March 9, 2016 by KarenStanley

Choosing Between Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is one of the most common forms of plastic surgeries in existence today, but it’s also a critical decision to make. In addition to every other consideration that you’ll have to make as you go through the process, you’ll also have to decide between saline or silicone implants. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and understanding both options is vital to helping you make your choice.

The Pros of Silicone

Silicone more closely resembles human tissue and fat, making them highly sought after by women who want more realistic breast implants. Since they are so close to the feeling “the real thing,” they are also an excellent option for females who don’t have much tissue and fat in their chest to spare for the implants.

Silicone breast implants also have a lower chance of rupturing than saline, and the gel typically remains in the shell upon puncturing.

Most people do not experience much regarding skin or breast distortion over time with silicone implants.

The Cons of Silicone

Many times, ruptures go unnoticed as the gel will just stay within the implant shell without affecting anything. However, the silicone gel could negatively affect the tissue and cause pain, lumps and swelling if it escapes into the pouch in the soft tissue of the breast. Because of this, medical professionals suggest that women with silicone breast implants get checkups and MRIs regularly to ensure that the implants are working properly.

Because of health concerns, the FDA has only cleared silicone breast implants for people over the age of 22.

Silicone implants are slightly more expensive than saline, and the added check-up and MRI costs make them even pricier.

During the implant procedure, a larger incision than would be required for saline implants will need to be done. The issue of scarring is also worse with silicone.

The Pros of Saline

Saline implants are cheaper than silicone, and they don’t require any checkups or MRIs to ensure everything is okay. If a rupture happens, the implant will noticeably flatten, alert the patient to the need for treatment.

Saline is also safely absorbed into the body without any adverse effects. Since there are no health concerns present with saline implants, they have been cleared for use by people as young as 18 years of age.

Since the saline is added after the shells are implanted, placement and length of incision scars are much better than those of silicone.

The Cons of Saline

Saline implants look and feel more rigid and fake compared to silicone. They may also cause rippling or wrinkling of the skin around the implant, unlike silicone.

Since saline is heavier than silicone, distortion of the breast over time is a more prominent issue.

The ultimate choice between saline and silicone implants depends on your body type, preferences, budget and personal concerns. Take every advantage and disadvantage of both and apply them to your particular situation to find which one is truly right for you.

July 1, 2015 by KarenStanley

Does Living in Miami Pressure you to Get Breast Implants?

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Size C Breast Implants

Breast augmentation has become the most popular form of plastic surgery over the past few years. Especially with shows like Botched and the increase of plastic surgeons in the news, it is far more “in the norm” to get plastic surgery than it was years ago. The reason I bring this up is because I do a lot of patient consultations and I wanted to touch on a very important topic.

This was an interesting question I received via email just a few days ago. Often times I get patients who are interested in a breast augmentation, and when I ask them why they are doing it, they have trouble answering the question. Some patients feel they need to go bigger simply to fit in clothes better, and others just would like to have a bigger bust to help them psychologically with their insecurities.

Most recently during one of my consultations, I had a very interesting answer to my question. The patient answered “Because everywhere I go, I have the smallest breasts in Miami.” Clearly she had been a victim of her environment. She had C Cup breasts, which rarely anyone likes to go bigger. Majority of breast augmentation patients want to move from an A/B to C/D but rarely do you see a woman with a C cup trying to go larger. The thing is, it’s very common for people to feel this way, it’s why the cost of breast implants has gone up in Miami.

This is the topic I wanted to touch on; you can’t be a victim of your environment and jump to a decision on getting plastic surgery just because you don’t feel that you fit in. Miami is a beautiful place and women are constantly in there swim wear, so looking great year-round is something very common in places like that. However, getting a breast augmentation should be something that you want, not something that you need.

It’s not great to look at the people around you, but rather look at the mirror and make sure you are happy with what you see. If you feel that you look great, there is no need to feel pressured because other women may have bigger breasts than you.

While I do provide as much advice and guidance as possible, ultimately it’s the patient’s decision. It is up to them to decide if they want plastic surgery or not. At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you happy. If a bigger bust line is something that will make you live your life happier, then by all means go for it. However, don’t ever get plastic surgery to please others, get it only to please yourself.

June 30, 2015 by KarenStanley

How to know if You Have Gynecomastia

If a male finds that their chest looks like it is swollen and one or both of their breasts resembles a women’s breasts, it is very likely that the person has the medical condition known as gynecomastia, also referred to as enlarged breasts, “gyno” or “man boobs”.

