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Breast augmentation all ages

Too Old for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation all ages

Did you know that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery in the US? Each year, thousands of women choose a surgical option for safely and effectively enhancing their bustline. Most commonly, this is accomplished through the use of breast implants, which are soft synthetic implants that add beautiful round shape and volume to the breasts. While women of all ages commonly undergo this procedure, most advertisements showcase examples of young women in their 20s. However, in reality, the majority of women choosing breast implantation are in their 30s, 40’s and 50s. Oftentimes, these women choose to have breast implants due to the changes that take place in the breasts due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, leaving many women feeling dissatisfied with their breasts. For many women, breast implantation offers a great solution for women hoping to feel more confident in their body again. This blog post will discuss the topic of breast augmentation with implants, as well as address the common question, “Am I too old for implants?”

Let’s start by discussing the options for breast implantation. Breast implants can be divided into two basic groups: Saline and silicone. Saline implants are composed of a thin plastic shell that is filled with a sterile saline solution. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are made of solid silicone throughout. Saline and silicone implants are both great options for many patients, and this decision usually comes down to a one-on-one conversation between the patient and surgeon about their goals for their appearance. Other blog posts that review this topic specifically can be found in the Blog section of this website. Other considerations for breast implants include implant placement (if the implant will be placed above or below the muscle), and scar location (in the armpit, around the areola, or under the breast fold). These considerations are discussed in detail at each patient’s one-on-one consultation with Dr. Temmen. During this visit, patients can discuss what kind of result they are hoping for, as well as review real patient before and after photos to view examples of past patient transformations. Dr. Temmen also allows patients to “try on” different implants underneath clothing to help patients visualize what different shapes and sizes would look like and find their perfect fit.

Next, let’s discuss the breast implantation procedure itself. First, the plastic surgeon creates a surgical “pocket” in the breast where the implant will sit. Then, the implant is placed into the pocket. Saline implants are placed in the surgical pocket and then filled up with saline once in place, whereas silicone implants are solid and so are directly implanted as is. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Temmen takes time to ensure a beautiful, symmetrical appearance and makes any necessary adjustments to implant size or position. Then, the small incisions are closed, taking care to conceal the scars as much as possible in natural skin folds, whether it be in the armpit, around the areola, or under the breast fold.

Now that we’ve broken down the different options and procedure for breasts implantation, let’s address the common patient question, “Am I too old for breast implants?” In short, the answer is probably not! Dr. Temmen is an expert at breast augmentation with implants in women across a wide age spectrum, from young women born with underdeveloped or hypoplastic breasts, to women in their 60s and beyond. More than age, it is important that any surgical candidate is in good health, feels ready to have surgery, and has reasonable expectations for their result. In addition, one extra factor to consider in older women is it is more common for this population to have breasts that have been affected by gravity over time, and are now in a lower position on the chest wall. Many of these women choose to undergo a combined breast augmentation with implants and breast lift, where excess sagging tissue is removed to lift the breasts at the same time that the implants are placed. This ensures a perky and youthful result, as well as a boost in volume and breast fullness.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen understands that the decision to get breast implants comes with many questions and worries, and stands ready to offer a listening ear and her surgical expertise to those who are interested in learning more breast augmentation with implants. In addition, she encourages everyone to look through the Gallery section of this website to see real examples of stunning patient transformations for themselves! If you would like to learn more about if you may be a good candidate for this life-changing procedure, simply call 813-877-2277 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Traci Temmen, MD today!

Breast Enhancement

Can Breast Augmentation correct Uneven Breasts?

Breast Enhancement

When you look in the mirror, are you bothered by breasts that look uneven or asymmetrical? If so, you’re not alone! It is very common for women to have one breast that is larger than the other, hangs lower than the other, or has a different nipple size. This can be very distressing for many women who wish their breasts had a more symmetrical appearance. Luckily, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled at cosmetic breast surgery including breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction procedures that can simultaneously correct asymmetry of the breasts. This blog post will briefly discuss which patients may be best suited for these options, as well as how they may be used to correct breast asymmetry.

Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of the breasts, and can be performed with implants or fat transfer. Breast implants are composed of a silicone outer shell that is filled with either a saline solution or gel-like silicone, and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Breast implants are a safe and effective way to increase cup size while creating a rounder, fuller shape. In cases where the breasts are slightly different sizes, implants with different volumes can be used to help correct this asymmetry. Silicone implants come in many different sizes to choose from, and saline implants can be carefully titrated to the correct size as they are filled with sterile saline solution once in place. Another option for breast enhancement is fat transfer to the breasts. In this procedure, liposuction is performed first on the abdomen, back and sides to sculpt a smoother, leaner physique. Once this is complete, the collected fat is processed and prepared for transfer into the breasts. It is then injected into the breasts to provide soft, natural volume. Women with differently sized breasts may wish to have different volumes of fat injected into each breast to restore symmetry.

Next, let’s discuss the option of breast lift. This surgery is performed for women whose breasts have been dragged down by aging, weight changes, and/or pregnancy, resulting in breasts that appear “deflated” or saggy. A breast lift turns back the clock by restoring breasts to a higher position on the chest wall, creating a perky and youthful appearance. Women also have the option of a combined breast augmentation with lift, during which implants can be placed to add volume at the same time that the breasts are lifted. It is not uncommon for women considering a breast lift to have one breast that hangs lower than the other. This should be thoroughly addressed during the patient’s one-on-one consultation with Dr. Temmen, during which precise measurements of the body will be made to aid in surgical planning. This information can then be used to make adjustments to correct for this asymmetry during surgery in order to create a beautiful, lifted, and symmetrical result.

Another surgical option for altering the appearance of the breasts is a breast reduction. This procedure is commonly chosen by women who have breasts that are very large and have a negative impact on quality of life. Examples of this include chronic neck and back pain, difficulty exercising, difficulty finding clothing that fits well, and low self-confidence or embarrassment. For these women, a breast reduction surgery can truly be life-changing by removing excess breast tissue and making the breasts much less cumbersome and more proportional to the rest of the body. Women who have one breast that is larger than the other may have more tissue removed from the larger breast to restore symmetry. In addition, it is common for women with very large, pendulous breasts to also have an oversized nipple-areola complex (the darker area surrounding the nipple). During breast reduction, Dr. Temmen can also reduce the size of the areolas to look more proportional to the breasts. Patients who have one areola that is bigger than the other can also have this corrected during surgery by reducing the size of the larger areola more.

Dr. Traci Temmen is highly trained and experienced in cosmetic breast surgery, including breast augmentation with implants, fat transfer, breast lift, and breast reduction. Each of these procedures can be personalized to the unique patient in order to address underlying breast asymmetry, such as differently sized breasts, different degrees of breast sagging, and differences in nipple size. Dr. Temmen recognizes that deciding to have surgery is a big decision, and takes her time with each patient to ensure that she has a perfect understanding of the patient’s goals and has addressed all questions and concerns. If you want to learn more about if one of these procedures may be right for you, take the first step by calling 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

Fat transfer to the breasts

How can Fat Transfer Enhance my Breasts?

Fat transfer to the breasts

Fat transfer has been around since the 90’s and has been used in a variety of ways to enhance the face, breasts, buttocks, hands, and other areas of the body. Fat transfer has gained popularity as a longer lasting, more natural alternative to synthetic fillers for cosmetic enhancement of the face, while also garnering attention for its groundbreaking use in buttock enhancement via the Brazilian Butt Lift. While breast enhancement has long been dominated by implants, fat transfer has also become a great option for enhancing the breasts. However, it is common that patients considering cosmetic surgery on the breasts are not as aware of this option that is available to them. This blog post will provide an introduction to the role of fat transfer in breast enhancement, and give patients an idea of if this procedure may be just what they’re looking for.

