Breast augmentation is our most commonly performed procedure, and we take great pride in our breast augmentation outcomes. In Utah, breast augmentation is a very popular procedure as there are a lot of fit, young mothers who have lost shape or support of their breasts after childbearing. Dr. Yates serves Salt Lake City and Layton, Utah, and uses modern techniques to maximize outcomes while minimizing recovery and most patients are back to normal activities within a week. Every breast augmentation patient receives a thorough consultation consisting of listening to goals, implant sizing, and simulation with 3D imaging assuring the most precise implant selection possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Breast Implant FAQs
How long have breast implants been used?
The history of breast implants
is an interesting one. The first implants were placed in the early 1960’s and there has been a lot of improvement in techniques and implants since that time.
How do I pick my breast implant size?
One of the most difficult and important decisions for a patient is determining which size of breast implant
to use. The degree of breast enlargement is dependent upon the volume of the patient’s breast tissue in addition to the size of the breast implant
used. We will use a variety of methods to arrive at the ideal implant volume including “trying on” breast implants
of various sizes, dimensional analysis, reviewing photos brought by the patient of “ideal” breast size or aesthetics and 3D imaging
. Vector 3D imaging is a confirmatory method of breast implant
sizing. A 3D image of the body is taken which can be modified with imaging software. The “breast sculptor” module allows us to simulate and visualize the changes that can be made with a variety of implant shapes and sizes.
Should I choose teardrop-shaped or round implants?
The choice between teardrop and round breast implants
has reappeared after several years off the market. Teardrop shaped “gummy bear”
silicone breast implants
have been used outside of the U.S. for years and are now FDA approved for use in the U.S. for breast augmentation
. All three of the major implant manufacturers have FDA approval for their shaped implants. These implants are more cohesive than other round silicone implants, and as such, are able to be manufactured in a teardrop shape. These are the implants that for years have been termed “gummy bear breast implant
” or anatomical breast implants
. For some breast augmentation
patients, these have the advantage of achieving a more natural breast shape. The increased projection in the lower breast can help with slight degrees of breast droop as well. The ideal candidate for a teardrop implant is interested in a very natural shape and would consider a slightly greater expense and risk of rotation of the implant an acceptable trade-off. These teardrop-shaped implants are not for everyone and generally, patients who prefer a “rounded” upper breast are better candidates for round implants.
Should I choose saline or silicone breast implants?
consist of a silastic shell filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone. Dr. Yates knows that the choice of saline vs. silicone breast implants is an important one for his patients in or near Salt Lake City and Layton, Utah. Silicone breast implants
generally have a more natural look and feel. Silicone implants have a lower risk of rippling, rupture, and generally, have a higher patient satisfaction. Saline breast implants
are less expensive, more adjustable, and can be placed with a slightly shorter scar. There is a concern with “silent ruptures” with silicone breast implants
but not with saline implants. A silent rupture occurs when there is a rupture of the implant that is not apparent to the patient. There is some controversy regarding the safety and method of diagnosis of silent ruptures. Current silicone breast implants
are cohesive meaning they are more solid than liquid. Cohesive silicone is much less likely to get into the surrounding tissues than previous implants and typically remains contained in the implant capsule. The trend in the U.S. has been greatly in favor of a preference for silicone implants. Saline Advantages
- Length of scar
- Ease of diagnosis of rupture
- Higher rupture rate
- Feel firmer and less natural
- More rippling
- Less natural shape
- More likely to displace
- Softer feel
- Less rippling
- More natural shape
- Rupture less common
- More stable in position
- Length of scar
- Silent rupture is possible
Which breast implant brand should I choose?
Although differences exist between brands, most breast augmentation
plastic surgeons are loyal to one brand or another. Some of us (like Dr. Yates) prefer to use all brands for a more precise implant fitting. There are subtle characteristics of each implant brand that can assist in picking the best implant for a given patient, not just one that works. There are four implant brands with FDA approval for use in the U.S. Mentor Breast Implants
- Full line of saline and silicone implants with four profiles
- Mentor Round silicone implants are called MemoryGel ®, FDA approved in 2006
- Mentor round silicone implants are less cohesive than other brands (soft)
- Mentor round silicone implants have a lower fill ratio than both Sientra 106 (smooth) and 206 (textured) and Allergan Inspira high fill ratio implants. Less roundness (good or bad depending on the patient’s goals) but potentially more rippling.
