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Out With the Old and in With the NEW!

Here at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, we are excited about the new generation of Gummy Bear breast implants by Natrelle®. Allergan, the makers of Natrelle® gel implants, is phasing out a number of different styles and profiles of their breast implants and replacing them with their new INSPIRA® Collection. Their rationale is that each woman is unique with regard to her shape, body structure, and where she is in her life. The INSPIRA® Collection features three different gummy gels designed for the look and feel that is most important to the patient.

Natrelle INSPIRA® Breast Implants by Allergan

Gummy describes the consistency of the silicone gel in the Natrelle® Inspira breast implants. The gummy-like gel in the implant sticks together to hold its shape. The reason they are called Gummy Bear implants is that, like a gummy bear, if you slice the implant in half, the cohesive gel inside does not ooze out. Each of the three implant styles in the collection has a different level of gel gumminess or squishiness.

  • Natrelle INSPIRA® implants are gummy and the squishiest.
  • Natrelle INSPIRA® SoftTouch implants are gummier and less squishy.
  • Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants are the gummiest and least squishy.

The best way to determine which style suits you is to come in for a consultation so that you can try on the Natrelle® implants and get a feel for which one is best for you. Does this mean that because there is a new generation of implants that those of us with the last generation have to rush out to replace our breast implants? Absolutely not! But, if you are interested in changing the size or profile of your existing implants, you may want to come in for a consultation and feel for yourself if the implants from the Natrelle® INSPIRA® Collection are right for you. Afterall, in the years since you first had your breast augmentation, your shape, body structure and stage in life may have changed.

Common Reasons for Breast Revision

Even the safest surgical procedures are not without risk. While there are ways to avoid plastic surgery mishaps, procedures such as breast augmentation can lead to complications or dissatisfying results that require revisionary surgery. If you experience the following complications or issues after your breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Schlechter can expertly perform breast revision to eliminate your concerns and improve your results.

Breast Revision Surgery Before and After Photos

Surgical Complications

While rare, surgical complications may unexpectedly occur after breast augmentation. Complications with breast implants are not uncommon despite the procedure being performed properly, but they can nonetheless occur with varying degrees of risk for any woman with breast implants. Common complications that require breast revision surgery include:

  • Capsular Contracture: The scar tissue constricts around the implant, causing the breast to become unnaturally firm, cold, and painful.
  • Bottoming Out: The implant slips below the breast crease, causing the upper portion of the breast to collapse and the nipple to point upward.
  • Double Bubble Deformity: The implant is pushed upward so that the breast tissue sags beneath it, or the implant slips downward so that the breast tissue appears to sit on top of it. Either situation leads to the appearance of two bubbles.
  • Rupture or Deflation: The implant shell tears, causing the filling to spill out into the breast pocket. Implant rupture or deflation is usually noticeable with saline implants but may only be detected by an MRI in the case of silicone implants.
  • Synmastia: The implant shifts toward the center, creating a “uniboob.” This issue is quite rare and is usually caused by poor technique on the part of the original surgeon.
  • Implant Malposition or Shift: The implant is vertically or laterally displaced because it has shifted within the pocket. This complication usually produces noticeable breast asymmetry with an unnatural appearance or position of one or both breasts.
  • Implant Rotation: An anatomical implant rotates within the breast pocket, creating an unnatural breast shape.

Some of these issues may compound, leading to an even greater need for surgical correction. Dr. Schlechter can correct each of these issues with breast revision surgery. The technique used for your breast revision may involve adjustment of the breast tissue and breast pocket, removal of scar tissue, and/or replacement of the implant(s). Dr. Schlechter is known for having a remarkably low rate of capsular contracture (less than one percent in contrast to the national average of 15 percent), and he can significantly reduce your risk of recurrent complications.

Other Reasons for Breast Revision

Other reasons for breast revision are primarily elective and may include:

  • Size Change: The implants may be exchanged for smaller or larger ones according to the patient’s preference. Implant size change may be desired shortly after surgery or many years afterward.
  • Implant Type Change: The implants may be exchanged for implants of a different material or type according to the patient’s preference.
  • Implant Removal: If desired, the implants may be permanently removed.

Adjustment of the breast pocket and breast tissue as well as accompanying breast lift surgery may be needed if breast revision is performed for these reasons. Unlike with surgical complications, breast revision surgery is not technically necessary unless the woman is unhappy with her results. If you would like to improve your results after breast augmentation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision surgery to help you achieve the results you desire.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery. If you are interested in breast revision surgery, Dr. Schlechter can help. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call (610) 624-2740 or contact us online today.

