Choosing Breast Implants: Shape is More Important Than Size

Breast Implants: Why Shape Is More Important Than Size  –

Breast augmentation surgery, is one of the top plastic surgery operations performed. One of the biggest decisions faced by women considering breast augmentation surgery is what size is right for you.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed several hundred breast implant surgeries, and is an expert at helping his Troy, MI area patients choose the most beautiful breasts for their body. In this article he’ll discuss how to go about making that important choice.

Don’t Think of Breast Implants in Terms of Bra Size

Speaking about specific cup sizes is not a good way to describe a patient’s desired size in the most general of terms. To  begin with, all bra manufacturers are different. Victoria’s Secret, for example, tends to run small, so you’d wear a larger cup size at Victoria’s Secret than at Lane Bryant. As there is no standardization of sizes in the bra industry, you could very well be a 36C in one style and a 34D in another.

A more accurate measurement of your breast size is to measure them in cc’s. The most commonly selected breast implant size ranges somewhere within  300 to 400cc, although breast implants can range anywhere from 120cc to 960cc. Your ideal size will be determined by the shape of your frame and body type. What appears large on a petit woman might look comparatively small on a taller woman.

The amount of breast tissue you began with prior to your breast augmentation surgery will also factor into your implant size. Dr. Ali will work closely with you to help you determine what size implant is right for you.

Shape is More Important than Size in Breast Implants

The most important thing to concern yourself with is overall shape. Generally, women desire a full look that is still proportionate to their body. In order to achieve this, your frame size, height, and weight must all be taken into consideration. There are many choices when it comes to breast implant shape. in addition to choosing between round and teardrop shaped implants, you will need to select the “projection” of the implant from your body.

During the consultation process, our patients are given a bra to wear within which we place a series of implants of varying shape and size. This helps you visualize what you’ll look like following your breast implant surgery, and aids in Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali determine how best to meet your needs.

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better in Breast Implants

While bigger breast implants are the right option for some women, there are numerous considerations all patients should consider prior to their breast augmentation surgery. Larger implants can be somewhat more obvious, and will also be heavier than a smaller implant. If you’re a particularly athletic person, smaller implants may be a better fit for your lifestyle.

But be sure to make a choice that feels right for you and makes you as comfortable in your own skin as possible.

Breast augmentation is the specialty of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali, who, along with his entire staff, will aid you in determining what size is right for you. If you’re thinking about getting breast augmentation surgery, call us today for a consultation.

Top Troy, MI Area Breast Implant Surgery

Dr. Ali is a double board certified plastic surgeon, who has helped thousands of women get the beautiful breasts they want with breast implant surgery. He will offer you a consultation so you can understand what the best surgical options are for you. He will take the time to carefully answer all of your questions, and make sure that you have an understanding of the best techniques for achieving your appearance goals.

Troy, MI Area Breast Implant Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation Surgery – 

Breast augmentation – medically called augmentation mammoplasty – is a common and safe surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon to increase the size of the breasts by placing breast implants under breast tissue or chest muscles.

Board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has given hundreds of women the additional curves they desire with breast augmentation surgery. In this 3 part article Dr. Ali explains breast augmentation surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about breast augmentation.

If you want to increase your breast size or transform the shape, breast augmentation may just be the solution. This article will give you everything you need to know about the procedure.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation has become an increasingly common type of plastic surgery. In fact, in 2017 alone, more than 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed, causing the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to rank breast augmentation as the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure over the last decade.

Breast augmentation consists of the strategic placement of implants within the patient’s breasts, either under the breast tissue or chest muscles.

Various Types of Breast Implants to Consider

There are two different types of implants available: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are made with silicone gel and feel more like natural breast tissue. Saline inserts are filled with sterile salt water, and generally are more uniform in size.

After you decide on the type of implant, there are choices to be made as to the shape and size. Silicone, for instance, comes in three different shapes, including smooth round, textured round, and textured anatomical teardrop implants. Round implants give breasts a fuller look, but smooth inserts tend to feel softer. Textured implants have a slightly lower instance of scar tissue forming around the implant (capsular contracture), but have a higher rate of rippling.

Reasons to Undergo Breast Augmentation

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a highly personal decision and should never be undertaken lightly. For women who have carefully thought through their decision, however, breast augmentation can have a huge and positive impact on their lives.

