Natural and Beautiful Breast Augmentation in Tampa, FL
When it comes to breast augmentation, personalized care is necessary for creating the best results. At the office of Brad Stephan, M.D., we provide customized breast implant surgery in Tampa, FL to help you feel confident in your curves. Breast enhancement is ideal for many patients who want to correct the aesthetic effects of body changes, such as weight loss and pregnancy, or who were always displeased with small breast size.
If you’re looking for best-quality breast augmentation, contact our Cosmetic Surgeon today to choose the perfect approach to your treatment plan.
Breast Implants with Dr. Brad Stephan – Creating your Ideal Shape
The first step in achieving your aesthetic goals is scheduling a consultation in our clinic. This provides an opportunity to pick your implants while selecting the right size, shape, and variety to meet your needs. During this appointment, Dr. Stephan can discuss expectations concerning breast projection, height, width, and overall shape. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating an improved bust line, which is why your meeting with our Cosmetic Surgeon and team is so vital to results and patient satisfaction. We want you to love your new figure and are here to support your success every step of the way.
Under our care, you are treated to individual attention from every member of our skilled team.
Why Choose Breast Augmentation?
The decision to pursue breast implant placement is a unique process for each patient, as everyone has their own goals and desires. Dr. Stephan sees many patients who have long been frustrated by their small breasts; they want to wear form-fitting clothing and feel feminine. Their confidence has been affected by lack of breast volume and they seek Cosmetic Surgery to provide a boost of confidence and well-being.
For other patients, it’s a matter of restoring their former shape. Aging, breastfeeding, and childbirth can each take a toll on your body in many ways.
Patients notice breast sagging, drooping, and a loss of the formerly round and uplifted breasts they once had. Augmentation with a personalized treatment plan is the best way to create a youthful shape and help patients feel more like themselves.
Breast Implant Surgery in Tampa: Treatment Options and the Surgical Procedure
You have plenty of options for meeting your aesthetic goals. Dr. Stephan helps patients carefully choose ways to achieve the breast size and volume they’re looking for. After discussions with patients, we often use Allergan Natrelle® silicone or Mentor® implants for breast augmentation. In Dr. Stephan’s opinion, these are the best implants available. They provide a natural feel and are made of a durable but soft outer shell.
Choosing Your Implant Type
The implants that Dr. Stephan uses come in a variety of cohesivities, ranging from less cohesive softer gels to highly cohesive gel implants that maintain their shape, even when manipulated in clinical tests. Base width and overall size are integral parts of implant customization, as well. We help you select the perfect implant to fit your expectations for natural and beautiful results. In addition to silicone, Dr. Stephan offers saline-filled breast implants.
What Happens During Augmentation Surgery?
Dr. Stephan places an incision in one of two areas to add your implants into the breast pocket. These are periareolar (around the nipple) and inframammary (at the breast crease). Incision placement is essential to ensure the implants are placed naturally and look like real breasts. Dr. Stephan finds these surgical approaches create the most aesthetically pleasing results and avoid unnecessary surgical and postoperative risks associated with the other types of skin incisions.
Our Cosmetic Surgeon also uses Keller funnels while placing silicone breast implants in a no-touch technique. This innovative surgical tool helps to ensure the implant does not touch the patient’s skin and reduces implant handling during the procedure, significantly improving patient safety. With the use of this funnel, implants can be placed through smaller skin incisions with less trauma to the implant, compared to traditional processes. As an additional benefit, the Keller funnel has been shown to significantly reduce the need for a secondary procedure due to capsular contracture, a condition where the tissue around the implant contracts and squeezes the implant, making it misshapen and firm.
Visit Dr. Brad Stephan for Implant Treatment in Tampa
Dr. Brad Stephan is committed to helping patients love their bodies. Our entire team is dedicated to creating beautiful physical transformations with natural-looking breast implants. If you have questions about augmentation surgery or want to schedule a consultation, contact our office today. Please also feel free to complete a secure and HIPAA-compliant virtual consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Breast Surgery
Being intimidated by operations can keep many patients from achieving the results they want. During the procedure, you will be comfortably sedated with the use of general anesthesia. With the use of the Keller funnel, small incisions can be made to place the implant, which helps promote post-procedure comfort. We also use a longer acting local anesthetic toward the end of the surgery and use certain postoperative medications to minimize discomfort.
The first few days after your procedure, you will be modestly drowsy and sleepy, requiring rest to help your body heal. During this time, patients should have at-home help from either a loved one, friend, or even a paid in-home nurse. You will be provided with medication to help manage any discomfort. After this initial period, patients gain more energy and generally feel better. While the first few days can be the most challenging, most patients sleep and relax, which makes the time pass quickly.
