Dr. Bartell https://www.drbartell.com Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - Madison WI Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 59940695 Dr Bartell Community Driven https://www.drbartell.com/news/dr-bartell-community-driven/ https://www.drbartell.com/news/dr-bartell-community-driven/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:12:23 +0000 https://www.drbartell.com/?p=2982 Giving Back is Part of Dr. Bartell Time and Money As an active member of the Madison community, a place where I was born and raised, and where I have lived for most of my 60 years, I am a… read more →

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Giving Back is Part of Dr. Bartell

Time and Money

As an active member of the Madison community, a place where I was born and raised, and where I have lived for most of my 60 years, I am a firm believer in giving back whenever possible.  I feel that this shouldn’t only involve charitable financial contributions, but actual participation.  And while spending time with one’s family is certainly a worthwhile activity when not working, I find it equally rewarding to donate my time to several worthy endeavors.

Bell-ringing and Math Tutoring

In addition to the annual bell-ringing that many do, I enjoy spending time at one of the local high schools 4 to 5 hours every week, tutoring math to students who need a little extra help.  Many of these are students of color, and I try to do all I can to decrease the “achievement gap” that we see in the public schools.

Commissions and Boards

Last year, I was appointed to the Town of Middleton Plan Commission.  As one of seven commissioners, we are an advisory institution to the Town Board planning the growth and development of the town.  I also sit on the boards of the UW Flying Club, as well as our homeowners association.

Annie Stewart Resurrection

Recently, I have started participating in a new endeavor, a group endeavoring to reconstruct the Annie Stewart fountain in Vilas Park.  For anyone not familiar with this, there is a small park adjacent to the zoo in which is situated a beautiful (although inoperative and neglected fountain).  Members of the community are trying to restore the fountain, and I have joined the effort.  I encourage everyone to visit the area to see the fruits of our efforts.

More About the Annie Stewart Fountain

In the late 1880s five young Madison women – Mary and Elva Bryant, Molly Vilas, Annie Storer, and Annie Stewart – took turns mending discarded clothing to distribute to the poor. One day Edwin Bryant saw them descending from his attic laden with clothing and called them the “attic angels.” The name stuck.

Annie Stewart (January 17, 1867 – April 8, 1905), who suffered from depression, took her own life. When her mother Mary died a few months later, she left $2,000 to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association to erect a fountain in Annie’s memory. On May 16, 1925, the Capital Times reported the project was finally done.

“The completion of the Annie C. Stewart memorial fountain, which the city has been awaiting for more than fifteen years, has at last been realized and the fountain now stands facing Erin Street, making a picturesque entrance to the southeast end of Vilas Park.

The fountain was designed by Frederick J. Clasgens, Cincinnati, Ohio. It has a concrete bowl 21 feet in diameter, with three figures in marble, a sea nymph and two dolphins, in the center. The arrangement of the figures is such that water is constantly flowing from conch shells, held in the hands of the dolphins, into small basins. The shells serve as drinking fountains. Later it is planned to put fish in the small bowl.

For years after the bequest had been made, the Park and Pleasure Drive Association could not decide on either a suitable site or design for the memorial. Furnishing the fountain with water would also entail an expense which the city council could not be prevailed upon to countenance. When Ernest N. Warner became president of the association in 1912 it was his intention to decide on a design and site. The contract was finally made with the sculptor, Mr. Clasgens, on March 9, 1917.

With the coming of the war, work on the fountain was again suspended. When Mr. Clasgens was ready to resume it, prices had mounted so high that the memorial cost considerably more than the Park and Pleasure Drive Association had contracted for.”

Clasgens died on April 7, 1955, at 2120 Jefferson Street, his sister’s house, and was buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Mark Gajewski

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Veterans

I never served in the military.  While my father was a veteran (WWII), and my brother served in the reserves, I didn’t find the time to serve.  When I graduated from college, a married and went straight into medical school.  After four years, I found myself looking at a minimum of five years of residency.  After that (and two children), it was time to start practice.  Also, at age 35, I was a little “long in the tooth” to be starting basic training.