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Gynecomastia in a Male Bodybuilder

“The appearance of man boobs is not uncommon in male newborns, boys in the midst of puberty and older men between the ages of fifty years old and eighty years old says Dr. Neavin, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (


  • Swollen breast gland tissue
  • Breast tenderness
  • Pain
  • Nipple discharge in one or both breasts

Most men are able to identify this medical condition within themselves just by looking in the mirror where they can see that the breast area of their chest is swollen. However, there are other indicators that a male has gyno. Men will often complain of pain in their breasts or talk about how their chest feels tender. Another sign that one might have a medical condition is that they will see nipple discharge in one or both breasts in addition to the breast area of their chests being swollen.

When a male starts experiencing or noticing any of these symptoms that is sufficient evidence that a trip to the doctor is needed as soon as possible.

Reasons for Treatment:

Potential development of psychological or emotional issues; teasing from kids.

There are very few physical complications that will arise from an individual developing enlarged breasts but often the appearance of loose skin around the breast will cause psychological or emotional issues.

For a young man between the ages of twelve and sixteen years of age, the teasing that a person might have to endure because of man boobs could create long-lasting social and psychological issues if the individual does not get the condition treated and receive counseling.

Something as rudimentary as taking off your shirt to go swimming, playing a game of shirts against skins on the basketball court or soccer field are often eliminated from the every day activities of a young boy dealing with Gynecomastia as the embarrassment and teasing that accompanies this condition is often too much to deal with.

Enlarged breasts occur in approximately twenty-five percent of men aged fifty to eighty years old and this change in your physical appearance. It can and often does cause confusion, embarrassment and even depression, which is why the affected individuals in this age group are encouraged to get professional counseling.

There are few things more frustrating for an adult man than to deal with the fact that they are getting older and when their body all of a sudden starts displaying features that are not generally associated with men, such as man’s boobs, the potential negative impact it can have on your confidence is immense.

Treat and Live without Feeling Insecure:

Gynecomastia surgery is something to consider if you are dealing with confidence issues. Don’t let enlarged breasts or man boobs damage your psyche. See a doctor for treatment and with counseling this temporary medical condition can be alleviated and allow you to return to functioning in society without feeling insecure about your appearance.


June 4, 2015 by KarenStanley

How to Shop For Clothes After Breast Augmentation

Having breast augmentation surgery is a huge step. Although it is very exciting to discover your brand new body, it can mean buying a completely revamped wardrobe. You may not be able to wait to rush to the stores to try on clothes that you would never have been able to wear before, but before you do, there are some things that you need to bear in mind.

Don’t Rush In

You may want to begin shopping for your new wardrobe as soon as possible after surgery, but it is wise to wait until your surgeon gives you the go ahead before you start spending large sums of money on new clothing. Dr. Placik of states, “At first you will experience a considerable amount of swelling, so the size that you are shortly after your operation will not necessarily remain the same after a few weeks.” He suggests that you use his find your perfect breast size calculator to help you determine the size of your breast post-operation.

It is best to buy a few cheap items to use as a stop gap while the swelling subsides and your breasts settle into their final position. Your surgeon will be able to advise as to when the time has come to start shopping for your brand new final wardrobe.


Remember that after breast augmentation surgery, you will require a larger size than you wore before. If you wear a lot of shirts and blouses, you may find that you will need to go up one or two sizes to accommodate your new larger breasts.


Styles that may have flattered you before when you had a small chest may no longer look so good. High necked tops and polo necks may be a no-no now that you have a more ample bosom. Shirts that you may have worn with several buttons unfastened may no longer look appropriate, especially if you plan to wear them to work or professional engagements. You may need to consider the necklines that you wear on stretchy tops, for example V necks or scoop necks, as they may give the wrong impression if they are too low cut and show too much cleavage. In short, you may require an entirely new style makeover.


After surgery, it is important to wear the right kind of underwear to ensure that your breasts are not overly supported. Wearing restrictive bras may interfere with the settling process of your breasts after the operation. Your surgeon will be able to advise as to when the time has come to buy more supportive underwear. Once you have received the go-ahead, make sure to go for a proper bra fitting appointment to make sure that you are wearing the right size. You may even choose bras from a special post augmentation surgery range. Wearing strapless bras after breast enlargement operations may be more difficult as they often lack the support necessary for a bigger chest. They may also make the breasts look lumpy or uncomfortable, spoiling the line of clothing. There are strapless bras available for larger chested women, however you may need to seek out a specialist retailer.


May 12, 2015 by KarenStanley

How Breast Augmentation Can Improve Your Appearance

Breast augmentation refers to a surgical process that seeks to enhance the shape and size of your breasts. Under normal circumstances, it is a safe procedure. For breast augmentation, there are two types of implants that can be used. You can go for soft silicone shells that may be filled with silicone gel or saline.