The basic principle of fat transfer is as follows: Move fat from an area of the body where it is NOT wanted to an area where it IS wanted! The first step in this process is performing gentle liposuction to target unsightly stubborn fat deposits, most commonly on the stomach, back and sides. In addition to melting this fat away, Dr. Traci Temmen is also an expert at performing liposuction in a way that beautifully contours the body by flattening the stomach while accentuating the patient’s natural curves and waist. This not only creates a slimmer profile, but also sculpts an attractive hourglass shape. Once liposuction is complete, the fat that was collected is purified and prepared for transfer into the breasts. The fat is then precisely injected into the breasts to create a beautiful shape and natural boost of volume. This is accomplished through very tiny incisions that are camouflaged in the crease at the bottom of the breast to be as invisible as possible. Dr. Temmen is highly skilled in this procedure, and takes great care to transfer precise volumes of fat into the breasts in order to ensure a proportional and symmetrical result.

Fat transfer to the breasts may be performed as described above on its own to add soft, natural volume to the breasts. When performed alone, patients can expect to see an increase in breast size of approximately 1-1.5 cup sizes. This procedure is best suited for women with smaller breasts who desire a noticeable yet modest increase in breast size. Additionally, women who wish to avoid the use of breast implants or synthetic material may be good candidates for fat transfer to the breasts. Women who desire a greater increase in breast size (more than 1-1.5 cup sizes) may be better suited to breast implants or breast implants in conjunction with fat transfer. Dr. Temmen has detailed conversations with each patient to understand their aesthetic goals and create the perfect plan together.

Another common application of fat transfer is for patients who have previously had breast augmentation with implants but no longer wish to have their breast implants. This may be due to no longer liking the appearance of the implants, capsular contracture (abnormal scarring around the implants), or some other complication. Whatever the reason, Dr. Temmen understands that the decision to have one’s breast implants removed is a personal one, and many women have concerns about what their breasts will look like after implant removal. Dr. Temmen is proud to offer her patients the option of breast implant removal with fat transfer to the breasts. During this procedure, fat transfer is performed following explantation to help fill in the space the implants occupied with soft, natural fat. Patients love this option because it allows them to have their implants removed without the fear of having “deflated” breasts afterwards. Dr. Temmen loves using this specialized procedure to help her patients feel beautiful and confident after implant removal.

While not as well-known to many patients, fat transfer has many applications for use in enhancing the breasts, from adding soft volume on its own, to adding a little extra volume to breast implants, to helping women feel feminine and radiant after breast explantation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is an expert at fat transfer techniques, and is proud to offer her specialized services to her patients. Patients appreciate Dr. Temmen’s gentle bedside manner and perfectionist attitude, helping them feel comfortable and cared for throughout their surgical journey. To view examples of real patient transformations following fat transfer to the breasts, please explore the Before and After section of this website. If you would like to learn more about one of the options discussed in this post or any other cosmetic surgical procedure you may be interested in, simply call 813-877-2277 to schedule your personal consultation with Traci Temmen, MD, today!

not happy with my breast implants

What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my breast implants?

not happy with my breast implants

Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in America, allowing women to enhance the size and shape of their bust line to boost confidence and overall happiness. The vast majority of patients are very pleased with the final result of their breast implants, finding that they feel more attractive and comfortable in their new body. While uncommon, unfortunately there is a minority of patients who are dissatisfied with their result after surgery. This blog post will discuss possible reasons for this, strategies to minimize the risk of this happening to you, and what your options are if you are dissatisfied with your surgical outcome.

When a woman gets breast implants, it is important to be happy with the size, shape, and position of the implants. When a patient is unhappy with her outcome, often times it is the size that is the issue. Sometimes an implant size that seems like the right size on the outside has less of an impact once situated in the body. This may be more likely to occur in women with more significant overlying tissues and larger body habitus. Likewise, an implant that seems the proper size beforehand may look too big or dramatic to a patient after surgery. This may be more common in patients who are very slender with little overlying tissues, making the implant stand out more. Sometimes, patients may be dissatisfied with the shape of their breasts after implantation. This could be due to the shape of the implants themselves, or due to abnormal contracture or scarring of the capsule around the implant. In addition, a patient may be unhappy with the position of the implants, such as those that sit higher or lower than expected on the chest wall.

