Breast Augmentation

Procedure: 1.5 hours
Recovery: 7 days

If you are unhappy with the shape, size, or position of your breasts due to breastfeeding, aging, or a natural imperfection, you may wish to consider breast augmentation surgery by Dr. O’Brien in St. Petersburg, Florida.

What is breast augmentation?

Augmentation mammoplasty, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape or fullness of a woman’s breasts. Dr. O’Brien places silicone, saline or alternative composite breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue.

There are many different types and designs of implants, and Dr. O’Brien will help you choose the right option for your goals. During your consultation, Dr. O’Brien will explain many surgical options, including:

  • Saline, silicone gel and “gummy bear” breast implants
  • Different shapes of implants such as round and teardrop
  • Two placement options: above or below the muscle
  • Different choices for incision location: under the breast where it meets the chest wall, at the edge of the areola, or endoscopically through the armpit.

Breast augmentation takes about an hour and you will be under general anesthesia so you can sleep comfortably through the surgery. Most patients fear the surgery will leave significant scars, and to avoid this, Dr. O’Brien will carefully close your incisions with stitches placed beneath the skin, which leaves very fine scars that are barely noticeable. The sutures will not have to be removed; they will completely dissolve.



Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Women from ages 18–60 choose to undergo breast enhancement and enlargement. If you have breast asymmetry from birth, lack of proportional development and loss of volume after babies or saggy breasts due to gravity, you are a good candidate.

It is important that your breasts be fully developed before undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Those with realistic expectations are often happiest with their surgical outcomes. A consultation with Dr. O’Brien will determine your eligibility.

How long is recovery from breast augmentation?

Following breast augmentation surgery, you will need to wear a compression bra to ensure optimal healing. Most women are able to return to activities with restrictions between 24–48 hours. You can resume normal activities and sports, usually in four weeks. It is important to follow the specific post-op instructions given to you by Dr. O’Brien for a safe and quick recovery.

Breast Augmentation Cost

The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies by practice and region. When you come in for a consultation with Dr. O’Brien, we will create a pricing quote that will include procedure fees, anesthesia fees, and operating rooms fees. Health insurance plans will not cover breast augmentation costs. For more information on exact pricing, schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Brien.

If you are interested in a breast augmentation, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Brien in St. Petersburg.


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