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Questions About Breast Augmentation

Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of your chest, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Good breast implant candidates should be generally healthy, nonsmokers, and over the age of 18. Some of your breast augmentation options will change as you age, but these changes neither increase nor decrease you candidacy for this procedure.

What types of breast implants are available?

Scottsdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Brown offers both saline and silicone implants. The breast implant options most suitable for you will depend on your age, natural amount of breast tissue, and final aesthetic desires. This will be discussed with you in full during your initial consultation.

What are my breast augmentation incision options?

Breast augmentation incisions can be placed around the nipple (periariolar), underneath the breast (inframammary), or in the armpit (transaxillary). Each incision option offers specific benefits, but the final decision is most often based on your aesthetic requirements.

Where can breast implants be placed?

You have two placement options for breast implants:
  • Subglandular – below your breast tissue, above your chest muscles
  • Submuscular – below both your breast tissue and chest muscles
Subglandular placement is best for women with larger amounts of breast tissue. When implants are placed above the muscles on women with less breast tissue, the implants may look and feel much less natural. However, women who lift weights should not have implants placed below the muscle due to an increased risk of rupture. During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will assess your frame and listen closely to your physical requirements before recommending a placement option.

How long does breast augmentation recovery take?

Your recovery from breast augmentation will depend on your body’s natural healing ability and how well you follow Dr. Brown’s postsurgical advice. Many women require up to six weeks of activity restrictions during the recovery period, and some swelling may last for up to six months. Dr. Brown will work with you during your recovery period to help ensure you are safe and comfortable at all times. If you live in or around Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona and have questions about breast augmentation, please contact Richard J. Brown MD, PLLC to schedule an initial consultation today.