- Shaped implants are called MemoryShape ® which was FDA approved in 2013 and currently have five shape options
- Textured implants (Siltex ®) use a stamp manufacturing method and has less tissue ingrowth than Sientra or Allergan but a high coefficient of friction. There are no standardized studies comparing contracture rates and stability over time to know which texture type is best. Suffice it to say that all textured implants have a slightly lower contracture rate and position stability at the expense of a higher rippling rate.
Sientra Breast Implants
- Silicone implants only
- Round and shaped implants FDA approved in 2012
- Distribute ONLY to board-certified plastic surgeons
- Fewer size and profile options than Mentor and Allergan (although they are working on this)
- Cohesive round silicone implant which they refer to as a 5th generation. They have two round options the HSC and HSC+. The HSC+ is filled with the same material as their teardrop-shaped implant and as such is truly a round gummy bear implant
- Textured implant (TRUE texture ™) and between Mentor and Allergan in terms of tissue ingrowth
- Shaped implants come in 5 shape options
- 20 year financial assistance warranty in the event of rupture (best warranty)
Allergan Breast Implants (Natrelle and Inspira)
- Full line of saline and silicone implants with the largest amount of profile and size choices
- Round Allergan silicone implants approved in 2006. These are most similar to round silicone Mentor implants
- Shaped implants (style 410) FDA approved in 2013
- Inspira implants approved in 2015. These have a high fill ratio designed to give more fullness and less rippling. Inspire implants to have more size and profile choices than any other round implant. This can be helpful in correcting small degrees of asymmetry
- Textured implants (Biocell ) are manufactured with a “salt loss” technique resulting in very aggressive tissue ingrowth. This may help stabilize implant position but has a higher risk of peeling the capsule away (double-capsule) and seroma. This texture has been implicated in many cases of ALCL and may be removed from the market soon.
- Allergan shaped implants have the most shape options (12) of any brand currently but the Biocell texture issues limit Dr Yates utilization of these implants.
Ideal Breast Implants
- FDA approved in 2014
- “Structured” Saline implant that feels more like silicone than a standard saline implant
- More expensive than typical round silicone implants
- Selling point is that there are no silent ruptures as the entire implant is saline filled
- Limited profiles and sizes
There is a new saline implant, called the Ideal Implant ®. What is it?
The Ideal Implant
is a new saline implant with inner chambers that slows the flow of saline, creating a saline implant that feels a lot like silicone implants. The Ideal implant ®
received FDA approval in November 2014. These implants are more expensive than traditional saline implants, but have many of the advantages of silicone implants including a more natural feel, and lower rippling risk. The major advantage of these implants as compared to silicone implants is there is no risk of “silent rupture”. This is should be strongly considered in any woman who is very concerned about silicone or silent ruptures. One limitation is in implant sizing. There is only one profile in the ideal implant
which closely matches a high profile silicone implant. Every patient has about 100 cc range of implant volume that fits their breast dimension well, and these implants may be too narrow in very small sizes for most patients. There are only a few plastic surgeons who have been given access to the ideal implant and although this may change, we are one of a handful of offices that offer the Ideal implant in Utah.
How strong are breast implants?
Have you ever tried to rupture a breast implant
with your bare hands? Of course you haven’t, but we have. Watch these educational, entertaining videos
of my staff trying to do just that. Think breast implant
tug 0′ war.
Will implants preclude me from breastfeeding?
Incisions made around the areola can sometimes impact breastfeeding, which is one of the reasons Dr. Yates prefers to avoid this incision choice. A more common problem is inadequate breast milk production. Though the milk ducts remain intact and the mother is capable of producing a normal supply of milk, at times nerve damage in the breast blocks the hormonal signals to the brain that trigger milk production. This is a rare problem, however.
