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Breast Augmentation

Comparing Endoscopic and Traditional Breast  Augmentation


When it comes to enhancing breast size, breast augmentation surgery is often the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know there are different techniques to achieve that fuller, more balanced look? Let’s dive into the details and find out which approach is right for you. Dr. Goretti Taghva in Newport Beach, CA, offers both traditional and endoscopic methods.

The Traditional Breast Augmentation Technique

What it Entails

In a traditional breast augmentation, the surgeon typically makes an inframammary incision, periareolar incision, or transaxillary incision near the breast or chest wall. The breast implant is then positioned either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular placement) or below it (submuscular placement).

  • Types of Implants: Saline implants or silicone gel implants
  • Incision Sites: Around the nipple, under the breast in the inframammary fold, or in the armpit
  • Breast Pocket: Where the implant sits, either above or below the pectoralis major muscle

Common Concerns

While effective, traditional breast augmentation is often associated with:

  • Visible Scars: Scarring can be an aesthetic concern.
  • Capsular Contracture: The formation of scar tissue around the implant, causing hardening.
  • Longer Recovery: It can take weeks for the chest muscles and breast tissue to fully heal.

Endoscopic Breast Augmentation: A Modern Approach

Defining Endoscopic Breast Augmentation

So, what is endoscopic breast augmentation, and why is it different? This surgical technique uses an endoscopic approach. A tiny camera and special surgical instruments are inserted through a minimal incision, usually near the belly button. Endoscopic surgery offers a precise view of the internal structures, allowing for exact placement of breast implants.

The Surgeon’s Perspective

Dr. Goretti Taghva prefers the endoscopic method for several reasons:

  • Minimized Risk of Capsular Contracture: Advanced surgical techniques reduce the risk.
  • Less Intrusive: The camera allows for a clearer view, requiring fewer additional incisions.
  • Precision: Surgical procedures are more accurate, resulting in natural breast tissue appearance.
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Comparative Analysis of Both Techniques

The Surgical Approach

When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, the surgical approach is a crucial factor. Traditional techniques often require a periareolar incision or an inframammary fold incision. These methods, while effective, can lead to visible scars. On the other hand, endoscopic breast augmentation uses smaller incisions, often made in less visible areas, reducing the risk of noticeable scarring.

Scarring and Visibility

When it comes to visible scars, the endoscopic approach clearly wins. The incisions are smaller and often hidden in natural body folds.

Risk of Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a complication that can occur after breast augmentation. It involves the hardening of the breast pocket around the implant. Traditional breast augmentation has a higher incidence of capsular contracture compared to endoscopic methods, where advanced equipment helps to place the breast implants more precisely, reducing such risks.

Recovery Time

The recovery period is notably quicker with the endoscopic approach. Traditional methods may require longer bed rest and limitations on physical activities due to larger incisions and more manipulation of breast tissue and major muscles.

Customization and Flexibility

Endoscopic surgery provides greater customization opportunities. Surgeons can more accurately position the breast implants, whether it be submuscular placement or subglandular placement. Additionally, it offers the flexibility to opt for various types of implants, such as saline implants, silicone gel implants, or even the new “gummy bear” implants.

Impact on Chest Wall and Muscles

Traditional methods are more invasive to the chest wall and major muscles. Endoscopic surgery minimizes this impact, reducing long-term discomfort and allowing for more natural movement post-procedure.

Patient Satisfaction and Post-Procedure Quality

Studies show that patient satisfaction rates are generally higher for endoscopic breast augmentations. The quicker recovery, less visible scarring, and reduced risk of complications like capsular contracture all contribute to this outcome.

Cost Factor

Though endoscopic breast augmentation can be pricier upfront due to the specialized equipment and surgical technique involved, the long-term benefits often justify the initial investment. The reduced risk of complications and revision surgeries may save money in the long run.

Ideal Candidates for Endoscopic Augmentation

Health Requirements

Anyone considering breast enhancement surgery should be in good health. Specific medical conditions can affect the type of procedure recommended.

Desired Outcome

What is it that you’re looking to achieve? If minimal scarring and quicker recovery are high on your list, endoscopic might be the way to go.

