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Do You Sense Breast Revision in Your Future?

As exciting as it is to schedule a breast procedure, there is also a necessity to understand the risks that exist. Fortunately, it is uncommon for serious complications to occur from procedures like breast augmentation. When you take your time to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed your selected procedure, your chances of avoiding unnecessary stress are quite good. However, because there is a chance that revision breast surgery may be needed, we mustn’t shy away from discussing how to know if revision is needed. Here, we discuss some of the conditions that lead patients back to their plastic surgeon.

Reasons for Breast Revision Surgery include:

  • Capsular contracture. This may be one of the more common complications that can occur after having breast implant surgery. Capsular contracture is the formation of tight, restrictive scar tissue around one or both implants. The formation of a capsule is normal. It is when the capsule becomes rigid that problems may occur.
  • Rippling or wrinkling. Regardless of breast implant placement (over or under the muscle), the goal is for the skin to lie smoothly over the breast mound. Rippling and wrinkling are complications that may occur when there is very little natural breast tissue or when the breast implants inserted are too large for the chest.
  • Rupture or leakage. The breast implants that are made today are manufactured to prevent leakage and rupture as much as possible. Some implants have multiple shells. Many have a more cohesive silicone gel. Leaks in saline implants are visible because the breast deflates. Silicone leaks are usually only found during a routine MRI.
  • Cosmetic problems. There are several cosmetic reasons a patient may choose to undergo revision breast surgery. Some are complications and others are preference. Breast revision may be needed to correct asymmetry, poor shape, poor nipple placement, or thin or tight skin. More often, patients choose revision to replace one implant size for another.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery Offers Several Benefits

Revision breast surgery isn’t a bad thing. There are several benefits to be gained by repeating breast augmentation. These include:

  • Improved comfort
  • Better looking breasts
  • Ability to wear clothing that suits your style
  • Improved confidence

Breast augmentation is a big deal. We can help you get results that look like you, only better. To schedule a consultation, contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office.

Breast Reconstruction is a Far Cry from the Average Boob Job

Breast Reconstruction Hazleton, PA

Breast Reconstruction Hazleton, PAThroughout the history of breast augmentation, the technique used to enhance the female shape has commonly been referred to as a “boob job.” It used to be that one could easily spot a woman who had undergone breast augmentation. Today, this is certainly not the case. Breast surgeries have expanded in the area of technique to accommodate a wide variety of needs, including reconstruction after breast cancer treatment. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Kimmel and our staff understand the vast differences between elective breast augmentation and reconstructive surgery. Throughout the process, we make patient wellness our priority.

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Reconstructing the breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy is not as simple as the average breast augmentation. The purpose of reconstruction is to reinstate the feminine shape of the breasts after natural tissue has been surgically removed. Mastectomy may remove varying degrees of breast tissue and skin, including the areolas and nipples. Therefore, reconstruction is often a process rather than a one-time event.

The Path Toward Healing

Breast reconstruction is a very healing journey for women who choose this path. In some cases, it is possible for the oncology and plastic surgery team to work together in a single series of procedures to remove natural tissue and immediately insert breast implants. Often, though, the path begins more slowly.

Multi-stage breast reconstruction may initially focus on creating space within the chest for future implants. This is accomplished by inserting tissue expanders at the time of mastectomy. A tissue expander could be likened to a balloon. It is added as an empty sac behind the pectoral muscle. A few weeks after installation, the expansion process begins. Every week or two, a small amount of saline is injected into a port in the tissue expander. This schedule may continue for a few months until the desired amount of skin and tissue stretching has been achieved. Then, we wait; we wait for the body to rest and heal a bit more before performing the second surgery in which tissue expanders are replaced with saline or silicone breast implants, maintaining focus on the patient’s well-being throughout the process.

Breast reconstruction is a complicated matter that requires expert care. Learn more about Dr. Kimmel’s training and experience in a personal consultation visit in our Hazelton or Pottsville office. Call to schedule your appointment today.

Why Liposuction Makes Sense

Liposuction Hazleton, PA

Liposuction Hazleton, PAMany of the online searches that are conducted today revolve around getting a slimmer physique. If we’re not looking up the latest diet trends or workout videos, we are researching which non-surgical body contouring treatments are getting the best results. At the moment, non-surgical fat reduction is incredibly popular. We can understand the draw to treatments like CoolSculpting. At the same time, it is necessary to thoroughly consider the value of surgical technique – aka liposuction – versus fat reducing methods that are conducted in the office setting.

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

In recent years, several technologies have been developed for cosmetic use. As a result, we have multiple ways to eliminate unwanted fat. Patients of our Hazelton and Pottsville offices may choose the non-surgical route of Liposonix, which targets fat cells with high-intensity focused ultrasound. Another popular method of fat reduction is to freeze fat cells. You may know this method as CoolSculpting. We’re going to discuss the latter due to its overwhelming popularity.

CoolSculpting freezes fat in a localized area such as the lower abdomen or inner thighs. Fat-freezing is achieved by securing a region of tissue in between two panels. Tissue must stay between the panels for about an hour to reach the necessary effect. According to the device manufacturer, each treatment can reduce fatty tissue by up to 23 percent. This sounds advantageous. However, we must also look at the size of the treatment area. Also according to the manufacturer, it is approximately the size of a stick of butter. Not very substantial after all.

Liposuction Surgery

Because liposuction is referred to as a surgical procedure, there may be a connotation that the process is involved and very risky. In fact, many of the liposuction treatments that are performed today are conducted either in an office setting or an accredited outpatient surgical facility. While some liposuction procedures are performed under general anesthesia, many are completed with a local anesthetic and appropriate sedative. Patients are released to recover at home within a short time after their procedure.

Dr. Kimmel frequently chooses Tickle Lipo as the preferred method of body sculpting. This technique is versatile enough to treat just about any area of the body. Using surgical liposuction, he can also address multiple areas in a single surgery without increasing downtime. But the most significant aspect of surgical liposuction versus any non-surgical treatment is the degree of fat removal that is possible – up to 2.5 liters of fatty tissue in a single surgery.

Do you want noticeable body sculpting? Call our Hazelton or Pottsville office to learn more about Tickle Lipo.

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