Every autumn, as the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, Dr. Wade Banker of Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center observes an increase in the number of female clients seeking breast augmentation. This phenomenon isn’t pure happenstance, however. Autumn, as it turns out, is one of the ideal times to schedule breast augmentation—or any other cosmetic procedure requiring a period of recovery.
Why is this so? As we come into fall, we start wearing long sleeves and then coats soon thereafter, so women who have breast augmentation at this time can recover from the procedure very discreetly and won’t have to worry about appearing in public in a bathing suit for many months. “Plus, everyone just tends to slow down and take things a bit easier in autumn, which is good because following the procedure, patients need to limit their activity and relax for a few weeks—ideally taking some time off work—while they heal. Also, keep in mind that the larger the implant, the longer it will take for the body to adapt to its new shape. Women who have the procedure done now, can expect to be fully healed with no restrictions by New Year,” Dr. Banker says.
Luxe Laser offers both saline and silicone breast implants. The most appropriate choice for a given patient will depend largely on the amount of existing breast tissue the surgeon has to work with. Silicone implants, which are filled with a thick, gel-like substance that is roughly the same density as breast tissue, tend to feel more natural, making them the better choice for women with very little breast tissue. Saline implants, on the other hand, can be the ideal choice for patients who have a fair amount of breast tissue to begin with because the existing tissue lies over the implant.
It’s also noteworthy that silicone implants come in varying levels of viscosity, with the highest level of viscosity—found in so-called “gummy” implants—actually being a sponge-like foam rather than a liquid.
Yet another difference between the two types is that saline implants are placed in the body empty and then filled with saline fluid afterward, allowing for the smallest possible incision, while silicone implants are placed pre-filled and require a slightly larger incision. To minimize the size of incision necessary for silicone implants, Dr. Banker uses a special device called a Keller Funnel, which allows him to slide the implant through a very small opening.
Dr. Banker emphasizes that patients interested in silicone implants should not worry about trying to choose a particular type before coming in for a consultation. “That decision will be based on the density of your body tissues, the size of the implant being placed, and a variety of other factors,” he says. “Also, don’t get caught up in picking a size ahead of time. The implant manufacturers intentionally make this process very simple. The number of choices isn’t as dizzying as people might believe, and it’s pretty easy to find the right size for any given patient. Plus, all sizes of a particular type of implant cost the same—whether they’re 200cc or 800cc—so there’s no need to choose a size based on budget.”
Dr. Banker also reassures women who are considering breast augmentation that the procedure itself is quite safe, simple, and straightforward. Patients undergoing the procedure no longer need to be placed under general anesthesia. In fact, Luxe Laser offers an advanced procedure called Awake Breast Augmentation, which is performed using local anesthesia with patients fully conscious yet completely free of pain and discomfort. “You can even bring along a pair of headphones so you can relax and watch a movie or listen to your favorite music during the procedure. Then, two hours later, you’re done!” he says. ❦