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Eliminate Flabby Arms with an Arm Lift before Summer

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We are on the edge of summer fun but your trip to the bikini shop may leave you feeling disgusted with the unsightly flab of loose skin hanging from your arms. Women find it almost impossible to wear sleeveless or strapless dresses, and even men feel unconfident to wear tank tops or go shirtless at the beach because of saggy and unattractive arms. Fortunately, there is a solution to help eliminate the flab with an arm lift in Boston.

Bat Wings Lift Off

The lingering layers make matters ultimately worse now that summer is upon us. That upper arm skin which seems to hang like bat wings every time you go to lift or spread your arms out wide. Many patients who reach their weight loss goal still deal with the embarrassing arm jiggle every time they wave or shake someone’s hand. The first line of defense is in proper diet control and strength training routines that focus on toning and shrinking skin. There are a few arm sculpting exercises that burn fat more than others with lightweight dumbbells or resistance cables, some of the best include:

  • Bicep curls

  • Wrist rotation

  • Tricep dips

  • Overhead press

  • Weighted punch

  • Tricep push-down

The key is to keep the arms isolated and avoid adding on bulky muscle. The younger the body and the fewer times they have dealt with significant weight change is the better chance the patient has in toning and shaping their arms with exercise.

What Should My Diet Look Like?

Remember it is important not to lose muscle tone but instead focus on eliminating the excess weight, and with the right food you can achieve just that. A daily caloric intake should be 500 to 1,000 calories less than what is normally consumed to help shed 1 to 2 pounds per week. Replace high-calorie food with low-calorie meals and consume only:

  • Low-fat dairy

  • Fruit and vegetables

  • Lean protein

  • Whole grains

Strength behind an Arm Lift

Brachioplasty is a procedure known by many as the arm lift, which reduces sagging and loose skin in the upper arms that do not respond well to other lifestyle measures. In conjunction with liposuction, this procedure leaves minimal scarring and is hidden perfectly along skin folds – perfect for you to enjoy summer in a bikini or sleeveless attire.

Over 15,700 arm lift surgeries were performed last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. There are a number of reasons why we have excess weight in the upper arm region, and when there is no other weight loss option or exercise to effectively tighten and smoothly shape your arms then the arm lift is your best solution. Contact our office in Wellesley, just 25 minutes outside of Boston and schedule consultation for an arm lift.

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Stress Management Tips to Shed Pounds before a Tummy Tuck

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While most Boston patients feel the urge to maintain a flat belly, they are likely to face one of the many obstacles that prevent a slim body – stress. Stressful situations can occur at any time, whether it is work-related, relationship problems, a traumatic experience or signs of depression it can result in a flabby belly contour if not addressed properly. Stress often times forces people to indulge in emotional eating or binge eating and is likely to derail a person’s weight loss efforts.

Plenty of female patients are interested in having a tummy tuck before the summer starts. Like most patients do, they follow strict diets and healthy lifestyles to match their body contouring but many fail to pay attention to their psychological habits beforehand. A consultation will help determine how well tummy tuck patients deal with stressful situations that are bound to occur after they have a flatter belly, so to help women here are a few stress management habits to practice during weight loss and following tummy tuck surgery:

  • Deep breathing

  • Organization

  • Indulge in hobbies

  • Turn to help

  • Laughter

  • Exercise

Take some time to explore the best stress relievers for your personality and lifestyle. These techniques have proven to relieve stress during clinical tests in the past and therefore hold your weight loss efforts intact.

Body fat and waistlines increase when the body is stressed out, regardless of what you may be eating. According to a study from the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, due to higher levels of stress and excess pressure, women cannot metabolize high fat and high sugar diets efficiently. Researchers tracked two groups of women who consumed the same unhealthy diet and found that higher levels of fat, weight and waist circumference were associated with women who were stressed-out from work-related issues as opposed to those who were not stressed at all.

