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Breast Implant Settling: What to Expect and When?

When thinking about the steps involved in breast augmentation, most patients are familiar with consultation, the pre-op appointments, and recovery. Often, the settling step goes overlooked, leaving patients confused as to when they can expect to enjoy their final results.

Breast Implant Settling: The Next Step in Recovery

Settling, sometimes known as “drop and fluff”, is the process that follows recovery post-implant surgery. During your operation, the implant is placed into position. In the first few weeks following treatment, patients may notice or feel that their breasts look much higher than they had initially intended. This is because while the implant has been placed, the muscle and tissue around the breast react slightly to having a new implant placed. This creates additional pressure behind the muscle, creating extra volume at the top part of the breast. Over time, swelling decreases and the muscle and tissue gradually accommodate the new implant by creating a small “pocket” around it.

Once it has expanded enough, your silicone or saline implant gently drops or settles into its final position in the breast. At this point, patients achieve the gentle teardrop shape that is so characteristic to the look of natural breasts.

What Factors Impact Drop and Fluff?

While nearly every patient will experience some form of drop and fluff, certain factors can influence how and when you can expect your implants to finally settle. These include:

Implant placement

Most patients today have their implants placed in a submuscular manner, or beneath the muscle rather than over the muscle. In the long-run, this creates a more natural appearance and helps ensure that over time the augmentation remains as realistic looking as possible. However, augmentations conducted below the muscle tissue can also require a longer settling period, this can be up to three months post recovery.

Implant Type

When it comes to implants, size and shape matter. Smooth, rounded implants generally settle about the same way and can be inverted without compromising the overall appearance of the breast. However, textured teardrop shaped implants must be placed in a specific manner to attain their ideal shape. As a result, it is precisely placed during surgery and monitored post-operation to ensure it settles correctly.

What to Expect When Your Breasts are Settling

One of the biggest concerns patients have in the first few days following surgery is that their breasts are not positioned where they wanted them. Trust us – we understand how frustrating and underwhelming that can seem. However, it’s important to keep in mind that breast augmentation surgery is not a simple, one size fits all procedure. Not only is every patient going to have a uniquely planned treatment strategy, they’re also going to experience a very personalized recovery. For some, full recovery including settling can take under four weeks while others may not finish the drop and fluff process until they’re three months post-surgery. Give your body the patience and time it deserves to heal properly.

Ready to Begin? Call Dr. Sayed to Schedule Your Consultation!

As with any other plastic surgery, your procedure is a unique treatment strategy planned around you, your unique anatomy and long-term goals. When it comes to choosing the right breast augmentation solution for you, we take the time to ensure you know exactly how each procedure can improve your overall appearance and help you reach your goals as well as what each treatment looks like from start to finish.

To learn more about settling following breast augmentation and what other side effects you can expect from this treatment, call our offices in Orange County and San Diego to schedule your consultation.

Breast Lift + Augmentation: Why You Might Consider this Duo

Aging, pregnancy, and genetics all play a role in changing the shape of your breasts over the course of your lifetime. If you are worried about breasts that have begun to sag or flatten, you may be weighing the benefits of a breast lift procedure to restore your youthful profile. But while a breast lift is ideal for repositioning the breasts higher on the chest, it will not be able to address volume loss, which is why many women are opting to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation.

What You Need to Know About a Breast Lift and Augmentation

A breast lift as a standalone procedure may not provide the results you are looking for if your breasts have lost significant volume, which happens to many women during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The skin that stretches to provide milk for a baby can fail to bounce back to its pre-pregnancy position, leading to breasts that droop lower on the chest.

Though a breast lift will remove excess skin and move the breasts and nipple-areola complex to a perkier position, it may actually decrease your breast volume slightly. For many women, combining a breast augmentation with a lift is an ideal choice, because the dual procedure creates both an increased breast volume and an enhanced breast shape. Getting breast implants at the same time as your breast lift surgery should not significantly add to your recovery time, and the results can provide a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your breasts.

There are two significant advantages to combining a breast augmentation with a lift in the same procedure: It saves money and will also help you avoid having to undergo two recovery processes from two separate surgeries.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift + Augmentation?

In general, the same characteristics that make a woman a good candidate for a breast lift also qualify her to get a breast augmentation. These include:

  • Overall good health
  • Being a nonsmoker
  • Have no masses in the breasts after an exam
  • Having a positive support network of family and friends
  • Realistic expectations for the results of the surgery

The best way to determine whether you need a breast lift is a simple check called the “pencil test.” To perform this test, place a pencil in the crease beneath one of your breasts. If the pencil rolls away, you still have sufficient perkiness in your breasts. However, if your breast holds the pencil in place, you are a likely candidate for a breast lift surgery.

Recovering From a Breast Lift With Augmentation

For the first few days after your surgery, you can expect some tenderness, bruising, and swelling across your chest, and you may experience mild discomfort as well. These side effects are normal. To promote swifter healing, you will need to wear a specially designed surgical support bra that is sized and measured to fit you.

The length of your recovery time will depend on several factors, including how large your breast implants are. Women who choose bigger implants can expect more tissue stretching. If your job is not physically demanding, you may be able to return to work within a week or two. Women who have a more strenuous job may need to take a longer time off work. It’s also best to abstain from exercising for two weeks and ease back into your workouts after that.

Considering a Breast Lift With Implants? Contact Us Today

Women in the San Diego area who are ready to discuss combining a breast augmentation and lift should contact our office today to schedule a consultation. As a double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Tim Sayed has been honing his techniques for 13 years, and he is skilled at breast procedures. Regain your younger-looking breast silhouette with a breast lift and augmentation.

 

 

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Ideal Implant®

Our San Diego plastic surgeon strives to provide innovative treatments that have a strong track record of success, especially when it comes to breast implants. The Ideal Implant® is one such treatment that is generating interest among patients and plastic surgeons. Here’s everything you need to know about this type of implants.

What is the Ideal Implant®?

Most patients are familiar with traditional silicone and saline breast implants. While both have their advantages, each also has shortcomings associated with the treatment and result. For example, saline-filled implants can be adjusted as they are filled during surgery, and problems such as rupture are easier to quickly detect. However, these implants tend to look firm and slightly unnatural. In contrast, silicone breast implants create a natural, teardrop shape, but detecting ruptures in the implant can be difficult, increasing the risk of leaks into surrounding tissue.

The Ideal Implant® offers a unique, hybrid breast implant for women who want the beautiful shape of a silicone implant and the security of a saline implant. This innovative approach is thanks in part to the unique inner structure of the implant. Rather than having a single yet sturdy bag, the Ideal Implant® has two nested compartments that are filled with saline. These layers are then surrounded by a unique baffle shell that restricts movement of the saline in the outer layer, allowing the implant to take on the natural appearance reminiscent of a silicone breast.

With this unique internal structure, the Ideal Implant® offers patients the figure they desire while providing the peace of mind that their implants are uniquely protected from silent rupture.

Surgery & Cost

Like traditional saline implants, the Ideal Implant® is inserted first then filled with saline. As there are two saline compartments, however, surgery time may be slightly longer than the usual one hour for a traditional breast augmentation. Similarly, Ideal Implants® are somewhat more expensive than conventional implants. However, many of the patients who have visited our San Diego office for this treatment have found the results they achieve with this breast implant option make it a worthwhile investment.

Recovery

Recovery time after Ideal Implant® treatment is not much different from recovery from traditional silicone or saline implant placement. To mitigate post-procedure discomfort, Dr. Sayed may prescribe pain relief medications and will provide you with post-treatment instructions. To make your recovery as easy as possible, we recommend finding a caregiver who can help you during the first week following surgery.

Longevity

While the Ideal Implant® is a relatively recent innovation in breast augmentation, ongoing studies show that the long-term results are promising. The structured design of the implant has been shown to reduce the risk of capsular contraction and silent rupture. Likewise, the multiple barrier approach to encapsulating the saline material and smooth surface has made Ideal Implants® less likely to ripple and distort the skin above the implant, suggesting the treatment may provide greater longevity than traditional saline prosthetics.

Final Looks

The unique structure of this hybrid implant creates a concave, dome-like shape that adapts well to the curves of the patient’s chest. The implant looks incredibly natural, avoiding the awkward height of saline implants and creating a natural point overlooked by a silicone prosthetic. Overall, patients who receive the Ideal Implant® find their new shape looks and feels very natural.

Interested? Learn More with our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Our goal is to provide our patients with the information they need to make the right decision for their body and wellbeing. We encourage you to contact Dr. Sayed with any questions you may have about the innovative Ideal Implant® or breast augmentation. Together, we’ll create the best solution for you. Call 1-858-252-2472 to get started.

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Implant Options

Having options is a great thing. Especially when it comes to customizing your breast augmentation. Dr. Sayed offers different types of implant types, shapes, and textures. With plenty of options, you are sure to find the best implant for your lifestyle and desired aesthetic. Below, is a break down of the selection you can expect to choose from during your consultation.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed and learn which options are best for you.

