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The Most Popular Surgery: Breast Augmentation

Posted January 03, 2019 in Breast Augmentation

Even among those who do not have extensive knowledge of plastic surgery, breast augmentation is a well-known procedure and has been the leading cosmetic surgery performed in the United States for years. Breast augmentation is the enhancement of the size, shape, and volume of the breasts. At Careaga Plastic Surgery, Dr. Careaga offers many options for women looking to increase the size of their breasts and enhance their confidence.

Who Can Breast Augmentation Help?

Breast augmentation uses implants to enhance the volume of the breasts and is one of the few procedures that is just as popular with women in their early 20s as with women in their 40s and 50s. Breast implants are ideal for women with:

  • Naturally small breasts
  • Deflated breasts after pregnancy
  • Sagging breasts after significant weight loss
  • Asymmetrical breasts

What Are Your Surgical Options?

Breast augmentation is a highly personalized procedure. While the decision to undergo breast augmentation may be an easy one for you, the decisions that follow may require additional consideration. First things first, you must choose the type of implant you want. Breast implants are available in either saline or silicone. Both types of implant are safe, reliable, and long lasting, and both come in a variety of sizes ranging from minimal improvement to noticeable augmentation. Traditionally, silicone implants are thought to look and feel more akin to a natural breast, but natural-looking results are still very possible with saline implants.

Once you have decided on your implant size and material, you will need to choose the placement. Implants are placed either above or beneath the pectoral muscle. For some women, this placement comes down to personal choice. Neither choice is better, but some women are better suited for one over the other. Submuscular placement, where the implant is placed beneath the muscle, is often better suited for women with naturally small breasts and little breast tissue. Placement beneath the muscle may contribute to more natural-looking breasts; however, it may not be the ideal choice for highly active women, as this placement may restrict movement.

What Can You Expect for Your Results?

Results of breast augmentation are long-lasting. Breast implants traditionally last between 10 and 15 years; however, some women have had the same implants for over 20 years. Unfortunately, there is no way to know exactly how long your implants will last, as this depends on many factors. With that said, you will be able to enjoy your enhanced figure for a long time. Adjustments can always be made through breast revision surgery, and any issues with your implants can be remedied in the same way.

Can You Combine Procedures for Further Aesthetic Alteration?

Breast augmentation can be performed alone or as part of a combination procedure. For women who are looking for breast augmentation after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, it can be combined with a breast lift, liposuction, or tummy tuck surgery. A combination of augmentation with breast lift surgery can address both the volume and positioning of the breasts. Breast implants will fill out deflated breasts, but it will not lift them to a higher position—this is where a breast lift is useful. Liposuction can aid women who may have a little extra fat on their back below the bra or on their abdomen and hips. Tummy tuck surgery addresses the lower abdomen, and the combination of these two procedures can redefine your body contours.

Contact Us Today

Dr. Careaga is a board-certified surgeon in Miami with years of training and experience in breast augmentation. To learn more about the specifics of breast augmentation and how it may benefit you, contact Dr. Careaga by calling (305) 960-7511 or filling out the online form to set up a consultation.


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