Breast augmentation, or enhancement is a surgical procedure to enlarge and enhance the size and shape of the breast with the use of implants.
How are the implants placed?
The implants can be placed in front or behind the muscle. The incisions for placement of the implants can be transaxillary (under the armpit), periareolar (around the nipple) or inframammary (in the fold of the breast). The best position and incision will vary for each patient. We are also employing the latest endoscopic technology by minimally invasively placing the implants through small incisions.
What type of implant is best?
Many different implant styles exist ranging from round to tear drop (anatomical) shaped with a variety of dimensions. Implants can be textured or smooth walled. The type and size of an implant will depend on the characteristics of the inpidual breast to be augmented as well as the patient's goals.
Are breast implants safe?
Some women with silicone breasts implants have reported symptoms similar to certain types of diseases that affect the body's immune system (autoimmune disorders). Presently, research has not found any clear link between silicone breast implants and autoimmune disorders or connective tissue disorders. Studies are ongoing investigating any possible link. Other possible complications of breast augmentation include: deflation of implant, asymmetry between the breast, infection and bleeding. If a saline implant breaks or deflates the saline (salt water) is absorbed by your body with no adverse effect. Capsular contraction - when the tissue surrounding the implant contracts - can result in hard or distorted appearing breasts. However, the incidence of capsular contraction is low, especially with saline implants. To find out more about how breast augmentation works, watch this video.
What types of implants are available?
- Cohesive Gel (as part of the 410 clinical study)
Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery is the only practice in Nebraska who is participating in the Inamed Corporation's FDA regulated study of silicone cohesive gel breast implants (style 410). These implants, which are textured and anatomically (teardrop) shaped, are made of a silicone gel which is truly cohesive. Some people compare the gel to a "gummy bear," meaning that if the outer shell, or covering, breaks down the inner silicone gel does NOT leak out or change shape.
Patients must meet criteria to participate on the 410 survey. You may be eligible to take part in the study if: 1) you have a condition appropriate for a breast augmentation (enhancement); 2) you choose to have a breast reconstruction after mastectomy or for a problem related to the breast; 3) you require revision of previously placed implants where a problem with the implant exists, such as breast implant rupture, leaking or significant capsular contracture; and 4) you have adequate tissue available to cover the implants.
This study includes a commitment on your part for a period of 10 years. Follow-up visits will be required yearly until your 10th anniversary of your implant surgery. You must confirm your commitment to follow these study requirements upon enrollment in the study.
If you are interested in the 410 study, please contact us for a private consultation.