Breast Augmentation Surgery
Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, & Peoria, AZ
Many Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix breast augmentation patients have benefited from the skill and experience of Dr. Angelchik.
Breast augmentation is a popular procedure in our practice for women who want larger breasts with better shape. Women with a moderate degree of breast sagging and smaller breasts can frequently benefit by augmentation as can those who have asymmetry of breast size and shape. An attractive result from this procedure provides a more positive self image and confidence to many patients.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A small incision is made under the breast, around the nipple, or under the arm and an implant is inserted under the breast tissue and the underlying pectorals major muscle.
Sometimes the breast implant is placed on top of the muscle, but most patients in our practice have augmentation behind the muscle (subpectoral position). By going behind the muscle, we reduce the risk of capsular contracture, (a tightening of the soft tissue capsule around the implant which can cause it to feel hard or look distorted) and can avoid visibility of the implant shell in the cleavage area. We also reduce interference with mammograms and the risk of surface rippling.
A variation on subpectoral placement used frequently for patients with pseudoptosis or high inframammary creases is the dual-plane approach which allows for greater control of lower pole shape and filling and thus enhances the final result. The dual-plane approach still has the advantages of muscle coverage in the cleavage and upper pole areas just like the subpectoral approach.
Skin incisions are closed with absorbable sutures under the surface that do not have to be removed. Saline implants are used commonly, but silicone gel implants are increasingly popular and now are the preferred option for the majority of patients in our practice.
Breast Augmentation Post-Surgery
After breast augmentation surgery and an appropriate time spent in the recovery room, you are discharged home. There is a light bandage in place and a soft bra. Discomfort is controlled with oral medication including a muscle relaxant and a pain medication. Antibiotics are prescribed for one week. Patients are seen one day after surgery to ensure they are doing well. They may shower on the second day.
Massage and exercises to avoid capsular contracture are recommended at appropriate intervals. An elastic bandeau (strap) may be used for several weeks to help the implants settle appropriately in the created pocket. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated.
Most patients return to work or school in 4-5 days. Exercise is resumed on a gradual basis, avoiding heavy lifting or resistance workouts for the first 3-4 weeks. Low impact aerobic exercise may be resumed at two weeks. Avoiding use of underwire bras for 6 weeks and not shaving underarm incisions for three weeks are recommended. The breasts will feel firm right after surgery, and will soften and appear more natural as healing takes place over the first year.
For more information about breast augmentation with Dr. Angelchik, please visit:
- Breast Augmentation Results
- Breast Augmentation and Asymmetry
- Questions about Breast Augmentation
- A Shoulder to Lean On After Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation Recovery Time and Health
- What Is the Best Age for Breast Augmentation?
- Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation
- Breast Health Before & After Surgery
- Acellular Collagen Matrix
- Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
- Understanding Breast Augmentation & Scarring
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- Breast Augmentation for Uneven Breasts.
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- Capsular Contracture
- Breast Augmentation Incisions
In addition to breast augmentation, Phoenix area Breast Surgeon Dr. Angelchik also performs other breast surgery procedures in his Glendale cosmetic surgery practice. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Angelchik treats breast lift and breast reduction patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.