Beautiful Breast Augmentation Implant Types

Cosmetic Surgeon | Breast Surgery | Breast Implants | Las Vegas NVOne of the key decisions in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery is to choose the right type of breast implants to meet the patient’s unique aesthetic goals. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards educates his patients about the pros and cons of different implant types to help them make the right choices. Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities for various procedures.

Primary Classification

Breast implants are available in two primary classes: silicone gel and saline filled implants. Each type of implants offers its own benefits and limitations. The final outcome of breast augmentation plastic surgery will be impacted by the choice of implants made by a patient.

Silicone Implants

The FDA approved breast implants with a silicone gel core in 2006 for women in age group of 21 and above. According to recent ASPS figures, about two-third of patients choose silicone implants today. The look and feel of these implants is more natural because the consistency of the silicone gel is closer to the organic breast tissue.

However, one of the concerns with silicone implants is that in case of implant rupture, the damage can remain undetected for some time. This limitation has now been addressed with highly cohesive silicone gel based implants, where the silicone will not flow out of the broken implant shell.

Saline Implants

Saline implants, as the name suggests, are filled with a saline solution in their core. Latest qualities in saline implants are soft and durable. These implants are approved by the FDA for women in the age group of 18 and above. Implant size can vary from 120cc to 850cc. The advantage here is that the incision size can be relatively smaller because saline solution can be filled after the implant has been surgically inserted in a deflated state.

Another key advantage of saline implants is that the saline solution is biocompatible, and poses no risk in the event of implant leakage. Leading cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards will recommend the most appropriate implant types to his patients in Las Vegas, NV and nearby locations.

Shape of Implants

Implant shape should be chosen according to the patient’s body type and her personal aesthetic needs.

Round-shaped Implants

This is a more common shape that resembles a compressed sphere. Options are available ranging from low profile to high profile round implants. A woman can achieve improved lift, fullness, and cleavage with these implants.

Teardrop-shaped Implants

Teardrop shaped breast implants have sloped contours that are designed to appear fuller at the bottom as compared to the top. This shape mimics the natural shape of breasts. These implants provide a higher projection as compared to round implants with the same volume.

Texture of Implants

Breast implants can be textured or smooth. Smooth surface is sleek and unvarying, while the texture surface provides a rough traction to the implant. Smooth implants are more popular because the implant can move without friction inside the breast pocket. Textured implants are believed to have lesser chances of capsular contracture, according to some surgeons.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Breast Enlargement Surgery 

breastsBreast enlargement, clinically known as augmentation mammaplasty or breast augmentation, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. The procedure usually involves surgical insertion of breast implants behind the breasts, but in exceptional cases, fat transfer procedure may also be used. In recent years, breast enlargement has emerged as the second most popular aesthetic surgery procedure in the US.


Breast augmentation is primarily performed by a plastic surgeon for aesthetic purposes. It may be aimed at adding volume to disproportionately small breasts, restoring balance to asymmetrical breasts, or to build a more voluptuous breast appearance.

Patient satisfaction rates in breast augmentation are among the highest in the field of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bryson Richards is an eminent breast surgeon who receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas for breast augmentation.

Breast Augmentation Options

Potential for customization is high in case of breast augmentation plastic surgery. During the surgical planning process, an experienced surgeon will engage closely with the patient to determine the best options according to the patient’s aesthetic needs as follows:

Type of Implants

The FDA has approved saline and silicone gel based breast implants. In case of silicone implants, patients can further choose between regular, form stable and highly cohesive implants. Size, profile, shape, and texture of implants will also be chosen according to a patient’s specific needs.

Placement Position

Breast implants may be placed in a submuscular position below the pectoral muscle or in a subglandular position in front of the pectoral muscle, immediately behind the breast tissue.

Location of the Incision

The cosmetic surgeon may place the incision below the crease at the base of the breast, along the lower half of the areola, in the armpit, or even a transumbilical incision in a few cases.

Dr. Richards will ensure that the most appropriate combination of choices is made to achieve the unique aesthetic goals of his patients in Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas.


Breast enlargement surgery is generally performed using general anesthesia. The entire procedure may be completed in about two hours on average. The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing incisions at pre-determined sites to insert the implants. An experienced surgeon will ensure to keep the incisions inconspicuous so that scarring is minimally visible.

Through the incision, the surgeon will create a breast pocket for the placement of implant. Some surgeons recommend placing the implant in the front of the chest muscle to reduce discomfort during recovery. Some others may prefer implant placement underneath the pectoral muscle to avoid interference with mammograms in the future.

Once the implant placement is completed, and the implants are adjusted into their desired position, the incisions will be carefully sutured. Majority of patients are able to return home the same day of surgery.


