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Breast Augmentation Sarasota

Breast Augmentation in Sarasota, FL

Breast size can be a big source of self-consciousness and disappointment for many women who want more curves. Fortunately, women dissatisfied with the size and shape of their bust can achieve their preferred breast size through breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation is a permanent solution that typically uses synthetic breast implants to add volume and shape to a woman’s figure. At Sarasota Surgical Arts, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alberico J. Sessa, MD, offers natural-looking breast augmentation in Sarasota to help women feel more confident and happy with their appearance.

Breast Augmentation – What is it?

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, which are typically made of silicone gel or liquid saline. A smaller number of patients elect to undergo autologous fat grafting for breast enhancement. During this procedure, the patient’s own fat is harvested from an area of excess bulk, then purified and redistributed to the breasts.

Augmentation with breast implants creates reliable and consistent results and allows patients to add significant volume during one surgery. Fat transfer can create a more natural-looking result, but is less predictable and does not allow for dramatic changes. The best procedure for each patient depends on their individual goals.

Why Choose Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgery designed to increase the size and prominence of the breasts, effectively enhancing a woman’s figure to appear more feminine and shapely. Most women gain confidence and find that clothing is more flattering after breast augmentation.

Some women who seek breast augmentation may wish to restore the look of their breasts following a life-changing event. While not medically necessary, cancer survivors often opt to undergo breast augmentation to replace their breast(s) following a single or double mastectomy. In other cases, mothers may wish to rejuvenate the chest after breastfeeding, which can cause a saggy, deflated appearance of the breasts. Weight loss can also cause unwanted changes in breast contour. Sometimes, women choose to combine breast implant surgery with a breast lift for a fuller, more youthful look.

Dr. Sessa can also perform breast augmentation Sarasota on women who have small chests due to their genetics, or those who are naturally thin and do not wish to or are unable to gain weight in order to increase their cup size. He also specializes in MTF breast augmentation for transgender patients. Conversely, larger breasts can also balance figures that are more bottom-heavy.


Breast Implant Types

Breast implants come in three primary types: saline, silicone, and gummy bear. All have their benefits based on a patient’s specific needs and anatomy. Dr. Sessa and the Sarasota Surgical Arts team can help you determine the right breast implant for you.


Silicone breast implants are the most popular choice among patients and surgeons. They have a wide range of styles and sizes. Silicone breast implants are also considered to look and feel the most natural for most body types, regardless of the amount of starting breast tissue.


Saline breast implants allow Dr. Sessa to use a smaller incision, but many believe that they look and feel more natural. The implant shell is inserted into the breast empty and filled during surgery. This does offer the patient more freedom in the incision placement and may be a good option for women with a decent amount of existing breast tissue.

Gummy Bear

Gummy bear breast implants are the newer generation of silicone implants that contain a more cohesive and firmer silicone filling. This makes them less likely to leak in the event of a rupture. They also come in a teardrop shape which better mimics the natural shape of the breast. Due to this, the profiles of the implants tends to be larger with gummy bear implants.


The best candidates for breast augmentation are healthy, adult women who have realistic expectations for the procedure. Patients should also be non-smokers or willing to quit well in advance of the procedure.

Patients must be able to physically handle the procedure, from the anesthesia to the recovery period. Certain conditions, allergies, and reactions might affect the results of the surgery and must be considered. Women should have fully developed breasts and be over the age of 18 (or 22 for silicone implants) to undergo a breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation candidates should ideally not be planning on becoming pregnant following the procedure. If a woman gets pregnant, weight gain and weight loss, hormones, and breastfeeding can impact the look of the breasts.

Free Breast Augmentation Consultation

Women who wish to increase their breast size may be good candidates for breast augmentation at our surgical facility in Sarasota, FL. During a consultation appointment at his South Florida practice, Dr. Sessa begins by asking the patient her aesthetic goals. Most women prefer natural-looking surgical results, while others want the breasts to be their most prominent, dramatic feature.

Dr. Sessa may inquire about the patient’s activities and lifestyle to help her decide on the best breast enhancement option. He can provide actual implants that have been inflated for the patient to try on, which can help with size choice. Dr. Sessa helps guide patients through the decision-making process, recommending different implant types, sizes, and placement options based on the patient’s goals.

The doctor will review the new patient health questionnaire and may request additional medical information to determine candidacy for breast implants Sarasota, FL. Because breast augmentation is elective, Dr. Sessa is careful to screen patients for any potential complications. During the consultation, the doctor will explain how the procedure will be performed and what to expect during the healing process. Patients are also invited to ask questions.


