Makeovers may include Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts or Breast Reduction combined with a Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck or just Liposuction, depending on the areas that need improvement and the patient’s wishes.

There is no denying that breasts and bellies take a hit with pregnancy. Fortunately, there is a solution. Mommy Makeovers rejuvenate both the breasts and the belly, to help restore your pre-pregnancy body.

Mommy Makeover Options

The term Mommy Makeover comes from the frequently requested combination of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures used to restore a woman’s body after childbirth. The most common combination is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck, but variations are available when indicated.

Mommy Makeover Breast Options

The motivation for having a Mommy Makeover is the desire to restore the breasts and belly to their pre-pregnancy shape. For breast enhancement, the best procedure depends on how the breasts have changed:

  • Smaller Breast may benefit from Breast Augmentation.
  • Larger Breast may benefit from Breast Reduction.
  • Sagging breast may benefit from a Breast Lift.
  • Changes to the nipples and areolae can also be reversed.

Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures

This Mommy Makeover included Breast Augmentation and a Tummy Tuck, the most common combination for restoring the body after childbirth.

This Mommy Makeover included Breast Augmentation and a Tummy Tuck, the most common combination for restoring the body after childbirth.

Mommy Makeover Belly Options

Just like with the breasts, there options are available for treating the belly, depending on each patient’s needs. While the most common surgery to restore a pre-baby belly is the Tummy Tuck, sometimes a smaller operation is the better choice. Regardless of the procedure used, the best results are obtained when your weight is optimal.

Common scenarios and treatment options include:

  • Loose abdominal skin and muscle laxity are treated with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
  • Loose skin and muscle laxity confined to the lower abdomen may respond to a Mini Tummy Tuck.
  • If the muscle and skin are tight, but disproportionate fat is present, Liposuction might be the best solution.
  • The abdominal fat, which is removed during the Mommy Makeover, is sometimes repurposed to enhance an atrophied bootie. Fat from the abdomen can often be transplanted to the buttocks as part of a Brazilian Buttocks Lift.

This Mommy Makeover combined a Breast Augmentation Lift with a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.

This Mommy Makeover combined a Breast Augmentation Lift with a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.

Mommy makeover Consultations

There are many treatment options for Mommy Makeovers, so it is necessary to have an experienced professional to guide your decision making. The Internet can give you an idea of what is possible; however, there is no substitute for an in-person consultation with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

If you have Mommy Makeover questions, call me at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a private consultation appointment. Your options will be discussed and your questions will be answered in a manner specific to your needs.

Coming Soon to a Station Near You

Stay tuned to the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. Later this month, I will be starting my television show Body Beautiful with a segment dedicated exclusively to the Mommy Makeover, and more before and after pictures will be revealed.

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