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Selecting the Right Implant Profile

Breast augmentation is an art. The breasts are one of the most complex and unique anatomical forms on the human body, and Dr. Sayed firmly believes every patient deserves a treatment plan that is as unique and special as they are. One of the most significant decisions you’ll make alongside Dr. Sayed’s expert guidance is what implant profile best suits your goals and anatomy.

There are various sizes, materials, incision locations, and implant placement options that all have their own benefits, depending on your desired results. Implant profile is another one of the major players in how your breast augmentation will look. Implant “profiles” mean how far your implants will project off of the chest wall when you’re standing.

Depending on the width of your implants, Dr. Sayed can customize your level of projection. The smaller the implant base width, the greater projection you’ll achieve.

Implant Profile Options

There are several options to choose from when it comes to picking implant profiles. Patients can choose between either low, moderate, or high profile implants. Low profile implants are relatively flat in appearance and provide minimal projection off the chest. These are often best suited to women with wider chests. Low profile implants are also ideal for women hoping to achieve very subtle and natural-looking enhancement of the breast’s size and shape.

Moderate profile implants are an excellent option for women looking to substantially improve the size and shape of their breasts but may not be ready to commit to the dramatic enhancement high profile implants provide. These implants also provide very natural-looking results. If you have a narrow or smaller chest, moderate profile implants may be your best option.

High profile implants provide the most significant projection and a prominent, full, and rounded breast appearance. Patients should expect a significant increase in bra size as well. In some cases, high profile implants may look less natural compared to other options. Dr. Sayed usually recommends these implants for petite women with narrow chest walls.

Which Implant Profile is Right for Me?

Determining which implant profile is right for you is deeply personal. We recommend patients consider two major factors when deciding: body type and desired outcome.

The exact same implant type, size, and shape can look incredibly different on women of varying body types. As such, it’s essential to come into your consultation with an open mind. Dr. Sayed will work with you to ensure you understand what implant profile will best provide a balanced appearance suited to your figure.

Your aesthetic goals are also a critical factor to keep in mind as you decide on what implant’s right for you. Ask yourself whether you want a more natural look or a fuller, round breast appearance. Dr. Sayed has extensive experience providing a wide range of results and can point you towards the best solution based on what you want.

While these decisions can take time and seem complicated, you are not alone. Dr. Sayed and our expert team are here to support you and answer any questions you have throughout the decision-making process and beyond. We’ll listen carefully to your goals and make individualized recommendations. By working as a team, we’ll design a plan for the best possible outcomes.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation, a breast lift, or any of our other offerings, your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed. Our patients’ safety is our number one concern. As such, we are currently offering virtual consultations, which allow Dr. Sayed to hear all of your concerns and answer any questions you may have from the comfort and safety of your home.

To schedule your consultation, please give our San Diego, CA office a call at 858-247-2933 or contact us online today.

Breast Implant Removal: Why Thousands of Women are Doing It

Since it was first introduced, breast augmentation has become one of the most popular and best-known plastic surgeries available. For countless patients, the procedure has provided the opportunity to enjoy renewed self-confidence and comfort in their appearance. In recent years, however, the number of women seeking implant removal has increased dramatically.  While the reasons may be personal, they can often be sorted into three distinct categories:

Changing Ideals

As with every generation, the features that are considered beautiful change over time. Today’s trends of creating more natural enhancements to a woman’s body is a complete 180 from the old mantra “bigger is better”. As a result, some women are seeking breast implant removal as a means of updating their appearance to match this newer emphasis on natural curves. Unnaturally large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to participate in certain physical activities like jogging and weight training. For women committed to getting fit and staying that way, breast implant removal can eliminate discomfort when running and alleviate undue pressure on the spine and back caused by disproportionately large breasts. 

Ongoing Maintenance

Like any other medical device, breast implants are not meant to last forever. Rupture is a constant risk with implants and deflation usually occur about 10 years following placement, requiring that patients either replace surviving implants in order to retain their shape. In order to replace worn implants, patients must undergo surgery – meaning time off from work and several weeks of recovery. While some patients may not mind undergoing routine replacement, others may find the upkeep to become physically taxing and choose to have their implants removed instead of replaced. 

Secondary Illness

While neither implant types have been directly correlated to increased risk of cancer, recent years have also seen the rise of secondary health issues related to breast implants. For patients experiencing breast implant illness, symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, fever, and joint pain can be especially debilitating and provide enough reason for women to seek explant. Furthermore, the FDA has identified over 450 cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma – a rare form of cancer that can develop in the scar tissue around the implant. In the face of these very real medical concerns, many patients have chosen to implant removal as a means of protecting their overall health.

Get the Scoop from Dr. Sayed

When it comes to the impacts of surgery, having a thorough understanding of all available options and risks can make a tremendous difference in the long-term results. At Dr. Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla San Diego, our experienced plastic surgeon is committed to patient education. Starting with your first consultation, Dr. Sayed focuses on the facts of each procedure, ensuring you know both the pros and cons and can make an informed decision about your treatments. To learn more about breast implant placement, risk, and removal, we encourage you to schedule your consultation today.

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.