Information for Patients Considering Breast Augmentation

Information for patients considering Breast Augmentation

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you're considering breast augmentation...

Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:

  • To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
  • To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
  • To balance a difference in breast size.
  • As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.

By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman's bustline by one or more bra cup sizes. If you're considering breast augmentation, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure--when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect.

It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your surgeon if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.


Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.

The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you're physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.


A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.

Because of concerns that there is insufficient information demonstrating the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that new gel-filled implants, at the present time, should be available only to women participating in approved studies. Some women requiring replacement of the implants may also be eligible to participate in the study.

Saline-filled implants continue to be available to breast augmentation patients on an unrestricted basis, pending further FDA review. You should ask your doctor more about the specifics of the FDA decisions.


Breast augmentation is relatively straightforward. But as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.

The most common problem, capsular contracture, occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. This squeezing of the soft implant can cause the breast to feel hard. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways, and sometimes requires either removal or "scoring" of the scar tissue, or perhaps removal or replacement of the implant.

As with any surgical procedure, excessive bleeding following the operation may cause some swelling and pain. If excessive bleeding continues, another operation may be needed to control the bleeding and remove the accumulated blood.

A small percentage of women develop an infection around an implant. This may occur at any time, but is most often seen within a week after surgery. In some cases, the implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears. A new implant can then be inserted.

Some women report that their nipples become oversensitive, undersensitive, or even numb. You may also notice small patches of numbness near your incisions. These symptoms usually disappear within time, but may be permanent in some patients.

There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse. If, however, you have nursed a baby within the year before augmentation, you may produce milk for a few days after surgery. This may cause some discomfort, but can be treated with medication prescribed by your doctor.

Occasionally, breast implants may break or leak. Rupture can occur as a result of injury or even from the normal compression and movement of your breast and implant, causing the man-made shell to leak. If a saline-filled implant breaks, the implant will deflate in a few hours and the salt water will be harmlessly absorbed by the body.

If a break occurs in a gel-filled implant, however, one of two things may occur. If the shell breaks but the scar capsule around the implant does not, you may not detect any change. If the scar also breaks or tears, especially following extreme pressure, silicone gel may move into surrounding tissue. The gel may collect in the breast and cause a new scar to form around it, or it may migrate to another area of the body. There may be a change in the shape or firmness of the breast. Both types of breaks may require a second operation and replacement of the leaking implant. In some cases, it may not be possible to remove all of the silicone gel in the breast tissue if a rupture should occur.

A few women with breast implants have reported symptoms similar to diseases of the immune system, such as scleroderma and other arthritis-like conditions. These symptoms may include joint pain or swelling, fever, fatigue, or breast pain. Research has found no clear link between silicone breast implants and the symptoms of what doctors refer to as "connective-tissue disorders," but the FDA has requested further study.

While there is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer. When you request a routine mammogram, be sure to go to a radiology center where technicians are experienced in the special techniques required to get a reliable x-ray of a breast with an implant. Additional views will be required. Ultrasound examinations may be of benefit in some women with implants to detect breast lumps or to evaluate the implant.

While the majority of women do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your physician to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation.


In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, your doctor may also recommend a breast lift.

Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with your surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. You may want to ask your surgeon for a copy of the manufacturer's insert that comes with the implant he or she will use -- just so you are fully informed about it. And, be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.

Your surgeon should also explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved. Because most insurance companies do not consider breast augmentation to be medically necessary, carriers generally do not cover the cost of this procedure.


Your surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.


Your surgeon may prefer to perform the operation in an office facility, a freestanding surgery center, or a hospital outpatient facility. Occasionally, the surgery may be done as an inpatient in a hospital, in which case you can plan on staying for a day or two.


Breast augmentation can be performed with a general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire operation. Some surgeons may use a local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so you'll be relaxed but awake, and may feel some discomfort.


The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and your surgeon's recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.

Working through the incision, the surgeon will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples.

Some surgeons believe that putting the implants behind your chest muscle may reduce the potential for capsular contracture. Drainage tubes may be used for several days following the surgery. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue. Placement behind the muscle however, may be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue.

