Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants: How to make the right decision!

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The “silicone scare” is old news, and silicone breast implants are rapidly becoming the favorite for breast augmentation surgery.

If you’re considering breast implants, but are still a little skeptical about silicone, make sure you do some research before you make a decision. You don’t have to rely on second-hand, outdated information.

Keep Reading to learn more about why silicone implants are becoming the “gold-standard” for breast augmentation.


The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation™

breast implants nyc, best plastic surgeon for breast augmentationIn the past, women who had breast augmentation surgery took prescription pain pills for 7-10 days, had to take off work for up to two weeks, and had a stay out of the gym for up to two months. If you’re looking for an alternative, you’ve found it!

The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation, offered exclusively at MAS in New York City, makes a long painful recovery a thing of the past. Most patients are back to work and most normal activities within a few days.

Continue Reading for more information about The Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation!


Outstanding breast augmentation result!

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We love to share our Before & After pictures, so here is one of our latest and greatest! Absolutely gorgeous result 6 weeks after a breast augmentation!

At first glance this may seem like an easy surgery, but this is actually one of the toughest breast augmentations: a very petite woman who is in very good shape and wants a large size implant. It is extremely difficult to achieve a natural look with this combination of factors, but as you can see, it is possible. She underwent a submuscular (under the muscle) breast augmentation with a 397cc (full C cup) silicone implant, and this is the download joomla 5 template result at only 6 weeks after surgery with only about 80% of the stretching complete. Over the next 6 weeks, her result will improve even more as the bottom half her breast completes it full stretch and the implants rotate down into an even more natural position.

If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 917-703-7069, or contact us through our website by clicking here.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

gummy bear teardrop shaped gummy bear breast implantsTeardrop shaped breast implants, commonly referred to as Gummy Bears, are becoming more popular nowadays after the two major manufacturers, Sientra and Allergan, both got their FDA approvals recently.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants are fantastic devices, but they aren’t for everyone. They have their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages when compared to traditional round silicone breast implants, so make sure you have all the facts before you take the plunge and commit to one or the other.

Keep reading for more info on Shaped (Anatomic) Gummy Bear Breast Implants…


When can I travel after breast augmentation?

when can i travel after breast augmentation?We have had the good fortune of seeing a truly international clientele in our New York City breast augmentation practice, and one of the most common questions our clients ask is “When can I travel after my procedure?”

There are several considerations to traveling after surgery to make sure you’re traveling safely after any elective cosmetic procedure, and as long as you pay attention to these considerations early travel is always a possibility.

Keep Reading to find out more about what you should be thinking about when traveling after breast augmentation surgery…


Celeb Kaley Cuoco supports breast augmentation!

actress kaley cuoco admits to breast augmentation surgeryIn the May issue of Cosmopolitan, actress Kaley Cuoco said that her decision to have breast augmentation surgery in 2004 was one of the “best decisions I ever made.” I applaud Kaley for her candidness about a very private subject, and I’m glad to see someone proud of their decision to have cosmetic surgery. There is a reason why breast augmentation surgery is at the top of list of the most popular and most satisfying procedures year after year… it’s a great operation with great results.

If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation surgery and have questions about the procedure, please feel free to give us a call at 917-703-7069, or send us a message through our website by clicking here.

Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York

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Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta and Kevin Winter via, Cosmopolitan Magazine

NOTICE: None of the celebrities or individuals discussed here have ever received treatment, surgery, medical advice, or evaluations from any author, physician, surgeon, or representative of this blog. All images and photos in this article represent models only. No actual patients or clients are shown.

The 3 Most Important Decisions for Breast Augmentation

how to decide between silicone vs saline breast implants, and under or over the muscleThere’s a lot to think about when considering breast augmentation surgery, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information that you’ll pick up during the consultation process, especially if you’re seeing multiple doctors. None of these decisions are trivial though, so we want to try to help by sorting out the main decisions that have the most impact on the final result. Keeping things organized and simple is the best way to make a good decision and give yourself the best possible chance of getting a result that you’re in love with!


Breast Augmentation Case Study: Erica’s experience going from a B cup to a D cup

Breast Augmentation Case StudyErica is a 29 year old woman who lost a significant amount of weight after taking her life in a new direction of fitness and intense exercise. Losing the weight meant that she also lost quite a bit of fullness and volume in her breasts, and since she had no plans to gain the weight back, she decided to learn more about breast augmentation surgery to restore the cleavage she missed.

Keep reading about Erica’s experience with breast augmentation surgery, and to see her Before & After photos.


Saline Injections for Temporary Breast Augmentation

saline injections for breast augmentation temporaryIf you want to how your breasts might look with breast implants, or if you just want to temporarily enhance your cleavage for a big event or vacation, The 24-Hour Breast Augmentation™ might be for you. It’s a great alternative to surgical breast augmentation if you’re not ready to go under the knife, or if you’re planning to go under the knife later.

Keep reading to find out more about how saline injections can be a great alternative to breast implants, or how they can help you pick the perfect size implants for your future surgery.