How long do breast implants last?
As with any manufactured product, breast implants have a lifespan. At some point the implants will rupture or begin leaking and will need to be replaced. How long will that be? Manufacturers warranty their implants for 10 years, and will generally reimburse patients for failure prior to that timeframe. But how long your breast implants will last can vary wildly. You should expect to need to replace your implants every 10 to 20 years. Implant durability is increasing, so this could lengthen. Regardless, if you’re in your 30s, you’ll need to replace your implants at least twice in your life, probably more than that. Replacement surgery is much easier than the original augmentation surgery, as Dr. Yates can enter through the original incisions.
Do breast implants have warranties?
Yes, the manufacturer provides a free lifetime warranty
against implant rupture or deflation. They also offer help with the surgical fees of replacement of failed implants for 10 -20 years. Previously unheard of, Mentor and Sientra are now offering very generous limited warranties against capsular contracture
My saline breast implant has deflated, what now?
Saline breast implant deflation
is relatively easy to diagnose and correct. The saline is absorbed and the breast deflates. This generally requires a simple remove and replace procedure.
I suspect my silicone breast implant has ruptured, what now?
Silicone breast implant
rupture is a little more difficult to diagnose and treat than saline implant deflation. The implant material is not absorbed and can cause hardening and deformity of the breast. It is also harder to correct surgically, as the implant material may need to be removed as well. For more information about the treatment of silicone breast implant rupture click here
What about breast implants and cancer?
There is no evidence that breast implants
have or could ever cause breast cancer. There is a newly identified type of lymphoma, ALCL that has been found in women with breast implants
. As of the time of this writing, it has only been found to be associated with textured implants. The lifetime risk appears is estimated to be around 1:4,000 for patients with textured implants. In the U.S. most of these patients have Biocell textured implants, but it has been found in patients with other types of implants as well. Although very rare and typically easily treatable with implant and capsule removal, this is a REAL issue and there is ongoing research. I wrote an update about ALCL
on my blog.
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Breast Augmentation FAQs
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?
The decision to have breast augmentation is a fully personal one. Whether to add volume to breasts you’ve always felt were too small for your figure, whether to restore balance to asymmetrical breasts, or simply to create a more voluptuous figure, there are many reasons a woman may choose to have breast augmentation. But that decision needs to be for her, and her alone. This can’t be something done for a partner or spouse. It has to be for you. That said, once women have had breast augmentation, their satisfaction afterwards ranks among the highest of any cosmetic procedure with studies showing a 98 to 99 percent overall satisfaction with their breast augmentation and its aftereffects. It has been the single most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. since 2006. From a physical standpoint, good candidates should be reasonably fit and near their ideal weight. They need to be free from infections and bleeding tendencies. They cannot be pregnant or currently breastfeeding.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost of breast augmentation
and breast enhancement surgery in Utah is generally less than many areas of the country. Utah has a reputation for excellent breast augmentation
results at an affordable price. The average cost of surgeons fee for breast augmentation
is $3,708 (around $6500 total cost), according to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average is for the surgeon’s fee component of the procedure and the patient should anticipate additional fees including operating room fees and anesthesia fees. Although not an industry standard, we have chosen to list our all-inclusive cost for breast augmentation
as well as costs of other common procedures performed by Dr. Yates click here
Where are breast augmentation scars placed?
Three incision choices
are generally used; around the nipple, beneath the breast, or in the armpit. The incisions beneath the breast or around the nipple are preferred by Dr. Yates, as the perfect symmetry of the breast implant pockets is more consistently achieved. Dr. Yates takes pride in making his scars as small and unnoticeable as possible. There is increasing data that a crease (inframammary) incision has the lowest risk of capsular contracture and has the lowest complication rate. The majority of plastic surgeons, including Dr. Yates, prefer this incision for the majority of breast augmentation
patients. There is another incision choice worth discussing, the umbilical incision (TUBA). This is also known as “scarless breast augmentation
” for marketing purposes. In reality, there is a scar and most plastic surgeons, including Dr. Yates, believe that this is an inaccurate surgery. This fad seems to have gone away, hopefully for good.
