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How soon can I travel after breast augmentation?

when can i travel after breast augmentation?We have a large number of patients that travel to New York to see us for breast augmentation surgery, so naturally one of the most common questions my patients ask is “How soon can I travel after the procedure?”

There are several things to consider when traveling after breast augmentation to make sure you are traveling safely, and as long as you pay attention to these considerations early travel is always a possibility.

Keep Reading to find out more about what you should be thinking about when traveling after breast augmentation surgery…

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Which incision is the best for breast augmentation surgery?

incision choices for breast augmentation surgeryNew data presented at the 2013 American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting suggests that the inframammary incision (in the fold under the breast) carries nearly a 50% lower risk of capsular contracture than the other incisions (periareolar, transaxillary, and transumbilical).

The overall risk of capsular contracture after breast augmentation surgery is a range of about 10-15%, but new data suggests that the risk can be cut to about 5% with inframammary incisions.

Continue reading to learn more about incisions for breast augmentation surgery and capsular contracture…

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PIP Breast Implant Removal

PIP breast implant removal by NYC plastic surgeon dr nicholas vendemia of mas manhattan aesthetic surgery, breast enlargement new york, breast implants nyc, plastic surgeryThe PIP breast implant scandal has been center-stage in the aesthetic safety news over the past few months, and has resulted in several criminal charges against executives of the French company, Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP), that was responsible for manufacturing breast implants with industrial-grade silicone instead of medical silicone in an effort to cut costs.

PIP implants were distributed throughout Europe and South America, and even though the rate of rupture appears to be at least double the rate of medical-grade implants, there is still no consensus on whether or not the implants should be removed.

PIP breast implants were never sold in the United States, but if you are one of the thousands of women who received PIP breast implants in another country, keep reading for more information…

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How to Perform a Self Breast Exam!

Breast cancer awareness : breast implants : breast reconstruction : self breast examIt’sBreast Cancer Awareness Month!

And you know what that means… lots of pink ribbons, and lots of reminders to do your self breast exams!

Every woman over 25 should  know how to do a proper self breast exam. The best treatment for breast cancer is early detection, so make sure to take five minutes every month to do a good exam.

Pick a day that’s easy to remember like the “first Friday” each month and stick to it!

For all you ladies who’ve had a little surgical enhancement, this is for you too! Remember, breast implants don’t cause breast cancer, or make it harder to detect breast cancer. In fact, breast implants are still the most popular method of breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.

Check out this great “how to” VIDEO on how give yourself a proper exam!

3 Important Things to Keep in Mind While Watching this Video

  1. You should be bare chested for your exam. Don’t try to do the exam through your shirt or bra like she does in the video.
  2. Use concentric circles to make sure you examine the entire breast, and use the same pattern every time so you don’t miss a spot.
  3. Don’t skip the armpit step. It’s really important to feel those lymph nodes too.

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Top 10 Breast Facts That Every Woman Should Know!

Breast facts, breast implants, breast augmentation, breast feeding, breast changes during pregnancy, breast liftThere are things every woman should know when it comes to their breasts. From puberty, to pregnancy, to aging, breasts are constantly changing. But what makes your breasts “normal”?

Keep reading to find out the top 10 facts all girls should know about their “girls”…

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Adjustable Breast Implants?

Adjustable Breast Implants, Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgeon NYC, Breast Augmentation by New York Plastic Surgeon Dr Nicholas Vendemia of MAS | 917-703-7069A recent article in a Chicago newspaper talked about the idea of adjustable breast implants!

This idea isn’t necessarily a new… adjustable breast implants (AKA “tissue expanders”) are used all the time in the first phase of breast cancer reconstruction surgeries. However, the idea of using adjustable implants in cosmetic breast augmentation surgery is relatively new and somewhat controversial.

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Letting it all hang out… on HuffPo!

small boobs, no bra, Breast Augmentation, Breast Enlargement, Breast Implants, Plastic Surgery NYC, Plastic Surgeon NYCWhat is all the hype about going bra-less?? And why is it that women who wear bras are all insecure?

Frankly, I don’t agree. If you want to go bra-less, then do it. If you want to wear a bra, then wear one. You do not have to go bra-less to have confidence, and I also don’t believe that wearing a bra means you hate your breasts!

That being said, in today’s world, if you don’t love your breasts, you can always get breast implants. While this recent HuffPo article strongly advises against implants, there are many facts that this writer got wrong when it comes to implants and the surgery.

