A Leading Breast Implant Surgeon
Dr. Kirk Brandow has decades of experience performing breast implant surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. Brandow has placed thousands of breast implants during his career. He works closely with each one of his patients to fully understand their procedure goals and creates a plan to best achieve their desired results.
Patients who were born with smaller breasts, as well as those who are unhappy with their current breast size, can undergo breast implant surgery to enhance overall breast volume. Breast implants are designed to provide natural-looking, long-lasting results. Schedule a consultation for breast implant surgery in Philadelphia today to learn more about your options.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Implants In Philadelphia?
- Patients who want fuller, natural-looking breasts.
- Patients who are unhappy with their current breast size.
- Patients who have lost breast volume due to aging, weight loss or pregnancy.
- Patients who are looking to improve overall breast symmetry and shape.
Intended Results of Breast Implants
Breast implant surgery can enhance breast size while still maintaining a natural look. Breast implants can greatly improve one’s confidence; many breast implant patients are very proud of their newfound results. If you are looking for larger, shapelier or more youthful breasts, opting for breast implant surgery at the Brandow Clinic in Philadelphia may be right for you.
What Are the Different Breast Implant Shapes?
When choosing breast implants, one must consider the size and shape of the implants to ensure they best complement the patient’s physique. Dr. Brandow provides multiple breast implant options to ensure natural-looking results.
- Round Breast Implants: Round implants have a circular shape and can add fullness, as well as symmetry, to the breasts.
- Teardrop Breast Implants: Teardrop implants have a sloped appearance for a more natural look.
Round and teardrop breast implants are available in different sizes and proportions. Dr. Brandow will discuss whether round or teardrop implants are right for you during your breast implant consultation at our Philadelphia offices.
Saline Breast Implants or Silicone Breast Implants
- Saline Breast Implants: A saline implant is filled with sterile salt water and enclosed in a protective shell.
- Silicone Breast Implants: A silicone implant is filled with silicone gel and enclosed in a protective shell.
Dr. Brandow exclusively uses saline breast implants due to their safety and effectiveness. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed the safety of saline implants. Should a leak occur, your body can safely reabsorb the salt water solution found in saline breast implants.
On the other hand, silicone implants often have higher complication rates than saline-based implants. Silicone implants can also cause allergic reactions in patients. The Brandow Clinic exclusively offers saline implants for patients looking to undergo breast implant surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. Brandow can further discuss the safety of saline implants during your breast implant surgery consultation.
Breast Implant Surgery Techniques
Dr. Brandow can utilize numerous techniques when performing breast implant surgery, including:
- Trans-Areolar Technique: Incisions are placed around the nipple.
- Inframammary Technique: Incisions are placed under the breast.
- Trans-Axillary Technique: Incisions are placed underneath the arm.
- Trans-Umbilical Technique: Incisions are made through the belly button.
What Makes Breast Implant Surgery with Dr. Brandow Different?
Dr. Brandow utilizes the trans-axillary technique when placing breast implants – an approach he has perfected over his many years as a leading breast implant surgeon. During trans-axillary breast surgery, breast implants are placed through tiny incisions (approximately one inch in length) that are hidden in the armpit. Your breast implants will either be placed above or below the pectoral muscle; larger implants are usually placed above the pectoral muscle, while smaller implants are typically placed below the pectoral muscle.
The trans-axillary technique can achieve natural-looking results with virtually no visible scarring. Learn more about Dr. Brandow’s scarless breast implant technique here.
Dr. Brandow is a leading breast implant surgeon in Philadelphia. His decades of plastic surgery expertise, as well as his international training, have given him an exceptional understanding of breast implant surgery. Dr. Brandow has trained alongside pioneers in the field of plastic surgery, including the renowned Dr. Ivo Pitanguy of Brazil. Additionally, Dr. Brandow’s collaborations with leading artists have led to an artistic approach to breast implant surgery. Dr. Brandow strives to achieve natural-looking, yet remarkable results for his Philadelphia patients.
Breast Implant Procedure Description
Breast implant surgery in Philadelphia is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending on the type of surgical technique being utilized, incisions will be made either around the nipple, under the breast, under the arm or through the belly button. Dr. Brandow will then insert your breast implant into the breast pocket. Dr. Brandow will discuss the specifics of your breast implant surgery in more detail during your consultation.
Recuperation and Healing After Breast Implant Surgery in Philadelphia
Patients are given an elastic support bra to wear following breast implant surgery; this bra holds your breasts in the correct position to aid in healing. Pain medication can be prescribed to reduce discomfort during the initial days of recovery. Breast implant sutures are typically removed within 1-2 weeks of your surgery. Patients can usually resume light activities within 2 weeks and aerobic activities after 3 weeks. Sliding your breast implants within the breast pockets during recovery may be advised, as this can help reduce the chance of wrinkling.
Other Options to Enhance Breast Implants in Philadelphia
Breast implant surgery is often combined with a breast lift to achieve firmer, more youthful-looking breasts. Breast lift surgery can target drooping breast skin while also reshaping the nipples and surrounding areolas. Patients who have experienced sagging of the breasts due to aging, pregnancy or breastfeeding may be ideal candidates for breast lift surgery. Dr. Brandow will discuss whether combining breast implant surgery with a breast lift is right for you during your consultation at our Philadelphia offices.
Do You Offer Breast Implant Removal or Replacement Surgery?
Yes. Oftentimes, patients who opt for breast implant surgery at another practice are not completely satisfied with their results. In some cases, implants are removed for functional reasons. These patients often come to Dr. Brandow for breast implant removal and replacement surgery.
Breast Implant Removal: Dr. Brandow can remove breast implants that have ruptured or pose a medical risk. In some cases, the breast implant will tear and leak. In other cases, capsular contracture (scar tissue buildup that hardens over time) may occur, necessitating the removal of your breast implants. Sometimes, patients simply become dissatisfied with their breast implants and would like them removed. Learn more about breast implant removal surgery here.
Breast Implant Replacement: Dr. Brandow also performs breast revision surgery for Philadelphia patients who are looking to have their breast implants replaced. Whether you are unhappy with the result of a previous breast implant procedure or you need to have your implants replaced for medical reasons, Dr. Brandow can perform revision breast surgery to achieve natural-looking results. Learn more about breast implant replacement surgery here.
Insurance Guidelines for Breast Implants in Philadelphia
In most cases, breast implant surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance. Breast implant patients are usually responsible for payment.
Notes on Getting Breast Implants in Philadelphia
A patient’s specific risks, as well as the suitability of undergoing breast implant surgery, can only be determined at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. In some cases, minor complications that do not affect the surgical outcome may occur. Major complications are considered rare.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL):
Patients with saline and silicone gel implants may possibly be at an increased risk of developing a rare cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is a cancer of the immune system that can occur in any part of the body. In breast implant patients, ALCL can occur in the scar capsule adjacent to the breast implant. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1 in 500,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALCL each year and 3 in 100 million women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALCL of the breast each year. Breast implant surgery requires thorough planning, as well as a full understanding of patient anatomy. Dr. Brandow, a leading Philadelphia breast implant surgeon, is committed to helping each and every patient understand the specifics of breast implant surgery. Dr. Brandow can answer any questions you may have about your procedure.