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Choosing a Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which implants are used to enhance the size, symmetry, and projection of your breasts. Often with breast augmentation, Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger can improve the profile of your entire body, helping you look more voluptuous and feel more womanly.

Breast lift surgery addresses ptosis (sagging). With a breast lift, Dr. Bottger can lift your breasts to restore them to a more youthful and firmer appearance.

Many times, a breast implant is used in combination with a lift to enhance not only shape but also put back the fullness that has been lost after pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Factors that can cause breasts to sag may also result in a loss of volume or symmetry. For this reason, many women choose to combine breast augmentation with breast lift surgery. This enables Dr. Bottger to produce a fuller and firmer look to your upper body.

No single option is best for every woman. During your initial consultation with Dr. Bottger, all of your concerns will be addressed and the procedure or procedures best for your body will be determined.

In the last few months an entirely new kind of implant design has been placed on the US market that gives plastic surgeons the ability to correct many patients with mild ptosis (droop) with the implant alone, avoiding the need for the extra incisions needed to perform a lift. This new implant is tear-drop shaped and being thinner at the bottom end, it pushes the nipple and the breast gland forward, taking up the slack of the excess skin at the bottom of the breast and makes the droopy appearance almost disappear. Special training is required to purchase and use these implants but they offer to help more women than ever before with less surgery and more natural results.

To learn about your breast enhancement options, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

New Technology May Improve Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Breast Implants

There are many considerations to account for when deciding whether to undergo breast augmentation. One of these is how it impacts your ability to detect the presence of breast cancer down the road.

Mammograms are not as effective after breast augmentation since tumors can hide behind breast implants during these x-rays. In fact, a British Medical Journal study recently revealed that breast cancer death rates are higher among women with breast implants due to the fact that the condition is often diagnosed much later.

In order to ensure breast cancer is detected as early as possible, you should also go for ultrasounds, which can detect cancerous tumors even when they are missed by a mammogram.

A new technology, called SonoCine, is making ultrasound screenings much more standardized, increasing the accuracy and detail of the results. SonoCine takes a series of moving pictures of different sections of your breast. On average, you will receive approximately 3,000 images from your SonoCine screening.

It is best to undergo mammograms as well as ultrasounds since ultrasounds are not as effective at detecting calcifications, which may be an early indicator of breast cancer.

During your initial consultation, Philadelphia breast augmentation surgeon Dr. David Bottger will discuss these considerations with you in great detail so that you can make a fully informed decision about your desired procedure. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy many benefits associated with breast implants while still being diligent regarding breast cancer detection.

If you are interested in breast implants and live in the Philadelphia area, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation.