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Types of Breast Implants to Choose From

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?


Breast augmentation ranks among one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures today, which is also a reason for its wide acceptance among many patients.

Breast implants are available in different types and sizes, and the patient can select them according to her specific anatomical and aesthetic requirements. During pre-surgery consultation, the surgeon will explain about various implant options and help the patient make the right choice.

It is important for the patient to choose the most appropriate implant type to suit her personal aesthetic sense and comfort level.

The implant size should ideally be chosen to make the breasts appear more proportionate to the rest of the body. In case only limited skin is available in the breasts, the patient should avoid choosing very large implants to minimize the risk of implant rippling. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implants to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Classification

Breast implants are mainly classified into two categories: saline implants and silicone gel implants. The surgeon will educate the patient about the pros and cons of both options and apprise them of the associated costs to help her make the best choice for her breast implant plastic surgery procedure.

Saline Implants

plastic surgery 7Saline implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 18. These were the first implants to get FDA approval. The inner core of saline implants is filled with a sterile saline fluid, and the outer shell is made of silicone. Saline implants are designed to provide natural shape and firmness to the breasts.

The implant can be inserted into the breast tissue in a deflated state, and the saline solution can be filled thereafter. This enables the surgeon to place the implant with a smaller incision. Saline solution is totally biocompatible, which makes these implants very safe in the event of implant leakage or rupture. The saline solution will get naturally absorbed in the body in such case.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants received the FDA’s approval a few years after saline implants, but their popularity has now exceeded that of saline implants. The aesthetic appeal and natural touch of these implants is superior due to the silicone gel core. Silicone implants have been approved for women over the age of 21.

The silicone gel in these implants allows it to mimic the natural effect of the breast tissue, which is the prime reason behind their popularity. Accomplished female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other neighborhoods in this part of the fruited plane for breast implant surgery and other aesthetic procedures.

Gummy Bear Implants

Form stable implants or Gummy Bear implants are ultra-cohesive silicone gel implants. The FDA has approved these latest implant qualities in the US. Due to their highly viscous silicone gel core, these implants are able to maintain form and shape even under pressure.

The silicone gel in these implants will not leak out to other areas in the body even in a situation where the implant is damaged or broken. Both silicone and saline implants are available in sizes ranging between 120 cc and 960 cc.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery

Breast Augmentation  breast augmentation recoveryRecovery is a vital component of the overall breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedure, and contributes to the final outcome. During surgical planning, the date of procedure should be scheduled in a way that the patient has sufficient recovery time available. The patient should preferably complete any urgent household or office tasks beforehand so that she can have a stress-free recovery.   Dr. Kristi Hustak is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and various other innovative and advanced procedures. Patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive breast augmentation from Dr. Hustak.

Precautions for Early Recovery

In the first week after breast augmentation plastic surgery, the patient should stay home and take plenty of rest. However, from the second day of the surgery, she can perform short walks at home and do light activities. This will help to maintain blood flow in the incision areas. Excessive bending, lifting of heavy objects or doing vigorous activities must be avoided in the initial phase to minimize the strain on the incisions.   Working women should take at least one week off from their workplace, and gradually increase their activity at work even after they join back. If the job at the workplace is physically demanding, she may have to take an additional week off before returning to work. If the patient has little kids or several household responsibilities, she may consider hiring a help for aftercare.

Recovery Process

How long it takes to fully recover from the surgery will depend on the type of surgical technique used, the size of incisions, the placement of implants, the patient’s natural healing ability, and her commitment to follow the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions.   Bruising and swelling in the incision areas will occur after breast augmentation surgery, but bruising will resolve rapidly from the second week. Swelling will take a few weeks or months before it completely disappears. The surgeon may recommend certain physical exercises to shorten the recovery and make it as pain-free as possible.   The patient will be required to refrain from smoking during the recovery phase for a certain period. The focus should be on balanced nutrition and a diet rich in lean proteins to support the healing process. Dedicated female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for breast augmentation.

First Week

Most patients will experience some pain and discomfort in the incision areas during the first three to five days. The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to provide relief. In a few days following the surgery, the patient will be required to wear a surgical bra, which will help to firm up the new shape of breasts and support healing.   At the end of first week, the patient will be required to visit the surgeon for a review as well as possible removal of sutures and temporary drain tubes. Once this is done, most patients will be able to resume their normal activities or go back to work. Full recovery will occur over several weeks and the final results will become clearer as the swelling resolves.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak at Skin Care 2017


The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists 23rd Annual Skin Care Meeting “Sail into What’s New in Skin Care” – April 25 – 28, 2017 will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA.

 

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak, MD will be discussing genital rejuvenation on Wednesday, April 26 at 3:15pm. Learn more and purchase your tickets Skin Care 2017 here!