You'll want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with your doctor before surgery to make sure you fully understand the implications of the procedure he or she recommends for you.

The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.


You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by your doctor.

Within several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, will be removed, and you may be given a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by your surgeon. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades.

Your stitches will come out in a week to 10 days, but the swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear.


You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.

Follow your surgeon's advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities. Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks, so you should avoid much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually three to four weeks after surgery.

Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.

Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable reading, as discussed earlier. (see All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk.)


For many women, the result of breast augmentation can be satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance.

Regular examination by your plastic surgeon and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated.

Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you've met your goals, then your surgery is a success.

Liposuction - What is it?

What is liposuction?

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, altering the shape of the body.

The amount of fat that can be safely removed is limited.

Patients who undergo liposuction generally have a stable body weight, but would like to remove undesirable deposits of body fat in specific parts of the body.

Liposuction is not an overall weight-loss method - it is not a treatment for obesity.

Liposuction does not remove cellulite, dimples, or stretch marks. The aim is aesthetic - the patient wishes to change and enhance the contour of their body.

Liposuction has a number of possible risks, including infection, numbness, and scarring. If too much fat is removed, there may be lumpiness or dents in the skin. Experts say that the surgical risks are linked to the amount of fat removed.

If the patient does not lead a healthy lifestyle after the operation, there is a risk that the remaining fat cells will grow bigger.

What are the uses of liposuction?

Liposuction is mainly used to improve how a person looks, rather than providing any physical health benefits. In some cases, the patient would probably achieve the same, sometimes even better, results if they adopted a healthy lifestyle - balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthy sleep schedule.

Experts say that liposuction should ideally only be used if the individual did not achieve the desired results with a lifestyle change. For example, if some obstinate areas of fat are resistant to exercise and diet.

When an individual gains weight, each fat cell increases in size and volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in isolated areas.

Patients should discuss the pros and cons of liposuction with their doctor before deciding on whether to proceed. Liposuction should only be carried out after a lot of thought. Results are never dramatic; they are subtle. The following body areas are commonly targeted for liposuction treatment:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Inner knees
  • Hips
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Neckline and the area under the chin (submental)
  • Thighs - saddlebags (outer thighs), and inner thighs
  • Upper arms

The best liposuction candidates are those who have good skin tone and elasticity, where the skin molds into new contours. People whose skin lacks elasticity may end up with loose-looking skin in areas where the procedure was done. These patients may need to have additional skin tightening procedure.

The patient needs to be in good health - people with circulation (blood flow) problems, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, as well as those with weakened immune systems should not undergo liposuction. Candidates should be over the age of 18 years.

Liposuction is sometimes used to treat certain conditions, including:

  • Lymph edema - a chronic (long-term) condition in which excess lymph (fluid) collects in tissues, causing edema (swelling). The edema commonly occurs in the arms or legs. Liposuction is sometimes used to reduce, discomfort, and pain.
  • Gynecomastia - sometimes fat accumulates under a man's breasts.
  • Lip dystrophy syndrome - fat accumulates in one part of the body and is lost in another. Liposuction can improve the patient's appearance by providing a more natural looking body fat distribution.
  • Extreme weight loss after obesity - if a morbidly obese person has lost at least 40 percent of their BMI, excess skin and other abnormalities may need treatment.
  • Lipomas - benign fatty tumors.

Liposuction is a wonderful procedure that will enhance the result of plastic surgery when needed.

Call our office today for a consultation. Dr. Han is a board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience in surgeries that include liposuction. Dr. Han will be available and will make recommendations if Liposuction is right for you.

Liposuction Vs. Fat Removal

Liposuction Vs Fat Removal which one is best?

Smart Lipo versus Traditional Lipo versus Cool Sculpting???

Technique: Traditional liposuction uses a cannula and physical manipulation to suction fat from beneath the skin. Liposuction is surgery and does remove fat cells. Liposuction is usually done in one session, and fat is always removed. Liposuction is surgery, and does have some risks. The upside is you and your doctor determine exactly what area will be targeted and the doctor outlines the area. Once the doctor suctions the area those fat cells are gone forever. Tumescent liposuction with tiny cannulas has a very long record of safety and effectiveness, and it is what most board certified plastic surgeons use.

