Alternatives to Breast Implants for Augmentation: Fat Transfer vs. Hyaluronic Acid Gel Injections (Macrolane)

Plastic surgery in Los Angeles is always popular and breast augmentation is one of the most popular physical enhancement surgeries available.

February 22, 2010, Beverly Hills, CA — Plastic surgery in Los Angeles is always popular and breast augmentation is one of the most popular physical enhancement surgeries available. The debate still rages over which is the best breast implant; silicone implants or saline implants? Into the fray steps two new contestants: Macrolane injections and fat transfer. Doctor Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione, located in Beverly Hills, the exclusive shopping, restaurant and hotel enclave in Los Angeles, California is currently examining these two new methods of breast augmentation in Beverly Hills.
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Small Breast Treatment

One of the most popular small breast treatments is augmentation with or without a breast lift. Augmentation is usually done with a saline or silicone implant. The implant is placed either under the muscle group directly under the breast tissue, or directly under the breast tissue.
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Small Breast Surgery in Los Angeles

Saline or silicone breast implants are frequently used in small breast surgery in Los Angeles. There are different types of saline implants available. In addition, there are a good range of sizes available for implantation.
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Los Angeles Breast Lift Scar Removal

Breast scars are a normal component of having breast lift surgery. Most of the time, these scars heal well over time. Sometimes, breast scars do not heal as they should. If you live in the Los Angeles area, there are resources available for breast lift scar removal. There are lots of options available.
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Non-Surgical Secrets for Nipple Correction

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) statistics indicate that breast augmentation was the number one cosmetic surgical procedure performed on women in 2007 and breast reduction was number five on that list. Nearly 400, 000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2007 and more than 150, 000 breast reduction procedures. These numbers clearly indicate that many women have issues with the size and shape of their breasts and are willing to go under the knife to address them.

Though not often discussed, it stands to reason that women opting for these surgeries are also concerned with the shape, size and location of the areola. The areola is the pigmented area of skin that surrounds the nipple. There are surgical procedures available to enlarge or reduce the areola and these are often performed in conjunction with the breast augmentation or reduction surgeries.

There are now creative, new non-surgical options available to women that are unhappy with the shape or size of their nipples. It is important to many women that their areolae and nipples appear symmetrical, that they not be disproportionate or unmatched in size.

Radiesse is a wrinkle filler that can be injected to create a larger nipple, enhancing its size and shape. Radiesse (formerly known as Radiance) is a dermal filler FDA-approved for the correction of facial lines and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds. Radiesse is calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel and is injected into the skin through a simple, minimally invasive procedure offering immediate, visible improvement and providing long-lasting results.

Radiesse can be injected to create a larger nipple and to smooth the texture of the nipple, addressing any asymmetries and improving the overall look of the breast. Radiesse can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars that were the result of previous surgical procedures.

When used to treat facial folds and wrinkles, Radiesse is indicated to last for a year or more. Nipple augmentation or correction is a procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis that takes only a few moments. And, as it is non-surgical there are none of the risks attendant with all surgical procedures.

Breast surgery – All that might interest you

Breasts are a valuable asset of every woman. Through the history, female breasts have been a symbol for motherhood and femininity. For a woman, breasts are also a delicate part of her body and therefore they must be treated with care since they might cause some problems of both physical and psychological nature.
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Saline or Silicone? The Breast Augmentation Debate Rages On

Memory gel breast implants are safer than the silicone version, according to recent reports. During current breast augmentation surgery, patients receive silicone implants that have a more cohesive gel and a tougher shell. This is a vast improvement over earlier versions, which had been known to leak. In fact, these gel filled versions are now being considered safer than their saline competitors. This is a welcome change from the state of silicone breast implants in the early 90s, when the FDA put a moratorium on selling and implanting them. Fortunately, the ban was lifted in 2006, after manufacturers demonstrated advances in silicone breast implant technology.

The biggest difference between saline and silicone implants is that saline implants are inserted as a flat shell. Once they have been put into place, they are then filled with a saline solution. Silicone implants are faster because the surgeon does not need to do anything except maneuver the implant into place. Saline implants, however, can be inserted through the armpit, outside the areola, the belly button, or under the breast. In addition, the surgeon needs less of an incision to insert the empty saline shell, as opposed to the fully inflated silicone version. This means that the patient has less scarring after surgery.

Disadvantages for silicone include the difficulty of detecting leaks and inability to change sizes without additional surgery. Disadvantages for saline include lack of natural shape and reports of a sloshing sound during physical activity. Patients should discuss their options with their doctors and find the choice that works best for them.

Breast Augmentation with Macrolane Implants Available in the US Soon

A revolutionary procedure for breast augmentation, Macrolane, once only available in countries outside of America, will soon be available in the United States.

A major development in the art of breast augmentation will become available in the United States — Macrolane. Patients may soon experience the benefits of this procedure that Doctor Simon Ourian plans to offer at Epione Beverly Hills.

Full, firm breasts that do not sag are the admiration of many. Women, who prided themselves on having attractive breasts when they were younger, often experience a change in their breasts due to aging, nursing, loss of weight and more. Some women who were born with small breasts want breasts that are larger and that fill out their clothes better. In addition, women who have experienced health problems, such as those who have had a mastectomy, look for options. To correct these issues, breast augmentation has been the choice for many women.

In the United States, the two implant options for breast augmentation are saline-filled implants and silicone-gel-filled implants. However, there is a product that is available outside of the United States in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Singapore and others. That product is called Macrolane. Macrolane is not currently available in the United States. However, this product will be coming to America soon, pending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

Macrolane is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment for breast enhancement. Consisting of injections, the procedure is quick, non-invasive and can last for up to one year. It represents a real option for those women who have avoided breast augmentation because of the surgery and the risks involved.

Macrolane is the first hyaluronic acid based product used for body shaping. Patients who undergo a Macrolane procedure experience no overnight stay from surgery and can return to their regular work and other activities in a short period of time. A breast augmentation with Macrolane offers a potentially safer solution than surgery and does not appear to interfere with mammogram testing.

Macrolane is also being used to treat other areas of the body. According to the Macrolane’s United Kingdom website: Macrolane is a product for volume restoration and contouring of body surfaces. The most common areas for which Macrolane is currently being used include:

  1. Breasts
  2. Post liposuction concavities
  3. Calves
  4. Buttocks
  5. Scar revision
  6. Male chest (pecs)

Doctor Ourian’s Epione Medical Corporation, located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, is among the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra.

These treatments are used for correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, acne scar removal, skin discoloration, lip enhancement, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and tens of others. Laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal are offered too. Epione also carries Doctor Ourian’s Signature Series skin care products. For further information please contact 310-271-6506.



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