The No Touch Technique for Breast Augmentation: the new gold standard

Keller Funnel No Touch Breast Augmentation by New York Plastic Surgeon Dr Nicholas Vendemia of MASHere at MAS, we are committed to innovation and advancement in breast augmentation surgery, and we thought that it would be prudent to introduce you to what we feel is becoming the new gold standard for breast implant insertion: the No-Touch Technique utilizing the Keller Funnel.

The Keller Funnel is a specialized polymer sleeve used to insert implants of all types into the body without actually having to touch the implant or expose it to potential contaminants on the skin surface, the operative field, or from the air. The sleeve allows the implant to be transferred directly from it’s sterile container through the incision with minimal exposure to it’s surroundings, and also allows for a near-frictionless insertion that minimizes stress on the implant and the incision.

The No-Touch Technique offers the highest possible level of sterility and safety, and we are proud to offer this technique to our exclusive breast augmentation clientele. Keep reading for more information and a video demonstration of the Keller Funnel in action.


When can I get a massage after breast augmentation surgery?

having a massage with breast implantsAhhhhh… there’s nothing like a good massage… just not too soon after breast augmentation surgery.

It’s a good idea to wait at least 6 weeks after your breast augmentation procedure to have a massage that requires you to lay on your stomach for more than a few minutes. The pressure of your bodyweight, plus the extra force that your practitioner uses during the massage, will displace your breasts to the sides and may stretch the implant capsules enough to allow the implants themselves to shift towards the sides more than you might like. This could lead to a widening of the space between your breasts and less cleavage.

Keep reading to learn more about the precautions you can take for massages after breast augmentation, and about other issues related to laying on your stomach when you have breast implants.


How to choose the right size implants for breast augmentation

how to choose the right size for breast implantsThere are several ways to make sure you choose the best possible size for your breast augmentation procedure.

While some surgeons rely on the “eyeball” method to select breast implants for their patients, there are far more accurate methods available, and you should take advantage of as many of them as you can to make sure that both you and your surgeon are as confident as possible in the size. It does take some time, and possibly a few office visits, to pick the best size and shape, but it is always worth the small amount of extra effort.

Keep reading to find out more about the methods you can use to be sure you choose the perfect size breast implants…


The Top 5 Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures in 2014

liposuction in nyc2014 was a big year for cosmetic surgery in the United States! A total of 15.6 million procedure were performed on both men and women, and the overall satisfaction rate has never been higher. The same is true at Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery where we specialize almost exclusively in Breast Augmentation and LipoSculpting. Our Before & After photos have never looked better, and our client satisfaction has been off the charts.

Keep reading to find out what the Top 5 Surgical and Nonsurgical procedures were for 2014, and for our comments on how each of these procedure fits into our practice…


New Inspira® Breast Implants get FDA Approval for Cosmetic Breast Augmentation

Allergan gets FDA approval for new Inspira breast implantsAllergan Medical is introducing a new line of highly-cohesive silicone gel gummy bear breast implants to the market in June of 2015.

The Inspira® implants have been designed to fill a void between the ultra soft feel of the Natrelle implant line and the firmer feel of the teardrop shaped Style 410 line. The fill ratio of the Inspira implants is higher than the standard Natrelle devices but not as form stable as the 410’s, thereby giving the Inspira’s the middle spot in terms of cohesively and firmness.

This is an important product for the market right now because many women find themselves torn between the ultra-natural shape of the teardrop 410 implants and the ultra soft feel of the round Natrelle implants. The Inspira line should fill this gap and give women a choice of gel firmness that is somewhere in between these other two implant lines, and make the decision process a bit easier.

Don’t Delay Removing PIP Breast Implants

PIP breast implants Many of you will remember the recent scandal brought on by French breast implant maker Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) when the company was disbanded and the executives jailed over their unethical practices of using non-medical grade silicone to manufacture their silicone breast implants sold throughout the world.

It is estimated that 30,000-40,000 women received PIP breast implants that may have caused, or may be causing, unknown and possibly dangerous side effects because of the likely contamination of the silicone gel used in these implants. When the story broke, we received quite a few calls from understandably worried women who wanted to know how they could tell if they had PIP implants, and what they should do about it if they did. We removed quite a few pairs of these implants during that time period, and helped several of these women deal with complications like severe capsular contractors, recurrent seromas (fluid collections), and PIP breast implant ruptures, but since that time we’ve noticed a dropoff in both the frequency of these calls, and in the sense of urgency on the calls that still come in.

If you or anyone you know had breast implants place in any country other than the United States in the past 20-25 years, please keep reading for an important reminder about the dangers of PIP implants, and why you should be concerned even if you aren’t sure if you have them…


Faster Recovery and Smaller Scar with the No Touch Breast Augmentation

Keller Funnel No Touch Breast Augmentation by rapid recovery breast augmentation specialist Dr Nicholas Vendemia of MASWe take breast augmentation surgery very seriously here at MAS, and the Keller Funnel is a serious device for women interested in the safest, quickest, and least traumatic insertion technique for breast implants.

