The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami proudly offers exceptional breast augmentation procedures for patients who live or work in the Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL areas. Every breast enhancement patient has her own personal reasons for choosing to undergo the surgery. Many women feel that their breasts are not really proportional to their body, while others may feel self-conscious about their small cup size. Some women want more cleavage to help them feel more vibrant, voluptuous, sexy, and feminine. Still others seek augmentation for reconstructive purposes, or to correct asymmetry.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The choice to undergo breast augmentation is very personal; what matters is that it makes you feel good about your body and the way your breasts look and feel. When properly planned and performed, breast augmentation can add volume, shape, projection, and of course, cup size, to your breasts.
About Breast Augmentation
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that over 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries are performed in the US each year, making breast augmentation one of the most popular elective cosmetic surgeries in the United States today.
Breast augmentation surgery is much simpler than it was even a decade ago. Breast augmentation requires only a small incision in each breast. The incision itself can be hidden under the crease of the breast (called the inframammary fold), or transaxillary (in the armpit area), depending on the approach the surgeon feels is right for you.
The surgeon then places an implant into the pocket created by the incision. The implant can be placed above the muscle (known as subglandular), or below (known as a submuscular) implantation, depending on your specific needs. The kind of implant can also vary, according to your needs and desired outcomes. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of the different kinds of breast implants that are available. Most breast augmentation procedures can be performed in about an hour.
The surgery can be completed on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgical center. It typically involves general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort at all times. Patients typically report their breasts are tender and swollen for a few days, and recovery usually requires one to two weeks. Many patients can resume their normal routine in a week or less.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
The benefits of augmentation generally include a boost in confidence about overall breast size and breast profile. Breast implants can not only add volume, but also provide a curvier silhouette. Women whose breasts look flat often feel much more feminine after undergoing breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation can also help to create more balance in the breasts, making them more symmetrical and appealing. Breast augmentation benefits may also include:
- Increased self-esteem due to larger, fuller, and more appealing breasts
- Reconstruction for women who have undergone a previous mastectomy
- Restoration of volume and fullness that may have been lost to aging and or pregnancy
Breast augmentation procedures have not only become more popular in recent decades, they have also become safer and simpler. In the past, women often needed to have their implants replaced every decade. Now they can remain safely in place for as many as 10 to 25 years (or more) without issues.
Breast Implants Procedures in Miami, Florida
There are three main kinds of breast implants. The first is saline (a salt water solution contained in a special sealed surgical casing). Saline implants are often chosen because if they leak, the will not cause any damage. They can also be quickly replaced if the need arises. They can be used for younger patients, which makes them a popular option for many older teens. The main drawback of saline implants is that they are not as durable as silicone implants and tend to rupture more frequently.
Silicone breast implants are another option for patients who wish to have implants. They are likely to last much longer than saline implants. In order to undergo breast augmentation with silicone implants, patients must be at least 18 years old. Silicone is also denser and thicker than saline. This allows it to move and flow differently inside the implant casing. Many women feel that this offers a more natural movement, look, and feel than saline implants.
The third most common type of implant is known as the “Gummy Bear” (this is because if they are cut, the inner material retains its shape, with a consistency that appears much like the gummy bear candy). Gummy bears are known for their shape-retaining properties and considered more durable that some other breast implant materials.
For women who would like a more natural method of enhancement, there are other procedures available. Targeted fat injections involve the removal of unwanted fat from the buttock and hip areas, purifying it, and then adding it to your own existing breast tissue to increase volume. The breast augmentation process is more natural than using implants, as nothing except your own fat is used to increase the size of your breasts.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation in Miami, FL
Women who are interested in breast augmentation must undergo an examination, evaluation and consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Most surgeons prefer their patients to be at least 18 years of age, but some will consider younger patients for saline implants. For silicone gel implants, the standard age is 22 years old. Patients should also be in reasonably good overall health and have realistic expectations about the breast augmentation procedure. If you do have health issues, that does not automatically mean you are not a good candidate for the procedure. Your surgeon will take all your health concerns and issues into consideration when evaluating your case.
