Breast Augmentation in Scottsdale, AZ

Many women equate shapely, voluptuous breasts with femininity, and when nature isn’t generous enough to provide what they’d like, they can feel frustrated and discouraged. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, as it delivers more than enhanced breasts: it also often increases self-esteem, improves body image, and gives women the confidence they’ve always wanted.

With the skill and precision that Dr. Pablo Prichard possesses, you can be assured that your breast augmentation will be customized to your desires.

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What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that enhances and enlarges the breasts using implants. While many people consider this procedure to simply increase the size of a woman’s breasts, breast augmentation is much more complex than that. Breast augmentation patients have numerous combinations to choose from in the size, shape, projection, placement, and material of breast implants, resulting in a unique outcome every time.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, Dr. Prichard has decades of experience performing this procedure and helping his patients create customized looks. Through patient-centered care, meticulous surgical skills, and an eye for beauty, Dr. Prichard provides some of the best breast augmentations in Phoenix.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, with an extremely high rate of satisfaction. Many women are ecstatic with the results of their breast augmentations for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Increase the size of naturally small breasts
  • A more rounded or plump shape to the breasts
  • Improve symmetry to uneven or asymmetrical breasts
  • Restored volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
  • A more balanced or proportionate figure overall
  • Boosted confidence and feminine aesthetic

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Ideal breast augmentation candidates are women who desire to enhance the size, shape, or projection of their breasts. Additionally, candidates should:

  • Be generally in good health
  • Be nonsmokers or willing to quit
  • Have realistic expectations for results

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What Are My Breast Augmentation Options?

Each breast augmentation that Dr. Prichard performs is wholly unique to the patient, their anatomy, and their goals for the procedure. If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, you have a lot of options to consider. Dr. Prichard will help you through the process of selecting the right implants for your body type and aesthetic goals, but here are a few customizable options to think about.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saline (saltwater) solution. If an accidental rupture occurs, the saline solution is easily absorbed by the body, so this option is often considered safer than others. However, the saline solution feels less like natural breast tissue than silicone, and in thin patients with little natural breast tissue, rippling may be visible. Saline implants also require a smaller incision, as the implant can be filled with saline after insertion into the breast pocket.

Saline implants may be ideal for patients who want a more rounded look to their breasts, desire a more “natural” material for their implants, and value more discreet incisions.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are made of a silicone outer shell that comes pre-filled with a silicone gel. Many patients like that silicone implants most closely mimic natural breast tissue in movement and feel, and there is little risk of rippling. However, since silicone implants come from the manufacturer pre-filled, they require a slightly larger incision than saline implants.

If you want an implant that closely resembles natural breast movement, silicone breast implants are the best choice.

Highly Cohesive Silicone (“Gummy Bear”) Implants

“Gummy Bear” or anatomical silicone implants consist of a thicker silicone gel than traditional silicone implants. This thicker consistency results in a firmer implant that holds its shape better and feels more natural to the touch. Much like a gummy bear candy, if an anatomical implant is ruptured or cut, it holds its shape rather than leaks like a liquid.

Anatomical implants are also shaped more like a natural breast, so they are more full at the bottom and tapered at the top, as in a tear shape. This contributes to the implants’ natural appearance, but if they rotate in the breast pocket, it can look unnatural.

Gummy bear implants are ideal for patients who desire the most natural-looking and natural-feeling result for their breast augmentation.

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Inframammary Incision

This is one of the more common incision locations for breast augmentation, as it is easily hidden by clothing or bathing suits, and it accommodates all implant types. The inframammary incision runs horizontally along the bottom of the breast, right where the breast tissue meets the ribcage.

Periareolar Incision

A periareolar incision runs along the underside of the areola, right where it meets the normal breast skin. This incision might be ideal for patients who want to hide their breast augmentation scars more easily, although the size of the incision may make it difficult to use larger silicone implants.

Transaxillary Incision

The implants are inserted through an incision in the armpit, resulting in no scarring on the breasts whatsoever. However, the size and material of the implants are more limited with this incision type.

