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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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Breast Augmentation Without An Implant: How It Works

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Breast augmentation is a procedure that increases the size of the breasts. Typically, an implant or fat are used during a breast augmentation procedure to achieve larger breasts. However, some patients may benefit from a surgery known as auto augmentation. Auto augmentation is a breast augmentation procedure that does not utilize any foreign material to achieve larger breasts. How does this work?   Breast augmentation without an implant utilizes a breast lift procedure to correct sagging breasts, while repositioning breast tissue for a natural augmentation. Auto augmentation does not provide the dramatic results that traditional breast implants can. However, for many patients, these are subtle, natural results are preferable.   Dr. Jonov performs the procedure similar to a breast lift. Making an incision down the breast, he will lift the nipples and areolas. He will then carefully move existing breast tissue into a more flattering and youthful position. This creates a perkier, fuller breast.    Auto augmentation is a wonderful option for patients who have some breast sagging and volume loss, but do not want breast implants. Depending on your goals, it can also be part of a traditional breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Causes Of Drooping Breasts

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Droopy, saggy breasts often serve as a source of insecurity and annoyance. Not only can they make buying bras and clothing difficult, sometimes overly large, saggy breasts can cause chronic pain. There are many causes of sagging breasts and discovering the cause can allow your plastic surgeon to devise the best plan for your Bellevue breast surgery.    First off, saggy breasts can run in families. Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and genetics plays a role. Some women may be predisposed to developing droopy breasts later in life, or others may have fuller breasts that naturally droop. In these cases, either a breast lift or reduction may address these concerns.    Secondly, pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in a loss of breast tissue as well as the stretching of the skin on and around the breast. Another common cause of drooping breasts, this stretched, excess skin sometimes combined with less breast tissue can cause breast ptosis. Normally, a breast lift can resolve these issues and for women who have given birth can be part of a mommy makeover surgery that targets the breasts and abdomen.   Finally, general aging and lifestyle can cause breast sag overtime. Smoking can increase the chances and amounts of breast ptosis. Other times, aging simply causes the breasts to sag as skin loses laxity. Depending on the specifics of your breasts, a breast lift, reduction, or breast augmentation may benefit you.   Determining the cause of drooping breasts at your consultation, will help Dr. Jonov plan the perfect breast lift for your needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Saline vs. Silicone Implants: How To Choose?

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When you decide to undergo a Bellevue breast augmentation, it can often be overwhelming to look at all the possible breast implant options. The first choice you will need to make is the type of implant you want. In the United States, there are two FDA approved implants commonly used by plastic surgeons, saline and silicone. Choosing between silicone vs. saline requires consideration of your anatomy, health, and goals.    The difference between these two breast implants is what they are filled with. Saline implants consist of a silicone shell that Dr. Jonov inserts and then fills with sterile water. Silicone implants come pre-filled and consist of a thicker, viscous silicone gel. So, how do you choose between saline vs. silicone implants?  

Saline Implants

The major advantage that saline implants have over silicone is that they can be inserted through a smaller incision. Additionally, in the event of a rupture, it is noticeable almost immediately. They also are usually less expensive than silicone implants. Yet, saline implants have a higher risk of rippling and most women believe they do not look or feel as natural. However, if a woman already has a significant amount of breast tissue, this implant option may serve her goals well.   

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants account for most of the breast augmentation surgeries performed in the US. This is largely because they mimic natural breast tissue and the advancements of gummy bear breast implants. In the rare event of a rupture, gummy bear implants are more likely to hold their shape. Many patients prefer the results with silicone implants and they are considered just as safe as saline implants. They are also popular for breast reconstruction surgeries and FTM breast augmentation.    To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online
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Breast Lift Or Reduction: Which Is Best For Me?

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A breast lift and a breast reduction are extremely similar and sometimes even utilize the same surgical techniques. Therefore, for women wanting to lift their sagging breasts and get rid of extra skin and fat, it can be hard to distinguish which procedure will best benefit them. 

A breast lift is usually performed for women who experience breast sagging or ptosis. This can happen naturally with aging, breast feeding, and hormonal changes. During this surgery, the nipple is usually repositioned and extra skin and fat removed to make the breasts look perkier. A breast reduction often involves repositioning the nipple and removing certain amounts of skin and tissue. 

The main difference between these procedures is usually the amount of tissue removed. During a breast lift, Dr. Jonov will attempt to remove the least amount of breast tissue possible. Usually, a breast reduction surgery removes more tissue and there may not be breast ptosis or sagging to correct. While the surgical techniques are similar, the goals are different. 

A breast reduction can also relieve problems like back pain, rashes, and recurrent skin infections on or under the breasts when these are caused by overly large breasts. Breast lifts typically do not provide this same kind of relief like a reduction. 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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What To Expect After Gynecomastia Surgery

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Gynecomastia surgery, also known as a male breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery performed to treat gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes development of male breasts. When there are no other underlying health problems, Dr. Jonov can perform a male breast reduction to remove excess skin and fat. Giving them the sleeker and sculpted chest they desire. 

Like any surgery, gynecomastia surgery has a recovery period. Typically, patients require at least a few days of risk and return to work within a week or so. Although, based on individualized factors, you may require more time off work to ensure a good and safe result. Some male breast reduction surgeries only require liposuction and these less invasive procedures can require less downtime. Dr. Jonov will ensure you understand the amount of time you need off work. 

As far as side effects go, you can expect to experience some localized pain, swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. Dr. Jonov will prescribe medications to manage these side effects and they should go away on their own. 

Your results should settle in over time. The final results following cosmetic surgery can take a few months to develop as skin settles and swelling goes down. You should see an immediate difference in the size of your chest after surgery.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

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