New Year’s Resolution & Plastic Surgery

SelfieWith 2017 already here, many people are quickly jumping in to starting an annual resolution for the upcoming year. Most resolutions are about living a healthier lifestyle specifically; going to the gym, eating cleaner, or losing weight. Sadly, less than 10% of 2016 resolutions were achieved.  What if you had a jump start, or boost of help by plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery cosmetic procedures are rising quickly based on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2015 statistics of plastic surgery. With social media being so widely popular individuals are being found more self-conscious of their bodies due to comparing themselves to others. People are becoming more aware of their “selfie” and appearance. Plastic surgery isn’t just something people are considering for aging, young adults, and middle age women are considering breast augmentations, liposuction, Brazilian butt lifts, and more. Adults in their 20s have plastic surgery to obtain a better “selfie” which can enhance their professional lives, especially through social media.

While many New Year’s resolutions are focused on their overall health, plastic surgery can definitely help you get the body you are desiring without the stress and worry for the whole year. When considering plastic surgery to help you achieve your goal, keep a realistic idea of what you are wanting to look like. You cannot expect to look like a certain person on social media, but you CAN expect to look like a better version of yourself.

When consulting with a plastic surgeon, consider the options for the areas that bother you most. Always remember “you get what you pay for”, with plastic surgery. Looking for the cheaper way isn’t always the safest. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is ALWAYS recommended by the ASPS.

Plastic Surgery can help you achieve that self-esteem boost you’ve been looking for! What better way to start the New Year with a purpose and higher satisfaction with your self-worth? By considering plastic surgery in helping to achieve your New Year’s resolution is a great start to 2017.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay

Breast Feeding & Breast Implants

Breast ImplantBreast feeding with implants is impossible. False. Over the years, the percentage of breast feeding women that have had breast implant surgery is exceptionally high. If you’re an inquiring new mother and have implants and are fretting over being able to connect with your baby through breast feeding, worry no more!

In a recent study performed in Argentina, 100 women without and 100 women with Breast Implants, discovered that 93% of women with breast implants successfully breastfeed compared to the 99% of women without implants who successfully breast fed.

Some women may question the placement of the scar; being if it affects breastfeeding? The answer is also no. No known study has found any differences between a placement of an incision to have any known effect on being able to breast feed.

Another question mothers to be might be asking is if the placement of their implants could hinder their ability to breastfeed. Whether the implants being placed subglandular (above the muscle) or subpectoral (under the muscle) matters? Currently placement has no effect on your ability to breastfeed.

As women, we don’t have to sacrifice breastfeeding their babies if they have had or are interested in a breast augmentation. Although Dr. Shienbaum does recommend pregnant women inquiring about breastfeeding with implants to speak to your OBGYN on proper breastfeeding techniques, possible risks of breastfeeding in general, and how to properly nourish your new one!

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation, and Brazilian Butt Lift. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area. To find out more about a cosmetic procedure you might be interested in, please visit

Athletes and Breast Implants

Plastic Surgery and SportsWith all the rumors of Rio Olympics Australian hurdler, Michelle Jenneke and Breast Implants– Did she or didn’t have cosmetic surgery to improve her “bosom”?

That answer is for Ms. Michelle to disclose to the public, but regarding her being so athletic and to possibly have breast implants? Is it even recommended?

Some athletic women may consider whether special considerations come into play given their rigorous activities or training. Jenneke is a great example to all physically active females considering a Breast Enhancement. Women who work out desire the volume of having nice Breasts but hesitate due to their lifestyle. With the variety of Breast Implants on the FDA approved list there are many to fit the diversity of each women’s body type. Believe it or not, Breasts do NOT all look the same. Each implant has different styles, there are some with more projection appearance, while some are broader at the base. Your choice of surgeon has a lot to go into play with your Breast Implant placement, scar, and recovery. It is always best to do some homework and choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery states, “When discussing with a female athlete her choice of implant, size and placement, all definitely matter!” Given the type of physical activity they do, you wouldn’t want to go too big or too wide and hinder their performance. It is a huge consideration whether to place the implant above or below the pectoralis muscle. Being thin and active, implant placement below the muscle might benefit you better to reduce seeing rippling or edging of the implant.

