Breast Implant Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves surgical placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast tissue in order to increase the breast size. Currently, breast implant procedure is the second most sought-after cosmetic surgery in the US after liposuction. Sometimes breast implant surgery may be used as a part of breast reconstruction.
Dr. Neal Handel ranks among the most experienced breast implant plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Handel has an excellent track record of success in this procedure. He employs cutting edge techniques to help his patients achieve desirable outcomes with minimal risk of serious side effects. Dr. Handel receives patients from Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding communities.
Choice of Implants
The choice of breast implants will have an impact on the final outcome of the procedure. Breast implants are available in traditional saline and advanced silicone gel type. Different sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures are also available.
During the planning process for breast implant cosmetic surgery, Dr. Handel will help the patient make the right choice of implants. Various factors will be taken into account to ensure that the choice of implants is in sync with the patient’s overall health and aesthetic needs.
Choice of Surgical Technique
Breast implants can be placed in the subglandular or subpectoral position in the breasts, depending on the patient’s unique needs. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel along with his team, will carefully evaluate the thickness of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and breast glandular tissue to determine the optimal position of implants. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and nearby areas.
Breast implant surgery can be completed in about two hours, and most patients will be able to return home the same day. The patient should have someone to drive them back home after the surgery. For out of town patients, Dr. Handel’s team can make overnight stay arrangements at a motel. The procedure is generally performed using general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation in some cases.
The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing a discreet incision below the breast crease, around the areola, or in the underarm. A breast pocket to accommodate the implant will be carved through the incision. The implant may be placed above or below the pectoral muscle as decided during the treatment planning process. Once the implant is adjusted into its position, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.
Expertise of Dr. Handel
A majority of surgeries performed by Dr. Handel are breast surgeries, and breast augmentation is an important part of his practice. Dr. Handel has performed breast augmentation on thousands of women during his extensive career spanning 35 years.
It is true that breast implant surgery may require a revision procedure or replacement in later years, and the patient should be aware of this fact. But many patients of Dr. Handel received the implants 25 or 30 years ago, and still continue to maintain the original set of implants without any need for replacement or additional surgery.
For more information on Plastic Surgery procedures and Medical Spa treatments performed by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neal Handel please call (805) 682-9100 or click here to contact us. Office located in Santa Barbara, CA.