Why do Breast Implants Need to be Exchanged?

While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not meant to last a lifetime. Whether due to a change in cosmetic taste or a condition like capsular contracture, many women choose to undergo breast revision surgery at some point after their initial augmentation.

Breast revision is a procedure that involves replacing the breast implants or correcting complications and physical irregularities that have developed. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed has performed thousands of these highly specialized procedures to help women feel comfortable with the appearance of their breasts again. Below we’ll be exploring some of the most common reasons why women replace their implants.

Capsular Contracture

Although it’s relatively rare, capsular contracture is a complication that can develop after breast augmentation. Following breast surgery, a capsule of scar tissue naturally forms around the implants. The formation of scar tissue is not necessarily a cause for concern since this is just the body’s natural response to the placement of a foreign object. However, in some cases, the capsule of scar tissue contracts too tightly around the implant. As a result, the breasts become hard and may look irregular.

Capsular contracture can be quite painful. This condition does not resolve on its own and requires surgical release of the scar tissue. After the scar tissue has been surgically removed, many women choose to have a new set of implants placed to maintain their preferred aesthetic.

Implant Rupture

Implant rupture occurs when the implant develops a tear or hole due to physical trauma, normal aging of the implant, compression during a mammogram, damage during a medical procedure, and other factors. When a rupture occurs with a saline implant, the breast will quickly look “deflated,” but the saline can safely be absorbed by the body.

In the case of silicone gel implants, a rupture might not be detected for quite some time because the implants are form stable and maintain their shape. Once a rupture has been confirmed, silicone gel implants must be removed as soon as possible. There is not the same urgency for replacing ruptured saline implants, but since they cause the breasts to rapidly lose volume, most women opt to have them replaced as soon as possible.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. Sayed will remove the ruptured implants from the implant pocket and surrounding tissue. After the breast pocket is cleaned and reshaped, a new set of implants can be placed.

Breast Asymmetry and Other Physical Changes

Aging, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all cause the breasts to physically change, even if you have implants. These changes may result in breast asymmetry and sagging. Dr. Sayed can treat these changes with a breast revision and lift to restore a balanced, symmetrical appearance to your figure.

In some cases, the old implants can be left in, but most women opt to have a new set of implants placed at the time of their breast lift. Together, a breast revision and lift can fully rejuvenate the breasts and correct the changes caused by aging or pregnancy.

Aging Implants or Change in Taste

As breast implant technology continues to advance, many women are choosing to replace their aging implants. While women were mostly limited to saline implants years ago, today’s options include cohesive silicone gel and contoured implants, which have become popular due to their natural look and feel. Older implants also carry a higher risk of rupturing, which drives some patients to take advantage of improved implant technology. There is no expiration date for breast implants, but it’s generally recommended that patients replace them every ten years or so.

Some women decide to exchange their implants simply because their cosmetic tastes have evolved over time. Your ideal aesthetic in your 20s may no longer reflect your current taste. Breast augmentation is highly customizable, allowing women to attain an appearance that matches their tastes as they age.

When is it Time to Replace Your Implants?

Every patient is different, but you may want to consider changing your implants if you:

  • Are developing symptoms of capsular contracture, including hardened breasts, breasts that are painful to the touch or have an abnormal appearance
  • Suspect your implants have ruptured
  • Have developed implant malposition
  • Have developed breast asymmetry after pregnancy, aging, or other factors
  • Are no longer happy with the type of implants you have
  • Want to change the size, shape, or volume of your breasts

If you’re considering a breast revision in the San Diego or Newport Beach areas, contact Dr. Tim Sayed to schedule your personal consultation. Whether you’d like to change the size of your implants or you’ve developed a complication following breast augmentation, Dr. Sayed can create a personalized treatment plan customized to your needs.

 

Which Breast Implant Option Is Best for Your Active Lifestyle?

An active lifestyle can shape and sculpt your muscles and eliminate body fat. This does great things for your waistline, arms, and core, but unfortunately, less fat means less breast tissue for many women. If you’ve lost breast volume after losing weight or if you want to increase your breast size, come see us and learn more about breast augmentation. Carefully chosen breast implants can be compatible with your favorite fitness activities including hiking, running, exercise, and even weight lifting.

Breast augmentation can yield stunning results for the active patient but can be challenging due to low levels of body fat, highly developed pectoral muscles, and the physical strain of some activities. Choose your plastic surgeon carefully and follow these tips for the best results. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon and has worked extensively on patients with low body fat and an active lifestyle. Call today and schedule your consultation.

