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Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia

Breast Augmentation Philadelphia
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Balance and beauty are fundamentally intertwined.

If your breasts are too small for your frame, you might feel as though you look “bottom-heavy.” You may also have a hard time finding flattering clothing or feeling confident in a bathing suit. Many women use breast augmentation surgery to overcome these challenges and create more hourglass proportions. This safe, well-understood procedure has been helping women feel better about their bodies for decades.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Subbio provides women with multiple options for breast augmentation in Philadelphia. Whether your preferred implant is saline or silicone, round or teardrop-shaped, he has the skills and experience needed to create stunning results.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is an umbrella term to define procedures that enhance the size of the breasts. This is traditionally done through the surgical placement of an implant into the chest beneath the breast to enhance its size and shape, adding fullness and volume. This helps the body appear more symmetrical and proportionate and augments your overall look.

Breast augmentation is different from other breast procedures (such as a breast lift) in that the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts are the primary areas of focus. A breast implant can make breasts appear larger, but it does not on its own move them higher up on the body. Other procedures such as breast lifts can be done at the same time as a breast augmentation to combine the beneficial results of both procedures and reduce downtime. During your consultation for a breast augmentation Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Subbio will listen attentively to your desires and work with you to review your options to help you achieve your perfect shape.

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Philadelphia Breast Implant Options​

Due to innovations over the past 20 years, Philadelphia breast augmentation patients have more options than ever before when it comes to boosting the size and shape of their breasts. In addition to the size of the implant, the type, shape, and placement of the implants can alter the final results of the procedure.

Implant Types

Saline Implants

These are FDA-approved for women who are at least 18 years old. They aren’t available in as many different sizes and come only in a round shape. They may look less natural in patients with little natural breast tissue. They are more prone to rippling. If a rupture complication occurs, it’s easy to detect within a couple of weeks.

Silicone Implants

These are FDA-approved for women who are at least 22 years old. They are available in many different sizes and both round and teardrop shapes. They look and feel natural, even in women with little natural breast tissue. They are less prone to rippling. A periodic MRI is necessary to determine if the implant has ruptured.

Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear implants are a special type of silicone implant that got their name because the silicone inside resembles the texture of a gummy bear. They are FDA-approved for women who are at least 22 years old. Gummy bear breast implants are also called “cohesive” because they hold their shape when you move and are firmer to the touch. They are available in many different sizes and both round and teardrop shapes. They look and feel natural, even in women with little natural breast tissue. They are less prone to rippling. A periodic MRI is necessary to determine if the implant has ruptured.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

In this technique, liposuction is used to remove fat from areas where you have more than you want and then inject it into the breasts to make them larger. Dr. Subbio uses his training and experience as an artist to virtually sculpt the breasts through fat injections. The main advantage of this technique is that no incisions on the breasts are necessary. This is an option you can discuss with Dr. Subbio during your consultation.

Implant Shapes

Round Implants

Round implants are the traditional style of implant. If you are thinking of a breast implant and envisioning a silicone bag filled with saline, then you are picturing a round implant. Round implants are generally better for cleavage but tend to have a less natural look — especially in women who don’t have a lot of fat on their breasts naturally. Fat transfer procedures can sometimes be done at the same time as a round implant to make round implants look more natural.

Teardrop Implants

Teardrop implants mirror the shape of natural breasts, and as such, tend to look more natural than round implants. However, there is a possibility that they may shift over time if they are not textured. Many teardrop implants are textured to reduce this possibility. Dr. Subbio will go through the advantages and disadvantages of these implants during your consultation.

Implant Placement

Subglandular Placement

Subglandular placement refers to implants that are placed behind the breast glands but above the muscles beneath. This method allows for faster healing times as the muscles beneath the implant are not damaged. It is recommended for women who have a decent amount of breast volume already, as the implants can be safely hidden there without being obvious.

Submuscular Placement

Submuscular placement is a treatment where the muscles beneath the breasts are lifted and the implant is placed beneath them. Because the muscles have to be adjusted, it can take longer to recover from a submuscular implant. However, submuscular implants are often more natural-looking and more difficult to detect as they are deeper in the body. This is particularly true in small, slender frames that lack the natural breast volume to conceal a subglandular implant.

