Breast Augmentation

Each year, more than 300,000 women in the U.S. choose to enhance their figures through breast augmentation. Women in Chandler, Mesa, and surrounding communities visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson for breast augmentation in 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.

Allow Dr. Olson to make your breast enhancement goals a reality. Request a consultation online or call our office in Gilbert at (480) 466-7355.

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in the Gilbert and Mesa Area?

The cost of an initial breast augmentation procedure (not revision surgery) at our practice ranges from $6,500 to $7,500, depending on a number of factors. 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”) cost more than round silicone gel implants.

During your consultation, Dr. Olson provides you with a written quote that reflects the specifics of your own surgery. The consultation fee for first-time breast patients is only $100; it is $250 for returning patients. If the patient decides to move forward with Dr. Olson, the consultation fee will be applied to the surgical fee. 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 Phoenix area choose to drive to Gilbert to have a board-certified plastic surgeon with Dr. Olson’s training and experience perform the procedure.

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.

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What Are the Options for Breast Augmentation?

You will make many decisions when planning your breast enlargement procedure, including:

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.

“Dr. Olson and his staff are incredible. From the minute you have your consultation, to your surgery, and follow ups, you are treated in such a caring, professional, and kind manner. The results of my breast lift and implants are better than I could have ever imagined. My scars look amazing, I felt minimal pain, and they listened to exactly what I wanted. I truly couldn’t imagine a better experience.”
~Megan M. on Google Reviews

How To Know If You Need a Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift?

Breast augmentation enhances the volume and shape of the breasts. It cannot address sagging (and may make it more pronounced with the added weight of the implants). A breast lift, meanwhile, elevates the breasts’ position and removes excess skin, but it cannot increase the size.

If you are happy with the size of your breasts but want to raise them to a more youthful placement, a breast lift may be right for you. Conversely, if you want a more rounded shape and greater volume, breast augmentation is the better choice.

A combined breast augmentation with lift (or augmentation mastopexy, in clinical terms) can offer the greatest cosmetic enhancements by improving the shape, size, and positioning of the breasts.

How Is a Breast Augmentation Performed?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. Once you are asleep, Dr. Olson creates a pocket for the implant either behind the breast tissue and in front of the chest muscle (subglandular placement) or behind the muscle (submuscular placement). Saline implants are inserted empty and filled once in place. Silicone implants come pre-filled. Once the implants are in place, Dr. Olson checks them for symmetry and accurate size before closing the incisions.

Is It Better To Get Breast Implants Over or Under the Muscle?

Placing the implants under the muscle provides the most natural-looking results for most patients. Each option has it’s own advantages, which include:

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 the 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.
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Which Incision Is Best for Breast Augmentation?

The “best” incision varies between breast augmentation patients depending on their anatomy, choice of implants, and personal preferences. 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 (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.

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What Procedures Can Be Combined With Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Olson often performs breast augmentation in conjunction with breast lift surgery, or mastopexy. This is a great option for patients who wish to improve the position as well as the size of their breasts. A breast lift raises the breasts to a perkier, more youthful-looking placement. Additionally, many patients choose to undergo liposuction and tummy tuck surgery at the same time as breast augmentation. Such a combined procedure is called a mommy makeover, and it can be customized with options to address your specific areas of concern. During your consultation, Dr. Olson helps you decide which procedures are appropriate for you.

Preparing for Breast Augmentation 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.

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Preparing for Recovery After Breast Augmentation Surgery

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. You should also take the following preparation steps:

  • Secure time off from 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 likely won’t be able to perform even simple chores that involve lifting. 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 ahead of time.
  • 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 child care 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 ice packs. 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.
“I had a breast augmentation done with Dr. Olson and I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for him and his staff. The customer experience at their office is next to none! Thank you, Dr. Olson and everyone at the Gilbert office!” ~Renee B. on Google

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Breast Augmentation?

