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How Breast Augmentation Corrects Asymmetry

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Noticeably different sized breasts is one of the many cosmetic issues that Beverly Hills patients are concerned with. It is a known fact that not every woman’s breasts are perfectly symmetrical breasts. The goal of breast augmentation is to personally transform the patient’s size, shape and volume with breast implants, but many wish to address asymmetrical breasts by altering one or both breasts to be even in appearance.

What Causes Asymmetry?

The case of asymmetrical breasts has no clear reason why one breast is smaller than the other. In most cases, the condition is simply due to genetics and inherited body type. Other possible factors that can be correlated with genetics, include:

  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain
  • Hormonal changes at adolescence
  • Weight loss
  • Mastectomy

The end result of these factors leaves one breast slightly higher or lower, shaped differently, or larger than the other breast. In some instances the patient’s nipples may be noticeably different in size or position. With the right approach, Dr. Grigoryants can correct these types of asymmetry to ensure that a woman feels confident with her feminine physique.

Correcting Asymmetry

Uneven breasts can make a woman feel very self-conscious about breast appearance, in some cases the breasts are noticeably different by a cup size or more. This also makes women feel discouraged when it comes to finding the right bra or bikini top that fit and supports breasts correctly.

Depending on the patient’s goals, making breasts symmetrical can be corrected by breast reduction or augmentation. Breast implants can resolve the unevenness for women who wish to add volume to the small breast to match the size and shape of the larger breast. Patients dealing with asymmetry may also enhance both breasts by adding volume for smaller-breasted women. For this procedure, a smaller implant will be placed in the larger breast to match the larger implant for symmetrical results.

According to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal researchers found a significant increase in patients’ quality of life after having treatment for breast asymmetry. Measuring eight dimensions of health status, research revealed significant improvement in physical, social and psychological well-being.

No surgeon will ever promise perfection, but in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Grigoryants, breast augmentation can help you achieve fuller and even breasts suitable to your goals. If you are struggling with asymmetrical breasts, call now to schedule a consultation to have the figure you desire.

Can Breast Augmentation Make Up for Lack of Cleavage?

Friday, December 27th, 2013

When it comes to breast augmentation, women are likely to ask how well their cleavage can be enhanced with breast implants. One of the reasons women turn to breast augmentation is because they desire flattering cleavage than before. In terms of breast augmentation we do not advise to place implants too close together on the chest, nor should they be placed far apart. The goals that breast augmentation meets first and foremost are improving the shape, volume and size of the breasts with respect to the patient’s body type.

A woman in search of more cleavage is attempting to close the gap between her breasts. What we typically view as attractive cleavage is narrow space of breasts naturally closer together. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, breast augmentation can close the gap slightly, but does not aim to fill in the gap completely. With respect to the patient’s natural distance between breasts and nipples, Dr. Grigoryants can place the implants slightly closer together for a natural cleavage appearance, otherwise the placing them too close will not achieve the patient’s results and may feel unnatural in the end.

When Breast Implants Sit Too Close Together

Some patients desire their breasts to be bunched closer together for a plunged effect, but it could only lead to a condition called symmastia, otherwise called the uniboob. This occurs when the breasts naturally sit close together, the implants are too close together or the implants  shifted to the center after the procedure. The condition may also be a result from inserted implants that were too large.

Implants that Rest Too Far Apart

Lateral displacement is the opposite of symmastia where the breasts sit too far apart to produce a desired appearance of cleavage. Natural breasts sometimes position themselves farther apart than normal, and if implants are placed the final appearance may look too wide. Correcting this may be done to draw the breasts slightly closer together.

Best Approach for Cleavage Enhancement

Dr. Grigoryants is experienced with patients of both narrow and wide cleavage. Consultation will allow him to understand where to place the breast implants without causing the complications listed above. Every patient ends up with different cleavage depth and width after their augmentation. However, Dr. Grigoryants is able to predict the surgical outcome before procedure to match patients’ aesthetic goals as closely as possible.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breasts change over time due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal issues and gravity. After breast implants are in place, they provide long-lasting results that can be changed or altered by your plastic surgeon in the future.

While it is a myth that breast implants create noticeable cleavage, some women achieve better cleavage if they had an average chest wall size before procedure. Anatomy varies in patients so cleavage is not a guarantee with breast augmentation. Patients are encouraged to bring in expectations and pictures of what they wish to achieve. In some cases improved cleavage is achieved after augmentation, and with proper bra selection a woman’s cleavage expectations can be met accordingly.

