Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, is a specialists in cosmetic breast surgery and offer breast augmentation for women who desire fuller, shapelier breasts.
Breast augmentation is a popular surgery and creates absolutely gorgeous results that our patients love.
There are many options to consider when determining the type of breast implant to use, as well as the shape and look you want. During the consultation, Dr. Khoobehi will gain an understanding of what your exact aesthetic goals are so that the right treatment plan can be created. Dr. Khoobehi also performs a 3D image called Vectra which provides the capability of altering the images by placing different size implants based on chest width, tissue type, which is communicated with patients to achieve all expectation.
Breast augmentation uses silicone or saline breast implants, most often placed underneath the pectoral muscle. Placing the implants under the muscle not only give the breast a natural contoured look but also to touch. Some patients may desire an autologous approach to breast enhancement. For these individuals, a fat transfer may be a suitable option. This entails taking fat from one area of the body, and placing the fat within the breasts until the desired shape and size has been achieved.
Saline vs. Silicone vs. Fat
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants have always remained a positive choice for patients when deciding what type of implant to use for breast augmentation. Because these implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, any potential leakage does not pose a threat as the solution is safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants also cost less than the silicone type. One of the disadvantages of saline implants is that in some cases, rippling can appear. Those who opt for this type of implant should be at least 18 years old.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are very popular today and are highly recommended by Dr. Khoobehi for whom desire a natural look. The silicone shell is prefilled with silicone gel and comes in different sizes, shapes and textures. Unlike saline implants in which leakage is absorbed by the body and implant volume appears visibly flat, it is difficult to tell when a silicone implant ruptures. Patients considering silicone implants should be at least 22 years old.
Cleavage Therapy/Fat Transfer
For patients who desire fuller breasts but do not want an implant to achieve this look, Dr. Khoobehi has the solution. Fat transfer or Cleavage Therapy, a term coined by Dr. Kamran Khoobehi. In this procedure, Dr. Khoobehi will harvest fat from donor sites of the patient, such as the flanks, abdomen and thighs via liposuction. The fat collected will undergo a process of refinement and purification, and then be re-injected into the breasts to the desired shape and size. This procedure can also create cleavage for patients who wouldn’t get the same effect with only an implant due to the natural spacing of the patients’ breasts. These patients can benefit from a combined procedure of implant and fat grafting for a more natural looking result. The Cleavage Therapy procedure can also be used to fix asymmetry issues, rebuild a woman’s breasts following a mastectomy and improve the appearance of a previous breast augmentation by creating fuller, softer breasts.
There are several manufacturers approved by the FDA.
- Natrelle by Allergan – silicoane and saline-based implants
- Mentor – silicone and saline-based implants
- Sientra – silicone-based implants
Breast Implant types
Breast Implants Profile
Breast implants come in a variety of different profiles. The selection is based on how enhanced the breasts’ projection would be, as well as how wide the implant will be on the chest wall in relation to the base width. Since the silicone implants are already pre-filled, the standard profiles come in low, moderate, high and extra high. Saline implants, however, come in variants that are either prefilled; or, the silicone shell is inserted then filled with saline solution up to the patient’s preferred profile. Choosing the right profile can sometimes be a difficult decision and Dr. Khoobehi will help guide the patient accordingly. High profile breast implants will have greater projection, but less width on each side, whereas a moderate profile, for example, will not have as much projection, but will be broader.
The two most common placements are on top of the chest muscle or under it. When the implant is placed under the muscle, a pocket is created within the pectoralis major muscle. A pocket is also created if it is placed in front of the muscle, but Dr. Khoobehi prefer the submuscular approach (behind the muscle). This helps to keep the implant in place for a longer period of time and takes into consideration factors such as implant size, weight, gravity, and time. Placing the implant behind the muscle also provides a natural look and provides the implant with the long-term support it needs to stay in position.
There are several standard incision approaches for breast implants. The most common is known as an inframammary incision, which is an incision near the breast fold. Second, is an incision made under the areola, which is known as a periareolar incision. A third option is to place the incision within the armpit, known as a transaxillary approach. There is also an incision approach that takes place around the belly button, but this is the least recommended way. Dr. Khoobehi will go into detail on what incision he recommendation as to what approach is best for each individual patient.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that may last from an hour to several hours. It is performed using general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center. All activities must be limited within 48 hours after surgery. There will be bruising and swelling, and a compression support bra will also be worn to help in healing. It is normal to feel tightness around the chest area as the skin adjusts to the breast’s new shape. Most patients can resume normal activities within 7 days; exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. It takes approximately 6 months for the breasts to look, feel and function normally in regards to softness, sensation and final placement.
Breast augmentation surgery will vary in cost depending on which type of implant is used. The average fee for saline implants run about $4,900 up to $6,900. Patients can expect to pay about $1,000 or more when choosing silicone implants. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Breast Augmentation. He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Natural Or Artificial?
This depends on the patient’s breast make up. Those who opt for implants may choose between saline or silicone as each has its own advantages. For fat transfer, the advantage is that it poses less risk since there is no introduction of foreign material in the body. However, the results do not last long compared to artificial implants as fat can be reabsorbed by the body. Dr. Khoobehi will discuss what options will be best to assure that the desired look and feel will be achieved during your consultation.
Negative notions about silicone started back in the early 90s when there were cases of leakage and complications. With today’s advancements in engineering, the silicone-based shells are made durable and safe, and have been proven so by the FDA. Today, in fact, silicone is more preferred than saline since they last longer and feel more natural. The rates of reported complications have significantly decreased in the last decade.
Implant Or Lift?
Breast augmentation is an aesthetic procedure designed to enlarge breasts while a breast lift is designed to tighten the loose skin of a droopy breast. Both resolve different breast issues. There are cases that the procedures are simultaneously done when it is agreed that a breast lift with augmentation is necessary.
Today’s silicone implants are strong, durable and safe. Technical advancements have come so far, that even if a silicone implant does rupture, the shell of the implant will keep the silicone gel encased and protected from entering the body. In a rare case that a silicone implant does rupture, an MRI will be needed to detect the rupture. This is the main reason why MRI checks are recommended 3 years after surgery and every 2 years succeeding the first MRI.
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