The initial recovery period for breast augmentation is 2 weeks, though your results will continue to improve as swelling subsides and your implants soften and settle into a more natural position (a process called “drop and fluff”). Some other factors to consider during your recovery include:

  • Pain management. 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.
  • Compression garment. We will give you a surgical compression bra to wear for at least the first two weeks of your recovery. This garment keeps swelling to a minimum, protects the incision site, and supports your breasts during the healing process.
  • Walking. We encourage you to take short, slow, gentle walks as soon as you are able to help with your circulation and accelerate your recovery.
  • Lifting. After breast augmentation, you will have to keep your arms at or below shoulder height for the first 2 to 4 weeks and will need to avoid lifting objects heavier than 5 pounds.
  • Returning to work. Most patients feel well enough to return to work within 5 to 7 days of their procedure, though you may need to wait longer if you have a more physically demanding job.
  • Resuming workouts. Strenuous activities may be restricted for the first several weeks to give your body adequate time to heal. Most patients can resume their normal exercise regime without movement restrictions after about 6 weeks.

How Long After Breast Augmentation Do You See Results?

Final results develop over the course of 3 to 4 months as swelling subsides and the implants “settle” into a natural shape and position.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Who is a typical breast augmentation patient?

There is no “typical” breast augmentation patient. Our patients come mostly from nearby communities, but also from far beyond. The procedure is popular with women of all ages, from college students to retirees. Although they all wish for larger, fuller breasts, their stories are different. Some wish to replace the volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding, while others have naturally small breasts as the result of heredity.

When evaluating a prospective patient for breast augmentation, Dr. Olson considers the overall health of the patient, as well as her goals and expectations.

What happens during a consultation for breast augmentation?

The initial consultation is a private, unrushed appointment where you may learn more about Dr. Olson and his approach to breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Olson asks you many questions about your lifestyle and health history. He also performs a physical examination to help him determine the ideal surgical technique for your body. He explains the implant options available to you and addresses each of your questions and concerns. If you decide to proceed with surgery, we provide you instructions for preparing for breast augmentation, and we book follow-up appointments and your surgery date.

Will I be able to breastfeed with implants?

Many women are happy to learn that having breast implants doesn’t automatically disqualify them from breastfeeding in the future. By using incisions that don’t involve the nipple, such as the inframammary or transaxillary (armpit) incisions, Dr. Olson can increase your odds of successful breastfeeding. If you’d like to breastfeed in the future, talk to Dr. Olson during your consultation. He can work with you to develop a surgical plan that matches your lifestyle.

Is it true that I need regular MRIs if I have silicone implants?

Routine MRIs are not mandatory for women with silicone breast implants, but they are recommended. Because today’s silicone implants don’t lose their shape if they break, an MRI is the only way to check for damage. Currently, the FDA recommends an MRI 3 years after breast augmentation with silicone implants, then once every 2 years thereafter. However, the ultimate decision on how often to undergo MRI scans is up to you.

How do I know when my breast implants need replacing?

While breast implants don’t last forever, today’s implants last much longer than in the past. Over time, breast implants eventually weaken and become more prone to breakage. Their shape may change, as well. This process usually takes more than a decade. Once you and Dr. Olson determine your implants are no longer useful, you may choose to undergo revisionary surgery with new implants or have them removed altogether, a procedure called explant surgery.

Will my breasts look natural following surgery?

Dr. Olson will create beautiful results based on your aesthetic preferences, from subtle enhancement to dramatic results. That being said, silicone gel implants tend to more closely resemble the look and feel of natural breasts. Dr. Olson will work with you to determine which implants will give you your desired results.

Are gel implants better than saline?

While implant options are a personal choice, many women tend to prefer silicone gel implants for the more natural-looking results they can achieve. Silicone gel implants are less likely to wrinkle at the edges, but they require long-term monitoring for leaks and ruptures.

Some patients prefer saline implants due to the smaller, more discreet incisions required and the harmless, biocompatible nature of the filling.

Is the surgery safe?

Like any type of surgery, there is always a small degree of risk involved. However, in the hands of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, you can be assured that your procedure will uphold the highest standards for safety and quality.

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