Category Archives: Breast Augmentation

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.

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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.


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:


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.


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

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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.

Breast Augmentation Enhances Women’s Sexual Satisfaction

As the old saying goes, “Bigger is better.” Of course we think of our sex lives when we hear this, but have you desired the urge to get bigger breasts? Well a small study indicates that there is a much better perk to undergoing breast augmentation. Researchers found that women who had breast implants experience better sex.

Not every woman was built the same and you probably feel uncomfortable about them as much as the next woman, but many of us go through the urge to make a change for ourselves, and no one else. Brazilian researchers found that women who had breast augmentation saw a boost in their arousal and sexual satisfaction following their procedure.

Busty Study Results

The study included 45 participants who planned on going under the knife for breast augmentation determined their sexual desire and satisfaction in a survey before surgery. The patients were then asked to retake the surgery in two, four and 18 months following the procedure to discover changes of improvement. There were 36 who reported having a better sex life at four and 18 months after surgery, noting levels of improved arousal and satisfaction.

Better Sex After a Bigger Bustline from Self Effort, not Confidence

It has been said before that confidence is a big achievement of breast augmentation for women. Not all women wish to gain a boost of confidence, but it is not always attained. Colorado College psychology professor Tomi-Ann Roberts defines that women who made the investment in themselves felt they have made an accomplished effort in pleasing their significant other. The reassurance gathered from their lover in the bedroom makes women feel more at ease with their appearance and sends their sexual arousal to the limits never experienced before.

This is not the first study to show signs of satisfaction improvement. According to a report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, researchers gathered that sexual benefits for women and their partners were most pronounced in those who underwent body procedures such as breast augmentation and liposuction. While women who underwent facial procedures did not report much change in their sexual satisfaction or relationships.

Psychological Stimulation Promotes Healthier Living

Plastic surgeons find it normal for women to feel more confident with their appearance that is more fitting to her persona. Breasts play a major part in a woman’s life, but they are not always the desired volume or shape that we want. Thus breast augmentation is the option likely to change this for the better of an individual’s preference. There are many things to look forward to as you spice up yours and your partner’s life in the bedroom. Not to mention the endless ability to promote a healthier mindset following sex, including:

  • Improved intimacy

  • Avoidance of depression

  • Releases tension and anxiety

  • Eases stress

Many women believe that the pain of going under the knife is not worth getting bigger breasts. Like all surgical procedures, there is a certain level of rest needed to recover from the body alteration, but the benefits are far more rewarding. Women who have run out of options to spice up their sex lives may consider breast augmentation. Visit your board certified plastic surgeon Traci Temmen and learn what breast implants can do to change your life.