Phoenix Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, or Mammoplasty, adds size and shape to breasts and can balance disproportionate breasts. The surgical procedure involves the insertion of breast implants under the chest muscle or beneath the skin. Dr. Robert Marouk at the Cosmetic Surgical Art Center serves patients in the Phoenix area with expert procedures like breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast enhancements.
There are several reasons women elect for Breast Augmentation surgery:
- Increase size and volume
- Balance shape and size for improved symmetry
- Make breasts proportionate with the body
- Restore shape and volume following pregnancy
- Reconstruct breast(s) following Mastectomy
And certainly there are other factors compelling women to get cosmetic surgery to improve the shape and size of their anatomy. Dr. Marouk first discusses these factors to offer his patients the professional input he’s gained through decades of experience and education. He then works with patients to make a well-informed decision and map out the best course of action. For more information about breast augmentation call Dr. Marouk at the Cosmetic Surgical Art Center in Chandler, Arizona today. Serving the Phoenix area. View before and after photos of Phoenix breast augmentation.
Dr. Marouk inserts the breast implants either directly behind the breast tissue or under the chest wall muscles. Each placement has its own positives and negatives. For example, benefits of placing implants behind the chest muscle include the possibly reduced potential for capsular contraction, and less interference with mammogram breast examination.
On the other hand, it is more invasive, requires a longer recovery time and generally causes more discomfort and pain than placing the implant directly behind the breast tissue. Dr. Marouk covers this topic in detail during your initial consultation and offers his opinion about which location is best based on factors such as each patient’s anatomy and intended outcome.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
For a few nights following surgery, most patients find it more comfortable to sleep with their upper body slightly elevated. There will also be prescribed pain medication to help minimize discomfort. After the surgery, an ace wrap is placed around your chest to help manage swelling and muscle contraction. The day after surgery, the ace wrap is replaced with a sports bra at the office, which you’ll wear for about three weeks. 99 percent of patients feel most comfortable after surgery while wearing the sports bra.
Ideally, patients can take a few days off work following surgery. There should be no heavy lifting or straining for two weeks following surgery. While most sutures are dissolvable, some used in breast lifts have to be removed. Patients can typically move about freely after just a few days and should be able to raise their arms above their head the next day. The “tight” feeling post-surgery goes away the more the arms are moved in the days following.
For more information about recovery and the breast augmentation procedure, contact Dr. Marouk, rated one of Phoenix’s top cosmetic surgeons, at the Cosmetic Surgical Art Center in Chandler, Arizona.
Breast Implants: Saline vs. Silicone
Saline breast implants are most commonly used in Breast Augmentation procedures as of right now. The exterior sack composed of solid silicone is filled with a sterile saline solution (the same solution that’s commonly administered intravenously). This is a very safe solution. In the event that the implant leaks, the body simply absorbs the saline. Saline implants also have a low infection rate (typically less than 1 or 2 percent).
Currently, more than 1.5 million American women have silicone breast implants. Rather than saline, these implants are filled with a silicone gel. A benefit to silicone breast implants is that they look and feel more natural due to silicone having a more similar consistency to human breast tissue than saline. Another benefit is that silicone implants have a lesser chance of causing a rippling appearance beneath the skin. Extremely thin women and breast reconstruction patients often see better results with silicone breast implants as opposed to saline.
That being said, silicone implants have their own risks as well. It’s possible that ruptures in silicone breast implants can go undetected. When a saline implant ruptures, the body absorbs the silicone and the breast goes noticeably flat. The body doesn’t absorb silicone gel, so there is little to no noticeable deflation and it can be hard to spot a rupture. Furthermore, silicone breast implants tend to have a higher rate of capsular contracture than saline implants.
Women who want better symmetry may prefer saline implants. The implants are filled after insertion (so the incision is smaller) and the amount of injected saline is adjustable.
Saline breast implants carry the risk of rippling, as well as the possibility of capsular contracture, wherein scar tissue surrounding the implants makes the breasts feel hardened. Saline breast implants also have the potential to droop after some years because they are heavier than silicone implants.