There are many reasons why a woman might consider breast augmentation surgery. Some of these reasons are:

  • to enhance the appearance of small or uneven breasts;
  • to correct a medical condition known as micromastia, where breasts do not fully develop after puberty;
  • to adjust for a reduction in the size or the appearance of your breasts after pregnancy;
  • to correct uneven breast size after breast surgery for other conditions, such as a partial or complete mastectomy;
  • to improve your self-confidence and give you a more youthful appearance.

No matter what reason you have for considering breast augmentation surgery, your first step should be an in-depth consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Ali has extensive experience performing breast augmentation surgeries, and can help you make the right decision to fulfill your goals and expectations.

Macomb County Breast Augmentation Surgeon

The vast majority of women who choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery say that their augmented breast(s) help them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and give them a greater feeling of well-being.

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a breast augmentation consultation to help you learn about your options and decide if breast implants are a good option for you.

Macomb Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200

What to Expect Before, During & After Breast Augmentation

What to Expect Before, During & After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali Is one of the Detroit area’s foremost breast augmentation surgeons. In this article he explains what to expect before, during and after breast augmentation surgery. Knowing what to expect helps you make the right breast augmentation decisions to fulfill your goals and meet your appearance expectations.

Before Breast Augmentation Surgery: Preparing

Like most surgical procedures, the preparation process for breast augmentation begins well in advance of the surgery itself. Dr. Ali, a Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon, will go over everything you need to know and do in the weeks prior to the surgery. His patients are advised to stop smoking and using tobacco and nicotine products several weeks prior to your surgery date. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increases the risks of complications. He may also ask you to stop taking hormonal birth control methods, because they may increase the risk of blood clots.

Around 10 days to two weeks prior to the surgery, you will need to stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin and medications that contain those products, and to stop drinking red wine, because they tend to thin the blood and may increase the chances of bleeding during and after the procedure. Dr. Ali will want to know what vitamin supplements you are taking, and may ask you to stop or reduce your supplement intake for the same reason.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgical center, and if at all possible, Dr. Ali suggests that someone stay with you at least for the first night, to be available in case you need assistance.

You will be given comprehensive instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. It is important that you fully understand your role in the process, partnering with Dr. Ali to ensure a positive outcome.

During Breast Augmentation Surgery: The Procedure

Breast augmentation surgery generally takes less than 2 hours.

Here’s how it works. Your incision will be in one of the following locations: inframammary, which is the crease below the breast; periareolar, the border of the areola and breast skin; or transaxillary, which is through the armpit. Additionally, the implant can be placed either behind the pectoralis major muscle or behind the breast tissue but in front of the muscle. The most popular choice for breast augmentations is submuscular placement via an inframammary approach, meaning most patients prefer their surgeon to go in under the breast.

The inframammary approach begins with an incision in the fold underneath the breast, and the pectoralis muscle is then slit. Next, a pocket behind the muscle is carefully formed and an implant sizer is placed to verify your decision about the size and shape. Then, the sizer is removed, any adjustments are made, the implant is put in place, and the incision is closed. The same procedure is then performed on the opposite breast.

After Breast Augmentation Surgery: Recovery & Downtime

Breast augmentation patients usually stay in a post-operation recovery room for about an hour after the operation, and then are sent home. Many patients have a long-acting anesthetic that works for about 72 hours, leaving them virtually pain free. However, many women report a sensation of chest tightness and soreness. This is perfectly normal.

During the first week and into the second, soreness and swelling are not uncommon. While you’re healing, remember that your breasts will be sensitive to physical contact or jarring movements.

Some bruising can also be expected, although many patients report that they didn’t experience it. There will be scarring, but it should fade over time. However, it likely will not disappear completely.

Dr. Ali usually recommends that his patients wear surgical bras for about two weeks following surgery for added support. You will be asked to make several follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery process. These follow-up appointments are essential, and it is important not to skip them.

Depending on what type of work you do, you may be able to return to work in three to five days. However, there will be activity restrictions that will limit heavy lifting and upper-body exercise for at least two weeks. It is not uncommon for you to feel almost back to normal after one week, but you need to take time to let your body heal completely. You should avoid strenuous activities – anything that could raise your pulse or blood pressure – for at least two weeks.

Breast Augmentation Surgery – Oakland & Macomb County

If you’re considering breast augmentation (or any other cosmetic procedure), it’s imperative to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience. Macomb County Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali’s expertise and experience make him the perfect surgeon to partner with you through your breast augmentation.

