Are you feeling self-conscious about the size or shape of your breasts? Wishing you could fill out your bikini top during swimsuit season?
At Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa in Tampa, FL, Dr. Jaime Perez performs breast augmentation to help patients achieve a balanced figure.
If you are curious about breast augmentation, contact us today to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Perez.
Tampa's Top Breast Augmentation Specialist, Dr. Jaime Perez is able to sculpt your ideal balance.
What Sets Dr. Perez Apart?
Refined Surgical Skills and Techniques
Gone are the days when a plastic surgeon performed standardized surgeries, with every patient "leaving the factory with the same make and model." To ensure the most natural, attractive, and long-lasting results, the best plastic surgeons must be up-to-date and well-versed in all approaches and techniques. Dr. Perez continues to refine his surgical skills at his practice near Tampa Bay, remaining at the forefront of cosmetic surgery by attending professional meetings, contributing to scientific literature, and most importantly, listening to and learning from his patients. Dr. Perez's approach to augmentation surgery is not limited to a single technique learned many years ago; he has the experience and skill to allow his surgical plan to be dictated by his patients' individuality, anatomy, and goals.
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A High Rate of Patient Satisfaction
Satisfaction rates among breast augmentation patients are among the highest of all plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States.
Over 90 percent of patients report high satisfaction with their results and over 95 percent of patients feel their appearance was significantly improved.
Thank you very much for my new look!
"First, I want to start by telling you and your Tampa staff, thank you very much for my new look. If it wasn't for you, Dr. Perez, I wouldn't be looking this good. My breasts were deformed and hard, but due to your unbelievable talent they now look awesome! Thank you so much, you are truly an artist." Florian
Dr. Perez Discusses Breast Augmentation Procedures in Tampa
Modern Advances in Surgical Techniques Create Beautiful Results
I am so happy with my results.
"Thank you so much for the amazing job you have done at your Tampa practice!! I am so happy with my results! You truly have been given the special gift and use that to make people feel beautiful, physically and mentally!! Again thank you so much!!" Amanda
The Cost of Breast Augmentation
A number of factors affect the price of breast augmentation surgery. According to RealSelf.com, the average price of breast augmentation in the United States is $6,500; however, the price can range from $3,600 to $9,250. So, why is there such an expansive price range? The experience of the surgeon, location of the practice, and surgical techniques all influence the overall cost of each breast augmentation procedure. At Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, breast augmentation surgery starts at $5,500. We can provide you with your custom quote based on your unique needs during a consultation at our office.
We understand that price is a concern for many patients considering breast surgery. That is why we provide you with an accurate quote upfront and discuss the financing options that we accept with CareCredit®.
During a consultation at our plastic surgery practice, Dr. Perez will review your unique case and go over your options so that you can make an educated decision before proceeding with surgery. To learn more about the cost of breast augmentation at our Tampa, FL, plastic surgery office, contact us online or call:
A Plastic Surgeon Dedicated to Customizing Your Results
Since the modern era of breast augmentation began in 1962 with the introduction of first-generation silicone implants, many women have chosen to surgically enhance their bust in order to increase their self-confidence and improve their physical proportions. Breast implant technology, as well as the surgery itself, is a continually evolving field with more advances each year.
Dr. Perez in Tampa is comfortable with all types of materials and placement techniques and does not dictate to patients which technique they must use; rather, he and his staff listen to each patient’s desires. He does not dictate to patients which technique they must use; rather, he and his staff listen to each patient’s desires. After careful examination and consideration, they decide upon a treatment plan that his patients understand and are comfortable with.
Tired of Feeling Self-Conscious?
If you are ready to increase your breast size, reach out to our state-of-the-art Tampa office online or call (813) 877-3739 today. Our team can explain your options and design a treatment plan that suits your unique goals and preferences.
Breast Augmentation Incisions
The Type of Incision You Choose Will Affect Your Final Results
The inframammary fold is the crease beneath the breast where it meets the chest wall. Placing the incision in this location allows the surgeon access to all areas during surgery. This type of incision is best for patients with a well-defined inframammary fold. It is also appropriate for those receiving larger implants filled with silicone gel. The inframammary fold scar generally heals well and is usually visible only if the patient is lying down.
The areola is the dark, pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. A periareolar pattern is placed at the junction of the breast and areola, usually at the bottom portion of the areola. This also allows good visualization and access and is best for patients undergoing simultaneous mastopexy, or breast lift. This incision may not be appropriate for patients with small nipples, less than 3-cm in diameter, and may be more visible in patients with very light skin or an indistinct border between the breast skin and areola.
The axillary, or armpit, incision has the obvious advantage of not placing scars directly on the breast itself. With this incision, an endoscope, or a retracting device with a camera, is used as a visual aid during surgery. This type of placement is best for patients with small breasts, who have an indistinct inframammary fold. As placing a silicone implant can be difficult through an axillary incision, Dr. Perez uses a surgical “funnel” to aid in silicone implant placement at our Tampa Bay-area facility when using this approach.
