Many women look at themselves in the mirror every day and see that their breasts have either not developed as much as they had desired or have lost fullness over the years. They may see their breasts sagging or not shapely and alluring. Some women see their breasts as nothing less than defective or simply just too small. For all these women, breast augmentation or enhancement cosmetic surgery offers a way to create a more beautiful and satisfying appearance.
Breast Cosmetic Surgery at a Glance
|Treatment For||Small, unequal, tubular, saggy, asymmetric breasts|
|Expected Result||Enlarged, more equal sized breasts|
|Treatment Time||Two to four hours, depending on the type of augmentation|
|Recovery||A week or two, depending on multiple aspects|
|For Best Result||Choose the right implant, incision and placement|
If you desire breast augmentation, Dr. Serrão can discuss a variety of options for you to help you achieve the look that you want. Dr. Serrão can perform the procedure while you’re awake with mild sedation or with deep sedation. He can use either saline or silicone implants or your own fat. He can place the implants above or below the muscle. There are different types of implants, different types of incisions, and different techniques of performing the procedure. Dr. Serrão and his cosmetic nurse will discuss all of these choices with you so that together, you can make an informed decision of what would be best for you to achieve the breasts you desire.
Breast Augmentation 3D Imaging
What if you could see yourself with any changes before they actually happen? We are proud to offer Crisalix, a 3D imaging tool that helps our patients develop healthy expectations during their consultation. When considering breast augmentation surgery, patients associate their breast enlargement in cup sizes while medical terminology remains to measure breast size by cc’s. By incorporating Crisalix into your consultation, we are now able to show you how different sizes and shaped breast implants will look in your body. TRY ON YOUR NEW BODY NOW
Types of Breast Augmentation
AWAKE BREAST AUGMENTATION
We are unique in offering a type of breast augmentation called the Awake Breast Augmentation. During this procedure, we give you mild sedation and a local anesthetic so you are numb. We then can perform the procedure without putting you to sleep and you avoid a general anesthetic. You’re comfortable, yet you get a fabulous result. This and all of our cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in our accredited surgical center. LEARN MORE
We also offer deep sedation breast augmentation for those women who prefer not to be awake while doing the procedure. Our certified registered nurse anesthetist can put you into a conscious sedation (gentle sleep) which will allow you to breath on your own, without crossing over into an unconscious state requiring a breathing tube and having greater risks. You feel nothing during the procedure and it is great for those who are anxious about being awake during the surgery. It’s a must for those who want the axillary approach to breast augmentation. We do these procedures in our fully accredited surgical center and your safety is always our priority.
NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION
If you don’t like the idea of having implants inserted into your breasts but you would like a mild breast enhancement, you might consider doing Natural Breast Augmentation. Here we harvest some fat from a fatty area of your body through liposuction, and then reinsert the fat into your breasts. This results in a mild enhancement of your breasts using your own natural fat. However, it cannot provide large volume enhancements such as you can get with implants. LEARN MORE
BREAST IMPLANT EXCHANGE
Breast implants are not designed to last forever just like most medical devices. Most manufacturers recommend that they be replaced and changed every 10 to 15 years. You can choose to replace your implants with the same type (saline or silicone) or you may decide to select a new type and different shape from the many implants that are now available. Your implant placement may stay above or below the muscle in the original pocket or you may decide to change the position as well. If a capsular contracture has developed, Dr. Serrao will surgically remove that scar tissue during the breast implant exchange surgery. LEARN MORE
Breast liposuction is an alternative treatment option for women looking to reduce their breast size because of pain, discomfort, poor posture or embarrassment. Traditionally, breast reduction requires an invasive procedure with large incisions and long recovery times. However, the same techniques used for body liposuction can also be used to remove unwanted fatty tissue from the breast and produce a newly sculpted and resized breast. LEARN MORE
Breast Augmentation FAQs
What size Breast Implant should I have?
Every woman has different preferences regarding the desired size of her breasts. Some women don’t want others to notice they have had breast augmentation, while others want to show the world the large implanted breasts that she has. It can be a difficult question for many women. Our best advice is to discuss your desires with Dr. Serrão. Rest assured that he lots of experience with implant sizes and patient reactions. He will be able to help you think this decision through, considering your body type and other factors. For most women, the goal is to more fully create the hourglass feminine shape that is the silhouette of a beautiful woman’s body. Our goal is to give you the size of breasts that YOU want. In addition, it’s helpful to bring pictures of breasts you find appealing to your consultation appointment.
Serrão Surgical Center is proud to offer Crisalix, a 3D imaging tool that helps our patients develop healthy expectations during their consultation. You will be able to see your breast with the different implant shapes and sizes before the surgery. Our patients find this very helpful and they are amazed with this new 3-D technology!
Which is the better Implant, Silicone or Saline?
