Breast Augmentation

What will breast augmentation do for me?

Breast augmentation will enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. Women born with small breasts or women who lost breast volume after pregnancy or breast size asymmetry can benefit from this procedure.

How long does the surgery take?

Breast enlargement surgery will take approximatley 2 hours.

What implants do you use and where are they inserted?

Our physicians utilize silicone gel or saline (water filled) implants and place them either under the breast tissue or under the chest (pectoralis) muscle.

Where are the incisions made?

Silicone gel implants when used for breast augmentation are placed through an incision underneath the breast, in the natural crease. Saline filled implants  may be placed in a smaller incision either under the breast or around the nipple.

What will my recovery time be?

Recovery from breast augmentation varies depending on placement of the implant.  If the implant is placed under the breast tissue, you will experience discomfort for 3 - 5 days and will resume normal activity in 2-3 weeks. If the implant is placed under the muscle, you will have discomfort for 5-7 days and resume normal activity in 3-4 weeks. You may be required to wear an ace wrap for 5-7 days.

Will I have restrictions after the procedure?

Restrictions following breast augmentation include:  avoid elevating your blood pressure for 1 week after your procedure; if the implant is placed under the muscle, you should avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds for 3 weeks.

When will I be back to work?

Returning to work after breast augmentation  depends on the location of the implants and the type of work you perform. If your implants are placed under breast tissue, you will return in 2-3 days. If your implants are placed under muscle, you will return in 5-7 days.

Where is the surgery performed?

Our physicians perform the majority of  their breast augmenation procedures at Northwest Hospital, Northwest Tucson Surgery Center or  Oro Valley Hospital.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local (numbing) with sedation administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.

Where will the scars be?

Breast augmentation scars are located either under the breast or around the nipple.

What are the risks?

While complications are rare, The risks include infection, bleeding and scarring, as with all surgical procedures. Capsular contracture or hardening around the implant, leakage or rupture of the implant and hyper or hyposensitivity to the nipples are also potential complications.