Are you a Miami resident who desires larger breasts? Then breast surgery may be for you. Every woman wants to feel beautiful and confident when she puts on her favorite little black dress or even just a simple white tank top and shorts. If a woman is dissatisfied with the size or shape of her breasts, it can dramatically affect her self-esteem, clothing choices, and her identity as a woman. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Miami, and throughout the world.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Varkarakis understands a woman’s desires and concerns when it comes to breast surgery and breast augmentation with implants. Dr. Varkarakis is able to communicate easily and naturally with his patients in order to understand their specific and individual goals for breast augmentation surgery. His aesthetic eye, perfectionist attitude, and delicate exacting technique allows Dr. Varkarakis to provide his patients with the breasts and bodies of their dreams.
For those considering a breast augmentation with breast implants, “what size should I get” is the most common question on their mind. The size of a breast implant should not be so small that the final result is imperceptible, nor should the breast implant size be so large that the upper body is disproportionate to the lower body or that the overlying breast tissues are damaged or compromised.
The ideal breast implant size varies from patient to patient depending on chest width, current breast volume, body habitus, and individual preferences. In Miami, the most commonly used breast implant size ranges from 300cc to 400cc, corresponding to roughly a two cup size increase (e.g increase in bra cup size from a 34 A to a 34 C).
During a breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Varkarakis helps each patient pick the best, most attractive, and safest breast implant size for them depending on their body size, lifestyle, and desires. After a detailed consultation where the patient explains their goals for surgery, Dr. Varkarakis thoroughly examines each patient and performs exacting preoperative breast measurements and analysis. Patients then “try on” various breast implant sizes to see which size provides the desired volume and shape. Then, after Dr. Varkarakis and the patient have agreed upon a breast implant size range, Dr. Varkarakis selects the best breast implant size, custom-fit for each patient, during the breast augmentation surgery.
With today’s new and FDA-approved silicone breast implants, women considering breast augmentation surgery can choose from either silicone or saline filled breast implants. Both types of breast implants have similar complication and rupture rates, and patients can feel confident that either type of breast implant is a safe choice.
Many plastic surgery patients considering breast augmentation feel that silicone implants have a more “natural” feel than saline implants; this is particularly true for patients with thin overlying breast tissues if the implant will be placed in a subglandular plane or above the pectoralis muscle.
Saline breast implants are the only breast implants FDA-approved for patients 21 years old and younger. Saline breast implants are also easier to identify if ruptured than silicone breast implants. A ruptured saline breast implant will quickly deflate and show an obvious decrease in volume whereas a ruptured silicone breast implant requires MRI imaging to diagnose.
Dr. Varkarakis is experienced with both saline and silicone breast implants. He and his staff help each patient considering breast augmentation to choose the breast implant type that best fits their desires and budget.
Of course, every woman undergoing breast augmentation with breast implants is concerned about the scar length and location. Dr. Varkarakis is experienced with modern breast augmentation techniques, including endoscopic and short scar breast augmentation, ensuring each patient will have the shortest, most invisible breast augmentation scar possible.
The length of scar necessary for a breast augmentation with breast implants is on average 3-4cm long, or 1 to 1.5 inches long. The scar length may increase slightly with larger silicone breast implants are used.
The ideal scar location during a breast augmentation surgery varies with each patients anatomy and breast characteristics. The breast augmentation scar may be placed around the areola (the colored portion of the nipple), in the armpit (axillary) crease, or under the breast fold (where the bottom of the breast and the chest wall meet). Dr. Varkarakis is comfortable with each scar location and breast augmentation technique, and is able to offer his patients a breast augmentation tailor-made to their individual anatomy and desires.
Another consideration during breast implant surgery is if the implant should be placed subglandularly (i.e. above the pectoralis major muscle) or submuscularly (below the pectoralis major muscle). In the United States, most plastic surgeons place breast implants “below the muscle” or in a “dual plane position in order to better protect the breast implant and provide a more natural, rounded superior breast.
Breast implants placed “below the muscle” are generally reserved for patients with limited degrees of breast sagging or avid weight lifters and body builders.
Dr. Varkarakis performs his cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries in an accredited, private surgical suite, custom-made for plastic surgeons. He performs breast augmentation under general anesthesia with the surgery generally lasting 45 minutes to 1-½ hours, depending on the complexity. Patients recover in the luxury of a private recovery suite with a recovery room nurse dedicated solely to them and their comfort.
Dr. Varkarakis patients experience little pain following a breast augmentation surgery with implants and require narcotics for only one to two days, if at all. Most patients are able to return to work within 2-3 days, drive when they are no longer taking narcotic pain medications, and return to full exercise by six weeks.
Though the cost of a breast augmentation surgery should not be the determining factor when choosing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Varkarakis understands that in today’s economy, price is an important consideration for patients interested in breast implants.
The cost of a breast augmentation varies by plastic surgeon and by region of the country, the average price of a breast augmentation surgery with breast implants start at around $4,500 (saline) and $5,500 (silicone), including surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees. The average cost of breast implant surgery will increase when silicone breast implants are used, during revisions, and with increasing complexity.
Dr. Varkarakis offers convenient payment options for breast augmentation and all other cosmetic surgery. They accept check, credit, card, and CareCredit, a credit card that offers special financing and low monthly payments for cosmetic surgery procedures.
Like all surgeries, there are certain risks associated with breast implant surgery. Fortunately, most serious complications associated with breast augmentation surgery are rare and can be recognized by well-trained, board-certified plastic surgeons. Infections and unwanted blood or fluid collections occur in less than 1-2% of patients undergoing breast augmentation with implants. Changes in nipple sensation occur in 10-15% of patients who get breast implants. Breast implants are generally warranteed by the manufacturer against rupture and other mechanical problems for the first 10 years, withy the likelihood of breast implant leak or failure increasing over time. Excessive scar tissue formation, capsular contracture, or implant malposition can also occur overtime, contributing to a re-operation rate of 10-25% over 10 years.
Plastic surgeons like Dr. Varkarakis, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are trained not only in breast implant surgery, but also in diagnosing and appropriately treating the complications and risks associated with breast augmentation.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then when it comes to breast augmentation surgery, a before and after breast augmentation picture is priceless!
Dr. Varkarakis his many satisfied breast implant patients, and his staff, are proud to show case his before and after breast augmentation with breast implant photographs in the Gallery section of this website.
For more information on Dr. Varkarakis, breast augmentation, breast implants, and other procedures, please contact us or call us now at 305-853-8333.