Dr Michael Kaplan - Missouri Breast Implants

We Specialize In Saline And Silicone Breast Implants

A breast implant is used to enlarge the size of a woman’s breast. Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, glands, ducts and a thin layer of soft skin. Breast implant surgery could be right for you if you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts. Women will also use breast implants to reconstruct their breasts after a mastectomy or to correct a deformity. Breast implants have been used since at least 1895. The types of implants used today are either saline or silicone. Silicone breast implants were developed in 1961 by two Houston, TX plastic surgeons. Before that, breast implants were made from polyurethane foam, paraffin, steel, and grafts of human tissue. Saline breast implants were introduced in France in 1964.

Breast implants are the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. It increased by 306% between 1992 and 1998. More than two million women in this country have breast implants. The majority (95%) is Caucasian and 4% are African-American. Patients seeking this surgery are usually younger, healthier, from higher socio-economic status, and more often married with children.

You have to consider many things before your breast implant surgery. The first thing you should do is educate yourself. Ask family and friends that have had the surgery. Another great source is to look on the Internet. Your most valuable resource for breast implant information will be your surgeon. Make sure that your surgeon is board certified. They have to go through a long, demanding process to attain this. It takes years. Trust the information that he provides and his expertise to help you come to an informed decision. He will know the limitations that may exist due to the characteristics of your breast type and tissue. Have breast implants for you. Do not do it for someone else. Spend some time evaluating why you want it done. Last, but not least, have realistic expectations about the breast implants. Talk honestly with your surgeon about what you expect from the procedure.

The breast implant surgery itself, normally takes from one to three hours. The amount of time depends on the type of incision, anesthesia used and other circumstances. You can generally resume normal activity after receiving implants in approximately one week’s time. If they are placed underneath the muscle, you generally will have a longer recovery time. You need to avoid exercise and strenuous activity for up to six weeks. Your scars from receiving breast implants will begin to fade several months after surgery.

Breast Implant Surgery

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