Attaining fuller, more attractive breasts through surgery no longer means sacrificing their natural look and feel. Dr. Daniel J. Casper has an International Reputation, and has performed more than 10,000 breast augmentation surgeries, making him an experienced plastic surgeon highly skilled in breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Casper provides among the most beautiful results of breast augmentation Pasadena has to offer, giving your breasts a fuller, shapelier appearance with results that are soft, natural and beautiful.
What is the Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Dr. Casper utilizes all incision techniques as well as above-and-below-muscle placements, depending on your needs and goals in order to provide you with the best breast augmentation Los Angeles has to offer. Together, you will decide which method and implant style is best for you.
Choosing the right implant involves much more than just deciding on how large it should be. Saline and silicone implants have different characteristics in shape, feel and how they move. Another factor that Dr. Casper considers is the physiology of his patient. An implant that would suit a tall woman with a large frame would not be aesthetically pleasing for a petite woman with a small frame.
Periareolar Incision: Incision is made around the pigmented areolar complex.
Transaxillary Incision: Incision is made within the folds of the armpit, which spares the entire breast from scarring.
Inframammary Incision: Incision is placed in the breast crease, where it is hidden and can also be reused for a later revision or even a reverse tummy tuck.
TUBA Incision: Incision is made at the belly button, and an endoscope is used to tunnel up to the breast area. Many plastic surgeons feel this method is insufficient for fully viewing the surgical area, leading to complications and a greater risk of error.
Dr. Casper obtains fabulous results from his Pasadena breast augmentation surgery by creating the exact balance and harmony that compliments each individual woman. Dr. Casper has over 10,000 breast augmentation surgeries to his credit. He routinely provides his patients with among the best breast implants Pasadena can offer.
Dr. Casper will work diligently to ensure that any visible scarring from the procedure is minimal and as light as possible. Results are critical and how you look is the most important. The entire procedure typically takes about two hours or less to complete and is performed on an outpatient basis. With his painstaking
attention to detail, Dr. Casper is able to provide unparalleled outcomes for his patients desiring breast implants in Los Angeles.
Saline implants are rounder which might be a better choice for a thinner woman. They feel a little less natural than silicone gel implants since they are filled with liquid. Saline implants allow a smaller incision since they are inserted before they are filled. A smaller incision heals faster and produces a shorter and less visible scar. Both silicone and saline implants look beautiful and natural as long as they are fitted correctly.
Silicone implants feel and move more naturally since the gel is specifically developed to mimic the natural breast. The latest generation of gel implants is composed of a highly cohesive gel shaped to be fuller at the bottom, also known as gummy bear implants. This makes them softer to the touch and capable of returning to shape if compressed. Silicone implants require a larger incision and therefore form a longer scar.
Both saline and silicone implants are encased in a tough outer silicone shell. This material is essentially the same with the exception that the saline implant shell has a filler valve.
Saline implants are made of a silicone outer shell that is filled with a salt water solution, while silicone implants are also composed of a silicone outer shell, but contain a thick silicone gel. Saline breast implants are approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration for patients over 18. Silicone breast implants have been approved by the FDA since 2006 to use in breast augmentation patients age 22 and over, and breast reconstruction patients of any age.
Pasadena's Premier Breast Implant Surgeon
As a provider of among the best breast augmentations in Los Angeles, plastic surgeon Dr. Casper uses only FDA-approved saline and silicone breast implants from the finest manufacturers in the nation. He is a principal investigator both for Mentor and Allergan and is recognized as a "preferred surgeon". Dr. Casper has been unanimously voted as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena since 2011.
Before & After Breast Implants by Dr. Daniel Casper
In so far as age, there is not an upper limit for undergoing the procedure. However, all clients must be non-smokers in good physical and mental health, with no major medical concerns such as hypertension or bleeding disorders.
When it comes to how young a patient can be, a client should be at least 18 years old before breast augmentation. The breasts need time to completely finish growing. Other concerns for younger patients include the fact that pregnancy may affect the breast shape and size in the future, requiring breast implant revision.
What is the Recovery after Breast Augmentation?
Recovering from breast augmentation surgery is more likely to be uneventful if prior preparations are made. This way, day-to-day demands can be postponed for a week or two so that all you need to do is rest and recover. You will likely be more tired than usual after receiving your breast implants. This is due to the anesthetic more than the surgery itself. Preparing ahead of time is good insurance against exhausting yourself doing routine tasks.
Take care of paying the bills, buying groceries and arranging for the care of small children. If you have school age children arrange for transportation to school and their other activities for a few weeks. Los Angeles has driving services for children as well as other convenient services such as grocery delivery. You won’t be able to drive until you are off any opiate based pain medication and following that you will enjoy a break from driving while you heal.
