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Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation not only improves a woman’s breast shape, but it also has the power to improve self-confidence. As this is a deeply personal surgical procedure with high patient satisfaction, it’s essential to understand what makes someone a candidate for breast augmentation.

Here are some criteria:

You are generally healthy and are not pregnant or breastfeeding. You will discuss your medical history and any health concerns during your consultation. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or even if you are planning a future pregnancy, you will want to hold off until you are done with childbearing. Patients who smoke, drink excessively, have active infections or serious illnesses are not good candidates for this procedure.

Your breasts are fully developed. You have to wait until your breasts are done growing until you have this surgery, as it can reverse your results. Some women still go through changes in their 20s. To be considered for surgery, a patient must be at least 18 years old to have saline implants and 22 years old to get silicone gel implants.

You believe your breasts are too small. If you have abnormally small breasts (micromastia), implants can help you achieve a more proportional shape to your figure.

Your breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy, weight fluctuations or aging. Pregnancy, nursing, losing significant weight not related to pregnancy and just aging in general can make breasts lose volume and sag, appearing deflated.

One breast is larger than the other. Puberty, hormonal changes and trauma can affect the shape and size of breasts. Breast augmentation can help you achieve a symmetrical look.

One or both breasts didn’t develop normally. If your breasts didn’t develop normally or have an elongated shape, this surgery can help bring about a youthful, balanced look.

It’s imperative you have realistic expectations and to be in a good frame of mind when undergoing any plastic surgery, as they can permanently change your appearance. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery for fuller, larger breasts, give us a call today at (203) 453-6635 to set up a consultation.

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7 things you should know about breast reduction surgery

Women with very large breasts may deal with a lot of physical and psychological problems such as pain, discomfort, back problems, recurring rashes and emotional distress. Breast reduction has one of the highest satisfaction rates, helping women feel more comfortable and confident by reducing volume and weight in the breasts. Here are se

7 things you should know about breast reduction surgery

ven things you should know about breast reduction surgery.

 

  • Women who undergo surgery say they feel more at home in their bodies. Large breasts can bring on unwanted attention and can make certain clothing uncomfortable.
  • Candidates for surgery have reached full physical and emotional maturity. Patients who are planning on future pregnancies or are breastfeeding are not good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
  • Breast reduction is usually done on an outpatient basis. Patients go under general anesthesia during the procedure, which takes about 3 to 5 hours.
  • There are several techniques for incisions. Donut incision runs around the areola, while a keyhole incision (also called a lollipop incision) encircles the areola and runs straight down to the breast crease. The anchor incision borders the areola, extends to the breast crease and then runs along the breast crease. For women who have fatty breasts with excellent skin elasticity, a liposuction technique with microincisions maybe all that’s needed.
  • Scarring varies with each technique. You should expect to have some visible scarring. Incisions around the areolae tend to disappear into the border between the darker areola skin and breast skin. As you heal, scar appearance becomes increasingly subtle to where you should only see a slight line.
  • Breast reduction can be combined with lift. Reducing breast size does not affect projection or breast height on the chest wall. If breast weight caused the skin to become loose and saggy, a lift will reposition the breast tissue to sit higher and project fully.
  • Results are long-lasting. Unless you get pregnant or gain a significant amount of weight, you can expect your breasts to remain the same size after this surgery. With age, however, you may experience normal sagging.

Breast reduction is a life-changing surgery for many women and even men. For a comprehensive consultation, call (203) 453-6635 today.

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Common Questions about Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most common plastic surgery procedure, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed every year in the United States. And the reasons go beyond just wanting a larger size. Often women are concerned about the shape and desire to make both breasts symmetrical, or they want to replace a breast removed for medical reasons. If you are considering this life-changing procedure, here are a few common questions you will discuss during your consultation:

Which breast implant is best for me?

There are three common types of breast implants. Silicone gel implants consist of a medical-grade silicone gel, which has the benefit of feeling more like natural breast tissue. Saline implants also have a silicone outer shell, but they are filled with sterile saline water. Another option is IDEAL implants, which combines the natural feel of silicone gel with saline inside.

Should I also consider a breast lift?

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain and/or loss can impact the shape of breasts and cause them to sag, which is why a breast lift may be recommended in tandem with breast augmentation. This procedure removes excess, sagging skin and changes the position of your breasts to improve the overall results of the implant surgery. Breast augmentation and breast lift are also part of an all-encompassing, increasingly popular procedure called a “Mommy Makeover,” which includes liposuction and tummy tuck.

Where will the incisions be made?

Implants are placed through one of three incision locations, and Dr. Price will help you understand the benefits of each option and which one may be best for you. The most popular choice, inframammary incisions are made just above the crease on the underside of the breast, which means the scar will be hidden beneath a bra or bikini top. Periareolar incisions are made just below the areola, which is the dark skin surrounding the nipple, and as these incisions are nearly invisible once healed. Transaxillary incisions are made in the armpit, which leaves no scarring on the breast.

To learn more about breast augmentation and all the different options to customize your desired look, schedule a consultation with Dr. Price by calling (203) 453-6635 today.

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3 Tips to Help Speed Up Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast Augmentation RecoveryThe last thing that you want to do when it’s nice and warm outside (like it is now) is to be stuck in bed recovering from a breast augmentation. If you can’t wait to get outside to show off your new breasts in a swimsuit, then we have a few tips to get out of your bed and at the pool a whole lot sooner.