To minimize the risk of being unhappy with your implants, the single most important thing is to make sure you choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon who you trust to take care of you from start to finish. Your surgeon will be meeting with you at every step in the process from initial consultation to post-op follow up, so it is of paramount importance that you work well as a team. This person should take the time to answer all of your questions and address any concerns you have at any point during the process. They should also perform breast augmentation with implants regularly, and have real patient example photos available for viewing of their work. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen loves making patients’ dreams come true, and is highly skilled and experienced in cosmetic breast surgery. She has numerous patient examples showcased in the Gallery section of this website, and even more available to view in the office. She also operates on patients with a wide variety of body shapes and sizes with excellent outcomes, allowing you to see what kind of results patients who look similar to you have received. Dr. Temmen understands the importance of open and honest communication, and works hard to make sure every patient has a realistic understanding of how their final result will look. Elements of this process include detailed one-on-one consultation, going over sample patient photos and “wish pics” together, “trying on” different implants under clothing, and taking detailed and precise measurements of the patient’s upper body. Each of these steps helps ensure that the patient has as complete a picture of their result as possible prior to surgery, and is thrilled with their final result.

So, in the rare cases that a patient is unhappy with their breast implants, what are their options? Uncommonly, a patient may wish to have their implants removed entirely if they prefer the way they looked without implants. More commonly, the patient is dissatisfied with the size of the implant. In this case, the implants can be switched out for a bigger or smaller size depending on what the patient wants. In other cases, the patient may be unhappy with the shape of the breast after implantation. This could be affected by the way scar tissue impacts the shape of the breast, or processes such as “bottoming out” where the implant stretches the skin at the bottom of the breast. In these cases, a revision may be performed to remove problematic scar tissue, reshape the pocket where the implant sits, and ensure optimal implant position. Dr. Temmen is trained to manage any complication following breast implantation, and is ready to help when a woman wants her implants to be removed, replaced, or revised.

Breast augmentation with implants can be a life-changing procedure for women who desire fuller breasts. While the vast majority of patients are happy with their result, a small number of women find themselves dissatisfied after surgery. In these rare instances, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is ready to listen to her concerns and perform an appropriate correction, whether it be through implant removal, replacement, or revision. Dr. Temmen is a perfectionist, and she is committed to providing a beautiful result for every patient. To learn more about if you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation with implants or any other cosmetic surgical procedure, call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

 

 

Hybrid Breast Augmentation

What is Hybrid Breast Augmentation?

Hybrid Breast Augmentation

For women wishing to enhance their bust line, the options can seem overwhelming! Cosmetic breast surgery comes in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from breast implantation to fat transfer techniques to breast lifts and reductions. Luckily, with the aid of the internet it is now easier than ever for prospective patients to start learning about their options before they even set foot inside a surgeon’s office. Today’s blog post is geared towards providing education on one such option patients may not be very familiar with called “hybrid breast augmentation”, a form a breast enhancement that utilizes a combination of breast implant and fat transfer techniques. Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of this procedure and its benefits so you can continue to hone in on your options moving forward.

Before diving into the details of hybrid breast augmentation, I will give a quick overview of its two components – breast implantation and fat transfer to the breast. Breast implants are a popular choice for breast augmentation known for creating beautiful, highly effective results. There are many different implant types to choose from, including saline versus silicone, as well as what size and shape of implant is right for the desired appearance. Implants are a versatile choice that will work for virtually any patient, but are especially well suited to those looking for a larger increase in cup size that might be difficult to achieve with fat transfer alone. On the other hand, fat transfer is another technique for breast enhancement that uses liposuction to harvest the patient’s own body fat which is then purified and transferred to the breasts. The liposuction segment of this procedure is tailored to each unique patient but usually removes unwanted fat from the abdomen, back, and sides in order to sculpt a smoother, slimmer shape while highlighting the patient’s natural curves. Many patients like that because this technique uses their own natural fat, the final result has a very natural look and feel. However, fat transfer alone typically can only be used for modest increases in breast size (half to one full cup size) due to limitations on the volume of fat that can be successfully transferred.

Now that you have a general understanding of the two parts of hybrid breast augmentation, let’s talk about what happens when you put them together! In this procedure, the surgeon uses breast implants while also performing liposuction with fat transfer to add additional volume and shape to the breasts. There are several advantages of this. First, combining breast implants with fat transfer allows a smaller size implant to be used since a portion of the desired volume will come from the patient’s own fat. This may not sound like a big deal, but using a smaller implant is preferable because it puts less stress on the surrounding tissues and is gentler on the body. Another advantage of hybrid breast augmentation is that it enables the surgeon to increase volume while also correcting asymmetry between the breasts. This is accomplished by precisely transferring different volumes of fat to various aspects of the breast to adjust for any discrepancies, helping to create a more natural-looking and symmetrical result. This is an especially good option for patients who would like to significantly increase their cup size (which could not be accomplished with fat transfer alone,) while also correcting for asymmetry. Along similar lines, hybrid breast augmentation also allows patients to further customize their result by making small adjustments with targeted fat transfers. For example, many patients wish to add a little extra volume to the upper part of the breast to accentuate cleavage. Finally, hybrid techniques offer a special advantage to women who are older and have thinner overlying skin and tissues. For these women, sometimes the small wrinkles or rippling of breast implants might show through their tissues because they are so thin. However, combining breast implants with fat transfer allows a layer of natural fat to be transferred on top of the implants to provide a cushion, helping to disguise the implant and create a more natural look.

In regards to the disadvantages of hybrid breast augmentation, there really aren’t many! The main downside for patients is that because this procedure combines multiple techniques, it costs more than other methods. However, the price is well worth it to many patients for the beautiful results. Many patients may find that breast implantation or fat transfer alone suits their needs just fine. But for those who wish to use a smaller implant, create a more natural look, or correct asymmetry, hybrid might just be the perfect option! Explore the Before and After section of this website to view real examples of past patient transformations and see the stunning results for yourself. If you would like to learn more about if this procedure may be right for you, simply call 813-877-2277 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Traci Temmen, MD, today!

Breast Enhancement

Breast Implants vs Fat Transfer

Breast Enhancement

While many women have identified “problem areas” on their body that they wish they could change, the bust line is one area that many women are very sensitive about. Some women are naturally blessed with full and perky breasts, and that is wonderful for them. However, lots of women have bust lines that could benefit from a little boost! Padded and push-up bras can provide extra volume underneath clothing, but many women are looking to enhance their shape so that they feel sexy and confident no matter what they’re wearing (or wearing nothing at all!) For those interested in exploring plastic surgery as highly effective tool for breast enhancement, the different options can seem a little overwhelming. This blog post will unpack two of these options, breast implantation and fat transfer to the breasts, as well as go through a few of the situations that may make a patient a better candidate for one or the other.

Breast implants are what most people probably think of when they hear the words “breast enhancement”. There are many different types of implants, and they are usually separated into two groups: saline and silicone. Saline implants are composed of a thin silicone shell that is filled up with sterile saline solution after it has been inserted during surgery. Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, are solid all the way through and composed of soft silicone that more closely mimics the texture of real breast tissue. Silicone implants come in a variety of shapes to suit each individual patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals, with some adding more volume to the upper part of the breast to create a “perkier” look, while others have more volume in the bottom of the implant in order to create a “teardrop” shape. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen understands that with all of the different implants available, it’s easy for patients to feel lost. Helping patients navigate this sea of options is a responsibility she takes very seriously, and she is committed to helping every patient find the perfect fit for them! Patients who may be better candidates for breast implantation than fat transfer to the breast are those who want to go up a cup size or more, as generally not enough fat can be transferred to the breasts to add multiple cup sizes of volume. In addition, women with a substantial degree of ptosis (or sagging) of the breasts will likely benefit more from implants than fat transfer due to the implants occupying more space and thus helping pull the overlying tissues tighter. Women with very significant sagging of the breasts may benefit the most from breast implants combined with a breast lift in order to remove excess sagging skin and surgically lift the breasts to a higher, more youthful position on the chest.