Macomb County Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200

Transgender vs. Cisgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

How Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery Differs from Cisgender Implants

In many technical aspects, cisgender and transgender breast augmentation (often incorrectly and insensitively referred to as “MTF breast augmentation”) share a number of medical similarities: during both procedures, an implant is placed into the breast which consists of muscle, breast tissue, skin, and nipple. Additionally, the surgical instruments used are essentially the same.

That being said, the characteristics and dimensions of the breast tissue between cisgender and transgender patients are profoundly different. Another common, unfair misconception is that transgender patients typically desire unnatural-looking breasts; when in actuality, the requests of transgender patients are as varied as those of cisgender patients.

In most cases, Dr. Ali’s transgender breast augmentation patients request natural-looking, balanced and proportionate breasts, but Dr. Ali works closely with all of his patients to meet their exact goals when undergoing transgender breast augmentation surgery.

Anatomical Differences in Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

Far too often, the anatomic differences between cis and transgender augmentations go unrecognized by both patients and surgeons. Fortunately, Dr. Ali is acutely aware of the 7 anatomical differences between cis and transgender augmentations and takes them into account when caring for all of his patients.

Trans women will usually have a wider ribcage than will a cis woman of the same height and weight. In crafting the perfect breast shape that naturally fits onto the thorax, Dr. Ali considers height, width, volume, and projection in proportion to the transgender breast augmentation patient’s ribcage.

Generally, a trans woman’s nipples will be situated to the outside of the breast mound. This will factor into where the implant is placed, resulting in a nipple that is relatively centered on the breast mound.

In many cases, a trans woman’s nipples will be situated lower on the breast mound. The ideal breast is said to have the breast volume roughly 45% above the plane of the nipple and 55% below. While achieving balance in cisgender women occasionally requires the implant be placed below the natural crease of the breast, it is a far more common occurrence in transgender patients.

All breasts, cis and transgender, are composed of a combination of gland (firm) and fat (soft). Transgender patients typically have firmer and more dense breasts, as their breasts are, for the most part, comprised of glands that, through hormone therapy, have been enlarged. In is imperative for transgender breast augmentation surgeons to account for their patient’s breast tissue malleability, as it affects size of the implant.

The skin of transgender patients is usually thicker and tighter than cisgender patients. As cisgender women’s breast size can fluctuate significantly over the years from weight changes, monthly periods, and pregnancy, their skin can relax and soften over time in a way transgender patients’ often have not been afforded.

In many (but not all) transgender women, the pectoralis major muscle is thicker than in cisgender women. It is almost never thick enough to create any kind of problem, but will require a greater level of attention during surgery, particularly in regard to anesthetic. Over time, this can occasionally result in the muscle pushing the implant slightly out and/or down, but this issue is also faced by cisgender patients, and is not specific to transgender breast augmentation surgery.

Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Ali performs every gender affirming breast augmentation surgery with the goal of creating natural, beautiful breasts for his patients. By employing an innovative surgical technique that allows for the most successful and predictable transgender breast augmentation surgeries possible, the concerns associated with the 7 anatomical differences in transgender breasts are all taken into consideration, avoiding pitfalls often faced by transgender patients in the hands of lesser surgeons.

Transgender Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200

Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

As one of the metro-Detroit area’s preeminent breast augmentation surgeons, Dr. Ali has spent over twenty years aiding transgender women with breast enlargement. He is fully committed to providing beautiful, natural-looking breasts to all patients undergoing gender affirming breast augmentation.

Physical appearance plays a huge role in the gender transition process. We understand that our transgender patients can have more authentic and fulfilling lives when their body is aligned with their gender.

During augmentation mammoplasty (the medical term for transgender breast augmentation), the chest size and/or shape of transfeminine patients is enlarged during implants. With over two decades of experience in the field of breast implant surgery, Dr. Ali urges anyone considering transgender breast augmentation surgery to schedule a consultation, during which they can discuss how to meet all the desired outcomes of this crucial stage of their transition.

Candidates for Transgender Breast Augmentation Surgery

If you have clear-cut goals in place of how you’d like to look following your procedure, and are in good physical health, you may be an ideal candidate for transgender breast augmentation surgery. As every individual’s transition process entails different forms of therapy, it is recommended to pursue breast augmentation after having completed hormonal therapy and have attended professional counseling for at least three months (verifiable by our staff via a letter of recommendation from a licensed health professional). Additionally, candidates for transgender breast augmentation surgery must have discontinued use of medications that cause excessive bleeding (such as heparin or aspirin), or can result in any other negative side effects during surgery.

