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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is performed one of two ways: using the patient’s own fat or using implants designed for the breast area.

Do You...

  • Wish your breasts were rounder, fuller, and shapelier?

  • Long for an hourglass figure or more voluptuous curves?

  • Look in the mirror and think your breasts look too flat, small, or disproportionate compared to the rest of your figure?

  • Feel that pregnancy, weight loss, or age has taken a toll on the youthful appearance of your breasts?

Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, with over 300,000 performed every year. The goal of breast augmentation is to enhance the size and shape of breasts through fat injections or the insertion of implants. Women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery to improve their breast size, their breast shape, or asymmetry of their breasts. Many women find that their rounder, fuller breasts enhance their appearance, allow clothes to fit better, and give them the confidence they’ve been looking for.

Breast Augmentation Techniques

Fat injections increase breast volume by injecting purified fat cells from problem areas of the body into the breasts. The fat cells can be harvested through liposuction of the thighs, abdomen, or hips.

Benefits of a Fat Injections

  • Creates a trimmer physique by removing fat from problem areas

  • Uses 100 percent natural material, lowering the risk of an allergic reaction

  • Provides more natural looking and feeling breasts

  • Fat injections aren’t right for everyone. This treatment is best for women who desire a subtle increase in breast size. Candidates for fat

  • It is not uncommon for patients to need more than one fat injection treatment to achieve their breast enhancement goals.

Implants are made of either saline or silicone and are placed into a pocket made under the breast. Implants are ideal for women who wish to drastically change the size or shape of their breasts.

  • Saline implants are made by filling the implant with sterile saltwater. A saline implant provides uniform shape and firmness. It is FDA approved for women ages 18 and over.

  • Silicone implants are made from silicone gel. This gel feels similar to natural breast tissue and may be round or anatomically shaped. It is FDA approved for women ages 22 and over.

  • Textured implants have a rough surface that helps shaped implants hold their position in the pocket and helps limit the amount of scar tissue formed.

  • Implant placement ultimately depends on the build of each patient.
       - Submuscular placement is under the pectoral muscle. This allows the tissue to hide the transition of the implant’s edge at the breast.
       - Subglandular placement is over the pectoral muscle but under the breast tissue. This can help project the breast more directly to help correct sagging.

  • Incision locations include the inframammary crease (where the breast’s lower edge meets the chest), the periareolar (hidden along the outside of the areola), and the transaxillary (within the armpit).

Frequently Asked Questions

Breast implants should provide long-lasting results, but they may not last forever. Some patients never have problems with their implants, but if a complication develops, they may need to be replaced. Maintain a relationship with your surgeon so that any potential problems can be detected and properly addressed.
Since fat injections use the patient’s biological material, there is a chance for partial reabsorption initially that can lead to a loss of volume. However, after a few months the fat cells that survive generally remain there permanently.
Full recovery time takes roughly six weeks. The first two to five days post-surgery will be accompanied by feeling stiff and sore in the chest area. Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to return to work after a week. It is important to minimize excessive physical activity during the first few weeks after surgery to ensure you heal properly.
As with any surgery, there is a possible risk of infection and other surgical risks. Although not common, some complications associated with breast augmentation are capsular contracture, nipple numbness, implant rippling, implant deflation or rupture, and implant malposition problems such as double-bubble deformity. It is important to follow all after-care instructions provided by your doctor to help prevent possible complications.
It is important that you stop smoking at least six weeks prior to your surgery to reduce risks and help the healing process. You shouldn’t take aspirin or other blood thinners for a week before your surgery. It’s also important you stay hydrated before and after surgery.
When it comes to breast augmentation, one size does not fit all. Implant size and type are chosen based on each patient’s build and desired results. Your surgeon will help you decide which implant is right for you after a thorough discussion about your body type and goals.
Breast augmentation does very little to correct breast sagging. If you feel that your breasts hang too low, discuss with your doctor about combining a breast lift with your augmentation.

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