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Breast Augmentation in Ft. Lauderdale
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery

South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery is home to some of the more experienced Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation surgeons. They use leading-edge surgical techniques and technologies in order to deliver exceptional breast augmentation results that naturally complement each woman’s physique. If you have been wondering whether you might be a breast augmentation candidate and how you can benefit from this procedure, please explore the information below. When you are ready, schedule your personal consultation by calling SFCCS at (954) 565-7575, or (800) 274-LIPO.

Breast Augmentation: Is It For Me?

Breast augmentation creates larger breasts through the placement of breast implants behind your existing breast tissue or chest muscles. There are many reasons for choosing breast augmentation. Perhaps you feel that your breasts are too small; your breasts may have lost volume or their youthful shape after pregnancy; or your breasts may be different sizes and you’d like them to be more symmetrical.

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Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

Since the early 1960′s, more than two million women in the United States have chosen to receive breast implants, each motivated by very personal goals for enhancing their figure. The popularity of breast enlargement nationwide is predominately due to the new types of implants that are now available. In November 2006, the FDA announced their approval of silicone breast implants for general use, allowing women seeking breast implants to choose silicone implants (also called cohesive gel implants) just as European women have for years.

Some women prefer silicone breast implants for their natural feel, and with the clearance by the FDA, you can feel secure that they are just as safe as the saline breast implants. Your surgeon will discuss the different breast implants and incision sites with you to determine the choice that is most appropriate for you.

Take the next step: request your certificate for a Free Breast Enlargement Consultation now and call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.

Potential Complications

Even though most breast augmentation patients find that their bodies tolerate their breast implants well, your body’s natural reaction to any foreign material is to surround it with a thin membrane called a “capsule” in order to stay in the desired pocket. The formation of this capsule is not a problem and occurs in every patient. In some cases, for reasons that are as yet not completely understood, this capsule can shrink around one or both implants, compressing the implant and making it round and firm. This is called capsular contracture and can occur in varying degrees. Although some women may consider some firmness desirable, the capsule can cause the breast to become unnaturally firm, misshapen or uncomfortable. Capsular contracture may occur from a few weeks to several years after the initial procedure.

There is no way to predict your body’s reaction after breast enlargement and no test to determine if you will develop capsular contracture. Placing the implant under the muscle, in some cases, can reduce the incidence of this condition. If a patient does develop capsular contracture, surgical intervention may be required.

The opposite of capsular contracture can also occur when breast implants are in a satisfactory position but several months later there is spontaneous expansion of the capsule. This is described medically as an inferior and lateral migration of the implants. If this happens, the breast enlargement patient will require closure of the breast pocket to reposition the implant either through the original incision or through a small inframammary incision.

While there is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, it is recommended that the patient have a preoperative mammogram as a baseline. Thereafter, when having a mammogram be sure to go to a radiology center where the radiologist is experienced in the (Eklund) special technique required for an accurate x-ray of a patient with breast implants. It is emphasized that regular breast examination and mammograms are the best way to detect early cancers.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Your breasts will appear firmer and fuller immediately following your breast augmentation procedure. As with any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, some swelling and/or bruising can be anticipated. Your breasts may not attain their final feel or shape for three to four months. Be sure to address any questions or concerns with your surgeon immediately. Your health and happiness are the most important considerations at any time.

You may be uncomfortable when you “awaken” after your breast enlargement. The cosmetic surgeons at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery can provide medication to relieve any discomfort. You will be placed in a surgical bra immediately after your cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. You will continue to wear this day and night for approximately two weeks. However, you may remove this special bra for showering purposes during those first few days. You will receive specific instructions to follow during your recovery including rest and sleeping positions, raising your arms, bathing and showering techniques, breast manipulation and deep breathing exercises.

Your surgeon will want to examine you at regular intervals during the first 90 days following your breast enlargement. Our patients return to the Center sometime after the third day so that a surgeon can remove any bandages and check the incision area. You will need your surgical bra to support your breasts until your doctor tells you otherwise. Your breasts may be swollen and bruised for approximately one to two weeks.

In most patients, the scars from the breast enlargement incisions will be pink for about six months and gradually fade thereafter. The scars are usually inconspicuous. Nevertheless, you should know that all scars are permanent and their height, width and final color are not totally predictable.

As with any surgical procedure, small nerves to the skin are interrupted during surgery. Portions of the nipple area may feel numb or have less than full feeling. Sensitivity usually returns over several weeks, but some diminished feeling may last indefinitely after your cosmetic plastic surgery.

