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12 Jun 2015

Breast Implants: The Basics 101 in NYC

The breast augmentation surgeons know that for many women, self-esteem is closely tied to their feelings about the size and shape of their breasts.

If a woman feels her breasts are too small or unshapely, this can have a strong, negative impact on how she feels about herself overall and a breast augmentation may be the best solution. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the shape and size of the bust by means of an implant, gently inserted within the breast. Breast augmentation results in a full, naturally rounded looking breast shape.

Types of Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.

  • Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel, and are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older.

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse.

  • If you choose silicone implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.
  • Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older.

Gummy bear breast implants are shaped rather than round. They have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast.

  • Placement of gummy bear implants requires a longer incision in the skin.

Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection.

  • Because round implants are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.

Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. These implants can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement.

  • Smooth implants may have some palpable or visible rippling.

Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside the breast and get repositioned.

  • Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule.

Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available.

Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with your plastic surgeon for appropriate checkups.

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

If you feel that your breasts lack the size and shape you desire, breast augmentation may be for you. Whether you were born with it, or recently lost a significant amount of weight, small breasts can take a toll on a woman’s self-confidence. Breast augmentation can help you to boost your self-confidence. In fact, there are several benefits for women who have the breast augmentation experience, such as:

  • The ability to wear more clothes. Women who have small breasts are limited to clothing that flatters their small chest. With breast augmentation, you can wear the shirts, dresses, and bikinis you always wished you could pull off!
  • Enhanced curves. A nice figure is all about complementary contours. By getting breast augmentation, you can enhance your other curves as well. This can help to achieve a balanced appearance.
  • Anti-aging effects. With age, breasts tend to droop or sag. Breast augmentation can help to restore your youthfulness by making the breasts perkier.
  • Breast symmetry. It’s common for women to have unsymmetrical breasts. Breast augmentation can help to even out the size and symmetry of the breasts.
  • Improved intimacy. Women who have breast augmentation experience better intimacy. They feel more confident in their bodies, and in turn are more open to intimacy.

Types of Incisions

  • Inframammary Incision
  • Transaxillary Incision
  • Periareolar Incision

Inserting and Placing the Implant

The surgeon continues to perform the breast augmentation procedure by placing the implant either beneath the breast gland or, more commonly, under the pectoralis muscle, and then closes the incision.

Closing the Incisions

Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time the incision lines will fade.

*We offer both saline and silicone implants for breast augmentation, including the most advanced “form-stable” silicone implants.

What to Expect in Recovery

Breast pain in the first several days after surgery may be relieved with medication. Swelling and bruising for several weeks after the surgery is normal, but wearing the surgical bra 24 hours a day will assist to reduce the swelling during the healing process.
Following two to three weeks (depending on the procedure and the individual patient), you can resume your normal activities. Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting, however, should be avoided for three to four weeks or more. In the meantime, seek out the optimal sports bra for your activity and breast size.


Dr. Douglas Steinbrech is an experienced plastic surgeon in NYC that is certified by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He takes pride in offering the “Mommy Makeover” to New York City mothers to help them restore their post-baby body.

Contact Dr. Steinbrech today at (212) 750-7100 to schedule a consultation.


7 Nov 2014

Gummy Bear Breast Implants [Infographic]

gummy-bear-breast-implants-infographic-thumbnailDr. Douglas Steinbrech, M.D., F.A.C.S., has recently released an infographic breaking down the facts about Gummy Bear Breast Implants. He offers this visual as a guide for the new wave of breast augmentation and the effective technique.

Women have to consider a number of factors when considering breast augmentation. It helps to ask questions. What are the risks? How natural will they look and feel? What will they cost? One available option that answers these questions and alleviates these concerns are Gummy Bears. That’s right, Gummy Bear breast implants.

Gummy Bear breast implants are the latest generation of silicone breast implants, also known as cohesive, form-stable or highly-cohesive implants, and use advanced gel material and implant technology to produce a more natural result that maintain their shape better with no risk of leakage. Many other breast implants of the past have been characterized by their unnatural appearance, stiff feel and high risk of leakage among other possible complications. Gummy bear breast implants are reasonably affordable, safer and aesthetically more attractive option for women seeking breast augmentation with the best results. Frankly, it makes sense to wonder if such un-natural results warrant the risks involved.

First introduced in Europe in 1995 and in Canada five years later, Gummy bear implants received FDA approval in the United States in 2013 and have a number of advantages over saline and earlier silicone options.

FDA approved manufacturers:

  • Mentor
  • Sientra
  • Allergan


  • Much Softer and Natural Feeling
  • Less Scar Tissue Following the Procedure
  • Less Folding and Rippling
  • Maintain Shape Longer (Up to 15-20 years)
  • Safer; Lower Risk of Complications
  • No Risk of Leakage if Cut, Torn, or Broken
  • Quick Recovery Time


Some patients have found them to be too firm, but most do not, especially in comparison to other types of implants. They also require a slightly larger incision than saline implants, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages as shown on the Infographic.


Patients can return to normal activities within a week.

Of course, no surgical procedure is 100% risk-free, though the risk level is significantly lower with Gummy Bears than other available options and techniques. It is important to consult your doctor before considering breast implants or any other cosmetic surgery. Ideal candidates should be in optimal health.

Gummy Bear implants are recommended only to women 22 years of age or older and the procedure costs an average of $6,500.00. Patients generally resume regular activity within a week of the procedure.