Respect

Having said all that, I must emphasize that I have nothing but the highest respect for the young men and women who do enlist, as well as their spouses and children.  They are the ones who are taking time out of their lives, (as well as potentially risking them), and taking time away from their families for the rest of us.  I feel that they deserve all our praise and support.

Military Discount

For many years I have made it a practice of offering a “military discount” to all veteran patients and the spouses of active duty service members.  I think it is the least I can do to demonstrate my support for their service.  While I understand it is only a small gesture, it has always been well-received in the spirit it was offered, and I am honored to be able to do this for these remarkable people.

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Breast Augmentation Providers https://www.drbartell.com/news/scarless-breast-augmentation-providers/ https://www.drbartell.com/news/scarless-breast-augmentation-providers/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:05:11 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=2190 Patients desiring “scarless” breast augmentation would be wise to consider the experience offered by surgeons who claim to be able to provide this service.

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Transaxillary “scarless” breast augmentation

Dear Friends,

Breast augmentation is the most frequent operation I perform.  I am certain that one of the reasons for this is the fact that I routinely perform breast augmentation through a small incision in the armpit, thus eliminating the scar that most plastic surgeons leave around the areola or under the breast.  I have been using this technique since the late 1980’s, and have been using it routinely since I opened my Madison practice in the early 1990’s.  I have performed thousands of augmentations using this technique that leaves no scaring on the breast at all.

Recently, another practice in the Madison area started advertising that they also perform augmentation using the transaxillary technique (while also using the alternative incisions).  Patients desiring “scarless” breast augmentation would be wise to consider the breadth of experience offered by surgeons who claim to be able to provide this service.  Specifically, patients should ask the following questions:

  1. How long has the surgeon been performing transaxillary breast augmentations?
  2. How many has he/she performed?
  3. How often does he/she use the technique, as opposed to other techniques?
  4. How many transaxillary augmentation has he/she performed in the last month? Last year?
  5. Can he/she show you before and after photos of his/her work using this technique?
  6. Can you speak with previous patients who have had transaxillary augmentation performed?
  7. Surgeons who perform operations rarely, infrequently, or only recently generally don’t become proficient, and this can lead to complications.

If the surgeons you consult cannot answer the questions listed above, perhaps you would do better to find a surgeon who is better suited to your needs.

-Dr Thomas Bartell, MD

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A Pilot’s $100 Hamburger and Waggling of Wings https://www.drbartell.com/news/2040/ https://www.drbartell.com/news/2040/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 17:28:00 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=2040 Dr. Tom Bartell on the fly I am a private pilot.  I don’t mind saying that I’m pretty proud of that.  Being a pilot makes me part of an exclusive club.  In the entire history of humans on this planet,… read more →

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Dr. Tom Bartell on the fly

I am a private pilot.  I don’t mind saying that I’m pretty proud of that.  Being a pilot makes me part of an exclusive club.  In the entire history of humans on this planet, only a very few have been given the privilege of piloting an aircraft.  Even after I stop flying (which is regrettable, but eventually necessary), I will always be a pilot.  In that regard, it is like being a doctor.  Even when I retire from active practice, I will still be a physician.

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Coworker flight by Dr. Bartell

$100 Hamburgers

I came to aviation later in life, obtaining my private pilot certificate at age 54.  I fly in a club which has two single-engine Cessna planes.  My flying is mostly for recreation;  I seldom use the plane for transportation.  Most of my flights are to airports within 50 to 75 miles.  I am usually flying to an airport that has a restaurant or two in the vicinity.  These meals are referred to as the “$100 hamburger”, because when you total the expenses of flying the airplane (rental, insurance, fuel, club dues, etc.) that’s about what the burger costs.

Doctors and Pilots

Piloting a plane is a little like performing surgery, which is one of the reasons it appeals to me.  Both require a lot of training, attention to detail, planning and discipline.  In addition, both can require some improvisation when things don’t go exactly as expected.  Also, one of the most important lessons that can be learned in flying as well as surgery is when not to do it.  If a patient isn’t a good candidate (for whatever reason), surgery should not be attempted.  Similarly, if weather conditions or the functioning of the plane are not ideal, the plane should stay on the ground.

