Breast Reduction in Teenagers Can Improve Quality of Life

Teenage girls with excessively large breasts can suffer from a number of physical as well as emotional issues which can add stress to their lives. A recent study published in the July 2012 issue of Pediatrics, suggests that teens can have a lower quality of life if they suffer from large breasts. Excessive breast size can influence self-esteem, eating behaviors and physical limitations and discomf....Read More

When to Treat Capsular Contracture?

A patient writes: I had my first breast augmentation on July 7th this year with smooth silicone implants under the muscle. My left breast started contracting in week 7 and now at my 3 month post-op my surgeon recommending replacing the implant and using Strattice this time. I am only wondering if my breast is now inflamed and contracting, would it be better to wait a few more months for the inflam....Read More

Breast Asymmetry from External Causes

A difference in each side of our bodies is normal and there is always some unevenness of the breasts. Dissatisfaction can occur when the extent of the differences is enough to cause self-consciousness or impact choices of clothing or social activities. In previous articles I’ve reviewed some of the causes of breast asymmetry that occur during adolescent development or other natural causes. Here ....Read More

Breast Augmentation – Five Things You Need to Know before Surgery

1. Size matters. Obviously any woman desiring a breast augmentation wants to be fuller and larger and this can be readily accomplished with a large variety of implant sizes and/or types. Women who have had previous pregnancies often have some breast skin laxity. In order to get an optimal result, it may be advantageous to choose an implant large enough to fill out the breast and restore the proje....Read More

How Can I Tell if a Silicone Implant Is Leaking?

The current generation of silicone breast implants is more advanced than other previous silicone implants. Whereas older silicone implants may have been filled with a liquid silicone that could slowly leak out of a rupture in the implant shell in fashion similar to molasses, the newer silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. This cohesive silicone tends not to flow out like a liq....Read More

How Can I Tell if a Saline Implant Is Leaking?

Saline implants are made of a shell that is filled with a salt water solution.  Specifically, this fluid is IV fluid which is identical to the fluid which flows into your veins when an IV is started in the hospital. Should the implant leak, the fluid will be harmlessly absorbed by your body. There is no pain or discomfort in fact one cannot feel the implant leak at all. Generally, when a woman dr....Read More

Are Silicone Breast Implants Dangerous?

There is no current evidence that there is any additional health risk to a woman who has silicone implants versus saline implants. The FDA at one time placed a restriction on the use of silicone implants for cosmetic breast enlargement because they were unsure if there was any health risk associated with silicone implants. They were never removed from the market. Silicone implants could just not b....Read More

What’s the Difference between Saline and Silicone Implants?

Both of these implants are good implants and one is not inherently better than the other. There are, however, some differences which may influence the decision to choose one implant type over the other. Saline implants are made of a shell that is filled with a salt water solution, Specifically, this fluid is IV fluid which is identical to the fluid which flows into your veins when an IV is star....Read More