Dr. Stephan provides a full list of after-care instructions to ensure the best results, including how to ease back into physical activity, how and when to wear compressions garments, and your follow-up appointment schedule. Many patients take a week off work and are comfortable returning to desk jobs after this stretch of time.
There is no singular approach to breast augmentation that works for everyone. This is why Dr. Stephan customizes treatment to your needs. The best way to make a choice is to do some additional research regarding implant types and to come to your initial appointment with plenty of questions to completely understand what you can expect.
Anytime that an incision is placed on the skin, a scar will form. However, we take great precautions to minimize and hide scarring. During the operation we use specific suturing techniques, types of suture, and dressings that take the tension off the incisions, and thus minimize any scarring. The dressings are kept in place for a specific amount of time, particular postoperative instructions are given, and products are later used to further minimize scarring. The periareolar scar normally heals extremely well, fading away to almost nothing by 6 months after the operation. The inframammary incision still heals very well, but not quite as well as the periareolar incision.
Having breast implants placed should not affect your ability to breastfeed, although it is theoretically possible. The type of dissection and handling of the breast tissue that we use is designed to preserve the milk ducts, and therefore, have no affect on your ability to breast feed.
A tremendous amount of force is required to fracture the silicone breast implants that we use. These silicone implants have soft and flexible, but extremely strong, shells surrounding the silicone. In addition, it is unlikely that the silicone would leave the shell even if it was fractured. Short of repeat surgery for diagnostic purposes (not recommended), the only ways to determine for certain if the silicone implant has fractured is to perform an ultrasound or MRI of the implants. An MRI is much more sensitive than an ultrasound.
A significant amount of force is also required to rupture a saline implant. If this were to happen, the breast would deflate and repeat surgery would be needed to restore the aesthetic appearance of the breast.
Yes; it is recommended that you proceed with regular mammograms after having breast augmentation.
The FDA recommends regular screening MRI examinations starting 3 years after breast augmentation surgery and then every 2 years thereafter. The MRI’s are to rule-out a “silent rupture”. This is where there is a small fracture in the wall of the implant, but it is unnoticeable. These recommendations may change over time.
Literature based on numerous studies involving thousands of patients supports that breast augmentation does not cause breast cancer. However, breast implants also have not been shown to prevent cancer either. We advise that females should adhere to the breast screening guidelines published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or the guidelines by a breast cancer specialist, regardless if they have breast implants or not. Of note- literature supports a lose association between the use of textured implants and lymphoma. We do not use textured implants.
Both our patients and patients involved in academic studies generally believe that silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants.
The types of incisions that we use for breast augmentation are designed to preserve the nerves that supply the nipple. However, there still is a very small chance of losing nipple sensation. Most of our patients experience stable nipple sensation, or sometimes temporarily enhanced nipple sensation (possibly due to the forward pressure from the underlying implant).
You will likely not have drains after breast augmentation. We almost never use drains for this operation.
Normally, all sutures are placed under the skin and do not need to be removed after breast augmentation.
Individuals who undergo breast augmentation normally return to work in two weeks. This also depends on the type of work that the individual performs.
Please take multiple short walks (i.e. around the house) as soon as you feel steady on your feet the night after surgery. This is imperative for the recovery process. You will then be instructed to slowly increase your activity level. Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 lbs for the first four weeks. You will likely be cleared for full activity without restrictions by six weeks after surgery. This will be further discussed during your postoperative appointments.
No, you should not hurt any structure if you move. There will be three layers of sutures in different layers of tissue under your skin. These sutures are very strong. However, do not push your limits and please adhere to your postoperative instructions.
Yes. In general, you should wear the surgical bra for at least two weeks after surgery around the clock. At that point, you may be cleared to wear a tight-fitting sports bra for another four weeks. Typically, patients are cleared to return to their normal bra-wearing habits after six weeks postoperatively. Please note that this may change with your individual situation. Also, breast augmentation does not stop the aging process, which may result in sagging of the breasts at a later age. We still recommend that you continue to support your breasts with a bra even after you are cleared to go without a bra from a surgical recovery standpoint.
Yes, breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in our practice. This is a safe and comfortable way to perform most operations. Anesthesia is only provided by Board-Certified Anesthesiologists in our practice. This sets our organization apart from many others.
Yes. A family member/friend must stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. If this is an issue, please alert our practice one to two weeks prior to your operation, and we will help arrange for in-home nursing care.
According to the FDA (for all breast implants used across the country): “Breast implants are not lifetime devices. The longer a woman has implants, the more likely it is that she will need to have surgery to remove or replace them.” The newer generation implants (the ones that we use) have a very low failure/complication rate.
Download the Breast Augmentation Patient Education & Surgical Consent PDF for more information.