Dr Bartell and wife, Nina

Dr Bartell and wife, Nina

Keep Your Head Down

I try to fly at least once per week, sometimes just to practice landings or stalls (yes, we practice those).  Many times I will circle over our house and “waggle my wings” as a greeting to my wife.  So if you happen to see a small airplane flying around the Madison area, it just might be me.  So keep your head down!

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What Do Women Want Out of a Breast Augmentation? https://www.drbartell.com/body-changes/what-do-women-want-out-of-a-breast-augmentation/ https://www.drbartell.com/body-changes/what-do-women-want-out-of-a-breast-augmentation/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 19:10:43 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=1839 Why a Breast Augmentation Is Important to Women A breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure. Though there are many reasons women strive to enhance their breast size and shape, the most common is striving to fix… read more →

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Why a Breast Augmentation Is Important to Women

A breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure. Though there are many reasons women strive to enhance their breast size and shape, the most common is striving to fix changes in the breasts to boost self-esteem.

Breasts Change After Significant Life Events

A woman’s breasts do not stay the same their entire lives, much like the rest of our bodies. Major life changes can cause them to become flatter, misshapen, saggier, or smaller. Having a breast augmentation can reverse these changes and restore a woman’s breasts, bringing new confidence and higher self-esteem.

Weight Loss

A few pounds lost here and there might not be enough to cause your breasts to change sizes, but often, women who lose a significant amount of weight find their breasts have begun to sag, are no longer round and perky. This is because breasts are mostly made up of fatty tissues. This means, when weight is gained, fat cells expand. When weight is lost, they shrink. Some women have more fat cells in their breasts than others, but many, after weight loss, can see a significant change in the size and shape of their breasts. Once a healthy weight is maintained, Dr. Bartell can perform a breast augmentation to bring the fullness and roundness back.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, breasts commonly increase in size as the mammary glands grow, preparing the body for breastfeeding. Sometimes the size increases are enough that women need to buy bras one to two cup sizes bigger. They also change right after giving birth, and continue to do so during breastfeeding. Once a woman is finished feeding her baby from her breasts, their bodies realize milk production is no longer needed. Once this happens, breasts reduce in size, nipples return to the state they were in prior to pregnancy. Unfortunately, for many women, this process can leave stretch marks and loose skin, the latter causing breasts to look saggy and flat. A breast augmentation can bring a woman’s back the fullness and shape of their breasts.

Aging

As women age, changes in their hormones affect their bodies. When estrogen levels lower, it can cause drier skin, causing it to be less elastic. This bodily change makes breasts sag, deflate, and change size and shape. This often happens after menopause, a time in a woman’s life when she stops menstruating. Even though this is an inevitable change for women, a breast augmentation by Dr. Bartell can bring new life into a woman’s breasts.

Breast Augmentation After a Mastectomy

When a woman has breast cancer, a mastectomy may be required in the fight against it. This procedure removes most to all of a breast that is affected. Although it is an important procedure in the steps to removing the cancer from a woman’s body, it can have a crushing emotional impact. Losing a breast greatly affects how confident a woman feels about her body, and can reduce or eliminate sex drive. Often, doctors can remove the tissue inside of the affected breast, leaving the skin and nipple for a future reconstruction. Dr. Bartell has performed a countless number of breast augmentations in his career, and can help bring back the fullness and shape of a breast after some mastectomies.

Make the Change

Regardless of the reasons, a breast augmentation can positively change a woman’s attitude about her body and increase their confidence and outlook on life. Choosing to have a breast augmentation is a big decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. However, patients of Dr. Bartell can put their mind at ease when it comes to scarring. Dr. Bartell is the only plastic surgeon in Madison and the surrounding areas to perform scar-free breast augmentations. If you feel this procedure is right for you, call his office today and schedule your free consultation.

