Last year I attended a Kortesis After Hours event for breast augmentation (breast implants) surgery. The event was hosted by Dr. Bill Kortesis, board certified plastic surgeon at the Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa. The event was filled at capacity which did not surprise me. While other plastic surgery procedures have risen in popularity in the past years, breast augmentation is still the most popular plastic surgery among women. In 2013 alone 290,000 women had their breasts enhanced surgically by a ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) member surgeon. That is a 37% increase since 2000.
If you are concerned with the appearance of your breasts and have decided to seek a solution such as breast implants, now what? There is an overwhelming amount of information on the issue of breast implants and breast implant surgery carries undeniable risks, so follow the next steps to help you clarify your journey to a successful breast augmentation surgery.
1. Find A Partner for Your Journey. The first things you have to do is find a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation (breast implant) surgery. Having your surgery performed by a board certified surgeon is most important!
There are lots of plastic surgeons but not all of them are board certified. To be board certified, a surgeon has to complete additional years of training, to operate in accredited facilities and to adhere to a strict code of ethics. This Guide to Safe Plastic Surgery further explains the credentials of a board certified plastic surgeon.
2. Supersize it? Breast implant sizes are measured in cc’s and range from 120 to 800 cc’s. The number of cc’s doesn’t necessarily carry a lot of meaning as 350 cc’s implants can look one way on a 5’10”-woman who weighs 150 pounds versus on a 5’3”-woman who weighs 120 pounds. Your surgeon will help you find the right implant size for you body.
If your doctor offers the Vectra 3D Imaging machine, choosing the right implant size will be an easy process. The Vectra machine gives you a 3 dimensional image of your body after surgery, image that can be rotated in different angles so you get a clear understanding of how your body will look post surgery. You will be left with 100% peace of mind that you have selected the right implant size for your body.
3. Fill Them Up. Breast implants are made out of silicone or saline. Silicone implants feel more natural and women age 22 and up can use them. Should a silicone implant leak, the silicone gel will remain in the implant shell of the breast implant pocket, therefore the implant will not deflate.
Saline implants feel firmer, therefore have a less natural feel and sometimes they can ripple to the side. These implants are available for women age 18 and up. Should a saline implant rupture, the saline solution that fills the implant will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate.
4. Location, location, location. You have found a doctor, you have decided the size and type of implants you want, now you have to decide where the breast implants will be placed. Your implants can be placed under the pectoral muscle, on top of the pectoral muscle or subfascial. The subfascial augmentation is a newer placement method. With this method the implant is not placed entirely bellow the muscle and not entirely on top of the muscle but rather the implant is placed behind the facia of the pectoral muscle but on top of the pectoral muscle.
I strongly suggest reading the sources bellow for more information on breast augmentation:
My Journey through Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) Surgery
When I decided to have my breast augmentation surgery finding a doctor was easy and deciding the details of my surgery was a comforting process because I had the right doctor guiding me.
I always had a passion for learning about plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, so Dr. Kortesis quickly became the number one doctor with whom I want to have a consultation. Dr. Kortesis was not only professional, knowledgeable and confident while talking to me during my consultation but he was down to earth. He made me feel at ease and he answered every question I had.
Walking into my consultation appointment, I was armed with all the information I could find and with pictures of breasts I liked and pictures of breasts I didn’t like. However, when the time came to talk to Dr. Kortesis, I found myself telling him only one thing, that I wanted my breasts to look and feel as natural as possible. Based on my one and only request, Dr. Kortesis made his recommendations to me and that’s what I decided to follow.
My final surgery result is exactly what Dr. Kortesis told will be, thus meeting all my expectations. However, in some ways, the final result has exceeded my expectations. That makes me one happy lady!
Now… we are all women, and we all like a little bit of inside gossip… at least I know, I do. I especially like the good, the bad, and the ugly type of gossip. So here it is the good, the bad, and the ugly about breast implants.
1. Beautiful, natural looking breasts that blend with your body and make you feel like a confident woman.
2. Pain meds and muscle relaxers.
3. You can nap for 3-4 hours at a time in the middle of the day without feeling guilty. Even now I say that the first week after my breast implant surgery was on of the best weeks of my life. I slept a lot and ate lots of ice cream!
1.You can’t reach your hands over your head so forget about washing your own hair for a good 5 days.
2. Driving will be challenging during the first week if you can drive at all.
3. It will take you five minutes to figure out how to lift out of bed without using your arms for the first couple of days.
1. For the first 7 days your chest will feel like someone overstuffed your luggage; you will feel lots of pressure and tightness.
2. You have to sleep on your back for at least two weeks. It sounds easy but after 10 days, your back muscles will become achy and tired from laying on your back so much.
3. Week 3-5, your back will ache from getting used to the new weight on your chest.
Yes, I listed a few items under “The Bad” and “The Ugly” but they were beyond worth it to achieve the body I wanted.
I hope my guide gives you clarity as you navigate the vast universe of breast implant surgery. Remember the most important step is finding the right doctor because he will guide you through the process making sure you choose wisely for your body.
I am so grateful I found Dr. Kortesis to be my “Partner in my Journey.” He is a talented doctor who is dedicated to exceptional care for every patient he has and he tailors his recommendations to fit the needs and the body of every patient. I am approaching three years since my surgery and I am still in love with my surgery results.
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