Breast Augmentation (Implants)

In Melbourne, FL

If your chest is underdeveloped, or your breast size has decreased as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, breast augmentation surgery can enhance your chest contour and give you a more defined, proportioned look. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, provide a variety of breast enhancement procedures for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and neighboring areas in Central Florida.


Breast augmentation, sometimes called a boob job, is a procedure that enlarges the breasts by placing silicone or saline implants behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle. Breast augmentation is typically done through two incisions in the fold of the breast, around the areola, or under the arm, leaving minimal scars that naturally fade over time.




Breast augmentation surgery is commonly performed to improve and enhance the overall size and shape of the chest and breasts. Breast augmentation improves the appearance of the breasts by adding size and volume to underdeveloped breasts. The procedure also corrects asymmetrical breasts or chest muscles and streamlines a chest that appears imbalanced.

Breast enlargement surgery may be performed to restore lost fullness, volume, and contour following pregnancy or extreme weight loss, and may replace volume lost as a result of a mastectomy or injury to the breast tissue. Some patients may also opt to have a breast lift in combination with breast augmentation to achieve optimal rejuvenation of the breast area.


Breast implant surgery, like any surgical procedure, is personally tailored to each patient, and you may choose from various options to achieve your desired results. Our expert staff can help you make the most suitable choice considering your individual body type, age, gender, concern, and lifestyle. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your surgical options and the types of breast implants you may choose from, such as:

  • Material: You may choose between saline or silicone breast implants, sometimes called gummy bear breast implants, depending on your individual preference and condition. Dr. Novo will recommend the most appropriate type of implant to give you the most natural-looking breast volume results. Currently, The FDA approves silicone gel implants for patients over the age of 22
  • Projection profile: Breast implants come in high, medium, or low projection profiles. The projection profile determines how far your new breasts will project from your chest.
  • Shape: Silicone or saline breast implants may be round or teardrop-shaped, and Dr. Novo will recommend the most suitable for your body type as well as your desired breast shape.
  • Position: The implant may be positioned either on top of or underneath the pectoral muscle in the chest


Breast augmentation surgery may be performed in patients over the age of 18 who are in good health and have no contraindicated conditions for this procedure. You may be a good candidate for this surgical procedure if you have concerns about the size of your breasts and are looking to boost your self-confidence through looking your best in whatever you choose to wear.

Good candidates for breast enlargement surgery have realistic expectations for the surgery and have maintained a healthy, stable weight. Dr. Novo may recommend that you quit smoking before undergoing this or any other surgical or invasive procedure.


Breast augmentation as a stand-alone cosmetic surgery most often does not correct sagging of the breasts. Although in smaller breast sizes with mild sagging (or ptosis) the added volume of an implant alone may improve the appearance. If you want to simultaneously correct sagging while increasing size and volume, combining breast augmentation with a breast lift procedure may be the ideal body contouring solution for you.


Since every breast enhancement surgery is tailored to each patient, the recovery process varies between breast augmentation patients and may be affected by factors such as your age, gender, and general lifestyle, as well as the extent of the procedure or combination of procedures, such as a breast augmentation and breast lift, that you undergo.

During recovery after breast surgery, patients may experience mild discomfort for two to three days after the procedure, accompanied by a feeling of tightness in the skin. Women may be required to wear a surgical bra while men will wear a compression shirt to protect delicate tissue and assist the body in adapting to its new contour while minimizing the appearance of scar tissue. In some cases drainage tubes will be placed under the skin to collect any excess fluid.

Most patients are able to resume non-strenuous normal activities after a few days. Over the course of a few weeks, once the post-operative swelling subsides, your results will become fully visible, and you may resume more vigorous activities and return to work.

Our staff and Dr. Novo will be on hand to support you throughout your recovery process, providing verbal and written instructions for your recovery that you must follow faithfully in order to achieve optimal results.


Happily, the answer to this question is “yes!” In the majority of cases, a breast augmentation procedure will not interfere with your ability to breastfeed.


Breast implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years before they need to be replaced; however, they may need to be adjusted or repositioned prior to that time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Novo and our staff of specialists will help you to identify indications of any potential problems that may indicate a need to replace or reposition one or both implants.


The cost of breast augmentation varies between patients, depending on the extent of your procedure, the type of implants you choose, and any additional procedures you may choose to combine with the breast augmentation. Since health insurance does not typically cover breast augmentation procedures, our office provides easy financing methods and flexible payment options for all our patients.


If you’re ready to get the breast size and shape you’ve always dreamed of, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Novo and the staff at For Your Best Self are here to help you get there. During your consultation with Dr. Novo, you’ll try on different breast implant sizes and find the options that work for you. Contact us today by calling 321.395.3298 or filling out a contact form online.

