Terms to Know Before Your Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation consultation is the time for you and your physician to sit down, get comfortable, and discuss your procedure. During a consultation, Dr. Brantner will explain the procedure, discuss the best way to achieve your goals, and answer any questions you may have about surgery or recovery. Dr. Brantner does his best to make each patient feel comfortable and knowledgeable during her consultation. You can make the surgical process even easier by learning these common breast augmentation terms.

Terms to Know: Breast Augmentation Edition

  • breast anatomyAreola: The pigmented ring of skin around the nipple.
  • Breast augmentation: Also known as augmentation mammaplasty or breast implant surgery, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enlarge the breasts. You may hear Dr. Brantner refer to this procedure as a “breast auggie” or simply “auggie.”
  • Breast implants: Medical devices placed in the chest wall to enlarge or reconstruct the breasts. Made of silicone or saline.
  • Saline implants: Implants filled with saltwater.
  • Silicone implants: Implants filled with elastic gel.
  • Submammary/subglandular placement: Breast implants placed behind the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle.
  • Submuscular/subpectoral placement: Breast implants placed beneath the pectoral muscle.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs or gasses typically used during surgery to sedate a patient, relieve pain, or stimulate unconsciousness.
  • Local anesthesia: Drugs injected around the site of the operation to relieve pain.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives injected into a vein through an IV to help patients relax.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
  • Inframammary incision: An incision made beneath the fold of the breast.
  • Periareolar incision: An incision made around the nipple, just at the edge of the areola.
  • Transaxillary incision: An incision made in the armpit.
  • Sutures: Stitches used to hold together skin and tissue while the body repairs itself.

Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation, request information about a procedure, or schedule your surgery.

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4 Myths about Botox

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, offering men and women a less permanent solution to wrinkles and signs of aging. But like any other procedure, there’s a lot of misinformation about Botox out there. We’re dispelling the rumors by debunking these common Botox myths.

Myth #1: Botox Makes You Look Fake

Comedies like to use Botox gags for cheap laughs, but the picture they paint is far from the truth. Botox relaxes the muscles at the injection site, which may smooth a furrowed brow, but still allows for a normal range of facial expressions.

Myth # 2: You Should Wait Until Lines Appear

Preventative Botox treatments have become more common in recent years. By getting Botox before lines and wrinkles begin to form, patients can get ahead of deep grooves to lessen the appearance of aging. You can even train your muscles not to make certain facial expressions that may create wrinkles as you age.

Myth #3: Anyone Can Inject Botox

Botox parties are popping up across the country, and many men and women are facing the consequences of their blasé attitudes toward these cosmetic procedures. Botox injections are a safe, well-tested nonsurgical solution, but they can lead to complications when performed by an untrained hand. Always research the facility and the physician before getting injectable fillers.

Myth #4: Botox Is Just for Women

male patient getting botox injectionIt’s becoming more acceptable for men to care about how they look, and a lot of guys are jumping on the opportunity. Botox injections can help men feel more confident at work, in relationships, and in their daily lives. And it’s not just for over-fifties. Men of all ages have experienced the boost in confidence of this nonsurgical cosmetic procedure.

Botox can smooth the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, taking years off your appearance. To determine if Botox is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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