Breast Augmentation Fort Lauderdale
Have you always fantasized about having full, voluptuous breasts? Or maybe you just want breasts that are slightly larger, to balance out your proportions? Whatever your reason for considering breast augmentation, the good news is that your body’s appearance is in your hands. Today, breast augmentation is safer than ever. As breast surgery and breast implant technologies continue to progress, women have the option of optimum breast implants, optimum size, optimum placement – whatever that means to them and their body shape.
But the truth is that your body’s appearance is in your hands. So take the next step: request your certificate for a Free Breast Enlargement Consultation now and contact us at 800-274-LIPO to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale.
See actual before-and-after photos of South Florida Center of Cosmetic Surgery breast augmentation patients from Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas of South Florida.
Are You A Candidate For Breast Augmentation?
Beyond the fact that you want the surgery, how do you know if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation? Ultimately this is a decision you will make with your physician. But a good candidate typically:
Has realistic expectations of the procedure
Is in good physical health
Is in good emotional/psychological health
Is educated about the procedure, recovery and expected results
Preparing For Breast Enlargement Surgery
Once you have made the decision to have breast augmentation, there are preparations you should take before surgery in order to minimize risks and complications. These simple steps can make a big difference when it comes to a successful surgery and an easier recovery:
Two Weeks Before Surgery
- Stop smoking
- Take multivitamins and vitamin C
- Stop taking aspirin and ibuprofen
- Limit vitamin E intake to less than 400mg per day
The Day Before Surgery
- Confirm your surgery time with our office
- Wash surgical areas with antibacterial soap
- Do NOT eat or drink anything, including water, eight to 10 hours before surgery
- Fill prescriptions prescribed by our office
The Morning Of Surgery
- Wash surgical areas with antibacterial soap
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t go over your head
- Do NOT eat or drink anything! Take daily medication with a sip of water in the early morning
- Do NOT wear moisturizers, creams, lotions or make-up
- Do NOT wear hairpins, wigs or jewelry
- Do NOT bring valuables with you
- Arrive a minimum of 45 minutes before your appointment
Your surgery will take place in our state-of-the-art operating suite at our Fort Lauderdale cosmetic surgery center. Once you enter the operating room area, your surgeon and the staff will do everything possible to make you feel secure and relaxed. You will be connected to monitoring equipment and be surrounded by expert medical professionals trained to help you in case any complications arise. A nurse or anesthesiologist will start an intravenous drip into your arm to administer all needed medicines, including those that will relax you.
Your surgery will last about two hours. When it is completed and your dressings are in place you will be moved to the recovery room, where you will stay for one to two hours.
Breast Implant Options
By considering factors such as implant filling, shape and texture, you will put yourself one step closer to your desired outcome. Here’s some background information to help you prepare for a discussion of implant choices with your doctor during your consultation.
Filling: Cohesive Silicone Gel Or Saline?
Silicone implants. The silicone implants we offer have a cohesive silicone gel filling, sometimes referred to as “gummy” material that holds together and doesn’t leak if ruptured. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women 22 years old and older.
Saline implants. These implants are filled with a sterile saline solution used for over a decade in hundreds of thousands of breast implants. It is completely safe and will be absorbed by the body if your implants should rupture. Saline implants are available to patients 18 years of age and older.
Shape: Round Or Teardrop?
Round implants. These implants are designed to give breasts a rounded appearance. Several choices of base width are available, helping the round shape of the implant look natural on your torso.
“Teardrop” implants. These implants are anatomical, or “teardrop-shaped,” in design. Women who choose this shape are often aiming for breasts that slope gently and naturally away from the chest. These implants come in different heights and overall “footprints,” variables that also assist you and your doctor in achieving the look you want.
Profile: Moderate, Mid-range Or High?
Profile simply means the degree to which your breasts project from the chest wall. Most doctors present their patients with three choices: moderate, mid-range or high profile.
Shell: Smooth Or Textured?
The implant shell surface usually has minimal impact on the way your new breasts look and feel, but it may affect the way the implant behaves inside your body.
Textured shells. These implants were developed to inhibit the growth of fibrous tissue around the implant, thereby reducing the risk of capsular contracture, a complication where a layer of scar tissue becomes overly hard and tight, squeezing the implant and causing an unnatural look and feel.
Smooth shells. Some women prefer implants with smooth outer shells because of reports that say textured implants can be more easily felt beneath the skin and don’t move as naturally under the skin. You may decide to choose smooth shell implants to optimize for the most natural feel possible.
Recovering From Breast Augmentation
You will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You should avoid driving for four to six days after surgery. It is important to rest the remainder of the day and the following day. You may be sore and tender after your surgery, and have swelling, bruising and numbness in the chest area. The medications prescribed can help relieve most of the discomfort. Sleep on your back for the first week to help with swelling.
Surgery and anesthesia can leave you with a sensitive stomach for a couple of days. Be prepared to eat bland, simple-to-digest foods. Do not drink alcohol and do not smoke cigarettes for at least two weeks after surgery, as it will interfere with the healing process.
Your sutures will dissolve within 10 to 20 days after your surgery. If your surgeon used traditional sutures they will be taken out at your first week’s post-operative appointment. Protect the suture and scar area from sunlight, which can worsen scarring.
Your postoperative bra will support the implants and keep your breasts in perfect position. You need to wear the bra 24/7 for four weeks (removing it only to bathe). You may start to wear a regular bra after four weeks, avoiding underwire bras as they may be uncomfortable. Keep the bra as clean and dry as possible. Refrain from showering or bathing for two days, after which you should minimize water contact with the sutures.
