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Breast Augmentation in Tucson, AZ

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

Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, with over 300,000 performed every year. Breast augmentation aims 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, 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.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation might be right for you if 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

  • Experience significant asymmetry between your two breasts

  • Have a congenital breast defect that can be corrected with implants

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

What Are My Breast Augmentation Treatment Options

What Are Fat Injections to the Breasts?

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.


  • 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 injections are determined on a patient-by-patient basis. Because of the nature of this treatment, most patients can only increase their breasts by one cup size.

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

  • Some women choose to combine their fat injections with implants so that their results are more natural. This may be ideal for women with minimal natural tissue, as the transferred fat can help conceal the edges of the implant.

What Are Breast Implants?

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 salt water. 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).

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implants?

You must stop smoking at least six weeks before 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.
Breast implants should provide long-lasting results, but they may not last forever. Some patients never have problems with their implants, but they may need to be replaced if a complication develops.
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, leading to a loss of volume. However, after a few months, the fat cells that survive generally remain there permanently.
Some women are hesitant to choose breast implants due to fears that their implants will not look as natural as fat transfer breast augmentation. While fat transfer is entirely natural, most women find extremely natural-looking results with traditional breast implants. Today, there are many options available with implants. Patients can now choose their implants’ volume, shape, and filling material, and various techniques can create an entirely natural-looking breast.
Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation for women looking to enhance their busts after pregnancy or weight loss. These life experiences not only cause breast volume to deflate, but they also result in premature breast sagging. A breast lift can restore the breasts back to their natural elevation and return an outward-facing breast projection.
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.
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.
The cost of your breast augmentation will depend significantly on your procedure specifics. While some fees are the same across the board (such as the price of the implant you choose), other fees vary by geographical location and surgeon. Your breast augmentation cost will include all aspects, including anesthesia fees, facility fees, surgeon fees, implant selection, pre- and post-operative appointments, and dressings (surgical bras). You will be given an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Breast augmentation is an elective cosmetic procedure and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. It is important to remember that breast augmentation is not the same as breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy recreates the breast mound after cancer treatment. This operation is covered by insurance.
Financing options are available to help patients afford their breast augmentation in Tucson, Arizona.
Some women choose to include their breast enhancement surgery in a more comprehensive body and breast contouring treatment. Mommy Makeover surgery is common after pregnancy or weight loss to address unwanted changes to the breasts and midsection. This combination surgery usually combines breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction. Additional body contouring procedures may be included in this treatment plan if desired.
Dr. Nelson will help evaluate your aesthetic needs during your consultation.

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