Do breast implants make you float? Will it save you from drowning?
Those are some questions that a few may have wondered about breast implants at some point.
Here’s the thing, breast implants are NOT a floatation device. They will not make you buoyant, nor are they a suitable alternative for a life vest.
“Breast implants are different from the weight of the natural breast, but not by much. While fatty tissue weighs slightly less than water, saline will, as mentioned, weighs roughly the same, and silicone, slightly more. “
“The differences between the natural tissue and a breast implant are minor, and, to the untrained eye, virtually undetectable.”
While breast implants are naturally buoyant (as seen in the video), “when placed in the body, however, the buoyancy of breast implants demonstrated by benchtop testing becomes irrelevant. Post-surgery breasts are no more likely to drown you than they are to save you from drowning.”
So, to answer the question above, no, breast implants will NOT make you float, and it will NOT save you from drowning.
Now, if you know someone who says they want to get large implants to have a built-in life-jacket, you can conclusively tell them to take some swimming lessons instead. 😅
Whether your reasons are for the enhancement of your appearance, correction of uneven breasts, or following a mastectomy procedure, there are several things you have to keep in mind.
When considering breast augmentation, it is important to speak with a plastic surgeon who will help you decide whether the procedure is right for you. At Politis Plastic Surgery, we will conduct a physical exam, get your medical history, listen to your concerns, consider your aesthetic goals, and offer options for how to proceed. We only recommend this surgical procedure to patients in good health who have realistic expectations. This is why the consultation is critical.
While your surgeon may use implants, fat transfer, or both to augment your breasts, the decision primarily depends on your existing breast tissue, body mass, and frame, as well as your desired body shape. The surgeon will create a personalized plan and provide you with pre-operative instructions to ensure the experience is as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible.
Childbearing can bring significant changes to a woman’s body. After experiencing the beauty and struggles of raising a child, many women try to improve their bodies after their pregnancies. They do various workouts and try different diets to get back into shape.
However, the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding—sagging breasts, lax tummy muscles, abdominal stretch marks, and the increased fat in the upper arms and thighs—are still all over the body. Plus, working out consistently while managing the household or keeping a career can prove challenging and increasingly frustrating.
However, there may be a way to help you get back your pre-pregnancy body.
At Politis Plastic Surgery, we offer a safe and effective mommy makeover that restores the shape and appearance of a woman’s body after childbearing.
What is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover is a broad term for total body rejuvenation after having children. It is a personalized series of surgical procedures designed to revitalize the body after the stress of pregnancy and breastfeeding. It involves addressing any problem areas of the breast, the abdomen, and the body as a whole. For the breast, you may either require a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or mammoplasty. When it comes to the abdomen, it usually requires a full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.
A delicate blend of procedures
If you qualify for a mommy makeover, your treatment is tailored to suit your unique needs. Since your breasts and abdomen are the primary areas that change with motherhood, your procedure will begin with breast and abdomen contouring before adding the other elements.
For breasts that are disproportionately large and uncomfortable, you can get a breast reduction to bring them to your ideal size and appearance. You may also get a breast lift to raise your breast and nipple position. It can help eliminate sagging skin, restore volume, shape, perkiness, and give a more youthful look. Breast implants may also be used in this process.
For pockets of fat, sagging skin or stretch marks, a tummy tuck will be considered for your mommy makeover. A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) repairs separated muscles and removes excess, sagging skin, creating a smooth, taut tummy.
When you have stubborn fat accumulated on your midsection, particularly on the lower stomach or around the hips—that won’t go away no matter how often you go to the gym or how good your diet is, liposuction will be included in your mommy makeover. Liposuction will improve the contours of your hips, balance your body proportions, and enhance the results of the other procedures.
How soon will you get back to routine activities?
Your mommy makeover may be conducted in a single operation or spread out over multiple surgical sessions. You will have the surgery on an outpatient basis, allowing you to recover at home.
After your surgery, you may be recovering at home for 1 or 2 weeks, depending on your specific procedures. It would be best if you made prior arrangements for your recovery period by ensuring that you have a caregiver at home who can help you with chores, childcare or other tasks.
Early in the recovery period, you will feel sore, swollen, and bruised. Pain can usually be managed effectively with pain-relieving medication. By the second week, the pain and soreness should have subsided and your drains should be out, but the swelling may have only partially subsided.
You will be back to your routine and regular daily activities within a week. And in the following weeks, you should see steady healing culminating in full recovery by the sixth week.
Why Politis Plastic Surgery?
At Politis Plastic Surgery, we prioritize your comfort, safety, and privacy. We allow you to work with a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon with a track record for excellent results.
Dr. Effie Politis is a skilled, compassionate, and experienced surgeon who has performed many mommy makeovers. Rest assured that your procedure will be physically and emotionally transforming and give you more confidence and zest for life.
If you are struggling with sagging breasts, stubborn fat deposits, and a protruding abdomen even when you eat healthily and exercise regularly, trust Dr. Effie Politis to help you bring your post-baby body back to its pre-pregnancy shape.
For more information on mommy makeovers and other plastic surgery procedures, visit the Politis Plastic Surgery website.