Will Dr. Subbio Advise Me On Which Type of Implant is Right for Me?​

Yes. Dr. Subbio will measure you and discuss all of the pros and cons of different implant sizes, types, and placements. He wants to make sure that you can feel confident that you’ve made the right decision.

In addition to all the considerations above, the width of the implant is very important. For example, if you choose a wider or narrower implant than your natural breasts, the result will look strange. The height of the implant is also important, or it won’t look right on your body frame.

You will also choose the “projection” of the implant, which means the amount that the breast projects from the chest when you stand in profile.

Dr. Subbio’s No Touch Breast Augmentation Technique

Philadelphia breast augmentation patients who are looking for shorter surgeries with faster recovery times and less scarring should consider Dr. Subbio’s No Touch Breast Augmentation technique for their surgeries.

There are several advantages to Dr. Subbio’s No Touch method, so named because it allows breast implants to be placed without being touched by human hands.

The No-Touch technique is an improvement upon traditional breast augmentation procedures because:

  • It shortens your time in surgery by up to 20 minutes.
  • It allows for an incision about half the size as that of traditional Breast Augmentation, which also makes for shorter scars.
  • It causes less trauma to the tissue around the incisions, which means the scars are usually less pronounced.
  • It reduces the possibility of infection after surgery, which also reduces the risk of capsular contracture, a potential complication of Breast Augmentation.

No Touch Breast Augmentation Procedure​

After Dr. Subbio makes the agreed-upon incision, he creates a pocket either above or below the chest muscle, which will hold the implant.

He then uses a device called a Keller Funnel, which works similarly to a pastry bag used in baking. The implant is placed in the bag, and the tip of the bag is inserted into the incision. As the bag is squeezed, the implant moves into the pocket without anyone having to touch the implant.

The No Touch Breast Augmentation prevents bacteria from entering into the body and possibly causing infection, which could lead to the complication of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant. While it isn’t a common complication, it usually requires breast implant revision to correct it. After the implants have been placed in both breasts, Dr. Subbio closes the incisions with sutures and covers them with dressings.

The Breast Augmentation Process

Breast augmentation can increase the size of your breasts by one or more cup sizes, depending on your anatomy.

Implants can be filled with either saline (saltwater) solution or thick silicone gel. Most women prefer silicone implants because they more closely resemble the consistency of natural breast tissue, but saline implants are a better choice for some patients. Breast implants also come in different shapes, allowing each breast augmentation to be customized to suit the patient’s unique body and preferences.

Because breast augmentation is such a personal choice, Dr. Subbio will make sure you have as much information as you need to make the right decision for you about these variables during your initial consultation. You will have plenty of time to ask whatever questions you have. Dr. Subbio will make recommendations at your request to give you the benefit of his expertise so you can make the best decision about your procedure.

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Surgery Day

Breast augmentation surgery usually only takes one to two hours to perform, and patients can return home soon after they have surgery without having to spend the night in the hospital. It is important for patients to make sure they have someone to drive them home following their procedures, as they may not be able to drive themselves following the surgery.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Recovery from breast augmentation happens in stages. Following the procedure, patients will want to make sure they have a day or two to dedicate to recovery, as they will be sore following the procedure. They should also avoid immersing themselves in water for at least 48 hours following surgery to reduce the risk of infections.

Most of our breast augmentation patients feel like they are up to returning to work within five days of surgery, depending on the nature of their work. As recovery continues, patients will want to avoid physical contact with the breasts or upper body exercising for at least three weeks following surgery. You will wear a special support bra developed to encourage the healing process for the duration of your recovery.

Dr. Subbio believes the recovery process is incredibly important to successful surgeries. He takes the time to make sure his patients have all the information they need to manage their recoveries properly, with check-ups to ensure that the healing process is happening as planned.