Choosing Your Breasts

Breast augmentation surgery to become your authentic self, offers you the opportunity to choose the size, shape, position and even the texture of your new breasts! We offer many wonder breast augmentation articles in our blog that can give you information on making this important decision.

When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali in our Detroit area office, you will be treated with dignity and respect, as he helps you select the perfect breast implants for your new body!

Transgender Breast Augmentation Results & Recovery

Transgender breast augmentation surgery patients will, in most cases, experience some soreness and bruising for a period of about two weeks following their procedure. It is recommended that patients take off at least one week of work following their transgender breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Ali takes great care to provide all transgender breast augmentation patients with specific, customized instructions on how to best care for themselves during their healing process, ensuring a swift and comfortable recovery.

Transgender Breast Augmentation – Detroit

The breast enlargement process can be one of the defining moments in an individual’s transition journey. As one of the human body’s physical attributes most closely associated with femininity, breasts provide a person with the option of wearing whichever type of clothing they like, looking naturally feminine without the requirement of padded bras. And while gender identity may be on the inside, Dr. Ali can help all transitioning patients match with their outward appearance, helping them look like the person they’ve always been.

Transgender Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation – 

Before you make a final decision to get breast augmentation surgery, you need to do your homework. The first step in the process is a thorough consultation with a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Ali, a board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon has extensive experience in surgical breast augmentation, and has performed thousands of breast surgeries .

Breast Augmentation is a big decision. It is important to consider your reasons carefully. Breast augmentation is surgery is something wonderful you can do for yourself – so you love the body you’re in! Breast augmentation surgery should not be undertaken only to meet someone else’s expectations, or to measure up to often-unrealistic ideals set by magazines and television.

No matter what reason you have for considering breast augmentation surgery, your first step should be an in-depth consultation with a highly experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has extensive experience performing breast augmentation surgeries, and can help you make the right breast augmentation decision to fulfill your goals and meet your appearance expectations.

During the Breast Augmentation Consultation

During the consultation, you and Dr. Ali will discuss in detail the options available. The right size and shape breast implant to complement your body’s size and proportions will be discussed. He will even show you different size and shape implants so you can better understand what will work best to meet your aesthetic goals.

Dr. Ali will also offer his expert recommendations regarding implant type (silicone or saline), positioning of the implant with respect to the muscle (above or below), and the location and type of the incision.

Another consideration is that, while most women are able to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, some are not. If you plan to have more children, it may be wise to consider waiting to have your surgery until afterwards. The bonus for waiting is that any sagging as a result of either breastfeeding or the pregnancy can be corrected at the same time.

Discussing Cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Unless there is a medical necessity (such as reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy), insurance does not generally cover breast implants. However, financing options are available that will enable you to get the breast augmentation surgery you desire.

Certain types of implants (e.g. saline) can also be less expensive than other materials such as Memory Gel Silicone.

Breast Augmentation Sizing Consultation

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the surgery, you will need to make a sizing appointment that will take place a few weeks prior to the surgery date. At that appointment, you will finalize decisions.

You will be able to “try on” different size and shape of implants, and Dr. Ali will take final measurements.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

During your breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Ali will discuss where the surgery will be performed, and if you will be able to go home the same day. He will also discuss the anesthesia used for your  breast augmentation – which is typically done under general anesthesia, where you are asleep for the procedure.

To insert the breast implant, the surgeon will make a single incision in one of three places: in the crease under your breast (inframammary), under your arm (axillary), or around your nipple (periareolar). Then, your breast tissue is separated from the muscles and connective tissue of your chest, creating a pocket either behind or in front of the chest wall muscle. The implant will be inserted into this pocket, and will be carefully centered behind your nipple.

Saline implants are generally inserted while empty, and then filled with the sterile water solution once they are in place. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. Once the implant is in place, the incision is closed with sutures, and the incision site is bandaged with skin adhesive and surgical tape.

Following the surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery room, and then will be released to go home. You will need to have someone drive you, and it is advisable to have someone stay with you at least for the first night.

Macomb County Breast Augmentation Consultation

The vast majority of women who choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery say that their augmented breast(s) help them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and give them a greater feeling of well-being.

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a breast augmentation consultation to help you learn about your options and decide if breast implants are a good option for you.

