What is a Double Bubble Breast Implant Deformity?

A double bubble breast implant deformity is an unfortunate breast implant complication that may occur following breast augmentation surgery. A breast with a double bubble deformity has a distinct appearance of a second bulge or bubble beneath the inframammary fold (IMF). A double bubble breast implant can generally only be corrected surgically. Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth is an expert known for correcting this defect in revision breast augmentation surgery.

To learn more about the double bubble deformity, read on. In this blog post you will learn what a double bubble deformity looks like and how to recognize if your breast has the deformity. Furthermore, you will learn what causes the double bubble and how to correct it through revision surgery.

What Does a Double Bubble Breast Implant Look Like

A double bubble breast deformity looks similar to the illustration above. Notice the presence of two folds beneath the breast giving the appearance of a second bulge or bubble beneath the breast. The crease below the breast is known as the inframammary crease or inframmmary fold. In a double bubble defect, two creases or folds are present.

Double Bubble Breast Implant Deformity

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Can You Transfer Fat to Your Breasts? Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation FAQs

Can you Transfer Fat to your Breasts?

More women are asking the question, can I transfer fat to my breasts? Fat-transfer breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure in which liposuction removes fat from one location of a woman’s body and transfers it to her breasts. In fact, some women consider this a win/win. Lose fat in trouble areas and gain volume in the breasts.

In contrast to augmentation with implants, fat transferring procedures provide an all-natural means of increasing breast volume. The procedure works best for women who desire a modest increase in breast volume and those who have minimal breast sagging. Additionally, breasts should have aesthetically pleasing skin tone and texture, for best results.

There are many questions women have about this procedure. In this article, we will address some of the most common questions regarding fat transfer breast augmentation.

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When Will My Breasts Go Back to Normal After Pregnancy?


When will my breasts go back to normal after pregnancy is a very common question we receive. Yes, having a baby can change everything. Certainly, a woman’s body undergoes a significant transformation through pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. As amazing as the process is, many women find themselves wondering if their breasts will ever go back to normal after pregnancy.

When will my breasts go back to normal after pregnancy?

Realistically, there is no set answer. Every woman’s body is different, and each has a unique postpartum recovery. Sometimes, the body and breasts do return to near pre-pregnancy shape. In other cases, women describe their breasts as forever changed once they have delivered, and possibly breastfed a child.  Keep reading, because in this blog post, we will answer the factors effecting if your breasts will go back to normal after pregnancy.

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What is a Snoopy Breast Implant Deformity or Waterfall Deformity?

A snoopy deformity or snoopy dog breast deformity is a complication that can occur following a breast augmentation with implants. A breast with a snoopy deformity will have the distinct appearance of drooping breast tissue that falls below the breast implant. This gives the appearance of a sad looking snoopy dog with the nose pointed towards the ground. This deformity is sometimes also called a waterfall deformity, due to the appearance of breast tissue spilling over the breast implant like a waterfall.

We are unsure where and when plastic surgeons first began using the name “Snoopy” to describe the deformity of droopy breast tissue below a breast implant. The following illustration shows the resemblance between this breast deformity and the cartoon beagle. Snoopy is a registered trademark of Peanuts Worldwide LLC.

Snoopy Dog Breast Deformity or Snoopy Breast Deformity

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How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Are you a woman considering breast augmentation surgery and wondering how long breast implants will last? Or do you want to know when it is time to replace your breast implants? Just as there are a wide range of body types, as well as countless combinations of implant features, there are a variety of factors that impact the lifespan of a breast implant. Below we will discuss some of the different types of implants, as well as the elements that impact how long breast implants last.

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Scottsdale Tummy Tuck Trends in 2021

Abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck in Scottsdale, is one of the most well known and often performed plastic surgery procedures. According to 2019 data from The Aesthetic Society, the tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure, trailing breast augmentation and liposuction. With interest in plastic surgery on the rise due COVID-19 restrictions, 2021 may be on pace for the most cosmetic surgery procedures ever.

Due to this recent surge of interest in plastic surgery, we are seeing an increased number of patients seeking in tummy tuck surgery in Scottsdale. In this blog post, we will discuss tummy tuck surgery and why it is trending as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in Scottsdale and across the country.

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Breast Lift vs Augmentation

Breast Augmentation vs Lift

There are many personal reasons a woman might consider breast enhancement surgery. Improved physical appearance, increased self-confidence and the desire for a revitalized contour can all be factors in the decision. When contemplating any procedure, it is important to fully understand the different surgical terms involved, as many may be initially unfamiliar. Breast augmentation, breast lift and breast implants are three specific but related terms, commonly discussed in breast enhancement surgery.

