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Rejuvenating the upper torso with strategic breast augmentation in Vancouver, WA

Full, round breasts are the hallmark of a youthful physique, yet as the body ages, the breasts begin to sag, deflate and droop, lowering one’s self-confidence and creating a less than ideal fit in swimwear, eveningwear and everyday clothing. Pregnancy and massive weight loss can also contribute to an unattractive breast aesthetic.

Our breast augmentation in Portland, either with implants or through fat transfer, can beautifully replenish lost breast volume, creating a more feminine, curvaceous look. Breast augmentation is often coupled with a breast lift, which can help achieve a perkier breast silhouette and a more youthful-looking nipple position.

Board-certified plastic surgeon in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Gabriel is an established board certified plastic surgeon serving Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR and beyond, delivering results that are highly customized to your unique anatomy, lifestyle and aesthetic sensibilities. Your outcome will appear wonderfully natural and balanced, giving you a new sense of personal confidence in your appearance.

Benefits of breast augmentation include…

  • Revitalizes the upper torso after pregnancy
  • Helps reverse some of the negative effects of aging
  • Rebuilds the profile after massive weight loss
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Creates a better fit in swimwear and tight-fitting clothing
  • Completes the mommy makeover procedure
  • Procedure can be highly personalized to your needs and wishes
  • Wide array of breast implant sizes, shapes and textures
  • Option for augmentation with fat transfer
  • Long-lasting, sustainable results
  • Beautiful, natural-looking outcomes

Who might be a good candidate for the breast augmentation procedure?

Breast augmentation is appropriate for women of all ages who desire a change in their breast size and shape. Before undergoing our breast augmentation in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Gabriel suggests that his patients be in good health, both emotionally and physically, with no major medical issues that would inhibit the surgery or recovery period.

Clients should be non-smokers, or willing to quit at least a month before surgery. Additionally, patients should have realistic expectations for their breast implant results based on their confidential consultation with Dr. Gabriel in Vancouver, WA.

Types of implants

Today there are dozens of implants sizes, shapes and textures to choose from, so you will be able to find the implants that suit your anatomy, goals and lifestyle. Our Portland breast implants are either saline or silicone, with the Gummy Bear form-stable implant being an additional silicone-based option.

Silicone implants tend to look and feel more authentic than saline; however, saline implants tend to be less costly and have a track record for safety, as in the unlikely event of rupture, the body simply absorbs the harmless sterilized saline. Saline implants are also useful for those that want to avoid the appearance of incisions at or near the breast, as they can be inserted through an opening within the armpit.

Dr. Gabriel is also currently offering Motiva Implants. Motiva USA is an affiliated company of Establishment Labs, which was founded in 2004 and is a global, breast implant and medical technology company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets an innovative product portfolio consisting of advanced silicone-filled body shaping implants.

Natrelle

What are Natrelle Breast Implants?

Allergan’s Natrelle INSPIRA is the newest line of FDA-approved silicone gel implants. They are commonly referred to as “gummy” implants. Although only recently approved by the FDA, the manufacturer, Allergan, has been researching and evaluating the long-term safety and overall effectiveness of Natrelle silicone-filled implants for almost two decades.

Why are Natrelle Silicone Implants Referred to as Gummy Implants?

When we use the term gummy, we are describing the consistency of the silicone gel in the implant itself. The gummy is the actual “stickiness” of the gel. It was developed to hold its shape better than the gel in other silicone implants. With Allergan’s Natrelle INSPIRA, there are three different levels of cohesivity, or “gumminess.” The best way for patients to decide which Natrelle implant is right for them is to actually touch, hold, and feel each one. Each option offers a natural look and will be soft to the touch, but varies in firmness.

Do Natrelle INSPIRA Silicone Gel Implants Ripple?

Our Natrelle INSPIRA silicone gel breast implants in Vancouver, WA are better at retaining their shape. The gel is a bit denser with a durable outer silicone shell. Overall, the implant has had much success in minimizing the risk of wrinkling and rippling that can be common with other silicone gel implants.

How Do I Know Which Natrelle Implant is Right for Me?

Natrelle was created to offer women a fuller look, with a very natural feel. Dr. Gabriel will take the time to discuss the benefits and risks of each implant type. He will address any questions you may have regarding size and help you make the best choice for you based on your goals and your unique body structure.

What is the Difference Between Natrelle and Other Gel Implants?

Natrelle INSPIRA breast implants are rounded and filled with the same FDA-approved silicone gel as other implants. The difference with Natrelle is that there is more gel in the implant. The additional gel allows for increased fullness, especially at the top of the breast, but it also reduces the risk of the implant being visible beneath your skin. With a higher fill rate, these implants are less malleable, making it important to precisely fit the dimensions of the breast. There are many different sizes to choose from ensuring the perfect fit for your Portland breast augmentation.

How Long do Natrelle Breast Implants Last?

The longevity of a breast implant can vary. Natrelle silicone gel implants are typically long-lasting and come with a 10-year warranty. Some women choose to replace implants at the 10 year mark, although there is no need to do so if they are still functioning as they should – and imaging test may be advised for older implants.

Breast implant incisions

Peri-areolar

This will be an option for those women with an areolar diameter that is neither too small nor too wide for the incision to be made properly. Scarring is greatly minimized, as the incisions are well-hidden within the darker pigmentation of the areolas.

Inframammary

Here, the incisions are made within the breast crease, allowing the surgeon a great deal of access with well-hidden scars. Inframammary incisions are appropriate for both saline and silicone implants.

Transaxillary

Here the incisions are placed within the armpits where they are well-disguised. Threading the implant through the armpit incision is trickier in terms of precision, but for those concerned with scarring this may be an excellent option.

TUBA (transumbilical)

This technique creates the incision within the navel and tunnels the implant up to the breasts. This is not a viable option if the dual plane method is used for implant placement.

Implant placement options

During your breast augmentation in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Gabriel can place the implants either sub-muscularly beneath the pec muscles, or sub-glandularly above the pec muscles. Additionally, a dual plane method may be utilized, which places them only partially below the pec muscles.

Dr. Gabriel will help counsel you on the best placement for your unique body and aesthetic goals during your confidential breast implants consultation in Vancouver, WA.

FAQ

Will my scars disappear over time?

Your scars will not completely disappear, but they will fade over time, typically appearing as a fine line matching your skin tone. The degree to which scars fade and the final appearance is based you’re your skin type and genetics, along with your individual healing capacity. The incisions are always made in the most discreet areas so that they are not noticeable.

How long do breast augmentations last?

Breast augmentations can last many, many years, and need not be replaced when the implants remain in good shape. Many people believe that implants must be replaced every ten years, but the latest generation of breast implants often lasts far longer.

What’s expected of me in order to get great results?

To get the best results it is best to avoid strenuous activity for the prescribed time period after surgery, usually about six weeks. Also avoiding blood thinners and alcohol prior to and after surgery, eating healthy foods, and staying hydrated is advised. The healthier you are, the faster you can heal and enjoy your new figure.

How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?

Your ability to breastfeed should not be affected as the implants and surgery will not compromise the milk ducts or nipple, especially if the implants are placed beneath the pectoral muscle. Inform Dr. Gabriel if you intend to have children in the future that you would like to breastfeed, so the correct procedure is used.

What will the breast look like if I later choose to have the implants removed?

This depends on how large the implants are and how long they have been in place. If the implants are quite large, then the skin and tissue will have stretched and grown to accommodate the implants. This will leave the breast looking very flat and lacking volume after the implant is removed. At this point, if you do not want to replace your implants, a breast lift can be performed to reshape your natural tissue to resolve the issue.

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