Purposes of breast augmentation in reference to physical appearance

When thinking of going through with breast augmentation, there are a number of reasons for this. You are either looking to create a balance between your two breasts or to reconstruct them so they appear fuller and better. Looking at this, the main objective is to better their appearance. It does not correct any ailment.

“Many people are concerned with scars as well,” says Dr. Edwards of BASD (Breast Augmentation San Diego Website) but the procedure tries to keep scars far from being noticed. The skin and tissue around the breast is then lifted to create space to insert the silicone implant. The breast implant will then be inserted under the chest wall muscle or under the breast tissue.

This procedure will enhance your appearance through a number of reasons. These include:

    1. It restores breast volume

For many women, their breasts tend to lose volume as a result of losing weight or due to pregnancy. While these are normal processes, they tend to affect your overall appearance as well as confidence. With volume your breasts appear fuller which makes it fit better into the right bra size.

2. It improves your breasts symmetry

There are situations where the two breasts tend to be dis-proportioned be it in their size or in the shape, they take. Rather than compromise, settling for breast augmentation improves this feature. The breasts implants are designed depending on your requirements and it is evident that they must be customized to deliver the desired effects.

3. It improves the shape of your breasts

With age, individuals tend to develop saggy breasts. As much as this is a sign of aging, it negatively affects the manner in which you look. With the implants in place, the make your breasts appear and feel firm. With this, you can wear your low-neck tops and dresses without a disfigured look.

4. It enhances your body contour

There are women who think that their breasts are too small for one reason or another. This makes them shy and decreases their confidence. They try to wear padded bras but even then, they are still sensitive about their breast size. For these women, an enhanced contour will improve their appearance.

5. To better the appearance of a disfigured breast

In other circumstances such as congenital abnormalities, the breast appearance can be improved to rectify this default. Sometimes you have lived with for a while either due to surgery or from a treatment from a disease of a deformity. This will definitely improve your appearance.

When a woman feels great and likes what she sees in the mirror about herself, she is much more confident. The breast especially for a woman is a very sensitive area and looking at your best is very important. All the above come together to improve your appearance.

May 1, 2015 by KarenStanley

The Wonders of Tummy Tuck


In today’s generation where people are more visual and sometimes shallow in seeing beauty in an individual, physique and appearance has become the center of beauty. They see beauty as it is, they judge it through the things they see in their eyes. Even in the past years appearance has been the basis of what beautiful is and people judge each other according to how they appear. Through the years, beauty has evolved with time.

The definition of beauty had turned differently through the years from the demure woman of the past to the wild and carefree ladies of the present. Even the definition of the word sexy has also turned upside down. Sexy in the late 80s and 90s refer to the voluptuous and curvy ladies while sexy in this century refers to the skinny and lean type of women.

Due to the change brought by time and technology, enhancing appearance has also took up a notch higher than before. There are a lot of ways to improve one’s appearance including those creams, facial masks and even surgery. There are a lot of medical operation that will help ladies and gent to be more comfortable and at ease at their skin. With the help of these processes more people can now have higher self esteem. There is liposuction which helps reduce fats in certain parts of the body. Another famous surgery for those who want that lean body type and be called sexy is abdominoplasty.

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Abdominoplasty also known as tummy tuck is a surgical process that removes excess fats and skin around the abdominal area or stomach. The said surgery tightens the abdominal wall and corrects bulge in your stomach. Through this process the skin around the area will look more tight and firm which will give you a fit appearance in the ab part. It also removes excess skin in the middle and lower abdomen. You can now say goodbye to saggy skin after having a tummy tuck.

Most of the time the procedure is done after a pregnancy and weight loss. So, mothers out there will no longer worry about looking so old with those pregnancy excess. With the help of tummy tuck, mothers can now remain sexy and young even after giving birth. They can maintain their good looking appearance now. The abdominoplasty will surely help a lot of mothers out there who want to stay hot and fit for their husband.

People who have lose weight greatly can also benefit in this tummy tuck. Due to weight loss the skin will become saggy and lose especially in the abdomen part so having a tummy tuck is a must. It will restore the firm look of their stomach’s appearance. Abdominoplasty can also help those people who wants to lose weight and be sexier since this surgery involves removing excess fats in the stomach.

Having abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is really a wonder especially to those people like you who want to maintain beauty and fitness in your physique. It works a lot of wonders in making a lot of people beautiful and sexy despite a lot of circumstances. If you also suffer from saggy skin in your stomach, tummy tuck is the answer to your problem.

Now that you have an idea of what tummy tuck is all about, you now have enough knowledge to do the right thing for your own body. Everybody has their own choice in their own body, it may be striving for beauty and curves or any. But one thing is for sure, when you know what your body really needs and what really works for you, then you will surely get what you desire.