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6 Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

Many people picture breast augmentation first when they hear “plastic surgery.” This popular body sculpting procedure is still the #1 choice in America, and one of the most heavily researched online.

However, one problem resulting from independent patient research can be stumbling across misinformation and myths.

Dr. Landis ’s Minneapolis cosmetic surgery practice strives to provide clear and complete information to our patients so they can avoid the pitfalls of breast implant confusion.

Consider the following myths busted.

1.  Breast Augmentation Always Looks Fake 

Some remember a time when breast augmentation results appeared somewhat generic and “less than natural.” Not only have techniques evolved dramatically in recent years, but the variety of natural-looking and dimensionally diverse breast implant options have changed results for the better.

Today, it’s not uncommon for extremely subtle enhancements to both look and feel entirely real—no more cookie-cutter cleavage.

Enhancements are now customized, taking into account the individual’s body shape, breast measurements, and lifestyle. Talk with your surgeon about differences in projection and materials that mimic real breasts.

2. Breast Augmentation Recovery is Long and Painful

It’s fair to say that pain is subjective, and everyone has a different tolerance. However, breast implants surgeries today are described rarely as “extremely painful,” nor do they usually require a lengthy recovery period.

Incisions will be sensitive while healing and placement of implants under the muscle can cause a temporarily bruised and tight feeling chest muscles.

Thankfully, most patients tolerate the recovery quite well. Pain medication is prescribed to be taken as needed, and most inflammation or discomfort resolves by two weeks.

3. Breasts Feel Numb After Breast Augmentation

Many women are concerned about the loss of breast sensation because they’ve read that this effect is a common problem. Luckily, it’s rare for a person to lose all breast or nipple sensation after breast implant insertion.

Depending on the incision route and the amount of inflammation your breasts endure, you could experience some numbness temporarily. The nerves which are stretched or damaged heal over several months, and sensation often returns while healing.

4. You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation

This myth is pervasive- you don’t need to research for very long before coming across this warning. However, augmentation surgery doesn’t prevent breastfeeding babies. This is particularly true for the IMF/ under breast incision.

There are incision methods, particularly for breast lift or reduction procedures, which have a low risk of obstructing milk ducts. Keep in mind that not all women are naturally able to breastfeed. Let Dr. Landis know if you have concerns about your future ability to breastfeed.

5. Breast Implants Require Regular Replacement 

Today’s breast implants are incredibly well-constructed medical devices, meant to withstand long term use. You don’t need to replace your implants unless you experience an issue with them. Many patients have newer generation breast implants for more than 20 years, with no problems reported yet.

The most common concern for large saline implants is leakage or rupture over time. Silicone implants rupture less often, though the gummy gel they contain doesn’t flow like liquid. While ruptures aren’t considered a health emergency, in the rare case this occurs, the implants should be replaced.

6. Saline Breast Implants are Better Than Silicone

Saline implants are still a preferred choice for some patients; however, silicone cohesive gel implants are soft, supple, and resist rippling more than saline. Either type is available in custom measurements and volumes to suit your taste and body type.

Only FDA approved, safe breast implants are used at Dr. Landis’s Minneapolis cosmetic clinic.

What Can Breast Augmentation Do for You?

Increasing breast size and improving their shape, symmetry, and proportions are all possible through breast augmentation surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George H. Landis.

We’re pleased to see you for a personalized consultation to discuss your concerns and body reshaping goals. We’ll be happy to book your virtual consultation and answer questions about breast augmentation that you may have!

Incision Decision: What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation Incisions

Women who consider breast implants to enhance their figures have many decisions in front of them. The type, size, and shape of the implant will have a significant impact on how their breasts will look. However, one decision many women seem to overlook is where their surgeon will make their incisions. This choice will have a direct impact on how well your surgeon can visualize implant placement and how visible your scars will be.

Different considerations affect the thickness of the capsule that eventually forms around the implant. Sufficient blood flow will safeguard the proper width for the capsule, so the breasts won’t feel too hard. Dr. Landis will need to see the entire breast pocket during surgery to confirm there is no bleeding.

Also, healing is different for each patient, which affects the scarring that occurs naturally. The implant type will determine the incision length and the visibility of scarring.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Landis uses three incision techniques for breast augmentation. These options include endoscopic axillary, peri-areolar, and inframammary. This article will explore all three.

Under the Arms

Although the axillary incision can leave the surgeon blind concerning the pocket, Dr. Landis uses a tiny endoscopic camera to provide optimal visibility. This incision approach eliminates any scarring on the breast, restricting it to within the skin folds in the armpit.  Although this technique has advantages in hiding the incision, it is not suitable for all breast implant surgeries. It can also make breast revision more complicated if the patient is not satisfied with the outcome.

Around the Nipple

The periareolar approach involves making the incisions in the areolas (the pigmented skin around the nipple). The size and type of implant will determine if this technique is right for you. This incision placement is below the nipple, where Dr. Landis can position an empty saline implant. Then, he will fill the empty shell with a sterilized saline solution to the right volume. Alternatively, he may insert cohesive silicone implants through this incision opening, depending on their shape and size.

In the Natural Breast Crease

The inframammary incision is the most common technique. It’s the most versatile and allows excellent access to the breast pocket. Although this approach leaves a longer scar than either the axillary or areola incision, it will hide within the natural breast crease. This incision is perfect for women who heal quickly, with little scarring risk.