Technique: SmartLipo utilizes laser heat to soften or liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove with the cannula, typically resulting in less bruising for the patient. Smart Lipo is surgery.

In my extensive experience with SmartLipo, I have found it to be very effective in treating some areas, including the abdomen and inner/outer thighs. As to the result which could be expected in your particular case, an in person consultation would be the best way to evaluate how effective SmartLipo can be for you.

The only disadvantage to SmartLipo this revolutionary fat reduction procedure is that it generally targets smaller areas than traditional liposuction. However, most patients usually opt for traditional liposuction for the fastest most immediate results and larger areas can be treated.

Technique: Cool Sculpting is not surgery and does not actually remove fat cells. Cool Sculpting may take several sessions, and not everyone gets good results. Cryolipolysis is the science on which the procedure is based. This procedure freezes and eliminates fat. The procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen) then die. Over time your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells.

That no matter which method you ultimately choose, you discuss it and have it performed by a Board Certified Surgeon in Plastic Surgery.

We suggest contacting Dr. Han. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and will discuss all your concerns.

Neck Lift Surgery

Neck Lift Surgery

A neck lift is a procedure that many middle aged or elderly individuals dream about. The neck is often one of the first things to go and is a telltale sign of aging. There is even been a book written about it by the author Nora Ephron called “I Feel Bad about My Neck.” Individual have tried a multitude of cures including hiding the turkey waddle, creams, and various plastic surgical interventions Daydreaming about a taut and youthful swan like neck? Here are some things to think about regarding the options:

  • Hide it: individual have been trying to hide this physical flaw for eons. Silk scarves turtle necks. Ascots, cowls – you name it and it’s been tried by fashionistas and those afraid of scalpels. Does it work? It’s better than nothing and certainly doesn’t break the bank
  • Creams: Slathering on pricey creams may allow for some improvement. The option skin creams and lotions range from a nightly smearing of Vaseline to think concoctions that might as well be gold due to their price tag. Mixed results may occur with the expensive and inexpensive options. Again, it id better than nothing.
  • Botox: Injections of Botox have been tried by many; Shots of the wrinkle relaxer are placed in the region of the muscles near the vertical bands below the chin this will cause the bands to temporarily relax into a smoother look. Botox has been around for many years and had been deemed helpful for acne, muscle tics, crow’s-feet, and laugh lines and prostate trouble overactive bladder and much more, Add the reduction of turkey waddles to the every growing list.
  • Liposuction: Liposuction is a method of suctioning fatty deposits away with the medical magic wand called a cannula and the lipo vacuuming tool to perform this version of the facial lipo a cosmetic surgeon will make an incision below the chin and remove access fat. This can create a more streamlined look depending of the individuals’ sagging issues. A nip and a tuck may be needed additionally.
  • Neck lift or cervicoplasty: this is the cosmetic operation performed by a plastic surgeon. It may be done separately or in combination with a facelift. An incision made below the chin and near the ears. Excess muscle and fat in the region will be removed or tightened up accordingly. It will then be pulled tightly and stitched with sutures. The operation is performed in the hospital or clinical setting under general anesthesia. Drains will be placed in order to reduce swelling and the accumulation of fluid. A compression bandage will be wrapped around the area and will need to be worn for several weeks. In order to aid in healing. The patient should expect bruising, some swelling and pain initially.

Dreaming of a neck lift or some sort of cure for a saggy turkey waddle? Consulting with a plastic surgeon will give details on which surgical procedure could work for each individual.

Opting for Breast Augmentation

Opting for Breast Augmentation

As the name implies breast surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is done to the breast. Here is why a woman may want to have augmentation.

There are a variety of procedures performed by plastic surgeons to improve the look of the breast such as augmentation (breast implants), a lift and reconstruction.