Breast Augmentation Risks and Safety

Breast Augmentation  Breast Augmentation Risks and SafetyBreast augmentation  currently ranks as the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, according to the figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The surgery has become less invasive and less painful due to innovations in surgical techniques over the years. However, some risks will remain intrinsic to breast augmentation, just like other surgeries. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will apprise the patient about the potential risks and temporary side effects that the procedure will involve. The surgeon’s first concern will be to enable the patient to make a careful choice after having access to all pertinent information. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, and neighborhoods around Houston and across this part of the nation.

Breast Implant Risks

The procedure will involve the placement of silicone or saline breast implants, which creates its own unique risks for a procedure such as breast augmentation plastic surgery.

Capsular Contracture

As the implants placed inside the breast tissue, the body’s immune response will lead to the formation of scar tissue around the implant. This scar tissue can sometimes tend to harden or contract, which will place the implant under undue pressure. If the scar tissue becomes excessively hard, it will squeeze the silicone shell of the implant, causing it to get damaged, misshaped or move from its position. Hardening of the breast capsule may also cause pain or discomfort to the patient. In such a situation, a breast implant removal or replacement surgery may have to be performed.

Implant Rippling

In some cases, the amount of skin available in the breast area may be limited, but the implant size may be much larger. This may cause the implant to develop creases or folds, resulting in a rippling effect on the surface. It will compromise the natural aesthetic appearance of the breast. Experienced surgeons will guide the patient to choose the appropriate size of implants according to their breast anatomy so that the risk of implant rippling is minimized. Experienced female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other cities around Houston for breast implant surgery.

Implant Shifting

In rare cases, the implant may move from its desired position soon after the breast implant procedure has been performed. With larger sized implants, the risk of displacement is higher, but the risk of implant rupture is common to all implant sizes.

Surgery-related Risks

Some risks are inherent to all surgeries, including breast augmentation.

Infection

Infection risks can be minimized if the breast implant surgery is performed at a professional surgical facility with a sterile surgical environment. Antibiotics may be prescribed by the surgeon for a few days following the surgery to reduce the risk of infection after the procedure.

Altered Sensation in Nipples

Numbness, sensitivity or changed sensation may occur in the nipple area after breast implant surgery. The condition will usually resolve quickly, but in some cases, the change of sensation may be prolonged or even permanent. A skillful surgeon will adopt a conservative surgery approach to minimize such risks.

 

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps

Breast Augmentation 

Breast Augmentation Procedure StepsBreast augmentation is a substantial cosmetic surgery procedure, involving a few key steps. The surgeon may choose from different surgical techniques to perform this procedure, but the overall steps in the surgery will large remain unchanged in each case. The surgeon will customize the procedure to match with the specific goals of the patient.

See Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast augmentation, and discuss the steps involved. Once the patient becomes familiar with the procedure, it will help to mitigate her pre-surgery anxiety. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Anesthesia

The first step in the procedure will be to place the patient under anesthesia just before the surgery is set to begin. The procedure will typically involve general anesthesia, which will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. The patient will feel no pain, and will remain unconscious throughout the surgery.

Following the procedure, the patient will experience mild side effects of anesthesia for a few hours, including nausea and grogginess. After a few hours of observation, she can return home with a responsible driver. She should also ideally have someone to stay with her for aftercare for at least a day or two.

Placing the Incisions

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will create inconspicuous incisions in pre-determined sites, which could be under the breast crease, around the areola border, in the underarm area, or around the navel in a few cases. A skilled surgeon will be able to minimize subsequent scarring by placing the incisions discreetly.

The location and size of incisions will be determined during the surgical planning in advance. The surgeon will assess the patient’s breast anatomy, her personal cosmetic goals, and the type and size of implants chosen to determine the incision plan. Patient will be involved in the decision process and plan for breast augmentation plastic surgery.

Implant Placement

The breast implants may be placed in front of the pectoral muscle right behind the breast tissue, or in front of the pectoral muscle. The placement position of implants will be determined after evaluating the patient’s breast anatomy the size of the chosen implants. The advantages and limitations of both placement options will be discussed with the patient beforehand.

Wound Closure

Once the implants are adjusted and placed into the desired position, the incisions will be closed with traditional or absorbable sutures. The surgeon will place temporary drainage tubes under the skin in the incision sites. The patient will be required to keep the incision site clean and dry to mitigate the risk of infection.

Bandages and Surgical Bra

The surgeon will cover the incisions with gauze bandage to protect the wound. In a few days, the bandages will be replaced with a surgical bra to help ensure that the breasts acquire their new shape. Hard working and astute female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and communities across the region for breast augmentation.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713-799-9999 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

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