Should breast implants be replaced after 10 years?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Women considering breast augmentation may be thinking about just how long their breast implants will last. Implants are man made devices that are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. However, depending on their function and care they may never need to be replaced or removed. Due to the highly specific nature of each breast augmentation procedure, the need for replacement depends on the patient. It is important to maintain regular follow-up visits after your procedure to check on the condition and placement of the implants.

Breast augmentation allows women to achieve improved volume, shape and size of their breasts. The size of the breast implants vary and are available in silicone and saline substances. Upon consultation the patient and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants, will determine which breast implant should be used to achieve the desired results of the patient. He reviews and answers all questions about the procedure during consultation.

Will Breast Implants need to be changed every 10 years?

Many times patients ask if they need to replace their breast implants every 10 years. No, they will not need to be changed if the patient is not experiencing any issues with them.

The overwhelming majority of Dr. Grigoryants’ patients in Los Angeles do not need replacement breast implants. However, some women will need to undergo a second procedure if they decide they want a different size, experience a lifestyle change, or experience trauma or injury to the chest area which causes the implant to rupture.

What Causes the need for Replacement Breast Implants?

Although there is no standard reason to replace breast implants, there are a few reasons why patients may need to remove or replace implants. Surgeons will replace implants for many reasons including lifestyle changes, desire to increase or decrease the size of the implants, or due to a rare complication such as capsular contracture, implant rupture or implant rippling.

Capsular contracture is a condition that forms tough scar tissue around the implant, making it firm and sometimes painful. A person with mild conditions may not feel discomfort, maintain quality appearance and touch of the implants. If the patient is comfortable with this condition there is no need to change or remove them.

Implant ruptures are likely, but they are not harmful as most women believe. If a saline implant ruptures, the implant becomes noticeably deflated. The solution is comprised of a solution that is naturally absorbed by the body and does not cause any harm. Silicone implants are more difficult to detect ruptures, but the gel is thick and designed to stay within the implant casing. It may change shape or feel different, but it will not be harmful to the body.

Implant rippling occurs mostly in saline implants. The saline solution shifts with changes in body position, and rippling is most visible at the top of the breasts.

Average Lifetime of Breast Implants

There is no pre-determined lifetime of implants, but most breast implant manufacturers say that their products will last about 10-15 years, on average. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, implants will not last forever and will likely need to be replaced in another operation. The length of the implant life varies in each patient, but if the implants do not give the patient any problems there is no set time or need to replace old implants.

Some implants may last a lifetime, but others may need to be replaced within five years due to an unforeseen change in lifestyle or injury suffered which causes a complication with the implant. Surgeons say there is no way to predict how long the implants will last, but the best way to determine if they need to be replaced is to visit the surgeon once a year to be sure the implants are intact and not causing problems for the patient as they mature.

Patients considering breast augmentation can expect their implants to last anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Manufacturers give implants an average time of use of 10 years, but if they do not cause any problems there is no need to replace them. Ask Dr. Grigoryants how long his patients have had their implants and see if their implant type matches your ideal results. Discover what breast implants can do to change your body.

Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation?

Friday, May 24th, 2013

There are millions of women all over the world over that are not happy with the size of their breasts. They can have feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment if they feel that they do not have breasts that are large enough. Breast augmentation surgery has helped millions of women feel more confident in their appearance and carry on with their lives in as normal a fashion as before the surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery is accomplished by making an incision into the breast and inserting an implant that is made of silicone or a saline filled pouch. Some augmentation processes are done by adding fat harvested from other parts of the body to the breast but they are less common. There has been some controversy over the years about the safety of silicone implants. Some have been defective and leaked inside women’s bodies causing many different serious illnesses and difficulties. There have been vast improvements in all implants in recent years making the procedure more feasible and safe for many women.

In order for a breast augmentation to be successful, it is necessary for the person desiring the surgery to meet certain criteria. They should be older than the age of 18 as younger girls can continue to grow until that point. Any surgery done before that point has the possibility of being disrupted by the growing body and can produce less than satisfactory results. A woman should also be in good health, be a non-smoker and be finished having children to be an optimum candidate for the surgery. Pregnancy alters the size and shape of the breasts and if surgery is done beforehand, the appearance of the breasts post-pregnancy might be less than satisfactory. It may be necessary to repeat the procedure after pregnancy which has its own risks and should be avoided at all costs.

