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Why Should I Choose Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation®?

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While breast augmentation is highly customizable and comes with many different options, the technique itself has not changed much over the years. Generally, incisions are created, implants are placed, and the incisions are closed with sutures. Most women who are considering breast augmentation are aware that they are likely to encounter discomfort and a considerable amount of time away from their daily activities. However, Iconic Plastic Surgery offers the Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation® to enhance the healing journey and reduce side effects. This new method results in minimal discomfort as well as a shorter healing period due to its advanced approach to surgical breast enhancement. 

Traditional Breast Augmentation

When traditional breast augmentation is performed, many patients experience the bulk of their bleeding at the incision sites near the ribs. Those who have their implants placed under the muscle may have even more bleeding and subsequent swelling during their procedure. Dr. D’Souza believes that this side effect is partially to blame for a long or uncomfortable recovery process, which prompted the development of his revolutionary approach to breast surgery. 

Benefits of Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation®

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The striking advantages of undergoing Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation® instead of a traditional procedure are as follows:

Careful attention to anatomy: Selecting oversized implants are one of the reasons why women experience a lengthy recovery or uncomfortable side effects. Implants that are too heavy for your frame can be burdensome and make your body work harder to heal from the procedure. Dr. D’Souza takes the time to meticulously analyze your proportions and help you choose implants that will match your figure, giving you an easier recovery.

Minor swelling: The damaged blood vessels are cauterized around the muscles in the rib area to reduce the risk of postoperative swelling and discomfort. This also means there is no need for drains or compression garments.

Minimal pain: Most patients who choose to undergo this procedure do not need narcotic medication. Usually, over-the-counter medicine is sufficient for pain management, even in the early stages of recovery. 

Little-to-no downtime: Unlike women who opt for a traditional breast augmentation, Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation® patients typically resume their normal routine within 24 hours. This technique is far more convenient to schedule around because of this.


The Initial Consultation

The first appointment is the most important because it is during this meeting that the details of your procedure will be developed. Precise measurements of your anatomy will be taken, and you will be able to communicate your objectives with your surgeon. The quality of your breast tissue will also be assessed to give you the best possible outcome during your Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation®. Dr. D’Souza will use this information to determine the ideal implant size and profile for your needs. 


For more information about Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation®, please schedule your consultation at Iconic Plastic Surgery in Carlsbad by calling 760-637-5288.

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What’s the Difference Between Breast Augmentation & Breast Lift?

Should I get a breast augmentation or a breast lift? That’s the question more and more women are asking themselves. If you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your bust but don’t know which surgical procedure to get, then it’s best to speak with a certified plastic surgeon for the most accurate recommendation. Continue reading to learn what each procedure involves so you can best prepare yourself for your initial consultation.

Breast Augmentation: It’s About Size

Breast augmentation involves the insertion of implants to increase bust size and create a proportional chest contour. You’ll have a few decisions to make if you choose to go with this procedure, including the type of implant and incision placement.

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Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that is harmless if any leakage were to occur. However, silicone breast implants are far more popular as they offer a more natural look and feel. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, silicone is not an option as it is not FDA approved for those within that particular age range.

Where you choose to have your incisions will greatly influence how your surgeon performs the operation. You essentially have three incision options to choose from. The most popular option is the inframammary incision because it is most ideal when using a silicone implant and the scar is hidden under the breast fold.

The transaxillary incision is placed in the armpit and is a good choice for those who don’t want a scar along their breast fold. For those who are undergoing both breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries, the periareolar incision is preferred. The natural transition from the areola to the breast helps hide the incision scar.

Overall, the operation can last up to two hours with a relatively easy recovery period lasting a few days.

Breast Lift: It’s About Shape

A loss of volume in a woman’s breast can be due to significant life events such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, or weight loss. Breast tissue can lose its elasticity and begin to droop and sag (ptosis).

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A popular method to see if a woman needs a breast lift is the pencil test. Insert a pencil under the breast fold, ideally as high as you can. If the pencil does not fall, then that is a clear sign of breast drooping. Another test you can do is to see if the nipple rests below the pencil. If it does, then you most likely have ptosis.

