I have been a board certified plastic surgeon, specializing in procedures of the breast and body, for more than twenty years, and in that time plastic surgery, and breast augmentation procedures in particular, have advanced a great deal. Today there are a variety of technological advancements that can significantly improve the outcome of these extremely popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures before, during, and even after the actual surgery has taken place.
Before the Procedure
During my initial consultations with patients I often use the Vectra® M3 Imaging system both to get a sense of my patient’s expectations and to give them a preview of the sort of results they might be able to achieve. The Vectra® M3 Imaging system works by capturing numerous, high-resolution images of the patient’s face and body from different viewpoints and then compiling them into a virtual, three-dimensional simulation that can be manipulated on a computer monitor. This allows me to show patient’s exactly how different surgical approaches will affect their physiques and even gives them an opportunity to experiment with different implant sizes and types to find the best fit for their specific body type.
During the Procedure
Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure, and I provide my patients with a variety of options that can tailor their surgery to fit their individual goals and general physique. However, no single decision plays as much of a role in the final outcome as the patient’s choice of implants. During consultation we discuss not only the size of the implants, but also their shape, texture, and placement, as well as whether they will be filled with saline or silicone gel. For many years I have had the opportunity to work with Allergan’s 410 Silicone Gel Implants, which achieve exceptionally natural-looking results time and again. Often referred to as “gummy bear implants,” these advanced devices are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains its form even if the outer elastomer shell is damaged, minimizing the risk of leakage and providing firmer, more form-stable results.
After the Procedure
While the potential for complications during breast procedures is very small, I do often take additional steps to reduce their likelihood even further by using Allergan’s FDA-approved SeriScaffold™ surgical mesh. This silk based, bioresorbable material can be used during a variety of surgical procedures, but is particularly helpful during breast reconstruction where it can give additional support to weakened connective tissue ad help the entire area to heal more quickly and more completely. Dermal matrix materials like the SeriScaffold™ surgical mesh have also been found to reduce the risk of capsular contracture, a rare potential complication of breast implant surgery where a build-up of fibrous tissue makes the breast look and feel harder than it should.
If you follow my plastic surgery news and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ , you are no doubt aware that new breakthroughs in plastic surgery techniques and technology are being made practically every day, and as a member of Allergan’s Breast Aesthetics Executive Council I often have a chance to work with and help refine these technologies in the earliest stages. This access allows me to offer my patients more options during their procedures and help them to achieve optimal plastic surgery results. If you have additional questions or are interested in any of the breast or body contouring cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that I perform, please contact me, Dr. James Namnoum to schedule a consultation.