The Best Incision Decision

Breast implant surgery is not a cookie-cutter operation. It should take a customized approach. If you are considering enhancing your breasts with implants, and want to understand what the best options are for your unique body type and anatomy, contact Dr. Landis today for a safe procedure that delivers stunning results.

Contact Dr. Landis for a consultation today.

Which Implant Type is Right for You?

After making the decision to undergo breast augmentation, patients must face another important decision before surgery. Patients must decide which breast implant type is right for them with the help of their plastic surgeon. Read our infographic below to learn the difference between saline implants and silicone implants.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, contact us today.

Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation: Do You Need One or Both?

Today, plastic surgery is trending with its demand soaring to 17.5 million cosmetic procedure patients in the United States last year. The most popular area of concern is women’s breasts. Because of genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the natural aging process, many women are not happy with the changes in their breasts appearance. They look to turn back the clock on their breast presence and enhance their shape, size, and elevation. However, many women are not aware of which type of surgery they need, a breast lift, breast augmentation or both.

Below is important information on each procedure including who is a suitable candidate and the benefits they receive.

Breast Lift

A breast lift can defy gravity. When breasts don’t have that perky elevation, and they droop with the nipples pointing south, a breast lift can raise a woman’s bustline and self-confidence as well. The procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin and reposition breast tissue, leaving the patient with a youthful, firm breast appearance.

Also known as Mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical procedure which reshapes and lifts the breasts using multiple techniques to revive empty-looking, pendulous, or low-hanging breasts. It will make you feel more sensual because of your voluminous-looking breasts.

Breast Lift Benefits

-Improves projection.

-Improves shape.

-Adds fullness to the upper portion of the breasts.

-Reduces lax skin.

Breast Augmentation

On the other hand, a  breast augmentation will make the breasts look fuller, rounder, and larger. Also known as mammoplasty, it’s ideal for women who are self-conscious about small breasts. The procedure will generally involve implants which have options available for your preferences and aesthetic goals.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Landis will explain your options and give you a good vision of how your breasts will look after surgery. With several implants to choose from, your procedure will be a customized procedure designed to give you the breasts you desire.

Breast Augmentation Benefits

-Improves shape.

-Increases size.

-Improves projection.

Combining the Two

More women today are realizing they don’t have to settle for breasts they don’t enjoy. Combining a breast lift with breast augmentation is the best way to get the most out of your breast surgery when both procedures are necessary. A breast lift will decrease the need to add volume with implants and correctly position your breast and improve their projection as well. When combining the procedures, your breasts will increase in volume, lift, and firmness with better results than when either surgery is done as a standalone procedure.

Benefits of Combining Surgeries

-Combination of augmentation and lift is as safe as either done as a standalone procedure.

-Less removal of skin and scarring.

-Breast implants fill out the breast and enhance their overall appearance, so less lifting is required.

-Surgeries are less expensive when combined than when done separately.

-Combining procedures can reduce overall hassle, downtime and recovery time.

-Most patients find having the procedures combined is more convenient than two standalone surgeries.

What’s Right for You?

To learn which option if appropriate to improve your breast appearance, call Dr. Landis at 952-562-5940 or schedule a consultation today.


What Are Your Breast Augmentation Options?

Today, a growing number of women choose to improve their body contour with breast augmentation surgery. Because there is so much interest, patients should be informed about the different options which are available.

During a discreet consultation, board-certified Dr. George H. Landis will devise a surgical plan designed to make your breasts look natural and aesthetically pleasing. Together, you will choose the size, shape, and type of the breast implants to be used in your breast augmentation procedure. Placement is also a topic which is discussed during your initial meeting.

Here is some basic information you may find helpful before your consultation:

Implant Type

Breast implants are manufactured using two essential materials; silicone and saline. The major difference between silicone and saline implants is found in their core. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with a saltwater solution (saline). Silicone implants are silicone shells filled with a viscous silicone gel. Some silicone implants known as gummy bear implants are filled with a firm silicone which holds its shape more intact.

Incision size and placement is dependent on which type of implant is chosen. Because saline implants are filled after they are positioned in the body, they require a smaller incision. Silicone implants are placed pre-filled, so the incision will need to be larger than with the silicone. Because of their shape and size, gummy bear implants require the largest incision.

Another factor in choosing implants is how the implant will feel after surgery. Saline implants feel harder and less natural than the silicone implants and their edges may ripple which can be visible with women who have little breast tissue. Gummy bears have the most natural, anatomic look and feel to them.

Implant Size

Probably the most important option for many patients of breast augmentation is the size of their breast implants. This often proves to be one of the tougher choices as well. Gone are the days of asking for a cup size like shopping for a bra. Sizers or digital imaging are now utilized to find the optimal size for your body type.

Comfort is an important factor when choosing a size. Choosing a size too large may produce back discomfort and posture issues.

Implant Placement

Lastly, when weighing your breast augmentation options, the position of the implant in relation to the muscle should be considered. Dr. Landis will choose implant placement and clearly explain his choice.

He will either place a breast implant above or beneath the chest muscle. He will likely choose sub-muscular placement for patients with a small amount of breast tissue, as the muscle will help conceal the implant with natural tissue for a natural-looking outcome.

For women with more natural breast tissue, placing the implant over the muscle will create an optimal result. This over-the-muscle placement will provide the most natural result.

Since there really is no one-size-fits-all option for breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landis and learn more about all the options. He is a highly skilled plastic surgeon and experienced in providing women the breast contour they need and desire.

To schedule your consultation, call (952) 562-5940 or contact us today.



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