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July
2017
12

Top Reasons for Undergoing Breast Augmentation

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Though often dismissed, breast augmentation has been deemed the top cosmetic surgery in the United States. So why do so many women opt to undergo breast augmentation? What is driving them? Is it a quest for youth and confidence? What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

These various arrays of questions continue to linger in our minds, which is why it is important to look towards why women continue moving forward with the procedure. Most breast augmentation patients choose implants for at least one of these common reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits of breast augmentation.

Micromastia

Though there is no absolute definition of Micromastia because breast size varies widely, the medical condition is typically diagnosed when a woman’s breasts do not fully develop after puberty.

Micromastia is indicated by comparison to average breasts sizes and women’s self-perception, with those suffering from the condition often experiencing intense embarrassment about their figures. Breast implants can often provide such women a fuller figure, increased confident, and a dramatically improved self-image.

Gynecomastia

Same goes to say for men, as not only females have been known to elect undergoing a breast surgery procedure. Some men will require some form of reduction breast surgery if they suffer from gynecomastia, s swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men that is caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone.

Youthful Appearance

As the years pass, many women begin to notice that their breasts slowly sag and lose the lively volume they once had. In some cases, breast augmentation, especially when in conjunction with a breast lift, restores the youthful, perky figure that was once present.

Mastectomy

Commonly seen with patients who have suffered from breast cancer, some women (or men) choose to bring back their figures by opting for breast reconstruction surgery using implants. It is important to keep in mind though that the operation for mastectomy patients is more complicated than simple augmentation in any ordinary patient. Aside from the placement of the actual implant, the operation also includes skin grafting and construction of the nipple-areola complex.

Breast Volume Loss Post-Pregnancy

Some mothers find that after pregnancy and nursing, the breasts droop or get smaller, which is why some women opt for breast implants to help restore their pre-baby body. Basically, women often lose significant breast volume after giving birth, and because no amount of exercise can bring back the lost volume, the only way to achieve the desired look is through breast augmentation using implants.

For these patients, breast augmentation is often combined with other cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck to complete what’s been nicknamed a full “mommy makeover.”

Boost Self Esteem

Research has shown that women who are dissatisfied with their appearance often experience a huge increase in confidence following breast augmentation surgery. Even in a 2007 study done at the University of Florida, 84 breast augmentation patients between the ages of 21 and 57 were looked at, and the results examining the relationship between self-esteem and breast implants conclusively demonstrated that women experienced a marked increase in self-confidence following the procedure. Patients’ self-confidence rose from 20.7 to 24.9 on the Rosenberg scale.

Better Fitting Clothes

Most women’s clothing is designed to fit someone with a C-size cup, so those carrying breasts that are too small or too large for that size might opt to undergo an augmentation or reduction surgery to make their body look more flattering or fashionable.

Let Us Help

All this said, choosing to reap the benefits of breast augmentation is a highly personal decision and should never be undertaken lightly, especially when opted for to please someone else or to meet another person’s expectations.

For women who carefully think through their decision, however, breast augmentation can sometimes have a huge and positive impact on their lives. Any patient considering a breast surgery–whether augmentation or reduction– should have it done by a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience and proper training.

No matter your shape or size, you can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of breast augmentation. If you are considering following through with any sort of similar procedure, contact Dr. Gabriel Chiu, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose utmost goal is to help his patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and relaxing environment.

 

 

January
2017
27

Busting the Most Common Breast Augmentation Myths

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When it comes to breast augmentation, one thing is certain: there’s loads of misinformation out there about the procedure. In spite of the extensive information available on the internet and from doctors themselves, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to breast implants.

Here’s a closer look at some of the most persistent breast augmentation surgery myths.