Transumbilical Incision

This technique involves placing the breast implants through the navel, resulting in no visible scar. This option is less common, however, as the choice of implant shape, material, and size is limited.

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Above the Muscle Placement

In an above the muscle (or sub-glandular) placement, the implant is positioned in front of the pectoralis major muscle but behind the mammary glands. With an above the muscle augmentation, the implant is not as well protected as it would be with a below the muscle
augmentation, but it is a less painful recovery.

Below the Muscle Placement

The implant is partially positioned behind the pectoralis major muscle. Doing so essentially boosts the muscle and breast tissue forward while granting the tissue an improved level of support. While recovery may be longer, this placement option can be beneficial for patients with little natural breast tissue, as the muscle can help hide the implant edges for a more natural result.

What Is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Like?

Each breast augmentation procedure will be completely unique to the patient. Dr. Prichard will utilize the ideal technique that is best for you and your needs. Generally, you can expect the following:

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, so you will feel no discomfort during the surgery. On the day of surgery, Dr. Prichard will mark the locations of the incisions in pen. The incision will be the same as you and Dr. Prichard had already agreed upon, as per your surgical plan.

Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Prichard will make careful incisions. He will insert the breast implants (silicone, saline, or gummy bear) that you have already chosen into the breast pocket. Once he is satisfied with the placement and projection of the implants, he will carefully close the incisions, and you will be monitored as you come out of anesthesia.

During your comprehensive breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Prichard, he can provide much greater detail about what to expect from your individualized procedure.

What Can I Expect from Breast Augmentation Recovery?

The breast augmentation recovery period is as unique as the procedure itself. Every patient is and individual with different healing capabilities, so your recovery period will not look the same as someone else’s. However, most breast augmentation patients should be able to return to work after about a week, depending on how strenuous their job is.

After your breast augmentation, you may be given a compression garment or surgical bra to wear. This helps reduce swelling and supports your new breasts. For the first twelve weeks, you should avoid heavy lifting, pulling, or pushing.

Dr. Prichard will supply you with specific instructions on recovery that are unique to your procedure. Be sure to follow these closely, and always call Dr. Prichard if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery.

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If you would like to explore your options for the best breast augmentation in Scottsdale, request a consultation online. Or you can call our office at (480) 752-7874  to schedule your appointment with Dr. Prichard.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

How much does breast augmentation cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of breast augmentation in Scottsdale, AZ, varies because it is a highly individualized surgery tailored for each patient. The overall price may include anesthesia, operating room facilities, new breast implants, and other related expenses. Additional tests and imaging may also add to your total. Contact us for additional information.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

If you are considering a breast augmentation before having children and breastfeeding, be sure to mention this to your doctor, as your ability to breastfeed later may depend on where the incision is made in the breast. A breast augmentation surgery performed very carefully should leave your milk ducts intact, and thus breastfeeding is still possible.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are considered a lifetime device; however, it is highly recommended to replace your implants every 10-15 years.

Will I have a loss of sensation after my breast augmentation?

Immediately following a breast augmentation surgery, it is common for there to be initial numbness and loss of sensation around the breasts and nipples, as the nerves in the area have been traumatized by the surgery. For most patients, it takes three to six months to regain sensation, which may still be less than before the surgery. For some, it can take up to two years to restore sensation.

How soon after my breast augmentation can I exercise?

After your Scottsdale breast augmentation surgery, it is recommended that you refrain from any physical exercise or heavy lifting for a minimum of 12 weeks. You may feel you know when your body is ready to begin handling more physical strain; however, you should still check with your doctor to get the medical okay first. Healing after surgery is vital for both your health and the efficacy of the procedure.

Do I need a breast lift with my breast augmentation?

During your breast consultation with your breast augmentation surgeon in Scottsdale, Dr. Prichard will determine if it would be best to include a breast lift with our breast augmentation.

Will I have scars after my breast augmentation?

After your breast augmentation in Phoenix, your incisions will be healing and diminish over the next several months. As with any scar, proper healing and time are the best remedies. Dr. Prichard will review the incision location options before your appointment–thankfully, they are generally placed through discreet locations such as the under-breast crease, armpit, or areola.

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