Evolution of Breast Implants
Cosmetic surgery in Orlando has seen quite the evolution. As technique and technology expand and evolve, surgeons like Dr. Richard Arabitg of Plastic Surgery Central Florida have had to continuously educate and expand their practices to stay up-to-date and competitive in the industry. While surgeons tried to meet the demand of enhancing a woman’s breasts, as early as the 1800’s, there was a plethora of trial and error. With vast experiments, doctors addressed symmetry issues to the desire for a larger breast size well into the 1950’s before the FDA approved anything solid (Thorpe, 2015). Fortunately for women today, techniques are aesthetically beautiful in addition to safe, tried and true products. Today, women’s breast implant options are wide, with a variety of shapes and sizes. This variety allows breast implants to be customizable to a degree that no pair look alike. The first official breast prosthesis implant surgery with a prosthesis filled with silicone gel was performed in 1962. Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow, along with the Dow Corning Corporation developed the prosthesis in 1961. Augmentation Mammoplasty was the beginning of another surgical evolution (sanfranciscobreast.com, N.A.). The first model was popular, and surgeons learned better techniques and products through trial and error. Like earlier in history, we learned long-term effects on the body, and what was best for the future development of the surgery, and the products used in these surgeries.
Over the years, with great strides in technological advances, doctors like Dr. Richard Arabitg, a plastic surgeon in Orlando, FL, has evolved and continued education just as technology and techniques have. At Plastic Surgery Central Florida, Dr. Arabitg has made it essential to use the most up-to-date technology that can be used from during your consultation to during and post-surgery.
Today breast implants are safer, and more natural looking. Believe it or not, in the 1800’s, doctors tried meeting the demand for larger breasts by injecting harmful foreign substances into the woman’s body; things as harmful as cobra venom (Thorpe, 2015). Not exactly worth the risks, huh? Fatal side effects, and in many cases, a total mastectomy was required in order to save a patient’s life. Today, there are far less complications from breast augmentations, at the same time, doctors are able to offer women a level of customization to give each woman a truly unique figure. Surgeons can actually offer you the opportunity for the best you possible versus just a cookie-cutter look.
Techniques have evolved over the years. There are multiple point-of-entry possibilities for women. Doctors used to only make an incision under the breast to insert the breast implant. Through the years, surgeons have perfected different placements of the implants to achieve a different look. The placement of the implant can also fit more appropriately with the different body types. Different practices for the point of entry for breast augmentations include going in through the nipple/areola. The surgeon would make a small incision around the line of the woman’s areola. This type of incision leaves the woman with a less visible scar than that of one under the breast. This incision can rarely be detected by the naked eye. Another, less practiced, and highly specialized technique, is to use a Proctoscope and the point of entry is through the belly button. Of course, this type of procedure requires a highly skilled surgeon. There are pros and cons that come with this point of entry technique. Firstly, having the benefits of the breast augmentation without having any visible scars is hugely why this technique is sought out by women. However, there are limitations that come with this chosen point of entry. While the bonus of this virtually invisible incision is great, plastic surgeons are limited with the variety of breast implants options. Traditionally, surgeons are limited to using only saline for the implant using this procedure. The surgeon also has less control over the pocket dissection. This can greatly affect the end result of how the breast implants sits within the breast area for the woman (RealSelf, 2016). Another point of entry used is through the armpit. Sometimes doctors must use this or under the breast in the crease because the patient’s areola area is too small for an incision for breast implants. The best way to find out which is best for your body type, is to schedule a consult and have Dr. Arabitg use the latest technology to show you what the new you can look like.
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