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Archives for February 2014

Breast Augmentation and Gender Reassignment

Many transgendered patients who have undergone sex reassignment therapy consider a breast augmentation to enhance their body’s figure. While the hormones taken during hormone replacement therapy (HRT) provide some transgender women with the physical characteristics they desire, others seek a breast augmentation to supplement the effects of the transition process.

Surgically, the breast augmentation process for transgender patients is no different than it is for other patients. The same types of breast implants and incision options are offered. As is the case with other women, the amount of pre-existing breast tissue you have will determine how large your breast implants can be.

Breasts are an iconic and essential representation of womanhood. For many transgender patients, breast augmentation is a significant step during the transition process. The procedure can provide you with a more proportionate female figure, while at the same time improving your self-confidence and sense of identity.

If you have further questions about breast augmentation and gender reassignment, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

World’s First Lightweight Breast Implant Recently Developed

Two Israeli brothers have recently developed the first lightweight silicone breast implant. The brother team – a plastic surgeon and a biomedical engineer – have named the implant B-Lite. The B-Lite breast implant will be available in Europe shortly, and it is currently undergoing clinical trials for approval in Israel.

One of the few issues impacting breast augmentation patients is the weight of the implants. Both silicone and saline breast implants weigh about as much as a can of Coke. When used for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, breast implants can weigh even more. This weight ultimately speeds up the sagging process and in some cases, can cause skin stretching or back pain.

The B-Lite breast implant will hopefully address this issue once and for all. It utilizes technology that disperses hollow microspheres throughout a medical-grade silicone gel filling. As a result, B-Lite weighs approximately 30% less than other breast implants currently on the market.

It will be interesting to monitor the success of these breast implants as they become available in Europe, Asia, and South America. Due to a more involved approval process, it may take up to 7 years before they are available in the United States.

Dr. David Bottger always strives to stay on top of the latest technology in order to provide his Philadelphia breast augmentation patients with the best possible results and highest levels of safety. He will evaluate the B-Lite breast implant as it becomes available in the United States, and if he believes it will deliver the exceptional results his patients deserve, he will consider using it.

If you are interested in breast augmentation in the Philadelphia area, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule a consultation.