The second option we will discuss in this post for enhancing the appearance of the breasts is fat transfer. In this procedure, natural body fat is first harvested from the abdomen, back and sides using gentle liposuction. Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled at using the precise power of liposuction to sculpt the body into a slimmer shape while accentuating the patient’s natural curves. Once this portion of the procedure is complete, the fat that was harvested is injected into the breasts through tiny incisions that will be almost invisible once healed. Dr. Temmen is one of the few plastic surgeons in Tampa who is highly skilled and experienced in using this technique, as it requires meticulous precision to inject the fat into different areas of the breast to create the perfect shape. Many women find this option for breast enhancement appealing because it makes use of their own natural fat without inserting any foreign material into the body. Another benefit of this procedure is because it utilizes your own natural body fat, the finished result looks and feels very soft and natural. However, not every patient is a good candidate for fat transfer to the breasts. In particular, those who desire to add more than one cup size to their bust line will likely require breast implants. In addition, women who want to make their breasts look significantly perkier will likely not get much lift from this procedure alone, and may be better suited to breast implants or a breast lift. Patients who are good candidates for this procedure usually only want a modest increase in size (half to one full cup size), have breasts that are not sagging, and are drawn to this option for its use of natural fat instead of a synthetic implant.

Hopefully this post helped shed some light on the key differences between breast implants and fat transfer as options for enhancing the appearance of the breasts. At the end of the day, the best way to decide on the best option for you is through an in person, sit-down conversation with your plastic surgeon. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen takes the time to have detailed one-on-one conversations with her patients to ensure that all of their questions are answered, and they never feel rushed into making a decision. If you would like to view some examples of real patient results of these procedures, please explore the Before and After section of this website. To learn more about what option may be the best one for you, call 813-877-2277 to schedule your personal consultation with Traci Temmen, MD, today!

Breast Lift

Breast Lift vs Breast Augmentation

Breast Lift

For many women considering cosmetic plastic surgery, the key area they wish to change to feel more confident and beautiful is their bust line. Patients may have many different reasons for wanting to change the appearance of their breasts. Some women feel like their breasts are too small for their frame, and believe they would feel more feminine and attractive if they were a little bit larger. Other women may be happy with their current size, but wish their breasts looked more perky and youthful, rather than saggy and deflated. Whatever the reason, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen meets her patients where they are, and works with them one-on-one to create a personalized surgical plan to suit their body, lifestyle, and goals. In this post, I will break down the two main surgical options for creating a beautiful bust line: Breast augmentation with implants, and breast lift. Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have a solid understanding of the different options that are available to help you reach the body of your dreams!

For many patients, breast augmentation with implants is an excellent choice. In this procedure, either saline or silicone implants are surgically inserted to provide attractive and natural-looking volume. Breast implants are a great choice for patients who are happy with the shape of their breasts, but wish to increase their size. However, they may not be a good option for women who want to change the shape of their breasts, such as make them perkier, firmer, or less saggy. It is also important to note that breasts implants will not alter the position of the nipple and areola. There are many different options for breast implantation, including the implant composition (saline or silicone), where the implant is placed in relation to the pectoralis muscle (above or below), and where the surgical scar is located (in the armpit, in the crease under the breast, or around the areola). To learn about these options in more detail, please check out the blog post called “Saline vs Silicone Implants”, or go to the “Breast Augmentation” tab on this website!

A breast lift is another great option for enhancing the appearance of the breasts, and has some key differences that set it apart from breast augmentation using implants. In this procedure, undesired saggy extra skin and tissue is remove to facilitate lifting the breast to a higher position. During this procedure, the nipple and areola are raised to a more youthful position along with the breast tissue. The benefits of this procedure include eliminating droopiness by lifting up the breast and nipple-areola complex, tightening and firming the breast tissue, and improving the shape and fullness of the upper part of the breast most affected by sagging. This procedure is ideal for patients who wish to turn back the clock on breasts that have become deflated due to childbearing, weight changes, or aging. Women who wish to increase their breast size, but are happy with their current shape and nipple position will probably find that their goals are better suited to breast augmentation with implants rather than a breast lift.

So what happens when a patient wants a little bit of both – desiring to decrease sagginess and improve breast shape while also adding additional volume? In these cases, a combination procedure of a breast lift with implants can be performed to give the patient the best of both worlds – elevating the breast to provide youthful lift and inserting implants to add beautiful volume and fullness. Having an open and thorough conversation with your plastic surgeon is key to identifying which procedure is right for you. Dr. Temmen also recommends that her patients choose several before and after “wish pics” to go over together so she can fully understand their goals.

