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You know you’ve thought about it. When it comes to breasts…Is Bigger Better?
THE 24-HOUR BOOB JOB
If you could try out life with bigger breasts for a day, would you do it? Liz Krieger checks out the controversial new lunchtime lift.
By Liz Krieger
Cinderella’s fairy godmother turned a tattered dress and a pumpkin into a shimmering gown and a lavish ride. Remember, though, there was one catch: The makeover lasted only until midnight. With his InstaBreast technique, Norman Rowe, a New York plastic surgeon, is playing fairy godmother to women temporarily seeking larger, fuller breasts, but his handiwork also lasts for only one night. In about 20 minutes, you can go from flat-chested to cleavage-proud.
Rowe’s method is remarkably simple: He designates a site at the edge of each nipple, and after the area is anesthetized, he injects about a half-liter of sterile saline solution—essentially salt water—into the patient’s breast tissue. He maneuvers the needle at various angles to different areas, expanding each breast until it reaches the desired fullness. The saline is gradually absorbed into the bloodstream, with the full effect lasting about 24 hours. (Rowe says that saline is considered perfectly safe; it’s the same stuff you would get in an IV if you were dehydrated.)
While some doctors suggest that instant breast augmentation is just a fad, it’s hard to ignore its potential (consider the hundreds of thousands of women who don’t hesitate to have volumizers injected their face). And the desire for bigger breasts is as popular as ever: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 313,327 breast augmentations and 137,233 breast lifts were performed in the U.S. in 2013. “Women want cleavage,” Rowe says matter-of-factly. “And this is fast.”
Fast results were just what Shavon Jovi, 28, a model and aspiring actress, was hoping for when she underwent the procedure with Rowe several months ago. After a few pricks of an anesthetic into the skin surrounding the nipples, Rowe injected anesthetic-laced saline solution into her 32A breasts, one syringe at a time. The effect was an instant fullness that brought her chest to a C cup. “For the longest time I’ve wanted to get a breast augmentation,” says Jovi. “I was sort of shocked when I saw them, but I loved it immediately.” Within two days she was back to her natural size (how long it takes depends on how your body metabolizes the fluid). So why have the now-you-see-’em, now-you-don’t procedure? Like many of Rowe’s patients, Jovi wanted to “try on” implants in a way that computer imaging just can’t mimic, says Rowe, adding that some of his patients go for the temporary inflation for special occasions, such as a wedding, a big birthday, or a beach vacation.
Nicole, a 30-year-old mother of two, spent a day walking around with saline-inflated breasts, and a few months later went under the knife for implants. “It was amazing to see what my breasts would be like,” she recalls. As for how it felt? “I’ve had Botox and fillers, and it’s similar.” About 75 percent of Rowe’s patients who opt for the $2,500 procedure go on to get implants. However, it isn’t a helpful test-drive for every woman. “If you need bother a lift and an augmentation, the saline won’t give you a realistic approximation,” explains Rowe.
Not everyone is singing the praises of the short-lived boob job, and there are limitations and risks to it. Since the skin of both breasts is pierced by the needle, bruising can occur. And like any procedure that penetrates the skin, infection is possible. Some doctors see other downsides as well, cautioning that undergoing the procedure repeatedly could cause the skin to stretch—”like a Slinky that you stretch out past the point of no return,” says Adam Kolker, a plastic surgeon in New York. Rowe counters that this is highly unlikely. “The skin has to be stretched for a much longer and continuous time period for it to display permanent stretching,” he says. Heidi Waldorf, a New York dermatologist, agrees, noting that having the procedure once is “probably okay. As long as it’s short-lived, the area should return to its normal contour,” says Waldorf, but she has concerns about stretching for those who return for more.
For her part, Jovi wanted to capture the results before they faded away. “I definitely posted a few #InstaBoob selfies that day,” she says. In the spirit of the procedure, though, perhaps she should have used Snapchat.
Pills or tablets can’t make your breasts grow, although eating fish has been known to increase the hormones which may encourage your breasts to grow.
What you wear and how you wear it does make a difference. Shapewear that improves posture and slightly re-positions your curves is a viable answer that has reliable results.
Surgical Bra: A surgical bra designed for your specific cosmetic procedure is an essential part of ensuring the results you and your Doctor planned. Each bra provides proper support to the surgical areas for enhanced comfort while it helps the skin conform to your new contours. Further, a surgical bra can help prevent the ‘throbbing” sensation, experienced by some after surgery. The garment may also help reduce tension at incision site, preventing stretching and exaggerated scaring.
Cold & Hot Breast Compress: Use Reusable CDI hot/cold 6” round gel packs as a pair, for both cold and hot therapy to help in reducing post-operative swelling and bruising. Applying cold therapy immediately following surgical procedures soothes as it numbs the nerves, reducing pain sensation. Cold therapy is found to reduce swelling by constricting the capillary vessels hence slowing blood flow. Cold helps slow fluid buildup at the incision site, minimizing the risk of hematoma formation.