Before undergoing breast enhancement surgery, patients should take steps to ready themselves for the procedure. Basic planning includes filling any medications prescribed by Dr. Sessa, arranging a ride to and from the surgery, and pausing the use of certain drugs and supplements as directed.

Patients should plan to shower the day of the surgery and wear a clean top that buttons or zips, which helps to keep the chest area clean before surgery and comfortable after. It is highly recommended that patients prepare their home and make arrangements for childcare and other responsibilities during the first few weeks.


Breast augmentation is one of the most customizable cosmetic surgeries available. Patients can choose the location of the incisions, the type of breast implant used, the placement of the implant over or under the muscle, or whether they would prefer fat grafting to the breasts. Dr. Sessa will likely see the patient for a pre-operative meeting where he may use a surgical marking pen to help guide him during the breast augmentation. The patient is then typically placed under general anesthesia for the breast augmentation surgery.


Patients are usually discharged soon after surgery. They may feel tired as the anesthesia wears off. Many women describe the feeling as heaviness on their chest with some tightness. Bruising and swelling are common but well-controlled with proper care. You should use pain medication as directed to reduce discomfort.

If drains were placed, Dr. Sessa will give patients instructions on how to care for them until removed. Patients should sleep on their backs, slightly elevated, to promote proper drainage. They should avoid reaching for at least a week and will need to take some time off from work and strenuous exercise. Dr. Sessa and his staff can provide more specialized directions for the recovery depending on the specifics of their breast augmentation Sarasota.

Possible Risks and Side Effects of Breast Surgery

Every type of surgery carries inherent risk, and elective surgery of the breasts is no different. Patients can discuss possible unwanted outcomes with Dr. Sessa during the consultation to understand the risks and possibility of complications. While side effects are rare and often preventable, infection, nerve damage, irregular feeling and general pain or discomfort are a few possible issues after breast augmentation. Choosing a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Sessa greatly reduces surgical risks.


Alberico J. Sessa, M.D. of Sarasota Surgical Arts is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon practicing at the Sarasota Surgical Arts cosmetic surgery center in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Sessa is an expert at combining proven scientific techniques with an artistic flair to enhance a patient’s own anatomy in a natural, yet dramatic way. This makes him one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Sarasota.

Patients recommend Dr. Sessa for his skill and compassionate care. He is proud to create custom treatment plans for each patient and often combines procedures during a surgical session for optimal results. Patients often pair breast augmentation with a breast lift if dissatisfied with the position of the bust in addition to their breast size and shape. Dr. Sessa ensures that each patient feels comfortable and excited about the procedure before moving forward.

Frequently Asked Questions


How will I know the best breast size for my frame?

Dr. Sessa can help recommend a breast size based on your preferred aesthetics, lifestyle, and figure. The breasts should help create an attractive silhouette, and enhancements performed without appearing artificial. Breast implants that are too large can lead to an unwanted appearance, like rippling.

Will a breast implant feel like my natural breast tissue?

Modern implants are created to feel more like real breast tissue. With options like silicone gel, semisoft silicone, and saline-filled implants, there are different choices to suit each patient’s needs. While fat grafting may create the softest feel, there are limitations on size increase.

Will my scars be visible?

Women in Sarasota, FL area often imagine how their breasts will look in swimwear. In most cases, surgical incisions are discreetly hidden in natural creases of the skin for the best look. While there may be visible scars, you can minimize them by following the doctor’s post-surgical instructions, including wound care and skin care. You can dress the incision sites with silicone sheets during the recovery, and skin procedures like microdermabrasion or microneedling can improve the look of scars.

How much does breast augmentation cost in Florida?

Breast augmentation in Florida can vary in cost based on the type of breast implant chosen, the patient’s surgeon, and special circumstances. On average, patients can expect to spend around $10,000 for breast augmentation surgery when accounting for all necessary fees, anesthesia, and possible travel expenses. Patients will receive a customized price quote at their consultation.

What is the most popular breast augmentation size? 

The most popular size differs between cosmetic surgery clinics, locale, and other factors. However, trends in breast augmentation seem to point to implants between 350cc and 450cc being among the most popular size choices. Of course, most surgeons place implants outside of this range frequently, but the average tends to fall between 350cc and 450cc.

When does pain from breast augmentation typically subside?

Feeling some pain and chest tightness after breast augmentation is normal. A week after surgery, the pain will likely have significantly subsided, if not gone away. Patients usually only need prescription pain medication for a few days and within two weeks should have no constant pain. Minor discomfort with certain movements or as nerves wake up can last for a few months.

Which breast implants are considered to be permanent?

No breast implants are considered permanent devices. With that said, they can last decades and may be permanent. However, patients should understand that they may need to replace or remove their implants at some point in their lives. This is often not due to complications but natural changes that occur with age and other factors.