Friday, February 22, 2013

Many Choices Are Available For Women Who Want Bigger Breasts

There's no doubt that breast augmentation is certainly one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. More and more women are electing to have this surgery in order to enhance their breasts, making them larger and fuller, correcting asymmetry (one breast larger than the other, or not lined up evenly on the chest), or even correcting congenital defects such as tubular breasts.

Breast Augmentation Can Make Breasts Bigger, Improve Shape and Correct Uneven Breasts
What is such good news is the number of options available for women of all ages. In our San Antonio surgical center, Dr. Robert Young has performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures with both saline and silicone breast implants. So many, in fact, that he is widely referred to as the "breast doctor" of San Antonio! Over the years, he has seen many changes in the implants themselves, as well as the methods used for insertion and placement of the implants. He was an early pioneer of minimal incision techniques which included armpit incisions that were much smaller than earlier methods.
With the introduction of silicone implants and the subsequent ten year ban, Dr. Young became one of a small group selected by Mentor to perform closely monitored clinical trials of the silicone implants in order to study their safety. Once the FDA found that silicone implants passed the rigorous standards for safety, silicone implants evolved into those that contained cohesive gel silicone which tended to stay together, decreasing the chances for migration into the body if there were rupture. The next generation of even more cohesive implants, referred to as "gummy bear" implants make the selection even greater.

Each type of breast implant, whether saline or silicone, usually has many choices of shape (round or anatomical), as well as width and projection. These options afford a women choices that will address almost any body type or size desired.

And, in addition to the implants themselves, there have been several different methods of insertion used over the years. From large incisions made under the breast, to areola (around the nipple) incisions and endoscopic transaxillary (under arm) entry points. Some physicians have explored other areas such as through the belly button (TUBA or transumbilical breast augmentation) and even performing breast augmentations where the patient is under twilight anesthesia (awake sedation).

The incision methods most preferred by Dr. Young is the underarm or areola because he feels it gives his patients the best result. Scars are minimal and located so that after appropriate healing time, they are usually not very noticeable. Although the TUBA technique can be more problematic (harder to place the implants in order to achieve good symmetry and placement), and more prone to revisional surgery, Dr. Young will review all of your options and help you make an informed decision on what is best for you.

Breast Augmentation surgery has evolved into one of the most popular procedures with an excellent record for safety and patient satisfaction. Dr. Young is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years experience helping the women of San Antonio achieve the breast enhancement they desire. Visit Dr. Robert Young at his San Antonio office and AAAASF accredited outpatient surgery center for a private consultation regarding your breast augmentation surgery.