Breast enlargement is one of our most popular procedures. You can finally have the size and shape you have always wanted or restore your pre-childbirth breast size. The results can be dramatic, but they do not have to be dramatic. Breast augmentation can be a subtle change in some cases. Most women who choose breast enlargement choose implants that will give them a C cup. At Gawley Plastic Surgery, it is our goal for breast augmentation patients to achieve a size that is natural and proportionate to their body.
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Benefits Of Breast Augmentation
Any woman 18 or older may choose to have breast augmentation using saline implants. If you would like to have silicone gel implants, you must be at least 22 years of age.
A breast augmentation can:
- Improve appearance
- Boost self-esteem
- Balance and improve body proportions
- Improve job opportunities
- Improve social opportunities
- Correct asymmetrical breasts
- Restore shape and tone lost to age or pregnancy
- Achieve the look and body shape that you have always wanted
Breast augmentation may be performed alone, in combination with a breast lift, or as part of a mommy makeover.
Breast Augmentation Options
You will have many choices to make about the look, shape, and feel of your breasts:
All of your incision options will leave minimal visible scarring. Our surgeons will go over each incision choice and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Traditional breast augmentation is open surgery with the incision in the inframammary crease (under the breast where it meets the chest wall) or around the areola.
Gawley Plastic Surgery specializes in transaxillary endoscopic breast augmentation with a transaxillary incision (in the armpit), so scarring is less visible. While many surgeons are not familiar with this procedure, our surgeons at Gawley Plastic Surgery perform this surgery routinely and find that patients are tremendously happy with the natural shape and lack of scarring on the breast.
“I was fortunate enough to attend their Breast Event in which they covered a vast amount of information on breast augmentation. Dr. Gawley met with me after the event to discuss getting a lift as well. His demeanor and genuine care for my situation solidified my choice in using him as my surgeon.
– Verified Patient”
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Breast Enlargement Candidates
Breast enlargement may be right for you if you:
- Are 18 years old or older (for silicone gel implants, 22 years or older)
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Are of stable weight
- Are not planning a major weight change such as massive weight loss or pregnancy
- Are in good physical and psychological health
- Have realistic expectations
- Have little or no sagging
- Have enough breast tissue to cover the implant
- Want to improve your appearance
Women who are not good candidates for breast augmentation usually have other options. If your breasts sag, a breast lift may achieve your desired results. If you are expecting to lose a great deal of weight or if you are planning to get pregnant, it is best to wait until after the major body-changing event.
Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions
When can you exercise after breast augmentation?
It is important that you begin light walking right after your breast augmentation surgery. This should not be strenuous but just short walks around your home every hour to enhance circulation and avoid blood clots. Within 2 weeks, you can begin cardio including walking uphill or walking on the treadmill. In 4 weeks from your surgery, most women are able to resume their exercise routine, but heavy lifting must still be avoided. Especially when your implants are placed under the pectoral muscle, strenuous exercises like push-ups must be avoided. By the end of 6 weeks, most patients have completely healed and can resume all exercises. However, you must always listen to your body in case it requires more time and follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure the best healing and expected results.
Do breast implants sag under the muscle?
There are many myths regarding the breast augmentation procedure and one such myth is that placement of the implant under the muscle will “hold it up” and there will be less sagging. The muscle tends to push the implant downward and out if the muscle border has been divided. When the muscle fibers are not divided, the movement of the implant with muscle contraction can be extreme which could displace the implants towards the armpit. Usually, your body naturally forms a capsule around the implants, and this keeps them in place. Any sagging in the future is related to your skin’s natural elasticity and capacity to stretch in addition to the implant size rather than the placement of the implant pocket. This is why breast augmentation is a customized procedure suitable to the individual anatomy of a woman.
How long is recovery for breast augmentation?
The recovery from breast augmentation varies from one patient to another. Other factors that determine how long your recovery includes the size of your implants, the placement of your implants and your surgeon’s experience and technique. Typically, most women recover from the augmentation surgery within 4 to 6 weeks and are able to resume their normal routine. When the implants are placed under the pectoral muscles, the recovery might take longer. Your breasts will remain sore and there will be swelling for about 6 to 8 weeks. You will be advised not to engage in any strenuous activities or raise your hands above the shoulders for the first 3 weeks. This helps prevent any bleeding, hematoma, or tearing. You must also wear compression garments that help keep the swelling in check and bring the implants down to their intended position. You may also be instructed to wear a sports bra for about a month. It is best to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions carefully during the recovery to achieve the best results.
What is the difference between breast lift and breast augmentation?
There are several procedures designed to address the various medical and cosmetic issues surrounding the breasts. The main difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation is that while the breast lift helps lift the breasts restoring their perkiness, the breast augmentation increases their volume by adding saline or silicone implants. In other words, when you are dissatisfied with how your breasts appear due to sagging and lost volume caused by breastfeeding or aging, then you will benefit from a breast lift procedure. However, if you are unhappy with the size of your breasts or there is apparent asymmetry in your breasts, then the breast augmentation procedure will be most beneficial. When you book your consultation with a surgeon, let them know about the changes your breasts have undergone and your cosmetic goals so that they can help you choose the best procedure in your individual case or a combination of both for enhanced results.
How does the doctor determine the incision for breast augmentation placement?
When you choose to undergo the breast augmentation procedure, the first decision is where to hide the scar used to insert the breast implants. There are technically four options for incisions – the peri-umbilical (at your belly button), the axillary incision (in your armpit), the peri-areolar (at the junction of the dark skin of the areola and the lighter skin of your breast) and the inframammary fold incision (in the crease under your breast.
The armpit or belly button incisions do not give similar access and control to the surgeon and are believed to carry a higher risk of malposition. Plus, the belly button incision voids the warranty on silicone implants and the armpit incision can be visible with recent clothing trends. Our surgeons prefer the inframammary fold incision as it has the lowest complications and allows for precise placement with the least risk of scarring. The peri-areolar incision is also a good option but it does have slightly higher complication rates including infection, changes in nipple sensitivity and future breast feeding.
Learn more by reading :
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation
Choosing a Breast Surgeon in Phoenix
Breast Implant Manufacturers
Visualization Techniques for Planning Breast Implant Size
Breast Augmentation Risks
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About 50% of the surgeries that are performed at Gawley Plastic Surgery are breast enlargements. If you are in Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona or the surrounding area, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We also welcome patients from around the country and can recommend the best hotels for your visit. Wherever you are, if you are interested in breast augmentation or any type of breast surgery, we would love to hear from you.
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