Myths About Breast Augmentation Surgery

  1. All breast implants look fake—When breast implants first became widely popular, the preferred aesthetic for many women was big, bold, and obviously augmented. While some women still want this look, the majority of them opt for a more modest enhancement of their natural contours, and the best breast augmentation surgeons aspire to give their patients exactly that. By carefully considering breast implant factors like profile, placement, and a patient’s unique measurements, natural-looking breast augmentation is the norm rather then the exception.
  2. Implants have to be large—The truth is that beautiful breast enhancements can come in much smaller packages, and more often than you might realize. With the increasing demand for more realistic images of female beauty in the media, plastic surgeons have seen a similarly growing demand for smaller, more proportionate breast implants.
  3. Implants change breast placement—When breasts look droopy and deflated following childbirth, nursing, or simply as a result of age and gravity, implants usually are not enough to restore the perky look many women hope for. While implants can increase breast size, they can’t change breast placement on the chest wall.
  4. Silicone implants aren’t safe—While there has been a debate over the risk of complications with older silicone implant models from before the turn of the new millennium, modern silicone gel implants have an excellent safety record.
  5. Recovery is painful—Breast augmentation recovery time and pain can vary from one woman to another. Some feel little to no pain, while other may feel some pain for the first few days that can be managed with prescribed painkillers.
  6. Breast augmentation lasts a lifetime—Breast implants (whether silicone or saline) aren’t designed to last your entire lifetime. Major implant manufacturers recommend that you replace them every 10 years to pre-empt a rupture. It’s not a requirement that you do this, and some plastic surgeons even say it’s not necessary unless you have an issue, but you need to be okay with the idea of future surgeries.
  7. You’ll see your results right away—During breast augmentation surgery, your muscles react by tightening up. As a result, your new implants will initially start out higher on your chest, and may look swollen. As you heal over the next several weeks to months, your breasts will slowly settle into a more natural position on your chest.
  8. Breast augmentation will give you the perfect body—A breast augmentation surgery will give you a bigger version of what you already have. And while a lager bust can make your waist appear smaller and hips shapelier, it doesn’t give you a new body. There is only so much a boob job can do. Havin realistic expectations means you’ll be happier with your results.
  9. You like your friend’s breast augmentation. If you go to the same doctor and have the same implant, you’ll get a similar result—Everyone is different, your breasts and your tissues are not like any other woman’s, and, therefore, your surgery will also be unique to you. There are many factors that affect the final results of breast augmentation such as your size, the condition of your skin, and the placement of your implant.
  10. There is only one best way to do a breast augmentation—Every woman has different desires, needs, and body types, so every surgery is different. It is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who can guide you through the various options.
  11. Breast augmentation is a simple operation that any surgeon can do—While almost any well trained cosmetic surgeon can physically place implants in a breast, it takes a skilled cosmetic surgeon with years of training to obtain beautiful and long lasting results.
  12. Cup size is a predictable way to measure the size of a woman’s breast—Not all bras fit the same way. Cup sizes are extremely variable and not an accurate way to describe the size of the breast. A true size is based on measurements and demonstrations with your own tissue.
  13. Textured shell implants are much easier to feel inside the breast compared to smooth gel implants—The difference in thickness between a textured shell implant and that of a smooth gel implant is only a few ten thousandths of an inch and makes little difference when feeling your breasts. The main factors that allow you to feel an implant are the thickness of your skin, fat, and breast tissue, and whether the implant is placed over or under the muscle.
  14. Putting the implant under the muscle will help support my breasts—There is no evidence that putting an implant under the muscle instead of over the muscle will better support the breasts. The two factors that do affect implant support and sagging breasts are: the genetic tissue characteristics that you were born with and the size of your selected implant.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

If you live in the Beverly Hills area and are looking for a top surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, then you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. As a highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiu has the knowledge and skills to help you make the best choice when it comes to your implant needs.

June
2016
17

How Cosmetic Procedures Improve Your Life

Beyond Looking Good: How Cosmetic Procedures Can Improve Your Life

 

Have you ever thought about getting plastic surgery for health reasons? Then you’re not alone. While plastic surgery is often thought of as a way to alter your appearance, many cosmetic procedures help improve your life in a far larger way.

Here’s a look at some of the types of cosmetic surgeries that can also benefit your health and lifestyle.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery removes some of the breast tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce the size, weight, firmness, and shape of the breasts. It can also make the areolas (dark skin around the nipples) smaller.

Some of the benefits to having breast reduction surgery include:

  • It can help alleviate neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Improves posture/spinal alignment
  • Can help resolve asthma issues (breathing problems)
  • Makes it easier to exercise
  • Eliminates skin irritation under breasts

 

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, or breast implant surgery, is a procedure in which your doctor will place implants (either silicone or saline) into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. Breast augmentation can be performed for cosmetic purposes or for reconstructive purposes (i.e. after a mastectomy for breast cancer).