Where are the breast implants placed in breast augmentation?
The breast implant can be placed either above or below the chest muscles, although most patients (particularly with round implants) benefit from placement beneath the muscle. The implants can also be placed in the subfascial plane, which is above the muscle but within the dense fascial covering of the muscle. Advantages of placement beneath the muscle include improved implant coverage and a more natural appearing breast enhancement. Submuscular implants have a lower capsular contracture rate and improved support of larger implants as well. The major advantages of placement above the muscle (subglandular) include decreased postoperative discomfort, improved soft tissue “lifting” and less animation deformity. The implant can feel more like breast tissue when not separated from the breast tissue by muscle. With the approval of gummy bear teardrop shaped implants, there are fewer disadvantages and more advantages of subglandular placement. These implants have a lower risk of many of the complications seen more commonly in subglandular augmentation such as rippling, implant edge visibility, and capsular contracture. We have done a lot of subglandular and subfascial augmentations with gummy bear implants with excellent outcomes, but the careful patient selection is important. Good candidates for this technique have good support, a fair amount of tissue for coverage and are not choosing very large implants. Very few plastic surgeons perform a full submuscular breast augmentation anymore. Rather, the lower pectoralis muscle is divided from the chest to decrease animation deformity and provide an improved shape, the so-called “dual plane” technique.
What is the perfect or ideal breast shape?
The perfect breast shape
for natural breasts should have a little more breast volume below the nipple than above with nipples tilted slightly upward. Many patients who want breast implants want a greater degree of upper fullness than natural. What you consider your ideal breast shape requires careful consideration and discussion with Dr. Yates. In general, rounded implants (left) help achieve a rounder, fuller upper half of the breast and teardrop shaped implants (right) achieve a more natural transition in the upper breast. I have provided a lot of useful information on breast shape here
Can asymmetric breasts be improved with breast augmentation?
Yes, the breast implant size can be larger in the smaller breast to help improve asymmetry of size
. If there is a significant asymmetry of the shape of the breasts, a breast lift may be required to improve symmetry.
How is breast augmentation performed?
can be done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Yates preferred technique is a deep sedation (not general anesthesia) with excellent local anesthesia in our AAAASF certified office operating suite
. The patient is sedated and monitored by the anesthetist. The level of sedation is deep (no pain, no awareness), like a very deep sleep. Dr. Yates injects the area with a lot of local anesthetics. The implant pockets are developed and compared for size and symmetry. The breast implants
are placed and the incisions closed. The amount of sedation is lightened at the time of closure and the patient is awake enough at the completion of the procedure to walk assisted to the recovery room. Most patients have basically no pain in the recovery room because of the local anesthetic in the implant pocket. The pain increases as this medicine wear off and pain medications as necessary are started.
How long does breast enhancement take?
Dr. Yates does a lot of breast augmentation surgery. This is a very efficient operation and there are a few tricks to make it quick and relatively easy on the patient. The overall surgery time is around 45-60 minutes.
What should I expect from the recovery from breast enhancement?
After discharge, you will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and medications for pain and nausea. There will be discomfort for the first few days after the procedure. Most of our patients are off narcotic pain medications by the next day. Your activity will be limited to six weeks. You may return to desk work as soon as you feel able, usually 2-5 days. You may resume moderate lifting at 3 weeks and may return to the gym at 6 weeks. You will be given a supportive bra which will be used for 6 weeks. Generally, avoid underwire bras for the first 6-12 weeks. On our Facebook
business page, other patients have discussed their recovery and experience after breast augmentation
as well as other procedures.
Will I have to change my lifestyle or activities after augmentation?
You may be surprised, but most patients can return to work approximately 3-5 days after surgery. Normal activities can resume in 1-2 weeks, but any impact exercise will need to wait for one month. Upper body exercise, such as lifting weights, will need to wait for six weeks. After full recovery you should be able to do most everything you were doing prior to your breast augmentation, but may need to limit the intensity of chest exercise.