Down Time Chart

Back to work: 3-5 days
Physical contact with breasts: 3-4 weeks
No upper body exercising: 3-4 weeks
Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.
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Philadelphia Breast Augmentation Results

The results of breast augmentation develop in stages. Immediately after your procedure, your breasts will be swollen, making them look larger than they are. You’ll be able to see your actual breast size four to six weeks after surgery, once this swelling subsides.

Most women report a very high level of satisfaction after having breast augmentation: According to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 98% of breast augmentation patients say their procedure either met or exceeded their expectations.

Your breasts will continue to change for up to six months following breast augmentation surgery. At first, your breasts will look higher and rounder than you expected. As your implants descend fully into the breast pocket and the tissue around them expands, your breasts will take on a more natural slope. This process is sometimes called “dropping and fluffing.”

How Do I Know If a Breast Augmentation Is Right for Me?

If you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, breast augmentation might be a good choice for you. Enlarging your breasts can create a more proportional figure, making it easier to find flattering clothes and feel good about your appearance.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

No. Breast augmentation only increases the size of your breasts. If your breasts have begun to sag, you may wish to have a breast lift with implants, which combines breast augmentation with a breast lift.

Absolutely! During your consultation for breast augmentation Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Subbio can use Vectra 3D technology to help you choose the implant size you prefer.

Yes, they do. Rounder implants provide more cleavage. Implants with a teardrop shape provide less cleavage but are thought to look more natural. The one you choose is simply a matter of preference.

All of Dr. Subbio’s breast surgeries are performed at an accredited surgery center under general anesthesia.

No. Breast Augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you can go home the same day, provided you have someone available to drive you home.

There are different types of incisions used in breast enlargement surgery. Dr. Subbio will recommend incisions for you based on your anatomy, medical history, type of implant, and your preference.

Periareolar incisions are made around the darker skin of the areolas. Inframammary incisions are made under the crease of the breasts. Transaxillary incisions are made under the armpits.

This is a decision that you and Dr. Subbio will make together. When the implants are placed over the chest muscle, it’s called subglandular placement. Since this placement means there will be less natural breast tissue over the implant, it works best with silicone implants because they have a more natural feel.

When the implants are placed under the chest muscle, it’s called submuscular or subpectoral placement. This position may be better for women getting saline implants or women who have small natural breasts because the placement will provide more natural breast tissue over the implants. This allows the breasts to feel more like real breasts.

You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. Most women find that the discomfort after breast augmentation is less than they expected, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easy as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions.

The surgery usually takes about 1 hour.

Definitely! Dr. Subbio is dedicated to making sure you recover as easily as possible with excellent results at his Philadelphia practice.

Yes. Your implants shouldn’t affect pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Yes, but you should tell your doctor that you have breast implants. Breast implants can make standard mammograms harder to read, so your doctor will need to adjust his or her mammography methods to obtain accurate results. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a mammogram prior to breast augmentation if you’re over 40.

Today’s implants usually last 10-20 years.

A Breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation to lift sagging breasts while also increasing their size.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness for a week or two. Sutures will either dissolve on their own, or we’ll remove them about a week after your surgery.

You will wear a special support bra for a few weeks.

Some women return to work within three to four days, while others need to rest for a week. Your age and overall health will determine how quickly you recover from surgery.

You can expect some bruising after Breast Augmentation, but it’s usually minimal and goes away quickly.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for about a month.

There are scars, but under the breast crease or around the areolas, the scars are discreet. Over time, the scars will also flatten, fade, and become less noticeable.

Yes, but it’s better if you sleep on your back for about 4 weeks.

Yes, but it will take a few weeks for all of the swellings to resolve. Until then, you will not be able to see your final results.

Fat transfer breast augmentation differs from traditional augmentation in that there is no incision in the breasts. With fat transfer, fat is taken via liposuction from another area on the body, such as the abdomen, hips, buttocks, or thighs. The fat is removed through small incisions, in which a tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is then attached to a suction device that extracts the fat.

The fat is then purified, treated in a centrifuge, and injected back into the breasts to enhance their volume.

This method is not recommended for all women, however, because it produces much more subtle results than conventional breast augmentation. In some cases, fat transfer can be used to enhance breast augmentation with implants to make sure the results are symmetrical and full.

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