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Breast Implants in Philadelphia

Located in Bala Cynwyd and serving Philadelphia, Delaware, and South Jersey, Dr. Paul M. Glat, MD, FACS, performs breast implant surgery for women who seek a custom breast enhancement procedure.

What are breast implants?

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as breast implant surgery,  enhances the size and shape of your natural breasts. Although there are a few other methods for increasing breast size, implants are by far the safest and most effective option.

Breast implants consist of pouches filled with fluid, either silicone or saline, which are placed using surgery to alter the breasts’ shape, projection, and size.

What are the benefits of breast implants?

Dr. Glat offers several kinds of breast implants, ensuring that each woman he treats is as happy as possible with the results of breast augmentation surgery. Breast implants allow a woman to decide how she would like her breasts to look in all aspects, including shape and cup size and the overall projection and firmness.

Breast augmentation provides several benefits:

  • Makes breasts fuller and improves symmetry and shape
  • Balances the figure
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Restores breasts following a mastectomy
  • Helps breasts impacted by weight loss or pregnancy regain their fullness

Why choose Dr. Paul M. Glat for breast implants?

Dr. Paul M. Glat is an acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to every patient he treats. He has established a unique, exclusive clinic with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Every member of his team has been hand-selected for their outstanding skills and warm, caring personalities. Your experience matters to us, and we do everything possible to help you feel empowered, comfortable, and supported throughout your journey. We are recognized for consistently achieving stunning results with breast implant surgery, and for providing a superior patient experience.

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What breast implants are best for me?

You have several options when it comes to breast implants, including shape, size, and the material they’re made from. The placement and size of the incisions, as well as the final position of your implants, are affected by these choices.

Implant placement

One of the most significant decisions you have to make when considering breast implants is whether they should be placed above or underneath the chest wall muscles. Implants placed under the muscle tissue allow for a more natural texture and shape, but this also comes with more significant discomfort and longer recovery after surgery as the muscles adjust to the implants. However, in most cases, the implants are placed under the muscle, as the risk of capsular contracture is decreased. On rare occasions, the implants can be placed above the muscle.

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Incision location

Inframammary

In most cases, breast implants are inserted through an incision in the inframammary fold beneath the breast. This method affords Dr. Glat optimal control over placement during the procedure but leaves a visible scar on the breast if the underside is exposed, especially when lying down.

Transaxillary

Another option for implant placement is through an incision in the armpit. When patients select this method, they don’t have to worry about scarring on the breasts. Unfortunately, going in through the armpit means a greater distance from the breasts. Using this method decreases the level of control the surgeon has over implant position compared to the inframammary method.

Periareolar

For patients who desire less obvious incisions, they can opt to receive their breast implants through an incision made around the areola of the nipple or through the belly button. When the incisions around the areolas, healing is usually fast and uneventful, and the scarring is very hard to notice.

Saline and silicone breast implants

These days, women who want to improve the appearance of their breasts have a choice between saline or silicone-filled implants. Both options are FDA-approved for safety, and each option has benefits. At his office, which serves the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area, Dr. Paul M. Glat and his expert team will help you choose the option that best meets your needs and goals.

  • Saline: Saline-filled breast implants offer the highest safety because saline is natural and non-toxic. If the implant should rupture, the saline is harmlessly absorbed by your body. If this occurs, you will notice it almost right away because the implant deflates very quickly. 
  • Silicone: Silicone is generally considered safe, and while ruptures are an unusual event, the silicone can present a threat to your health if rupturing does happen. The most modern saline implants look and feel very real, but many patients believe that silicone will provide the greatest level of realism. However, whereas saline implants are filled after they’ve been placed, silicone implants are filled before the surgery. The incisions made during the surgery will be considerably smaller with saline implants.

Preparing for breast implants

For many women, breast augmentation surgery elicits both nervousness and excitement. You’re likely thrilled at the prospect of your new and improved breasts, but you may also worry about how you’ll feel and look.

To ease your concerns, Dr. Glat will spend time helping understand how you can expect your breast implants to look, and how your overall physique will change after the surgery. Before you receive breast implant surgery, it’s important to note that much of your wardrobe, especially shirts, bras, and swimsuits, will likely no longer fit correctly.

Recovery from breast implant surgery

You need to rest for at least two days after your breast implant surgery. Tenderness, bruising, swelling, tiredness, and pain are to be expected. Dr. Glat may advise you to take a common OTC pain reliever or prescribe stronger pain medication. We advise you to plan to have someone stay with you after the surgery to prepare meals, take care of the housework, and perform other tasks you can’t do yourself. You’ll likely feel like getting up and moving around after three to four days, but this should be done carefully and with adequate physical support. Strenuous physical activity must be avoided for one week.

When will I see the result?

Results will be visible immediately after the procedure, but the final outcome will not appear until the healing process is nearly complete, usually within three to four weeks. Remaining patient and following Dr. Glat’s post-operative care instructions are a crucial part of obtaining the best possible results in the shortest time.

Breast implant costs in Philadelphia, PA, and South Jersey

Dr. Glat and his staff look forward to working with you to develop plastic surgery goals that help you look and feel your best. Costs associated with breast implant surgery vary by patient. We offer CareCredit® as a financing option. Also, check our Current Specials.

Allergan breast implant recall

Allergan, the manufacturer of several brands of breast implants, has voluntarily recalled all of its BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders, due to an increased risk of BIA-ALCL, or breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. A rare form of cancer, BIA-ALCL does not develop in the breast tissue itself but is a cancer of the immune system that forms in the scar tissue surrounding the implant.

While the occurrence of the cancer is uncommon, the BIOCELL line of macro-textured implants has been found to increase the risk of developing BIA-ALCL. The FDA does not advise women who have no symptoms to have the implants removed, but encourages them to be aware of the symptoms, which include persistent swelling around the breast or pain near the implant.

The implants recalled include the following:

  • Allergan Natrelle textured saline-filled breast implants
  • Allergan Natrelle textured silicone-filled textured breast implants
  • Natrelle textured tissue expander
  • Natrelle highly-cohesive anatomically shaped silicone-filled breast implants
  • Natrelle textured tissue expander with suture tabs

If you are alarmed to discover your breast implants were one of the recalled styles, it is understandable. Keep in mind that the development of BIA-ALCL is rare, and is treatable when caught early by removing the implant and the scar tissue.

Macro-textured implants are uncommon in the USA, used in only about five percent of the augmentations. If you are considering replacing your implants due to an excess of caution, we are available to speak with you.

Schedule a consultation for breast implant surgery with Dr. Paul M. Glat

Dr. Paul M. Glat and his staff are committed to helping you make the right choices when preparing to undergo breast implant surgery. To schedule a breast implant consultation, contact our plastic surgery office today.

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