The scar is usually the next big question for active women. Most women want their scars hidden and unseen to the naked eye. While a surgeon can’t completely eliminate a scar, they can minimize the visibility and hide the placement of the scar. There are many different options to scar placement, discuss with your surgeon the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

Lastly, recovery is also a HUGE part of a Breast Augmentation. As an athlete, you MUST discuss your basic training schedule. Your surgeon can estimate how long you may need to discontinue your training or possibly train lighter. Give realistic consideration to whether you are okay with taking a week or two off, sometimes longer. If you are a body builder it could be months before your surgeon recommends you lift weights in fear it could interfere with the healing of your implant placement.

Being athletic is about working out and feeling good, and if that considers implants, go for it!

Body Contouring Surgery: What’s Next after MAJOR Weight Loss

Surgery after Weight LossHave  you recently undergone major weight loss or weight loss surgery and looking to the next step; Plastic Surgery. A tummy tuck could be your answer to help tighten your loose skin.

Body contouring following major weight loss can help remove excess skin and remove fat which in return improves the underlying support tissue shape. Think of it as redoing the transmission in a car. You’re not replacing but improving.

Weight loss can have many benefits, but with any pro comes a con. While you are losing fat, and starting to feel better/healthier with any substantial amount of weight loss, skin lacks the elasticity to shrink to your new body size and shape. With that being said put you at your newest inquiry, surgery.

Body contouring procedures can include many different things, here is a list with explanations to help you decide if you are candidate following your recent weight loss journey.

Breast Enhancement by Lift: loss of fullness, sagging breast

Facelift: sagging jowls, neck, wrinkling skin around face

Tummy Tuck: hanging skin over abdomen can be called the “apron”, loosen abdominal muscles from pregnancy

Arm Lift/ Bracheoplasty: hanging/ sagging skin under arms

Brazilian Butt Lift: loss of fullness in buttocks

Thigh Lift: excess skin hanging, requires very large scar that is not coverable with shorts or swimsuits

If you think you could be a candidate for one or more of the above listed procedures, you should prepare some questions for your plastic surgeon.

Your first question should always be, “Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?” By asking this question you are assuring they have had extra training in their specified field. What type of setting does the surgery take place in? If it’s an office-setting, is it accredited? Go over your health with your surgeon and any risk you might have with this surgery. Always ask questions, the more you ask the better you feel going into a surgery. Decide if this surgeon can give you the realistic outcome your desiring.

Dr. Marvin Shienbaum, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is recognized as one of the most sought after post weight loss plastic surgeons in Florida. If you are curious about how he could help you with this procedure or any plastic surgery procedure cal us today:  813-681-5709



Things to know before your first Liposuction Consultation…

liposuctionHave you recently inquired about having Liposuction of certain problem areas of fat you just cannot seem to get rid of?

Be prepared for your consultation with these tips from Dr. Shienbaum at Brandon Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL.

During your first consultation make sure to discuss your surgical goals, how you expect to look; is it a realistic expectation? Will the type of Liposuction you have require any medical clearance if you have certain types of medical conditions? What kind of drugs are involved and do you have any allergies, if so what does the surgeon recommend instead? If you are currently taking any supplements, vitamins, diet pills, etc. (even over the counter) be sure to ask if you can continue to take them before your surgery. If you have had any previous surgeries (even unrelated to cosmetic) tell your surgeon. Be as upfront with your surgeon, so they may give you the best evaluation and expectations possible.

You should expect your Liposuction plastic surgeon to evaluate you on your overall general health. They should inquire and ask if you have any pre-existing health conditions or any risk factors. The surgeon will most likely take photographs and discuss which type of Liposuction will benefit you and give you your desired expectation. Depending on the type of Liposuction what is their recommended course of treatment. Do they require any follow up appointments, or to purchase any equipment to ease your recovery.

Finally, your surgeon and you should discuss ANY potential outcomes for Liposuction surgery and any complications that can arise from type of Liposuction.

It is recommended to write a list of questions down to ask your surgeon so that you have a full understanding of all aspects of Liposuction surgery. Naturally you will feel anxious whether you are excited and anticipating your new look, stress is normal with this type of surgery, but the more questions and better understanding you have going into it, can help you achieve your best result and can help you choose the right Plastic Surgeon for you. If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Marvin Shienbaum in a no stress environment to learn about all of the problem areas that can get addressed with liposuction along with other cosmetic surgery procedures we encourage you to call today: (813) 681-5709

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The Latest Breast Implant Trend

breast-implantsWith new fashions trends society is always changing to keep up with the latest and greatest! For plastic surgery, this can be true as well. With all the new hype over butt, boobs, and tummies. Things are constantly changing on sizes, shapes, and what the patient most desires. Breast implants over the past twenty years have had an impact with the newest trends as well, as far as sizes!

