June 14, 2023 | By Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Breast Implant After Mastectomy


Imagine waking up each morning feeling a surge of self-assuredness, embracing the reflection in the mirror with a newfound sense of beauty.

Picture the joy of rediscovering your natural confidence, stepping into the world with a radiant glow that captures the attention of everyone you meet.

You deserve to experience this transformative journey to unveil the beauty within you that has been waiting to shine.

At Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery, we understand the emotions that can accompany a mastectomy. Losing a part of your body can leave you feeling incomplete, questioning your identity and beauty.

But let us assure you, there is hope. There is a way to regain what was lost and embrace an even more extraordinary version of yourself —Breast implants!

When it comes to plastic surgery, we know you have concerns. Health, safety, and achieving the desired aesthetics are all at the forefront of your mind.

That’s why we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

With over 20 years of experience, Our very own Dr. Mosiello, the first board-certified plastic surgeon in New Tampa, has dedicated his career to patient satisfaction.

Together with our caring and professional staff, we will provide you with exceptional service, personalized results, and the confidentiality you deserve.

Understanding Mastectomy and its Effects on Body Image

A mastectomy is a powerful surgical procedure used to treat breast cancer. While it is a life-saving measure, it can leave women emotionally and physically vulnerable.

But fear not, for there is hope and an opportunity to reclaim your natural beauty!

Let’s dive into what mastectomy is and its significance in the fight against breast cancer:

  • Removing the Cancerous Tumor

Mastectomy involves the surgical removal of the breast tissue affected by cancer. It’s like removing the enemy from the battlefield, eliminating the source of danger, and giving hope for a cancer-free future.

  • Preventing the Spread of Cancer

By removing the breast tissue, including the tumor and surrounding cells, mastectomy helps prevent the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

It’s like building a fortress, protecting the rest of your body from the relentless assault of cancer cells.

  • Reducing the Risk of Recurrence

Mastectomy significantly reduces the risk of cancer recurrence. It’s like creating a force field, shielding you from the fear of cancer’s return and allowing you to embrace life with renewed strength and resilience.

Ready to enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mosiello at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery today and take the first step on your breast reconstruction journey.

The Importance of Regaining Body Confidence and Embracing Natural Beauty

Now that we’ve explored the significance of mastectomy in treating breast cancer, let’s shift our focus to breast reconstruction and the importance of regaining body confidence after this life-saving procedure.

Here are reasons why it matters:

  • Emotional Well-being

When you look in the mirror and see a body transformed by mastectomy, it’s natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions.

Regaining body confidence is like finding the sun after a storm, bringing warmth and joy back into your life.

It allows you to heal emotionally, accept your new reality, and celebrate the incredible strength that resides within you.

  • Self-esteem and Empowerment

Embracing your natural beauty after mastectomy is like unlocking a hidden superpower. It boosts your self-esteem, making you feel like the superhero you truly are.

With confidence in your appearance, you can conquer any challenge that comes your way and inspires others with your unwavering spirit.

  • Inspiring Others

Your journey to regain body confidence and embrace natural beauty is not just for yourself; it can inspire others.

When you radiate self-acceptance and love, you become a beacon of hope, guiding others through their struggles.

Schedule your breast  RECONSTRUCTION consultation today!

Exploring the Different Types of Breast Implants for Reconstruction

When it comes to breast implants, there are several types to choose from, each with its unique features, benefits, and considerations.

Let’s explore the different types of breast implants available and uncover what makes them distinct:

1. Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saline solution, resembling a saltwater mixture. The implant is filled during surgery which is ideal if there is significant asymmetry.

Ideal candidates for saline breast implants are typically over 18 years old (or 22 years old for FDA-approved silicone implants), and desire increased breast volume, correction of breast asymmetry, or reconstruction after mastectomy.


  • Lower cost

Saline implants are typically less expensive than other options, making them a more budget-friendly choice for patients.

  • Same surgical technique

The surgical procedure for placing saline implants is the same as for other types, ensuring a familiar and straightforward process.

  • Adjustable volume

The volume of saline implants can be adjusted during surgery, allowing for fine-tuning to achieve symmetry in cases of significant breast asymmetry.


  • Potential for visible rippling

Saline implants may have a higher chance of rippling, especially in patients with thin breast tissue.

  • May feel less natural

Some women feel saline implants are firmer and less natural in texture than silicone implants.

  • Risk of rupture

Although rare, saline implants have a higher risk of rupturing or leaking, which may require additional surgery to replace the implant.

2. Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. The gel inside the implant is designed to mimic the feel of natural breast tissue, providing a soft and natural-looking result. Silicone Breast Implants are great for women 22 and over.


  • Natural feel

Silicone implants closely resemble the feel of natural breast tissue, providing a softer and more realistic result.

  • Lower risk of rippling

Due to their cohesive gel filling, silicone implants have a lower chance of visible rippling, especially in patients with less breast tissue.

  • Wide range of options

Silicone implants come in various sizes, shapes, and profiles, allowing for customization to achieve desired outcomes.


  • Silent rupture detection

Unlike saline implants, detecting a rupture with silicone implants may be more challenging without regular monitoring, such as an MRI scan.

