Female Plastic Surgeon Miami




Breast Augmentation is one of the procedures that Dr. Chavez performs frequently. During the initial consultation she will discuss with you the different types of breast implants, the different sizes, the placement of the implants, and the surgery procedure. She will help you decide which approach will give you the best results. Her skills, insight, and experience have resulted in thousands of happy breast augmentation patients.

There are many different reasons that one decides to undergo Breast Augmentation, (technically known as augmentation mammoplasty).

During a breast augmentation an implant is inserted behind each breast,and a woman's bustline will be increased.

You many ask Dr. Chavez if there is anything you don't understand about the breast augmentation procedure during your consultation.


Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Before you decide to have breast augmentation surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Chavez. The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you're physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate for a breast augmentation.


A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. During your consultation, Dr. Chavez will evaluate you and discuss the best type of implant to attain the results you desire.


Breast augmentation is relatively straightforward, but as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. The most common problem, capsular contracture, occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. This squeezing of the soft implant can cause the breast to feel hard. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways.

As with any surgical procedure, excessive bleeding following the operation may cause some swelling and pain. If excessive bleeding continues, another operation may be needed to control the bleeding and remove the accumulated blood.

A small percentage of women develop an infection around an implant. This may occur at any time, but is most often seen within a week after surgery. In some cases, the implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears. A new implant can then be inserted.

Some women report that after breast augmentation their nipples become oversensitive, undersensitive, or even numb. You may also notice small patches of numbness near your incisions. These symptoms usually disappear within time, but may be permanent in some patients. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse. If, however, you have nursed a baby within the year before augmentation, you may produce milk for a few days after surgery. This may cause some discomfort, but can be treated by Dr. Chavez.

Occasionally, breast implants may break or leak. Rupture can occur as a result of injury or even from the normal compression and movement of your breast and implant, causing the man-made shell to leak. If a saline-filled implant breaks, the implant will deflate in a few hours and the salt water will be harmlessly absorbed by the body. If a break occurs in a gel-filled implant, however, one of two things may occur. If the shell breaks but the scar capsule around the implant does not, you may not detect any change. If the scar also breaks or tears, especially following extreme pressure, silicone gel may move into surrounding tissue. The gel may collect in the breast and cause a new scar to form around it, or it may migrate to another area of the body. There may be a change in the shape or firmness of the breast. Both types of breaks may require a second operation and replacement of the leaking implant. In some cases, it may not be possible to remove all of the silicone gel in the breast tissue if a rupture should occur. Research has found no clear link between silicone breast implants and the symptoms of what doctors refer to as "connective-tissue disorders," but the FDA has requested further study.

While there is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer. When you request a routine mammogram, be sure to go to a radiology center where technicians are experienced in the special techniques required to get a reliable x-ray of a breast with an implant. Additional views will be required. Ultrasound examinations may be of benefit in some women with implants to detect breast lumps or to evaluate the implant. While the majority of women do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your physician to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation.


In your initial consultation for a breast augmentation, Dr. Chavez will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, Dr. Chavez may also recommend a breast lift. Be sure to discuss your expectations honestly with her. She will be equally honest with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. And, be sure to tell her if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. She will explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved. Because most insurance companies do not consider breast augmentation to be medically necessary, carriers generally do not cover the cost of this procedure.


Dr. Chavez will give you instructions to prepare for your breast augmentation surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.


Dr. Chavez prefers to perform the operation in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. Outpatient surgical centers are certified by the same agencies that inspect hospitals. The anesthesiologists are usually hospital based. She believes that these are safer than an office setting.


Breast augmentation will be performed with general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire procedure.


The method of inserting and positioning your implant for your breast augmentation will depend on your anatomy and your surgeon's recommendation. The incision will be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. Working through the incision, Dr. Chavez will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples. She believes that putting the implants behind your chest muscle may reduce the potential for capsular contracture. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue. After breast augmentation the placement behind the muscl may be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue. You'll want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with Dr. Chavez before surgery to make sure you fully understand the implications of the procedure he or she recommends for you. The surgery for breast augmentation usually takes one hour to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.


You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your breast augmentation surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by Dr. Chavez. You will be given a surgical bra and within several days, the gauze dressings will be removed. Your stitches will come out in a week , but the swelling in your breasts may take three to six months to disappear.


After your breast augmentation, you should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job. Follow Dr. Chavez's advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities. Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks, so you should avoid much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually three to four weeks after surgery. Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely. Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable reading.


The results of your breast augmentation can be exciting as you finally obtain the Silhouette you've always desired.


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