Dr. Shienbaum’s patients from some years ago were known for fitting in with culture of the time as “Go BIG or go home”. It was very popular in the 80’s to have large prized breast, and some women still desire that look, but as time has changed and things have evolved over the years, new trends are taking effect. Many patients are now coming back for a more “natural” appearance. A patient of Dr. Shienbaum shares, “When I first got my implants, I wanted to conform with the latest trends, but now with age I just want to be natural and feel myself again.” Many women are noted downsizing or completely removing their implants with plastic surgeons in the 20th century. Dr. Shienbaum’s patient is part of the growing trend of women opting for a breast explant surgery. In recent magazines, they noted the red carpets have been lacking some cleavage over the past couple of years.

More plastic surgeons reported performing Breast Explant or exchanges than ever. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery started tracking the procedures just last year recording more than 38,000 procedures. Most patients replace their current implants with smaller while some prefer to have them taken out altogether. The majority of these patients have had their implants for decades.

If your deciding on any type of surgery Dr. Shienbaum highly recommends you thoroughly think about your decision to make sure it is right one for you and your body no matter the trend currently. Always discuss with your plastic surgeon any questions or concerns you may have about any and all procedures you are inquiring.


Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tucks, LiposuctionBreast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area, including Brandon, St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit

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Breast Implant Choices and Differences

breast-augmentationSaline Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants are filled with sterile salt water or “saline”. Saline implants have the highest rate of rupturing. If the shell of the implant should leak the whole implant will collapse. Saline is considered the safest option due to your body absorbing the saline if it ruptures or leaks. Saline implants are FDA approved for women ages 18 and up.

Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone Breast Implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel tends to feel more natural as normal breast tissue would. If rupture was to happen or the implant shell was to leak, the silicone gel would remain within the implant or may escape into the breast implant pocket. (The space your surgeon makes to encase your implants). If silicone is your desired implant, it is recommended to follow up regularly with your Plastic Surgeon to make sure the implants are functioning correctly. These implants are FDA approved for women ages 22 and up.

Gummy Bear Implants
Gummy Bear Implants or “form-stable” implants are firmer than silicone and saline. They are a littler thicker and are less likely to break or rupture. They are tapered at the top and more projection at the bottom. One downfall is if the implant was to rotate, it could lead to unusual appearance of the breast.

Round Breast Implants
Round Breast Implants appear fuller than the Gummy Bear Implants. High profile round breast implants are an ideal choice if you want them to have more projection. Due to them being round all over there is less of a concern about them rotating out of place.

Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth Breast Implants are the softest feeling, they have the most natural movement because they are able to move with the breast implant pocket. The downfall is they have more palpable or visible rippling.

Textured Breast Implants
Textured Breast Implants are harder because scar tissue forms around and sticks to the implant. They are less likely to move around inside of the breast and get repositioned. It does however reduce the likeliness of developing a tight scar capsule.
After deciding on the perfect implant for you with your Plastic Surgeon, it is always important to follow-up with the PS to have appropriate check-ups.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area, including Brandon, St. Pete, Bradenton, Clearwater, Sarasota, and Tampa, Florida.

Is there ever a “Right Time” for Plastic Surgery?

plastic-surgerySummer is known for vacationing and spring for weather but what season is the best for a tuck, nip, or fill? Many women and men inquiring plastic or cosmetic surgery plan it around their already crazy schedule. Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery finds that a very popular question among his patients is, “When is the perfect time for Plastic Surgery?”

Dr. Shienbaum answers this question with “when may depend on where”. Many of his patients in St. Petersburg, FL would prefer to recover before swimsuit season or preferably not at the hottest time of year, while others would prefer to take some time off during the holidays. Busy time for his practice is considerably is all year, because everyone’s schedule differs. Some people fly down just to have surgery and it’s their winter we may be in the middle of summer. Location has a lot to do with choosing the perfect time for a procedure.

