Breast Implants

Overview for Thousand Oaks Breast Implant Patients

“After almost 34 years in practice, I understand how to choose the right implants for a patient’s unique needs and goals to give her beautiful, full breasts.”

Dr. Christopher Costanzo has helped over 5,000 women achieve their personal goals in beauty with breast augmentation surgery. Patients rely on his skill and experience in sculpting breasts that are fuller, younger-looking, and more noticeable while still appearing natural and attractive.

Dr. Costanzo uses breast implants to add volume and improve the body’s contour. The devices that he employs are effective, are FDA-approved, and only use the highest-quality materials.

Breast implants are part of a highly individualized approach to your treatment. Dr. Costanzo and his team plan your procedure based not on a specific implant type but on what you want to accomplish with surgery and your body’s unique needs. Learn more about what to expect in your care.

Understanding Breast Implants

The process starts with your initial consultation in Thousand Oaks. Breast implants only work if they are the right fit for your needs. That’s why this visit focuses on defining the results you want to achieve.

Dr. Costanzo will:

  • Speak with you about your goals.
  • Conduct an examination to determine the best approach.
  • Answer any questions you have about implants.

Some patients ask about using natural fat instead of breast implants. While some surgical centers offer fat transfer, Dr. Costanzo does not use this approach because of drawbacks that the technique still has: the consistency, longevity, and fullness of results. Implants can excel in these areas.

Patients also sometimes ask about innovations in implant technology and design. As an expert in the field, Dr. Costanzo stays up-to-date on these advances. He prefers to stay with the two leading American companies—Mentor and Allergan—which have a history of providing the best silicone and saline breast implants on the market.

Details About Breast Implants

Typically during the initial consultation, Dr. Costanzo will take measurements of your breasts and body frame and evaluating the elasticity of your skin. This helps him determine…

The location of the implant. Dr. Costanzo can place implants under (submuscular) or over (subglandular) the muscle for patients in Thousand Oaks. Breast implants that are submuscular may offer better results for women who are thinner and have smaller breasts, while subglandular may work best for women with wider frames and more breast tissue.

Whether you should also have a breast lift. Dr. Costanzo may recommend that you have a breast lift if your breasts do not have the shape you want. A breast lift has the effect of returning some of the fullness and attractiveness that your natural breasts have lost. In some cases, Dr. Costanzo may also suggest including a breast implant with the breast lift to enhance upper breast fullness and projection.

The type of implant to use. Breast implants usually fall into two categories: silicone and saline.

Typically, Silicone Implants…

  • Have a silicone shell and silicone gel center.
  • Produce a softer, more natural feel and appearance.
  • Last longer but cost more.
  • Are more difficult to replace if there is a rupture of the outer shell.
  • Provide less fullness at the top of the breast.
  • In rare cases, cause a visible change due to fracture of the gel.

Generally, Saline Breast Implants Are…

  • Made of a silicone shell filled with sterile salt water.
  • Adjustable, which is useful if you have two different size breasts.
  • Easier to replace if the implant ruptures or deflates.
  • Easier to see around during a mammogram.
  • Typically as soft as a silicone implant.

There are many different types, shapes, and projections for breast implants within each category. Through his years of experience, Dr. Costanzo has worked with all of these devices, can explain the advantages of each, and will make a recommendation to give you the most attractive results possible.

For patients in Thousand Oaks, breast implants can offer a shapelier, fuller figure. Learn more in an initial consultation with Dr. Christopher Costanzo by calling 805-373-9919 or contacting our practice online.