Though breast enhancement may change over the course of time, a qualified plastic surgeon can provide a full continuum of care before, during and after your procedure. If you’ve undergone breast augmentation and think your implant may have failed, Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr.
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Breast implants have undergone many technological and design changes since they were first introduced in 1961. Initially, they had Dacron patches on the back that were intended to anchor the breast implant to the chest wall by allowing the body's tissue to grow into the Dacron. These first breast implants had high rates of complication, and the Dacron was quickly ditched. In 1970, though, another innovation that was introduced: the so-called "furry" implant coated with polyurethane foam.
There used to be a guideline that breast implants had to be replaced every ten years. This comes from the days when almost all breast implants were silicone breast implants and we lacked the tools for detecting "silent rupture" (when breast implants rupture but the fill material remains completely in the breast). Nowadays, though, it's not a question of when you should replace your breast implants, but why.
One concern women have is that their breast implants will rupture. This is an important concern and should be considered before deciding to have breast implant surgery. Saline breast implants are generally more prone to rupture than silicone breast implants. The rupture rate for saline breast implants in the first year ranges from 1-3%. The rupture rate flattens out slightly, and at five years the rupture rate ranges from 7-10%.
Breast implants can be used to reliably achieve many cosmetic improvements of the breasts. However, breast sagging may or may not be correctable using breast implants. If your breasts are sagging as a result of lost volume that causes you to have slack, empty breasts, then breast implants can be used to restore that volume. Sometimes, too, breasts can look saggy because of their shape. Sometimes breasts that lack fullness in the upper part can seem droopy, and this can be corrected using breast implants as well.
Last month we had the long-awaited approval of gummy bear breast implants. Believed imminent since at least 2007, the FDA surprised many people by taking so long to approve the implants, then surprised others by approving them so suddenly. “Gummy bear” breast implants, more properly known as form-stable silicone breast implants, received their nickname because of their firm but yielding texture.
When breast implants were withdrawn from the market temporarily, it was to investigate a possible link between silicone and breast cancer. Research has shown that there is no link, but now breast implants are being designed to go one better. Not only will breast implants not cause cancer, they may prevent it. New breast implants are being designed to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer in breast reconstruction patients.
On March 9, the FDA announced its decision to approve the marketing of a third silicone gel breast implant. This new breast implant is manufactured by Sientra, Inc, and is approved for breast augmentation as well as breast reconstruction. This new silicone gel breast implant is, like the other silicone gel breast implants, approved for placement in women age 22 or older.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first silicone gel breast implant surgery, performed in March 1961 by Houston plastic surgeon Frank Gerow. The patient, Timmie Jean Lindsey, originally went to the surgeon to have a tattoo of roses removed from her cleavage. Gerow mentioned the possibility of breast augmentation.
A few months ago, we talked about how fashion designers were becoming friendlier to larger-breasted women. One designer has gone one step further, creating a spring 2012 fashion line inspired by her breast implants. During conversations before and after the show, Betsey Johnson said that her spring 2012 collection was inspired by her breast implants and her daughter, who also has breast implants. The breast implant inspiration is clear in many aspects of the collection.