Here’s the short-story of what you need to know if you’re considering breast implants…

  1. Breast augmentation surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States, with over 300,000 performed in the past year. It is also has one of the highest satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure, which is probably the reason why it’s so popular!
  2. With any surgery, there are risks. The 3 main risks of breast augmentation surgery are bleeding, infection, and capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant). There are of course other risks, but they are so infrequent that they are barely worth mentioning outside of a formal consultation with a plastic surgeon.
  3. If you happen to be one of the few women who has a problem after breast augmentation surgery, chances are that it can be fixed!! The vast majority of breast implant complications are not life threatening, nor do they commonly pose any serious risks to your health.
  4. No medical device lasts forever… which is why we suggest replacing your implants after about 10 years. Newer generation implants probably last much longer than 10 years, but since there isn’t any definitive data on that subject yet, most plastic surgeons still quote the conservative 10 year estimate.
  5. Silicone implants are safe and feel much more natural than saline. Today, silicone implants that are made from highly-cohesive silicone gel (not liquid). You can literally cut the implant in half without anything leaking, hence the nickname “gummy bear implants”.
  6. Watch out for doctors who are not fully-trained plastic surgeons offering breast augmentation! There are more than you think, and the rate of complications in their hands is much higher than it is when your surgery is being done by a real plastic surgeon.

I have seen many patients who love the results of the breast augmentation surgery, and I have seen it completely change people’s lives. Some people like bigger breasts and some people like small breasts. It’s a personal preference! Do what makes you happy, whether that’s going bra-less or getting implants. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with either!

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Letting It All Hang Out: How I Made Peace With My Small Boobs (A Plastic Surgeon’s Commentary)

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An article recently surfaced on HuffPo about the joy of going bra-less, and the unspeakable dangers of breast implants… according to blogger Hallie Seegal that is…

Now, I completely support any lifestyle decision that a woman (or man) chooses to make, including not wearing a bra 🙂  But if you’re attempting to persuade people that your choice is the “right” choice, you should be certain that you have your facts straight. If you present inaccurate information that you don’t truly understand, you’re doing a lot of people a great disservice, so let’s go through Hallie Seegal’s claims one by one…

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Macrolane: The “One Hour” Breast Augmentation

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A new injectible filler called Macrolane is creating some buzz, but not for the usual reasons that fillers make the headlines!

Macrolane is an HA (hyaluronic acid) filler that is similar to popular products like Juvederm and Restylane, but has been developed for use in larger volumes on the body. Juvederm and Restylane are used to treat smile lines (nasolabial folds), under-eye bags (lid-cheek junction), and to re-contour the chin and jawline. These procedures require about 1-5cc of product depending on the area(s) being treated. Macrolane is meant to be used in much larger volumes (20-150cc) for procedures like breast augmentation.

While there’s no doubt that Macrolane breast augmentation sounds like a good idea, it may not be worth all the hype.

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How big is too big when it comes to breast implants?

Get the answer! Read about Sheyla Hershey’s enormous breast implants on HighSocietyPlasticSurgery.com!

Who has the world's largest breast implants? Sheyla Hershey, a 28 year old Texan, is the proud owner of 38KKK breasts that make Heidi Montag’s look like a push-up bra! Sheyla is a “singer/dancer/actress/model” who traveled to Brazil to have her 34FFF’s upgraded to 38KKK that she wanted but couldn’t get in the United States. Dr. Nicholas Vendemia of Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery in New York City says, “There’s a reason why Sheyla had to leave the US to get implants this big… they’re simply n … Read More

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When is it safe to have sex after breast augmentation?

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Short answer: 2 weeks. Long answer: It depends on what you mean by safe!

Immediately after breast implant surgery, there are millions of tiny blood vessels that are trying to their best to heal. These new vessel connections are extremely delicate, and even the smallest elevation in heart rate or blood pressure can cause them to break or leak.

In a recent article in Women’s Health Magazine, Amy Beal and Paige Greenfield say “Breasts are covered in a network of tiny blood vessels that become engorged with blood as heart rate and blood pressure rise during sex, literally causing your boobs to blush.”

More disrupted blood vessels means more bruising and swelling, and a longer recovery. If enough of these new vessels break, you could wind up back in the operating room with a hematoma, and more importantly, with a higher risk of developing a capsular contracture in the future. It takes about two weeks for these blood vessels to heal, so keep it PG until then!

