Saline & Silicone Implants

Breast Augmentation In Gainesville, FL

Breast augmentation (breast enhancement) is performed through the use of either saline or silicone breast implants in Gainesville, FL. This procedure involves the placement of either a saline or silicone breast implant behind the breast. Patients often desire to enhance the shape and size of their breasts because they feel their breast size is too small, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, and to balance a difference in breast size. The breast implant is generally placed in a pocket beneath the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular breast augmentation). The implant is most commonly placed through minimal incisions located either in the fold beneath the breast (inframammary or IMF incision), at the junction of the areola with the skin of the breast (periareolar incision), or through the axilla (transaxillary incision). By inserting an implant behind each breast, Dr. Tyrone is able to enhance a patient’s bust-line by one or more bra cup sizes.

John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery offers a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments and plastic surgery in Gainesville, FL. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation surgery!

Gainesville, FL, Breast Augmentation

Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure at Dr. Tyrone’s fully accredited ambulatory surgery facility. Our Gainesville plastic surgery office’s convenient location allows Dr. Tyrone to perform breast augmentation surgery on patients from not only Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida, but also on patients from throughout North Florida and South Georgia. Dr. Tyrone understands that the decision to undergo breast augmentation is an important one, and he knows the importance of educating you before, during, and after the procedure as he firmly believes the most informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident and satisfied patients. Several of our patient’s breast implant before and after photos are available on this website. Additional photographs are available for viewing in the office.

For many women, the result of breast augmentation can be satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their restored confidence. Regular examination by your Gainesville plastic surgeon and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated. Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important aspect is how you feel about it. If you are happy with your results, then your surgery is a success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breast. Most patients choose to have their breast implants placed through the inframammary or periareolar approach as these incisions provide the surgeon with the most precise control over implant placement. In 2005, more than 350,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the United States. It is one of the more common procedures performed by Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tyrone. Generally, most healthy women are candidates for breast augmentation surgery. Age is not a contraindication to breast implant surgery, and it is not uncommon for women in their 50s or later to undergo the procedure. Patients experience renewed self-esteem and confidence after this procedure. Before deciding to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Tyrone. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.

A breast implant is a medical device with a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. Most cosmetic breast augmentation involves the placement of saline-filled implants behind the breast or chest muscle. For the majority of women, saline implants are safe and reliable and make an excellent choice. For a select group of patients, Dr. Tyrone may recommend silicone gel breast implants. These include patients with very thin soft tissues coverage of the chest, those who require a breast lift in conjunction with augmentation, and those patients who require implants following breast cancer surgery. Silicone gel implants are available to women who meet inclusion criteria determined by the FDA. This includes most women over the age of 22 years old. Dr. Tyrone will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each type of breast implant and help you make a decision that is best for you.

During your initial breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Tyrone will inquire about your medical and surgical history, including current medications and allergies. It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history, as safety is Dr. Tyrone’s top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted surgical complications. You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking breast augmentation. Details of the breast augmentation will be discussed, including incision placement, implant type, and implant size; as well of what is expected of you preoperatively and postoperatively. The risks of surgery will also be discussed in detail. Numerous before and after photographs of actual patients will be reviewed during your consultation. Dr. Tyrone will be able to tell you where the incisions in the photographs are located as well as the size of the implants. Frequently, during this part of the breast augmentation consultation, the patient sees a photograph that she feels is most similar to the before and after result, she would like to obtain. Following your consultation, you will meet with our patient coordinator, to discuss scheduling your surgery and answer any other questions you may have.

Once you have scheduled your breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions that discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your breast augmentation, you will receive prescription forms from Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from surgery. You will receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after breast augmentation surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain, and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, shower and wash as you would normally, and do not eat or drink after midnight. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment for plastic surgery in Gainesville!

Dr. Tyrone performs breast augmentation surgery in a new, state-of-the-art operating facility located adjacent to his plastic surgery office in Gainesville, FL. North Florida Plastic Surgery is certified at the highest level by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire staff is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. A beautifully decorated reception area, comfortable exam rooms, and attentive care from our staff through all phases of your recovery help to make your entire surgical experience a pleasant one. Every measure has been taken to ensure your safety and comfort. When you arrive at the surgery center for your breast implant surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Tyrone and his nurses will meet with you prior to your surgery. If Dr. Tyrone feels a hospital is a more appropriate setting for your surgery, he has full privileges at several local hospitals, including Shands UF in Gainesville, FL.

Provided you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery, breast implants will provide you with the increased size and fullness you are seeking. The results of breast augmentation are long-lasting. It is important to remember that your breast will continue to age on top of the implant. Breast shape may also subsequently change secondary to pregnancy and fluctuations in weight. Problems with the implants themselves are rare; however, implant rupture may occur and require the placement of a new silicone or saline breast implant. Maintaining a relationship with Dr. Tyrone after your surgery is important to help you address these changes and other concerns which may arise. Regular examination by Dr. Tyrone and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated.

Breast augmentation is a relatively straightforward procedure, and most patients have very low risks of complications. But as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. The most common problem is capsular contracture, which occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. This squeezing of the soft implant can cause the breast to feel hard. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways, and sometimes requires either removal or “scoring” of the scar tissue, or perhaps removal or replacement of the implant. Massage of the breast implants after surgery has been demonstrated to decrease the incidence of capsular contracture. Dr. Tyrone will instruct you on the proper massage technique following surgery, and it is important to follow his recommended regimen. As with any surgical procedure, excessive bleeding following the operation may cause some swelling and pain. If excessive bleeding continues, another operation may be needed to control the bleeding and remove the accumulated blood. A small percentage of women develop an infection around an implant. This may occur at any time but is most often seen within a week after surgery. In some cases, the implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears. A new implant can then be inserted. Some women report their nipples become oversensitive, undersensitive, or even numb. You may also notice small patches of numbness near your incisions. These symptoms usually disappear within time, but may be permanent in some patients. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse. If, however, you have nursed a baby within the year before augmentation, you may produce milk for a few days after surgery. This may cause some discomfort, but can be treated with medication prescribed by your doctor. Occasionally, breast implants may break or leak. Rupture can occur as a result of injury or even from the normal compression and movement of your breast and implant, causing the man-made shell to leak. If a saline-filled implant breaks, the implant will deflate in a few hours and the salt water will be harmlessly absorbed by the body. However, if a break or leak occurs in a gel-filled implant, one of two things may occur. If the shell breaks but the scar capsule around the implant does not, you may not detect any change. If the scar also breaks or tears, especially following extreme pressure, the silicone gel may move into the surrounding tissue. The gel may collect in the breast and cause a new scar to form around it, or it may migrate to another area of the body. There may be a change in the shape or firmness of the breast. Both types of breaks may require a second operation and replacement of the leaking implant. In some cases, it may not be possible to remove all of the silicone gel in the breast tissue if a rupture should occur. While there is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer. When you request a routine mammogram, be sure to go to a radiology center where technicians are experienced in the special techniques required to get a reliable X-ray of a breast that contains an implant. Additional views will be required. Ultrasound examinations may be of benefit in some women with implants to detect breast lumps or to evaluate the implant. While the majority of women do not experience these complications, Dr. Tyrone will discuss each with you to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation.

The cost of a breast augmentation procedure will vary depending on a number of factors. Contact our plastic surgery office today to schedule a consultation or get more information on breast augmentation cost!

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