Macomb Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200

The 5 Types of Breast Surgery 

The 5 Types of Breast Surgery

Loving her body helps a woman feel sexy and confident, whether she is curvy, lean or somewhere in between. And a woman’s breasts may help her feel attractive (or self-conscience) depending on their size, shape, position and how well she feels they flatter or detract from her overall physical appearance.

Breast surgery, when performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, can help a woman feel good about her body, by enabling her to change the shape, size and even the position of her breasts. Today, breast surgery is considered a routine medical procedure that is not only safe, but also becoming more and more affordable, with financing options to help offset the cost.

In this article, Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains the five types of breast surgery that a woman can elect to have, to improve her bust line.

Breast Reduction Surgery

Women with breasts that are too large for their body can experience serious health issues, from pain in the upper body, back and neck to posture problems that can become quite serious as they age. Due to its positive health impact, breast reduction surgery is becoming quite common, because it can help change the lives of women at any age so they can enjoy a more active lifestyle, free from pain.

Breast Lift Surgery

Over time, breasts of any size and shape will naturally begin to droop and lose their youthful appearance. Age, gravity, pregnancy, nursing and even heredity can cause the breasts to lose their elasticity and droop and sag.

Breast lift surgery can help restore and enhance the breast’s position and shape, and reduce the signs of aging. In addition to the breast being lifted and tightened, the procedure removes excess skin. The surgeon can also repositions the nipple higher on the breast for a perkier look.

Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without augmenting the breast with implants, if the patient would like the breasts to also appear fuller or larger.

Breast Augmentation Surgery (Implants)

Breast augmentation surgery is also referred to as breast implant surgery or breast enhancement surgery. In this procedure, the natural breast tissue is supplemented with inserts made from silicone or saline called implants.

Breast implant surgery can enhance the bust line of any women who feel their breasts are too small due to heredity, weight loss, or aging – all of which can impact a woman’s self-esteem.

Nipple Correction Surgery

Many women choose to have their nipples cosmetically corrected for a more pleasing appearance. Nipple Correction Surgery can solve a variety of nipple concerns from puffy, protruding, oversized or inverted nipples to altering the size and shape of the entire areola.

Nipple surgery can be performed alone – or along with additional breast surgery for enlargements, reductions, lifts or reconstruction.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

For women who survived breast cancer, as well as women who have experienced physical chest trauma or burns, breast reconstruction surgery can help restore a better quality of life and renew their self-esteem.

Technological advances have given surgeons like Dr. Ali the ability to not only restore a patient’s beautiful female shape but to also preserve breast sensitivity which allows her to enjoy more natural sexuality.

And, with the 1998 passing of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, all health insurance plans are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery – including breast implants – for patients who endured a mastectomy or lumpectomy due to cancer and other diseases.

Best Macomb County Area Breast Surgery

Undoubtedly, women feel more confident, sexy and healthier when they feel good about their bodies. Those who make the choice to have breast surgery – whether it’s a reduction, reconstruction, augmentation, or breast lift – have said they feel amazing and more comfortable with their new shape.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will offer you a thorough and caring examination to help you determine what breast surgery options will best deliver the results you will love.

Call today and schedule an appointment to see if breast implant surgery is right for you!

Macomb County Breast Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Breast Surgery Statistics Show Increase in All Procedures

Breast Surgery Statistics – 

If you’re “on the fence” about considering breast surgery – including breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction – take a look at the most recent statistics! Data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that thousands more people opt for breasts surgery year.

Of the nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries performed in 2017, the number one surgery was breast augmentation – with more than 300,000 performed. This represents and increase of 3 percent over 2016. 

According to the ASPS President David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS, “… traditional facial procedures and breast augmentations are still among the most popular … patients have more options than ever, and working closely with their surgeon, they’re able to focus on specific target areas of the body to achieve the look they desire.”

Breast Lift Surgery Statistics

Since 2000, ASPS statistics show that Breast Lifts Surgery increased by 90 percent from the year 2000 to 2017. Statistics reveal that 52,836 breast lift surgeries were performed in the US in 2000, compared to 99,614 breast lifts in 2015! In fact, breast lift surgery showed the most overall growth of any plastic surgery during that time period.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Statistics

Of the almost 2 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2015 and 2016 and 2017, the number one was breast augmentation surgery every year. 279,143 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the US in 2015, 291, 367 were performed in 2016; and 300,378 were performed in 2017 – for a full 34 percent increase from the year 2000.

