Breast Augmentation & Implants in Tampa Bay

Why Get a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed by cosmetic surgeons that enhances breast volume. Women seek breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Some want to rectify a decrease in breast size experienced after pregnancy and breastfeeding while others want to improve confidence and self-esteem. In other cases, women seek breast augmentation to correct asymmetry or volume loss due to sagging. Feeling happy with your breast shape and size can make a huge difference in your overall confidence. This is why breast augmentation has been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. Achieve a beautiful curvier shape, increase self-confidence and feel happier with your appearance.

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What are Your Options for Breast Implants?

Every patient has different desires for their breast augmentation, and there is a range of different options available to best suit yours. Some will wish for bust lines that appear natural while others are seeking to create fuller and rounder contours. Some even fall in between. During your consultation, Dr. Egozi will listen to your goals and offer recommendations based on the options.


Saline or Silicone Implants?

Before undergoing a breast augmentation or selecting the type, shape, and size of your implants, expect to undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Egozi. At this time, you will receive recommendations based on his years of experience as well as your unique needs and goals Perhaps the biggest decision to make is which of the two types of breast implants to choose: Silicone or saline?

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water. They were popularized in the US between 1992 and 2006 when they were the best and indeed only option out there for patients choosing to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. This is partly because the FDA temporarily banned silicone implants due to unsubstantiated rumors about their safety. One of the benefits of saline implants is that they have been around for 30-40 years and have a long history of safety. They do, however, tend to feel less natural than their silicone counterparts, are more prone to rippling, and may leak. Although saline implants are not as commonly performed as cohesive silicone implants, very large saline implants can easily be inserted through a telescopic incision.

Silicone Implants

The most common and reliable breast implants nowadays are made of cohesive silicone gel (also known as gummy bear implants). Unlike silicone gel from the early 1990s, the advanced cohesive silicone gel implants of today are silicone shells filled with firm silicone gel. They are known for producing a very natural and desirable look and feel. The advent of the modern cohesive gel implant over the past decade has greatly increased patient satisfaction, as they are far less prone to leak, ripple, wrinkle, or deflate than their saline counterparts. Well over 95% of today’s patients choose the cohesive gel implant over the salt-water saline option. Silicone gel implants are usually placed through and under the breast, via an infra-mammary fold incision.


Combining a Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift

In some cases, a breast augmentation with lift is performed when the patient would like larger breasts that are higher and firmer, too. This is particularly effective when there has been a loss of volume due to sagging. This is most common after children and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation is a standard procedure sought by women looking to increase the volume of their breasts. A surgical procedure called a mastopexy, otherwise known as a breast lift, is often used to complete the process. The intention of the breast lift is to alter the shape of the breasts. It does not add volume. While the two procedures can be done separately and independently of one another, they are often performed simultaneously. This breast augmentation and mastopexy dual procedure are often referred to as a breast augmentation with lift. When considering getting this combined procedure, you should ask yourself the following questions: Would I like larger breasts? Would I like higher, firmer breasts? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, you should consider getting a breast augmentation with lift.


Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation is performed under a general anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during the hour procedure. Your surgeon will begin by making an incision in the agreed location, typically in the natural crease below the breast. The implant will then be carefully fed in and precisely placed in the optimal position. If you selected saline breast implants, they will be filled to the correct size once they have been inserted. The incision will then be stitched and you’ll be taken to the recovery area for the initial recovery before returning home.


How Long is a Breast Augmentation Procedure?

Depending on your choice of implant and incision area, the breast augmentation procedure will take between 45-75 minutes to complete. Should you require a breast augmentation with lift, the surgery can take longer depending on the amount of tissue to lift. After the procedure, most patients remain in our recovery area for an hour for the anesthesia to wear off before going home.


Are There Any Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery?

At Egozi Plastic Surgery Center, your comfort is our priority and all of our procedures are performed in a sterile and technologically advanced environment. As with any procedure, breast augmentation comes with risks such as bleeding and infection, but they are extremely rare in Dr. Egozi’s hands. Longer-term complications include rupture/deflations, displacement and capsule contracture.


How Much Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost?

Breast augmentation costs will vary by procedure. Cost factors include the choice of saline or silicone implant, size of the implant and any additional procedures. When consulting a cosmetic surgeon at Egozi Plastic Surgery regarding breast augmentation surgery, we’ll layout a pre-surgery estimate of the total fees so you can make the most educated decision.


Are There Any Side Effects Affiliated with Breast Surgery?

Side effects after breast augmentation surgery include soreness, discomfort, and some mild swelling and bruising. These side effects are temporary and should return to normal after a couple of weeks. Should you experience prolonged discomfort or decrease in sensation, make your surgeon aware in one of your follow-up sessions.


