Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Is it Time to Trade in Your Breast Implants?

With all of the latest technological advancements in breast augmentation surgery and implants, many women are opting for the newest methods of augmentation. A great number of them are having their second, or even third, augmentation procedure.  Why? Because they want to take advantage of the newer shapes and different material from their original implants. shutterstock_352067231The desire to change from their current implants (which may be perfectly fine) in order to utilize modern advancements to enhance their appearance is what we refer to as elective implant exchange. Elective Implant Exchange in El Paso Elective implant exchange procedures are most popular with those who have had augmentation within the last decade, as the technology behind the process has made the most advancement just within the past few years. A change in material, size, and shape are what most women desire when they undergo the operation. A woman could switch to saline or silicone, a B to a D cup, or from a round shape to a more natural teardrop shape - just to give you a few ideas. Gummy Bear Implant Options The newest silicone inserts come in what has become known as "gummy bear" implants, due to their consistency being similar to the squishy candy. They've become highly desirable, as they are available in the new teardrop shape, which looks more anatomically correct. In fact, it has become the most requested item here in my El Paso office when a procedure is done to switch from saline implants, which are more prone to rippling, wrinkling, and leaking. Voluma Silicone Implants One of the implants I am most excited about are the new Voluma Natrelle implants by Allergan. These are similar to previous models but they have more filling within the outer shell. By doing this, they achieve a fuller, rounder breast with much less rippling. Beware of Buyer’s Remorse There are, of course, many reasons why a woman may want to switch out her implants. One of the more prevalent reasons is "buyer's remorse". While there does exist a clientele who will downsize their bust, the general population of this client segment is patients who wish they'd gotten a larger size implant from the very start. Besides a change in shape, size, or material, the lifespan of the implant itself plays an important role in having them replaced. Follow Up is Important Before and After Breast AugmentationOf course, implants are not considered to be lifelong devices. Annual checkups and MRI's are crucial to maintain breast health and can reveal when it is time to have a replacement or other care procedure performed. There has been a slight decrease in breast augmentation procedures for new patients, but repeat patients who are having replacements done has increased significantly across the country. The best idea is to be true to what you want from your implants. Trends will change with plastic surgery advancements, as with anything else. Larger breasts trended several years ago, and now seeming more natural, smaller, and streamlined is the ideal. Going with what you and your surgeon see as the best fit for your body will leave you with the best results, and happy until the time may come when your first pair of implants deserve retirement. At my El Paso office, I work closely with each woman to ensure they choose the most appropriate type and size of implant from the very beginning. We want every patient at Southwest Plastic Surgery to enjoy results they can feel confident in! If you would like to learn more about breast implants, Dr. Agullo can help! You can contact him at Southwest Plastic Surgery by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form

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