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What Is A Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to enhance the size, shape, and projection of a woman’s breasts. The result is a larger bust that meets the individual patient’s aesthetic goals. Breast augmentation is most often performed using breast implants, made of silicone gel or liquid saline. Augmentation with breast implants creates reliable and consistent results and allows patients to add significant volume during one surgery. 


Dr. Papanicolaou will make your incisions and place your implants according to your needs, then close the incisions with dissolvable sutures. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours.

What Implants does Dr. Papanicolaou use?

  • Silicone: These consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a silicone gel. They are pre-filled with the gel to Dr. Papanicoalou’s exact specifications based on your needs. They have a more natural look and feel than saline implants, and are less prone to wrinkling, rippling, and rupturing.

  • Saline: Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution. They allow for smaller incisions because the implant is inserted into your breast empty, then filled with the solution. They are more prone to leakage or rupture than silicone implants. If that happens, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by your body, and you can correct the problem immediately by placing new implants.

What  are the Benefits of a Breast Augmentation?

There are numerous reasons to undergo breast augmentation, such as:

  • Achieve a more attractive breast size and shape

  • Improve your self-esteem and body image

  • Correct asymmetrical breasts

  • Restore breast volume loss following pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding

  • Enhance the appearance of cleavage


Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Generally, breast augmentation candidates are:

  • Over the age of 18

  • In good overall health

  • Realistic about their expectations for the outcome of the procedure

  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Free of cancerous and pre-cancerous breast tissue

  • Non Smoker

Recovery After Breast Augmentation:

You will have to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. There will be some pain and swelling for a couple of days after surgery. Soreness and swelling may last up to several weeks.

You’ll wear a compression garment to provide support and reduce swelling until Dr. Papanicolau clears you to start wearing sports bras. It’s critical to support your breasts as your implants settle. The sooner your swelling subsides, the sooner you’ll be able to get fit for new bras.


This is a general timeline of breast augmentation recovery:


  • 1-2 weeks before you can return to work

  • 30 days before you can wear a sports bra

  • 6 weeks before you can resume exercise and other strenuous activities

  • 3 months before you can wear underwire bras

We would love to talk more with you about your own personalized treatment in our boutique style enviroment in Lake Mary. With your own private consultation, Dr. Papanicolau will be able to recommend the right treatment plans for your unique goals and concerns. With our office in Lake Mary, men and women in Florida can achieve the most natural and elegant results. Call 407-478-3151 to schedule your consultation.

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