While it is possible to place saline (not silicone gel) implants through an umbilical, or belly button, incision, this is usually a long and potentially bloody procedure. Dr. Perez does not utilize this technique for our Tampa patients as he feels he obtains better results with less trauma by using other, more well-established incision types.
I absolutely LOVE the results!
"I was very impressed and satisfied with my procedure and how well I was treated. The entire staff always has a smile on their face and a kind word. Dr. Jaime Perez has a bedside manner that evokes confidence and appreciation in his abilities" Milan
Subpectoral or Submuscular
Subpectoral placement is best for thin patients with little (less than 2cm) superior breast or subcutaneous tissue. This position helps decrease the chances that the implant will be visible through the skin postoperatively and may decrease longer-term complications like capsular contracture. However, some breast augmentation patients may notice implant movement with contraction of the pectoral muscle.
A subglandular implant is placed below the breast tissue but above the pectoralis major muscle. This position is best for patients with thicker upper chest skin, those with minimal ptosis (i.e. drooping of the breasts), or women who previously underwent subpectoral placement and require certain revision operations.
The term “dual plane” is used to describe a breast augmentation that places the implant beneath the pectoralis major muscle superiorly but lies directly under the breast tissue inferiorly. This technique requires dissection in both planes and is best for thin patients with moderate amounts of ptosis (i.e. drooping of the breasts) that would be difficult to correct with subpectoral or subglandular implant placement alone.
Subfascial implants are placed beneath the breast tissue and fascia of the pectoralis major but above the actual muscle tissue. While this is a rather new technique, some surgeons feel that this position may allow extra coverage of the implant, decrease implant visibility, and decrease “bottoming out” (i.e. unwanted descent of the inframammary fold and implant over time) while decreasing movement of the breast implants seen with subpectoral implants.
Since the introduction of first-generation silicone implants nearly fifty years ago, they have been the subject of much controversy and have undergone many changes. Today’s implants have a double-walled shell to help prevent leakage and are filled with thick, “gummy-like” filler (i.e. “gummy bear implants”). Silicone implants tend to have a more natural feel and show less visible rippling when placed in the subglandular plane. Because they have “silent leaks” and do not deflate like saline when ruptured, it is recommended that patients undergo MRI monitoring three years after placement, then every two years thereafter.
Saline implants have the benefit of showing obvious deflation if ruptured and do not require routine monitoring.
They are less expensive than silicone implants but tend to have a slightly less natural feel and may show more rippling if placed in a subglandular plane in patients with thin skin and little natural breast tissue.
Size & Projection
The size of implants chosen for breast augmentation is a very personal decision. While there is no exact formula to determine the ideal breast size for every patient, there are guidelines with the goal being to create harmony and balance between the lower and upper body while providing the patient with long-term satisfaction. During the initial consultation or preoperative evaluation, Dr. Perez can:
- Review the patient’s goals for breast augmentation
- Conduct a thorough physical exam at our Tampa office
- Take measurements
Most importantly, Dr. Perez can determine the:
- Width of the breast
- Amount of skin laxity
- Amount of breast tissue
- Nipple placement
- Inframammary fold location
In general, patients with a larger breast width, looser skin, and little existing breast tissue require a larger implant to obtain an attractive result. Conversely, younger patients with a small chest, tight skin, and adequate amounts of breast tissue may not be able to safely accommodate a very large saline-filled or silicone-filled implant.
Placement of breast implants that are larger than recommended may lead to long-term complications such as permanent loss of the existing tissue, stretching of the skin and early ptosis (i.e. sagging breasts), deformation of the chest wall, and possible implant extrusion (i.e. thinning of the breast tissues to such a degree that the implant becomes exposed). Dr. Perez’s skill lies in being able to deliver a beautiful result consistent with the patient’s desires while ensuring long-term satisfaction and patient safety. He also offers breast lift, among other complementary surgical procedures.
"I had a Breast augmentation May of 2017. My Breast implants bottomed out and the previous doctor told me that it was fine. Ended up going to Perez in Tampa. Felt completely comfortable and insured with the procedure I was getting done. He fixed my implants and put in silicone implants. I am completely happy and now confident in my new look. I absolutely love him and his team. I would recommend anyone to go to him."
"I am about a month post op from a breast augmentation and so extremely satisfied! Would recommend Dr.Perez to anyone looking for an amazing cosmetic Dr... I was worried that what he suggested wouldn't look good on me but he explained why and made me feel comfortable about his decision. I am so very happy I listened to his recommendation and I absolutely LOVE my results! Thank you Dr.Perez. And post op visits have been great and I will be coming back for all my cosmetic procedures!! "
Potential Complications from Breast Augmentation Surgery
The most frequently encountered postoperative complications of breast augmentation are hematoma (i.e. bleeding into the implant pocket requiring surgical removal), which occur in one to three percent of patients nationwide, and infection of the implant occurring in less than one percent of patients nationwide.
Changes in Nipple Sensation
Most patients will experience some temporary change in breast or nipple sensation (or both) immediately post-op. About 15 percent of patients may experience permanent increases or decreases in breast sensitivity and nipple sensation.