This lovely patient underwent a mini-facelift in-office under local anesthesia, as well as hyperdilute Radiesse injected into cheeks and central face for composite facial restoration and skin tightening.
Her goal was to address her excess skin and jowls of the lower face The procedure involved elevating the skin and identifying the SMAS layer, which is a thin layer of muscle and fibrous bands that cover the muscles and deep fat pads of the face.
When the SMAS becomes loose and sags with age, it creates laxity along the lower face and jawline, creating jowls, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and neck bands.
A mini facelift is a corrective cosmetic procedure that targets sagging skin around the lower face and jawline. The incision is still placed in front of the earlobe and curves gently under the earlobe, depending on the amount of skin to be excised. The neck and lower face are carefully evaluated in order to see if one is a candidate.
Please note the patient also had hyperdilute Radiesse for skin tightening and also for volumization.
Procedure: Mini Facelift Area of Concern: lower face and jowls Anesthesia: Local Downtime: patient can drive home, may not engage in vigorous exercise for 7-10 days Recovery: 2 weeks Pain Control: Tylenol and NSAIDS Expect long-lasting results given this is not a skin procedure but addresses the SMAS or strength layer. Can be complemented by composite fat grafting or hyperdilute Radiesse for skin tightening as well as microneedling with topical dilute botox and exosomes.
What happens when implants too large for your chest/thorax are placed?
Implant displacement, stretched-out thin breast tissue, and asymmetry.
This can only be fixed with revision, implant exchange, implant place change, and tissue scaffold for support.
Patients, do your homework. Implants need to be sized through tissue-based planning techniques by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
The 14-step plan is then initiated in OR to prevent contamination of implants leading to capsular contracture. Otherwise, tissue distortion and collapse as well as device malposition and capsular contracture are guaranteed down the road. This ultimately leads to more surgeries and low patient satisfaction.
According to Emmy Graber, M.D., MBA., president and founder of The Dermatology Institute of Boston, PC, Boston, there are some studies that suggest ways we can change our diet and how it impacts skin aging. Also, avoiding these methods of cooking may help in preventing aging skin: grilling, frying, and roasting. Poaching, boiling, or steaming foods may be safer instead. For Dr. Graber, if patients want to alter their diet for antiaging advantages, she recommends the Mediterranean diet because it has the most evidence in this regard. “Mediterranean diets are rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil, low in sugars and lower in meats and refined carbohydrates,” she says. She also advises caution regarding nutritional supplements, unless a patient is deficient in a certain vitamin.
A common question asked by most Botox patients: “𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘉𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘹 𝘥𝘰 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥?” Understandably so, since this is an important consideration before going through the treatment, as the amount of Botox you need determines the overall cost of the procedure. Every patient is unique in terms of both facial characteristics and desired result. Individual facial muscle requires different amounts of Botox in order to fully relax & prevent wrinkle formation. There are also other characteristics that influence how your body reacts to Botox injections: your gender, size and strength of your facial muscles, and your metabolism. It’s important to make sure that you receive the proper amount of Botox units required for your individual needs and goals. Dr. Effie will make sure you meet your needs and desired results. The goal is always to achieve balance on the needs of what the patient wants, and what the plastic surgeon advises to give as the best result. Attempting to save money by undertreating an area will not create a satisfying result and could end up costing you more money if a fix is needed. An experienced Botox injector will determine the right amount of Botox needed to deliver the results you are looking for. If you want to know more, consult with @dreffiepolitis today! Call us: (813) 542 – 2587 Check our website: politisplasticsurgery.com Visit us: 5016 West Cypress Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607
It works by placing calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres in an organic vehicle or carrier which provides both volume replacement and collagen biostimulation creating long-lasting improvements for >18 months resulting in tighter and more elastic skin with increased skin thickness.
This is like bone putty and works really well for building up the posterior jaw given we lose skeletal support to our facial buttresses each decade. This leads to loss of soft tissue support and descent inferiorly.
Unfortunately, many injectors are performing this on people of all ages given its popularity on social media which can also masculinize the jaw when applied to the wrong patient.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I provide each patient with a customized beauty plan that best suits their needs and long term goals. This involves analyzing the face from top to bottom in thirds, and medial to lateral in fifths.
Our customized beauty plan ensures gradual improvement so patients look natural and refreshed.
Maintaining the golden ratio or phi in this patient by mid-face augmentation. This hyaluronic acid filler has inherently high lift capacity (Vycross technology) which helps maintain the inverted triangle of youth. This will maintain fullness by expanding the midface centrally while using the bony support of the zygoma (bony arch of the cheek) laterally as a scaffold to detract from forming deep central wrinkles like the nasolabial folds (commonly known as smile/laugh lines). She had 1 cc Voluma to right and left mid and lateral face for a total of 2 cc.
A few things to know about fillers : –– Smooths fine lines & facial wrinkles –– Restores youthful volume to areas like the midface and jawline –– Creates balance in areas that are slightly asymmetrical –– Reverses mild skin laxity due to aging –– Fills out shallow scarring for a smoother look –– Rejuvenates the area under the eyes to produce a refreshed, awake appearance –– Requires little to no recovery time –– Results are temporary & requires repeat injections –– Results are dependent on the experience & qualifications of your injector Always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.