Should I get breast augmentation surgery?
If you have spent your life feeling unhappy about the size, shape, or projection of your breasts, breast augmentation surgery can be life-changing. To finally feel confident in your body shape can be empowering.
To be safe to undergo breast augmentation surgery, you should be at a healthy weight, a non-smoker, and not have certain physical conditions, including hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure), or a bleeding disorder. When you come to our Scottsdale breast surgery clinic, we will review your medical history and any medications (or supplements) you take as part of the process. You need to be at least 18 years of age to get breast implants.
Is breast augmentation surgery painful?
The surgery itself is not painful for the patient, but it does involve incisions. These incisions can be uncomfortable in the early stages of healing, but you will have prescription medication to keep you comfortable, which is typically not needed for many days. In fact, most patients upon which we perform breast enhancement tell us that recovery was less of a problem than they expected. Dr. Andres uses the most advanced surgical techniques to limit incision size and speed healing.
How long is the recovery from breast augmentation?
Every patient who comes to our Phoenix plastic surgery center is different in how quickly the body heals. Generally, younger patients heal more quickly. When planning your surgery, you will need to expect to take at last a week off from any activity that puts stress or pulling on the upper body – including stretching, lifting, or raising your arms. You have incisions that must knit. Most patients require at least one week off work, while some may need a few more days to feel ready to return. You will be wearing a compression garment to keep your new breasts secure while they heal. Dr. Andres will tell you when it can be removed.
Where will the incisions be placed?
The choice of incision site is based upon the type of implant, the quantity of natural tissue and fat on your body, and what will be necessary in the surgical procedure. The various types of incisions are as follows:
- Periareolar: For some patients, an incision is made around the areola, the outer colored part of the nipple structure. Through the incision, a pocket is created into which the implant will be placed. This incision is appropriate for some patients, and some sizes of implants, and has the advantage of reducing the risk of a visible scar.
- Inframammary: A common incision site is in the fold beneath the breasts, just above where the breasts and rib cage meet. This incision allows for more options in where the implant will be placed, an important point in achieving a natural look and feel. The incision is hidden from view even in bras or bikini tops once healed.
- Transaxillary: For saline implants only, this incision is placed in the armpit. A channel is created and the saline implant is then carefully placed and then filled.
Will I need to replace my implants in the future?
Implants are manmade objects, and eventually will need to be replaced. The question is how long? Most patients with modern implants can expect them to last a long, long time. The FDA issued a report that revealed the facts about implant replacement. One out of five women will require revision after about 10 years, while the others need to do nothing. It all depends on the individual, and whether an issue has developed such as excessive scar tissue affecting breast shape (capsular contracture) or implant rupture.
Will I need a mammogram before getting breast augmentation?
Some women, to be safe, should have a mammogram prior to breast augmentation to rule out the presence of breast cancer, particularly if any of your close relatives developed the diseases. A mammogram is a fast procedure and once complete, you can proceed to surgery with confidence that you are in good health.
Will I need a breast lift with my breast augmentation?
If you are one of the many women who after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or due to aging skin, see your breasts sagging, you may need a breast lift along with breast augmentation to achieve the look you envision for yourself. A private consultation will reveal whether this is necessary in your case.
How can I be sure that my new breasts will look like I imagine?
Dr. Andres can show you many images of women with a similar body type, before and after the surgery. The main point in achieving the breasts that you envision is to have open, free communication with Dr. Andres. He can advise you about the types and sizes of implants that will achieve the look you want.
How long do I need to take off from work after breast augmentation?
It is advised that you plan on taking at least one week off work. Some patients may need a bit more time, but a typical patient feels strong enough to go back to work (other than jobs that require heavy physical activities such as lifting) after a week.
Are there natural ways to enhance breasts?
While you may see promotions for creams that increase breast size, these don’t work. One method that does not involve breast implants is natural fat transfer, but this procedure cannot greatly increase breast size, and is appropriate for patients who want a moderate increase in breast size.
What are the types of breast implants?
There are more sizes, shapes, and types of implants than ever before. The basics types are:
- Saline implants: These implants are filled with a saline solution after the silicone shell is placed in the pocket created by our plastic surgeon. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Thinner patients may find that saline implants are not appropriate, as the edge of the implant can be felt beneath the breast. While not dangerous, it may detract from the natural look and feel the patient envisions.
- Silicone implants: The most popular type of breast implant, many patients choose silicone as these implants have the most natural feel and appearance. The silicone gel “gives” and feels like a natural breast. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, from round to teardrop.
- Gummy bear implants: Also called “form-stable,” these implants are produced from a softer silicone gel that has a very natural “give.” The implants are shaped to mimic natural breast tissue, in a teardrop shape for a natural look to the upper breast. It all depends upon how you want your breasts to appear – many women still prefer rounded implants.
How do I choose a breast augmentation surgeon?
It is important that you choose your plastic surgeon carefully. Dr. Andres is often called upon to perform breast revision surgery to correct an earlier breast augmentation surgery – have the procedure performed correctly the first time and save yourself from the stress, cost, and recovery time involved in revision surgery.
Some of the common issues requiring breast revision include one breast lower than the other, or the breasts appearing like one large breast due to improper placement, or cases of capsular contracture that must be corrected.
Why choose Dr. Andres for breast augmentation surgery?
Dr. Lewis Andres has a reputation for his surgical skills and ability to create natural-looking breasts. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who stays ahead of the curve in the latest developments in surgical techniques. He is considered the premier plastic surgeon for breast augmentation in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area.
Do breast implants come with a warranty?
All modern breast implants come with some type of warranty. Saline implants typically have a 10-year warranty (from date of surgery), and silicone implants also come with warranties, typically in the range of 10 years. However, most modern implants can last for many years more than 10. Some implants have lifetime warranties – should you need to replace the implants, they are given to you without a charge, and some companies offer financial assistance should an implant rupture. We can discuss the warranties and what they offer when you come for your consultation and have the opportunity to see and feel the various types of implants.
Does Dr. Andres have any awards or honors?
Dr. Andres is a faculty member at the Arizona School of Medicine, and the Chief of Plastic Surgery at HonorHealth-Shea in Scottsdale. He has authored scholarly plastic surgery articles published in medical journals and has been asked to present his techniques and insights into complex surgeries at professional meetings of his peers. Dr. Andres has been inducted as a “Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.” This title indicates his high level of education, training, surgical skills, and ethical conduct.