Bellevue Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation is tremendously popular for good reason: it’s safe, customizable, and you’ll be enjoying your new shape within a few weeks.
Breasts can be a very sensitive point for a woman’s self-confidence. Women with underdeveloped breast tissue can pursue an augmentation procedure as a viable solution. At Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery, we are dedicated to patient education and desirable results. The procedure and methods described below can be fully discussed during your consultation, when you and Dr. Alex Sobel will develop a personalized procedure plan to best suit your needs and deliver desired results.
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Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
The ideal candidate for all cosmetic surgery procedures is physically healthy and has realistic expectations about their results. Due to the nature of the procedure, it is crucial that the breast tissue be completely developed in order to achieve the best results. FDA regulations require that a patient be at least 18 years old for saline implants or at least 22 years old for silicone implants.
Many women seek out breast augmentation because they are unsatisfied with the current appearance of their breasts. Common issues include asymmetry, loss of volume or shape, and the underdevelopment of breast tissue (tuberous breasts). Breast augmentation surgery can also be paired with a breast lift or tummy tuck procedure in order to achieve a fully rejuvenated look.
It is not uncommon to have different sized breasts. In fact, most women have some level of asymmetry. For some, the difference is apparent and causes the patient to feel self-conscious. To correct asymmetry, two different sized implants are inserted, achieving a natural balance that is virtually undetectable.
Loss of Volume or Shape
Whether due to pregnancy, breast-feeding, or severe weight loss, breasts can lose their original “fullness” or shape over time. Implants can rejuvenate breasts, making them voluminous and more youthful. If breasts have begun to sag drastically, a breast lift with breast augmentation may provide the most benefit.
Tuberous or Underdeveloped Breasts (Hypoplasia)
The direct cause of breast tissue underdevelopment is not entirely known. It is, however, a congenital defect, and one that is easily corrected with cosmetic surgery. Tuberous breasts can occur in both men and women in either one or both breasts. The breast or breasts will appear tube-like and can be a source for self-consciousness for some.
If you are concerned with one of the aforementioned issues, or that your breasts are just generally undersized for your frame, augmentation surgery is the solution. Dr. Alex Sobel will be able to discuss your main concerns and your motivation behind the procedure during your consultation. To delve into the matter of your candidacy and potential results, schedule a consultation with Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery.
What decisions do I need to make for beautiful results?
Your reasons behind breast surgery will be an integral factor in determining the size, composition, positioning, and insertion of your implants. There are numerous variables that contribute to the resulting appearance of your breasts, each of which will be discussed at length during your consultation with Dr. Sobel.
Type of Implant
Recently, women have shown a greater preference for silicone gel implants, as the end result feels more “natural.” Silicone better mimics organic breast tissue in both appearance and texture. Saline implants, on the other hand, offer more flexibility, such as changing the size at the last minute (a frequent occurrence). During consultation, Dr. Sobel will help you determine the best options for you.
- Learn more about your breast implant choices
- If you’re wondering about whether the brand of the implant will matter, check out Dr. Sobel’s blog post on Mentor VS Natrelle breast implants.
Some patients are ideal candidates for fat grafting, a procedure that offers an alternative to implants. Rather than using foreign implant material, fat is harvested from various sites on the patient’s body and used as the augmentation material. This procedure is often referred to as BAMBI (Breast Augmentation and Mammoplasty By Injection), autologous fat transfer, or free fat grafting. Dr. Alex Sobel has served as a major contributor to the development and research behind this procedure.
In order to achieve the desired result, your proper implant size can be discussed with Dr. Sobel. Generally, 200ccs (200 cubic centimeters) is the equivalent to an increase of 1 cup-size. However, the anatomy of each patient is unique, and implant size needs to be discussed on a patient-by-patient basis.
Implants can be inserted through an incision made around the areola (periareolar), under the breast (inframammary), or in the armpit region (transaxillary). Each incision site is purposefully selected to skillfully mask any noticeable scarring. All scarring will fade over time, so the procedure is virtually unnoticeable.
The implant can be placed under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or between the breast tissue and pectoral muscle (subglandular placement). Dr. Sobel will determine which placement is used, based on your desired results, amount of enlargement, and implant type.
Dr. Sobel aims to deliver results that satisfy each patient’s request, and look natural with the patient’s overall physique. In order to achieve the best possible results, Dr. Sobel will listen carefully to your goals during a comprehensive free consultation.
About the surgery
General or intravenous anesthesia will be used to ensure your total comfort during the procedure. Our patient’s safety and comfort is our number one priority at Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery. Milder forms of sedation can be discussed during your consultation. The doctor will make an incision under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit region, depending on the goals of your specific procedure. Dr. Sobel will then insert your implant or fat graft and close the incision with sutures. In total, the procedure can take 1 to 2 hours, depending on your specific circumstances.
What will recovery be like?
It is recommended that you rest for the two to three days immediately following the cosmetic procedure. This helps ensure successful results, decreases discomfort, and lowers chances for complications or infection. We advise that you walk for 30 minutes, three times a day, every day immediately following the procedure. Patients should avoid any vigorous activity for six weeks. Push-ups and any chest-focused exercises should be avoided for 12 weeks or more. During your consultation with Dr. Sobel, you can create a personalized timeline for safely returning to your routine.
After breast augmentation, it is common for the breasts to be tender and swollen. You will be given medication to minimize discomfort, swelling, and chances for infection. The amount of swelling or discomfort involved in the recovery process will depend upon the patient, their health prior to the procedure, and the level of enlargement.
What about scars?
Dr. Sobel works to keep scarring to a minimum and locate incisions where they will not be easily noticed. Scarring differs from patient to patient depending on skin tone and elasticity. Scarring may also vary when the breast augmentation procedure is paired with a breast lift. If post-procedural instructions, such as applying ointment, are strictly followed, your chances for scarring will be drastically minimized.
Why choose Dr. Alex Sobel?
Dr. Sobel is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology. Over the years, Dr. Sobel has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures, including breast implant and autologous fat transfer procedures. He has not only served as an examiner and Trustee for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic surgery, but he has also been a major contributor in researching and developing the fat transfer procedure, and has mentored several surgeons, training them in the art of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sobel is specifically interested in body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation and breast lift procedures.
Schedule a Free Consultation
Schedule your free consultation today in order to discuss the possibilities of breast augmentation in Bellevue for your specific situation and anatomy. Dr. Alex Sobel will analyze your goals, your health, and your overall physique in order to deliver the best possible outcome—beautiful breasts that enhance your natural beauty and your confidence. Just fill out our simple form, contact Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery directly at (425) 453-9060, or visit us at our location in Bellevue, 20 minutes outside Bellevue.