Full, feminine breasts can do wonders for the self-confidence of many women. If you aren't happy with the size or shape of your breasts, breast augmentation could help you feel confident and self-assured. Patients in Lancaster, Reading, and the surrounding areas have access to the latest in breast augmentation in Harrisburg, PA. When you choose Dr. John Stratis, a qualified, board-certified Pennsylvania plastic surgeon, breast augmentation can be a highly satisfying procedure that produces excellent results.
*Patient results may vary.
Women may opt for breast augmentation for a variety of personal reasons, such as:
During your consultation, Dr. Stratis will help you understand what to expect during breast augmentation surgery. He will use VECTRA® 3D Imaging and the Mentor Implant Sizers to visually simulate your possible results from a breast augmentation surgery with your chosen implant to ensure he understands the size and shape desired.
Your decisions about the type, style, and size of implants will be pivotal to your breast augmentation in Harrisburg. For this reason it is important to choose a surgeon with the experience in breast augmentation to help you make these very important decisions. Dr. Stratis will take the time to understand your goals and desired outcome so that, together, you can determine which implant is right for you.
We offer breast augmentation patients a choice of saline or silicone implants.
In the late ’80s, safety concerns prompted silicone implants to be pulled off the market. In 2006 the FDA lifted its ban on using silicone implants for breast augmentation resulting in the introduction of the improved "fourth generation." Manufacturers have made improvements and performed long-term studies that have satisfied the FDA's requirements for reintroduction into the breast augmentation market.
The new silicone implants have been used in breast augmentation for years and the majority of patients have had minimal—if any—difficulties.
For many, just one look and feel of silicone implants versus saline implants convinces them that silicone will produce better results for their breast augmentation. There is also generally less rippling than with saline implants.
Today, silicone implants have extensive oversight from the FDA and are only approved for breast augmentation in women over 22. It is recommended that all patients with silicone implants have an MRI scan three years after breast augmentation, and every two years thereafter. If an implant leaks, it should be replaced.
All implants from breast augmentation have the potential to eventually leak. When a saline implant leaks, your body harmlessly absorbs the leaked salt water. The patient will also likely recognize the leak right away, as the breast will shrink. When a silicone implant leaks, however, the patient may not be able to tell. Although most silicone leaks pose no problems, some women can get small areas of inflammation called granulomas. These may present with pain or a mass.
Replacing a silicone implant is more difficult than removing a saline one. Dr. Stratis can simply slip out the leaky saline implant through the original incision that was made during your breast augmentation surgery, after which he can replace the implant with a new one. But a silicone implant needs to be removed along with the scar tissue around it to remove all the leaked silicone. This takes a larger incision and more surgery.
Dr. Stratis can place the incisions around the nipple/areola, in the crease below the breast, or in the armpit. Your choice of implants will affect this decision, but it also involves your personal preference.
Breast augmentation patients who want to breastfeed in the future should avoid a nipple incision. An armpit incision is better hidden. Dr. Stratis will listen to your priorities before recommending a suitable option.
Depending on your personal anatomy, preferences, and choice of implant, Dr. Stratis will place your breast implants either above or below the pectoral muscle for your breast augmentation:
Although your breasts will be temporarily swollen after surgery, you will see right away that your breasts are larger and fuller. Women who aren't prepared for this are sometimes shocked and express concern that maybe their breasts are "too big." However, Dr. Stratis has found that after the swelling subsides and the implants settle into place, most women are extremely happy with the choices they have made. Your breasts may feel tender for a few weeks, although this can be easily controlled with pain medication. For some time after surgery you will wear a supportive bra to protect your results and minimize discomfort. You can likely resume full physical activity after about three weeks.
The Stratis Gayner team will carefully follow your progress for about three months after your breast augmentation surgery.
In terms of scarring, how noticeable any scars are will depend on the type of incision used. Dr. Stratis typically uses one of three incision patterns that leave well-concealed scars after breast augmentation is completed. Which one he chooses 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 breast augmentation 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.
Dr. Stratis recommends starting by identifying pictures of women whose breast proportions you admire. Before you come in for a consultation,he suggests that you go to his gallery of before-and-after photos and see if you can find an example of the breast proportions you are looking for. He will also have you try on implant sizers to visualize the results.Using implant sizers and the Vectra 3D imaging system also help in deciding the size of implant. These and his years of experience with breast augmentation procedures make it easy for him to determine what size, shape, and style of implant can best achieve your specific goals.
Definitely. However, depending on your individual situation, additional procedures may be necessary. For women with sagging breasts, Dr. Stratis often recommends that they combine their breast augmentation 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. During your consultation, Dr. Stratis will evaluate your breasts to determine the best way to create the look you want.
"I had a wonderful experience at Stratis Gayner and would recommend them to anyone. I loved that the staff was friendly and made me feel comfortable in an awkward situation. I called several times with questions and never felt like I was bothering anyone. And best of all, I have an excellent result that is very natural. Thanks a bunch."
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Dr. Stratis often combines breast augmentation with other procedures to help women attain multiple improvements within a single recovery period. Popular combinations include:
Dr. John Stratis is a body-focused plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast augmentation procedures for women from Harrisburg, Reading, and Lancaster, PA, and other surrounding communities. To learn more about breast augmentation options, send an online message to request a consultation with Dr. Stratis or call his office at (717) 728-1700.