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Pros and Cons of Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants

shutterstock_297552434(1)Anatomic-shaped implants were initially invented for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, though they have gained some popularity in recent years in cosmetic breast augmentation. Just like everything in surgery, though, there are pros and cons to the use of anatomic-shaped implants. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I have a significant amount of experience in the use of anatomic-shaped implants for both reconstruction and cosmetic surgery, and it is crucial for my patients to understand the risks and benefits of these shaped implants prior to their procedure.

The key benefit of anatomically contoured implants is that they can create a very natural “teardrop” breast shape, particularly for patients who have minimal and/or thin breast tissue. However, the downsides are that these implants tend to be stiffer, less natural-feeling, and have a risk of malposition over time. Additionally, a slightly larger incision is required to insert anatomic-shaped implants versus smooth, round gel implants.

At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, the majority of the augmentations I perform are done with smooth, round breast implants, as I find this style of implant often creates the best results for most women. That said, I will conduct an augmentation with natural-shaped implants in the right patient, and I have achieved some incredible outcomes doing so. Ultimately, the best implant will depend on the unique needs and goals of the individual, all of which can be discussed in full detail during the consultation process.

Daniel Y. Maman, MD

5 Tips to Help You Stay On Track for Your Goal

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Envisioning a positive outcome, such as an improved physical appearance, is a first step towards achieving a goal.  It is the positive “envisioning”, i.e., the internal vision in the mind’s eye, that excitedly drives us to make behavioral changes. Frequently, inevitably, there remain many challenges and obstacles, as we struggle…

How Helpful Are Online Reviews for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon?

In general, online reviews can be very helpful for choosing the right plastic surgeon; however, there are certain things to keep in mind while reading through other people’s critiques. For the most part, patients who are either extremely satisfied or dissatisfied with their outcomes are the ones who leave comments…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery procedure is imperative to receiving the safest, most effective treatment, as well as achieving optimal outcomes based on your unique needs and goals. The following are a number of factors to consider when making this important decision: Make sure your…

Takeaway from ‘The Cutting Edge 2014’

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Attended by plastic surgeons from all over the world, The Cutting Edge 2014 encompassed a wide range of cosmetic surgery topics presented in a novel way. As opposed to live surgeries being performed for educational purposes, this year’s meeting consisted of several timed video presentations of surgery, which allowed a…

Three Stages of My Approach to Beauty, Health, & Wellness

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At my practice, we strive to provide an all-encompassing, global approach to healthcare for our patients. It’s not simply coming to our office for a specific concern, receiving treatment, and then being done forever. Instead, our approach involves three key stages: preservation, maintenance, and correction – all of which can…

My ‘Airbrushing’ Technique for Injectable Treatments

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Throughout my years in practice, I have found that dermal fillers and other injectable treatments are not one size fits all. There are a myriad of injectables that have standard concentrations and consistencies, and each of these treatments produce different outcomes depending on the layer or level of skin in…

Why You Should Receive Injectables from a Plastic Surgeon

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Although a wide range of medical practitioners provide dermal fillers and various other injectables, my suggestion is to seek a board certified plastic surgeon when considering these non-surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments. The advantage a board certified plastic surgeon offers is an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy, including skin layers, subcutaneous…

Dr. Broumand to Attend ‘The Cutting Edge 2014’

The Cutting Edge is an annual aesthetic surgery conference held right here in New York City. Each year, plastic surgeons from all over the world attend the symposium to discuss the latest cosmetic surgery techniques and trends, as well as to share ideas and see how their work corroborates with…


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