Breast augmentation with implants has come a long way over the past several years. Improvements in surgical methods and breast implant technology have made this procedure more refined, providing better post surgical results than years ago. It is one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures among women because it can dramatically enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.
Breast implants can be very successful and rewarding when performed on the right patients. However, breast implant surgery is not always appropriate for every woman. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast implants is with a thorough, in-person examination and evaluation by a qualified cosmetic surgeon. This evaluation is performed during your initial consultation with Dr. Edgardo Zavala. Dr. Zavala will be charging a $50 dollar consult fee.
All of our breast augmentation patients are photographed with our Vectra 3D studio during the initial consultation. This great technology produces a three-dimensional photograph of you. Then, using the Vectra 3D Sculptor software, Dr. Zavala is able to simulate the expected results of your breast augmentation surgery. Preview different style and size implants on your own body and make a confident decision knowing how you will look. The animation below is an example of this technology we offer for every patient:
Breast implant technology has come a long way, giving women the very best options for safer and more beautiful natural results than ever before. Breast implants come in many sizes and shapes and can be either Silicone Gel Breast Implants or Saline Breast Implants. At Ciao Bella Medical Spa we offer the two leaders in breast implant technology:
The type of breast implant you choose for surgery should be based on your desired change in profile and feel, and not just size. Factors include size, positioning, surface texture, shape, personal anatomy and feel of your breast augmentation. Dr. Edgardo Zavala will help you choose the right implant for you once you agree on your personal goals.
Breast Implants are most commonly inserted through either one of the following three locations: Inframammary, Periareolar and Transaxillary.
Inframmamary insertion is performed beneath the fold of the breast, Periareolar insertion is performed on the border of the dark skin around the nipple and Transaxillary insertion is performed well concealed in the armpit. During your initial consultation with Dr. Edgardo Zavala, he will discuss all of the pros and cons for each technique to help you make a confident choice.
Breast Implants can be placed subglandular (above the muscle) or subpectoral (below the muscle). You and Dr. Edgardo Zavala will decide which placement location is best for you based on your personal goals, anatomy, and other factors.
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Breast augmentation with implants is the most common and uncomplicated cosmetic surgery procedure. At Ciao Bella Medical Spa, the procedure is performed at our outpatient surgery facility and usually takes less than two hours. Patients can go home within two to four hours after the procedure.
Recovery times vary on an individual basis with the main factor being placement and insertion location of the implant. Typically patients are off of narcotic pain medicines in 1-2 days and able to return to work by 2-3 days. Light exercise, such as fast walking, leg weights, and caring for small children, can be performed within 2-3 weeks while full exercise may be resumed after 5-6 weeks post surgery.
Final results of your breast augmentation with implants will take 6-12 months to be apparent. During this period, swelling subsides, the skin stretches and softens and the implant will drop slightly. Scars take around 12 months to fully mature.
Each cosmetic surgeon has their own breast augmentation recovery recommendations, but in general the following recovery can be expected: