Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Are You a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Want to get breast implants in Sarasota or Bradenton? The results of breast augmentation can be satisfying and often, they’re life-changing. Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. However, before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking to increase the size and shape of their natural breasts, and improve the way they look in a bathing suit, or clothing. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology patients love their breast implant results.

What Breast Size and Shape is Right for You?

For women dissatisfied with the current size or shape of their breasts, breast augmentation provides a good surgical alternative. While each patient is different, a natural shape which matches your body type is typically the best choice. During a consultation with Dr. Lacerna she will take chest and breast measurements to help identify the appropriate profile and volume of the implant. You will also have the opportunity to “try on” various shapes and sizes of implants to find the look you desire. Should you decide to book your surgery, it will help you have a visual representation of what the desired end result will be.

Types of Implants Available

One of the most important decisions about breast augmentation relates to the choice of the breast implants. The type of implant (silicone vs. saline), implant volume (250cc to 800cc), shape (high profile vs. moderate), and other features will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type and desired increase in size. Your lifestyle, goals and personal preferences, as well your plastic surgeon’s recommendations and sound surgical judgment, are also determining factors. If your breast size and shape has changed over time, related to pregnancy, gravity or weight fluctuations, Dr. Lacerna may recommend combining a breast lift with your breast augmentation for a more youthful look. 

Decisions About Your Breast Augmentation

Prior to your initial consultation with Dr. Lacerna, it is a good idea to research and familiarize yourself with the various surgical options. This will help you make an informed decision specific to your desired outcome. A couple of the topics Dr. Lacerna will review are the location of the incision (areola vs. under the breast crease), and whether the breast implant will be placed above or beneath the muscle of the chest wall. The more you know before your consult, the better prepared you will be to ask the right questions.

Your New Look!

As you adapt to your new fuller appearance, it is important that you follow-up as directed with Dr. Lacerna to assess the condition of your breast implants (even if you believe your implants are functioning well). In addition, whether you choose to have breast implants or not, it is essential to your health that you practice a monthly breast self-exam and schedule regular diagnostic breast screenings. Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you’ve met your goals, then your surgery has been a success.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a leading provider of breast augmentation in Sarasota and Bradenton. If you have been considering breast enhancement, you owe it to yourself to consult with an expert. Call Dr. Lacerna today at (941) 954-4500 to schedule a consultation, or send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

Breast Lift

Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and correct saggy breasts. Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.

Breast lifts can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants can be inserted in conjunction with breast lift.

The Best Candidates for a Breast Lift

Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lacerna. The best candidates for breast lifts are healthy, emotionally-stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts.

Planning for Your Breast Lift

Dr. Lacerna will examine your breasts and measure them while you’re sitting or standing. She will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure – such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts and the condition of your skin – and whether an implant is advisable. You will also discuss where the nipple and areola will be positioned; they’ll be moved higher during the procedure, and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breast.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Depending on your age and family history, Dr. Lacerna may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.

After the Surgery

After your breast lift, you’ll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn’t be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by Dr. Lacerna.

Getting Back to Normal

Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don’t plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. You should also avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. If you have any unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to call your surgeon.

Your New Look

Dr. Lacerna will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Scars gradually become less obvious, then eventually fade. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops. You should also keep in mind that a breast lift won’t keep your breasts firm forever – the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging and weight fluctuations can eventually take their toll again. Women who choose to have implants along with their breast lift may find the results last longer.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is widely regarded as one of the best breast lift surgeons in Bradenton / Sarasota. If you are looking for a youthful boost, you owe it to yourself to consult with Dr. Lacerna. Call (941) 954-4500 to schedule your consultation, or send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Lacerna specializes in the reconstruction of a breast that has been partially removed (lumpectomy) or completely removed (mastectomy) for cancer treatment or other disease, and she considers that to be one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.

New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.

The Best Candidates for Breast Reconstruction

The best candidates for breast reconstruction are women whose cancer, as far as can be determined, seems to have been eliminated by mastectomy, although most mastectomy patients are medically appropriate for breast reconstruction in Sarasota. Still, there are legitimate reasons to wait. Some women are not comfortable weighing all the breast reconstruction options while they’re struggling to cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer. Others simply don’t want to have any more breast reconstruction surgery beyond what is required to eliminate the cancer.

Some patients may be advised by Dr. Lacerna or their oncologists to wait, particularly while finishing radiation or chemotherapy. Women with other health conditions, such as obesity, heart and lung problems, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking, may also be advised to wait.

Planning for Your Breast Reconstruction

You can begin talking about breast reconstruction as soon as you’re diagnosed with cancer. Ideally, you’ll want Dr. Lacerna to develop a strategy that will put you in the best possible condition for breast reconstruction. After evaluating your health, she will explain which reconstructive options are most appropriate for your age, health, anatomy, tissues and goals. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with her. She will be equally frank with you, describing your options and the risks and limitations of each.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your oncologist and Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for Breast Reconstruction surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your breast reconstruction surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.

After the Surgery

Depending on the extent of your breast reconstruction surgery, your hospital stay will be about one to five days. Surgical drains are typically used to remove excess fluids from surgical sites following the operation, and are removed about a week after surgery.

Getting Back to Normal

It may take you about six weeks to recover from a flap reconstruction. If breast implants are used, your recovery time will be significantly less. Breast reconstruction cannot restore normal sensation to your breast, but in time, some feeling may return. Most scars will fade after a year, but they will never disappear entirely. Be sure to follow Dr. Lacerna’s advice on restarting exercises and normal activities. Generally, you want to refrain from any overhead lifting, strenuous sports and sexual activity for three to six weeks following reconstruction.

Your New Look

Chances are your reconstructed breast may feel firmer and look rounder or flatter than your natural breast. It may not have the same contour as your breast before mastectomy, nor will it exactly match your opposite breast. But these differences will be apparent only to you. For most mastectomy patients, breast reconstruction dramatically improves their appearance and quality of life following surgery.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is an experienced breast surgeon who has helped many women restore their appearance and sense of femininity through breast reconstruction surgery. If you have undergone a mastectomy and are looking for an experienced, compassionate breast reconstruction surgeon, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call us at (941) 954-4500 to schedule your consultation, or send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

Breast Reduction

Dr. Lacerna specializes in breast reduction for women with very large, pendulous breasts who may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight-from back and neck pain and skin irritation to skeletal deformities and breathing problems. Bra straps may even be leaving indentations in their shoulders. Unusually large breasts can make a woman-or a teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious.

Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, results in smaller, lighter and perkier breasts. The areola is also often reduced in size. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of her body.

Planning your Breast Reduction?

In your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Lacerna, and to listen her opinion. She will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure-such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts and the condition of your skin. She may also discuss breast lift surgery to be performed at the same time as breast reduction. The new position of the nipple and areola will be discussed, because they’ll be moved higher during the procedure, and should be approximately even with the crease beneath your breasts.

Preparing for Your Breast Reduction

Dr. Lacerna may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for your breast reduction in Sarasota County, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking cessation and avoiding certain medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to help you out for a few days, as needed.

Your new look!

Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. Their shape may fluctuate in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes and pregnancy. Dr. Lacerna will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible and they will gradually become less obvious, eventually fading to thin white lines.

After the Surgery

After your breast reduction, you’ll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two. You may experience random, shooting pains for a few months, and you can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This usually fades over the next six weeks or so. In some patients, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a leading provider of breast surgery in Sarasota and Bradenton, including breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation. If you have been considering breast enhancement surgery, consult an expert. Call Dr. Lacerna today at (941) 954-4500 to schedule your consultation. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.