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How can string breast implants work?

How can string breast implants work?

Not a good technique: In the past, a few surgeons have used suture material to effectively enhance cup size as an alternative to breast implants. The reason for this varied but generally had to do with the fact that the strings could increase the cup size far larger than the largest implants. At this point, i don't know of any reputable plastic surgeon performing this technique. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Definition)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone ...Read more


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Hi docs, can you tell me if string breast implants are still available?

Hi docs, can you tell me if string breast implants are still available?

Not advised: There was only one surgeon who truly popularized this technique and to the best of my knowledge, it is no longer performed nor recommended. ...Read more

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Are breast implants safe?

Are breast implants safe?

Yes: Breast augmentation with saline and silicone gel breast implants is very safe. When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation , make sure they are board certified. A good place to look for a plastic surgeon in your area is to go to www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Information on breast augmentation, and multiple plastic surgery procedures can be found. ...Read more

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How safe is breast implants?

How safe is breast implants?

Safety of implants: Breast implants are very safe. Complications from breast augmentation surgery are uncommon. FDA approved implants are either saline-filled, which the body absorbs naturally in case of a puncture, or silicone-gel filled, which is the second generation of silicone-filled implants. In case of a punctured silicone-gel implant the silicone is made so that it remains in place even if punctured. ...Read more

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Is getting breast implants safe?

Is getting breast implants safe?

Yes: As with all surgery, there are some risks with having an operation. However, breast augmentation is a very safe procedure. I recommend you see a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to discuss in more detail. ...Read more

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What are the best breast implants?

What are the best breast implants?

Experience Counts: There are three FDA approved breast implant manufacturers in the US- Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. All are excellent implants with a great safety record. The key to a great result is picking the right size and shape for your body type, and having a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has a practice devoted primarily to cosmetic breast surgery perform your procedure. I hope this helps ...Read more

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Who is eligible for breast implants?

Who is eligible for breast implants?

Most people: Most people could have breast augmentation, most importantly a patient needs to understand the risks and benefits. Both the patient and the doctor need to agree that it is a reasonable treatment for them. Contraindications include, and active infection, untreated breast cancer and any health issues that make surgery too risky. A patient must be both physically and mentally mature enough also. ...Read more

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How often do replace breast implants?

How often do replace breast implants?

When needed: People have heard that you need to change the implants every 10 years. In reality, you only need to change the implants if there is a problem. On average, about 1 in 5 women will have a second surgery on their breast implants within 10 years, whether saline or silicone. Silicone do last longer. ...Read more

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Are there adjustable breast implants?

Are there adjustable breast implants?

Yes, many varieties: Of various types of post operatively adjustable breast implants that typically will allow size change for a limited period of time usually limited to 6 months. ...Read more

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What are breast implants made out of?

What are breast implants made out of?

Silicone elastomer: Implants currently are made of various elastomers of silicone. ...Read more

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Will insurance cover breast implants?

Will insurance cover breast implants?

It depends: Implants for reconstructive problems, like breast reconstruction after mastectomy, would be covered. Implants for purely cosmetic concerns, like wanting a larger breast size, would not be typically covered by insurance. Best to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

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What are high-profile breast implants?

Fit the chest: We use implant profile to help keep the implants lookign natural on a woman's chest. The higher profile allows us to choose a larger implant to get more volume without having the implant extend under a patient's armpit. ...Read more

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What kind of breast implants are safest?

What kind of breast implants are safest?

All are safe: Both silicone and saline implants are safe. Neither increases the risk of breast cancer. Silicone gel implants are gelatinous (gummy bear) implants that do not leak if ruptured. They are more commonly used today. Liquid Silicone implants may rupture and leak, but leakage has not been clearly linked to subsequent disease. ...Read more

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What are the negatives of breast implants?

Seek Consult: Good question, but not enough space here. Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. Learn about the pros/cons/risks/complications associated with breast augmentation surgery in order to make an informed decision. Understand, that breast augmentation surgery will almost certainly guarantee you additional breast surgery in the future. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does hardening of breast implants mean?

What does hardening of breast implants mean?

Many possible causes: It may be caused by a variety of different reasons that will vary by timing after surgery. Soon after surgery could mean a hematoma or seroma or muscle spasm. Delayed causes likely relate to capsular contracture or possible inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the average cost of breast implants?

What is the average cost of breast implants?

In Ohio ...: Where i practice in columbus, ohio, the cost for breast augmentation with saline implants is $4500 and silicone implants is $5300. This includes surgeon's, facility and anesthesia charges as well as the implants. ...Read more

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What are the risk in getting breast implants?

What are the risk in getting breast implants?

Like any surgery...: ...Infection, bleeding etc. Also, more specific to breast aug are: capsular contracture, displacement, asymmetry, loss of feeling, etc. ...Read more

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Removal of breast implants needed in all women?

Removal of breast implants needed in all women?

Not necessarily : With the current state of the art, implants may fail over your lifetime but that also means they may not. If ruptured or if other complications develop, you will certainly want to remove/replace the implants when problems occur. However , in the absence of complications there is no need to remove them. In the future, fat transfer may offer a longer term solution. ...Read more

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What is the cheapest way to get breast implants?

What is the cheapest way to get breast implants?

Go for Quality: Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure and should only be performed by a qualified surgeon. You should seek out a board certified plastic surgeon, not just someone who claims to be a "cosmetic surgeon". The cost can range from $5-10, 000. Ask to see pictures and ask a lot of questions. It is about the results, no the cost. ...Read more

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What's the age requirements for breast implants?

What's the age requirements for breast implants?

Generally 18: Breast augmentation done for “cosmetic” purposes is FDA approved for patients older than 18. However, there are cases where breast surgery is done for patients under the age of 18; these patients usually present with congenital breast anomalies and/or significant breast asymmetry. Best to seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience... ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more