Dr. Traci Temmen is highly trained and experienced in cosmetic breast surgery, including breast augmentation using implants, breast lift, and the combined breast lift with implants. She is a true perfectionist, and is committed to creating a safe and beautiful result for each and every patient. If you want to feel confident and sexy in your favorite swimsuit or little black dress again, don’t wait any longer! To learn if you are a candidate for any of the above procedures, book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, by calling 813-877-2277 today.

 

How do you choose the best plastic surgeon for breast augmentation or breast implant surgery?

The decision to undergo breast augmentation or breast implant surgery is a big one for many patients, and it’s important to find a plastic surgeon that is a perfect fit for you! In this post, I will discuss some key things to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon.

First and foremost, it is extremely important to choose someone to perform your procedure who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This ensures that your surgeon has undergone rigorous training, and is fully licensed and approved to perform plastic surgery. This is critical not just to maximize your chances of getting a great result, but also to ensure that your surgery is performed safely, and by someone who is extensively trained in the specific field of plastic surgery.

In addition to choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is also important to choose a surgeon who frequently performs breast augmentation or breast implant surgery, and consistently produces beautiful results. A good way to assess this is to explore their website and look at the “Gallery” or “Before and After” section for examples of previous patients who have had the procedures you are most interested in. Pay special attention to examples that best illustrate your goals – preferably of patients who had a similar starting appearance to you, and who got a great result that reflects how you want to look. After you have chosen a surgeon, these pictures may also be helpful to share a few of the best examples of the appearance you are hoping for with your practitioner. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen has performed numerous breast augmentation and implant procedures on a diverse array of patients with stunning results. She often encourages her patients to identify a few “wish pics” from the website to show her during the one-on-one consultation so she can fully understand and fulfill her patients’ desires. Some beautiful examples of past patients who chose to have their breast augmentation procedure performed by Dr. Temmen can be viewed under the “Breast Augmentation” tab of the “Before and After” section of this website.

Another key factor to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon is picking someone who makes you can communicate easily with and makes you feel listened to. Most women have lots of questions and concerns about breast augmentation, and it is important to select a surgeon who is going to take the time to fully unpack each one. Dr. Traci Temmen treats every patient like she would want a family member to be treated, and ensures that all of their fears and worries are addressed at each clinic visit. Furthermore, as a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Temmen has a unique understanding of her patients’ concerns and desires when considering a cosmetic procedure such as breast augmentation. Dr. Temmen gives compassionate care to her patients every step of the way, and makes a special effort to ensure that each and every patient feels comfortable, safe, and happy from initial consultation to post-op care.

A final factor to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation is the clinic environment. Pay attention when you go to a consultation, and make a note of the setting. Is it clean and tidy? Are the staff who greet you friendly and polite? A dirty or chaotic clinic is certainly a red flag, as is interacting with staff who are rude or poorly trained. From the moment you enter the door at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa for your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Temmen, you are welcomed warmly into a private boutique surgical setting that places the utmost importance on your comfort and wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for breast augmentation or any other cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in, book a one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD: 813-877-2277.

 

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

One of the most important questions for patients considering breast augmentation surgery is whether or not to choose saline or silicone breast implants. Fortunately, for most patients, either type of breast implant is safe and will give a pleasing, long-lasting result.

Saline and silicone breast implants have essentially the same rupture rate, meaning a silicone breast implant has the same chance of leaking per year as a saline breast implant. Both types of breast implants are safe to use, and neither silicone nor saline breast implants have been linked to health problems or illnesses.

shutterstock_278020784Saline Breast Implants:

Pros-

1. In general, saline breast implants are much less expensive than silicone breast implants. At the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, a pair of saline breast implants costs approximately $1,000 less than a pair of silicone breast implants. Patients who are trying to keep the cost of their breast augmentation surgery as low as possible often choose saline breast implants simply because of the lower price.

