Everyone wants a proportionate and appealing figure.  However, if you are dealing with breasts that are too small for your body or have asymmetrical breasts that make wearing certain clothing items difficult or uncomfortable, you may feel self-conscious. A breast augmentation is a popular plastic surgery procedure option for increasing the size of the breasts, as well as correcting asymmetry for a beautiful, balanced figure. At our office, board-certified St. Petersburg FL plastic surgeon Dr. Newman, maintains the skill and precision to help you achieve the body of your dreams.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a type of plastic surgery which is done to increase or restore the size of the breasts using breast implants. Additionally, breast augmentation can be done to restore upper pole fullness of the breast.  As one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in St. Petersburg today, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record for restoring balance to many patient’s breast size.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

There are many reasons why someone may consider breast implants. Women who believe their breasts are too small for their body, have breasts that have become smaller after having children of due to weight loss, or feel self-conscious wearing certain clothing items or bathing suits due to their breasts may be able to benefit from a breast augmentation in St. Petersburg.

Before choosing breast augmentation, or any other type of plastic surgery, you must be generally healthy overall and should be a nonsmoker. Dr. Newman will evaluate your general health and recommend whether you’re healthy enough for surgery during a consultation.

Another consideration for St. Petersburg breast augmentation candidates is whether they are best suited to breast augmentation or another type of surgery. For example, a patient may be best suited to a breast lift to improve the appearance of their breasts rather than implants. If both sagging and a “deflated” look or small size are a concern, Dr. Newman may also suggest a combination procedure to achieve both a larger size using breast implants and breast lift techniques. During your consultation in our St. Petersburg office, Dr. Newman will suggest the specific treatment plan that will best meet your goals.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

The breast reduction procedure encompasses many factors, all of which will determine your results. Patients in the St. Petersburg area who are considering breast augmentation must take the following things into account:

Type of Implants

Today, the two most popular breast implants used in breast augmentation are saline and silicone. Saline implants are silicone shelled implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are filled after they are placed into their location, often requiring smaller incisions. Saline implants are approved for patients who are 18 or older. In case of a breast implant rupture, the saline is safely and naturally absorbed by the body, but the implant shell should still be surgically removed and replaced by a plastic surgeon.

Silicone implants also have a silicone shell, but the implants come prefilled with medical-grade silicone. Because they are prefilled, silicone implants often required a larger incision. However, many St. Petersburg patients report that silicone implants feel the most similar to natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are approved for patients who are 21 or older, so younger plastic surgery patients are not candidates for these implants. In case of an implant rupture, the silicone remains in place within the breast capsule and must be removed along with the shell by your plastic surgeon.

Shape of Implants

When it comes to breast implants there are two basic shapes: round and teardrop. Round breast implants will provide more upper pole fullness than a teardrop breast implant, something that most women desire. Teardrop, or anatomically shaped implants, have a shape that closely mimics the natural shape of a breast. The shape that is right for you will depend on your individual aesthetic goals and the recommendations by Dr. Newman.

Implant Placement

Where an implant is placed is a much-debated topic among plastic surgeons. The two most common locations are subglandular (above the muscle) and submuscular (beneath the muscle). A combination approach is how most augmentations are performed and is called Dual Plane Breast Augmentation. It’s called dual plane because part of the implant is beneath the muscle, and part is beneath the gland.

Implant Size

When you’re planning your breast augmentation surgery, another major decision is the correct implant size. To determine the correct size, Dr. Newman will likely ask you to “try on” various sizes of breast implants before your surgery by placing them inside a bra. This will allow you to get an idea of what your breast augmentation results will look like. Dr. Newman will then help you choose a size that meets your goals and is proportionate looking with your body.

Incision Location

There are three incisions commonly considered in breast augmentation. These include:

Inframammary

This incision is created in the crease underneath the breasts, called the inframammary fold. This incision type includes a wider access point, allowing the surgeon to place larger silicone implants. Plus, the scars are easily concealed within the breast crease.

Peri-areolar

Peri-areola incisions are made around the outer edge of the areola, so scarring is hidden within the natural pigmentation.

Transaxillary

Lastly, transaxillary incisions are located near the armpit.  This technique leaves a small scar within the armpit but is desirable because it leaves no scarring on the breast itself.

The breast implant incision that is used during your breast augmentation procedure will depend on your individual anatomy, aesthetic goals, and Dr. Newman’s recommendation.

I recently had breast reconstruction and lift with breast implants. I am very pleased and excited with the outcome! Dr Newman’s excellent work exceeded my expectations!

Downtime and Recovery

Following the breast augmentation procedure, patients in Saint Petersburg will be placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support garment. Bruising, redness, and swelling are to be expected, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.

Overall, downtime following breast augmentation varies based on the invasiveness of the procedure. Most people can return to work in a few days to one week after their plastic surgery, depending on the nature of the job. For instance, someone wanting to return to an office job at a desk may be up to returning to work in one to two days. However, if someone wants to return to a job stacking shelves or as a yoga instructor, there will be more downtime after plastic surgery.  Be sure to follow Dr. Newsman’s post-op instructions to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.

Schedule a Consultation in St. Petersburg Florida

If you are interested in learning more about the breast augmentation procedure, contact our St. Petersburg, FL office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Newman.

Breast Augmentation FAQ’s

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Most implants usually last somewhere between 10 and 20 years. It is recommended that implants be replaced every 10 years or so to avoid potential complications.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Implants will add weight to the breasts, and eventually the effects of aging will lead to sagging. If you are concerned about sagging, a breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift procedure. This can further improve the position of the breasts in addition to the size and shape alterations.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

It is recommended that you stop smoking prior to your breast augmentation procedure. You may also need to adjust any medications and avoid taking aspirin. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of pre-op instructions to help you prepare.

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