Why Endoscopic Technique is Gaining Popularity

The endoscopic method is becoming the preferred approach for breast augmentation because:

  • Reduced Scarring: Smaller incisions mean less scar tissue.
  • Fast Recovery: Less disruption to the chest wall and muscles.
  • Lower Risk: Reduced risk of complications like capsular contracture.

The Role of Dr. Goretti Taghva in Your Endoscopic Journey

The key to a successful breast augmentation procedure lies in the hands of your surgeon. Dr. Goretti Taghva, a renowned plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, specializes in the endoscopic approach. With her expertise, you can expect a high level of patient satisfaction and minimal post-procedure complications.

Preparing for Your Procedure

So, you’ve decided to go with the endoscopic technique. What next?

  • Consultation: Discuss your options and desired breast size with Dr. Goretti Taghva.
  • Medical Examination: Check for any medical conditions that might affect the surgery.
  • Previous Surgeries: Make sure to disclose any past surgical procedures to avoid complications.

Post-Procedure Care: What to Expect

After your surgery, what happens?

  • Recovery Time: Generally shorter compared to traditional techniques.
  • Garments: You may be advised to wear certain sleeveless clothing to aid in recovery.
  • Follow-up Visits: These are crucial for monitoring your healing process and any risk of complications.

Why Choose Endoscopic Breast Augmentation in LEA Plastic?

The endoscopic approach offers numerous benefits over traditional methods, from reduced scarring to quicker recovery. Dr. Goretti Taghva is at the forefront of this cutting-edge surgical technique. Don’t you deserve the best in your quest for a fuller, more natural look?

In conclusion, while both endoscopic and traditional breast augmentations have their pros and cons, the endoscopic approach, championed by experts like Dr. Goretti Taghva, offers advantages that are hard to ignore. Whether it’s minimal scarring, reduced risk of complications, or faster recovery time, the endoscopic method is clearly the future of breast augmentation. Schedule a consultation with her today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of implants are used in endoscopic breast augmentation?

In endoscopic breast augmentation, both saline-filled implants and silicone gel implants can be utilized. The choice between the two often hinges on a variety of factors, such as the patient’s desired breast size, natural breast tissue, and the look and feel they aim to achieve. Dr. Goretti Taghva typically provides a comprehensive consultation to discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your aesthetic goals.

How does the endoscopic approach affect nipple sensation?

One of the advantages of the endoscopic technique is its precision, which reduces the risk to intercostal nerves responsible for nipple sensation. Traditional methods might involve a periareolar incision close to the nipple, which poses a greater risk to these sensitive nerves. In endoscopic procedures, the incisions are often smaller and strategically placed, thereby mitigating the risk of losing nipple sensation. Overall, many patients find that they have better sensory preservation with the endoscopic approach.

Is the endoscopic approach suitable for a breast lift?

The endoscopic method is primarily designed for breast implant placement and is not traditionally used for procedures like a breast lift, which typically require larger incisions for reshaping and lifting the breast tissue. If you are considering both a breast lift and augmentation, it may be possible to combine traditional and endoscopic techniques. Dr. Goretti Taghva can discuss your options during the consultation process.

Are there any age restrictions for undergoing endoscopic breast augmentation?

While there are no hard-and-fast age limits for endoscopic breast augmentation, candidates are generally expected to be in good health and should ideally have fully developed breasts. This typically means that the procedure is best suited for women who are at least 18 years old for saline implants and 22 years old for silicone implants, in accordance with FDA guidelines. Health assessments and pre-surgical screenings are part of the consultation process to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure.

How much does endoscopic breast augmentation cost compared to traditional methods?

Although the endoscopic method often involves a higher upfront cost due to the specialized equipment and surgical technique, many patients find that the benefits make it a worthy investment. The advantages, such as reduced risk of complications like capsular contracture, quicker recovery time, and less visible scarring, often outweigh the additional costs for many individuals. During your consultation, Dr. Goretti Taghva will provide a detailed cost breakdown, allowing you to weigh the pros and cons effectively.