  • Cost

Silicone implants are generally more expensive than saline implants, reflecting their higher quality and natural look.

  • Age restriction

Due to FDA guidelines, silicone implants are typically recommended for women aged 22 and older.

3. Gummy Bear Implants

Gummy bear implants, also known as form-stable implants, are made from a highly cohesive silicone gel that retains its shape even if the implant shell is damaged.


  • Natural shape retention

The form-stable gel in gummy bear implants maintains its shape, providing a consistent and natural appearance to the breasts.

  • Reduced risk of implant rupture

The cohesive gel filling minimizes the risk of implant rupture and leakage, offering long-term durability.

  • Customized results

Gummy bear implants are available in different shapes and profiles, allowing for personalized customization to achieve the desired breast shape and projection.


  • Firmness

Due to the thicker and more cohesive gel, gummy bear implants can feel firmer than other implant types.

  • Incision size

The pre-filled nature of gummy bear implants requires a slightly larger incision for placement.

4. Round Breast Implants

Round breast implants are the most commonly used implant type, offering a versatile option for enhancing breast shape and volume.


  • Versatile profiles

Round implants come in a variety of profiles, allowing for customization based on desired fullness and projection.

  • Enhanced cleavage

Due to their shape, round implants can create more noticeable cleavage, adding to a fuller and rounded breast appearance.

  • Lower risk of rotation

Unlike teardrop implants, round implants do not have a specific orientation, minimizing the risk of rotation after surgery.


  • Potential for a less natural look
  • Potential for visible rippling
  • Less ideal for correcting breast asymmetry

5. Smooth Breast Implants

Smooth breast implants have a smooth outer surface, offering a natural feel and movement within the breast.


  • Natural movement

The smooth surface of these implants allows for more natural movement and mobility within the breast pocket.

  • Variety of filling options

Smooth implants can be filled with saline solution or silicone gel, providing flexibility based on individual preferences and needs.

  • Soft FEEL

Smooth implants often offer a softer FEEL, enhancing their resemblance to natural breast tissue.


  • Potential for capsular contracture

The smooth surface of these implants may have a slightly higher risk of capsular contracture, a condition where scar tissue tightens around the implant.

  • Slightly higher risk of implant displacement

Due to the lack of texturing, smooth implants may have a slightly higher chance of implant displacement or rotation.

  • Potential for visible rippling

In patients with thin breast tissue, especially with saline-filled smooth implants, there may be a higher risk of visible rippling.

Top 6 Factors to Consider in Choosing the Ideal Breast Implant

Choosing the ideal breast implant is an important decision that requires careful consideration.

Here are key factors to keep in mind when selecting the ideal implant for you:

  • Size and Projection

Determining the size and projection of your desired breasts is a crucial starting point. Next, consider your body proportions, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosiello can guide you in choosing an implant size that achieves your desired aesthetic outcome while maintaining a natural look.

  • Implant Material

Breast implants are primarily made of saline or silicone. Saline implants offer a lower cost option and can be adjusted during surgery, while silicone implants provide a more natural feel and reduce the risk of rippling.

Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each material will help you make an informed decision based on your goals and circumstances.

  • Implant Shape

The shape of the implant plays a significant role in the overall appearance of your breasts. For example, round implants offer fullness and enhanced cleavage, while teardrop implants mimic the breast’s natural shape, with more fullness at the bottom.

Consider your desired breast shape and discuss the options with your surgeon to determine which shape best suits your goals.

  • Surgeon’s Expertise

Selecting a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon is paramount in achieving optimal results. Dr. Mosiello at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery has over 20 years of experience and is dedicated to patient satisfaction.

Trusting your surgeon’s expertise and discussing your goals openly will ensure personalized care and a successful outcome.

  • Placement

Breast implants can be placed either above or below the chest muscle. Each placement has its advantages and considerations.

Submuscular placement may provide a more natural look and reduce the risk of visible implant edges, while subglandular placement may result in a quicker recovery.

PS: Implant placement for breast reconstruction is often dependent upon prior tissue expander placement.

Discuss the pros and cons of each placement with your surgeon.


Regaining body confidence and embracing your beauty after mastectomy is crucial to healing emotionally and reclaiming your life.

It’s about finding strength in vulnerability, embracing your unique journey, and shining with a beauty that goes beyond physical appearance.

Remember, you are not alone on this path.

There is a community ready to support you, a team of compassionate professionals at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery who understand the transformative power of embracing your natural beauty.


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Dr. Mosiello taught me how to live again after having breast cancer. His staff is truly a blessing. He is an amazing artist and a wonderful Doctor and friend.

Susan Harrigan

I came to Dr. Mosiello’s practice as a reluctant patient who had just been given the diagnosis of breast cancer. I have been in several doctors’ office’s during my diagnosis and treatment and Dr. Mosiello’s office is my favorite. He is a very kind, competent surgeon who patiently answered questions and explained things fully. I was given clear post op directions and checked on by the nurse before my first post op visit and someone was always available if I had a question or concern. His staff is amazing! Melissa, Paula, Mary and Carol are all very personable and caring. This is also an office where I did not wait long periods of time to be seen. Things run smoothly and timely. I would highly recommend Dr. Mosiello to anyone in need of a plastic surgeon.

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