Breast augmentation is the one of most common and desired plastic surgery procedures today. Also known as breast enhancement or getting a ‘boob job,’ breast augmentation surgery is available to consenting, healthy adults longing for an improvement in their bodies and figures.
While most patients opt to get some type of breast implants during breast augmentation surgeries, the development of fat grafting techniques (retrieving fat from one part of the body and moving it to the breasts) has given women an alternative method when it comes to a desire to increase breast size. In general, fat grafting involves more surgery (the addition of liposuction in order to retrieve the fat), is more expensive, and yields smaller gains and benefits after complete healing. For these reasons, the use of silicone implants is still considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in breast augmentation surgery.
The Philosophy of Rapid Recovery
Every patient undergoing breast augmentation wants to experience the greatest benefits from surgery with the shortest amount of time spent recovering from the procedure. Over the last 15 years, advances in technology and surgical technique have given plastic surgeons great insight into the best methods of producing these desired results. In his Beverly Hills plastic surgery office, Dr. Minniti is proud to utilize the latest in plastic surgery technique and scientific findings to provide his patients with the Rapid Recovery philosophy. By approaching plastic surgery procedures with the Rapid Recovery Philosophy, Dr. Minniti tries to provide breast augmentation procedures that combine the most sought-after results with possibly the lowest risk of complications and re-operation.
The Rapid Recovery philosophy takes into account every phase of breast augmentation surgery. It includes:
- Performing detailed patient education and generating informed consent
- Taking accurate and detailed measurement’s of the patients breasts and general anatomy
- Matching patients with the best implants based on their unique desires and measurements
- Making incisions along patients’ natural and existing skin creases below the breasts
- A ‘no touch’ method of implant delivery without the prior use of sizers
- Careful closure
After surgery, the patient may not need narcotic pain medication and may not need tight or painful wraps or bands (only a snug bra). While full recovery from plastic surgery and breast augmentation can take a longer amount of time, utilizing Rapid Recovery methods may possibly allow most patients to return to normal daily activities within 48 hours.
Breast Implant Types
Choosing the best type of breast is an importance decision for any patient undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Today, American patients have more choices in breast implants than in any other time in history. Most patients choose some variation of the silicone gel filled implant that is made by one of the three major manufacturers: Mentor, Natrelle, or Sientra. Additionally, there is a new silicone gel filled device available: the highly cohesive, form stable silicone gel implants that has acquired the name ‘gummy bear breast implants’. While many plastic surgeons have not yet recognized its amazing benefits, are showing promise to be the implant with the least risk of complications overall.
There are four potential incisions:
- Axillary or Armpit