Dr. Ashley Howarth is a board-certified female plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, specializing in cosmetic breast surgery. Trained at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Dr. Howarth can handle cosmetic breast procedures from simple to the most complex. The first step to any cosmetic surgery is an in-depth consultation, which is an opportunity to find out if you are a candidate for breast enhancement surgery and which surgical option is best for you. Dr. Howarth will explain the nuances involved in various treatment options so that you can make a well-informed decision. There are many questions to consider.

Breast Augmentation vs Implants vs Lift: What is the difference?

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Why Choose a Female Plastic Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation?

Considering a Female Plastic Surgeon for Breast Implants in Scottsdale?

Many women prefer a female plastic surgeon for their breast augmentation in Scottsdale to add volume to their breasts with implants. Genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can all affect the size and shape of the breasts. If you are unhappy with yours, a breast augmentation procedure can help you reach your desired appearance.

Women seek breast implants in Scottsdale for various reasons: smaller breasts than desired, asymmetrical in shape or size, or changed by pregnancy or nursing. Dr. Ashley Howarth is a female plastic surgeon in Arizona offering breast augmentation and a range of other breast procedures, including breast lifts and reductions, tummy tucks, liposuction, and mommy makeovers in Scottsdale.

Types of Breast Implants

Depending on your specific needs, there are a few different types of breast implants. The types of breast implants available include:

  • Saline breast implants. These implants, like all implants, are made with a silicone shell. However, these implants are filled with saline. Saline implants are often considered the safest choice in case of a rupture. They are also filled after placement, resulting in a smaller incision and scar.
  • Silicone breast implants. Silicone implants are prefilled to a specific shape and size before use. Silicone implants closely mimic the feel of natural breast tissue and often have a more natural look than their saline counterparts. They also offer a range of options regarding texture and shape.
  • Gummy bear implants. “Gummy bear” implants are a specific form of silicone implant designed to maintain their position and shape better than other types. However, they do tend to be firmer than other implants.
  • Auto-augmentation with fat grafting. Patients who would like a breast augmentation procedure that does not include implants may be interested in fat grafting. This procedure involves removing fat from another area of your body and transplanting it into the breast and is a natural alternative to breast implants that does not require any maintenance.

Dr. Howarth will discuss these options with you and help you choose the best option for your individual needs, preferences, and expectations.

Female surgeon for breast implants in Scottsdale

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Questions to Ask Before a Mommy Makeover in Arizona

Questions to Ask Before Your Mommy Makeover in Scottsdale

While it’s exciting to consider a mommy makeover, it is also common to have questions about what to expect. There are several good questions to discuss with your plastic surgeon before having a mommy makeover.

The best place to ask your questions is during your mommy makeover consultation appointment. In this post, Dr. Ashley Howarth, a female plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who specializes in mommy makeover surgery, addresses five questions to ask before having a mommy makeover. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

It is important to find out if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Most women considering a mommy makeover in Scottsdale are excellent candidates. You should be in overall good health, close to your ideal weight, and done with pregnancy and breastfeeding for about six months so that your body is at a baseline state. 

To be a good candidate for mommy makeover, you should also be finished having children. From a medical standpoint, it is possible to enjoy a healthy pregnancy after a mommy makeover. However, because subsequent pregnancies may alter your aesthetic result, it just makes sense to wait on mommy makeover surgery if you intend on having another child. 

After a consultation and evaluation, your plastic surgeon will tell you if you are a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery.

What to ask before Mommy Makeover surgery

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Why Choose a Female Plastic Surgeon for Your Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Why Choose a Female Plastic Surgeon for Your Mommy Makeover in Scottsdale?

Selecting a female plastic surgeon in Scottsdale for your mommy makeover is an important choice to consider. A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that help women rejuvenate their figure and enhance their self-image. The treatment has gained popularity for its transformative and long-lasting results. A mommy makeover can address stubborn problem areas, including stretched abdominal skin, sagging or droopy breasts, and excess fat around the stomach.

Choosing a plastic surgeon for your mommy makeover is an important decision. The surgeon you choose should, of course, be highly skilled and experienced. Also, you should also feel safe and comfortable with your doctor to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. Female plastic surgeons, like Dr. Ashley Howarth in Scottsdale, provide a unique advantage because they can relate naturally with their patients and make them feel more at ease.

Below are three reasons why you may consider choosing a female plastic surgeon for your mommy makeover procedure in Scottsdale.

Female plastic surgeon for Mommy Makeover

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