Augmentation is a kind of surgery where implants are placed inside to make the breast look larger. Many women with a smaller bust seek out this type of procedure in order to have firmer and more voluptuous looking breast. This is one common reason given for wanting to have surgery of this type.

Some women have difficulty fitting into certain types of clothing because of their bra size and still others feel self-conscious or downright embarrassed at the site of their small bosom when they wear tight or revealing clothing such as tank tops summer dresses or swim wear. These are also valid reasons for wanted to have this operation

One person’s motivation for wanting to have augmentation may be different from another’s. Some women have one reason while others may have a combination of reasons. Let us consider some of the factors that go into the decision to say yes to implants.

The number one reason given by women for wanting this breast surgery is to transform small flat breast into larger more womanly looking bosom. Size is not the only thing that you need to consider. Some women do not like the shape of their breast. If you long for fuller and rounder breast then implants can make this a reality for you.

If they are asymmetrical or lopsided then that is another reason this has been theorized that both breast on a woman are not the exact same anatomical size but for most females the difference is hardly noticeable. However if your do have a definite difference to them that is obvious to you then breast surgery can correct this problem. The same can be said of congenital deformities.

The post pregnancy bosom can look dramatically different than the pre-pregnancy one. If your chest no longer looks the way you want it to then consider having what plastic surgeons refer to as a “mommy makeover.” A mommy makeover is combination of cosmetic procedures that can help to counteract the distressing physical effects of both being pregnant as well as giving birth. Such a makeover includes augmentation and a lift but can include work in other areas of the body ravage by pregnancy. A mommy makeover can include a tummy tuck, liposuction and or a buttock lift.

It is not uncommon for a female patient to be given implants at the same time as she is undergoing reconstruction following surgery for cancer. The reconstruction process can take place in one of two ways, either implant can be placed in the chest or else a woman’s own fat tissue can be excised from her abdomen and used to fill them.

Otoplasty - Is It A Good Idea?

Otoplasty: Is it a good idea?

Otoplasty refers to the surgical reshaping of the pinna or outer ear. The aim may be to correct a deformity or to improve appearance.

Reconstructive surgery involves building up the outer ear after an accident or because of a congenital deformity. Pinning back the ears so that they look better, however, is a cosmetic procedure.

Some people feel that their ears are too prominent and this can cause embarrassment and psychological distress.

Being teased or bullied because of "sticking-out ears" can affect a child's self-confidence, their emotional well-being, and their behavior.

Even adults with protruding ears can feel embarrassed to the point where it affects their everyday lives. They may not want to wear a helmet or other headgear, and they may be distracted by or concerned about their appearance.

Surgery can remodel the cartilage to create the missing folds and position the ear closer to the head.

There are three main types of otoplasty:

Ear augmentation is needed if the pinna is underdeveloped or non-existent, known as microtia.

Otopexy, an ear pinback, "flattens" protruding ears.

Ear reduction can reduce the pinna when it is too big. When the ears are too large, this is called macrotia.

A plastic surgeon will normally carry out an otoplasty. Sometimes an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon or a pediatric surgeon will do it.

The patient will need bandages over their ears for several days after surgery. While the bandages are in place, they will not be able to wash their hair.

After removing the bandages, a loose but supportive headband is worn over the ears at night.

This will help remove tension from the ears. The headband should be worn loose to prevent the ears from being pulled forward if the patient moves while sleeping.

The individual can return to school or work within a week of surgery. Regular activity and exercise can restart within 2 weeks.

Patients should avoid activities that could cause trauma or injury to the ears during the recovery period. Physical contact sports, such as judo, rugby, or football should be avoided for at least 3 months. Swimming should be avoided for up to 8 weeks after surgery.

Post-surgical numbness may continue for several weeks, and mild bruising may be present for up to 2 weeks. The ears may feel stiff for several months. Soreness, particularly at night, can last for a few months.

It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved through plastic surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic.

Otoplasty can change the appearance of ears, making them less prominent or smaller, but perfect symmetry is not always possible.