Saline or Silicone- Which Breast Implant Type Is Best for the Active Patient?

Saline or silicone? Which implant type is best for active patients? Both saline and silicone have advantages and can work well on active patients. We’ll help you choose the best breast implant type for your lifestyle, anatomy, and aesthetic goals during your consultation.

  • Saline Breast Implants– To place a saline implant, we insert an unfilled flexible silicone shell into the breast through a small incision. It is then filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline implants have a few advantages to silicone implants. They generally cost a little less. They can be placed through a smaller incision. Saline implants are also easier to remove. Unfortunately, saline implants can feel slightly firmer than a silicone implant. In women with little natural breast tissue, this can mean that implants don’t feel as natural. This isn’t always an issue for women with more breast tissue. Saline implants may be less durable than silicone implants.
  • Silicone Breast Implants– Silicone breast implants are soft and feel natural. They are a popular option for breast augmentation, especially with women that live an active lifestyle. Silicone implants feature a silicone shell that is filled with a silicone gel filling. These implants are placed into breast pre-filled. They require a larger incision than saline implants. One of the biggest advantages of silicone implants are their soft and natural feel. They work well on women with little natural breast tissue since the implant itself feels very similar to a natural breast.
  • The Ideal Implant- Imagine an implant that offers the benefits of both saline and silicone breast implants. We are pleased to be one of the first plastic surgery practices in the world to offer the Ideal Implant. This unique implant type features two separate chambers that are filled with saline. Its complex, layered construction gives this implant strength, durability, a natural-looking shape, and the ability to move freely and easily. It also offers a high degree of customization, allowing you to achieve your ideal look. This implant is an excellent fit for many of our active patients and may be an excellent option for your breast augmentation.

Implant Placement- Does It Matter?

Breast implants can be placed over or under the pectoral muscle. There are benefits to both approaches and implant placement is important if you live an active lifestyle. We’ll talk in detail about the best option for you. Our goal is to enhance your breast appearance while allowing you to remain active, fit, and easily able to participate in your favorite activities.

Are Smaller Breast Implants Better for the Active Woman?

Ask any woman with large breasts about exercise and they’ll tell you, big breasts can make activity difficult. The same holds true for large breast implants. If you live an active lifestyle, choosing implants that are appropriate for your body size and fitness level is essential. During your consultation we’ll take careful measurements before choosing your implant size. We’ll select an implant that is an appropriate width and projection for your chest wall. Go too big and you may be unable to run, jump, or use the full range of motion of your arms. Go too small and you may be disappointed by your breast appearance. We’ll work with you to find the right balance between breast size and activity levels. Love your look and keep your lifestyle.

Don’t let your active life keep you from the feminine breasts you desire. Carefully selected breast implants can enhance your appearance without interfering with your lifestyle. Call today and schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for breast augmentation.

It’s Always Beach Season in SD: Procedures to Maintain a Bikini Body Year-Round

If you’ve been checking yourself out in the mirror and thinking you could use a body tune-up–you’re not alone! As they anticipate the coming summer season, men and women are increasingly looking to sculpt their figure into the perfect beach body.

It makes sense – wintertime and spring are ideal times to tune up your body. You can spend time away from the office and return looking better than ever without anyone asking questions. They will just think you just got a much-needed vacation!

Of course, there’s no need to wait to start working on your figure. We’ve gathered the hottest plastic surgery procedures to help you maintain a bikini body year-round – maybe one of them will be the right treatment for you.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is one of the most popular body contouring procedures in the world – and for a good reason. We live at a time when washboard abs and a narrow waist are the ultimate signifiers of health, but they’re not exactly the most attainable goals. Loose skin, stubborn pockets of fat, and abdominal muscles loosened by pregnancy can make it all but impossible to attain a flat a stomach.

With a tummy tuck, patients can finally achieve what years of dieting and workouts couldn’t give them. No more conservative swimsuits or feeling self-conscious while swimming. A tummy tuck will excise that loose skin, sculpt the abdominal fat, and tighten loosened muscles. And it can do it using a simple incision above the pubic bone – so any scarring can be hidden by underwear and bikini bottoms.

Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most versatile plastic surgery procedures in the world; with the ability to treat dozens of areas on the body, liposuction can help people slim almost any area suffering from stubborn pockets of fat. The procedure works by using a cannula, a hollow tube attached to a suction device, to extract fatty tissue from the subcutaneous layer under the skin.