While breast augmentation can be performed after a mastectomy, it can also help with:

  • Correcting tuberous breasts
  • Improving posture from significant asymmetry
  • Micromastia (breasts that never developed)

 

Rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty (nose job) works to reshape the bones of the nose, often to repair damage from an accident or injury, or to alleviate functional issues. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market.

Some of the benefits of rhinoplasty surgery are:

  • Reduction in snoring
  • Restores facial symmetry
  • Corrects birth defects
  • Corrects sinus problems (such as a deviated septum)
  • Fixes a broken nose
  • Improves breathing (increases oxygen flow)

 

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Some of the benefits of eyelid surgery are:

  • Improved vision
  • Fewer fine lines
  • No more bags
  • Brighter, larger eyes

 

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck works to tighten muscles and remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flat and toned. Tummy tucks are also used to help patients who have undergone extreme weight loss in a short period of time.

Benefits from receiving a tummy tuck include:

  • Reduction of stress incontinence
  • Improved abdominal tone
  • Better posture
  • Ventral hernia correction
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Alleviates back pain
  • Removes excess skin

 

Body Contouring

Just like the tummy tuck, body contouring can help patients who have undergone a significant weight loss in a short period of time. Body contouring is a group of procedures, which may include an arm lift, buttocks lift, thigh lift, and breast lift; as well as the aforementioned tummy tuck. Liposuction may also be performed.

An arm lift removes excess skin and fat deposits, giving the arm a more pleasing and youthful contour. It can be used to help tighten arms that have become loose or flabby as a result of aging or dramatic weight loss.

A buttock lift can provide you with a more toned, shapely butt. You can read more about the Brazilian Butt Lift here. A thigh lift removes extra skin and fat to give you tightened, toned, and better proportioned thighs.

Finally, a breast lift (often one of the most popular body contouring operations) treats sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping, nipples, and stretched areolas; returning a more youthful shape and lift to your breasts.

A combination of some of these procedures can help:

  • Reduce stress incontinence
  • Reduce risk of diabetes
  • Alleviate back pain
  • Correct the rectus muscle position
  • Remove excess skin

 

Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat from your body using cannulas – long hollow tubes with holes on one end and attached to suction on the other. While liposuction can help alleviate the aesthetic issues that stubborn fat can cause, it can also be used to help with a range of medical conditions, such as:

  • Benign fatty tumors (lipomas)
  • Abnormal enlargement of the male breasts
  • Problems with metabolism of fat
  • Excessive sweating in the armpit area

 

Book a Consultation

Before seeking any type of cosmetic surgery, whether for aesthetic or health-related purposes, you should consult with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. With years of experience and an eye for aesthetic perfection, Dr. Chiu will provide you with the cosmetic results you deserve.

June
2016
13

Finding a New Bra after Breast Augmentation

Choosing the Right Bra for Your New Breasts after a Breast Augmentation

Buying a bra at any time can be a frustrating and difficult experience, but this can be particularly true after a breast augmentation. Patients have to be sure that swelling is gone and that breasts have settled into their final shape, as well as determine what bra size and styles best fit their new breast shape.

The Right Bra, What to Wear, and When

Right after surgery, patients need to wear a surgical bra, which will be recommended by their surgeon. This bra minimizes swelling, improves circulation, supports the implant during healing, and helps the breast tissues settle into its new position.

After 2-3 weeks, patients can transition into sports bras. Underwire and similarly supportive regular bras will be allowed after the implants have finished settling into position. This can be anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months, but usually is 2-3 months. Before this period, underwire bras can irritate surgical incisions, causing inflammation and pain, and may lead to noticeable scarring. As many patients experience some loss of sensation, they may not even notice this irritation until it’s too late. Underwire bras may also not provide the support your healing breasts need, especially after you’ve resumed your typical daily routine.

Front closure bras are generally easier to put on and take off than back closure bras, so many patients prefer them at this point, but they’re by no means a requirement.

Some breast augmentation patients may continue to experience some swelling, so their bra size may be larger than their final size. Many patients choose to buy a few bras at this point, then buy more a few weeks later after they’re sure all swelling has subsided. If a patient transitions into regular bras too soon or before they are completely settled, they will find that the bras will fit poorly later. Since the bottom half of the breast that fits in the cup of the bra will open up and become fuller during settling, bras sized and bought too early will feel too small or tight.

