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How long will my breast augmentation last?

Breast augmentation continues to be a highly sought after cosmetic surgery procedure in the US and it has a very high patient satisfaction rate. One of the most common questions women considering breast augmentation ask is – How long will my breast augmentation last.

How is Breast augmentation performed?

Breast augmentation may be performed with the use of implants, or by using fat transferred from other areas of the body. This method is known as fat transfer breast augmentation. The fat used for this procedure is typically taken from areas such as the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. The extraction of the fat is done using a gentle liposuction technique, and the fat must be properly placed, to ensure that most of it survives after transfer.

How long will my breast augmentation last

How long breast augmentation lasts varies, as it depends on the specific procedure. Breast augmentation with implants typically lasts 10-15 years. Patients often have to undergo a second operation due to complications with implants such as capsular contracture, wrinkling, or displacement.

On the other hand, when fat transfer breast augmentation is done correctly, the results can be permanent, since it involves using the patient’s own fat cells. The breasts typically take a few months to settle after fat transfer breast augmentation, as the transplanted cells have to develop their own blood supply. Once these healthy blood vessels are formed, the effects of surgery should last for a long time.

Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas, The Langdon Center is our featured practice. The Langdon Center offers natural breast augmentation using fat transfer.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling (203) 516-4203.

When is the best time of the year to obtain a breast augmentation procedure?

Women considering breast enhancement often ask the question – when is the best time of the year to obtain a breast augmentation procedure. There is really no simple answer, because it all depends on when you are likely to have a good chunk of time off, so that you can recover well, with minimum disruption to your normal schedule. For some women this is summer time, while for others it may be winter. Let’s take a look at the options.

Why the fall and winter seasons are a favorite
Some women choose to have breast augmentation done in winter, because it’s the season of the year when they get the most time off work. This will give them a chance to heal well, and also deal with any issues of discomfort or complications that may arise after surgery.

They also like the fact that they can wear coats and bulky clothing that will allow them to be discrete in the weeks immediately after surgery. By the time summer rolls around they will be fully healed, and can confidently show off the changes.

The cool fall weather also makes this season an attractive option for breast enhancement surgery. Fall is another time of the year when it’s common to wear bulky clothing, which is a great way to conceal changes until you’re ready to reveal them. If you have a busy winter season ahead, fall would be a good option for breast augmentation surgery.

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, be sure to contact a board certified plastic surgeon. Clients in Tupelo, MS, can contact Dr. Mark Craig, at Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Call 662-377-6290today to schedule an appointment.

What is vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome?

There are a number of female conditions that women have had to endure for years, without being able to get long-term relief. This includes disorders such as vulvodynia and/or vulvar vestibulitis. However, thanks to research, some experts in the  medical community now has a greater understanding of this once ‘mysterious’ conditions. Consequently, for those who have this terrible condition, there is now a treatment approach that has been used by thousands of women with success.

What is Vulvodynia?

Chronic burning, rawness, and/or stinging pain in the vulva at the vaginal opening is known as vulvodynia. The condition makes the external genital tissues extremely sensitive, often rendering activities such as sitting for extended periods, exercising,  wearing tight clothing, and intercourse uncomfortable and painful. Other symptoms of vulvodynia can include vaginismus where the muscles surrounding the vagina go into spasm due to anticipated pain with penetration on intercourse and spasm of pelvic floor muscles known as pelvic floor tension myalgia.

What is Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome (VVS)?

VVS also refers to pain in the vulva region, but in this case, the pain is localized in the area of the vulvar vestibule and only occurs with touch of the vestibule or upon   penetration with intercourse. It is therefore a subtype of vulvodynia. It is also referred to as vestibulodynia. Women with VVS often find sexual intercourse painful, and even inserting tampons can cause extreme discomfort (learn more).

What is Essential Vulvodynia?

In this subtype of vulvodynia, the pain is continuous and not changed appreciably by contact of the vestibule. The pain is not always localized to the vestibule but can extend to include the labia minora and majora. It is spontaneous and is present without any physical stimulus to the tissues. Another synonymousous term for this is Dysesthetic Vulvodynia.

Newer terms have recently been proposed for for these subtypes called Generalized Vulvodynia and Localized Vulvodynia, but they add a degree of confusion rather than there intended purpose of clarification.

Where are the experts for this condition?

At Fowler Gyn International (FGI), they utilize an advanced diagnostic approach to determine the etiology of vulvodynia. As a result of this, they are able to design an individualized treatment plan that targets the associated underlying abnormality. Their treatment approach have been used by thousands of women with success.

If you’d like to find out more about vulvodynia, call FGI at 480-420-4001. You can also set up a consultation with Dr. R. Stuart Fowler online, at http://www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us.

When should You Get Breast Implants with a Breast Lift?

If your breasts are deflated and the nipples point downward, then you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. A breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure that is performed to raise the breasts. Elevating the breasts is one thing, but when should you also get breast implants with a breast lift? It all depends on what needs correction.

When to choose a breast lift

A breast lift can correct sagging breasts and drooping nipples. The procedure also reduces areolas that are too large. Sagging breasts are often the result of multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding, significant weight loss, as well as age and gravity.  During a breast lift, the breasts are pushed up from below, and this helps to eliminate the overhang.  If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts, but only want to improve sagging, then a breast lift is fine for you.

When to choose breast implants with a breast lift

Women that are unhappy with the shape, as well as the size of their breasts, should also get breast implants with a breast lift. A breast lift will not change the size of the breasts, so if they are very small before surgery, they will be exactly the same size after surgery.  Breast implants are therefore recommended for women who also want larger breasts. Implants will also fill in the hollow upper breast, which cannot be corrected with a breast lift.

If you want to raise your breasts and enhance their size, then this information should help you to understand if you should get breast implants with a breast lift. While a breast lift will elevate your breasts, it will not make them larger, so if you want larger breasts, breast augmentation is recommended. Call Song Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kyle Song. He will help you decide if a breast lift with breast implants is the best option for you. Call today: (949) 701-4454.