Breast Reduction Surgery Statistics

There were 68,106 aesthetic breast reduction surgeries performed in the United States in 2015. And, for the first time, men accounted for more than 40 percent of these aesthetic breast reduction surgeries.

A total of 27,456 breast reduction surgeries were performed on men in 2015, representing a 35 percent growth since 2000.

Said the President of the ASPS, “As plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted in men, we’re seeing more of them undergo procedures to tighten and tone problem areas, like the breasts.”

He added, “This procedure is often done in younger men who face genetic challenges with the size and shape of their breasts, and when appropriate, surgery can make a big difference in their lives.”

Breast Reconstruction Surgery Statistics

For the past several years the ASPS has spearheaded a national Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign to educate and empower women to make informed decisions following breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy. And, as more breast cancer patients become aware of breast reconstruction surgery options, the number of breast reconstruction surgeries continues to increase dramatically.

In 2015 breast reconstruction surgeries increased to more than 106,300, which represents a remarkable 35 percent since 2000.

“That’s encouraging, and we hope to continue to get the word out to all women who are facing breast cancer, so they will be well aware of all their reconstructive options from the outset of diagnosis,” said the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Best Troy MI Area Breast Implant Surgery

Women and men who choose to get breast  surgery universally report that it helps them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and gives them a greater feeling of well-being!

Top rated Troy area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers exceptional breast surgery results. He has helped thousands of women and men in Southeast Michigan look and feel better with his skilled breast lift, breast enhancement, breast reduction and breast reconstruction surgery techniques.

Schedule a breast surgery consultation with Doctor Ali to learn about your options, and decide if breast surgery is right for you.

Troy MI Area Breast Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Breast Implants

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Breast Implants

1. Breast implants have been around since the 1960s!

Is that why all of those mid-century beauties on Mad Men have such fantastic curves? Dow Corning Corporation, developed the first silicone breast implants in 1962.

The first recipient of breast implants, Timmie Jean Lindsey, is now over 80 years old – and she still has her original implants!
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2. Early breast implants weren’t tested.

The Food and Drug Administration did not require the makers of breast implants to undergo safety testing until 1991.

Over 1,000,000 women had undergone breast implant surgery before the FDA began to require proof of their safety in 1991.  While there were some complications caused by these untested breast implants, manufacturers of today’s breast implants undergo rigorous testing and FDA approval procedures.

As a result, today’s breast implants are as safe as they are beautiful.
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2. Silicone breast implants were once only used for medical purposes.

Between the years 1992 and 2006, silicone breast implants were only allowed to be implanted in women after a mastectomy, or in women who needed to fix a previously implanted broken implant.

After huge improvements in breast implant technology – and rigorous safety testing – silicone breast implants were approved for use in the USA in 2006. These new generations of FDA approved silicone breast implants are exceptionally natural looking and feeling, as well as extremely safe.
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3. Saline vs. Silicone is like Coke vs. Pepsi.

There are two types of breast implant filler: saline and silicone. Each has their distinct advantages and – like Coke and Pepsi drinkers – people have their own personal reasons for choosing a favorite.

Silicone breast implants tend to look and feel more real and natural – especially the latest technologies in MemoryShape breast implants which we use in our plastic surgery practice.

However, some women prefer saline because they can be filled more, or depleted a little, so a patient has the option of changing their breast implant size.  Typically, saline implants are also less expensive – starting in our office at a total low cost of only $5,000 including all surgical expenses!
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4. It can be too early – but it’s never too late – for breast implants!

The FDA recommends that you have to be 22 years old to get breast implants – but most people don’t realize that there is no upper age limit!

In cases where an unscrupulous surgeon puts silicone breast implants in an “under-aged” patient, there can be complications affecting the woman’s growth – and the warranty on the implants may also be waived.

However, as long as a woman is in good health with sufficient, healthy skin, even senior citizens can get breast implants.

Marie Jolstad, a healthy 84 year old widow with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, is believed to be the oldest woman to ever get breast implants.
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5. Surgeons in the U.S. perform the most breast implant surgeries.

Breast augmentation surgery is the number one most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. Approximately 300,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2017 in the USA. And the number of breast implants is currently growing at a rate of 3% a year.

This growth is attributable to the fact that breast implants are safer, more natural looking and more affordable than ever before!

