Breast Augmentation Overview
Breast augmentation involves enlarging the breasts through the use of silicone or saline 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. Additionally, Dr. Williams and his team will work very closely with you to determine the right type and size of implant to provide the best overall result.
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 also need to be worn for 4 weeks, and most non-strenuous physical activities can be resumed immediately.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Great doctor, great person, and wonderful staff and office. Dr. Williams' patience, professionalism, and compassion have meant the world to me. There is nothing "plastic" about Dr. Williams' work in quality, or in the emotional sense. I will be forever grateful for his and Nicole's efforts in going above and beyond for me to achieve incredible results I didn't think would be possible. I always loved McKenna's kindness and positivity, too! I will miss them all, but am thrilled to have such a beautiful outcome."- W.P. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2016
"Dr. Willliams is an expert in his field! - I would highly recommend Dr. Williams to anyone considering plastic surgery. I am a mother of 2 and was very hesitant about getting any elective surgery done. After meeting with Dr. Williams and his staff, I knew if I were to get a breast augmentation done, it would be with him. I had met with a number of doctors in the area and there was no comparison. The office is very professional and the people there are very kind and curteous. The office manager, Nicole, helped me through the whole decision process the way a good unbiased friend would. They were able to give me all the information I needed to make an informed decision with my body. My anxiety soon grew into trust and I am so happy with the end result. Dr. Williams is an expert in his field and delivers results to perfection. I am so happy I did the research and found the best in the industry. The results speak for themselves."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 30, 2014
"It's been almost a year since my breast augmentation and I am extremely happy with the work Dr. Williams performed. Not only am I happy with the results, during the whole process (pre, during, and post surgery), Dr Williams and his staff were EXTREMELY supportive. They answered any and ALL questions and concerns I had. I was pretty nervous throughout my healing process but they reassured me everything I was experiencing was completely normal and made sure I was not experiencing any negative symptoms. I highly recommend Dr. Williams. He and his team are phenomenal!! :) :)"- A.B. / Google / Mar 09, 2018
"I could not be happier with Dr. Williams and his staff. From the first appointment he made me feel comfortable and provided so much information. I knew at the first appointment he is who I wanted to go with. I had my surgery Friday and already back to work Monday. His staff is beyond nice and caring I highly recommend!"- K.B. / Facebook / Mar 13, 2018
"My experience here was amazing! Staff was so friendly, very welcoming and helpful! Dr.Williams did an amazing job. I am very happy with my result and happy that I chose him for my operation!"- A.H. / Google / Mar 22, 2018
Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Good candidates for breast augmentation are women who demonstrate:
- Small breast size for body shape
- Desire to correct a breast asymmetry
- Desire to correct a size discrepancy between 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 with Breast Augmentation
The patient’s overall health, along with the current breast size and breast shape will be discussed during the initial consultation. Additionally, Dr. Williams will evaluate the underlying bony 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 her breasts. Finally, measurements will be taken of the breasts and the patient will have the ability to visualize different implant sizes through the use of sizers which will 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, Dr. Williams 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 in proportion to it's width. This is taken into consideration along with the shape of 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-drop shaped), and different textures (smooth or a textured surface). The incision type and the implant placement will also be addressed. Dr. Williams typically places the implant under the pectoralis major muscle to create a more natural, softer looking breast. 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.
Silicone OR SALINE?
Both silicone and saline 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 and they tend to have a more natural feel. Dr. Williams typically uses silicone implants for patients who have lower body weight and less breast tissue.
There are a couple of distinct differences between saline and silicone breast implants. Firstly, the FDA requires 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. Dr. Williams will assess a patient's current amount of 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.
Breast Augmentation During/After Surgery
After breast augmentation surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra or wrap. Swelling is expected after surgery, but because of Dr. Williams' meticulous and gentle surgical technique, it is very rare for patients to experience any bruising. This very gentle surgical technique also results in very little pain as well as allowing them to return to their normal (non-exercise) activities within 24-48 hours. The swelling will start to resolve 1-2 weeks after surgery, although this will vary between patients.Most patients will see complete recovery between 6-8 weeks after surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 48 Hours
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 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. Dr. Williams has performed thousands of breast augmentations over the past 25 years in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and other surrounding gears. He is known for producing gorgeous, natural results. If you desire shapelier breasts, please call our plastic surgery office and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Williams today.