Later, heat therapy is beneficial in managing post-op bruising by – stimulating tissue and blood flow, breaking down bruising discoloration. Heat therapy comforts recovering skin and muscle tissues, reducing aches and pains. This reusable Cold/Hot Breast Compress provides hours of relief.
Arnica Montana: Made from herbs grown in the Swiss Alps, Homeopathic Arnica Montana, has been used by doctors for hundreds of years. Using Arnica Montana before and after a surgery, many site reduced patient post-operative bruising and swelling, as well as relief from pain and discomfort. FDA regulated, this homeopathic medicine is safe and requires no prescription.
Breast Surgery Scar Reduction Silicone Sheets: Shaped for your procedure, made of a soft, breathable, non-invasive, permeable, semi-occlusive Silicone Sheets provide direct beneficial pressure to the scar. These self-adhesive silicone sheets help reduce the scar size, thickness, height, and color of all types of scars.
Contemporary Design offers scar therapy with custom shaped Silicone Sheets for multiple procedures.
Solutions for Scars of Every Shape and Size
- Standard Sheet – mid-sized scars
- Strip – Abdominoplasty, C-section (cesarean), Cardiac procedures
- C-Strip – Cesarean (C-section)
- Areopexy – the lollipop configuration used with the Lejour Augmentation Technique
- Mastopexy – breast reduction, lifts and reconstruction
- Areola Circles – breast augmentation & reconstruction
Epi-derm® is a soft silicone gel sheet for treating keloid and hypertrophic scars. Silicone sheets are tacky on the back and easy to apply. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheeting is the most effective, proven method of scar management available today.
Your skin needs extra care when recovering from surgical procedures or burn trauma. Often, excessive scarring may be prevented by using a pressure dressing or garment, in conjunction with silicone sheeting to assist in flattening of scars. The pressure garment can be worn up to 24 hours each day. This treatment is most effective after healing of the wound or injury, usually within a month. Give your skin the gentle protection provided by Epi-Derm® silicone gel sheeting for scars.
All Epi-Derm® sheets can be trimmed as needed, providing maximum comfort.
How Does it Work?
Scars need an ideal healing environment, meaning the appropriate balance of moisture and maximum exposure to oxygen. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheets for scars are fully-encapsulating. This means the silicone strips completely cover the scar treatment site, making Epi-derm® an ideal treatment for scars. Although the entire site is covered, Epi-derm® is gas-permeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining proper moisture levels — the ideal environment for healing scars.
Questions and Answers
Is it self-adhesive?
Epi-Derm® is self-adhesive.
How long do I use Epi-Derm® for?
Epi-Derm® must be applied for a minimum of 12 hours per day for 8-12 weeks.
How effective is Epi-Derm® on older scars?
Clinical studies have shown the newer the scar, the better the results. One such study found a success rate of scar reduction up to 85% on scars under 1 year old, and a rate of about 65% for scars over 10 years old.
Will Epi-Derm® completely eliminate my scar?
Probably not, nor will any product. Ideal scar management results in a minimizing of the height, thickness and/or discoloration of the scar, thus helping flatten, smooth and blend the scar with the surrounding skin, making it far less noticeable.
Are there any complications?
Rarely. However, as with any topical device applied directly to the skin, there is always potential for contact dermatitis (rash). If this occurs, discontinue use of Epi-Derm®.
Is it safe?
Yes. Each product has received U.S. FDA clearance and European C.E. mark and is comprised of safe, non-toxic, non-medicated, semi-occlusive silicone gel.
Can I cut the Epi-Derm® sheet?
Yes, Epi-Derm® scar silicone sheets may be cut into smaller pieces using clean scissors or a knife. The piece of gel sheeting should fully cover the scar and extend 1/4 inch all the way around the scar border.
Can I use Epi-Derm® in conjunction with other products?
Nothing should be used underneath Epi-Derm® gel sheeting (between the gel sheeting and your scar).
How should I store the unused Epi-Derm®?
Store it in its original packaging at room temperature.
How soon can I start using Epi-Derm®?
Epi-Derm® can be applied after the sutures have been removed, and the scab is no longer present.
Can Epi-Derm® be used on childern?
Yes, it is safe and non-toxic and can be used on children.
Which side should I apply to the scar?
Always apply the sticky side of the silicone sheets to the scar.
Can Epi-Derm® be used on facial scars?
Yes, Epi-Derm® silicone strips work great on facial scars.
How long will gel sheeting last?
Once gel sheeting has been applied to the scar site, it can be used for 1-2 weeks. When it begins to lose its adhesive qualities, or when surface dirt becomes difficult to remove with proper daily washing, it is time to replace the sheet.
Unused product, whether opened, or unopened, will last for years when stored properly.
What are keloids and can Epi-Derm® help prevent them?
Keloids are the aftereffect of an overgrowth of dense fibrous tissue that usually develops after healing of a skin injury. When a scar is formed, connective tissues or fibers are formed at the site to hold the wound closed. Keloids form when the cells continue to multiply after the wound is filled in. Symptoms may include pigmentation of the skin, discomfort, or an itchy or painful sensation.
Scar treatment therapy options include silicone sheets for keloids.