What is the Safest Breast Implant?

01/15/2020 

There are two possible fillings for breast implants

  • Silicone
  • Saline

Silicone is a synthetic polymer that, as a breast implant filling, tends to produce a more natural look and feel. Saline is a sterile saltwater solution that tends to make implants look fuller and more rounded.

Both types of breast implants are approved by the FDA and are considered safe for breast augmentation.

While both types of breast implants are safe, there are certain advantages each offers over the other.

Saline implants are filled after they have been placed. This may offer advantages such as a smaller incision and the ability to make slight adjustments to volume after the implants have been placed. This implant option may produce a firmer feel and fuller appearance than silicone alternatives as well.

Silicone implants tend to produce a look and feel that more closely resembles breast tissue. Form-stable implants, also known as “gummy bear breast implants,” have been designed to mimic breast tissue perfectly, allowing for natural-looking and lifelike results. Due to the viscosity of silicone breast implants, they are much less likely to develop aesthetic imperfections such as ripples, wrinkles, or bisection.

What About Breast Implant Rupture?

Breast implant rupture is a rare, but not impossible occurrence. According to the National Institutes of Health, saline breast implants rupture at a higher rate, but are easier to detect. When a saline implant ruptures, it deflates quickly, allowing the issue to be known immediately. The solution is safely absorbed by the body.

A ruptured silicone breast implant may not be as easy to detect at first. Form stable implants may never leak solution, but older models can slowly deflate, allowing the silicone to leak into the body. This may produce discomfort and change the appearance of your implants, but there is no established link between silicone breast implant rupture and serious medical issues.

If you have silicone breast implants, it may be a good idea to have an MRI or ultrasound every ten years to make sure there are no ruptures.

BIOCELL® Textured Breast Implants

In July of 2019, Allergan issued a voluntary recall of its BIOCELL® textured breast implants due to an increased risk of BIA-ALCL, a rare but deadly form of cancer. Evidence suggests that the issue lies with specific models of textured implants, not textured implants in general, with the BIOCELL® implant being linked to higher risks of BIA-ALCL.

All of the breast implants available through our office are FDA-approved and have been carefully selected for their quality and durability. If you have textured breast implants that you would like to have removed and replaced, Dr. Ravi would be happy to discuss your breast implant revision options. If you have BIOCELL® textured implants, Allergan may partially pay for the cost of replacement. This can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

Why Choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for Your Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Ravi is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and holds himself to the highest standards of patient care. He uses advanced breast augmentation techniques, including the Keller Funnel® implant insertion option for silicone breast implants and Exparel® injections to decrease postoperative discomfort and speed the healing process. 

Attentive, caring, and experienced, Dr. Ravi takes time to understand the individual needs of each patient and caters each treatment to produce the most ideal results.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ravi, please call 281-242-1061 today. Located in Houston, we welcome breast augmentation patients from The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation in Houston Cost?

10/15/2019 

Breast Augmentation surgery with breast implants continues to be a very popular surgery in Houston, one that is performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula hundreds of times a year.  A very common question we get asked is what the cost of a breast augmentation is. The answer dependents on many factors and includes many options.

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Natural Looking Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

09/15/2019 
If you desire a larger and shapelier bust but are averse to having foreign objects (breast implants) placed into your body, breast augmentation with fat transfer may be the exact solution you have been looking for. With this procedure, Dr. Ravi uses fat taken from your own body to gently enhance and reshape the breasts, producing results that both look and feel entirely natural.


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Understanding the Allergan Textured Implants Recall

08/07/2019 
On July 24th, Allergan issued a voluntary recall of its BIOCELL® textured breast implants. This recall follows growing concern over the link between textured implants and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare but deadly form of cancer. The recall is for breast implants that have not been placed, but women who currently have textured breast implants should understand their options as well. Continue reading Understanding the Allergan Textured Implants Recall

How Long Until I Can Take a Bath After Breast Surgery?

03/19/19
Every type of breast surgery will require incisions. Caring for your incisions is essential to reduce visible scarring. There are several things that will need to be done to keep your incisions clean and dry – not the least of which is avoiding the bathtub, swimming pools, or any other body of water that would allow your incisions to be submerged. Continue reading How Long Until I Can Take a Bath After Breast Surgery?

Choosing Breast Augmentation Now for Optimal Summertime Results

02/15/19

Breast augmentation can improve the appearance of the entire upper body. Used to produce ideal symmetry, projection, and contours, breast augmentation can create enticing proportions, improve clothing options, and help a positive self-image.

Through breast augmentation, our Houston plastic surgeon can:

  • Create more impressive cleavage
  • Improve projection and profile
  • Increase bust size
  • Improve breast shape
  • Produce symmetry

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, projection, or appearance of your breasts, now may be the best time to talk to Dr. Ravi about breast augmentation. We offer a range of options, including breast augmentation through fat transfer that can be used to customize your breast enhancement for the most natural-looking and complementary results.

What to Know About Recovery

Recovery from breast augmentation occurs in stages. During the first week or so, you should plan on taking it easy. Avoiding physically demanding tasks and primarily resting will be best during this time. You will need to avoid soaking your incisions, so bathing and swimming will be prohibited during this stage. You will not be able to soak the incisions until they have healed – which may take six to eight weeks.

Dr. Ravi performs electrocautery of the blood vessels during breast augmentation. While more time consuming, this surgical technique reduces trauma and minimizes post-operative bruising, swelling, and pain. Taking this step helps ensure your recovery will be as short and comfortable as possible, but swelling may continue to produce asymmetrical results for a few weeks. During this time, your breast implants will be settling into their pockets. Once settled, your breasts should take on their new look. This process can take several weeks.

Because recovery can take several weeks and, during that time, swelling and symmetry may be present, having breast augmentation performed during the cooler months, when more clothing is worn, may be best. In this way, by the time summer rolls around, you will be ready to shed clothes and show your new contours to the world. What’s more, having breast augmentation now will allow you to go swimming by summer, helping ensure you are able to enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation with implants or fat transfer, please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 832-937-4333 to schedule a consultation. Located in Houston, our board-certified plastic surgeon welcome patients from Katy, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas of Texas.

Houston’s Top Plastic Surgery Procedures to Help You Get Your Summer Body This Winter

01/18/2019
Sweater weather has finally arrived in Houston! But it’s easy to forget that the warm summer months are right around the corner. For this reason, every year most of us end up feeling unprepared for the arrival of bikini season. This year, be proactive. Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, recommends these top five procedures you can have this winter that guarantees to help achieve your ideal summer figure. Continue reading Houston’s Top Plastic Surgery Procedures to Help You Get Your Summer Body This Winter