Everything You Need to Know About Breast Implants

Are you dissatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts? Consider Elite Plastic Surgery for your breast augmentation in Phoenix, Arizona. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Rozbeh Torabi and Dr. Radbeh Torabi, specialize in creating fuller, firmer, and shapelier breasts to meet your personal and aesthetic goals.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. It is a highly personalized procedure, with options including the type, size, shape, and location of implants, as well as incision placement. At Elite Plastic Surgery, we offer both saline and silicone breast implants, as well as fat transfers for a natural approach.

Options for Breast Augmentation

There are various options for breast augmentation, including:

Saline and Silicone Implants

For those seeking more control over their breast size post-augmentation, adjustable implants offer a flexible solution. These implants are expandable, allowing patients to add saline periodically to achieve their desired size. 

While Mentor Spectrum® implants contain only saline, other options like the Becker or the Spectra® feature double lumen designs with gel in the outer lumen and saline in the inner lumen. Although slightly more expensive, adjustable implants are ideal for addressing breast asymmetry and offer the convenience of volume adjustment over time.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Embracing a natural approach to breast augmentation, fat transfer procedures have become increasingly popular. This technique involves harvesting excess fat from areas like the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs through liposuction. 

The harvested fat is then processed to isolate regenerative and stem cells before being injected into the breasts. At Elite Plastic Surgery, we believe in the benefits of fat grafting, which yields natural, safe, and reliable results, enhancing both size and shape without the need for implants.

Adjustable Breast Implants

Expandable implants allow for adjustments in size after the initial augmentation, providing flexibility and control.

What is the Procedure Like? 

Breast augmentation surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes under two hours to complete. During the procedure, incisions are made based on the chosen technique and implant placement. Our surgeons offer incisions within the breast crease or around the nipple, depending on your individual anatomy and preferences.

Are Breast Implants Safe? 

While breast augmentation is generally safe, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks and complications, such as anesthesia allergy, implant failure, surgical complications, and changes in nipple sensation. Following post-operative instructions and attending follow-up appointments are crucial for a successful outcome.

Following breast augmentation surgery, you may experience swelling, soreness, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications. Recovery time varies but generally involves returning to work within a few days and avoiding strenuous activities for several weeks. It takes about four to six months for the breasts to settle into their final position and for swelling to fully subside.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this FAQ section, we address common questions related to breast implants, covering topics such as safety, cost, materials, potential risks, and more. Whether you’re curious about implant types or concerned about safety issues, we’ve got you covered with expert answers to your most pressing questions.

How much are breast implants?

The cost of breast implants varies depending on several factors, including the type of implant (saline or silicone), the surgeon’s fees, the surgical facility, and geographic location. On average, breast augmentation surgery in the United States can cost between $3,000 to $12,000.

Are breast implants safe?

Breast implants approved by regulatory agencies, such as the FDA, are generally considered safe. However, like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation carries risks, including infection, implant rupture, capsular contracture, and changes in breast sensation. It’s essential to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing surgery.

What are breast implants made of?

Breast implants are typically made of either saline or silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Both types have an outer silicone shell. Some implants also feature a cohesive silicone gel that maintains its shape even if the shell is punctured (referred to as “gummy bear” implants).

Can a ruptured breast implant kill you?

While a ruptured breast implant can lead to complications, such as discomfort, changes in breast shape, and inflammation, it is not typically life-threatening. However, in rare cases, a ruptured silicone implant can leak silicone gel into the surrounding tissue, potentially causing inflammation or scar tissue formation. If you suspect a ruptured implant, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly.

How much do breast implants weigh?

The weight of breast implants varies depending on their size, type, and filling material. On average, a silicone breast implant weighs slightly more than a saline implant. A typical saline breast implant can weigh between 20 to 50 grams (0.7 to 1.8 ounces), while a silicone breast implant can weigh between 100 to 300 grams (3.5 to 10.6 ounces) or more, depending on its size.

Why Choose Elite Plastic Surgery?

When it comes to enhancing your appearance and boosting your confidence, choosing the right plastic surgery practice is crucial. 

At Elite Plastic Surgery, we offer a combination of expertise, personalized care, advanced techniques, comprehensive services, and exceptional results that set us apart. Led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rozbeh Torabi and Dr. Radbeh Torabi, our practice is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and achieving beautiful, natural-looking outcomes for our patients. From the moment you walk through our doors, you can trust that you’re in capable hands. 

Whether you’re considering cosmetic enhancements or reconstructive procedures, we’re here to guide you through every step of your journey and help you achieve your aesthetic goals with confidence. 

Choose Elite Plastic Surgery for a personalized approach to beauty and transformative results that exceed your expectations.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re considering breast augmentation, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at Elite Plastic Surgery in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. Our experienced plastic surgeons will discuss your goals, evaluate your candidacy, and create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

Take the first step towards enhancing your confidence and achieving your aesthetic goals with breast augmentation at Elite Plastic Surgery.