Breast augmentation remains one of the most in-demand and popular cosmetic surgeries available because it has such a strong ability to increase a patient’s confidence. The best breast augmentations are truly a life-changing experience.
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What can Breast Augmentation do?
Whether you’ve always disliked the appearance of your breasts or it has become a more recent area of dissatisfaction for you, a breast augmentation can address your concerns. A gifted surgeon such as Dr. Craft can perform a natural-looking, well-balanced breast augmentation in Phoenix, AZ with beautiful results.
What can breast augmentation accomplish?
- Enhance breast size
- Achieve better body proportion
- Adjust breasts that are uneven
- Correct sagging breasts
- Improve symmetry of the breasts
- Restore volume loss from pregnancy or significant weight loss
Breast Augmentation Surgical Details
A breast augmentation in Phoenix is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and takes one to two hours.
During your consultation with Dr. Craft, he will explain the details of your breast surgery, exactly where the incisions will be made, what type of implants will be used (silicone or saline), and what you can expect.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Craft will make incisions so that the breast implants can be inserted either behind the breast tissue (submammary placement) or underneath the chest muscle (submuscular placement). Incisions are made either around the areola (periareolar), within the crease of the breast (inframammary), or at the armpit (transaxillary).
Once the breast implants have been placed, Dr. Craft will then close the incisions with sutures in the breast tissue. The incision lines will eventually fade.
Breast augmentation candidates
If you’re interested in getting breast implants in Phoenix , you may be a perfect candidate. The ideal candidate:
- Is unhappy with the size, shape, sagginess, or asymmetry of her breasts
- Is in good physical and mental health
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Should not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Should be physically healthy
- Should have realistic expectations of what a breast augmentation can accomplish
Feel a breast augmentation will enhance confidence or quality of life
How Do I Prepare Myself for a Breast Augmentation?
We will work with you to ensure you’re fully prepared for your breast augmentation. Part of this will be a medical evaluation. Dr. Craft may also ask you to make adjustments to medications you might be taking, including any blood-thinning medications or supplements, which can interfere with the process of healing.
If you smoke, you will be required to stop smoking for two weeks prior to your breast augmentation, and for the entirety of their recovery period. Smoking can impair healing as it restricts the blood vessels and reduces the oxygen supply to the body.
Types of Implants
There are several different types of implants that can be used to enhance your breasts. Some implants have different textures or consistencies. During your consultation with Dr. Craft, you will have a chance to look at the different implants and to try them on with a special bra that can help you get an idea of how they might look and feel.
Saline implants are sterile, pure saltwater in a silicone shell. Before they are filled, these implants are usually inserted into a smaller incision in the natural folds of the armpit. Once they are in place, Dr. Craft will precisely fill them to ensure they are perfectly symmetrical, round and attractive-looking.
Saline-filled implants can have less of a natural feel and move less naturally than silicone implants. For those who want an obviously enhanced look, these may be the perfect implants for you. Saline implants are the only implants that are FDA-approved for patients 18 to 21.
In the rare case that a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate, which allows the situation to be immediately noticeable and addressed. The saline is harmless. Silicone breast implant ruptures are not as noticeable and may wind up with silicone leaking into the surgical pocket. For those who are concerned about possible rupture, saline implants may be considered the safest choice.
Silicone implants are thick silicone gel contained in a silicone shell. This gel feels natural to the touch and provides a natural shape and bounce. Silicone implants are a popular choice for women who want a natural look to their enhanced breasts.
Silicone implants include a wide array of silicone gel viscosity and shapes. One of the most popular types of silicone implants is “gummy bear” implants. These have a firmer gel viscosity, like gummy bear candies do, and provide a plump look that closely mimics natural breast tissue.
Gummy Bear Implants
These implants are FDA-approved for women over 22 and are made with cohesive silicone gel molded in the natural teardrop shape. Gummy bear implants are very popular for their realistic form and feel. A larger breast size with natural breast contours is possible with gummy bear implants as well. Another positive feature of these implants is that the procedure usually leaves a patient with less scar tissue.
Gummy Bear implants have a reduced risk of rippling, folding or rupture. However, MRIs are recommended every three years with these implants to ensure they have not migrated or leaked.