In rare cases, surgeons may recommend not wearing a bra at all for a few weeks after surgery; but for the vast majority of patients, a bra of some kind should be worn at all times after surgery, even after the breasts have totally finished healing. Doing so prevents sagging both in the short- and long-term by making sure the tissue in the breast is supported during healing, making it stronger than it would have been if no support was used.

Women should also avoid push-up bras until this point. While it can be tempting to wear them to show off your new shape, push-up bras displace breast tissue, which can tug on incisions and move implants.

Determining Your New Cup Size

Having a bra fitting can be incredibly helpful in determining your new size. A professional at a lingerie store can help you find a bra that gives you good support, a flattering appearance, and proper comfort. There is, however, a technique that can be used to give you an estimate before you hit the shops.

First, use a tailor’s measuring tape to measure (in inches) around the ribcage directly under the breasts. Be careful to keep the measuring tape flat, even, and parallel to the floor. If your resulting measurement is even, add four inches. If it’s odd, add five inches. This is your band size. Your band size should be about the same as it was before your procedure.

Next, measure your torso around the fullest part of your breast. Like before, be sure to keep the measuring tape flat, even, and parallel to the floor. Subtract your band size from the resulting measurement. A one-inch difference indicates an A cup, a two inch difference indicates a B cup, a three inch difference indicates a C cup, and so on.

The straps of your bra shouldn’t dig in, but should be tight enough to stay in place. Tall women may find that bra strap extenders can help them get straps that fit their body without digging into their shoulders. Women with large breasts may want wider bra straps to distribute the weight of the breasts and help prevent the straps from digging in.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

If you’re considering a breast augmentation, or any other type of cosmetic procedure, don’t wait to act. Dr. Gabriel Chiu is an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon with many year of experience serving the Los Angeles area. Contact his office at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. today to schedule your consultation and start your journey to a body you love.

May
2016
16

Breast Implants Health News

Latest Health News on Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is an exciting procedure that can give women the self-confidence that they lost or were never able to have by giving them beautiful, voluminous breasts. However, like all procedures, breast augmentation comes with some risks and plenty of benefits.

Silicone vs. Saline Implants

While both silicone and saline implants are made with a silicone shell, what’s inside the shell differs. Silicone implants are filled with cohesive gel, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water (saline). While silicone implants are generally considered to feel more natural than their saline counterparts, there are some who also consider them to be somewhat riskier than saline implants.

When a saline implant leaks or ruptures, the saline leaks into the body where it is safely absorbed. The silicone shell deflates, indicating to the owner of the implants a problem. On the other hand, when silicone implants leak or rupture, the gel is not absorbed by the body and there may not be an outside indication of an issue. This kind of rupture is referred to as a “silent rupture.” While this may sound concerning, severe health risks from a silicone rupture are unlikely. The worst you’re likely to experience is some discomfort until the implants are removed and replaced.

It is recommended that women with silicone implants have an MRI three years after their augmentation procedure and every two years after that to check for a rupture. Any ruptured implant of either variety will need to be removed or replaced.

Breast Implants and Mammograms

Breast implants may possibly make it more difficult for doctors to do an accurate mammogram, but there are special radiographic techniques that can be used if the patient notifies the doctor of the implants. So make sure that you do if you have implants at the time of getting a mammogram.

Health Benefits of Breast Implants

The benefits of breast implants extend beyond just the improvement of the breasts’ appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 98 per cent of women who undergo breast augmentation surgery report satisfaction with their experience. 92 per cent reported improved self esteem, and 64 per cent reported experiencing a higher quality of life.

People with high self esteem are at lower risk for eating disorders and other mental health problems, are more comfortable expressing themselves, have more realistic expectations for themselves and others, and are more able to form healthy relationships – both platonic and romantic. There is also evidence to support the idea that people with higher self esteem also experience better physical health than their counterparts with lower self esteem.

Find Out if Breast Implants are Right for You

If you’re considering breast implants, be sure contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Chiu. Dr. Chiu is an experienced, American Association of Physician Specialists board-certified plastic surgeon who has served the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area for years. He’ll be able to help you decide if breast implants are right for you.