After the 2 week mark, it isn’t the blood vessels that you need to protect; it’s the implant capsule. The capsule is a layer of scar tissue that forms around the implant and eventually helps hold the implant in place. The capsule takes about 6 weeks to fully form, so before this time it is relatively easy to disrupt. If the capsule is disrupted, your implants could shift resulting in asymmetry. This is the reason why upper body workouts aren’t recommended until 6 weeks after breast augmentation, but it’s also the reason why you need to be careful in the bedroom!

Short answer: PG until 2 weeks. Long answer: PG-13 until 6 weeks.

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Working Out After Breast Augmentation

Ready to get back to the gym after breast augmentation? Get the answers to all your questions from Equinox Personal Trainer, Jason Agnello, and New York City Plastic Surgeon, Nicholas Vendemia, MD, on FITFineLines.com.

Working Out After Breast Augmentation You exercise because you care about how you look. You’ve also chosen to have breast augmentation because you care about how you look, and now you’re ready to get back to the serious business of sculpting your ever-closer-to-perfect ladyframe. Restless, and wondering how and when to begin your routine? I asked our own Dr. Nicholas Vendemia for his advice on keeping my post-augmentation clients strong,  healthy and SAFE in the gym. Keep reading for … Read More

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New Breast Implants Will Drop Over the First 3 Months

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Breast augmentation was officially the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2010, and for a very good reason… the results are fantastic!

Those fantastic results take a little time though. It’s very common for brand new breast implants to sit a high on the chest, but this shouldn’t worry you. There are a few reasons why implants sit high right after surgery, but the most common reason is that your surgeon put them there on purpose to compensate for the fact that your skin will stretch over the first 2-3 months after the procedure. As the skin stretches, the implants descend into their final perfect position.

In the above picture series, you can see how brand new breast implants drop over the first 3 months after surgery.

1 Month

The implants are sitting fairly high on the chest, and they are quite swollen. The nipples are pointing down just ever so slightly because of the high position of the implants, and this gives the illusion that the breasts are sagging a bit. This is entirely normal and expected at only one month after surgery.

2 Months

You can see that the implants have descended a few centimeters, and the nipples are in the center of the implant. The illusion of sagging has disappeared, as has most of the swelling.

3 Months

The implants have dropped into their ideal position, and the swelling has completely resolved. The nipples are in the center of the implant, and they are now pointing just slightly skyward. This new position reflects the final few centimeters of implant descent, and the ideal position for breast implants in relation to the overlying breast.

Questions?

If you have any questions about breast implants or breast augmentation surgery, feel free to stop by the office, call, email or text! We’re always happy to hear from our clients, patients, and readers!

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Do breast implants make mammograms more difficult?

 

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Mammograms may be one of the more dreaded things on your healthcare to-do list—right up there with pap smears and visits to the dentist’s office. But, you can’t ignore the fact that they’re one of the most important preventative measures a woman can take when it comes to protecting her health.

What do you need to know about mammograms if you have breast implants? Read on to learn why they’re so important, and what you need to find out before you schedule an appointment.

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MRI’s for Your DD’s! A Better Way to Check for Breast Implant Leaks

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Are your implants getting enough attention? Ahem, from you that is!

It’s tempting to believe that once you’ve made the decision to get breast implants, that the process is a done deal. In fact, many women believe that the only time they’ll ever have to thing about their implants again is when they’re admiring themselves in a hot new bikini!

For the most part this is true. Implants do not require a lot of maintenance. But there is one thing that I feel all women with breast implants should make sure to do periodically: get MRI scans of their breasts.

Keep Reading to find out why an MRI is a good idea for your DD’s!

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Can I Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

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Are you worried that getting breast implants will keep you from breastfeeding your baby? Just take a look at former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson!

Kendra has had breast implants for a while, and had no problem breastfeeding her first baby, but this is still a hot topic among mothers-to-be. If you’re on the road to parenthood, you’ve probably gotten a lot of mixed information about breastfeeding with implants. Don’t worry! It’s not as scary, or as complicated, as you might think.

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Patient Almost Bleeds to Death After Eye Doctor Performs Breast Augmentation!

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An Eye Doctor… that’s right, Eye Doctor… had to call 911 from his own office to save the life of a patient that was bleeding to death on his operating room table. How do you bleed to death from eye surgery you ask? Well, that’s the kicker… he wasn’t performing eye surgery at all!  He was giving his patient breast implants!

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