Poor Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Your surgeon will need to consider your health and other factors, such as a bleeding disorders, any infections you may have, your medications and lifestyle habits (smoking and alcohol use), as well as other health related concerns.
Women who have an ongoing infection, are undergoing cancer treatments, are currently breastfeeding, have cancer or pre-cancer, or who have other serious ongoing health issues should not undergo breast augmentation. Additionally, women who have unrealistic expectations, or who feel they are being pressured to undergo breast augmentation are not good candidates.
What to Look for in a Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Just because a doctor can legally perform breast augmentation surgery, does not mean that they are fully qualified to do so. A good surgeon will make sure that you are safe at all times, and will have significant expertise in plastic surgery of the body. They should have numerous examples of their work to show prospective patients. When it comes to your body and your breasts, it never pays to gamble with your health. Breast implants in Miami are very affordable and safe, provided you use a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
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While it may seem that breast augmentation is a simple procedure, it does require advanced training, specialized knowledge and extensive experience. When it comes to your body and aesthetics, only a highly trained surgeon has the eye, knowledge, and technical surgical skillsets to perform a breast augmentation.
At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, our plastic surgeons are experts in breast augmentation. They have undergone the extensive additional training required to provide exceptional care in all areas of plastic surgery, including advanced techniques in breast reconstruction, breast revision and breast augmentation. They will take the time to answer your questions and explain all your options, so you can make an informed decision regarding your care.
Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation
Although breast augmentation procedures are considered relatively safe, there are possible complications, just as there is with any kind of surgical procedure. Complications can include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Unwanted scar tissue
- Misshapen or hardened breasts
- Implant failure
- Numbness of the breast or nipples
- Breast pain
- Other surgical complications and/or risks associated with anesthesia
FAQs About Breast Augmentation
Do I have to have my breast augmentation implants replaced every ten years?
While breast implants can fail, that does not mean they will. There is actually no hard and fast rule about breast implant lifespans as they can last indefinitely.
Is breast augmentation linked to breast cancer?
Not really. Studies have shown that while it is possible, the chances of developing breast cancer from textured implants is incredibly slim. Roughly two out of every million women may develop breast cancer in connection with breast implants, however the specific kind of breast cancer in question also has a 90% cure rate.
Where is a breast augmentation procedure performed?
A breast augmentation procedure can be performed in the office, in an ambulatory surgical center, or in a hospital setting. The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, for example, boasts a state-of-the-art surgical center with a full complement of highly trained and qualified staff.
What kind of anesthesia is used in breast augmentation surgery?
Anesthesia can vary from a local (which affects only the part of the body being operated on) to a general anesthesia. At PSI Miami, we prefer to use general anesthesia to keep you more comfortable during your breast augmentation procedure.
Are there other ways to augment and increase the size of my breasts without implants?
There are natural options for women who want to increase the size of their breasts without using manufactured breast implants. Your surgeon can advise you about fat injections and other breast augmentation options.
What is the difference between a breast revision surgery and breast augmentation?
A breast revision procedure is a second surgery to remove or correct any complications that arose because of a previous breast surgery. A breast augmentation is used to refine the shape, size and projection of breasts to create aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical and fuller breasts.
What should I look for in a breast augmentation surgeon in Miami?
No matter what kind of surgery you are considering, it is always important to find an expert plastic surgeon with the right training and experience to provide you with the best possible care.
Why choose the surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami?
There is no substitute for experience and training. At the Plastic Surgery Institute Miami, our highly skilled plastic surgeons are acknowledged experts in all areas of breast surgery.
We are Breast Augmentation and Reconstruction Experts
We would be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our breast augmentation specialists. Find out if breast augmentation is right for you. Please call 305-446-7700 or use our convenient online patient consultation request form. Don’t wait another day to get the lovely, full breasts you have always wanted.