Breast augmentation involves enlarging the breasts through the use of saline or silicone gel implants. While a breast augmentation can be performed at any age, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Williams, recommends women wait until their breasts have fully developed (usually after the age of 18) before undergoing this procedure.
Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure in Scottsdale, AZ and most patients return to work in 2 – 3 days. The day following the procedure, Dr. Williams will follow up with you and instruct you on post-operative care and exercises that can be done after breast surgery. A sports bra will need to be worn for 4 weeks, and most non-strenuous physical activities can be resumed immediately.
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Good candidates for breast augmentation are women who demonstrate:
- Small breast size for body shape
- Correct a breast asymmetry
- Size discrepancy of breasts
- Breasts that have become smaller and lost their firmness after having children
- Non-smokers or those who have ceased smoking two months prior to the procedure
- Overall good health
What to Expect
The patient’s overall health, along with the current breast size and breast shape will be discussed during the initial consultation. Additionally, we will evaluate the underlying bone anatomy of the chest, the presence of breast masses (if any), the looseness of the skin of the breasts (if any) and the patient’s overall body shape in proportion to the breasts. Finally, measurements will be taken of the breasts to help determine the best implant size. This evaluation will help to develop a customized and individual breast augmentation plan.
Things to Consider
When choosing the right breast implant, the surgeon will discuss several aspects of the various implants that are offered today. Each implant is produced with varying profiles, which is the amount of projection the implant will offer. This is taken into consideration along with the chest wall and the breast base width. The goal is to find an implant that will fill the base width naturally, while at the same time offering a projection the patient will be happy with. Breast implants also come in various shapes (round or tear-shaped), and different textures (smooth or a textured surface). The incision type and the implant placement will also be addressed. Our surgeon typically places the implant under the pectoralis major muscle with a pre-made pocket that is created surgically. A common approach for the incision is either within the natural crease of the breast or along the nipple. Both of these techniques hide scarring and offer a natural result.
Saline or Silicone?
Both saline and silicone breast implants remain popular choices among women today. The type chosen depends on a few different factors. Saline implants are filled with saltwater during surgery and this amount can be adjusted during the procedure. These implants can feel a bit firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants have a pre-filled amount of cohesive gel when placed during surgery and they have a more natural feel. The surgeon typically uses silicone implants for patients who have lower body weight and less breast tissue.
A couple of distinct differences between saline and silicone breast implants are that patients must be 18 years of age in order to receive saline implants, and 21 years of age for silicone. In addition, silicone implants usually cost about $1,000 more than saline. We will assess the current breast tissue, as well as discuss the patient’s goals for surgery and together make a determination as to the best implant to use to attain the best result.
After breast augmentation surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra or wrap. Swelling is expected after surgery. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve 1-2 weeks after surgery, although this will vary between patients. Usually patients may return to work within 3-5 days. Most patients can resume modest activity in 2 weeks and a complete recovery can be expected between 6-8 weeks after surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1.5- 2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Achieve the Look You Want
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed among plastic surgeons. It is a surgery that produces gorgeous, natural results and the majority of women are thrilled with their outcome. If you desire shapelier breasts, please call our plastic surgery office and schedule your complimentary consultation with our doctor today.