Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
1482 East Williams Field Road b101
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Phone: (480) 466-7355
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dr. Josh Olson: Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute
5410 North Scottsdale Road A-500
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Phone: (480) 423-1973
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Each year, more than 300,000 women in the U.S. choose to enhance their figures through breast augmentation. Women in Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson for breast augmentation in Paradise Valley and Gilbert, AZ, because he creates natural-looking results and helps them feel confident about their breasts and their femininity. Dr. Olson and his staff at Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute will make every effort to ensure your safety, comfort and satisfaction.
Reasons for Breast Augmentation
It’s common for women to feel insecure about the shape or size of their breasts. If genetics aren’t to blame, pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations and menopause can detract from the size and shape of your breasts. Most women simply wish to restore or enhance the symmetry of their body contours with fuller yet natural looking breasts. Dr. Olson’s patients typically want to:
- Increase volume
- Restore breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss
- Improve shape
- Balance the size of uneven breasts
- Boost confidence and femininity
Many women undergo breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover, in which Dr. Olson combines procedures for the breasts and body to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure.
Complete the Look
Enhancing a single aspect of your appearance can inspire you to address other areas you wish to improve. Ask Dr. Olson about combining your treatment for a more complete and stunning transformation.
You will make many decisions about surgical options and breast implants when planning your breast enlargement procedure. Fortunately, Dr. Olson’s patients have the advantage of his years of experience and training to guide them.
Dr. Olson and his staff respect your confidentiality and personal decisions. They provide a private, comfortable setting in which you can feel confident about discussing your goals and concerns regarding breast enlargement.
Remember, every woman is unique, so one option is not necessarily better than another. Dr. Olson will help you select the best solutions for your body type, your lifestyle, and your goals. Many women also choose to combine their breast augmentation with a breast lift most commonly after weight loss or breast feeding.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During the surgery, Dr. Olson creates a pocket for the implant. That pocket is either behind the breast tissue and in front of the chest muscle (subglandular placement) or behind the muscle (submuscular placement). Each option has benefits.
Subglandular: This is a suitable choice for those who already have adequate breast tissue. Patients who have subglandular placement generally experience less discomfort during recovery than patients who have submuscular implants.
Submuscular: There are several benefits to placing the implants behind the chest muscle:
- Implants are well concealed, so there’s less chance of visible rippling.
- The results typically look more natural with a smoother transition from the chest to breast mound.
- The muscle offers more long-term support for the implants and decreases the chances of implants sagging.
- There is a lower risk of capsular contracture, a complication that occurs when scar tissue hardens around the implant.
- Mammograms may be easier to read accurately.
Dr. Olson uses 3 types of incisions to perform breast augmentation. He informs patients about the benefits and drawbacks of each before they make a decision.
Inframammary fold, or IMF: This small horizontal incision goes just above or within the crease where your breast skin connects to your chest. With this approach, a surgeon can clearly see all the tissues as he creates a pocket where the implant will go. This is the most common incision and offers consistent results regardless of the implant size or material. Scars are concealed beneath the breasts and under clothing and swimwear.
Periareolar: This incision goes on the outer border of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Any scar is often hidden by the darker skin of the areola. This approach may be recommended if you are combining a breast lift with implants. A periareolar incision is typically not an option for women with very small areolae.
Transaxillary: This incision goes in the armpit, so there is no scarring on the breast itself. Dr. Olson uses a small endoscope to create a pocket and place the implant with precision. This incision is better suited for saline implants because they aren’t filled until after they are placed. It can be difficult to squeeze a silicone implant into place from this incision site.
Cost of Breast Augmentation
The price of cosmetic surgery — including breast augmentation — varies depending on a number of factors. The cost of an initial breast augmentation procedure (not revision surgery) at our practice ranges from $4,900 to $6,500.
The type of implant has an influence on the final cost: Saline implants are less expensive than silicone gel implants. Anatomically shaped implants (“gummy bears”) also cost more than round silicone gel implants. When it comes to your surgeon, it’s important that your choice be based on more than the cost. Women searching for a breast augmentation specialist in the Paradise Valley area choose to drive to Gilbert to have a board-certified plastic surgeon with Dr. Olson’s training and experience perform the procedure.
Preparing for Surgery
You can help ensure your operation goes smoothly and reduce the chances of complications after surgery by following the preoperative instructions provided by Dr. Olson. Our team gives you specific details about preparing for breast augmentation, but there are some general guidelines that all cosmetic surgery patients should follow. Those instructions include:
- Stop certain medications. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or any drugs containing these medications for at least 10 days prior to surgery. They thin the blood and can complicate healing. There may be other medications, including certain supplements, that we ask you to stop taking temporarily, as well.
- Stop smoking. If you smoke, you should plan to stop for at least a month prior to surgery. Smoking interferes with healing because it constricts blood vessels.
- Leave off makeup and jewelry. On the day of surgery, don’t wear nail polish, makeup, jewelry, or any hair accessories when you come in for your operation.
- Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, including a shirt that buttons or zips in front. Don’t wear any kind of sweater or top that goes on over your head.
- Stop eating and drinking. Don’t eat or drink anything in the 8 hours before surgery. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your operation.
Preparing for Recovery
Our patients often find that recovery after breast augmentation is quite simple. Still, there are a number of things you should do prior to your surgery to make the process as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Depending on certain details of your surgery, such as whether your breast implants are placed above or below the muscle, your recovery will vary slightly. All patients should make sure they have a partner or friend who can stay with them for at least the first couple of days following surgery. Other preparation steps you should take include:
- Secure time off work. Most patients go back to work 5 to 7 days after surgery.
- Clean your house or apartment. Coming home to a neat house with the dishes washed and the trash emptied makes a difference. During the early stages of your recovery, you won’t be able to — or want to — perform even simple chores. That goes for laundry, too.
- Get comfortable. Make sure you have all the supportive, comfortable items you will need for recovery, including soft, loose-fitting clothes and extra pillows to prop yourself up while sleeping.
- Pay bills and take care of other matters. In the first week after your surgery, you may be more likely to lose track of bills and other arrangements. It’s best to take care of these things early.
- Prepare meals. Preparing and cooking meals is not something you will want to do during your recovery. Having nutritious, low-sodium food ready and easy to heat up is something patients truly appreciate after surgery.
- Get your entertainment ready. Load your bedside table up with magazines, books, and other entertainment items; and charge your tablet, laptop, or other devices. Make it easy for yourself to relax.
- Don’t forget your dependents. If you are a mother, you may need to arrange for childcare or get some help preparing meals and doing other tasks for your children. Remember, you will not be able to lift young children for a few weeks after surgery. If you have pets, make sure you have plenty of food, arrange for a dog-walker, and so on.
- Freeze some icepacks. These are great for reducing swelling and relieving discomfort.
- Pick up prescriptions. Our team will give you your prescriptions before your surgery so you can have them ready afterward.
Recovery & Results
Most patients may return to work 5 to 7 days following surgery. Strenuous activities may be restricted for several weeks. Dr. Olson may prescribe pain medication for the first week and muscle relaxants to aid recovery. After 5 days, many patients are comfortable with only ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Final results develop over the course of 3 to 4 months as swelling subsides and the implants “settle” into a natural shape and position.
For more information on breast augmentation by Dr. Olson, visit our Breast Augmentation FAQ page.
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