Plastic Surgery Can Be Achieved Without Health Risks

Plastic Surgery Can Be Achieved Without Health Risks

Darell Belen
Health Articles | March 1, 2013

Plastic surgery is considered to be very painful by some people but by getting the services of highly experienced and skilled plastic/cosmetic surgeons you can enjoy with best looking personality. Plastic surgery has now become very viable and suitable solution for those who want improvement their overall outlook.

People are afraid that, if they attempt to undergo any form of plastic surgery, they would be risking their health. However, that is not entirely true. These are just mostly conjectures and opinions. Plastic surgery is considered to be highly safe for your health without any bad impacts at all. Cosmetic surgeons are determined to be highly experienced professionals who make sure the safety and comfort when undergoing the surgical procedures. You can get the benefits of cosmetic surgery with the correction of all types of problems associated with your body including all birth abnormalities, accidental injuries and all types of birth defects. With cosmetic surgery, you can be sure that you will be able to boost your confidence, once those imperfections that are troubling you, are fixed.

Since pain is normally associated with any type of cosmetic surgery, it is best left in the hands of the experts, and with the administration of anesthesia. You must ensure that your plastic surgery is conducted by an experienced surgeon who will manage to overcome all types of pain, but this surgery is always associated with some amount of risk. Taking risks with an inexperienced cosmetic surgeon is tantamount to gambling your health and your life away, so you should be careful about choosing your surgeon. You will feel more confident going into the whole cosmetic process knowing that it is going to be left in the hands of a surgeon who is highly capable, experienced, and who is concerned about you as his patient.

With plastic surgery, all those flab on your belly, hips, thighs, and back can be disposed off effectively. The excess fat can be taken care of with liposuction surgery. In addition, the patients would be encouraged to sustain this treatment by eating right and exercising regularly. Your facial fat could be taken care of through freezing the tissues on the skin. This can be accomplished through the use of botox injections. You wouldn’t have to worry about side effects in this manner.

You must take the services of skilled cosmetic surgeons if you want the scars should be less visible but you must expect some minimum scars after the conduct of surgical procedures. If you are afraid that this would strain your finances because these types of surgery are expensive, then do not fear. Recently, they have become quite affordable. Doctors now offer a number of payment options you can choose from at your convenience. You can even pay the cosmetic surgery fee in increments should you want to. Just make sure you get into an agreement with the surgeon. These options will ensure that you get the results you desire without having to go through a lot of trouble or jumping through hoops.

A plastic surgeon’s experience and track record are good indicators of how good he will be once he performs the procedure on you. Talk to the doctor’s past patients to ask all the questions you want to ask. You can also glean a lot of information about them if you visit their websites. It is on their website where you will get an idea as to what services they offer and what payment options and modes they accept. If they have insurance facilities, you can find out about that in their website too. Most of the surgeons offer you with free consultation and they also provide you with necessary guidelines when you undergo to these surgical procedures.

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The Top 3 Ways a Breast Augmentation Will Impact Your Life

The Top 3 Ways a Breast Augmentation Will Impact Your Life

The purpose of this article is to discuss the impact of breast augmentation. Specifically, the benefits of breast augmentation will be elaborated on.

Did you know that a can change your life in multiple ways? Besides the obvious change to your body, breast enlargement can do wonders for those individuals who elect to have this procedure in an effort to improve their quality of life. This is particularly relevant with respect to impacting the way you feel about yourself as well as how well you are received among those around you and whom interact with you. The results of which can translate to more fulfilled life, affording you the necessary esteem to live your life in a more proactive and purposeful way. It is the intention of this article to discuss the top 3 ways a breast augmentation will impact your life.

The first and perhaps most obvious way a breast augmentation will impact your life is through an enhancement to your physical appearance. While you may expect to see larger breasts after having a breast enlargement procedure, what they don't realize is that your body may change in other ways as well. For example, depending on your size and situation, you may find that your stomach and arms appear smaller as a result of shifting weight proportions; the results of which are likely to be favorable. Another way a breast augmentation will impact your life is through an increase in your self confidence. It is no secret that everyone, or at the very least most of us, link the way we look to how we feel about ourselves. As a result of such, if we were to change that which we don't like about our appearance, then it is highly likely that this will positively impact our overall feeling of confidence in our appearance. The third way a breast augmentation will impact your life is through enhancing your outlook on life. Specifically, you are more likely to become positive about yourself as well as your world view, according to scientific research obtained through following the lives of patients who have undergone plastic surgery . As a result of such, not only will you begin to look at things from a more optimistic perspective, but this will translate to others viewing you in a more positive manner and thus treating as such.