If you are interested in having breast augmentation, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants.

What is a mommy makeover?

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A mommy makeover has been frequently mentioned in the media. Hence, many mothers present to plastic surgeons asking for this procedure.  A mommy makeover is more of a marketing rather a technical term.  Following pregnancies many women experience changes in the shape of their body and face.  A mommy makeover includes a set of plastic surgery procedures that would restore or improve the shape of the woman’s face and body after childbearing.

There is not a specific set of procedures.  More commonly women are bothered by stretched abdominal skin and weak abdominal muscles, sagging breasts with dimished volume, fat excess in various areas.  Therefore, a common combination of a mommy makeover procedures are a tummy tuck, liposuction of abdomen and flanks, and  breast augmentation.  Women who  developed  breast sagging would benefit from  a breast lift in addition to breast enlargment using breast implants. These procedures can also be combined with a tummy tuck.  In some women breasts may stay  large and heavy and these women request a breast reduction.

Another common set of procedures is facial plastic surgery and body contouring.   Commonly mothers in this group undergo such procedures as rhinoplasty combined with a breast augmentation or a tummy tuck. Rhinoplasty is  nose surgery to reshape the nose, also referred to as a nose job .  Many women who are bothered by protruding ears had requested to undergo ear surgery or otoplasty . This procedure is also called ear pinning .

Evolution of breast augmentation

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Breast augmentation has become one of the most commonly performed plastic surgical procedures across the world. Many women turn to plastic surgeons to enhance the size of their breasts or restore the breast volume that may have been lost following pregnancy or weight loss. Today breast enlargement procedures are performed using silicone or saline implants. However, in the past other materials were tried.

First breast augmentation was performed using paraffin injection in 1890. This procedure resulted in infections and formation of lumps and thus lost its popularity.

Fat transfer from the abdominal or buttock area to the breasts was attempted in 1920.

Not all of the transplanted fat survived. As some fat went away, breast asymmetry and lumps resulted. Even though this procedure did not gain a wide acceptance at that time, recently some surgeons were able to produce more predictable results with fat transplant.

However, concerns remain whether cancer detection may be obscured with transplanted fat.

In 1960 silicone was introduced for breast augmentation. Initially this was done in the form of silicone injections. The injections resulted in chronic inflammatory lumps called granulomas. Silicone migrated to other parts of the body in some patients. Today silicone injections are FDA approved for breast augmentation. Some physicians or non-physicians still performed silicone injection for breast augmentation, typically outside of the US.

In the mid 1900s polyvinyl sponges were used for breast augmentation. These synthetic sponges hardened producing a hard breast. Additionally, sponge infections and possible link to cancer caused this procedure to be abandoned. Another unsuccessful material for breast augmentation was soybean oil. Soybean oil implants produced toxic and rancid byproducts and therefore were not approved.

In the 1960s silicone breast implants gained a wide popularity for breast augmentation as they resulted in soft feeling augmented breasts. Due to concerns that

silicone implants may cause cancer, FDA banned the use of silicone implants for cosmetic breast augmentation but permitted their use for reconstructive purposes through clinical trials. Recently, silicone implants became FDA approved for cosmetic breast enhancement as studies have confirmed their safety.

Today saline filled and silicone gel breast implants are FDA approved for breast augmentation. Recent studies in the US show that the new silicone breast implants

have similar complication rate to saline filled breast implants. The new generation of silicone implants are less likely to leak and form capsular contracture than the first generation. Gummy bear breast implants are currently under investigation and will likely gain FDA approval in the near future.

 

Dr. Grigoryants Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon provides plastic surgery services throughout Southern California including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Encino, Huntington Park, Studio City, Arcadia, Montrose, Hollywood, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Valencia, Monrovia, Eagle Rock, Altadena, San Marino, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Calabasas, Palmdale, Fresno, Northridge, and Westlake Village, and Simi Valley.

Our Plastic Surgery center in Glendale, Los Angeles, California specializes primarily in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery inclding breast enlargement, breast augmentation, breast implants, liposuction, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, cosmetic facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose surgery, nose job), Forehead Lift, Eyelid Surgery and other body contouring procedures. The center led by an expert Los Angeles Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. As a board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Grigoryants is dedicated to providing high quality yet affordable cosmetic plastic surgery options to Los Angeles patients and being the best plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills.

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