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Krista’s Walk Through Breast Augmentation https://www.drbartell.com/surgery-news/kristas-walk-breast-augmentation/ https://www.drbartell.com/surgery-news/kristas-walk-breast-augmentation/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:12:53 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=2021 Krista is the voice of 93.1 Madtown Jamz Morning Show with co-host Marco. She’s fun, quick, and easy to relate to both on-air and off, and when she decided to explore her options for breast enhancement, she brought her listeners… read more →

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Krista is the voice of 93.1 Madtown Jamz Morning Show with co-host Marco.

She’s fun, quick, and easy to relate to both on-air and off, and when she decided to explore her options for breast enhancement, she brought her listeners along, letting them share each step in the process.

Here’s just a small taste of her story:

Alright, it’s no secret that I have expressed the smallness of my girls during the morning show. It’s true! At the age of 39 my back still simply looks like my front. Ever since I can remember, my mom, my grandma and my sister were all blessed in this department.

I’m at a time in my life where I am done having children and I think after the wear and tear from breast feeding and gravity, it might be time to look into the procedure.

Follow along here to read it all.

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Traveling to Dr. Bartell https://www.drbartell.com/news/traveling-dr-bartell/ https://www.drbartell.com/news/traveling-dr-bartell/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:13:36 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=1715 Dr. Bartell Sees Patients From All Over Dr. Thomas Bartell is the only board certified plastic surgeon in Madison, WI that focuses on below the neck procedures. This makes him highly sought after, with patients traveling all over to Madison,… read more →

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Dr. Bartell Sees Patients From All Over

Dr. Thomas Bartell is the only board certified plastic surgeon in Madison, WI that focuses on below the neck procedures. This makes him highly sought after, with patients traveling all over to Madison, WI to see him. He has been in practice for over 20 years, and specializes on procedures such as scarless breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, and many other cosmetic surgeries. Since so many people travel to have Dr. Bartell perform their surgeries, it is important for his patients to understand how to travel safely to and from his office before they plan their trip.

As patient safety is our top concern, we do require that all patients have someone drive them home or to their hotel, either a family member or friend. Cabs or Ubers are strictly not allowed. Your driver is not required to stay during the procedure, but if they leave the clinic waiting room, they will be asked to leave a cell phone number where they can be quickly reached.

From In Town

Madison, WI is a large city, housing over 200,000 people and families. Depending on what side of town you live on, you can reach the office of Dr. Bartell within minutes or, at the very most, within an hour. Regardless of if you live near the office or on the other side of Madison, you will be required to have a friend or family member drive you to your surgery for your safety.

From a Nearby Location

There are many surrounding cities and towns around Madison, WI where Dr. Bartell is located. He sees many patients from places such as Baraboo, Beloit, Appleton, Fox Valley, Green Bay, Janesville, Milwaukee, Sauk City and many more. For those who have a short drive into Madison, WI, it is perfectly fine to drive back to your hometown that same night with your driver taking you to and from for safety. However, other locations may be further away. For those patients, Dr. Bartell recommends booking a hotel in advance, as not only will you be exhausted after your surgery, but your driver may be tired, too, from a long day of driving to Madison, and the safest choice for the both of you would be to stay in Madison for the night.

Flying In

The Dane County Regional Airport is off of International Lane, mere minutes from downtown Madison, WI and just a short beltline drive to Dr. Bartell’s office. For those who are flying into Madison for their procedure with Dr. Bartell, a friend or family member is still required to drive you, whether they come with you for the trip or meet you in town, to ensure your safety. There are many hotels in the area to choose from, and plenty to do for you or your driver while staying in Madison.

