When performing breast augmentation for Tallahassee area patients, I employ a number of different techniques to create attractive, long-lasting results. Among them are 3 approaches that I use on a regular basis.
- Submuscular implant placement
Placing the implants behind the chest muscle is advantageous for several reasons. First, it provides better coverage, which lessens the likelihood of visible implant rippling. Submuscular placement has also been associated with a decreased rate of capsular contracture, which occurs when scar tissue hardens around the implant. Finally, those with implants placed under the muscle are less likely to experience future breast sagging.
- The use of an endoscope
An endoscope (a special fiber optic camera and thin hollow tube) allows for more accurate implant placement and helps minimize scarring. The endoscope is inserted through an incision in a remote location, such as under the arm, and then projects images of the underlying breast structures onto a screen. I have been using an endoscope for almost 2 decades and find that it provides me more control over implant placement, leading to more natural-looking results.
- Proper implant selection
Choosing the right implant size is crucial to a great outcome. To help make this determination, I meet with each patient and ask several questions about her expectations for surgery. I also take photos and measurements of the patient’s chest width and breast dimensions and enter this information into the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system. VECTRA uses this data to create anatomically accurate images of the expected results, which aid in the decision-making process.