Dr. Perez examines all of his patients on the day after surgery so that in the unlikely event there is a complication, it can be diagnosed and treated efficiently at our Tampa surgery center.
New Developments in Breast Augmentation
Since the first breast augmentation with prosthetic implants was performed in 1962, breast augmentation, as well as the available and preferred breast implants, has undergone much research and debate. Whether breast implants are round or shaped, textured or smooth, saline or silicone, preferences and safety considerations abound.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its research on Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is a type of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that can infrequently be found in the scar tissue or fluid near a breast implant. Removal of the implant, fluid, and scar tissue is usually curative for anaplastic large cell lymphoma, however, in extremely rare cases, the cells can move beyond the implant and capsule.
What Patients Should Know about Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL):
ALCL has only been found in patients with a history of textured breast implants. There has currently been no reported case of ALCL in patients who have only had placement of smooth breast implants.
A Rare Condition
Out of the millions of breast implant patients, there are 457 known cases of BIA-ALCL including nine deaths. The incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma is unknown but thought to be around one in 30,000.
Warning signs of ALCL include late-onset, one-sided pain or swelling in a breast with a history of breast implants. If you have late-onset breast swelling and a history of breast implants, see your plastic surgeon immediately.
If BIA-ALCL is suspected, seroma fluid and a sample of capsule tissue or mass should be sent for cytologic examination and undergo specific testing (i.e. Wright Giemsa stained smears and cell block immunohistochemistry/flow cytometry testing for cluster of differentiation (CD30) and Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK)).
Curative treatment usually includes removal of the breast implant and capsule, or scar tissue, surrounding it. In patients desiring to maintain implants, replacement with a smooth-shelled breast implant is recommended. The need for aggressive forms of treatment for extensive disease is rare.
Choosing a Skilled Surgeon Can Minimize Your Risks
Dr. Jaime Perez is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL, specializing in breast augmentation, revision breast augmentation, and breast augmentation with lift. Dr. Perez is knowledgeable about all available materials and will help you pick the right one to best complement your anatomy, goals, and lifestyle.
If you are ready to learn more about breast augmentation, contact our practice online or call (813) 877-3739 to speak with our team today.
Proper Postoperative Care
Can Improve Your Results
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes one to two hours at our Tampa facility and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Recovery times vary but patients are generally able to return to work in a couple of days, light exercise in two to three weeks, and full exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are usually prescribed following breast surgery.
Our Patient Results
The Results of Your Procedure May Change over Time
While not considered a complication of surgery, it is important to note that like natural tissue, augmented breasts will change over time, especially after weight loss and pregnancy. Additionally, the implants placed, whether saline or silicone, may also need to be replaced after a number of years. In general, the reoperation rate ten years after breast augmentation is approximately 25 to 40 percent for implant-related causes such as rupture or capsular contracture (i.e. excessive amounts of normal scar tissue formation that leads to a distorted appearance).
Transaxillary Endoscopic Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is an enticing option for those wishing to enhance their décolletage. However, the fear of unsightly scars keeps many prospective patients from considering this surgical solution. Fortunately, there is a way to achieve beautiful results without noticeable scars – the transaxillary (or trans-axillary) endoscopic approach.
Advantages of the Transaxillary Approach
This method of breast augmentation is the most popular choice at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa for many reasons. One of the most obvious advantages of this procedure is that the patient’s scar is conveniently concealed in the crease of the underarm. This way, the scars are only visible if the patient raises her arms above her head. Even in this case, the scars are so small and well-positioned in the crease of the underarm that they are extremely discreet. In addition, going through a transaxillary incision ensures that there are no scars on the breasts that distract from the patient’s result.
Precision Shaping with an Endoscope
Another unique characteristic of this procedure is the use of an endoscope. This instrument consists of a thin rod with a light and camera on the end that enables the surgeon to see a clear, magnified video stream of the inside of the breast pocket. Using this device, the surgeon is able to precisely and accurately create the perfect size pocket for the implant. A skilled cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Perez who is experienced with this method of breast implantation can precisely tailor the breast pocket to match the anatomy and desires of the patient. For example, subtle adjustments can be made to make the breasts sit higher, lower, farther apart or closer together in order to give the patient the exact look she wants.
Minimizing Risk and Recovery
In addition to its aesthetic advantages, the transaxillary endoscopic approach to breast augmentation offers several practical benefits as well. Instead of placing the implant in the breast pocket manually as is frequently done through a peri-areolar or inframammary incision, a funnel is used to squeeze the implant into the breast pocket via the transaxillary incision. This ensures that the implant touches neither the surgeon’s hands nor the patient’s skin. Thus, when the implant enters the breast pocket it is completely sterile which reduces the chance of infection. In addition, the minimally invasive nature of this procedure allows the patient to have a swift recovery. Dr. Perez reports that the vast majority of patients feel comfortable returning to work just a couple of days after surgery.
Performing breast augmentation through the transaxillary endoscopic technique creates gorgeous results while minimizing scarring and promoting a safe and speedy recovery. These benefits make this one of the most popular surgeries performed by Dr. Perez at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. Contact us today for a free consultation and set up a plan for your beauty!