The procedure itself has a variety of incisions to choose from. Each patient is different, so each operation is tailored to the patient’s individual needs. A patient with minimal skin laxity will likely have an incision made around the nipple. A vertical incision, or “lollipop” technique, is best for patients who have more skin laxity. For those with a significant amount of laxity, a horizontal incision, or “Wise” pattern, is preferred.

The procedure is fairly straightforward. Once anesthesia is induced, the operation begins and can last from one to three hours. Your surgeon will be sure not to cause any trauma to the breast tissue so that your recovery is swift and as pain-free as possible.

What Is the Best Option?

There are plenty of benefits for each option. Keep in mind that breast augmentation will increase the size of your breast but will not treat any sagging or droopiness, and a breast lift will correct the shape and position of your breast but will not increase its size.

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Breast lift and breast augmentation surgeries can be combined. When joined together, the procedure will correct the shape and restore youthfulness while adding volume to your bust.

Like with any major surgical operation, a qualifying patient must be in good standing health and have realistic expectations before the procedure begins. These procedures do not last forever. The size and shape of your breasts can change over time due to pregnancy, weight loss, and age.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at Iconic Plastic Surgery today! Call 760-637-5288.

How to Decide What Type of Breast Augmentation to Get

With over 300,000 procedures just last year, it’s clear that breast augmentation is continuing to be a very popular procedure among women in the U.S. Whatever the reason for undergoing a breast augmentation, either for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons, there are plenty of decisions to make before you go into surgery. For some, the number of choices to make can be daunting, including where to make the incision, what type of implant to use, and what you qualify for in regard to your health history.

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Here are some key points to keep in mind when deciding what type of breast augmentation is right for you.

How Many Different Types of Breast Augmentations Are There?

So you’ve decided that you want breast implants. Great! You’ve made the first step on your journey toward a more ideal self. You might have heard about different types of implants, such as saline and silicone, but it is just as important to consider the implant shape, size, placement, and the location of the incision.

Breast augmentation surgery does not come in “one-size-fits-all” package; your aesthetic goals, medical history, and body frame all play a part when you and your doctor create a roadmap for your success.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

The two most popular options for breast implants are saline and silicone. This is one of the most crucial decisions to make prior to surgery, as both options have their own unique benefits.

Saline is FDA approved for women 18 years old or older and is better suited for those with asymmetrical breasts. The saline breast implants contain a sterile saltwater solution that offers enhanced firmness and can be easily absorbed by the body.

Silicone implants are a very popular gel-based alternative to saline. They are FDA approved as well, but cannot be used for women under the age of 22. Silicone implants are ideal for those who wish to achieve aesthetic-oriented results, as it also offers a more natural look and feel.

Incision Options

This is a crucial decision to make, and it shouldn’t be made without your doctor. There are three types of incisions to choose from, and ultimately, you may have to choose an option based on health and safety rather than preference. Your options are:

  • Inframammary: A small incision is made along the inframammary fold, which is the crease underneath the breast. This option results in a small, concealable scar within the crease. It is the preferred method for those looking to use large silicone implants for their breast augmentation.
  • Transaxillary: This technique involves a small incision in the armpit that will allow your surgeon to place the breast implant. This is a popular choice for those who do not wish to have a visible scar along the breast.
  • Periareolar: A preferred choice for women who are also undergoing a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation. Your surgeon will create a small incision around the circumference of the areola so that the natural transition of skin color helps camouflage the scar.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Once you’re ready to undergo the operation, you’ve already discussed with your surgeon what implant and incision type is right for you. Anesthesia will be administered during the procedure. Lasting anywhere from one to two hours, the procedure involves creating a pocket for the implant to rest inside of. Everything will be done in compliance with very strict health and safety guidelines.

Post-Operation Tips

You will receive medicine to help alleviate the pain around the chest. You will be sore for the first few days following surgery, but the pain should be easily manageable. It’s important to know that results typically do not last forever. Drastic changes to the body, including weight loss, pregnancy, and age may alter the look of your breasts. Saline implants can last anywhere between 4 and 10 years, and silicone implants usually last between 10 and 20 years.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, feel free to contact our Carlsbad plastic surgery office for your complimentary consultation today! Call 760-637-5288.