Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of breasts by increasing their size, correcting breast asymmetry, and/or improving their shape. As funny as it may sound, the most reliable way to get good, predictable results with breast augmentation is by using breast implants! There are techniques using fat transfer, but these are used far less and with very mild to moderate success.
What can breast augmentation accomplish?
Breast augmentation can be used to improve the appearance of breasts that:
- Never developed or under developed, leading to less body proportion.
- Lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss<
- Sag slightly due to lost volume or firmness
- Are uneven
- Lack fullness in the upper part of the breast
You can look at our breast enhancement before & after gallery to get an idea about the results breast augmentation can achieve.
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?
If you want to improve the size or shape of your breasts, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
- You are age 18 or older (22 or older for silicone gel breast implants)
- You are in good general health
- You are not pregnant or nursing
- You have a good, positive outlook and are generally happy with yourself.
- You are prepared to take the time to understand the procedure, including its benefits and potential risks
The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for breast augmentation is to schedule a consultation with Scottsdale breast surgeon, Dr. John J. Corey, who will evaluate your physical condition and determine whether you will get the best results with breast augmentation or another breast procedure like a breast lift.
What is recovery from breast augmentation like?
Compared to many types of surgery, breast augmentation recovery is relatively straightforward. Breast augmentation does require that you take some time recovering, maybe a day or two off of work and hold off on resuming some activities, especially strenuous ones. We recommend no bouncing type activity for up to two weeks. You will experience some minor discomfort, which can be controlled with prescription pain medication. Swelling may persist for three to six weeks after surgery, and initially your breast augmentation results may not look quite right to you.--They may seem high and firm and possibly not the size or shape that you imagined. Swelling will diminish gradually and your breasts will settle over time, achieving final results anywhere from three to six months after surgery.
Will breast implants interfere with mammograms?
Breast implants may partly obscure mammograms, but special techniques can be used to improve the visibility of breast tissue after breast augmentation. It's important to work with a screening center that is familiar with breast implants. Studies show that there is no clinically significant impact of breast augmentation on breast cancer detection or breast cancer treatment.
If you have more questions about breast augmentation, please contact Phoenix, Arizona plastic surgeon Dr. John J. Corey for a consultation today. We happily serve the areas of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Tempe, Arizona.