Massage

After you get a breast augmentation, it’s natural for your body to respond to the new implants by forming scar tissue around them, but we always encourage our patines to massage their breasts to get rid of that scar tissue. Getting rid of the scar tissue will also help your breasts feel less painful and will help speed up your recovery. To massage them, try to pull the implant away from the muscles and massage it from side to side. Repeat this a few times a day.

Take NSAIDs

Once you get rid of a lot of the tenderness and swelling, you will feel like getting out of bed and getting outside. Try taking some over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Motrin a few times a day or until the swelling subsides.

Wear the Compression Bra

We know that compression bras aren’t the sexiest piece of lingerie that you’ll ever own, but it may be the most beneficial. Make sure that you wear your compression bra every day for the first week or two to help get rid of any swelling.

Getting rid of the swelling and tenderness in your breasts can take a couple of weeks, but the sooner you can find some relief, the sooner you can show off your new breasts. To learn more about breast augmentation recovery tips, contact our Guilford office and call us at (203) 453-6635.

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Saline Vs Silicone Implants: Getting Back to Basics

Breast LiftLife is full of options. You get to choose what you have for lunch, where you want to work, and nowadays, you can choose what you want to look like with the help of doctors like Dr. Gary J. Price. One of the options in particular that Dr. Gary J Price prides himself on is the different breast implant options that we offer at our office. Whether you want firm, soft, round, or teardrop shaped implants, we have several options for you to choose from with the help of Dr. Gary J. Price and our staff.

Saline

Saline implants are available to suitable patients over the age of 18 and are popular because they are filled with an all-natural saltwater solution. Unlike silicone implants, one of the unique things about saline implants is that they are filled up with the saline solution during the surgery— not beforehand— which helps give Dr. Gary J. Price a little bit more flexibility in the surgical process itself.

Silicone

Silicone implants are available to patients who are over the age of 22. Silicone implants are popular amongst patients because they give a more natural look and feel than saline implants. Another benefit of silicone implants is that if the implant gets a rupture in it, they won’t collapse which gives patients more time to have it fixed without having to deal with too much embarrassment.

Just like with all things, there are pros and cons to both saline and silicone implants. During your initial consultation, we will help you decide what size, shape, and texture of implant is best for you and your body. If you want to learn all about your breast implant options or to schedule your consultation, contact our Guilford office at (203) 453-6635.

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How to Go Into Your Breast Augmentation Surgery With Ease

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Reading and being more educated on any cosmetic procedure will only make you go into it feeling more informed. If you are getting a breast augmentation, it’s important that you get to know your doctor, see before and after photos, and know what to expect right after surgery. Read on to learn more.

Find a Doctor You’re Confident In

Nothing will make you feel more confident about your breast augmentation than feeling like you can trust your doctor. As a board certified surgeon, Dr. Gary J. Price and his staff are committed to giving you the best results possible. During your initial consultation, both you and Dr. Price will sit down to meet and discuss any questions and concerns that you may have and start establishing that confidence that you need.

Ask to See Before and After Photos

One of the best ways to see first-hand what you’re getting into is to ask to see before and after photos. During your initial consultation or even beforehand, you will have access to a variety of before and after breast augmentation photos so that you can see what real results look like.

Learn What to Expect Right After

Going into surgery is one thing but going into recovery is another. To help guarantee that you have a smooth and speedy recovery, it’s important to know what you can expect right afterward. During your consultation with Dr. Gary J. Price, he will tell you what you can expect from recovery, and he will also give you a pamphlet that details what your recovery entails— that way you feel more informed.

Go into your breast augmentation surgery with more confidence and ease by taking the following considerations into mind. If you would like to schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Gary J. Price’s office today at (203) 453-6635, and we will gladly assist you!

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Enhance Your Recovery Following Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast Augmentation NYCEven though breast augmentation surgery is the number one cosmetic surgical procedure, it’s a serious decision with many things to think about – like what happens after the surgery and what to expect for your recovery.

The time-frame for returning to work and other physical activities following a typical breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular concerns our patients have. Dr. Price will tell you when you will be allowed to resume normal activities, but keep in mind that each patient is different, each body is unique, and healing times can vary. Many of our patients find they are able to resume their normal routine two weeks following surgery; a full recovery is expected at six to eight weeks.

Here are some useful guidelines:

  • Monitor your pain tolerance and how much and how often you are taking your prescribed medications. It is advisable that you do not return to work while still relying on these medications. That, of course, depends on the type of work you do. Consider taking at least a week off work if your job is sedentary and longer if your job is physically demanding.
  • Straightforward breast augmentation should not require a lengthy recovery. The majority of patients do not require pain medication for more than a few days.
  • Typically, you should not lift more than 20 pounds for at least two weeks following your augmentation procedure. This allows time for your muscles to fully heal. It is also important that you do not pull or strain the surgical sites and that you avoid any activities where your breasts bounce up and down.

The bottom line is to allow your body to heal naturally while you ease back into your work and daily activities. Listen to your body and never hesitate to call our office should you have questions or concerns. We want your augmentation experience to be positive, life-changing and successful.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Price, today: (203) 453-6635.

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