Regardless of whether or not you actually thought about the extent of the impact of a breast augmentation will have on you, it is important that you know that this procedure can and will impact your life far beyond the physical changes you will experience. Specifically, you are likely to be impacted in 3 ways, which include an enhanced physical appearance, an increase in your self confidence and an enhanced outlook on life. The results of which will not improve your quality of life through your action , but also will impact the way others will view and treat you because of your new found optimistic view.

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The “Mini” Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The “Mini” Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Many people spend a lot of time and money exercising, eating right, and generally going to all of the necessary steps to get a firmer flatter tummy. Flat tight abs is very much in vogue now more than ever. A mini tummy tuck is a procedure for when there is only a need for minor refinement and rectification. This procedure is less invasive and is called a mini tummy tuck because it is capable of achieving fine refinements with only a small incision and minimal scarring. It is far less severe than a full tummy tuck. That being said there are still concerns to be aware of and the use of anesthesia is required for this procedure.

A mini-tummy tuck is ideally performed on patients with only a limited amount of stretch marks or loose skin in the lower abdomen. These patients may not require the tightening of abdominal muscles that comes standard with a traditional abdominoplasty, though the procedure may include it. If a patient has excessive fat with limited or minimal looseness, however, if there is fat the operation may be performed in conjunction with liposuction.

The best candidates for the procedure are those who are not planning on becoming pregnant, as a pregnancy may require the need for a revision procedure. In some cases, the treatment actually helps to rid the abdomen of stretch marks as it removes the majority of the stretched skin below the navel area.

The difference in a full tummy tuck operation the surgeon in that procedure makes an incision starting at one hip and crossing to the other. The scar is one which can generally be hidden quite easily by clothing. The surgeon will lift the loose skin from the abdominal wall and at this point the rectus muscles are repaired and tightened. This process has a similar effect to that of an old-fashioned support garment.

Next, the belly button is detached from the abdomen. The loose skin is removed; buttocks and thighs are tightened along with the abdominal wall, after which the belly button is reattached. Drains are used on both sides of the incision in order to eliminate any excess fluids.

The mini-tuck is quite similar, though the incision is smaller and typically only measures the width of the pubic area. In most cases the incision will be the width of a cesarean section. This incision is used to gain access to the muscles of the abdomen in order to bring them down and tighten and smooth them. Liposuction can be used with both procedures for patients who flanks and hips show excessive amounts of fat. In these cases, liposuction is a means to help contour the body parts. After connecting the two portions of the stomach sutures are placed temporarily to aid in the healing process.

These stitches are removed approximately a week after the surgery and this is often when people choose to return to work and may safely resume their normal activities. A noted benefit of the location of the suture is that it is often low enough to be easily obscured by even a bathing suit. This means no evidence that surgical intervention ever took place.

Often because of the outpatient nature of a mini tummy tuck people will be able to leave that day as long as they have someone to take care of them for the first couple of days. While the area is more amicable to healing than other surgery sites it still requires 24-48 hours of downtime to allow the wound to begin to heal. The doctor will want to see you I a few days to ensure that healing is moving along correctly but once it is completed the results will often last for a very long time. This procedure will have a desired result and has the benefit of the shorter downtime and minimal scarring.

Thinking About Breast Augmentation

Thinking About Breast Augmentation

Most small to medium breasted women have, at one time or another, considered breast augmentation. It takes years for a woman to determine that larger breasts will make her feel better about her body and to go through the process of figuring out the size that is right for her. Breast augmentation isn't about the cup size of the bra she ends up with, but the volume of the implant and the skin that are manipulated to help the breasts look their best.