Figuring out which stress relievers work best for you is the key to consistently shed pounds. Weight loss efforts will not go to waste when you keep stress out of the picture and you follow your weight loss program closely, your belly will continue to shrink. After you have reached your goal, schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck to remove lingering skin and belly fat that does not respond to exercise or diet.

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How to Make the Best Decision About Implant Size for Breast Augmentation

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There are many reasons why women turn to breast augmentation in Boston. Whether it is to achieve a fuller breast size, correcting asymmetry, restoring a youthful look or to gain more confidence in their appearance, breast implants have been the most popular choice for cosmetic enhancement that all women can depend on.

Aside from the inspiration, breast augmentation involves a whole lot more than improving a woman’s look. When it comes to knowing which size breast implant to get, most women feel overwhelmed, and the best way to determine this is by having Dr. LoVerme help you explore your options. There are many things to consider when it comes to size, so to make things a little simpler here are some helpful tips to find the right size breast implant.

Consider Your Body Frame

One of the biggest mistakes most women make involving breast augmentation is they feel that larger is always better, but going too large for your body frame is not the best option for natural results. For example a petite woman with very little body fat and small body frame will not be able to hold large volume breast implants as well as a woman with a larger body frame and more breast tissue. Every woman is unique, so depending on the amount of breast tissue and fat in the patient will determine if the woman will benefit from large volume or small volume breast implants.

Think About More than Bra Cup Size

Simply telling your surgeon that you want to be a C or D cup will not be too descriptive for your plastic surgeon. This does give them an idea about how big you want to go, but breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Since every bra manufacturer is different you will want to ask your surgeon how big the implants can be that are proportional and symmetrical to your body type.

Test Different Sizes

During your consultation is when you will have a better idea about what size breast implants you want for your breasts and testing out different implants will help you decide the size you are looking for. Every plastic surgery provider has implants for their patients to try on with the bra, so by comparing silicone and saline as well as the various sizes with the preferred style of clothing will give you an idea about what your body will look like following the procedure.

A majority of women who acquire breast implants are ecstatic with their new breast size. One study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that 98 percent of women are satisfied with their results well after their procedure. In terms of size, 85 percent of breast augmentation patients said their breast implant size was the perfect size for their body.

The best solution to determine what breast augmentation in Boston can accomplish for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. LoVerme. Schedule an appointment at Accurate Aesthetics where you can discuss your breast implant size options, find out how well your body frame works for plastic surgery, and evaluate your aesthetic goals. Dr. LoVerme has the experience and tools that will help you decide which breast implant is most appropriate to give you the beautiful results that will last you a lifetime.

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Weighted Vests May Give That Extra Boost to Help You Lose Weight

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Most of us think that if we walk an extra mile or eat a little bit less that we are one step closer to our weight loss goal. This may be true to a certain extent, but we also must consider the portions of food we eat, as well as the amount of unhealthy food in our diet. Taking the initiative to walk that extra mile is a step in the right direction, but you may not be able to burn as much calories as you wish to. Well now there is hope. A new study shows that wearing a weighted vest while exercising can help burn up to 12 percent more calories.

According to the study conducted by the American Council on Exercise, research showed that a subject wore a vest of up to 15 percent of body weight while walking on a flat surface, the subject was able to effectively increase their caloric burn after a 16-minute workout. Walking fast, running or walking on an incline may not be suitable for some men and women due to a sedentary lifestyle, which hinders weight loss efficiency. A weighted vest can be a simple solution to help boost intensity of a normal workout without requiring speed or high inclines during a walk or normal exercise routine.

However, the subjects studied consisted of 13 women who were not affected by any prior injury or health issue, which allowed them to use the weighted vest without abrasive impact. Researchers said that this type of equipment is a great tool to use, but only if the subject was healthy and did not have any prior hip, knee, or ankle injuries. Otherwise the extra weight could cause potential harm to injury prone areas, especially on the knees as the weighted vest increases impact during walking, up to four fold.

While the added resistance of a weighted vest increases the intensity of your workout, it is important to consider your current condition and if your body is ready for intensive weighted workouts. The increased weight may be beneficial for less strenuous exercises, but the user should only commit to using the device with their physician’s approval.

