Breast Implant Position: Above or Below the Muscle?

Posted by Robert Hardesty on 24 May, 2017

Breast Implant Position: Above or Below the Muscle?

The purpose of this post is to educate patients in their choice of breast implant position as it relates the pectoralis major music during a breast augmentation.

Pectoralis Major Anatomy

 

The pectoralis major muscle is a fan-shaped muscle that partially spans the chest wall. It makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female. Often the pectoral muscle is referred to as "pecs,” the "pectoral muscle" or "chest muscle.”

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Topics: Breast Implants, Breast Implant Position, Above or Below the muscle

Breast Augmentation Access Incision Choices

Posted by Robert Hardesty on 17 May, 2017

Breast Augmentation Access Incision Choices



There are advantages and disadvantages to all access incisions.

1. Periareolar (nipple)


Advantages

  • Incision blends with pigmented areolae
  • Revisions can be accomplished

Disadvantages

  • Limited incision length (larger silicone implants difficult to place)
  • Slightly higher rate of long-term capsular contracture (when internal scar tissue forms a tight or constricting capsule around the implant, contracting until it becomes misshapen and/or hard)
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Topics: Breast Augmentation Access Incision Choices

Breast Augmentation Recovery Protocol

Posted by Robert Hardesty on 10 May, 2017

Breast Augmentation Recovery Protocol  

Breast Augmentation Recovery Protocol 

Every plastic surgeon has his or her specific instructions for each patient and would defer to yours.

Pain is what limits most patients from returning to work or their normal daily routine. And every patient’s pain tolerance is different.

In my practice, over 95 percent of implants are placed under the muscle. The implant acutely stretching the muscle is the cause of the majority of the pain. I personally inject the muscle with long-acting local anesthetic and offer a non-narcotic pain pump that drips local anesthesia into the breast pocket for three days.

The local anesthetic agent (Marcaine) is slowly administrated 24/7 by the pump. Thus most patients use much less narcotics and are able to use the computer or even legally drive because the local anesthesia isn’t a narcotic.

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Topics: Breast Augmentation Recovery Protocol

Breast Augmentation: Implant Choices

Posted by Robert Hardesty on 3 May, 2017

Breast Augmentation: Implant Choices  

Fortunately today, the prospective breast augmentation patient has many choices.
Frankly there’s no "best" choice of implants. Based on your individual needs, wants and desires there is, however, an "optimal" choice. The following will hopefully help you become better educated and aid you in your decision process.

All breast implants sold in the United States are highly regulated and have undergone extensive and rigorous testing by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and are deemed safe for human implantation. We’ll present a brief overview of the implant fillers, profiles and shapes as well as the different breast implant manufactures.

In addition saline breast implants have been implanted for over 50 years with no long-term health issues yet identified from the filler material (silicone or saline). Specifically, there’s no increased incidence of breast cancer with patients who have undergone breast implant surgery.

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Topics: Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation: Implant Choices, saline

How to Choose the "Right" Size and "Profile" Breast Implant

Posted by Robert Hardesty on 19 Apr, 2017

How to Choose the "Right" Size and "Profile" Breast Implant”

 

Choosing the correct breast implant is multi-faceted depending on your anatomy, skin elasticity as well as desired look and size. Breast size is a very personal choice, and using a variety of techniques (some of which you may have completed), you can achieve the size and look you desire. For example, some people like to drive Hummers, others sports cars; some prefer dark-colored cars, others white.


Unfortunately bra manufacturers haven’t standardized cup sizes. Breast implant manufactures have created a wide spectrum of implants based on a cubic centimeter (cc) measurement system. Different base widths result in different projections for the same size of cc's. Different shapes are based on the cohesiveness of the internal gel.

 

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Topics: How to choose the Right Size Breast Implant

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