Plastic surgeons with Florida Plastic Surgery Group answer frequently asked questions about breast implant safety, candidacy, and recovery from breast augmentation.
Jacksonville, FL – According to the most recent statistics available from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement procedure in the U.S. The numbers from the ASPS reveal that the treatment was performed approximately 313,000 times in 2018—a 4% jump from the previous year. With this in mind, the Jacksonville plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group, a practice offering breast surgery and a variety of other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures, say that it’s important for women who are considering breast augmentation to have accurate information regarding candidacy for the procedure, the safety of breast implants, and what they can generally expect from the treatment process.
Drs. Ankit Desai, Joseph Parks, Michael Fallucco, and Michael DeFazio say breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed procedures at Florida Plastic Surgery Group. They explain that one of the more common questions they receive about breast augmentation involves breast implant safety after recent news about studies that have shown possible links between certain types of textured-surface implants to a form of cancer called Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). While the doctors say many individuals are understandably concerned about this news, women who already have breast implants or are considering having implants placed should keep in mind that the reported instances of this kind of cancer are very rare, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not recommending that patients who have textured implants undergo a breast implant removal procedure if they are not showing symptoms of BIA-ALCL. Even so, the doctors at Florida Plastic Surgery Group say that women who have breast implants should always attend regular check-up appointments and the recommended number of mammograms, and should routinely perform self-breast exams at home to identify any irregularities as early as possible. The doctors also note that women who have any concerns whatsoever about breast implants should never hesitate to ask questions and should always feel confident that their plastic surgeon is fully and honestly addressing those concerns.
Another of the most frequently asked questions the surgeons receive from individuals considering breast augmentation is whether they are “too old” to undergo the procedure. The doctors say, in most cases, age is one of the least important factors in determining candidacy. They say the most important considerations are whether the patient is in good enough general health to undergo a surgical procedure of this kind, and whether they have realistic expectations for the results that can be achieved. The doctors at Florida Plastic Surgery Group note that they have performed breast augmentation for women in their 60s and beyond with very successful outcomes.
The Jacksonville plastic surgeons say that recovery from breast augmentation is another important aspect of the treatment for which patients often have many questions since the procedure will require a period of downtime. While breast augmentation is typically performed on an outpatient basis, the doctors note that patients should prepare to limit any exertion that would increase heart rate for the first two weeks after surgery. They say that the recovery process is often a bit different for each patient depending on their unique anatomical response to the operation and the specific breast augmentation technique utilized; however, all patients can generally expect some degree of swelling in the breasts after surgery that should fade gradually in the days and weeks ahead. In terms of potential discomfort during recovery, the surgeons perform local anesthetic blocks during surgery and offer non-narcotic pain options after surgery to significantly alleviate pain while minimizing nausea/vomiting that can occur. They note that other practices may often rely on narcotics as the only medication prescribed. The incision is covered after surgery with waterproof dressing; therefore, patients can shower the day after surgery.
Overall, the doctors at Florida Plastic Surgery Group advise all individuals who are contemplating breast augmentation or any other type of surgical cosmetic enhancement procedure to thoroughly research their options in regards to both the treatment for which they are interested and the plastic surgeon they are considering. They say that patients should seek out highly-qualified plastic surgeons and meet with them for an in-person consultation to talk about their goals and evaluate their level of confidence in the surgeon’s abilities and trust in their care.
About Florida Plastic Surgery Group
Florida Plastic Surgery Group is a comprehensive plastic surgery practice with offices in Jacksonville, Middleburg, and surrounding areas. The group of plastic and reconstructive surgeons at the practice includes Dr. Ankit Desai, Dr. Joseph Parks, Dr. Michael Fallucco, and Dr. Michael DeFazio. Three of the practice’s doctors are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have been designated as “Top Doctors” in Jacksonville Magazine. In addition to the many advanced breast surgery procedures available at the practice, Florida Plastic Surgery Group offers an expansive selection of surgical cosmetic enhancement options for the face and body, as well as reconstructive procedures, skin care and non-surgical aesthetic services, and treatment for migraine headaches and chronic nerve/joint pain. The doctors are available for interview upon request.
For more information about Florida Plastic Surgery Group, please visit plasticsurgeryjacksonville.com and facebook.com/pages/Florida-Plastic-Surgery-Group/80225914572.
Florida Plastic Surgery Group
14546 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Medical Bldg. 1 Suite 407
Jacksonville, FL 32258
15255 Max Leggett Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Baptist Beaches Medical Center
1370 13th Ave S.
Medical Office Building A, Suite 214
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
2 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204
1658 St. Vincent’s Way
Middleburg, FL 32068