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Breast Lift vs Breast Augmentation

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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.

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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.