If you are interested in breast enhancement and you live in Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, or neighboring communities in the Central Florida region, you can place your trust in the specialists at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD. Contact our office to learn more about breast enhancements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are breast implants under warranty?

Each brand of breast implant carries their own specific warranty clause. This will be reviewed at consultation. Most are limited 10 year warranty. Some have features that will replace implants if capsular contracture occurs.

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation

Yes, you can breast feed after breast augmentation. The procedure will not affect your milk ducts and you can safely breast feed afterward.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Insurance does not cover elective breast augmentation.

What are Natrelle breast implants?

Natrelle implants are Allergans brand of cohesive gel implants. Also known as the gummy bear implant. They can range in size and cohesiveness.

What is the average cost of a breast augmentation?

Every surgeon has their own costs. Usually can range from $4,000-8,000. Most of the cost varies in type of implant selected.

What is the difference between a breast augmentation and breast implants?

Breast augmentation is for enlarging the size of the breast and breast implants are the device used for the augmentation.

What is the most common breast implant size?

There is no specific size that is more common than the other. This is really patient dependent on size on breast and what measurements are proportionate to the patient.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

On average, implants last 10 years while they dont expire or need to be replaced every 10 years if there are no issues with the implants. If they are silicone they should be monitored by doing an MRI or ultrasound every 3 years to look at the integrity of the implants.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

The breast implants themselves are not heavy enough to cause a significant weight gain. Having implants does not directly cause weight gain.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

You may be asked to get blood work, mammogram, start certain medications or adjust your medications/supplements, stop smoking and drinking alcohol.

How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?

It varies from patient to patient, some tenders can last up to 6 weeks

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are known to last on average 10 years. They can be monitored with MRI or ultrasound to monitor their integrity.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Each person has their own pain threshold but can be controlled with tylenol or a long lasting pain medication injection called Exparel.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

Other alternative to breast implants could be fat transfer but would need to have enough fat to do so.

What are cohesive breast implants?

Cohesive breast implants are also known as the gummy implants. They are silicone and made up of cohesive gel.

What are gummy bear implant?

These implants are cohesive gel or silicone implants.

Will Cigna cover breast augmentation?

Insurance is not known to cover elective breast augmentation procedures.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

Pain is usually related to scar tissue or capsular contracture. If you are having pain we recommend seeing your plastic surgeon or primary care physician.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Yes, depending on the amount of fat you have on your body could fat grafted to the breast.

Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

We do no have enough data to prove that implants directly cause auto-immune disease.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

Depending on if you have silicone or saline implants you can monitor the integrity of the implants by getting an MRI or an ultrasound. If saline, you will notice a deflation in the ruptured breast.

how much does breast augmentation cost?

Every surgeon has their own costs. Usually can range from $4,000-8,000. Most of the cost varies in type of implant selected.

Is breast enlargement possible without surgery?

Not typically. Breast tissue responds to hormones and weight changes.

Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?

Yes, you can move your arms after surgery. Your range of motion will be limited for a short term and will not be doing any fast or sudden arm movements.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is meant for enlarging the breasts. Over time with aging and the weight of the implant could cause pstosis/ sagging of the breast.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

On average, implants last 10 years while they dont expire or need to be replaced every 10 years if there are no issues with the implants. If they are silicone they should be monitored by doing an MRI or ultrasound every 3 years to look at the integrity of the implants.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

Some signs of capsular contracture, such as increasing firmness or tightness in the breast, or the beast staying to high. It can start to appear as early as a few months after your implant reconstruction surgery or years later.

Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?

This is really something you would have to consider because it will be for yourself and what makes you happy.

What can go wrong with breast implants?

Scar tissue, break down, infection, bleeding.



   “Dr Novo is an absolute gem, as well as her whole team! I felt extremely welcomed and comfortable from the moment I walked in for a consultation and the level of care they provided throughout the whole time was excellent! She is so knowledgeable and well spoken, I always felt like she took all of my concerns and interests to heart. Her assistant Aggie is also a complete angel and I really enjoyed working with her. Thank you Dr Novo and the rest of your team for making this such an easy and great experience. Also want to mention I am beyond thrilled with the results!”

   “Dr. Novo is phenomenal.  Her staff is  super friendly! I am very happy with the surgical procedure I had done, and would definitely recommend her.”

   “Dr Novo and staff are so incredibly kind and encouraging. I felt completely confident that I was in great hands to finally have the flat stomach I wanted so much! My results have been unbelievable! Currently, I am only 7 weeks out and I feel great. My scar is already minimal. I am so happy I chose Dr Novo!”

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