All women spend time thinking about their breast size. Those women who grew up dissatisfied with their cup size have spent some time considering the benefit of breast augmentation. They spend years thinking about the size, appearance, and the age they should complete the surgery, and who will be the best surgeon for them. For a period of time they search online, talk to their peers who have completed the surgery and visit several doctors' offices, but it will always be up to them in the end if they still want the long-term enhancements in their chest, and whether they will be comfortable with them for the decades to come.

When a woman decides that she wants to follow through with breast augmentation, she usually thinks about the size first. Some of the best ways to determine the size of implants that a patient will use is to first discover the size of breasts that she would like to end up with. Once the bra size is determined, the doctor will be able to assess a balance between the natural breast tissue and the volume of saline or gel that will be needed in order to achieve the desired outcome.

If you are thinking about enhancements, here are some steps that you can take to make a more informed decision:

First, start your research by perusing the countless topless pictures on websites and in various picture sources in order to show your doctor the look you are going for. The doctor may also have enhancement software in their office what will allow you to take a look at yourself in a computerized image of how your chest will change. Also, you can test out the change that your desired bra size will bring by using padded bras, or actually go shopping for the bra you want and place a sandwich bag of cotton balls or a small folded T-shirt inside to fill the space and see how you feel, look and are being looked at.

Finally, an evaluation of the cleavage in the pictures you like, the computerized enhancement and how you look in the new bras are important to the overall shape that the implant placements will provide for you. You should spend some time evaluating how those different searches and experiments worked in complimenting your body frame. Then answer the questions: does the size you want look as good on you as you hoped , and are you ready for the adjustment? Breast augmentation shouldn't be taken lightly. No patient who has spent years toiling over the decision should have to wade through any mistakes or regret.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) for Women or Men?

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) for Women or Men?

Are you thinking about getting a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)? Are you hesitant to have the procedure done because you don’t really understand the procedure?

This procedure is considered a major surgery. You need to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon. Your fears are valid. A board certified plastic surgeon can guide you through the process even putting you in touch with other patients or photos of patients that he has performed this surgery. Dr. Han can give you general guide as to what you need to do to prepare for surgery, the after surgery process and advice and expectations for the best recovery.

Do as much due diligence as you possibly can, researching the procedure and engaging in discussion with Dr. Han your plastic surgeon. Your consultation should give you the confidence that your questions have been adequately answered to calm your fears and concerns.

The exciting reality is that you don’t have to live life with a baby roll or sagging skin due to weight loss. Don’t allow fear to keep you from doing something that you really want and will help restore your tummy to the best appearance possible. You will have a new sense of self confidence in your appearance.

The first common myth about tummy tuck procedures that you should ignore is that they are only designed for women. While it is true that women are primarily the recipients of abdominoplasty, men too can benefit with the results of a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is designed to eliminate excess skin on the abdomen, which both genders can experience.

Another common myth about tummy tuck procedures is that they are designed as an alternative for weight loss. As previously mentioned, the primary purpose of abdominoplasty is to remove excess skin. Anyone who has lost weight already, either a significant or small amount, and would like to have excess skin removed is a good candidate for this surgery. The best way to determine if you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Han. If removing fat is necessary you may have liposuction in conjunction with your tummy tuck.

Another myth about the tummy tuck procedure is that all plastic surgeons can perform the surgery. Not all plastic surgeons are created equal. As a result of such, patients should be careful to investigate whether or not a potential surgeon is indeed credentialed, that is accredited and/or certified, to perform an abdominoplasty.

Making the decision to go under the knife for a cosmetic procedure should not be taken lightly. In order to make the best decision possible you should do your own research in finding out as much as possible about the tummy tuck procedure. Doing so will enable you to decipher myths from facts. Specifically, there are three common myths about tummy tuck procedures that you should ignore, they include; they are only designed for women , they are designed as an alternative for weight loss and all plastic surgeons can perform the surgery.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This cosmetic surgical procedure flattens and abdominal area by removing extra skin and fat. The procedure will tighten abdominal muscles and smooth and firm the abdomen.

