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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, and one of our most popular services. It also happens to be one of Dr. Gal’s favorite procedures to perform as restorative or corrective breast enhancement can have a dramatic positive impact in a woman’s life.

Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller and increased breast size, firmer and better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast. For women who have never been happy or who are self-conscious with their breast size, shape or fullness; augmentation is a long-term solution that can improve both a woman’s look and her outlook.

Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons. These include balancing breast size, restoring lost breast volume after pregnancy, weight loss or surgery, or correcting a congenital breast defect. Whatever your reason, Dr. Gal has extensive experience and training in the latest surgical methods, including the latest generation of gel implants, to provide you with a naturally-enhanced look.

Dr. Gal offers several approaches to breast augmentation, recognizing that every woman has unique needs related to shape, size and other preferences. Under Dr. Gal’s expert care and individualized approach, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that will balance their proportions.

With today’s safe, effective surgical techniques and top of the line implant devices, we can achieve the look that you want with minimal discomfort and recovery time. It is no wonder that breast augmentation Phoenix by means of implant placement is the most popular cosmetic surgery both here and abroad with the highest patient satisfaction rate.

At Peoria Cosmetic Surgery, when it comes to breast implant surgery as with all our procedures, we go to great lengths to give you the best possible result, one with which you will be delighted.

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At Your Consultation

As a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon performing breast augmentations in the Phoenix area, Dr. Gal is familiar with the various implant types and surgical approaches in order to best meet each of her patients’ needs. After a thorough discussion with you at your consultation, Dr. Gal will guide you through the breast augmentation decision-making process, reviewing implant size, shape, incision location, and position above or below the muscle. Along the way, she will make recommendations or share her preferences, and take the time to explain in detail the various options and trade-offs.

In some cases, Dr. Gal may recommend a breast lift in addition to or instead of a breast augmentation. At Peoria Cosmetic Surgery, women are encouraged to come in for a consultation and see for themselves the personalized attention Dr. Gal gives to every patient.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that carries some risks, so it is important that the patient meets with Dr. Gal to discuss their overall health and does not have any underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications. In addition, it is important for patients to have a consultation with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals and determine whether breast augmentation is the right option for them.

It’s time to feel great about the appearance of your breasts. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, call our office and schedule your consultation today.

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Frequently asked questions

Breast Augmentation Candidates

Breast augmentation can be an excellent option for many individuals who are looking to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. The following are some general guidelines for who may be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation:

  • Women who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts.
  • Women who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.
  • Women with asymmetrical breasts
  • Women with good overall health

It is important to note that every patient is unique, and the suitability for breast augmentation will ultimately depend on the individual’s specific circumstances and goals. At Peoria Cosmetic Surgery we help to determine whether breast augmentation is the right option for a particular patient.

What are My Implant Options?

Since November 2006, women have had a greater range of choices when it comes to breast implant options. For over a decade, the only breast implant available to most women choosing to have a breast augmentation was the saline implant, filled with the same sterile saline solution that is used in IV fluid. Today, many women who select breast enlargement can choose a new generation of silicone gel implants, which have been carefully reviewed and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Silicone gel implants have given women a new range of options in deciding how to achieve the optimal look and feel of their newly augmented breasts.

With Dr. Gal’s guidance, you will choose the best implant type and size for you. Dr. Gal will review the pros and cons of each type of implant with you. Dr. Gal’s preference is silicone gel implants, as they feel softer and natural and have less rippling than saline implants.

Saline or Silicone: How Do I Decide?

Women in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area considering breast augmentations are faced with an array of decisions they need to make regarding their breast implants, including implant size and type. While you are encouraged to do your own research and talk with family and friends about your options, you can get an expert opinion from Dr. Gal when you come in for a personal consultation and evaluation.
Dr. Gal is passionate about working closely with women considering breast augmentation, helping them to make the various decisions that play an important role in the satisfaction they achieve with their results.

Reasons to Consider Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel implants may be a good choice for your breast augmentation in Phoenix if:

  • You want an implant that looks and feels more like natural breast tissue
  • You are concerned about rippling or have thin tissue in the upper chest region (which may make saline implants more obvious-looking)
  • You are willing to follow the FDA-recommended check-ups to ensure the longevity and ongoing safety of your implants
  • You are age 22 or older (these implants currently are not approved for women under the age of 22)

Reasons to Consider Saline Implants

Saline Implants may be a good choice for your breast augmentation in Phoenix if:

  • You have greater peace of mind knowing that the material in saline implants, in the event of rupture, will be harmlessly absorbed by your body
  • You would rather avoid the regular MRI screenings recommended for silicone gel implants to detect rupture or leakage
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 22

Your Breast Enlargement Procedure

Breast enlargement usually takes about 1 to 2 hours to perform. Incisions are made as small as possible and located so that they are well concealed. Your breast implants will be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle depending on your preference and surgeon recommendation.

Dr. Gal utilizes “No-Touch” surgical technique using a funnel device to place breast implants. Using this approach, the implant is placed directly into the funnel and then gently directed into the breast pocket without ever being touched or forced. This avoids possible bacterial contamination and trauma to the implant. Overall, trauma to the implant is reduced 95% using the “no-touch” technique. Additionally, smaller incisions can be made to place the implant, which makes the overall process gentler on your body. This technique and use of state-of-the-art equipment will ensure the best possible outcome for every patient. We offer a range of high-quality breast implants, including saline and silicone.

If you’d like more detail about exactly how this procedure is performed or specific information about what Dr. Gal recommends, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to share more information.

Under or Over the Muscle?

There are two options for breast implant placement. One option is to place the implant over the chest muscle, or sub-glandular, and the other is under the chest muscle, or sub-muscular. At your consultation, Dr. Gal will meet with you to discuss your goals and lifestyle as well as examine you. Based on this, she will offer you the best implant placement for your goals and body type.

Recovery after Surgery

After breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will be supported with a post-surgical supportive bra to aid in recovery, and you’ll be sent home to rest in comfort. All patients receive prescriptions for an adequate supply of pain medication. Some discomfort and lack of energy are common for the first few days, and many women find it helpful to have a friend or loved one to help them around the house for a day or two after their breast augmentations.

A degree of swelling is common, but should steadily diminish over 4 to 6 weeks. You’ll be required to wear a surgical support bra to protect your results for a few weeks after the procedure. Dr. Gal makes every effort to minimize scarring, and scars should begin to lighten and fade after a few months. You should be ready to return to work in about 3 to 7 days.

Why Peoria Cosmetic Surgery?

Dr. Gal and her team understand that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, we take the time during the preoperative consultations to learn what each patient hopes to gain from breast augmentation surgery and to decide which implant type and implant placement is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with her specific goals in mind.

At Peoria Cosmetic Surgery, our team strives to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease throughout their experience, from the initial consultation to the post-operative recovery period.

It’s time to feel great about the appearance of your breasts. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, call our office at 480-680-0384 and schedule your consultation today.

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