Category Archives: Breast Augmentation

A Look at the Lifespan of Silicone Breast Implants

Breast Augmentation PAWomen have been interested in breast augmentation for many years. The more that the procedure has been refined, the greater interest we have seen. Today, breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide. Although this surgery is common, or perhaps because it is so common, there is a bit of misinformation to be found. It’s an important bit of misinformation though, because it may be standing in your way of getting the shape you would like.

If you have done any amount of internet research on silicone breast implants or talked with friends about your consideration of this procedure for yourself, you may have come across a statement that breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years. Yikes! If you are in your twenties, that is a lot of upkeep to manage over your lifetime!

So, do breast implants have to be replaced every 10 years?

As much as this sounds like a yes or no question, it’s not. The answer is, some women may need some breast implant revision after 10 years, and some will not. The idea that silicone implants, across the board, in every patient, need to be replaced routinely, is a gross exaggeration of outdated statistics. Let’s look at where this idea came from.

In 2011, a report was released from an FDA study of silicone breast implants. Of the women in the study, 1 out of 5 did need to have her silicone implants replaced after around 10 years, due to scarring, rupture, or another issue. 1 in 5 accounted for only 20% of patients in the study. That means 80% of women with silicone implants had no issues and no need for revision surgery. That is just one point.

Another point that should be mentioned is that we must take a look at the date on that study to fully discern its validity. A lot has changed in the world of breast augmentation since 2011. No form-stable implants such as “gummy bear” implants were included in that study because they didn’t exist at the time. Now they do, and they are becoming the new norm in breast augmentation surgery.

Get the straight facts about breast implants from an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Kimmel provides outstanding care to patients from Pottsville, Hazleton, and surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule your consultation.

Post-Augmentation Exercise: Do This, not That!

Breast Augmentation Breast augmentation surgery is sought by a diverse group of women. Though the reasons for wanting to reshape and resize breasts differs from one person to another, one trait seems to be shared by a large majority of patients: the desire for fitness. Women of all ages are more physically active today than ever, choosing to stay fit with yoga, running, surfing, strength training, and many other choice activities. Physical exercise is a great way to stay healthy and fit. It is also something that will need to be considered carefully after breast augmentation surgery.

For a smooth recovery, we suggest that our patients:
?Commit to following instructions. Here is an interesting thing about recovery from breast augmentation: you may feel able to do more than you really should. Patients often say “I feel so good! Can’t I go to the gym just for a little workout?” No. That is, until you are cleared to do so. Your surgeon knows the details of your protocol and procedure. Exercise may be cleared a little at a time, and you need to trust the process of recovery.
?After your doctor, it is your body that knows best. When you do resume your physical workouts, pay close attention to your stamina, flexibility, and strength. There is nothing to gain by pushing yourself too hard as you acclimate to your new body. Remember, your implants are still settling, and tissues beneath the surface need months to fully heal. Taking it slow may mean a better recovery.
?A good sports bra can be the best thing you invest in after breast augmentation, so get a few. You may find that it is your favorite type of bra to wear in the gym and out of it. The support you get from a quality bra aids in healing.
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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Which Do I Choose?

A breast lift and a breast augmentation with implants are two of the most popular breast procedures in plastic surgery. Here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice, we get a lot of questions from women about the ideal breast surgery — should they have a breast lift? Or breast augmentation with implants? Or can they have both? If you find yourself with the same questions, read on below!

First of all, if your current concern involves sagging breasts brought about by massive weight loss, pregnancy, or due to aging, but you want to maintain the current size and volume of your breasts, a breast lift is is ideal. On the other hand, if you would like to significantly increase the volume of your breasts, breast augmentation with implants interest you.

Combining Both is Possible!

The good thing about both breast surgeries is you can choose to combine them here at our practice. However, it should be noted that not all women could benefit from such combination as implants may negatively compromise the results of a breast lift due to the weight of the implants causing your breast skin to sag and stretch.

Why don’t you visit us for a personal consultation with Dr. Kimmel to know more about your breast enhancement options in Pottsville, Pennsylvania? Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

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