What about fat grafting to the breasts, or “natural breast augmentation”?
This is a controversial topic but is slowly gaining momentum. Fat is taken from unwanted areas of the body and reinjected in the breast. The controversy is regarding safety and effectiveness. This is a big topic and I have written about it on my blog. The concerns are calcifications and issues with breast cancer. It is unquestionably effective, although most of my patients would be unhappy with the modest volume enhancement that can be achieved with fat grafting. My best advice to a patient considering this type of breast enhancement is to look carefully at the credentials of the individual who will be performing the procedure. I have all of the equipment necessary to do this type of breast enhancement and commonly use it for buttock augmentation, but am waiting for additional data before I will do large volume fat grafting in the breast. I will commonly use small volume fat grafting for shaping the breast in cases such as rippling and to soften the appearance of implants.
Will pregnancy affect my augmented breasts?
Breast augmentation doesn’t have any effect on a woman’s reproductive system, so it neither increases nor decreases the chances of becoming pregnant. Once you become pregnant, your breasts will grow in size, but this will not affect your implants. Actually, some of the volume loss that is typical with pregnancy and breastfeeding is less with augmented breasts.
Is it possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation?
What risks are associated with breast augmentation?
As with any surgery, there are possible risks and complications. As a perfectionist, Dr. Yates takes every precaution to prevent these. Dr. Yates will discuss these at the time of your consultation. These risks include, but are not limited to, asymmetry, unhappiness with size, implant deflation
, implant rupture
, implant rippling, capsular contracture
, and poor scarring. Generally, these complications require breast implant revision surgery
Is breast and nipple sensitivity affected by breast augmentation?
Nipple sensation is often impacted immediately following this surgery, with the nipples either being numb or very sensitive. This is because the surgery usually disturbs some of the nerve pathways. But regular sensation returns in all but a very small percentage of patients. Breast sensitivity should not be affected. There may be some temporary changes, but these will resolve as you heal.
What is the difference between a “boob job”, “boob jobs”, breast augmentation, breast enlargement, and breast enhancement?
Nothing really, they all describe the same thing. However, “boob job” and “breast jobs” are not generic terms used by professionals.
Does Dr. Yates offer “rapid recovery breast augmentation”?
Yes, we use “rapid recovery” techniques, although not as a selling point. Breast augmentation has advanced tremendously in all aspects including patient recovery. There are surgical and postoperative tricks to help the patient recover as quickly as possible, such as early arm motion and precise pocket formation avoiding bleeding and tissue trauma. Dr. Yates is very aggressive with pain management and we have many patients who require no narcotics for pain. However, plan on some degree of recovery, no surgeon can guarantee a painless breast augmentation recovery.
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“I feel so much more comfortable moving forward with my breast augmentation after consulting with Dr. Yates and his staff. They are all so helpful and Dr. Yates is very detail oriented. I know I will be in great hands!” – Marie P. “I had such a great experience with the staff and Dr. Yates. I am extremely happy so far with my outcome. Dr. Yates and his staff answered all of my questions and I was very confident that I would be happy with my results. I highly recommend Dr. Yates to anyone thinking of having breast augmentation or other types of breast surgery. It was a super good experience!” – Tresa B. “If I could rate Dr. Yates and his staff 10 stars, I would. From the minute you walk in, the front desk ladies are very warm and welcoming. I recently had a breast augmentation and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Dr. Yates makes sure to answer and explain every question and concern and is very honest in what to expect. I really appreciated that! I would refer anyone to his office in a heartbeat.” – Chelsey G.
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Breast Enlargement Surgery Video
Before & After
Before and 3 weeks after subglandular breast augmentation. She was concerned with dynamic implant motion with exercise and wanted a natural shape. We chose 400 cc classic base moderate projection Sientra tear drop shaped (gummy bear) silicone implants placed in the subglandular position. View More.
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