Brazil comes in second place for the most breast implant surgeries performed annually. And Mexico hits the list in third place.
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Top Detroit Area Breast Implant Surgeon

Selecting a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, like Detroit’s renowned Dr. Ali, helps ensure that you will be 100% satisfied with your results. He offers the best, most advanced and innovative techniques and technologies in breast implant surgery.

Dr. Ali is very thorough and careful in assessing each patient’s health and expectations for breast implant surgery. He will offer you a consultation to understand your needs, answer your questions, and explain your options.

Call today and schedule an appointment to see if breast implant surgery is right for you!
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Detroit Area Breast Implant Surgeon: 248-335-7200

 

 

 

Fat Grafting vs. Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation

Fat Grafting vs. Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation

For fifty years breast augmentation surgery has been performed in the United States using breast implants. And as breast implant technology and surgical techniques have improved over 5 decades, women with breast implants now universally report a satisfaction rate of 98 to 99%!

However, in addition to traditional breast augmentation, recent developments in fat grafting technology have presented another option for breast augmentation. During fat grafting, a surgeon uses your own body fat to increase your bust size.

So when it comes to breast augmentation, what is better: fat grafting or breast implants?

In this article Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains the differences between fat grafting and breast implants – and the pros and cons of both techniques.

The Pros & Cons of Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation

Fat grafting uses your own body’s fat to enlarge the breast. Since it is your body’s own tissue, there’s no risk for allergic reactions – and your breasts will look and feel 100% natural.

Additionally, there are virtually no scars associated with fat injections.  Nor is there a risk of rippling. And, since fat is used rather than an implant, there is no possibility of a rupture.

However, with fat grafting there is risks of developing calcification in the breasts. Some doctors are concerned that these deposits can interfere with breast cancer screenings. There is also a risk of lumps and nodules in the breasts – and indents or divots at the location where the fat was harvested.

Generally, the cost of fat grafting is also more than that of breast implants, making grafting cost prohibitive for some patients.

However the BIGGEST DIFFERENCE for most breast augmentation patients is in the SIZE that is achievable. Fat grafting cannot accomplish the same large increase in size as breast implants. Women who are seeking a large change in breast or cup size often are not able to achieve their desired results with fat grafting.

The Pros & Cons of Implants for Breast Augmentation

The biggest advantage to breast implants is that they produce a large and very reliable, predictable and consistent change in breast size. In other words, you select the implant size and shape that you want – and that is exactly what you get.

And because today’s generation of silicone implants are more natural-feeling than ever, there is virtually no difference in how they feel from natural breast tissue or grafted fat.

Also, breast implants do not require additional surgery on other parts of the body – which fat grafting requires in order to “harvest” the fat. Further, in the event a women changes her mind about breast size, implants can be removed – whereas fat becomes permanent once it is injected.

And, as an additionally important factor for many women, the cost of breast augmentation with implants is much less than that of fat grafting.

There are some cons of breast augmentation using implants. Primarily, implants carry a small risk of rupture. And breast implants do not “last forever” which means they may need to be changed at some time over the course of the patient’s lifespan.

Breast implants also have a small risk of developing “capsular contracture” – which is scar tissue forming around the implant. Studies differ on the percentage of women experiencing this complication, but a 2017 study of 496 breast implant patients in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that only 1.3% of the women experienced this.

Finally, breast implants do require incisions, which means that scars for placement are more visible than when compared to fat injections. And although silicone is thought to be extremely safe, obviously nothing is as safe as using your own body fat.

Fat Grafting vs. Breast Implants: The Bottom Line

While fat grafting may be more natural, it simply cannot achieve the larger size and full, perfect shape of breast implants. As a result, the vast majority of patients with whom Dr. Ali consults opt for breast implants.

If you are going to undergo the time and expense of breast augmentation surgery, you want to get the “perfect breasts” you desire – and in most cases only implants can achieve these results.

Detroit Area Breast Augmentation Surgeon

Selecting a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ali, who has performed many hundreds of breast augmentations helps ensure that you will be 100% satisfied with your results. Setting realistic expectations also plays a role in this level of satisfaction. Dr. Ali is very thorough and careful in assessing each patient’s health and expectations for the surgery. This insures not only that that expectations are realistic and achievable, but that your new breasts will be beautiful, natural-looking, and suit your frame.

Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to assess your needs, answer your questions and explain your options. Call today and schedule an appointment to see if breast augmentation surgery is right for you.

Detroit Area Breast Augmentation Consultation: 248-335-7200