Post-Surgical Traveling Tips for Patients of Dr. Bartell

As you heal from your procedure, you will need to make sure you avoid certain activities for a few days so you do not aggravate your surgery site:

  • Don’t lift or pull heavy items
  • Walk and take your time when moving through your home
  • Drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest
  • If you’re driving somewhere once you have been cleared to drive, plan a rest stop or two and walk around and stretch carefully
  • Keep any medication at hand, and have Dr. Bartell’s number in your phone.
  • Flying can be restricted right after surgery, so always check with Dr. Bartell to know when you’re cleared to fly
  • If driving is uncomfortable for you, ask someone to take you to and from places for a few days

Driving After Surgery

As stated before, you must have a friend or family member you trust drive you to and from your surgery, and who can stay with you for up to 24 hours as your anesthesia wears off. Many patients have someone stay with them for a few days to a few weeks until they are fully healed, as many day to day tasks can become unbearable while their bodies are recovering.

When it comes to driving 24 hours or later after your surgery, getting around by car or truck should be perfectly fine if you are up to it. Seat belts should always be worn, although they can put pressure on surgical sites, depending on the type of surgery you had done. If your seat belt hurts too much, find someone to drive you for a few days while you heal, especially if you have been given pain medication that you cannot drive while taking. This way you can keep your seat belt on but lean your chair back a bit to relieve the pressure and irritation, while ensuring you are still safe.

Flying After Surgery

Typically you are to not fly for up to a week after your surgery, depending on what type of procedure you have. A few post-operative exams are scheduled with Dr. Bartell so he can check your healing progress. It would be wise to wait to fly until that first exam, at which you can ask him whether or not you can fly at that time.

Your Safety Is Our Concern

Dr. Bartell is always on call for all of his patients, and will always send you and your driver home with instructions for medications and what you should do and not do and for how long. Whether you’re coming from out of town or down the street, Dr. Bartell and his staff want to make sure you stay safe and healthy while traveling to and from his office.

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Preparing Your Child for Their First Flight https://www.drbartell.com/news/preparing-child-first-flight/ https://www.drbartell.com/news/preparing-child-first-flight/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:29:26 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=1789 Your Child’s First Flight As you know, Dr. Bartell is a licensed pilot. He likens it to performing body recontouring surgery, stating a pilot must also be creative in many situations, adjusting to changing conditions or weather and other air… read more →

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Your Child’s First Flight

As you know, Dr. Bartell is a licensed pilot. He likens it to performing body recontouring surgery, stating a pilot must also be creative in many situations, adjusting to changing conditions or weather and other air traffic. While Dr. Bartell may love flying, it can still be a daunting thing for others, and often, children may become frightened before their first flight.

Preparing Your Child In Advance

There are many good ways to prepare for your child’s first flight.

  • Read age-appropriate books to them about flying
  • Take them to a visit at the airport days before your flight
  • Have them help pack for the trip
  • Talk to them in detail about what to expect
  • Watch age-appropriate movies related to flying on airplanes
  • Arrive early so your child can get accustomed to the airport and watch other flights take off
  • Let them help you pack

Regardless of how far you’re going, it is always imperative to check your flight schedule and know the plan for the entire day. For many children, keeping as close to their normal day’s schedule as possible – meals, nap time, etc – can be crucial to ensuring they don’t experience additional anxiety the day of your flight.

First Flight

Should They Have Their Own Seat?

Often, airlines will let children under 2 years fly free on domestic flights. However, you should check if they still tax you for the child, which can get expensive, meaning having a separate seat for your child might be worth it. Be sure to call the airline before booking your flights to find out if this is the case for your trip. Also make sure you truly think of your child’s behavior; only you know him or her best. If they are full of spunk, their own seat might be a good idea, freeing you from the stress of a squirmy lap companion.

As a side note when purchasing your tickets, always make sure you are seated together!

Getting Through the Airport

Ideally, you might want to see if someone can drop you off at the terminal instead of driving yourself and your child to the airport. This way, you avoid having to deal with parking your car and carrying your luggage as well as holding onto your child, which can be greatly stressful.

Airports are strict when it comes to what you carry on, so always be sure you research in advance what you can and cannot bring onto the plane. The quicker you get through security, the less anxiety your child (and you) will deal with. Try to arrive earlier than you normally would, too, to try and avoid longer lines.