The type of surgery can affect the time for surgery as well. If you’re just receiving a non-invasive, in-office procedure such as Botox, any time can work given the simplicity of the injection. There is no down time, most of our patients go right back to work, or continue their everyday activities. Botox is known to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

If you are considering something more in-depth, such as a Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, or Facelift deciding what time to head to Dr. Shienbaum may be important. Some find it easier to take time away during the holidays to recover, or some may differently. All this can be discussed with your surgeon and he can give you the appropriate amount of recovery suggested for each procedure.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation, and Brazilian Butt Lift. He provides services for the entire Tampa area, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Sarasota, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit

How to choose the right Brazilian Butt Lift Surgeon


Upon your research of your recent inquire of a buttock augmentation you should always consider these questions about the Plastic Surgeon while looking. Are they certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? Were they specifically trained in the field of cosmetic or plastic surgery and if so how many years of training did they have in that specific field. Does the surgeon have hospital privileges to perform his surgeries, if so what hospitals? If the office has an in house surgical facility is it accredited by a nationally or state recognized agency? These are things you can look up on the internet or ask the surgeon upon your consultation.

Are you a good candidate for this procedure? Ask the surgeon if this is right for you, and his opinion. Remember they do these EVERYDAY. His/her job is to evaluate your insecurities and address them. Be sure to ask if what is expected of yourself to receive the best possible results. Should you be working out, clean diet, etc.?

ALWAYS ask where and how will he/she be performing your procedure, and what surgical technique is he/she recommending for you. Each surgeon performs the same procedure but may utilize different techniques. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what methods of liposuction they use and how they reinject fat.

Recovery always depends on your body but it’s always good to ask general questions. How long of a recovery should you expect, and might you need anything special for recovery? Do they recommend having any help during recovery? Every surgeon has a different protocol for how to handle recovery, by asking it can help determine if it fits best with you, your healing style, and your schedule. Keep in mind, many surgeons require you to have post-operative follow ups to stay updated throughout your recovery.

Surgical complications are rare but they can and do happen. Discuss with your Plastic Surgeon all the risk and complications associated with your procedure and if a complication does arise how do they handle them. Be honest about your medical history and through in your discussion whether this surgery is safe and right for you.

Lastly, how can you expect to look overtime? Are the results immediate? Generally swelling is apparent with this type of surgery and your immediate results can differ from patient to patient. Talk to your surgeon and explain how you expect to look, if it is possible. Always ask if you are unsatisfied following the procedure, do you have options? Most importantly remember surgery is usually permanent, be sure to have a good understanding of the surgery and what to expect.

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, including Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Mommy Makeovers, Breast Augmentation, and Brazilian Butt Lift. He provides services for the entire Tampa area, including St. Pete, Clearwater, and Bradenton, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, please visit abdominoplastytampa.comor call our office to book a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Shienbaum and see what is best for you: 813-681-5709

Deciding on a Breast Augmentation?




Size matters…

Double Board Certified St. Pete Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shienbaum says one of the most common reasons women have a breast revision surgery is to change size. He offers his advice by spending your time and selecting the right size the first time around can save you revision surgery costs and avoid recovery time. Dr. Shienbaum explains, “We have to pick an implant that fits their breast.” Dr. Shienbaum has performed thousands of Breast surgeries throughout the Clearwater area and with through implant size selection makes the difference between an okay breast augmentation and a great breast augmentation.

Double check…

Upon a Breast Consultation with Dr. Shienbaum the first step is measuring the patient’s chest. Determining their chest measurements establish what diameter and type of implant would give the patient the most desired results they are seeking.  When he measures your breast, he is including the base width of the breast and the nipple to fold distance. Based upon the dimensions he is able to give his patients an idea of what size implants he would recommend for their body. Upon selection of an implant size, he looks at the bony or skeletal structure of his patient to determine if is a proportionate size. He explains that as the patient may gain or loss weight, their bony structure will always remain the same.

Bra sizers…

Have you ever stuffed your bra? Tissue paper was a little girl’s best friend back in her younger years! Every girl wonders what will I look like with bigger boobs. No worries, Dr. Shienbaum offers real life implant sizers for a realistic experience of weight, projection, and appearance for women seeking Breast Augmentation. When you try on your implant sizers, he encourages you to bring some of your favorite shirts to visualize your expected outcome. While trying the implant sizers on, if you are athletic, take note of the new weight added to your body. Are you ok with the way they accent your physique and are they proportionate for you? These are some things Dr. Shienbaum reassures you and ensures will help you choose the right size. He prefers you to try the sizers and see for yourself versus a 3-D virtual experience that some other Tampa surgeons prefer. Although of course the decision is ultimately up to you, he is there to give you his honest opinion in helping you choose the right size!

If you’re in search in the Tampa area for a Breast Augmentation and would like to meet with Dr. Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery, give us a call at (813) 681-5709. Brandon Plastic Surgery offers free initial consultations!

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