Breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the nation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that more than 300,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the U.S. in a recent year – and you may one of the countless women who dreams of having more fuller, perkier, or just more attractive breasts.
Breast augmentation is popular for many reasons. Having full, perky breasts can greatly enhance a woman’s appearance and overall feminine allure. Our board-certified plastic surgeons at Arizona Aesthetic Associates Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, AZ perform breast augmentation with artistry and skill to produce beautiful results that look and feel natural, youthful, perky and attractive.*
Rest assured that you will be getting the best breast implants Scottsdale, Phoenix and Gilbert offer.
A breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure done to increase the volume and shape of a woman's breasts. This procedure involves a licensed and board certified plastic surgeon inserting either silicone or saline breast implants into the chest area, which will add volume to and change the shape of a one's breasts. General anesthesia is required to be administered, as it is a more invasive cosmetic procedure. It is, however, performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients can go home the same day as surgery. The result is more shapely, larger breasts, and an overall increase in confidence and appreciation for one's physical appearance.
At Arizona Aesthetic Associates, we thoroughly educate our patients about what to expect when undergoing surgery, after surgery, and during recovery. On the day of your breast augmentation in Phoenix, you will arrive early to our surgical center. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. The incision is placed according to the type of implant you have chosen. The procedure is done while you are asleep. When you wake up, you will have better, plumper, more shapely breasts.
After your surgery, you will need to have someone drive you home. Planning ahead for after your procedure is highly recommended, such as having your driver, any necessary prescriptions filled, your fridge stocked and lots of healthy liquids and water available to drink.
Before your appointment, your doctor will go over everything in detail. Always feel comfortable to ask any questions you have attention on.
After your surgery, you will need several weeks to recover. While many of our patients feel well enough to return to work in one week, it is advised that you plan on two weeks away from work.
You will be wearing a compression bandage (or surgical bra) while the area heals – this garment holds your new breasts secure, so they heal correctly. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising following a breast augmentation.
Following your procedure, we insist that you:
A specific massage will be taught to you, which you will perform several times a day once any stitches are removed. This massage is very important to ensure your new breasts heal well and are not stiff.
Immediately following your breast augmentation, some discomfort is to be expected as it was in fact a surgical procedure. You will have a prescription pain medication to help you stay comfortable through the first stages of healing. For most of our patients, the recovery turns out to be far less stressful and painful than they had expected, and they are thrilled with their new breasts!
About one month after your surgery, the full results of your augmentation will be visible. While the scars will never fully disappear, they will greatly fade over time. The incision scars will also be hidden from view, even when wearing revealing tops, including bras and swimsuits.
Each of our doctors are professional and passionate about plastic surgery. They are committed to producing the best results possible and following the highest standards of safety and patient care.
Dr. Andres, Dr. Repta and Dr. LaBarbera are leaders in their field of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, performing advanced surgical techniques with artistry and skill. Their extensive and diverse training and experience ensure that they are able to offer the best results possible.
When it comes to choosing a doctor for your breast augmentation procedure, it is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon. Both Dr. Andres and Dr. Repta are board certified.
*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.
Most breast augmentation procedures are performed with silicone breast implants, as these produce the most natural look and feel. Patients have a variety of options as to the type, texture, size, and shape of implants, placement over or under the muscle, and incision placement.
Saline implants are still available but are far less common currently because of the superiority of silicone implants. Fat transfer breast augmentation is also an option for women who want to avoid an implant and who only desire about a cup size increase.
At Arizona Aesthetic Associates Plastic Surgery, our skilled breast surgeons individually-tailor each breast implant procedure. We have the knowledge and experience to recommend the best type, shape, and size of implant and best placement for your unique anatomy to achieve the results you desire.
When you schedule a consultation for your breast augmentation in Phoenix, our doctors will explain your options and how the procedure works.
In addition to a wide range of sizes, breast implant options include:
Ideal placement of breast implants may depend on the look you are going for and the amount of breast tissue you have.
The breast implant pocket is created under the chest muscle. This placement has several advantages: It minimizes the risk of rippling; provides better coverage for the implant; and may reduce the risk of capsular contracture – a condition in which the scar tissue capsule surrounding the implant begins to constrict, distorting the implant and causing pain and hardness of the breast. Submuscular placement is often recommended for thin women or women who have very little breast tissue.
