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Do Breast Lifts Require Implants?

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A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that corrects breast sagging and ptosis. In many cases, patients choose to combine a breast lift with breast implants for fuller and perkier breasts. Sometimes, breast lift results can make the breasts look bigger. Due to this, patients occasionally ask, “Do breast lifts require implants?” The answer is no. Patients who undergo a breast lift do not have to have breast implants placed. A breast lift simply removes extra skin and unnecessary tissue to create a perkier breast. Breast sagging can occur for many reasons including age, nursing, pregnancy, and genetics. This leads many people to seek out breast lift surgery. Most patients who have a breast lift are good candidates for breast augmentation as well. If patients want breast implants along with a breast lift, the implants can be added through the same incisions as your breast lift. It also forgoes the need for two surgical sessions by combining the two procedures together.  A breast lift and breast augmentation can complement each other spectacularly. The two procedures can create a more youthful breast appearance and restore the breasts to previous fullness and shape.  To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online using our Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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What Is Transumbilical Breast Augmentation?

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Breast augmentation is one of the oldest forms of plastic surgery. Due to this, the methods surgeons use during surgery have continued to evolve and improve. An example is transaxillary breast augmentation which places breast implants through the armpit. One of the newest techniques to place saline breast implants is transumbilical breast augmentation. What is transumbilical breast augmentation?   Transumbilical breast augmentation uses an incision in or near the belly button to place breast implants. Currently, due to the limited space and surgical technique, this method can only accommodate saline breast implants because they are placed unfilled. Essentially, the surgeon creates a tunnel between the fat layer and the skin. Using this tunnel, they will then place the breast implants.   This technique is not widely performed, but is growing increasingly popular due to the demand for no scarring on the breasts. Surgeons will likely continue to innovate and improve the technique to accommodate more implant types and become more viable for most patients.    Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery can determine if you would be a good candidate for transumbilical breast augmentation or if another technique would better suit your goals. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach us online through chat, contact form, or Price Simulator™
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How Hard Is It To Rupture A Silicone Implant?

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Breast augmentation complications are rare, but understandably, patients want to know the risks of breast implants. Among one of the most well known and troubling complications patients ask about is breast implant rupture. Rupture is when a breast implant breaks within the breast. Depending on the type of breast implant, rupture may not cause too many issues beyond a deflated breast. However, in extremely rare cases, rupture can cause major problems. With silicone implants becoming the standard, patients often want to know “How hard is it to rupture a silicone implant?” Modern silicone breast implants rarely rupture. Silicone breast implants can withstand hundreds of pounds of force and pressure. It is unlikely that normal everyday contact or force would cause your breast implants to rupture. There have been cases of certain types of injuries or accidents (such as a car accident) causing implants to rupture, though even this is fairly rare. Breast implants do break down over time with natural wear and tear. Therefore, the chances of rupturing them from force do go up over time. It is also possible to cause small tears in the implant. It is important to monitor your implants carefully and reach out if you have concerns. Modern silicone breast implants, known as gummy bear breast implants, are made of a cohesive gel less likely to leak or rupture.  In the rare event that a gummy bear implant ruptures, the gel sticks to itself and is less likely to lose its shape or cause major problems. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can contact us online using Price Simulator™, chat, or contact form.
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How To Know If You Have Gynecomastia

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Gynecomastia is a condition where male breast tissue swells or overgrows. This usually occurs due to hormonal imbalances and there is not always a clear medical treatment. While the condition may go away without medical or surgical treatment, occasionally men are left with an overgrown chest. However, without examination by a medical professional, it can be difficult to tell if you have gynecomastia. How to know if you have gynecomastia?   First off, your medical history can indicate whether you have a higher risk of developing gynecomastia. For example, certain medications can cause gynecomastia as well as medical conditions like hyperthyroidism and hypogonadism. Adequately treating these conditions, or switching medications may lead to improvement. Sometimes a small surgical procedure may be necessary to remove extra skin.   Secondly, certain stages of life can make a man more susceptible to gynecomastia. In puberty, gynecomastia commonly occurs and later resolves. Additionally, men over 50 have a higher chance of having gynecomastia. These are eras in your life when hormones naturally fluctuate which can cause the condition temporarily.    Sometimes, however, gynecomastia may have no clear cause. It usually will not respond to diet or exercise and may persist even with weight loss. This is when gynecomastia surgery can remove this extra skin and tissue to correct the overgrowth.   To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online using our chat, contact form, or Price Simulator™
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Breast Augmentation Bellevue: What Is Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?

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As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, plastic surgeons continue to innovate upon breast augmentation. With new types of breast implants and less invasive surgical techniques, patients can garner better results today than in the past. One of the most exciting revolutions in breast augmentation surgery is the development and pioneering of transaxillary breast augmentation. What is transaxillary breast augmentation?   Transaxillary breast augmentation refers to a surgical technique where a cosmetic surgeon places breast implants through an incision in the armpit. This keeps scarring away from the breasts, which is an exceedingly popular benefit of the technique. At first, cosmetic surgeons placed only saline breast implants with this method. However, further innovation has made it possible to place silicone breast implants during transaxillary breast augmentation for good candidates.   Additionally, the position of the armpit allows surgeons to place breast implants under the muscle without excising the muscle. This less invasive and minimal technique can lead to a less painful and easier recovery. While the muscle will still need to stretch, transaxillary breast augmentation can reduce the overall trauma to the chest muscle.   To learn more about transaxillary breast augmentation and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-787-0784. You can also contact us online via our Price Simulator™, chat, and contact form.
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Breast Augmentation Bellevue: How Long Does It Take For Silicone Implants To Drop?

