Breast Augmentation in Scottsdale
As a top board-certified female plastic surgeon for breast augmentation in Scottsdale, Dr. Ashley Howarth is sought after for her beautiful breast augmentation results. Breast augmentation is the most performed procedure by plastic surgeons according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and it is one of Dr. Howarth’s areas of specialty in her boutique plastic surgery practice in Scottsdale.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Many women seek a plastic surgeon for a breast augmentation in Scottsdale due to a lack of volume in their breasts. Breasts can lack volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, aging, or genetics. Some patients may be unhappy with their breasts’ current shape, size, or positioning.
A breast augmentation increases or restores volume in the breast by the placement of breast implants. Many women find an enhanced feeling of self-confidence by improving the size or shape of their breasts with breast implants. A patient may seek a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation due to:
Choosing Your Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
Why select Dr. Howarth for your Breast Augmentation in Scottsdale?
Dr. Ashley Howarth is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale and one of the most in-demand female plastic surgeons in Arizona. She is known for her beautiful results with breast augmentation, as well as her obsession with detail, operative expertise, and compassionate care. Dr. Howarth’s patients seeking breast implants in Scottsdale appreciate her perspective as a woman, her thorough consultation, and personalized care.
Dr. Howarth will determine if you are candidate for breast augmentation surgery during her initial exam and consultation. During this consultation, she will review with you the various types, shapes, sizes, and materials of breast implants to help you understand the ideal option for you and your goals. Dr. Howarth will discuss the difference between saline and silicone implants; textured and non-textured implants; and round and anatomic breast implants. Each breast augmentation performed by Dr. Howarth is designed to reach the goal image of her patients.
Types of Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants
All shells of breast implants are made of silicone, however a saline breast implant is filled with saline. Saline implants may be considered safer in the event of an implant rupture, as the saline is absorbed by the body. A saline implant is placed deflated with a smaller incision, leading to a smaller scar, and then is filled or inflated with saline after placement. Saline implants thus allow for a higher volume of augmentation when needed.
Silicone Breast Implants
Unlike saline implants which are filled or inflated during placement, silicone implants are pre-filled to a certain shape and size. The silicone filling more closely mimics the natural feel of breast tissue, and silicone implants are known for their more natural look and feel than saline implants. Silicone implants come in a variety of options, including textured or smooth, and round or teardrop (anatomic) shape. Dr. Howarth will discuss which of these options will be best for your results.
Gummy Bear Implants
Some patients have heard of “Gummy Bear Implants” which are a type of silicone implant that are more stable in their form and shape. Gummy bear implants, also known as form stable implants, are designed to maintain their shape and position, but may be firmer than other silicone options. Selecting the best choice for your breast implant is an important part of the consultation process that you will have with Dr. Howarth.
Auto-Augmentation with Fat Grafting
For patients seeking augmented breasts without the placement of implants, auto-augmentation with fat grafting is a great option for natural results using your own fatty tissue. In this procedure, fat is harvested from other areas of the body using liposuction, and is transplanted to the breast. Depending on the patient, an auto-augmentation combined with a breast lift may provide an ideal result without the placement of an implant.
What to Expect with Dr. Howarth at your
Breast Augmentation Consultation
What is the process for your Breast Augmentation consultation in Scottsdale?
To set up your breast augmentation consultation with Scottsdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth, simply request an appointment. At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will discuss with you your desired goals for breast augmentation. During this process, she will review the types, shapes, and sizes of various implants, and help select the right implant for your augmentation. Sometimes a breast augmentation is combined with liposuction and a tummy tuck, commonly referred to as a mommy makeover. The consultation is the opportunity to learn about the procedure, find out what to expect, and get answers to your questions.
How much do breast implants cost in Scottsdale?
At your breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Howarth will create a personalized plan for you which includes selecting the specific type of implant that will be used in your augmentation procedure. Because this is a highly individualized surgical plan, a personalized fee estimate is provided only after a consultation. Without a consultation appointment, we do not provide estimates for how much breast implants cost, as procedures and needs vary from patient to patient. Visit our blog post, “How Much Are Breast Implants?” for more information.
Breast Augmentation Process
Am I a candidate for breast implants?
Your personal consultation with Dr. Howarth is your one-on-one opportunity to learn if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. During the consultation, Dr. Howarth will conduct a physical examination of your breasts and chest, evaluating your natural breast tissue, skin elasticity, and breast volume.
A breast augmentation candidate must:
- Be in good overall health
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Not be nursing or pregnant
- Be at a stable weight
Maintaining proper expectations are important for any cosmetic procedure, especially for a breast augmentation. Discussing your expectations is an important part of your consultation appointment.
What should I expect during my breast augmentation?
Your breast augmentation procedure is a single day outpatient procedure that will take place under general anesthesia at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently located adjacent to our office.
During the procedure, Dr. Howarth will follow the surgical plan that she discussed with you during your consultation. Depending on your surgical plan, the incision for your breast augmentation will be either around the nipple (periareolar) or in the fold below the breast (inframmary).
Dr. Howarth utilizes a surgical approach to minimize scarring. Generally scars become less visible over time when care instructions are closely followed by patients.
What is recovery like after my breast augmentation?
At the completion of the breast augmentation procedure, your breasts will be covered in a surgical support bra. You will continue to wear a surgical bra or a sports bra the weeks following surgery to provide proper support while you heal.
Pain and soreness is worse during the first days following your breast augmentation surgery, but is comfortably managed with a pain management protocol provided by Dr. Howarth. Your post-operative follow-up appointments are great opportunities to ask questions you may have. You will be followed closely to ensure proper healing and progression.
Strenuous exercise, especially lifting weights, should be avoided for several weeks following your surgery.