Month: October 2018

Is it Possible for Breast Implants to Pop?

Breast Augmentation Cincinnati OH Each year, thousands of women undergo breast augmentation surgery to fill out the shape and size of their breasts. This standard surgery has been performed for decades and has gone through several changes aimed at improving patient outcomes. As far as we have come in understanding breast augmentation surgery, most patients we meet still have a common question: could breast implants pop? We want to answer this question here.

The idea of breast implants popping seems alarming. It provokes a particularly traumatic image of breast implants being intact one moment and completely obliterated the next. Although it is possible for breast implants to rupture, the word “pop” is far too dramatic of a descriptor.

Breast implant rupture is a potential complication after breast augmentation. It may happen at any time, but research suggests that rupture is more likely to happen several years after the initial surgery if it occurs at all. According to one study, which was published by the National Center for Biotechnology, breast implants rupture only about 15% of the time. That means 85% of breast augmentation patients never experience this problem.

Why a Breast Implant Might Rupture

The most common reason for rupture is what we refer to as capsular contracture. When breast implants are installed, they are usually situated within a pocket of tissue beneath the pectoral muscle. Although the pocket is created to support the implant, it is not uncommon for scar tissue to form here. In most cases, scarring is so mild that the appearance and feel of the breasts are not affected. Severe scarring, though, can press so intensely against one or both implants that rupture occurs. When signs of severe capsular contracture occur, revision surgery may be scheduled to replace the implant and reduce scar tissue before leakage or rupture can happen.

What to do about Ruptured Breast Implants

Whether it is a saline or silicone implant that ruptures, surgery is the solution. A saline implant rupture generally shows dramatic signs right away, as sterile fluid leaks from the implant and gets absorbed by the body. Silicone implants, on the other hand, may leak for years before changes in breast appearance become evident. When a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel accumulates within the pocket made for the implant. Surgery is conducted to remove remnants of free silicone and replace the failed implant with a new one.

Get the facts about breast implant surgery from an experienced female cosmetic surgeon. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513-985-0850 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Donna Krummen.

Does Your Mommy Body Need a Makeover?

Mommy Makeover Cincinnati OH Mothers are presented with a lifetime of joys and challenges. Usually, the good experiences outweigh those that test patience. That doesn’t mean that a mother has to live with little details of life that cause unnecessary frustration. Many women who have given birth and breastfed lose a sense of confidence in their body. On the one hand, they can feel proud of what their body has accomplished and, on the other, miss the contours and smooth skin they once had. Instead of enduring unappealing physical attributes, why not address them with a mommy makeover?

What a Mommy Makeover Does

The term “mommy makeover” has so commonly been used to describe breast and tummy procedures that it’s easy to make assumptions about what this series of procedures does. Ultimately, every mommy makeover is a personalized protocol developed to meet a woman’s desire for a new and improved shape. This may include addressing:

  • Lingering fat. After pregnancy, the body may seem to be extra fond of the fat it has stored. Fat cells don’t necessarily localize around the midsection, either. During a mommy makeover, liposuction may be performed on the abdomen, the flanks, back, hips, thighs, or even under the chin to recreate a sense of curves.
  • Muscle laxity. The intense stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin during pregnancy may cause lasting effects that degrade self-confidence. Mommy makeovers often include abdominoplasty, or the tummy tuck procedure. This technique reinstates the integrity of muscle tissue that had separated during pregnancy and can even minimize the appearance of stretch marks or a C-section scar.
  • Breast deflation. It isn’t only the abdomen that undergoes a dramatic transformation during pregnancy; the breasts also grow to facilitate breastfeeding. Even if a woman does not breastfeed, the expansion of her breasts may ultimately lead to deflation after her body has returned to normal hormonal stasis. The shape, size, and situation of the breasts can be refined with augmentation, lifting, or even reduction surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery is tailored to your personal preferences and desired outcome. Learn more about this protocol and the long-term gains it has to offer. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513-985-0850.

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