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Can Less Be More? Making the Switch to Smaller Implants

The concept of breast augmentation is associated with increased breast size. However, for many patients, the motivation behind breast augmentation is to improve breast shape and proportion, without becoming excessively large. Can you downsize breast implants? I see many patients for breast augmentation revision surgery at my Phoenix-area plastic surgery practice, and they visit me for …

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Implant Sizing Discussion #1: How many ccs make a “C” cup? (Part I)

Deciding on a proper breast implant size is one of the more challenging aspects of breast augmentation for many patients and surgeons in the Phoenix area. Patients are often surprised to find out that the relationship between implant size and final breast appearance can be quite complex. The same implant volume (cc) won't look the …

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One More Reason to Like Sientra Textured Implants

As I wrote in a recent blog, I was very happy to have published a recent article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® regarding the lower rate of capsular contracture (scar tissue hardening) when textured implants are used. This study was based on Sientra "gummy bear" breast implants, which I use for Phoenix and Scottsdale patients, …

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My Stockholm Experience: Part 2

As a background, there has been a large split in which implants are used in the U.S. versus Europe. Most of the difference can be attributed to the false concern in the early 1990s that silicone might cause autoimmune disorders. Thankfully, after massive medical studies, it was conclusively shown that silicone implants do not cause …

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