The “look” of either implant is very similar. Many feel the look of the silicone implant surgeries results in a more natural look and lay of the breasts. The “feel” is different between the two types of implants. We can use either implants to give women more implant options than ever for their Orlando breast augmentation. Many patients prefer silicone gel implants because the breasts look and feel more like natural breasts. The downside is that they are more expensive and the FDA recommends that patient should have MRIs performed regularly. Saline implants are less expensive, are time-tested and have other advantages as well. However, they have a higher risk of rippling than the silicone if you have minimal breast tissue present and they also have a higher risk of leaking. We will give you plenty of information in your consultation and assist you in making the right choice.
Do I need a Breast Lift?
We want you to have the prettiest breasts possible. In order to achieve this, the breast nipples should be pointed forward, placed at the most aesthetic level, and the upper part of the breasts should have some fullness. Many women start off with breasts that sag or have fallen, therefore they need a breast lift, or mastopexy, with the augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Serrão will take measurements during your examination and he will go over all of this and discuss your options.
What are some of the common risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery?
There are risks associated with any surgery including breast enlargements. Using the Awake technique, risks from anesthesia are greatly reduced and excessive bleeding or infection is rarely seen. Swelling always happens, but goes away over time. Our staff will help prepare you so that you’ll know what to do if any of these occur. One particular undesirable outcome of breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This condition results when the normal scar tissue forms a hard fibrous capsule around the implant. This can contract and squeeze the implant, resulting in a very hard, deformed area of the breast. You’ll be glad to know that as implant technology advances, capsular contracture rates are on the decline. Moreover, you can help prevent this condition by massaging your breasts after surgery as we will explain to you during your postoperative visits. In rare cases when capsular contracture causes distortion, the condition may require additional surgery. These chances of developing this problem are from 3% to 25%, depending on many factors. Dr. Serrão will discuss all of your concerns with you during the consultation.
Will the results of my Breast Augmentation look natural?
Dr. John Serrão prides himself in giving his patients a beautiful, natural look and his surgical techniques and various breast augmentation options are designed to do just that. There are many variables that help a woman achieve a more natural look. The amount of existing fat she has presently, the amount of drooping of the breasts, the specific placement of the implants, and many other factors contribute to the final result. The type of implant also varies, and some women prefer silicone over saline due to the difference of the feel of the breasts. Some women prefer not to use implants and would like augmentation with her own fat, also called Natural Breast Augmentation or Enhancement. This can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to collect the fat allowing for body contouring too!
What are my choices of incisions for Breast Implant surgery?
There are several incision sites that can be used for inserting breast implants into the breasts. At the office of Dr. Serrão we encourage patients to choose incisions that cannot be seen easily, called Hidden Incision Breast Augmentation. These include incisions around the areola, in the fold below the breasts, or in the armpit. The best choice for you can be determined during a consultation.
What are the scars from Breast Implant surgery like?
All surgical procedures leave scars, there’s just no way around that. Most patients find their scars fade with time to a point where they’re quite acceptable. Dr. Serrão always discusses the placement of the Incisions in hidden areas so they are inconspicuous after a few weeks of healing. You will also be given a medical grade scar cream to promote the healing process and visibly improve the scar as the incision heals. Occasionally patients will experience more scarring than normal, especially patients with darker skin or a history of extensive scars such as keloids. If you should find your scars unacceptable after a few months have passed, we may be able to improve them in a short outpatient visit to our office or laser therapy.
What is the cost of Breast Augmentation surgery?
The cost of any procedure varies from patient to patient dependent on the type of surgery that is performed. All of our fees will be discussed with you during your consultation. You will find our charges to be very fair and competitive for the Orlando area. Several financing options are also available at Serrão Rejuvenation Center. We welcome you to call our office for more details on fees and be sure to check our current specials.
What is the downtime of Breast Augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation recovery typically requires that patients minimize physical activity for 3 to 7 days before slowly resuming more strenuous tasks. The amount of downtime required, and the amount of time needed to make a full recovery that allows you to resume all normal activity, is largely dependent upon where the incision was placed, the size of the implant, and whether the breast implant was placed above or below the pectoral muscle. Dr. Serrão will discuss all of these concerns with you during your consultation.
Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation surgery?
The best candidates for awake breast augmentation are patients in good health with realistic expectations who want to improve the appearance of their breast without the risks of general anesthesia.
How do I learn more about Breast Augmentation surgery?
Schedule a consultation to learn more about Breast Augmentation. The educational consultation is of great importance at Serrão Rejuvenation Center and our patients find it to be very informative. You will meet our caring team and tour our state-of-the art facility and AAAHC accredited surgical center. Dr. Serrão and his cosmetic nurse, Larissa, are dedicated to answer all of your questions and will make you feel comfortable with their friendly demeanor. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Serrão will listen to your concerns and expectations, perform a complete assessment, and educate you on the options that you have based on his expert recommendations. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle and budget. You may chose to schedule the procedure at the time of your initial consultation, or you may decide at a later time. The consultation is about one hour and the fee (if applicable) will be applied towards the procedure or any purchase in our practice. Whatever your decision, it will be our pleasure to assist you in any way that we can.