Breast Augmentation: A Dream Come True
Breast Augmentation, one of the most frequently-requested surgical procedures at Solomon Cosmetic Center, is intended to create larger and more shapely breasts. This procedure not only can help enhance appearance, it can improve self-esteem. Some actually say they enjoy shopping because it’s easier to find clothes that fit. After surgery, one of George Solomon, M.D.’s patients told him that she was finally able to go buy a decent bathing suit that actually fit,
There is no ideal breast size or “one size fits all” solution to breast enlargement because every woman’s body is different. The surgery starts at $3,499.00 and varies depending on each woman’s body frame along with the desired end results. The reasons for breast augmentation are as unique as each patient. Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. George Solomon knows the decision is deeply personal. Due to his years of experience and widespread reputation for excellent breast augmentation results, Dr. Solomon performs countless breast augmentation surgeries in the Tampa, Florida, area. He listens to his patients’ requests and works closely with them to help determine the size, shape, and type of implant–saline, silicone, or fat transfer, that is right for you.
Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
Saline and silicone are the two most common materials used for the implants in a breast augmentation surgery. Saline implants are filled with sterilized salt water. They have been approved by the FDA for breast implant surgery for many years and are considered safe.
Silicone implants are made of silicone gel, which closely resembles human fat. Many women prefer silicone implants because they look and feel more natural. The silicone implants have been greatly improved over the past several years. One of the positive features is that they will not leak. They have been designed to self-heal avoiding any possible leakage. They also are FDA approved and completely safe.
Transcription of this video on the difference between silicone and saline breast implants:
What’s the difference between silicone and saline breast implants? Where is the implant placed and why is that important? George Solomon, M.D., answers these frequently asked questions and more: “There are two types of implants. The saline implant is basically like a shell. This shell here is basically rolled like a cigar, placed under the muscle or above the muscle, and then there’s a tube that goes in here that you use to fill the implant. You can use whatever amount of saline that you need to place in the implant, 300, 400, 500, whatever the amount is. The other kind is what we call the silicone or the gel, and basically, these are, sometimes called “gummy bear,” and they don’t have any valves or anything. It goes as is into the pocket that we create.
Placement is Important
Placement of implants is crucial: “There are two different places where you can put the implant, either under the muscle or above the muscle. For the most part, 95% of the time, these implants are placed under the muscle. When they are placed under the muscle, they are protected. There’s less chance of capsule contraction, which is basically the capsule that surrounds the implant. Sometimes that capsule squeezes the implant and causes hardness. In that case, sometimes we have to revise and make a capsulotomy or cut the capsule to release the implant.”
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The Breast Augmentation Tampa Bay Area Procedure
After a thorough medical exam and consultation, Dr. Solomon gives his input and expert advice and a surgical plan is agreed upon. That plan involves the incision location and where Dr. Solomon creates the implant pocket. Saline and silicone implants can be placed through incisions in the crease below the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The pocket can be located either behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or beneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular).
A breast augmentation is performed under local anesthesia, which means that you will not be asleep during the surgery. Cutting underneath the breast is most the most common site used where the skin naturally folds.
The Solomon Cosmetic Center, located in the Tampa Bay Area, contains a complete surgery center. Your privacy is protected and your care is top-notch and personalized. After you have been given the anesthesia, he will make the incision and place the implant below the muscle. The surgery takes a little more than an hour. You need to wear a compression garment for about 2 weeks after the surgery.
Aftercare and Recovery from Breast Augmentation
The specific details of your recuperation from the procedure will be influenced in large part by the size and position you choose for your breast implants. Dr. Solomon will direct you as to the best course of action for your individual case. You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling after surgery. If you do not have a physically demanding job, then you may be able to go back to work within a few days. Strenuous activities that might raise your blood pressure and heart rate should be avoided for at least two weeks or longer after the surgery. You should not attempt to lift anything heavy or raise your arms over your head for at least 2 weeks. Smoking is prohibited as it could cause an infection at the incision site.
Mastopexy: Breast Lift
Another procedure to enhance the result of breast augmentation is a Mastopexy, breast lift. This procedure can be performed in combination with breast augmentation to help improve small, saggy, and loose breast tissue. This often occurs in women after childbirth or in women who have lost a considerable amount of weight.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.
Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift: Dr. George Solomon is an extensively-trained Tampa Bay Area, surgeon. He has performed hundreds of breast enhancement surgeries, helping patients achieve fuller, more proportionate breasts with the use of saline or silicone gel implants. Depending on your consultation with Dr. Solomon and previous history, one type of implant may be more beneficial.
If you are looking for more beautiful, shapely breasts and live in the Tampa Bay area, St. Petersburg, Largo, or Palm Harbor, Solomon Cosmetic Center is ideally located in Clearwater, FL. Call 727-288-9988 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation about Breast Augmentation: call Dr. George Solomon at Solomon Cosmetic Center.
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