Of course, there are many different types of liposuction. Some liposuction devices use ultrasound to break down fat more efficiently. Some skilled surgeons are able to perform variations like Hi-Def liposculpture, a precise liposuction technique that focuses on emphasizing the abdominal muscles. Hi-Def liposculpture will enhance the look of the midline, the outer border of the 6-pack, and the other outlines created by the abdominal muscles. It’s true that liposuction is typically performed for relatively healthy patients who want to refine their figure, but hi-def liposuction is more commonly done for bodybuilders and toned patients who desire definition.

Brazilian Butt Lift

Although it was popularized in beach-crazy Brazil, the Brazilian butt lift has been used by millions of patients all over the world to help them achieve a rounder, fuller backside. It’s an incredible procedure that uses “autologous fat,” another term for the patient’s own fat.

But why do surgeons use the patient’s fat? For one thing, there’s a much lower risk that the patient’s body will reject their fat. For another, this means that the patient will be able to slim down an area with excess fat. That means that the patient can kill two birds with one stone; they can slim down areas such as the flanks and thighs while volumizing the buttocks.

Breast Augmentation

Breasts play an important role in creating balance for a woman’s figure. But due to factors like pregnancy, aging, or simply genetics, the breasts may appear too small or asymmetrical. Fortunately, breast augmentation allows you to achieve ideal curves that bring balance to your shape. Breast augmentation uses implants – typically silicone gel or saline – to provide both volume and shape to the breasts.

This highly versatile procedure can be customized to your ideal aesthetic. Whether you’re looking to fill out your favorite bikini, or you simply want to restore the changes caused by pregnancy or aging, breast augmentation offers the perfect solution.

Any Time of the Year is a Great Time to Get Your Bikini Body On

The term “bikini body” definitely brings to mind summertime and playtime at the beach – but there’s no reason it should be seasonal. So, what are you waiting for? The perfect bikini body is waiting for you. Start your journey by scheduling a consultation with double board-certified surgeon Dr. Sayed.

 

 

The Problems that Can be Solved Using Revision Breast Augmentation

Cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular over the years due to its increased safety and efficiency for providing exceptional results. It is also because more and more people are becoming concerned about the way they look.

While most people are happy with the results of these cosmetic procedures, there are some cases where the results can be less than satisfactory. Some procedures may even give rise to side effects and complications.

The best way to correct these issues is by undergoing a revision procedure. One of the most common correction procedures is revision breast augmentation. This procedure is conducted to correct issues that arise following a breast implant procedure. There are various complications that can occur after the implants have been inserted. The easiest way to correct them is through revision breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Surgery

This is a cosmetic procedure which involves inserting silicone gel or saline implants into the breasts to improve their shape and size. This procedure is also known as breast augmentation. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, with thousands of women undergoing it every year.

A breast augmentation can help women achieve a better, more proportionate figure. It also makes them appear more youthful and attractive. The patient can choose what implant they would prefer and its size. During the procedure, the skin of the breast can be tightened and the nipple can be repositioned as well.

Complications From Breast Implants

Following breast augmentation, there have been occasions where women have expressed unhappiness with their results. Either the implant size is too big or too small, or there are some complications that need medical attention. Whatever problems may arise, they can be easily treated through revision breast augmentation surgery.

Here are some common issues that can be resolved through this procedure:

Poor Positioning of the Implants: Although this complication is not dangerous, it can leave you feeling dissatisfied and self-conscious. When implants are poorly placed, they can affect the proportion of your breasts. Your chest will begin to look unnatural and your breasts may start to sag or droop.

Implant Rupture: This is quite hazardous as it can cause soreness, pain, swelling, as well as changes in feel, size, appearance, and shape of your breasts. It can be dangerous to have silicone gel floating around inside your body. There are various reasons that can cause implants to rupture, such as poor quality, trauma, etc.

Double-Bubble Deformities: A “double bubble” is formed when the natural tissue in your breasts begin to sag while the implants remain in their original position. Significant weight loss, pregnancy, or gravity are often responsible for this complication.

Capsular Contracture: After you undergo breast augmentation, a layer of fibrous tissue forms around the implants. This is known as a capsule and it is large enough to allow the implants to move. Over time, this capsule may become thicker and constrict the implant’s movement. It also causes abnormal rounding, raising of the breasts, and hardening.

Change in Implant Size: This is the most common reason for revision breast augmentation. Some women may change their mind and want smaller or larger implants. A revision procedure can help them achieve this.

Contact Our Office

For more details on revision breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Sayed. As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, he will help deliver the results you desire so that you can achieve your aesthetic goals.