Breast Augmentation Overview
Patients who are looking to improve the overall look of their breasts may be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. During breast augmentation surgery, silicone or saline implants are placed under the breast tissue to help the patient achieve their specified volume and size. This procedure, also known as augmentation mammaplasty or breast enlargement, is among the most popular procedures requested at Nawada Plastic Surgery. Breast augmentation is the number one plastic surgery operation performed in the United States and has become a widely accepted and discussed procedure. But don't just follow the advice of friends or family members simply because they are familiar with breast augmentation or have had it themselves. Deciding to have breast augmentation is not equivalent to simply purchasing a product. Women visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kesh Nawada for breast augmentation in Winter Haven, coming from Tampa, Orlando, and throughout Central Florida for various reasons:
- Personal reasons such as increasing the size of naturally small breasts, balancing overall proportions of the body, and achieving a more feminine look in clothing and swimsuits.
- Post-pregnancy to restore contour and volume after childbirth and breastfeeding. Combining augmentation with a tummy tuck and liposuction as part of a mommy makeover is common.
- Post-weight loss to restore breast size and shape.
- Correction of asymmetry to give a balanced, even look to both breasts.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"I had an excellent experience with Dr. Nawada with my breast augmentation. Great result! I just felt a little rushed in my follow up appointments. other than that, 5 stars."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 11, 2013
"Dr. Nawada and his staff are amazing. Love love love my end results of my breast augmentation. Will definitely be returning :-)"- T.P. / Facebook / Aug 07, 2014
"Dr. Nawada and the staff are exceptional. From the first time visiting and preparing for surgery they made me feel like family. For anyone thinking of having a breast augmentation this is the place to go hands down. Thank you all!!!!"- P.B. / Facebook / Sep 20, 2015
"38 Year Old Mom Needs a Major Makeover !!! - Winter Haven, FL - Loving , Caring Doctor Treats you with the most utmost respect . Always looks out for your best interest ."- S. / RealSelf / Jan 05, 2016
"It's been many years since I walked into Nawadas office. I went in knowing exactly what I wanted done as well as how I wanted it done. Talking with Nawada at the consult was the deal breaker. I finally decided to go ahead with my breast augmentation. It's been nearly 10 years since I had the surgery. I've since moved out of state, however, If I ever end up needing to replace the implants I will most certainly be making a return trip to Florida to have Nawada do the work."- N.H. / Facebook / Sep 15, 2016
Saline VS. Silicone
Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and offer no risk to the patient in terms of extracapsular spread or silicone leakage. Saline implants are appealing to many because they generally cost less than silicone implants. In some patients, silicone may be a better option due to the rippling that may occur along the edges of the saline implant that can be visible in thin-chested women. Patients considering saline implants must be at least 18 years of age.
Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel substance that looks and feels similar to natural breast tissue. They are ideal for women who are thin-chested. Silicone implants are specially engineered so that if the shell should become compromised (a surface crack), the silicone will remain intact within the implant (known as cohesive gel implants). Silicone implant defects are rare and can only be found through an MRI, unlike saline implants which will deflate. Patients must be at least 22 years of age to receive silicone implants.
Informational Video on Saline Implants:
Informational Video on Silicone Implants:
Other Implant Information
- Saline: MENTOR® or Allergan (Natrelle®)
- Silicone: Allergan (branded as Natrelle® Gel), Mentor (MemoryGel®) and Sientra. Dr. Nawada will only use breast implants that have been approved by the F.D.A.
An implant profile depicts the distance the breast will project forward from the chest wall. Implants are made in low, moderate, high and extra high profiles.
Breast implants come in two shapes. Round implants tend to offer more fullness on the top of the breast, while teardrop implants are touted to mimic the shape and look of natural breasts.
Breast implants are made with a smooth or textured surface. Round implants can be chosen with either surface, while teardrop implants are made with a textured surface only.
- Submammary (Retromammary): Under the mammary gland, over the muscle (sometimes called 'subglandular')
- Subfascial (Retrofacial): Under the fascia of the muscle
- Dual Plane: Along two planes/layers
- Submuscular (Retromuscular): Mostly under the muscle
- Complete Submuscular (Full retromuscular): Completely under the muscle
- Inframammary: The incision is made in the breast crease where the breast meets the torso
- Periareolar: The incision is made just under and along the areola
- Transaxillary: The incision is made in the armpit (Not Recommended)
- Transumbilical: The incision is made in the belly button (Not Recommended)
Additional Implant Information
Breast Augmentation During/After Surgery
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will need to rest for a couple of days, but will be encouraged to move around in order to promote circulation. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, it is normal to feel tightness in the chest area. Patients may resume their normal exercise routines within 4-6 weeks. It typically takes around 6 months for the breasts to fall into their final position. The result is a softer, natural looking breast appearance.
Breast Augmentation Expected Cost
The cost for breast augmentation surgery will vary depending on whether saline implants or silicone implants are used. The average cost for breast augmentation using saline implants ranges from $4,200. - $5,000. Silicone implants generally run about $1,200. more than Saline implants.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,200 - $6,200
- Recovery Time
- 1-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation FAQ’s
Saline or Silicone?
Both saline and silicone implants are popular choices among surgeons and patients. In general, patients with a decent amount of breast tissue are good candidates for saline implants, while those with limited tissue and thin chest walls will benefit from silicone.
Is Silicone Safe?
Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For reconstruction cases, they choose them 3 times more often.
Breast Aug or Lift?
Breast augmentation will help with size, but it will not correct sagging. If you are happy with the shape and laxity of your breasts, then implants alone may meet your cosmetic goals. If sagging is what is most bothersome to you, then you may be considered for a breast lift. During your consult, we will determine if you are better suited for breast augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two.
Risk of Rupture?
Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and regular check-ups, the risks for rupture are rare. If a saline implant does rupture, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate, becoming visibly noticeable. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.
How Long do They Last?
Most implants will last about 10 to 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.