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Safe breast augmentation from a skilled specialist you can trust in Fountain Valley, CA
By Thomas T. Nguyen, M.D
ust like other parts of your body, the shape and other visible characteristics of your breasts evolve over time. The natural aging process may cause breasts to appear noticeably saggy and deflated. Your clothes may not drape the way they used to, and supportive garments are a hassle. Life changes, such as pregnancy, menopause, and weight loss, can also alter the appearance and feel of your bust. Likewise, many younger women may be concerned about breast asymmetry. It’s not unusual for teens to have some degree of asymmetry as their breasts develop. In fact, breasts may differ by one full cup size! It’s generally advised to delay breast augmentation in Fountain Valley, CA and beyond until breasts are fully developed. This allows the best possible outcomes and lasting results.
It’s also important to know that, while results are lasting, that doesn’t necessarily mean lasts forever. The effects of gravity and time alter attractive outcomes over the long term. Regular exams and diagnostics allow Dr. Thomas Nguyen and his team at the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery to evaluate the condition of your implants. Typically, if implants don’t show clinical signs of problems, there is no need to replace them. Some women have had the same implants for 20 years or longer.
Implants, however, are not immune from wear and tear. The implant may need to be replaced in the event of a leak or rupture. Capsular contracture also necessitates implant replacement, because the normal scar tissue that builds up around implants can tighten or contract. When this contraction occurs, natural implant movement is restricted. As the condition progresses, your soft and natural-looking breasts may become firm and painful and look abnormal.
Advances in breast implants have minimized unwanted effects, such as rippling or wrinkling. Earlier-generation implants’ fill volumes and gels are different from today’s implants. Greater fill volume and a more cohesive gel generally means implants will hold up better as the outer shell is optimally-protected, which leads to fewer potential problems. Plus, these advanced materials offer full coverage over the implant, so those implants aren’t visible to the eye.
There are generally two types of implants to choose from. A Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Nguyen will work with you to determine the best implant type to get the results you desire, and the implant that is most suited to your unique anatomical characteristics.
Saline – The implant starts as an empty shell. The shell is filled with sterile salt water at the time of your procedure, until uniform shape and firmness is achieved. These implants may be placed with very small incisions.
Silicone – The shell is pre-filled with a gel whose texture and feel mimics natural breast tissue. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has confirmed, following a 1o-year study, that these implants are safe and health risks were deemed not significant.
The ICRS team believes in the power of choice. Women who opt for silicone may have thin or minimal breast tissue. Many of our patients also tell us that silicone implants feel more natural. There is also less risk of rippling. Women who opt for saline know these implants tend to be more affordable, have more choices to enhance the volume of their breasts, and there is no worrying about silent ruptures. As with all options for cosmetic enhancement, it’s important to consider the value of the procedure. The Institute for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery offers several payment options, including financing through CareCredit, SurgeryLoans, and MedicalLoan.com. Costs should not stand in the way of you getting recommended treatment, and the results you desire.
While treatment plans are as unique as you, all treatments are in good hands with Dr. Nguyen and his team. To attain active membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Nguyen demonstrated skills and extensive specialized knowledge, including Board-certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, 6-plus years of surgical training, and annual continuing education. All surgeries are also performed at ICRS accredited, custom-designed facility at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.
For safe treatment and stunning results, contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.