Latinas and Breast Implants

What Latinas Need to Know Before Getting Breast Implant

Anyone who lives and works in Los Angeles knows that we have a spectacularly diverse population within our big city. The Hispanic population, in particular, is growing quickly and adding a rich flavor to the city. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in the United States and represent 17% of the U.S. population. Los Angeles County is home to the largest Hispanic population in the country, estimated to be 4.8 million people in 2013.

The Hispanic community is upwardly mobile, educated, smart, savvy, and wants to enjoy the luxuries of life. Discretionary income among Hispanics is on the rise which allows for self-improvement and plastic surgery. Today’s Latinas care about their appearance, and I’ve seen a noticeable growth over the recent years in women of Hispanic ancestry desiring cosmetic breast enhancement.

Skin Pigment and Scarring Concerns for Latinas

One of the most popular procedures my Latina patients request is breast augmentation. With Latinas, I pay particular attention to skin tone. Hispanics have a range of skin pigmentation from very light skin (ivory/sand) to medium (honey/beige) to dark (caramel/chestnut). Scars tend to stand out more and fade less on darker skin, so we need to consider carefully where we make incisions.

With breast augmentation surgery, a surgeon typically inserts the implant in one of three points: under the bottom crease of the breast, in the armpit, or at the bottom of the areole (the halo surrounding the nipple).

With my darker-skinned patients, I usually suggest making the incision around the areole. The skin of the areole is darker than the surrounding skin of the breast and the small scar will blend in with the darker tone and can be virtually invisible in many patients. Latinas with pale or even medium skin are able to choose other incision areas and see good results afterwards.

The ideal incision point for each patient will be different depending on the type of breast implant they choose, the amount of enlargement, their particular anatomy, and the patient’s preference. This is a decision that a patient will make in close consultation with their surgeon.

Skin Treatment After Plastic Surgery

In my practice, I work with patients to get scars to fade. We have many different approaches, including silicone gel scar treatments, silicone strips, laser treatments, and scar bleaching and fading creams. For my Hispanic patients, we work very hard to optimize the appearance of breast implant and/or lift scars after surgery

Latinas and Breast Lifts

Many patients choose to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift to give their breast a more perky and youthful look. A breast lift requires a larger incision, which can be of concern to Latinas with darker skin tones. Surgeons have several options for incision points when performing a breast lift. Again, the ideal incision will depend on the anatomy of each individual patient and what they want the surgeon to accomplish with the surgery. For example, will the surgeon be reducing excess skin or even reducing the size of the areola?

For dark-skinned Latinas who worry about discolored scars, the best incision option for a breast lift is typically around the areole, so that the scar can be hidden by the darker skin. We are able to do this type of breast lift for at least half of our patients. Depending on breast shape, size, and degree of lift required, we assist patients with the best approach for lifting their breasts.

If you have an interest in breast enhancement with or without lift, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation with my office. We have performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures, and we have considerable experience in helping women of various races and skin tones achieve beautiful results!

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