Breast surgery is a big decision, and it's only natural to have a lot of questions about what to expect. Dr. Stratis strives to thoroughly educate his patients and therefore has prepared answers to some of the questions he most often hears at his Philadelphia practice about breast augmentation.
Dr. John P. Stratis is a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing breast augmentation for women from Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA and surrounding areas. His warmth and compassion put patients at ease, allowing them to feel comfortable asking even their most intimate questions.
*Patient results may vary.
There are several factors involved in deciding which type of breast implant to choose. When choosing the best breast implants for my breast augmentation patients, I will ask a number for questions about their cosmetic goals and lifestyle. I will explain the pros and cons of the various types of implants, and together we will decide whether silicone or saline is best. We also have samples of both to see and feel.
Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater, so if they should leak, there is no health risk. The liquid is naturally absorbed and eliminated by the body. In the past, there was concern about the safety of silicone implants, however, a lot has changed in recent years. The latest generation of silicone gel implants that are approved by the FDA are much different than the old ones. Modern silicone gel implants have a thicker, more cohesive texture, so if the implant were to be damaged, the filling material would stick to itself and not travel through the body. As a result, women can be assured that their silicone gel implants not only create a very natural look and feel, but are also extremely safe and FDA-approved.
Every woman has her own idea of "the perfect look." I recommend starting by identifying pictures of women whose breast proportions you admire. Before you come in for a consultation, I suggest that you go to our gallery of before-and-after photos and see if you can find an example of the breast proportions you are looking for. I will also have you try on implant sizers so you can visualize the results. These and my years of experience with breast augmentation procedures make it easy for me to determine what size, shape and style of implant should be used to best achieve your specific goals.
Definitely. However, depending on your individual situation, additional procedures may be necessary. For women with sagging breasts, I often recommend that they combine their breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift. During a breast lift, excess, sagging skin is removed, and in some cases the nipple is repositioned to create a firmer, younger-looking appearance. When you come in for your consultation, I will evaluate your breasts and we will decide together what will be the best way to create the look you want.
Right after surgery, your breasts will be swollen, so they may appear larger and higher than expected. Women who aren't prepared for this are sometimes shocked and express concern that maybe their breasts are "too big." However, I have found that after the swelling subsides and the implants settle into place, most women are extremely happy with the choices they have made. This is why the planning and consultation process is so essential to ensuring a good outcome. We will work together, and I will use my years of experience and expertise to help you have the fuller, yet natural-looking, figure that you've always wanted. Your breasts may feel tender for a few weeks, but any discomfort can be easily controlled with medication. I will supply you with a special supportive bra will also help with comfort and support while your breasts heal.
How noticeable your scars are will depend on the type of incision that is used. I typically use one of three incision patterns that leave well-concealed scars. Which one I use depends primarily on the type of implant and the woman's body type and personal preference. If the incision is made under your breast, the scar will be hidden within the breast crease. If the incision is made in your armpit, the scar will be concealed and not on the breast itself. In some cases, the incision is made on the areolar border, which produces an almost undetectable scar, particularly as it fades over time.