After you have completed your exercise program and dropped the pounds you have been hoping to lose, you may still see pockets of fat that the weighted vest cannot eliminate. You have worked to drop those extra pounds of fat, but certain areas of the body cannot be targeted with healthy diet and exercise. If you feel that your healthy lifestyle has you falling shy of your weight loss goal then liposuction may be the best option for you to eliminate those last 15 pounds.

Hitting the gym for double the hours and not seeing any results is not a motivating feeling whatsoever. Try wearing a weighted vest if your body is healthy enough, and you can possibly burn up to 12 percent more calories on your next walk. If you hit the hiking trails with your vest and you still have those last few pounds of fat, then schedule a consultation with Dr. LoVerme and find out what he can do to help you achieve your weight loss goal.

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Chilly Weather Can Actually Help You Lose Weight

Exercise and diet may be the staple to any successful weight loss plan, and essential for a healthier body but now new evidence claims that exposure to cold weather can actually help you reach a healthier weight.

According to a study published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers suggests that regular exposure to mildly cooler air may help assist people lose weight by increasing the amount of energy a human uses to keep their normal temperature. The warm and cozy temperatures at home or the office in your environment may be responsible for continued weight gain, instead overweight patients can add “temperature training” to their weight loss routine.

The human body withstands cold temperatures by shivering, which produces heat for the individual. Studies have shown that people exert up to five times more energy when shivering, compared to those who are at rest or not shivering. Reasoning for weight loss is due to the activation of a type of body fat called brown fat, which burns calories in response to cold temperatures. Triggering the brown fat can be difficult in warmer climates, but for people who can regulate indoor temperature, calories can be burned up when energy is exerted to combat the cold.

Researchers found that over time people adjust to the cold, in process called cold acclimatization. Participants who spent six hours a day for 10 days at 59 degrees Fahrenheit, people had more brown fat and shivered less when exposed to lower temperatures.

Controlled exposure to the cold can properly activate the brown fat for weight loss. A previous study from Japan found that people successfully decreased body fat after spending only two hours a day for six weeks in a room of 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

What there is to take from all of this is that researchers do not want you to shiver endlessly to initiate weight loss from increased energy, but a milder cold between 62 and 77 degrees may help eliminate body fat.

Weight loss from diet, exercise and cold exposure may help slim down to your overall weight loss goal but there may be some problem areas that appear sagging or droopy. For these situations, body contouring or a body lift may be appropriate to eliminate excess skin after weight loss. This procedure can correct the effects of major weight loss that restore proportion in the abdomen, upper torso or lower body.

If you are looking for a solution to complement your weight loss success, then a body lift from board certified plastic surgeon in Sudbury can help you look and feel better in your slim body contour.

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Slower Eating and Tummy Tuck May Prevent Weight Gain

Tummy tuck and weight loss are two words most people string along together these days, but many are still unaware of the differences between the two. Just to clear the air, a tummy tuck does not induce weight loss among plastic surgery patients. Diet and exercise are key elements to help reduce a person’s weight and a tummy tuck can help resolve the issue of excess skin or fat that hinders the abdomen from returning to its normal shape.

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck, resolves multiple issues that most men and women suffer from following significant weight loss or pregnancy. Here are the three main benefits achieved with tummy tuck:

No More Loose Skin

Post-pregnant mothers, weight loss patients or men and women who worked their tails off at the gym consider their loose skin as the only thing stopping them from a toned torso. Poor skin tone mostly holds back people from wearing slim-fit jeans or a flattering top that attracts attention for the wrong reasons, unwanted loose skin. A tummy tuck can rightfully trim this skin from the torso to a slimmer proportion for the patient’s body type.

