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Friday, October 29, 2010

Your Role in Getting the Best Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that will be a part of your life forever, so it is important that you achieve the best results possible. You want to find the best surgeon available who can take care of you both during and following the procedure. However, you also play a pivotal role in getting the best breast augmentation possible.
While the majority of your responsibilities occur after breast augmentation surgery, your results will also benefit greatly by contacting an experienced New Mexico plastic surgeon, like Dr. Michael S. Hopkins at Plastic Surgery Center, P.C. Call today to schedule a consultation where you can learn more about your options for breast augmentation surgery.

Pre-Surgery Responsibilities

Patients who have thoroughly educated themselves about breast augmentation are typically the most satisfied with their results. The following is a list of pre-surgery responsibilities to ensure you are ready for your breast augmentation surgery:

·         Research the benefits and risks of breast augmentation surgery
·         Educate yourself about the differences between saline and silicone breast implants
·         Determine your personal goals for the surgery

Post-Surgery Responsibilities

Your recovery period will be affected by factors including your age, body shape and the placement method used, among other things. But you can help your recovery and comfort level by following these tips:

·         Follow the instructions from Dr. Hopkins – including post-operative medications and changes to your daily activities
·         Attend all of your follow-up appointments – including mammograms
·         Clear your schedule so you can get as much rest as possible which will help you heal more quickly
·         Wear loose-fitting clothing, eat healthy foods and don’t smoke for 2 weeks before and after your breast augmentation surgery

If you live in New Mexico and are considering breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Hopkins and his compassionate staff at Plastic Surgery Center, P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico to have your breast augmentation questions answered.

posted by allisonb at 2:44 PM

Proper Placement of Breast Implants

Breast implant surgeries are intended to make you feel better and more confident about your body. Proper placement plays an enormous role in the outcome and durability of breast implants. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine the best size, type, incision pattern and placement of your breast implants so your breast augmentation procedure leaves you feeling like a better version of yourself.
The proper placement of breast implants is important in the outcome of your surgery and should complement your lifestyle. Contact Plastic Surgery Center, P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you attain the best possible results.

Methods for Placement of Breast Implants

Breast implants can be placed over or under the pectoral muscles and each method has its risks and benefits. With whatever method you choose, the placement should be suited to your body and lifestyle. The three methods for placement of breast implants are:

·         Subglandular – places the breast implant directly behind the mammary gland and in front of the pectoral muscles. This surgery is the least complicated and has the quickest recovery time. Many athletic individuals choose this option because it prevents flexing chest muscles from interfering with the appearance or integrity of the breast implant.
·         Subpectoral – partially covers the breast implant under the pectoralis major muscle. Subpectoral placement reduces the risk of capsular contracture and visible implant rippling, but yields a longer and more painful recovery period. Additionally, the increased swelling post-surgery may increase the period of time it takes for the implant to drop into a natural position.
·         Submuscular – places the breast implant behind the pectoralis major muscle and behind all of the supporting connective tissue and non-pectoral muscle groups. Submuscular placement has the same drawbacks of a subpectoral placement and an even longer recovery time. However, submuscular implants tend to be the best for mammograms.

If you or a loved one are considering having breast implant surgery, please contact the Plastic Surgery Center, P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael S. Hopkins, M.D.

posted by allisonb at 2:43 PM

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