Recent Blog Posts from Rowley Plastic Surgery

Will my Breast Implants Feel Natural?

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Wondering about the natural feeling of breast implants is a common question when considering breast enhancement plastic surgery. Lubbock women not only want a particular look from their implants, but they are also hopeful for a particular feel–a natural one. Post-surgery, women eventually stop thinking about their new breasts as implants and start considering them to be their breasts. A lot of variables contribute to this feeling. While some of those variables are psychological, let’s focus on the physical ones here.

  • Silicone or Saline

The type of implant can have a significant role in how quickly you feel back to “normal.” Softer silicone implants feel natural sooner following your plastic surgery than saline implants. But, you have different implants to try before you make that final decision. Lubbock Doctor Jane Rowley can give you the chance to feel both materials before making your choice.

  • Over or Under

The implant needs to be placed deeper than directly under your skin. So if you do not have enough breast tissue to cover the implant, the implant must be placed under the chest muscle. When placed below breast tissue but above the muscle, the implanted breast has a more natural feel. If placed under the muscle, the muscle will need time to stretch and thin out.

  • More or Less

The more natural breast tissue you have supporting the implant, the more quickly the implant will blend with your body and convey that natural look and feel. When considering plastic surgery, Lubbock patients can come into our office to get a thorough evaluation on their bodies, including an assessment of available breast tissue.

  • Smaller or Larger

The larger the implant, the longer it may take to get that natural feel back. Some implants may be so large that they will never quite obtain that feel. If your goal is to simply augment what you already have and gain or regain some shape, then, you should be careful with the size.

What Can You Do?

Apart from the psychological and physical aspects to owning your implants as your breasts, there are things that you have control over and do contribute to obtaining a natural feel.

  • Massages:  Deep massages to the implants, especially early after the surgery are important. While this is not the most comfortable thing following surgery, it is important to work the surrounding tissue, helping it feel supple and natural. And if your implant is under your chest muscle, this can help that muscle stretch and relax as well.
  • Right Surgeon: Select a surgeon who truly knows how to give you more natural results. Selecting a doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, like Dr. Rowley, will significantly increase your likelihood of achieving your desired results.
  • Patience: A natural feel can take from two to nine months post-surgery to obtain. Be patient with your body. Love your new body. And give it the time it needs to become yours in both look and feel.

Dr. Jane Rowley is the leading Lubbock plastic surgeon who can help you with your breast augmentation decisions and questions. Learn more at www.rowleyplasticsurgery.com

Breast Implant Placement: Under or Over the Muscle

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Breast augmentation in one of the leading requested plastic surgery procedures. Women want to increase their breast size or add volume and fullness to their breasts’ appearance. Breast implants can also correct asymmetry with breasts and help enhance their shapeliness. Choosing to have breast implants doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all surgery. Patients in Lubbock need to make several decisions concerning their implants and spend plenty of time discussing their choices with their doctors. Things to consider about your implants include:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Shape
  • Placement

With so much to think about, having a board certified surgeon willing to spend the time needed to help you make the right choices for your body is imperative to your having the best possible outcome with your surgery. You probably have already thought about your size options. You may even have considered silicone vs. saline. But have you given thought to where your implant will be placed?

In general, implants placed above the muscle tend to have a more natural look and feel; however, this is not the right placement for every body type, and a natural look and feel can also be obtained for implants below the muscle. Particularly petite women with limited natural breast tissue find that placement under the muscle is necessary. Ultimately, you and your doctor should carefully review all of the pros and cons surrounding this placement in the context of your body to determine the best choice for you.

Breast Implants Under Breast Tissue

Implants placed below the breast tissue but above the chest muscle are called subglandular or subfascial.

Benefits of above muscle implants:

  • Typically less invasive than below the muscle breast implants
  • Quicker recovery because the muscle stays intact
  • No distortion from flexing muscles
  • No size limitation due to limited space under the muscle
  • Breast implants can be spaced closer together allowing for more cleavage

Disadvantages of above the muscle:

  • More likely to have visible rippling of the implant
  • Less support for the implant putting it at risk of dropping over time
  • More likely to cause stretch marks and blemishes
  • More difficult to mammogram
  • Higher risk of looking “fake”

Breast Implants Under Your Muscle

Placement under the muscle is often referred to as subpectoral.

Benefits of under the muscle:

  • Less risk of folds or ripples in the implant becoming visible
  • More tissue covering and protecting the breast implants
  • Less risk of firmness or capsular contracture

Disadvantages of under the muscle:

  • Longer recovery times
  • Typically more painful recovery
  • Interference with some physical activities like push ups or weight lifting
  • Visible flexing of the muscle over the breast implants, which can look unnatural
  • Higher-positioned implants can look unnatural

There is no right or wrong placement of your breast implant. Talk with your Lubbock doctor to review all of your options and to discuss the right fit for your body type and your personal goals. At Rowley Plastic Surgery, you will find a caring staff and expert breast augmentation surgeon. Dr. Jane Rowley carefully guides her patients with information to make the best decision for their plastic surgery experience. Learn more about procedures and staff at Rowley Plastic Surgery at www.rowleyplasticsurgery.com

What to Consider When Choosing a Breast Implant Size

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Communicating expectations about a wanted implant size is sometimes a difficult thing for patients. Patients need to have realistic expectations, and surgeons need to explain procedures and options to patients clearly. Breast implant sizes don’t just match up with a perceived bra size. As patient and doctor discuss a breast augmentation, they should consider long-term goals for the surgical result. Along with size, Lubbock women need to consider the implant material and shape that they want to be used for their breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Size and Your Body

Size can be one of the toughest topics to navigate when establishing clear expectations for your breast augmentation procedure. We often try talking about breast sizes using bra sizes, but, a cup size can look very different on different body shapes and sizes, and even a standard bra size can vary from bra brand to brand. The effect of implants can look different on different people depending on body shape and existing breast tissue. For example, your chest and shoulder width play a role in selecting the width of your implants, and going from a small A cup to a small D cup can produce very different results than going from a full B cup to a small D cup. So more than selecting a bra from the store shelf or comparing with friends to determine the right size for you, go into our Lubbock office for an in-person consultation to help you understand your options and what may be recommended for your body type.

Consider Breast Augmentation and Lifestyle

It is easy to cruise the internet and take a look around the poolside to select what you think to be the perfect size for your breast augmentation, but it is an entirely different thing living with that new body you imagined for yourself. The goal after a breast augmentation is not to look back and wish that you had either gone for a size larger or a size smaller. And size dissatisfaction post-surgery can be a result of more than just wishing your clothes fit differently. For incredibly active individuals, maintaining that activity with a new and larger chest can be difficult. If sports and exercises are a consistent part of your life, consider an implant that will give you lift and shape and fullness, but not an excessively large breast size.

More than “Bigger Is Better”

Remember that a breast augmentation is more than a competition with size. Correcting an asymmetric chest or adding back some lost fullness can bring you great satisfaction and an increase in self-confidence. Dr. Jane Rowley knows the importance of spending whatever time is needed to understand her patient’s expectations with her breast augmentation. Schedule your consultation today and see what possibilities you have with breast enhancement surgery. Visit www.rowleyplasticsurgery.com for more information.