Redefined Abdominals

Mostly post-pregnant women have trouble with this issue, but many men who countered their weight issues suffer from loss of muscle tone in the abdomen. During pregnancy it is common for the woman’s abdominal muscles to become weakened or separated during pregnancy. Even men who struggled with excessive weight encounter stretched out abdominals. Sometimes exercise cannot settle the issue and can make matters worse if exercise is too intense on the weakened core. The procedure will carefully repair the weak muscles and engage the surrounding tissues to help them lie flat again.

Good Night Bulging Fat

Every person’s body has their own unique structure, including fat distribution. Most people who struggle with abdominal fat have an abundance of fat cells in either love handles, pooch under the belly button, or both. When patients consider tummy tuck for skin correction or muscle repair they also get to have these fat deposits removed.

Keeping the Weight Off

According to a study published in the Journal of Academy Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers from Texas Christian University reported that eating speed rather than calorie intake, may have more of an impact on hunger suppression. However, those who were at a healthy weight consumed 88 calories less than those who were obese or overweight who consumed an average of 58 less calories.

A tummy tuck requires an individual to engage in a healthier lifestyle that requires lifelong dieting and exercise. The study does show the effects of eating slowly to avoid hunger, but the number of calories consumed and the meal itself play an even more crucial role. Though people may consume food at a slower rate, it does not mean they can eat as much as they want, especially after a tummy tuck.

Long-lasting results may be held by many who commit to eating healthier and engaging in physical activity after recovering from a tummy tuck. If you are ready for a slimmer and toned stomach for the New Year then acquire the assistance of board certified plastic surgeon in Wellesley. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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Three Simple Exercises for Toned Arms after an Arm Lift

Perhaps the biggest trend in cosmetic surgery this year has been seen in the boost in statistics for arm lifts, known as brachioplasty. An arm lift reshapes and contours the upper arms to feel smoother, while complementing a proportionally slim figure. By reducing excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow, both arms appear tightened and youthful. Though many of us wonder if we can maintain the toned look long after the procedure. The short answer is yes, it is possible. Following a well balanced diet and exercise will keep the fat away, and continue to make the arms appear normal in size. Today we will talk about how to help maintain your results after making a full recovery from your arm lift.

1. Overhead Tricep Extension

We know our time is precious and we do not have enough time to make it to the gym everyday, so with a chair or a bench and dumbbells or weighted bags you can get in a quick workout for the back of your arms.

Sit straight up with your feet planted, grasp a single dumbbell or two and raise them above your head. Bend the elbows slowly, lowering the weight behind your head until it is a 90-degree angle. Slowly straighten the arms to the original position above your head and repeat for 15 to 20 repetitions. Add on more weight slowly, or do more reps for increased toning.

2. Triceps Press Up

If you do not have access to dumbbells, simply lie on your stomach and push back. Similar to a push up, you can lie face down on a mat or floor with both hands beside your chest. Keep the elbows tight to the ribs and press up slowly using the triceps for support. Continue for 20 reps or more depending on your skill level.

3. Alternating Hammer Curls

With dumbbells or weighted bags you can do this exercise to sculpt lean arms. Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold a weight in each hand. Curl one arm straight up with your palm facing in towards your body. Lower the arm and do the same motion with the opposite hand. Keep count of each rep and repeat 15 to 20 times on each arm.

These exercises can be alternated or completed everyday throughout the week for as long as you can continue. The key to toned arms is consistency, the more effort put into it, is the more noticeable results you will achieve.

According to Medical News Today, exercise can strengthen and improve muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot treat excess skin that has lost elasticity in the arm. The arm lift procedure can correct the weakened tissues and fat deposits.

For more information about continued success after your procedure ask your board-certified plastic surgeon about maintaining slim and toned arms. He will guide you in the right direction for long lasting results.

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The Trick to Healthier Weight May Be Found in Sleep

Women everywhere struggle with weight issues all the time. With the holidays approaching that means hearty meals and potential stress with family matters. However, a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion shows that women who keep to a consistent sleep plan will be able to keep a healthier weight. It has been said before that sleep loss has a negative impact on weight management, but with the help from Brigham Young University researchers we may be able to put weight issues to bed.