It is recommended that you prepare an area well away from the noise and activity of the household which has everything you will need close to hand. Have your medication, water, cell phone, TV remote, snacks, your tablet, etc. within arm’s reach. If you have a busy household, you might consider a short term helper hired from a Los Angeles temporary help agency.
You will need to sleep on your back in a slightly elevated position for a several days to minimize swelling. Keeping the surgical area elevated above the heart is one of the primary rules of recovering from any surgery. Breast implants will not move around but it is beneficial to let them settle before trying to sleep on your stomach. Some women find a recliner very comfortable for this period of recovery. If you don’t have a recliner, sleeping with a few pillows under your shoulders will create the slight elevation that is needed.
Patients who can opt out of their everyday responsibilities to allow uninterrupted rest and relaxation find that overall they are back to normal faster than they anticipated.
Physical Effects of Breast Surgery
Some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of numbness can be expected after surgery. Any pain and discomfort during recovery can be alleviated with medication. Dr. Casper will remove stitches about 14 days after the procedure, and patients can usually resume normal daily activities a few days to a week after surgery. Patients can bathe or shower a few days following surgery and will receive full instructions on caring for their incisions while performing normal hygiene activities.
You may experience tingling for several days to several weeks as well as changes in sensitivity of the nipples. This feeling will gradually disappear as your Pasadena breast implants heal and settle into the pockets. Los Angeles patients can schedule follow up appointments if there is anything that concerns them during the recovery period. Patients flying in for their surgery can schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Casper to discuss any concerns they have.
Dr. Casper advises patients to continue having mammograms after breast enlargement. A special version of the mammogram test will need to be performed so that your doctor can see around the implants for the most accurate results.
Implants do rupture very occasionally due to impact trauma from a car accident, accidental puncture during a medical biopsy or mammogram. Patients with saline implants will notice the deflation right away but those with silicone implants may not be aware of the rupture until their next mammogram.
The highly cohesive gel is formulated to stay in the shell even under pressure. Because the gel is so effective at staying in place, women with silicone gel breast implants are advised to undergo routine mammograms to check for rupture as well as for cancer screening. As a note, multiple studies have determined that silicone implants are as safe as saline implants. Personal choice in this matter is the primary factor in what type of breast implants Los Angeles women choose.
Both of these implant types have different and distinct advantages, and can ultimately work to help you obtain fuller breasts with natural-looking results.
On average, breast implants will continue to please for about 15-20 years. In some case, significant weight gain or weight loss may change the appearance of the implant, or the implant may shift or cause complications, requiring revision surgery.
Patients can expect to return to their exercise routine after about four weeks. Your body will let you know what you can do – and you will be given the okay for vigorous exercise by Dr. Casper. If you feel any discomfort or pain in a certain exercise, stop. There should be problems in all of your normal physical activities after about six weeks.
Will I Have Loss of Sensation from Breast Augmentation?
Numbness is a common side effect after surgery, as the nerves have been traumatized or are compressed by residual swelling. Patients may experience some sensory changes after breast augmentation. For the majority of patients, the sensation does return within three to six months. It is more common to have some nipple sensation loss along with some loss of feeling to the area directly around the scar line. This can take up to two years to resolve and may never return to 100 percent of what it felt like before surgery.
Am I Too Old for Surgery?
When deciding on breast augmentation, your overall health is more of a factor to consider than your age. All patients are different, so it is important to review your medical history with your surgeon and have any of your concerns addressed. Essentially, if you are generally healthy and safe to undergo surgery, you are probably not too old!
Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?
Most women who have had breast implants are able to breastfeed. The silicone implants of today are far superior, do not pose a risk of silicone ending up in breast milk. When considering a breast augmentation your ability to breastfeed might depend on where the incision is made in the breast. A carefully performed breast augmentation should not impact the milk ducts. If you plan on breastfeeding a baby in the future, discuss this with Dr. Casper so the correct incisions and procedure can be planned.
How Long Do the Implants Last?
The longevity of breast implants varies, but they can last many, many years – there is no hard and fast standard “shelf life,” although most have warranties for ten years. If your implants are in good shape, there is no need to replace them. Modern implants are superior in quality and typically last longer than the implants produced in the past.
What are Some of the Complications?
Most breast augmentations go smoothly, but as with any surgery, in rare cases a patient could experience complications such as infection, issues with anesthesia, implant rippling or wrinkling, or abnormal scarring. To avoid complications, we carefully monitor the progress of our patients throughout the recovery process. Follow your aftercare instructions carefully, and the likelihood of problems is very, very low.
Are There Any Viable Non-Surgical Alternatives for Breast Enhancement?
For women seeking a permanent increase in breast size, breast augmentation surgery with implants is the most common and effective method. For subtler breast augmentation, natural fat transfer is an option, but will not dramatically increase breast size.
If you would like to meet with one of the top Los Angeles plastic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Casper, please contact our practice today to discuss your options. Dr. Casper will be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about procedures that may be right for you.