For many women, dissatisfaction with their breasts is a persistent and devastating problem. Fortunately, a breast augmentation with Dr. Stark can enhance the size, shape, fullness, and symmetry of the breasts while also improving the overall proportion of the figure.
At StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center our goal is to choose the ideal breast implant based on each patient’s body and desired outcome. Since every patient is unique and no two breasts are the same it is important to create an individualized plan for each patient. Using carefully chosen breast implants, Dr. Stark regularly achieves remarkable results for his breast augmentation patients.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Also called augmentation mammoplasty or a “boob job,” breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide and an especially popular procedure at StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark develops a trustworthy surgical plan for every patient. Call to schedule an appointment to learn more about what options are available to you.
Breast augmentation can be used to address a number of different conditions. The most common being naturally small breasts. Breast implants can improve loss of volume and sagging from pregnancy, weight loss and aging. Many women also have asymmetry, where one breast is smaller than the other. Breast implants can help improve this asymmetry. Breast implants can also help in congenital breast shape deformities such as tuberous breasts.
During your initial consultation, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stark will discuss factors that make a patient a good candidate for a breast augmentation. He will review your goals, perform a general examination of your breast tissue and take specific measurements. Based on your goals and measurements Dr. Stark will review different options of implants with you; a variety of sizes, shapes, fill and placements. Finally using Vectra H2 3D imaging software you will be able to see what your breasts will look like with the selected implants. Since every breast augmentation is tailored to each individual’s desire and anatomy. Dr. Stark will use his assessment and breast measurements to help you decide which implant and approach are best.
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
In general there are two types of breast implants used in Dr. Stark’s breast augmentation surgeries. Silicone implants have become more popular in the past decade and are more widely used now. The reason for this is that they result in a more natural appearance with less rippling than the saline implants produce. Rippling occurs when the wrinkled edge of the implant can be seen or felt under the skin. Additionally, silicone implants feel more natural and soft to the touch, and camouflage better with existing breast tissue. This type of implant has been used for many years with great success.
Saline implants are silicone outer shell filled with a saltwater solution. They are slightly less expensive than their silicone counterparts however they are heavier and firmer and tend to cause less natural-looking results with more rippling.
Breast Augmentation Before & After
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Another option for women looking for a natural augmentation is fat grafting to the breast. During this procedure, Dr. Stark uses liposuction to remove fat from other parts of the body and places it meticulously into the breast tissue creating a naturally fuller effect. This way, the patient benefits from body contouring as well as breast enhancement during one surgical procedure. When discussing if breast fat grafting is right for you with Dr. Stark, you must understand that your result will change in appearance after several months as only 50-60% of the fat that is placed in the breast will survive.
How is breast augmentation performed?
During your breast augmentation, incisions must be made through which to place your implants. Types of incisions Dr. Stark will consider include:
This incision is made in the crease beneath the breast, just at the skin fold. Scarring from this incision is largely hidden by the breast itself.
This incision is made around the lower part of the areola.
A transaxillary incision is made in the armpit, another excellent tactic for reducing the visibility of scars.
Because Dr. Stark has perfected his technique in breast augmentation, he is able to perform the surgery with very minimal trauma leading to a quick and relatively painless recovery. In most cases, Dr. Stark uses a small inframammary incision below the breast and creates the perfect pocket for your implant. A funnel is used to place the implant into the pocket in the most sterile and compact manner possible. Breast implants can be placed under the breast tissue or behind the chest muscle. During your consultation with Dr Stark, you can discuss which one is right for you.
In most cases, Dr. Stark will place your implant behind the deeper chest muscle or pectoralis. This provides more covering tissue to conceal the implant and better resists sagging after recovery. This placement may also assist with the effectiveness of mammograms. However, for some women, placement of the implant just under the breast tissue will better attain their goals for the size and shape of the breasts.
Designing your breast implant in three dimensions
During your consultation, we will use the Vectra H2 3D imaging system to create a digital model of your body and breasts. The Vectra H2 3D imaging system uses 3D cameras that photograph all around your body and then create a detailed digital model that we can use to plan your breast augmentation in detail. The system is designed to assist both plastic surgeons and patients in determining the best size and type of implants and will provide you with a real understanding of how your breasts will appear after augmentation surgery.
Visualize the difference with the Vectra H2 3D Imaging System
Vectra H2 allows you to compare what you will look like with different implants using side-by-side 3D models, as well as in bathing suits and other clothing on top of your new breasts using Vectra’s powerful viewing tools. Your personalized 3D images will also be available from the comfort of your home using the ViewMyConsult® patient portal, allowing you to review them with your significant other or anyone else whose opinion matters to you.
Your patient experience
Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.
Breast augmentation consultations at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery allow the time and comfort each woman deserves to discuss her desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.
Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation
We understand life is busy! When considering surgery, an important component is “down-time” or how much time it will take to recover. Dr. Stark’s extensive surgical training along with cutting edge technology allow his Philadelphia breast augmentation patients to return to normal life almost immediately post-operatively. Smaller incisions, precise dissection and new insertion devices help minimize trauma therefore causing less pain post-operatively. His breast augmentation patients are typically able to go out the following day and back to work or regular activity within two to three days.
Considering your breast augmentation options:
Every body is different and requires personalized work. Dr. Stark can help guide you to the best procedure that fits your individual body type. Sometimes, due to pregnancy or aging, breast sagging may be addressed with a breast lift in combination with breast augmentation surgery. A composite breast augmentation combines implants with fat grafting for ideal results in some women. Call to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Stark to discuss your options.
Meet the Doctor
Ran Stark, M.D. is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He completed more than 10 years of additional training and residencies after completing his medical degree to become one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Philadelphia area. His keen attention to detail, artistic eye, and practiced hands help him give his patients consistently exemplary results – but the difference is also in his manner. Dr. Stark makes your goals his own. He will always do the utmost to help you uncover the greatest version of yourself.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about our breast augmentation procedure, your next step is a consultation with Dr. Ran Stark. Please call our office to set an appointment.