Which Types of Breast Implants are Often Recommended by Dr. Schwartz?
In our last blog, we talked about differences between breast implants and some guidelines to consider when making your decision. Today, I’ll discuss the implants I often recommend to my patients and why they may be ideal choices. With that in mind, remember that each patient’s physical anatomy and ultimate needs and goals are unique, and the best size, shape, and type of implants is heavily dependent on the individual. At your initial breast augmentation consultation, we’ll discuss all aspects of breast implants and determine the options that can help you achieve your goals with the most natural-looking results possible.
I prefer using textured implants versus smooth implants. Specifically, I prefer the new anatomic shaped breast implants for the correct patients. I believe they offer the most beautiful results and, equally important, I believe they have the lowest risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant, resulting in a hardened feel). This is supported by all the recent FDA data, which all three US breast implant manufacturers have submitted for their implant approval and follow-up. Besides a more beautiful result, the use of textured implants helps me control the shape and position of the breasts in a way that I find more reliable and longer-lasting than smooth implants.
The most important patient characteristic I consider when recommending a specific type of breast implant is her size goals. After that, you must consider her natural anatomy, symmetry, and the shape of the breast. The idea is to create the best version of each patient’s own breast that you can.
In my practice, we use three techniques during the consultation process with our patients to be sure we are communicating effectively: we share pictures of results that patients like; we use the Mentor™ Volumetric sizing system (which I helped develop as a member of Mentor’s Educational Council); and we use the VECTRA® 3D imaging system to show patients what their results can potentially look like with a specific implant. With the View My Consult technology, we can even send home an animated 3D view for them to review after their visit.
Ultimately, the initial consultation should be a thorough discussion between the doctor and the patient to assure a beautiful result. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have and, together, we can determine the breast implants that are most ideal for your needs and goals.
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