The tummy tuck procedure is typically associated with women however it is also preformed on men. The procedure eliminates fat, bulges and sagging skin for both sexes. Excess skin or flab in the abdomen that has not gone away with exercise or diet alone will be eliminated with this surgery. The decision for a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck is usually determined by the doctor. Women generally like these procedures because it eliminates the “Pouch” in the stomach area which can be caused by a weight loss, aging, loose tissue after pregnancy, and even prior surgeries.

The tummy tuck procedure is considered safe and effective and can make a dramatic change in your appearance. If you are thinking of this surgery it is ideal if you are in good general health and are close to your ideal weight. This surgery is not for everyone however if you maintain a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise the results can last the rest of your life.

It is important to recognize that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. You could lose a few pounds when the procedure is performed depending on the amount of excess skin is removed. In some cases the procedure may require liposuction.

Most physicians want patients to be within their normal weight range before performing the surgery. The patient must be in good health it is important to be evaluated prior to this surgery. Conditions that particularly concern doctors are diabetes and heart disease. Your primary care doctor would need to clear you for surgery.

Most surgeons require you to quit smoking at least 4 weeks prior to surgery. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your health and the likelihood for you to move forward with this procedure.

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure that will produce a permanent result as long as you maintain a healthy life style and don’t gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure. There can be a significant amount of recovery time. This is not a weekend procedure. The surgery itself can take two or more hours to complete. Your tummy tuck may not be done as an outpatient procedure. You could be expected to stay in the hospital overnight while doctors and nurses look after your well-being and make sure that no complications arise

When you go home, you’ll be expected to follow your doctor’s directives. The first week there will be considerable pain and soreness. This surgery takes time to heal and your range of activities will be limited for the few weeks. You will need to have someone to assist you. Your complete recovery will take time. It is difficult to determine a set recovery time but you are expected to be mostly recovered in 6 weeks. The most difficult part of this procedure is waiting to heal. This isn’t a surgery to have if you don’t have someone that can help you. This is not a recovery you can rush because you will need to take particular care with any activity that requires the use of your abdominal muscles. Your doctor will advise you as to when you will be able to return to your normal activities.

Stay in contact with your surgeon and make sure everything is moving along at a nice pace.

Understanding the Process of Breast Implants

Understanding the Process of Breast Implants

Montans Meka
Health Articles | February 9, 2012

Are you upset with the size and shape of your breasts? Breast implants are the best option that offers a permanent solution. However, before you go and jump on the operating table, it is important that you understand what a breast implant is and how it goes about.


What are breast implants?

Breast implant is a medical procedure that requires surgery to fix or correct the size and form of the human breast. Both the male and female gender undergoes breast implants. For the women, it could either be for beauty enhancement or a medical reason like augmentation after mastectomy. The male gender who undergoes breast implants is mainly the trans-gender type who wants to have a female breast form.


Where breast implants all started?

Studies of how to correct the form and size of the breasts is not new but extensive research of breast enhancement intensified in the nineteenth century. However, it was not until 1962 that the first truly successful breast implant was performed. As technology continued to take leaps and bounds so did the development of breast implants until it became what it is today, a truly safe and effective method of making the breasts look better than it was before. Of course it is worthy to note that the success of the procedure highly depends on the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Therefore it is very important that a breast implant should be performed only by a licensed, medical specialist and no other.


Materials and procedures

The most popular devices used for breast enhancement today are either a sterile, saline solution or a gelatinous silicone implant. Furthermore, the reasons why these breast enhancement devices are implanted have been classified as:

  1. A primary reconstruction method – this is to replace tissue damage caused by trauma, disease, or breast deformity.
  2. A revision or reconstruction procedure – this is to correct a previous surgery that may have not gone well.
  3. A primary enhancement or augmentation process – this is to generally change the size and form of the breasts.

Breast implants help

It is a fact that a person's self esteem is highly affected by how important the shape and size of the breast is perceived to be. The self esteem has an even deeper psychological impact on women who has undergone surgical breast removal or mastectomy. Thanks to the continued research and development of breast implants , the procedure is now safe and really effective and it has undoubtedly helped a lot of women gain confidence and happy with their looks.

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