Breast Augmentation In Gainesville, FL
Breast augmentation (or breast enhancement) is a surgical procedure involving the transfer of fat or the use of breast implants, which are often either saline implants or silicone implants which are placed beneath the pectoralis muscle (known as submuscular breast augmentation). A breast implant is most commonly inserted through minimal incisions in the fold beneath the breast (inframammary or IMF incision), at the junction of the areola with the breast’s skin (periareolar incision), or through the axilla (transaxillary incision). By inserting an implant behind each breast, Dr. Tyrone, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Gainesville, can enhance a patient’s bust line by one or more cup sizes.
John W. Tyrone, MD, is one of the most highly trained physicians in the Southeast. Dr. Tyrone has years of expertise in providing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to enhance your quality of life by improving your self-esteem and helping you reclaim your vitality. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation surgery!
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 Gainesville and throughout North Florida and South Georgia. The decision to undergo breast augmentation is important, and Dr. Tyrone values the importance of explaining the process before, during, and after the procedure, as he firmly believes the most-informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident, and satisfied patients!
For many women, breast augmentation results can be satisfying and even exhilarating. But regular examinations by your Gainesville plastic surgeon and routine mammograms (for those in the appropriate age group) at prescribed intervals will help assure you’re on the path to recovery and that complications can be detected early and treated.
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. It is one of the more common procedures performed by our Board-Certified plastic surgeon John W. Tyrone, MD. Generally, most healthy women are candidates for breast augmentation surgery as age is not a contraindication to breast implant surgery, and it is not uncommon for women older than 50 to undergo a 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 for breast augmentation.
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 most women, saline implants are safe, reliable, and make an excellent choice. However, Dr. Tyrone may recommend silicone gel breast implants to a select group of patients, such as those with very thin soft tissue coverage of the chest, those who require a breast lift in conjunction with augmentation, and those who require implants following breast cancer surgery. 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 our top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted surgical complications. Dr. Tyrone will discuss concerns and motivations you may have for seeking breast augmentation, as well as details of the breast augmentation, including incision placement, implant type size, and 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, and Dr. Tyrone will explain where the incisions in the photographs are located and the implant’s size. Patients can also view breast augmentation before-and-after photos that will be similar in results to their own procedure. Following the consultation, patients meet with our patient coordinator to discuss scheduling surgery and to answer any other questions.
Once breast augmentation surgery is scheduled, patients are given preoperative instructions discussing everything from financing to follow-up visits. Prior to surgery, patients will receive prescription forms from our patient coordinator to be filled before surgery so that patients can already have their medications when they return home from surgery. Patients also receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof certain medications reduce bruising, swelling, and pain after breast augmentation surgery, patients are asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain, and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after the procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, patients should shower and wash as normal, and refrain from eating or drinking after midnight. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment for plastic surgery in Gainesville!
Provided you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery, breast implants can provide you with the increased size and fullness you are seeking. Breast augmentation results are long-lasting, but it is important to remember your breast will continue to age on top of the implant. Breast shape may also change secondary to pregnancy and fluctuations in weight. Problems with the implants themselves are rare; however, implant rupture may occur and requires the placement of a new breast implant. Maintaining a relationship with Dr. Tyrone after surgery is important so he can help address unforeseen changes and other concerns which may arise.
Breast augmentation is a relatively straightforward procedure, and most patients have a very low risk 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 removal or “scoring” of the scar tissue, or removal or replacement of the implant. Massaging the breast implants after surgery has been demonstrated to decrease the risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Tyrone will instruct patients 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, which 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 the 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. Ruptures 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, silicone gel may move into surrounding tissue, which 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 breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer as additional views can be required. Ultrasound examinations may help 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 to ensure the risks and consequences of breast augmentation are understood.
The cost of a breast augmentation procedure will vary depending on several factors, including anesthesia and surgical facility costs. Contact our plastic surgery office today to schedule a consultation or get more information on breast augmentation cost!