If the sutures are dissolvable, they will disappear on their own. In other cases, the surgeon will remove the sutures in about a week. Initial pain and soreness in the first week can be managed with prescription medications. Most patients will be able to return to their regular activities or go to work in about 10 to 14 days.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Breast Lift Surgery Recovery

Cosmetic Surgery | Breast Lift Recovery | Mastopexy | Las Vegas NVRecovery in case of breast lift cosmetic surgery will vary from one patient to another depending on several factors. Patients can improve their chances of overall satisfaction with the procedure when they are more informed about what to expect during recovery. The recovery process takes time, and the patient should be well-prepared in advance to make the recovery period easier.

An experienced plastic surgeon will provide detailed post-op instructions to help ensure safer and smoother recovery. Dr. Bryson Richards is a leading breast lift surgeon providing a host of procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities. Dr. Richards will discuss the estimated recovery process during the initial consultations.

Recovery in the First 15 Days

During the first 10 to 15 days, most patients may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising. In the first week following breast lift plastic surgery, the patient may take prescription pain medications to gain relief. During the first 15 days, the patient should avoid sleeping on her stomach. Sponge baths are preferable until the sutures are removed. The surgeon will advise the best ways to stay more comfortable during this period.

The patient will be required to wear a surgical bra during the first few days after surgery. Thereafter, the bra will be replaced with a support bandage or sports bra which must be worn at all times for at least a month or more. Sutures are typically removed after a week or 10 days. Most patients can go back to work or resume light activities at home after a week. Vigorous exercises and lifting of heavy weights should be avoided until the healing is complete.

Recovery period will be reduced and risks will be cut down for smokers who stay committed to avoiding smoking at least a month before and after breast lift surgery. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Richards will provide detailed instructions to his patients in Las Vegas, NV and other areas for breast lift recovery.

Recovery in the First Few Months

Final results of breast lift will start showing after about a month when swelling and bruising disappears almost completely. Minor numbness in the skin and nipples may remain, which will go away in about six to eight weeks.

Tingling or stinging sensation in the treated areas may be experienced by some patients as the nerves gradually return to normal function. The surgeon will advise patients not to lift anything over their head for the first two months, and avoid lifting heavier weights for another one to two months.


Scarring will be fairly conspicuous in the first few months, with some of the scars appearing red and lumpy. However, as the months go by, scarring will continue to become lighter and fade into thin, white lines.

Some surgeons may recommend the use of cortisone cream or silicone sheeting to help reduce the appearance of scars. An experienced surgeon will choose the appropriate surgical technique and place the incisions in inconspicuous areas to keep the visibility of scars to the minimum.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Breast Lift Surgery Before and After Photos

Cosmetic Surgery | Breast Lift | Mastopexy | Las Vegas NVBreasts can begin to sag due to a variety of factors, and have an adverse impact on the overall personality of a woman. Heavily sagging breasts may not be corrected with diet or exercise, and the woman may have to choose breast lift cosmetic surgery. In many cases, breast lift will involve repositioning of nipples along with the raising and firming up of the breasts.

At the time of initial consultation, many women may seek to clarify the difference between breast augmentation and breast lift. The plastic surgeon can make use of breast lift before and after photographs at this stage to explain the potential outcome of the procedure and help the candidate to make an informed choice. Experienced breast surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities for breast lift surgery.

What are Breast Lift Before and After Pictures?

Before and after pictures in case of breast lift plastic surgery refer to a set of images belonging to an earlier patient who has received the procedure successfully. The pictures are taken before the procedure and after the procedure at a stage when the swelling and bruising has disappeared and full results of breast lift are visible.

The surgeon will take the images with the patient’s consent and show them to new patients in a discreet way. The surgeon’s goal is to educate new patients about various aspects of breast lift surgery and help them make an informed choice. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby locations for breast lift surgery and other procedures.


The first question for many new patients during the initial consultation is whether breast augmentation instead of breast lift may help them provide the necessary improvements. The surgeon will make use of breast lift before and after photos to explain them the pros and cons of both procedures, and help them choose the right surgery in their case.

In some cases, breast lift may have to be combined with breast augmentation to meet the patient’s goals. Relevant ‘before and after’ pictures in such cases may be presented during the initial consultation. With these photos, the patient will know broadly what a breast lift can or cannot do for her.

Being Realistic

One of the first priorities of a surgeon is to ensure that the patient has a positive mindset, clear aesthetic goals, and realistic expectations from the surgery. Breast lift before and after photos can be used to ensure that the patient obtains a clear idea of how her breast appearance may improve with the surgery. Patients with realistic expectations will generally achieve the best satisfaction levels.

Photos Online

The plastic surgeon has the choice to upload breast lift before and after photos on their practice website. New patients can access the photos online and review them in the privacy and comfort of their home or office. Once they have a better understanding of the procedure, it may help them make up their mind about visiting the surgeon’s office for a personal consultation.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070