Advances in Breast Implant Technology

Natrelle®Breast Implant technology has improved immensely over the past few years. Recently, Allergan’s Natrelle® implants have been FDA approved with highly cohesive gel, which is the same silicone gel as in the Natrelle® 410 shaped implants that have been available for a few years. The Natrelle INSPIRA® line of implants has 30 percent more gel fill, which reduces the risk of rippling and also provides for potentially better projection of the implant.

Mentor® MemoryShape® Breast ImplantsMentor®’s silicone gel implants are made in the United States at their plant in Texas, and the MemoryShape® Breast Implants have a cohesive gel fill that is quite natural filling. The use of shaped implants has gained popularity for primary breast augmentation. Implants now come in literally hundreds of sizes and shapes, which allows Dr. Schlechter to better tailor the implant to the patient and results in more accurately achieving the result the patient desires.

Saline implants continue to be available. The drawback with traditional saline implants is that the implants have a scalloped edge that can be noticeable at the side of the chest where the tissue is the thinnest over the implant. Saline implants also have an increased tendency for visible rippling, particularly in women who have smaller breasts and less soft tissue coverage of the implants.

IDEAL IMPLANT®A new generation saline implant that is FDA approved is now available, which is called the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT® is filled with saline. However, due to its unique structure, the IDEAL IMPLANT® has the feel of a silicone gel implant without the use of silicone gel.

IDEAL IMPLANT® Diagram

The feel of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is not from the saline but from internal baffles oriented inside the implant. This internal structure prevents the implant from losing volume at the upper part of the implant when the patient is upright and also prevents the fluid wave that can occur when the implant is touched. The IDEAL IMPLANT® conforms nicely to the patient’s chest wall and does not have the issues of rippling and scalloping as a traditional saline implant may have. Patients do not need to be concerned about silent rupture of the implant. If a saline implant leaks, whether it is a traditional saline implant or the IDEAL IMPLANT®, the patient will notice a deflation. The five-year risk of deflation of the IDEAL IMPLANT® is quite low.

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. To find out more about breast augmentation surgery, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Call us today at (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online consultation form.

New Breast Implant Available: FDA Approves Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

breast-implantsAdvancements in plastic surgery have led to the development of new breast implants that can offer women even better results from breast surgeries. Each newly developed product must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that patients can be assured of its safety for use. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants have recently been approved by the FDA and are now being offered as an excellent option for breast implants here at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery.

Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive Breast Implants

The new Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants are designed for a soft feel with the fullest roundness. Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel and are available in multiple sizes and projections so that women can personalize their look. Due to their high gel-fill ratio and highly cohesive gel, Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants offer improved fullness and roundness to provide patients with more customizable options. These implants are also more likely to maintain their shape long-term and may reduce the risk of implant irregularities and rippling. The cohesive gel in Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants helps the implants resist tissue compression and minimizes distortion and gel migration in the unlikely event of implant rupture.

Now Available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schlechter is now offering Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive implants to provide his breast augmentation, breast revision, and breast reconstruction patients with more options that can help them achieve the best possible results. Patients who are most likely to benefit from these new implants are those who desire a fuller and rounder look, patients with thin breast tissue who are at a higher risk of rippling, patients who need lower breast pole expansion, and patients who are undergoing breast reconstruction with implants. With Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants now approved by the FDA, many more women will be able to experience even better results and achieve their aesthetic goals with breast surgery.

To learn more about the newly approved Natrelle INSPIRA® Cohesive breast implants or other breast implant options available at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 or complete our online contact form to request your consultation today.

INSPIRA™ Breast Implants

New Breast Implant by AllerganAllergan Corporation recently released the INSPIRA™ line of new silicone gel breast implants to complement their NATRELLE® Collection of gel-filled breast implants. The advantage of this new implant is that it is filled 95 percent volume with TruForm™ (cohesive) gel. The advantage to this is that the INSPIRA™ breast implant creates more fullness, particularly in the upper part of the breast, which leads to improved projection. This implant will also help to decrease deformities such as rippling or wrinkling. The implants are available featuring 400 different options for a more customized fit.

If you are considering breast augmentation and want more information regarding your breast implant choices, including the new INSPIRA™ breast implants, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation. Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast augmentation. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to helping you achieve the breast results you desire.

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