Procedure Frequently Asked Questions

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Breast Augmentation FAQ


Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries chosen by Florida women to enhance their bodies, whether on or off the sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast. The procedure can help you look curvier and sexier, while still bringing out the best in their natural beauty. Below are just a few of the most popular questions we get about this procedure.

Request a consultation at our practice to meet with Dr. Joseph J. Castellano and learn more about your breast augmentation options. A Tampa cosmetic surgeon with advanced training in cosmetic techniques and aesthetic medicine, Dr. Castellano has the skill and experience necessary to help you look your best, while at the same time ensuring a positive, comfortable experience.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation has ranked consistently in the top five cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States over the last several years. Breast augmentation can enhance breasts in women whose natural breasts are too small for their frame, whose breasts have changed in size or shape due to pregnancy, nursing or weight changes, or who are simply unhappy with the appearance of their breasts.

Am I a candidate?

The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who want to improve the appearance of their breasts, yet who maintain realistic expectations about their procedure. The best results are seen in women who are in good health both mentally and physically. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before surgery, such as your typical level of physical activity, and whether or not you are planning on breastfeeding after your procedure. Dr. Castellano can sit down with you during a consultation to determine whether a breast augmentation will be right for you.

How do I know which size implants to choose?

Dr. Castellano can help you determine the correct implant size to meet your appearance goals. Some women prefer a more natural, subtle look, while others want more dramatic results. It’s a good idea to bring some inspiration pictures to your consultation for a starting reference point.

Should I choose saline or silicone gel implants?

Dr. Castellano has extensive experience with both saline and silicone implants, and will work with you to make sure that you make the choice that will bring you closest to your appearance goals. The option of silicone versus saline comes down to the desired end results, the patient’s personal preference and any advice from your surgeon. There are benefits to both types of implant, and beautiful results can be achieved with either. Dr. Castellano will go over your options with you, and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision.

What should I expect during surgery?

The surgery itself will take about an hour. During the procedure, Dr. Castellano will make an incision that’s large enough to allow the implant insertion, yet is hidden below the natural curve of the breasts or around the areola for a minimal appearance after healing. Dr. Castellano will then place the implant either below the chest muscles (submuscular placement) or between the chest muscles and the natural breast tissue (subglandular placement). After the implant is set in place, the incisions will be closed with special stitches that minimize scarring, and you can begin your recovery.

What should I expect during recovery?

It’s best to plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery, although some women feel up to returning to work sooner. Be sure to give your body the time it needs to rest and heal, and don’t push yourself. Some initial swelling and discomfort are normal, and can be relieved by sleeping in an elevated position, applying cold compresses and wearing a compression garment.

When will I see results?

You’ll notice a change in your breasts immediately after surgery, although your final results won’t be visible until the swelling has dissipated and the implants have settled in place. This typically takes anywhere from six or eight weeks, depending on how your body responds to the surgery.

Can I combine breast augmentation with additional procedures?

Absolutely. Many women combine breast augmentation with a breast lift for more comprehensive results. A breast lift reshapes your existing breast tissue into a more youthful appearance and placement. When combined with implants for additional volume, the result is a high, full breast. Liposuction is another procedure that is often included with breast augmentation. Liposuction in the breast area can offer additional fine-tuning with augmentation, while liposuction in the abdomen and love handles can slim down the waist to accentuate your new curves.

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