Breast Augmentation Patient Before & Afters
Benefits of a Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure and greatly improve the quality of life for women who have struggled with their breast size, shape and symmetry. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures we offer because it provides such significant benefits.
- Restores breasts that have deflated due to pregnancy and aging
- Provides aesthetic breast symmetry
- Creates feminine, curving proportions and a shapely appearance
- Restores the breasts after a mastectomy procedure
- Improves self-esteem and boosts confidence
- Provides a better and more attractive fit in clothing
During breast augmentation surgery, the surgical incisions can be placed in one of several different locations to create the pocket in which to place the implants. Your figure and body structure, the type and size of your chosen implants, whether you want to combine a breast lift with your procedure, and a number of other factors are taken into consideration when an incision placement is chosen. Dr. Craft’s goal in choosing incision points is to ensure a smooth implant placement while working to leave your skin as untouched as possible with minimal scarring.
Incisions are commonly made in the following areas:
Under the crease of the breasts
The incision will be made horizontally under the crease of your breasts. This is a common incision for those who have chosen larger implants because it gives a wider access to place and support the implants properly. The scar is hidden in the natural crease under the breast.
Around a portion of the areola
The incision will be made near the lower half of the areola, which hides the scar. This incision is common for those who have thicker scarring or who are getting a breast lift with their implants. The incision is smaller, allowing a shorter healing time and a nearly imperceptible scar once healed.
In the natural folds of the armpits or through the belly button
This type of incision can only be used for women who are getting saline implants. The incision is made in the armpit or belly button, and a tunnel is made to the breast pocket. The implant is rolled up and inserted through this tunnel, then carefully placed. Once it is in place, the implant is filled with saline.
What Are the Risks Involved When Considering Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, so the risks involved include the usual surgical risks, such as bleeding, infection, and reaction to anesthesia. Breast implants may leak or burst. It is also possible that breast implants could shift, although this is rare. Finally, your personal aesthetic may change in terms of your preferences for your breast appearance.
After your breast augmentation in Phoenix , you can expect to have swelling, itching, and soreness for several weeks, with the first week being the most difficult. Some patients also experience numbness or tingling in the breasts and nipples. Dr. Craft can prescribe medication to help with any discomfort.
You should not do any high-intensity exercise for four to six weeks, and patients are usually able to return to their normal day-to-day lives in eight weeks.
Patients should keep in mind that the body has to totally recover before final results are apparent, and this could take up to six months. (The incisions will be healed sooner than this.) Six months is the average amount of time it takes for the swelling to subside, and for the new breast implants to settle and adjust to your body.
How long do breast implants usually last?
Breast implants are designed to last for ten years or more. The chance of rupture increases by one percent each year.
Does insurance cover breast augmentation surgery?
For the most part, insurance does not cover breast augmentation surgery, as breast implants are not considered medically necessary.
Can you breastfeed after a breast augmentation procedure?
In most cases, yes. If you want to be able to breastfeed after augmentation, be sure to discuss this as a requirement with Dr. Craft during your consultation.
How long until I can exercise again?
Light walking is fine after 1-2 weeks, but wait until six weeks for more rigorous exercise.
What complementary procedures should I consider with my breast augmentation?
A breast lift with your breast augmentation lifts the breasts and tilts them upward in an appealing way. Other procedures that can be done with breast augmentation are a tummy tuck or liposuction.
How long will it take to see the final results?
It will take between six weeks and three months for your implants to fully settle. At that point you will be able to see the final results.
When can I return to work?
You can return to light work without exertion after 1-2 weeks. Do not lift anything over five pounds for at least six weeks.
Why choose ACARA?
When it comes to the best breast augmentation, there are many factors to consider in order to get optimal results. This is why Dr. Craft takes the time and gives special attention to your consultation. He will not only assess your areas of concern; he will also ask questions about your lifestyle and aesthetic goals in order to make sure you are both on the same page about what you want. Dr. Craft has the credentials, experience, and artistry to carry out breast augmentation surgeries with results that are natural-looking, satisfying, and beautiful. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft provides patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, call or contact us online and schedule a consultation at our Phoenix location.