If you sunbathe, or utilize a tanning bed, you must not do so until any numbness of the breast is gone (to avoid burning). After this point, you must protect the incision site with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more for at least six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of frequent questions about breast enlargement. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please write to us, be sure to include the procedure name and your question!

How is breast augmentation performed?

For your breast augmentation, an incision is made either under where the dark skin of the areola meets the light skin of the breast (periareolar) or under the breast where it meets the chest wall (inframammary). During your initial consultation, your surgeon will thoroughly discuss the placement of your incision, the pros and cons for you personally and consider your preferences.

A salt water (saline) filled implant or a cohesive gel implants (“gummy bear”) is placed either under or above the chest (pectoral) muscle–depending on your breast tissue, body formation, and amount of sagging (ptosis) of the breast. If the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle, simple movement of the arms automatically moves the implant around in its pocket. In some breast augmentation patients, these muscles are extremely active and can distort the implant so it is important to discuss with your surgeon the right implant placement for you. During your consultation, you and your surgeon should also discuss the differences between saline and silicone breast implants.

Your surgeon’s goal is to achieve the most natural breast appearance possible. Incisions are made in only 2 areas, periareolar and under the breast. On rare occasions, during the breast enlargement surgery, your surgeon may change the placement of the implant if a more optimum location can be determined. The incision is closed with stitches beneath the skin (subcuticular sutures). The incisions may also be taped for greater support and a gauze bandage applied to help with healing.

Peri-areolar Breast Augmentation

This technique involves making incisions around the areola. This is the dark area surrounding the nipple. Because of the placement of the incisions, most residual scarring is hidden by the naturally dark pigment of the areola.

Infra-mammary Breast Augmentation

This technique involves making a small incision in the infra mammary fold. This is the fold where the bottom of the breast meets the chest. The incision is placed so any residual scarring will be hidden by the fold of the breast.

You may choose to have other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, such as liposuction, performed at the same time as breast enlargement. Please consult directly with your surgeon to devise the best schedule for you.

How do I prepare for my breast enlargement?

South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery breast augmentation patients should schedule a consultation to help determine post-operative breast size and to prepare for their cosmetic plastic surgery.

Please understand that the degree of your breast enlargement may be limited by the amount of tissue you have available to cover the implants. During your preoperative consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap.

You must stop taking aspirin, aspirin containing medications or diet pills for 2 weeks prior to your surgery. Do not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure and do not smoke two weeks prior to and two days after surgery. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take prior to your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined again prior to your procedure. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required.

What is the difference between silicone and saline breast implants?

Saline (salt water) breast implants have been the only choice for women getting breast augmentation over the last 14 years. This has been because of a FDA ban on silicone breast implants while their safety was being determined. Patients undergoing breast reconstruction have been able to choose silicone breast implants during this time and can attest to their natural shape and feeling and their sturdiness. In November of 2006, the FDA cleared these cohesive gel implants for use by patients over 22 years old who are getting breast augmentation. Breast enhancement candidates are encouraged by the FDA’s announcement that “gummy bear” cohesive gel implants are as safe and effective as their salt water (saline) counterparts. At the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, your surgeon will discuss your options for breast implants and help you make your decision.

Silicone breast implants are less prone to rippling than saline implants; however, most doctors will place a saline implant under a layer of muscle so there is more tissue above the implant. This lessens the “wrinkling” that you may see or feel through the skin. Some surgeons have found that another way to dampen the rippling of saline implants is to slightly overfill them.

Are implants safe?

Every women wonders: “What if my implant bursts?” Saline implants are filled with salt water and, if something did go wrong, the salt water solution would be absorbed by your body. Years ago, there was concern that if silicone breast implants leaked, the silicone could harm a woman’s health. This is no longer the case. Cohesive gel implants, sometimes called “gummy bear” implants, are made of a solid, flexible gel. If one of them is damaged, no harmful fluids or substances will enter the women’s body. The FDA recently cleared cohesive gel implants for general use when it was determined that they were as safe and effective as saline breast implants.

How long does the procedure take?

Operating time is generally one to two hours.

What form of anesthesia is used?

General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.

Can I return home the same day?

Yes. Breast enlargement is done on an ambulatory basis. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:

  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

How long before I can return to normal activity?

Most women return to their usual activities in one week. However, you must not lift anything for the first two weeks and do no heavy lifting for the first four weeks.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Take the next step: request your certificate for a Free Breast Enlargement Consultation now and call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.