Breast Implants in the Philadelphia Area
If you want to change the shape and size of your breasts, you are not alone. Women around the country frequently choose breast augmentation, making it one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Breast augmentation in the Philadelphia area with Dr. Laura Gowen is no exception. Women seek out breast implants at Cirillo Plastic Surgery for a variety of reasons, each of which is as unique as the patient.
A breast augmentation can:
- increase the size or volume of both breasts, known as breast enlargement
- balance out asymmetric breasts
- make the breasts firmer
- reconstruct a breast due to damage from cancer, trauma, or a congenital abnormality
What are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are available in several shapes and sizes, and are currently made by three different companies. All implants are comprised of a silicone shell that is either smooth or textured. Breast augmentation patients can choose between implants filled with saline or implants filled with silicone.
Saline implants are filled after insertion, thus it is possible to place these implants with slightly smaller incisions. Silicone gel implants are comprised of a firm gel, however many women feel that silicone implants actually mimic the natural feel of the breast more closely than do saline implants. The choice is truly a personal one when it comes to breast enlargement in the Philadelphia area.
Women considering the two types of implants should know that a leak is unlikely, but possible, so annual visits and check-ups are encouraged after receiving breast augmentation. A saline leak would cause the implant to deflate, and the fluid would be absorbed and then expelled by the body. Silicone, on the other hand, may or may not flow out of the shell in the instance of a leak, thus is slightly harder to detect.
You can ask Dr. Laura Gowen any questions you may have about the long-term realities of breast augmentation, maintenance, and more.
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What Other Decisions Does Breast Augmentation Involve?
In addition to the composition of breast implants, you and Dr. Gowen will discuss:
- the shell itself, which may be textured or smooth
- the shape of the implant, which may be round or resemble a teardrop
- the size of the breast implants, including their width and height
- the placement of the implant, whether below the breast gland or chest muscle
- the placement of the incision, either under your breast, around the areola, or in the axilla
How Are Breast Implants Inserted?
The insertion of an implant depends on its size, shape, and material—as well as the patient's preference and doctor's recommendation. Dr. Laura Gowen will work with each Philadelphia-area breast augmentation patient to create a treatment plan that meets her goals and lifestyle.
Most commonly, incisions are made in the lower breast crease (inframammary fold). The scar is hidden by this natural fold and is easily concealed by bra and bathing suit lines.
A second option involves placing the implant through an incision around the areola, the line where the skin transitions from dark to light surrounding the nipple.
Finally, some women would prefer an incision in their axilla (armpit) as opposed to on their breast. This is known as a transaxillary breast augmentation.
Each breast augmentation incision carries its own unique benefits, and Dr. Laura Gowen will discuss the options thoroughly with you during your consultation.
Will a Breast Augmentation Address Sagging Breasts?
Breast implants add volume to breasts, making them larger and firmer, but they will address only a small amount of sagging. Women who have sagging breasts due to age, weight loss, or breast feeding may require a breast lift, with or without breast implants. This procedure raises the breasts higher on the chest and gives them more projection for a more "perky" look.
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What Are My Other Options Besides Breast Augmentation?
Some women may want the opposite of breast augmentation for themselves, instead seeking out breast reduction to alter the size of their breasts. Women who choose reduction often do so to address the appearance of their breasts, as well as the physical discomfort large breasts can cause as they pull downward. Such weight can cause back and shoulder tension and pain.
Altering the size and shape of your breasts is a very personal decision, which is why Dr. Laura Gowen and her team take breast augmentation and other breast surgeries in Philadelphia so seriously. You will find that she is a thorough surgeon who aims to get to the heart of each woman's desire for change, ensuring that she is delivering the results each individual woman seeks.
Final Words on Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia
Since breast augmentation is such a personal—even intimate—decision, it is vitally important that women choosing the surgery in the Philadelphia area be open and honest with Dr. Laura Gowen as they discuss the options and steps involved. This includes being upfront about hopes and expectations of results, being honest about your current health and medical history, and committing to listening to and actively following up with the doctor's instructions for care.
For women considering breast implants, before and after images are available to give an idea of what breast augmentation can do.