Over 300 women (17-26 years old) from two major universities in the United States took part in the study. After several weeks of observation, research determined that those with consistent sleeping habits had healthier weight.

Getting a Well Balanced Sleep

In the beginning the participants were assessed for body composition and kept activity trackers to record daily movement at all hours. This translated the information needed for researchers to predict and survey sleep patterns throughout the course of the week. Researchers concluded that:

  • Consistent bedtime and waking hours related to lower body fat

  • Less than 6.5 hours or more than 8.5 hours of sleep a night associates with higher body fat

  • Participants with varied sleep and waking hours by 90 minutes had more body fat

  • Quality sleep is important to maintain body composition

Keeping Your Internal Clock Set to the Right Hour

Researchers were surprised most from the participants who had more than 90 minutes of variation in sleep and waking hours. These females were associated with higher body fat than those with fewer than 60 minutes of varied sleep patterns.

In terms of hours of sleep, the range between 8 and 8.5 hours was the targeted time for participants who had kept to this cycle on most nights. These women had the lowest percentage of body fat overall.

Staying to the body’s internal clock and not throwing it off balance will better the chances of allowing the body to regulate its weight.

Battle of the Bulge Can Be Won

Women who struggle with their weight day in and day out often find themselves spending countless hours at the gym and resorting to strict diet plans. This is the first step to a healthier weight level, but many women possess layers of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. This is where liposuction can be effective. Removing unwanted fat cells from the bulging areas of the body is the best solution to shrink large areas of the body. Throw in a healthy sleep pattern and women will be able to maintain a slimmer body contour and healthier weight.

Don’t spend your nights tossing and turning about burning calories and losing weight. Get in the habit of going to sleep and waking up in a consistent pattern that stays is within 8 or 8.5 hours of sleep. Maintaining a healthier weight after liposuction will be easier to maintain when keeping to a healthy diet and exercise plan, as well as getting a good night’s sleep.

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Five Foods for Beautiful Skin

New creams, ointments and treatments can all bring about the excitement of giving you the beautiful skin you desire, but the price for beautiful skin can be expensive for many of us. We all want to keep our skin in great shape, and everything discussed below is effective in enhancing the appearance of skin, so take a stroll through your local grocery store for a better diet, and foods for beautiful skin. Making healthy and cost effective choices is good for your body, so keep your skin firm and your bellies full by adding these five foods to your shopping cart forever.

Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Carving

Though pumpkin seeds make for a healthy fiber snack, the pulp of a pumpkin contains vitamin C, E and A to help cleanse the skin. The substance can be mixed with low vanilla yogurt, honey and pumpkin pie spice to be used as a facial cream. The remnants make for a tasty snack while you wait for the contents to settle in.

Strawberries for Anti-Aging

This fruit not only fulfills one of our servings in essential food groups, but it is packed with powerful vitamin C. Research shows that people who consume foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related skin symptoms.

Mixing the berries together by themselves or with raspberries and blueberries can be used as a moisturizer for the face. Combine the ingredients with vanilla or yogurt and honey, stir together for a smoothie and facial mask.

According to WebMD, there are many uses for food as homemade beauty products, especially for people with sensitive skin. Strawberries can be used as a foot exfoliant to help remove rough and dead skin. Mix strawberries, salt and olive oil together in a bowl and apply to the rough patches on feet.

Soft Skin Comes from Olive Oil

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in olive oil help fight against a variety of disease agents the body is exposed to. Even better, it acts as a topical application to give smoother and more radiant skin. Dry skin users can apply this product regularly as a skin soother and lip gloss.

At the dinner table dip whole grain bread into a few tablespoons of olive oil and enhance your skin from the inside out. After your meal, it can be used to clear up rough patches on the heels and elbows.

Sweet Pleasures of Green Tea

Green tea is used as one of the toughest natural inflammation fighting antioxidants available. Drinking three cups a day can help prevent skin cancer, slow down signs of aging, as well as protect against heart disease.