In this procedure, the pocket for the implant is created over the chest muscle and under the mammary gland. Advantages of subglandular placement include: no animation of the breast with chest muscle contraction; no interference with function of the pectoral muscle; and a faster recovery from surgery.
This pocket creation is on top of the muscle but under the connective tissue that covers the muscle. It carries some of the benefits of submuscular placement while still allowing faster recovery without animation.
Another important decision is placement of the implants. This can depend on the type of implant to some degree.
As saline implants can be filled with saline solution after they are placed in the surgical pocket created, these breast implants allow for smaller incisions.
The incision site for breast augmentation can vary, based on the individual patient and their needs.
Below are the incision methods the you and the doctor will choose from:
The incision is made along the crease under the breast. Inframammary placement is popular because it does not affect nipple sensation or breastfeeding, the incision line is disguised in the fold under the breast, and the technique allows the surgeon greater control for precise placement.
This technique involves an incision made along the lower portion of the areola. It is often chosen for the inconspicuous incision lines it leaves. Peri-areolar incision placement may interfere with nipple sensation and breastfeeding for some patients.
With this method, the implant is inserted through a small incision made in the armpit. It leaves no visible scarring of the breasts. However, because of the location of the incision, this approach creates challenges for the surgeon and limits the size of silicone implant that can be placed.
Also known as TUBA, this technique involves an incision in the navel through which implants are inserted. It limits the surgeon’s control in creating the breast pocket. Only saline implants can be placed with transumbilical incision placement.
It is recommended that you refrain from returning to your normal exercise routine for about four weeks. Once you feel up to moving around, gentle and short walks will be recommended, to aid circulation and healing. Your body will let you know what you can do – and you will be given the okay for vigorous exercise by Dr. Casper. If you feel any discomfort or pain in a certain exercise, stop. There should be no problems in all of your normal physical activities after about six weeks.
Numbness is a common side effect after surgery, as the nerves have been traumatized or are compressed by residual swelling. Patients may experience some sensory changes after breast augmentation. For the majority of patients, the sensation does return within three to six months. It is more common to have some nipple sensation loss along with some loss of feeling to the area directly around the scar line. This can take up to two years to resolve, however it may never return to 100 percent of what it felt like before surgery.
There are few medical devices that have come under as much scrutiny as silicone breast implants. The FDA investigated this issue and eventually concluded there was no connection between silicone implants and disease. Modern silicone implants are far superior to older versions and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
When deciding on breast augmentation in Scottsdale, your overall health is more of a factor to consider than your age. All patients are different, so it is important to review your medical history with your surgeon and have any of your concerns addressed. Essentially, if you are generally healthy and safe to undergo surgery, you are probably not too old!
The choice between silicone and saline implants depends on a few factors. Both options provide similar but slightly different results. The look and feel, placement under or above the muscle, incision location, risks of both, and more are things you can determine for yourself from your own research, however your doctor will be able to answer all of your questions and help you decide the best route.
Most women who have had breast implants are able to breastfeed. The silicone implants of today are far superior, and they do not pose a risk of silicone ending up in breast milk. When considering a breast augmentation your ability to breastfeed might depend on where the incision is made in the breast. A carefully performed breast augmentation should not impact the milk ducts. If you plan on breastfeeding a baby in the future, discuss this with your doctor so the correct incisions and procedure can be planned.
The longevity of breast implants varies, but they can last many years – there is no hard and fast standard “shelf life,” although most have warranties for ten years. If your implants are in good shape, there is no need to replace them. Modern implants are superior in quality and typically last longer than the implants produced in the past.
Most breast augmentations go smoothly, but as with any surgery, in rare cases a patient could experience complications such as infection, issues with anesthesia, implant rippling or wrinkling, or abnormal scarring. To avoid complications, we carefully monitor the progress of our patients throughout the recovery process. Follow your aftercare instructions carefully, and the likelihood of problems is very, very low.
For women seeking a permanent increase in breast size, breast augmentation surgery with implants is the most common and effective method. For subtler breast augmentation, natural fat transfer is an option, but it will not dramatically increase breast size.
Yes – most silicone breast implants come with a warranty of ten years after surgery that protects against the risk of deflation and provides up to $3,500 towards replacement surgery costs. There is quite a low risk of rupture, but it can occur in some rare cases.
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