How long does it Take to Recover From a Breast Augmentation?

Immediately after your surgery, you will feel sore and groggy but these effects should wear off in an hour, after which you will be able to return home. The following three to five days will have some mild discomfort treated with medication and improves rapidly. Most people only take these medications for 2-3 days. Each patient’s recovery will be different but, on average, you can expect to return to work a few days after going home. Light exercise can often be resumed within one week while more strenuous activity and heavy lifting are best delayed with at least three weeks. Breast implants take time to settle in and your final result may take up to three months. To aide your recovery from breast augmentation, it is important that patients follow the surgeon’s care instructions closely. Dr. Egozi prides himself on his focus on the small details, which minimize the recovery process, decreasing his patients’ downtime and bruising after cosmetic surgery. Our patients often report minimal discomfort and often claim they did not require pain pills post-surgery.


Breast Augmentation & What You Can Expect Post Surgery

In the weeks that follow breast augmentation surgery, there are certain activities and habits you should avoid to ease your recovery.

  • Wear a surgical bra 24 hours a day for two weeks post-surgery.
  • No sleeping on your sides or stomach for six weeks post-surgery.
  • No strenuous activity that causes your breast to bounce for at least five weeks.
  • No baths, no swimming, or soaking for two weeks after surgery.
  • Showers are allowed after a couple of days and then you pat the area dry after a shower.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing as much as possible.

Why Choose Dr. Egozi for your Breast Augmentation

If you are looking for a breast augmentation surgery in Tampa Bay, Florida, Dr. Egozi is recognized as one of the top plastic surgeons in the area. Dr. Egozi is a Board Certified surgeon, accredited by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Alongside knowledge, Dr. Egozi has over fourteen years’ experience as a solo practitioner and breast augmentation has been one of the most common procedures performed. Visit Dr. Egozi’s photo gallery to see the results of recent Breast Augmentation procedures, and to better understand how each patient is unique. With Egozi Plastic Surgery Center, you will be in caring hands from your initial consultation through to aftercare. To learn more about your breast augmentation options and to receive a recommendation, contact Dr. Egozi’s office to schedule an initial consultation appointment.


Breast Augmentation FAQ


How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Lift My Arms?

After breast augmentation surgery, it is recommended that patients refrain from lifting their arms by keeping them below shoulder level for approximately two weeks. It is best to wait three months before lifting anything that weighs more than 10 pounds. It is important not to raise the arms too soon to allow enough time for a capsule or pocket to form around the implants and keep them in place. Pushing or lifting too soon can cause breast implants to squirt out of the pocket that is forming and into the armpit or below the breast. If this occurs, it can be difficult and costly to repair.

How Many CCs Are in a Bra Cup Size?

There is little standardization across different bra brands when it comes to the volume capacity of cup sizes. However, studies show that in general, a one-cup-size increase is equal to roughly 130 to 150 cc. Bras with narrower bands tend to require 130 cc, and bras with wider bands require 150 cc for an increase of one cup size.

What Is the Most Common Breast Implant Size?

Although women have vastly different goals for their breast implants, most breast augmentation patients wish to achieve a C cup. While breast implant sizes do not correlate to cup sizes, this typically translates to implants of 300 to 400 cc. Of course, there is far more possibility than this, as implants are available from 100 to 1000 cc. During your consultation, Dr. Egozi will provide you with implant sizers to try on in order to determine the best size for you. 

How Do I Choose a Breast Implant Size?

Although shape and profile are just as important as size when choosing your breast implant, size does tend to be the most difficult decision. Women usually make their choice based on what their frame can support, the shape and size of their natural breasts or current breast implants, whether they want a natural look or a more dramatic look, whether their breasts are sagging and could benefit from larger implants to restore lost volume, and numerous other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Egozi will help you make the decision best suited to your unique goals! 

Will My Breast Implants Look Bigger If I Lose Weight?

Although weight loss will not directly impact your breast implants, it may affect how your breasts appear. While a small loss of weight after breast augmentation surgery will probably have little to no bearing on your appearance, your implants will look larger on your smaller frame if you lose a considerable amount of weight post-op. In most cases, this will not have been intended, so the result may be disproportionate. Enough weight loss may also cause your implants to lose some of their fullness or even droop. If you plan to lose weight, it is important to do so before having breast augmentation surgery and to then maintain your body weight post-procedure. 

Is It Normal to Feel Your Breast Implants?

Some patients can feel the outline of their implants underneath their breasts, especially at the sides and the bottom. Particularly if you are thin or have less natural breast tissue, it is considered normal to feel these implant edges. As long as you aren’t experiencing any issues, such as constriction or discomfort, then all is well. 

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