For longer-lasting effects add a few ounces of citrus juice to boost the staying power of antioxidants in every cup. Place the tea bags in refrigerator and let it chill, then place them on the eyes for 10 minutes. The substance in the tea bags contains tannins which help reduce puffiness around the eyes.

Pomegranate Heaven

Last but not least from the antioxidant corner is the pomegranate. The fruit juice contains more anti-inflammatory substances than green tea itself, and scrubbing it on skin a few times a week removes dead skin cells.

Cut the pomegranate in sections and place in water for 10 minutes, strain the seeds, blend the sections and seeds along with oatmeal. Transfer the contents to a bowl, add honey and buttermilk and stir together. Apply to the face and rough patches, then rinse.

Remember your skin is hungry too. Feed it with some natural ingredients that can be found at any market. Synergistic skin care can also be used for people who are on the go and cannot spare the time to make their own treatments. Give your skin the healthy supplements that it needs to improve your body from the inside and out.

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Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

A woman who is in the stuck on deciding which breast implant is suitable for her often gets the support from her surgeon to make an informed decision. Experienced plastic surgeons encourage their breast augmentation patients to educate themselves about breast implant options and discover the differences and similarities between saline and silicone breast implants. Women want to know which implant is better, but in reality, what is better for one woman may not be better for another when it comes to breast implants. After research and consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon women often find that it is easier to make the right decision which leads to greater satisfaction following the procedure.

Breast implants are available in two forms for breast augmentation, saline or silicone. Each of these have the ability to increase volume, shape and size. These medical implants are utilized to achieve the aesthetic goals in desired breast volume or to reconstruct lost breast tissue after mastectomy. They both are cased with an outer shell made of silicone and they are both approved by the FDA. However, they both differ in consistency, appearance and touch.

Silicone implants were made available for breast augmentation up until being banned in 1992 for false assumptions of being harmful to the body upon leakage and rupture. After several long term studies proved that silicone implants were very safe they were approved once again by the FDA in 2006 and classified safe for cosmetic use. Silicone implants come pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel before placement. The common perception is that silicone implants have a feel that is closer to normal breast tissue which makes it a popular choice among women seeking a more natural feel to their breasts.

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution that mimics the fluids generated in the human body. The silicone casing is empty until the surgeon places it in the breast and subsequently fills it with the solution.

Which Implants are Right for me?

Most women know they want bigger, beautiful breasts, but how big a certain implant will look on the body depends on more than just the size of the implant. The desired results and recommendations of the surgeon, will give the patient the ability to make an informed decision.

Silicone implants are touted as feeling and appearing more natural than saline implants. Women who have less breast tissue are expected to benefit from silicone more than saline, although this may not be true for all patients. Silicone implants are now more durable than they were previously manufactured.

Saline implants can be filled to any size the patient desires. Since the implant casing is empty, the incision made is smaller than it would be with silicone implants, making the incision scar easier to hide.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 72 percent of all breast implants in patients are silicone. This result stems from the return of silicone implants in 2006. The FDA stated that the new silicone implants are firmer and more stable than its previous generation which makes them more flexible with fewer risks.

What You Should Know About Breast Implants:

Women are in search of a procedure that leaves them with natural results in sight and touch. Saline implants will deflate upon tear and the solution is absorbed in the body. Silicone implants can rupture but the improved implants will not leak or pose a threat to surrounding tissue.

Though both implants can cause rippling of the overlaying skin, silicone implants are less likely to reveal rippling effects. Present day silicone implants have the lowest rate of scar tissue development. The silicone gel is also said to feel more natural as opposed to the firmness of saline.

Saline implants are known for their ability to correct symmetry issues better than silicone since they are able to be filled with more or less solution. The implant does not need a large incision for placement, so the scar is simpler to hide. If rupture occurs the patient or physician can detect it easily.

For more information on saline and silicone implants visit Dr. LoVerme in Boston. His offices are among the best and serve its faithful clientele with respect and determination. Put your worries to rest and discover which breast implants are suitable for you.

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