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Immediately following breast augmentation surgery, the breasts will look bigger and fuller. However, the position of the implants becomes distorted as you heal due to swelling, inflammation, and the tightness of the muscle. It is completely normal for the implants to sit higher on the chest after breast augmentation. They will eventually drop into a more natural position. How long does it take for silicone implants to drop?   First off, it should be noted that your breast implants may not drop at the same time. It is not uncommon for one breast implant to drop quicker than the other. This is usually due to the natural anatomy of the breast and is no cause for concern.   Breast implants usually take around three months to drop. Based on other factors, this time will vary between patients. For example, patients with a strong pectoralis muscle may see implants take longer to drop. Gummy bear implants may also drop sooner than traditional silicone or saline breast implants.    Generally, breast implants drop within a few months of surgery. Results of breast augmentation are considered final about nine to twelve months following surgery. Dr. Jonov may also instruct you to massage your breasts to promote dropping and to alleviate swelling and other factors.    To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can contact us online via our contact form, Price Simulator™, or chat.
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Breast Augmentation Bellevue: Does Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Lessen Recovery Time?

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When researching breast augmentation and deciding which technique is best for them, patients may come across many facts about transaxillary breast augmentation. One of these includes that transaxillary patients can experience a quicker recovery. Among the other benefits that draw patients to the transaxillary approach, this is one that patients often want to know if it is true or not most. So, does transaxillary breast augmentation less recovery time?   The answer to this is that it depends. The placement of the transaxillary incision in the armpit allows easy access to behind the chest muscle. In most cases, this allows Dr. Jonov to place the breast implant behind the muscle without excision. No cutting of the muscle usually contributes to a less painful and quicker recovery.   However, other factors do impact breast augmentation recovery time. Firstly, smoking can greatly increase recovery time regardless of the technique. Also, if patients return to work too quickly or try to exercise before they can, it can disrupt recovery. Finally, medical and genetic factors such as conditions and previous surgeries can lead to a quicker or slower recovery.    In general, the transaxillary breast augmentation method may lessen recovery time in patients who are good candidates. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online using our contact forms, chat, or Price Simulator™.
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Breast Implants Bellevue: Ways To Treat Capsular Contracture

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Capsular contracture is a rare complication of breast implants where scar tissue forms a capsule around a breast implant. While possible to experience no symptoms, some patients experience pain, distortion of their results, tightness, and increased firmness. The formation of scar tissue is normal. Although, it should not cause any symptoms or change the look or feel of your results. If you develop capsular contracture, are there ways to treat capsular contracture? There are many ways to treat capsular contracture and it depends on the severity. For Grade I, it is likely most patients will not notice any difference or symptoms. Therefore, no treatment is needed. For Grades II and III, which do not commonly cause pain, ultrasound assisted lymphatic massage has shown to reduce and treat capsular contracture.  Grade IV capsular contracture is the most severe and often painful. While ultrasound massage may provide some benefit, the best course of action for this type of capsular contracture may be breast revision or implant removal. Known as an en bloc removal, Dr. Jonov removes the breast implant and full scar tissue capsule. If you want to replace one or both breast implants at this time, you usually can do so. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online via chat, our Price Simulator™ app, or contact form.
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Saline Implants Bellevue: Are Saline Implants Hard?

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Choosing the right breast implants is different for every breast augmentation patient because each patient has unique goals for their breasts. While the most popular breast implants in Bellevue are silicone gummy bear breast implants, many women seek out saline breast implants. When discussing the various implant options, patients sometimes ask, “Are saline implants hard?”   Saline implants do have a firmer feel than silicone breast implants. Some women desire a firmer feel and are inclined towards saline implants. Saline implants should not feel overly hard just firmer than other breast implants. Often, women who already have plenty of breast tissue are better candidates for saline breast implants because the firmness feels more natural. The breast tissue also better disguises the breast implant and prevents rippling.   Thinner women may not favor saline breast implants because they can feel more firm due to less breast tissue. While petite women can still achieve great results with saline breast implants, it is often recommended that women with volume loss or those with little breast tissue choose a silicone breast implant.    For women who prefer the firmer feel or have significant breast tissue already, saline breast implants can offer a wonderful breast augmentation option. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Breast Lift vs. Reduction: What’s The Difference?

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On the surface, a breast lift and breast reduction sound like extraordinary different procedures. However, when looking at the incisions and techniques used, the two plastic surgeries look almost identical. Both surgeries remove excess skin and fat, may reposition the nipple, and often result in more lifted breasts. What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction?   The answer to the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction comes down to the goals of each procedure and the reasons for operating. A breast lift primarily targets sagging of the breasts and changes in shape due to age, breastfeeding, and volume/weight loss in the breasts. A breast reduction typically treats overly large breasts by reducing the size. Often, this can alleviate symptoms like back pain and rashes.    In short, a breast lift mainly addresses the shape and a breast reduction mainly addresses the size. While similar methods are used, the two procedures treat different concerns and conditions.Additionally, breast lift patients are typically women who have had children and experienced volume loss due to motherhood and age. Breast reduction is more common in younger patients who genetically have larger breasts. Therefore, breast occurs on breasts of all sizes, while breast reduction only treats breasts too large for a patient’s frame.   To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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