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Why is Breast Augmentation so Popular?

Breast Implant Augmentation is a very safe and effective procedure with a high patient satisfaction rate when performed on an appropriate candidate by a well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon. Enhancing the breasts through the use of implants and/or fat grafting can provide women with a more proportional and balanced shape, which can improve body image and self-esteem. It is important to understand that breast augmentation surgery cannot correct drooping breasts, as this can only be corrected with a breast lift or mastopexy.  Breast augmentation can also improve or correct asymmetries or differences in breast shape or size.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

Many women have found a number of benefits in enhancing the shape and symmetry of their breasts. Creating a natural-appearing and balanced result with a safe and proven technique is the focus and priority at evolv Plastic Surgery. If you are over the age of 18, physically healthy, and have realistic expectations, you may be a candidate for a breast implant or enhancement procedure.

You may also be a good candidate if:

  • Your breasts are fully developed
  • You are unhappy with the size of your breasts
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical
  • Your breasts have an undeveloped shape or failed to develop normally

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for breast augmentation surgery is to meet with Dr. Frank Barone or Dr. Peter Koltz for a thorough evaluation and discussion of the procedure and your options.

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Vectra XT

Communication and education are two of the most important priorities for achieving optimal outcomes in aesthetic procedures.  At evolve Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics we believe in utilizing state of the art and proven technology to enhance the consultation for both the patient and plastic surgeon or aesthetic service provider. That is why we offer Canfield Vectra XT 3D Imaging to ensure your consultation process is effective and informative in giving you accurate and practical information and options of what evolv Plastic Surgery can offer to achieve your goals safely and consistently.

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Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

Breast implant surgery has been proven to be safe and effective under the following circumstances:

  • The procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Surgery is performed in an accredited surgical or credentialed outpatient surgical facility
    an accredited surgical center
  • The surgeon utilizes FDA-approved, appropriately selected breast implants

Multiple long-term clinical research studies have confirmed the safety of breast implants when the above criteria are met and appropriate patient selection is followed.

Dr. Barone and Dr. Koltz have extensive experience in implant options and surgical techniques for an individualized approach for each patient.

Dr. Barone and Dr. Koltz and Susie Szaroleta, RN, have been involved in clinical research on breast implant safety and effectiveness and have authored published studies on their use and safety.

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Breast Augmentation Costs

There are several considerations in determining the cost of breast implant surgery. The surgeon’s fee, the type of the implants (silicone gel or saline), the manufacturer, anesthesia, and the surgical facility are all involved and can vary widely.  Some patients may combine a mastopexy (breast lift) or breast reconstruction with implants.

Costs of breast augmentation may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Surgical facility costs
  • Pre-Operative Medical testing
  • Surgeon’s fee (will vary depending on skill level, technique and years of expertise)
  • Implants (silicone or saline)
  • Prescriptions for medication

At evolv, our policy is to only use the highest quality and clinically proven breast implants from the three major and most-researched companies (Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra) and to only perform the procedure in a fully-accredited outpatient surgery center with an experienced anesthesiologist and trained nursing staff involved. All procedures are performed with strict patient privacy and confidentiality. Be sure to check all of these fundamentals when comparing costs for breast augmentation surgery.

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Breast Implant Types and Sizes

The choice of implant volume and type (either gel or saline) are determined after a complete history and physical exam, anatomic measurements, and a review of your aesthetic goals with our plastic surgeons in Toledo.

At evolv Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics, we offer Vectra® 3-Dimensional Imaging for precise and personalized planning based on your natural anatomy and personal goals.

Dr. Barone and Dr. Koltz also use a unique intraoperative measuring implant and a specific positioning table to determine final implant dimensions during surgery. Using this system, patient satisfaction for breast size and shape post-surgery has been extremely high. Take a look at our breast augmentation gallery to see results from patients who have undergone breast implant surgery.

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Post-Surgery Expectations

The amount and duration of discomfort after breast implant surgery is based on several factors:

  • Surgical technique
  • Implant position (under or over the chest wall muscle)
  • Individual anatomic factors
  • Intraoperative; long lasting nerve blocks
  • Reducing and minimizing post-operative discomfort is a focus and priority for all aesthetic procedures and services at evolv.

Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz will discuss these factors with you at your consultation and in more depth at your pre-op visit. The use of gentle surgical technique and a new 72-hour injectable pain-blocking medication, Exparel, have dramatically reduced recovery time and improved patient comfort with breast augmentation surgery, as well as many other aesthetic procedures at our practice.

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Recovery Time

Recovery time is an individual process and is influenced primarily by surgical technique, implant position, and postoperative comfort. In general, if implants are placed under the muscle (submuscular), the recovery time can be slightly longer.

Dr. Koltz and Dr. Barone employ options and advanced techniques to reduce discomfort and downtime, including intraoperative pain blocks with Exparel, naturopathic anti-inflammatory supplements, and lymphatic massage, which are all utilized and can significantly shorten recovery times.

Surgical drains are typically not used in breast augmentation at evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics.  A post-operative bra will be provided and worn for several weeks after breast augmentation surgery. Most light activities can be resumed gradually within one week, but some activities will take several weeks to resume. We will make recommendations for you based on your lifestyle and how you are recovering post-operatively. It is important to follow the specific post-operative instructions and recommendations given to you by Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz to ensure a safe and quick recovery.

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