The Flight

Depending on the age of your child, there can be many different things to do to keep them occupied during their first flight. If you have an infant, the best options are to do exactly what you normally do at home. Feed them, bounce them, walk along the plane once able to. Many times, infants might even sleep through the entire flight.

If your child is a toddler, coming up with activities to entertain them during the flight can help pass the time. Small games can be played, or you can bring a movie for longer flights. Other ideas include coloring books, building with pipe cleaners, and reading.

Always be sure that you have plenty to do for your child on their first flight. It is also important to move on to the next activity the moment you notice them losing interest. Forcing them to continue may only initiate a temper tantrum.

After Your Child’s First Flight

Ideally, it is often a good idea to let others disembark from the plane before you and your child. It can cause a hassle trying to get children out as quickly as possible, irritating other flyers, too. Once out of the airport, it is a good idea to have someone pick you up instead of having to deal with renting a car, which can further upset your child.

The more you plan in advance, the better and less stressful it will be for you when the day of your flight.

 

 

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Best Implant Option for Thin Women https://www.drbartell.com/surgery-news/best-implant-option-thin-women/ https://www.drbartell.com/surgery-news/best-implant-option-thin-women/#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:20:07 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=1835 Until recently, very thin women desiring breast augmentation have faced a tough decision. Either they could go with a silicone implant with the potential problems associated with them, or they could choose a saline implant and run the risk of… read more →

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Until recently, very thin women desiring breast augmentation have faced a tough decision. Either they could go with a silicone implant with the potential problems associated with them, or they could choose a saline implant and run the risk of rippling.  Now there is a third choice for these women. A new implant is available, the Ideal Implant.

The Ideal Implant Design

The Ideal Implant is a saline implant, designed by a plastic surgeon, which uses a unique internal design to give it a very natural feel and a lower risk of rippling. The implant itself is made of precisely the same materials as a standard saline implant, so it is very safe. The saline is the same; they shell is made of the same material. They are adjustable in the operating room, as are standard saline implants. The difference comes from internal baffling, similar to a “waveless” waterbed.

While most women will do just as well with the standard saline implant (which is slightly less expensive), for the very thin patient, the Ideal Implant may be just the answer.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today!

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Saline or Silicone https://www.drbartell.com/body-changes/saline-or-silicone/ https://www.drbartell.com/body-changes/saline-or-silicone/#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:38:50 +0000 http://www.drbartell.com/?p=1829 Saline or silicone? Most plastic surgeons have a distinct preference, but like with most decisions, there are advantages and disadvantages with each choice. Surgeons who use primarily one type of implant will tout its advantages and describe the deficits of… read more →

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Saline or silicone?

Most plastic surgeons have a distinct preference, but like with most decisions, there are advantages and disadvantages with each choice. Surgeons who use primarily one type of implant will tout its advantages and describe the deficits of the other, but rarely will you get a balanced view.

Changes in breast implants over time

Silicone implants have improved dramatically over the past 30 years. They have been studied extensively to ensure that they are safe for patients. They feel quite natural, and are less likely to wrinkle than saline implants. There are some disadvantages as well. Silicone implants come pre-filled, and therefore are not adjustable as are saline implants. Many radiologists recommend MRI scans rather than mammograms, which can be expensive, since insurance coverage of these scans is not likely. Also, while a silicon implant definitely “feels” more natural than a saline implant when sitting side-by-side on a table, when implanted under the chest muscle in most women, the difference is negligible.

Safety of breast implants

Saline implants are very safe. If a leak ever occurs, the body simply absorbs the saline. The manufacturers all offer a lifetime warranty and will replace the implant in the event of a failure. Saline implants are adjustable in the operating room, allowing for the surgeon to provide better symmetry and a higher chance of giving the patient the size she requested. Unless the patient is quite thin, rippling is almost never an issue. And for thin patients there is an alternative saline implant that can solve this problem. Finally, since the implant is placed under the muscle, it is breast that is visible and palpable, not implant. The implant (whether saline or silicone) is merely pushing the breast forward.

Feel free to discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant with your surgeon to determine which is best for you.

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