The No Touch Breast Augmentation is redefining the standard for safety and sterility with breast implant surgery of all types (breast augmentation, breast implant exchange, breast implant revision, and breast reconstruction), and in our practice we consider it to be the gold standard for all of our breast augmentation procedures. When the funnel is used properly, the implants are transferred directly from the manufacturer’s sterile container into the sterile funnel and into the breast pocket without being touched by human hands or any other possible contaminants, hence the “No Touch” designation. The funnels advanced hydrophilic coating protects the implant shell during the transfer, and allows the implant to pass through a smaller incision (which translates into a smaller scar) in a way that is far less traumatic than finger insertion (which leads to a shorter recovery time).

Keep reading for more information and a video demonstration of the Keller Funnel in action and see how it compares to traditional finger insertion techniques.


When can I exercise after breast augmentation surgery?

working out after breast augmentationThe majority of our breast augmentation clientele is quite active, so we frequently field questions about getting back to the gym and other physical activity after surgery.

The recommendations for when to get back to the gym after breast augmentation surgery depend on what type of procedure you had, what type of implants you have, and in which position those implants were placed. There is no universal set of guidelines for every breast augmentation patient. The recommendations for each patient in our practice are as customized as our procedures, so if you had your procedure in another office, please consult with your surgeon before following any of the recommendations offered here.

Keep reading to find out when you can get moving again based on the specifics of your procedure…


How Breast Implants Drop and Settle

How breast implants settle over time after breast augmentation surgeryDropping, settling, and “fluffing”, are the most common terms used to describe the single most important phenomenon in breast augmentation surgery.

As the skin beneath the nipple stretches, it allows the breast to take on a rounder, more attractive shape, and also allows the implant to drop or settle into a more natural position. This improves the slope in the upper pole of the breast, and is the final step towards having your true “final result”. For most women, this settling process is 70-80% complete around 3-4 months after surgery, and 100% complete at 9-12 months.

Keep Reading to see more of this series of photos showing how breast implants drop and settle over time in one of our actual patients…


Top 5 Bra Fitting Tips for Breast Augmentation

breast augmentation bra fitting in new yorkBreast augmentation surgery is a big investment, and it’s important to protect that investment after the procedure with a top-quality bra that fits and supports that way a good bra should.

Mass production bras are usually not enough to provide good long term support for augmented breasts, so we send our breast augmentation patients to custom-fit bra shops within a week after their surgery. The fit specialists at these stores taught us a few things about how bras should fit, and offered up several pieces of helpful advise for finding the perfect bra size and keeping it that way.

Keep reading for our top 5 bra fitting tips for breast augmentation…


Breast Augmentation after Breast Lift

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Breast lift procedures can sometimes leave women frustrated with a lack of cleavage and perkiness 3-6 months after the operation.

The results can look quite good initially, but over a relatively short period of time the breasts can stretch, sag, and droop in a way that makes it difficult to create the cleavage that most women were hoping for after investing the time and money in a mastopexy procedure. Breast augmentation can be performed after breast lift surgery to restore the perkiness and cleavage in a more permanent way, and when performed by a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implants, the procedure can be extremely satisfying with a simple recovery and no additional scarring. A secondary procedure may also give you a chance to have unsightly scars revised, or to even out asymmetric areolas, both of which occur frequently after breast lifts.

If you are not satisfied with the results of your breast lift, consider learning more about breast implants after breast lift surgery. It’s an excellent option for many women who wish their lifted breasts had stayed “lifted” for a longer period of time.

Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York


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1 Day, 1 Week, and 3 Weeks after The Playmate Breast Augmentation

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One of the most common questions I answer is “How long until new breast implants start looking good?”

I tell my patients that, in my practice, breast implants follow the rule of 3’s…

  • They look GOOD in 3 days
  • They look GREAT in 3 weeks
  • They look AMAZING in 3 months

The photo series you see above goes a few steps above the rule of 3’s. If you look closely, you see not a single bruise in the 24 hour photo, and by 3 weeks her implants already look amazing. She had 457cc moderate profile smooth round implants placed under the muscle using The Playmate Breast Augmentation technique to ensure that such large implants would still look natural on such a small frame.

Keep Reading to see more views of this photo series, or click here to schedule your consultation.


Before and After Teardrop Gummy Bear Implants

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Many women wonder how soon new breast implants start looking good, and here is a great example.

This is a 32 year old woman who had a Playmate Breast AugmentationTM with Natrelle teardrop gummy bear (Style 410, Full Height, Full Projection) 335cc breast implants, under the muscle. This is the result at only three weeks after surgery. The skin below her nipple will continue to stretch and round out over time, the implants will continue to soften, and continue to look better and better all the way to a full two years after her procedure.

Her procedure was quite difficult in that she had so little natural breast tissue to begin with, and because she was using a sizable breast implant with a great deal of projection. Cases like this are our specialty here at MAS, and this is where the Playmate Technique shines as one of our most popular offerings.

Would you like a result like this?

Feel free to give us a call at 917-703-7069, or send us a message by clicking here.

Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon New York


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