Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, increases the size or fullness of the breasts for better projection with breast implants or a fat transfer. Many women consider breast enhancement after weight loss or pregnancy or because they’re unhappy with the size and shape of their bust. Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery and helping women achieve a larger, natural-looking breast size.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
One of the most popular plastic surgeries, breast augmentation can have various physical and mental benefits. Studies show women who have breast augmentation experience increased self-confidence and are happy with their breasts and body shape.
A 2017 study reviewed 494 breast augmentation patients, following them for an average of six months after their procedure. The women reported an 86 percent satisfaction rate, with 100 percent reporting improvement in their psychological wellbeing.
This breast enhancement surgery adds volume and provides a proportionate body shape with breast implants or fat transfer. Breast augmentation can restore a youthful bust after pregnancy, aging or weight loss and provide an even appearance to correct breast asymmetry. Breast implants can restore your sense of self after a mastectomy or lumpectomy to remove cancerous or non-cancerous growths.
Dr. Lacerna can balance the size of your breasts with your body shape and improve your self-confidence in your breasts. She may recommend combining your breast augmentation with a breast lift to address significant drooping. Dr. Lacerna can perform breast augmentation and breast lift in one procedure or separate surgeries.
Breast Augmentation Candidacy
Women interested in this procedure should not be pregnant or breastfeeding and should have realistic expectations of their results. You need to be in good overall health and a non-smoker to prevent complications and ensure a safe recovery. The best candidates for breast implants are women looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and have realistic expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Breast augmentation is excellent for women who have a deflated appearance in the upper portion of their breasts, uneven breast sizes or are unhappy with the effects of age, pregnancy or weight loss on their breasts. This plastic surgery may address underdeveloped breasts (tubular breasts) that did not form fully during puberty.
What Breast Size and Shape is Right for You?
The goal of breast augmentation with breast implants is often a natural-looking breast appearance that matches your figure and doesn’t overpower your frame. You may be dissatisfied with your breast size from puberty or unhappy with volume loss from pregnancy or weight loss. Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your anatomy and help you decide on the appropriate breast size and shape for your body type.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Initial Consult
During your consultation at LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Dr. Lacerna will discuss your breast augmentation options after going over your medical history, current medications and lifestyle habits that may interfere with healing, such as smoking. She will go over the critical topics for customizing your breast augmentation, such as the incision site, breast implant placement and implant type.
Breast implants may be placed beneath the pectoral muscle (subpectoral or submuscular) or over it (subglandular), and the incision site may depend on the type of implant you choose. Saline implants are silicone shells filled after being surgically placed in the breasts, whereas silicone implants come pre-filled to your desired size.
Dr. Lacerna may use breast implant sizers to help you visualize your results and take measurements of your chest and breasts to identify the appropriate range of breast implant sizes for your profile.
Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon for Breast Augmentation
The most crucial decision you will make for your breast augmentation is choosing your plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as Dr. Lacerna, has gone through additional years of training and exams and must continue their medical education and recertify every 10 years. When you choose Dr. Lacerna, you can trust that you are in her training and experience.
Dr. Lacerna understands that every woman is unique, as well as the delicate nature of breast surgery. She is known for listening to her patients’ desires and providing appealing results. View our before and after gallery of breast augmentation patients and come prepared to your consultation with a list of questions.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in Sarasota
If you are unhappy with the shape and size of your breasts, contact Dr. Lacerna at LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology today.