Avoid heavy lifting, straining and activity for a minimum of two weeks. You can take simple walks a few days after surgery. Do not return to aerobic exercise for three weeks.
Scars will improve in appearance over time, with a noticeable improvement after three months. However, scars can take up to two years to heal completely.
Potential Risks And Complications
Common risks include hematoma, inflammation, infection, problems with scars, wound separation or delayed healing, sensitivity or allergy to dressings or tape, and injury to sutures. Rare complications include pulmonary embolism, severe allergic reactions to medications, and heart problems such as cardiac arrhythmias or heart attack.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Q: What are the main differences between silicone and saline breast implants?
A: The silicone “gummy bear” implants are as safe and effective as saline implants, and many women prefer their natural shape and feel over their salt water (saline) counterparts.
Saline implants are more prone to rippling than silicone breast implants. A plastic surgeon can place the saline implants 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.
Q: What causes rippling? Do you overfill the implants?
A: Rippling occurs when there is little breast tissue present and wrinkles of the implant surface show through the skin. Prevention and/or treatment of rippling includes: placing the implant under the muscle to add tissue between the implant and skin surface, overfilling a saline implant to lessen the wrinkling of the implant surface, or use of a silicone implant (as they are less prone to rippling).
Q: Are implants safe?
A: Saline implants are filled with salt water which, if a leak should occur, would be absorbed by your body. Cohesive gel implants, sometimes called “gummy bear” implants, are made of a solid, flexible gel — there is no liquid to leak out. If one of them is damaged, no harmful fluids or substances will enter the woman’s body.
Q: Do you recommend massaging the breast after surgery?
A: Massage is recommended in the postoperative period for several reasons. It allows the implant to “settle” into its natural position after the procedure. More importantly, massaging the implant lessens the incidence of unnaturally firm breasts after surgery.
Q: How common is the loss of feeling in the nipples?
A: Sensory loss of the breast and/or nipple areolar complex may occur after augmentation mammoplasty. Small branches of nerves cannot be visualized during surgery as they are extremely small and, as a result, may be damaged during the operative procedure. This is less common when implants are placed under the muscle. Transient numbness is not uncommon, occurring in up to 10-15 percent of patients. Permanent numbness is a rare phenomenon.
Q: How long does it take to heal after having breast augmentation?
A: It usually takes about a week before one may resume normal activities. Patients generally need to refrain from vigorous activity for a period of one month to prevent the development of postoperative bleeding. The majority of swelling has abated after a period of eight to 12 weeks. It takes at least a year for the scars to fully mature.
Q: How long before I go back to work?
A: Sedentary activities, including office work, can often be resumed within one week, or sometimes earlier. Vigorous activity, including a more physical job, can be resumed after one month.
Q: How will implants affect existing stretch marks?
A: Stretch marks are often unpredictable following augmentation mammoplasty. They may be stretched and appear flatter, they may increase in number or size, or they may not be affected at all.
Q: Is there an age limit for having breast implants?
A: You must be at least 18 years of age to have saline implants, and at least 22 for silicone implants. There is no age limit; there are many senior citizens who take care of their bodies and minds that would potentially benefit from augmentation mammoplasty. Consultation from a family physician may be required to ascertain health status before contemplating a procedure such as this.
Q: What are the different locations of breast implant incisions?
A: Breast implants can be placed via four basic approaches. A nipple areolar incision (around the nipple) or inframammary incision (under the breast) provides the best exposure to the operative field and is associated with fewer complications. The nipple areolar incision results in a less noticeable scar. The axillary approach (under the armpit) and endoscopic augmentation through the umbilicus (belly button) may camouflage the incision, but are associated with more complications.
Q: What are the risks involved with breast augmentation?
A: All elective surgeries come with some level of risk. While every precaution will be taken to ensure your surgery is performed correctly within a safe environment, complications can still arise from anesthesia, infection, allergic reactions or impediments with the implants.
Q: What is capsular contracture? How common is it?
A: Capsular contracture only occurs in 5 percent of patients. A scar or capsule develops around all breast implants. It is usually thin and filmy. If the scar becomes thicker than normal, it may shrink around the implant, creating a firm and spherical breast. The most common cause is unknown and may represent individual sensitivity to the implant. Other causes include infection or bleeding. Prevention includes submuscular implant placement and postoperative implant massage.
I moved to South Florida a few years ago and wanted to make some changes in my life. I changed my career and wanted to change the way I looked and felt about myself. I made an appointment at South Florida Center for a breast augmentation. I met with Dr. Alexander and explained what I wanted, natural perky breasts. I scheduled the surgery and love the results, they listened to what 1 wanted and they gave me exactly what I wanted, natural perky breasts. My career is going well, I Love my new look and I have even been on a commercial talking about my new look.
– Hillarie, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
I never liked the way I looked; I always envied women with curves, the way their clothes fit, and the attention that they received. I didn’t like the way I looked in a swimsuit or any type of clothes. My husband said he loved me the way I was, but I wasn’t happy. I had my breast augmentation when I was 43 and I am sorry I waited so long to do it. I am an athlete and love to run, swim and play tennis, my new breast fit my body perfectly. I look great and can still turn heads at 45!
– Terry, Deerfield Beach, FL
I wasn’t happy with my size, I have always been an “A” cup. I am a single mother with two children and I want to feel better about the way I look. I had the surgery with Dr. Pinnella and couldn’t be happier with the way I look. The healing time was not bad and I love my new look.
– Macaly, Hialeah Gardens, FL