2. If placed on top of the pectoralis muscle, most studies show that saline breast implants have a lower capsular contracture rate than silicone breast implants. However, as most breast implants, particularly saline breast implants, are placed under the pectoralis muscle, this is rarely an area of concern.

3. Rupture of a saline breast implant is easy to diagnose. If a saline breast implant ruptures, or leaks, the leaking fluid will be absorbed by the body over a period of days to a couple weeks, and the breast size will visibly decrease. Thus, expensive diagnostic tests are not necessary to diagnose rupture of a saline breast implant.

Cons-

1. For very thin patients, rippling of a saline breast implant is much more visible and palpable than with a silicone breast implant. For this reason, Dr. Traci Temmen advises thin patients considering saline breast implants to place the implant below the pectoralis major muscle. The additional coverage offered by the pectoralis muscle makes saline implant rippling much less noticeable.

2. Most patients and plastic surgeons agree that silicone breast implants look and feel more natural than saline breast implants. Saline implants tend to feel a little firmer and have more projection than a silicone breast implant.

Silicone Breast Implants:

Pros-

1. Silicone breast implants generally look and feel more natural than saline breast implants, particularly for thin patients with little overlying soft tissue coverage. Since their approval by the FDA in 2005, the vast majority of patients at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa choose silicone breast implants for their breast augmentation surgeries.

2. If necessary, silicone breast implants are available in round as well as shaped (a.k.a. anatomic) varieties.

Cons-

1. Silicone breast implants are only approved by the FDA for use in patients 22-years old and older. Patients younger than 22-years can choose to have their cosmetic breast augmentation with silicone breast implants, however, this will void the manufacturer’s warranty and is considered “off-label use” by the FDA.

2. Because rupture of a silicone breast implant is difficult to identify by physical examination, the FDA recommends that patients undergo an MRI three years after their breast augmentation surgery, then every two years thereafter. While many patients choose not to undergo routine MRI scanning, this is the only reliable way to diagnose leaking, or rupture, of a silicone breast implant.

For additional questions on breast augmentation with either saline or silicone breast implants, or for a free breast augmentation consultation, call Dr. Traci Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa today at 813-877-2277.

Three Steps To Ensure You Find The Right Size for Beautiful Breasts

Breast Augmentation Woman

It is a natural desire for women to want fuller and larger breasts to compliment their feminine physique. Some women are born with naturally large breasts and others have a difficult time living with a small volume bust. There are millions of women turning to breast augmentation every year, because they know that increased size and shape is achieved by breast implants. However, many are still confused when it comes to breast implant size, most of the time going bigger is not always better so to help you in your quest for beautiful breasts we will tell you what you need to consider to find the right breast implant size.

A Profile that Fits You

Most women are unaware that breast implants are available in different profiles. The profile is determined by the ratio between circumference of the implant and its height on the chest. Breast implants with a low profile will appear wider than they will be in height, and implants with a high profile will have more height than width.

Implant profiles are important when it comes to the patient’s chest. Women with a narrow chest will most likely search for a breast implant with a high profile to prevent the breasts from looking too close together. Other women with a wide chest will opt for breast implants with a low profile to ensure that their breasts do not appear too far apart.

Implants Should Suit Your Frame Not Cup Size

One of the biggest things women forget about is that bra cup size does not relate to breast implant size. Bra manufacturers offer various cup sizes and styles, which do not provide an accurate measurement for implant size. Instead women should openly consult with their plastic surgeon about the size of the implant that supports their frame.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Communicating your goals during consultation is the most important step, but bringing in pictures can help provide your surgeon with a clear idea about how big or small breast implants should be. Avoid bringing in pictures of models or celebrities, because their body frames are not always similar, instead select before and after photos of breast augmentation patients that reveal the results you are hoping to achieve.

The first thing you should think of when planning your breast augmentation with Dr. Traci Temmen is size. Finding an implant profile that matches your chest size is the first step. Then determining which size implant that compliments your body’s frame, not cup size, is next. Lastly, providing examples to Dr. Temmen about what you want your breasts to look like will ensure that you find the right size implant for the beautiful breasts you have been longing for.

Call now for a free consultation with Dr. Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. Discuss your breast augmentation goals and learn which implant size is best for you.