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Breast Augmentation

If you have made the decision to undergo breast augmentation, you have questions. This guide to breast augmentation surgery covers all the facts about breast augmentation in Seattle. We offer you a full insider’s guide so you can make an informed decision and select the best surgeon for your procedure.

Breast Augmentation Bellevue

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a custom surgical procedure to increase breast volume and create a more alluring figure. Today’s patients have a wide range of options in size, shape, and projection in silicone and saline implants. Imagine having the figure you want, with beautiful, plump curves – that’s the beauty of a custom breast augmentation in Bellevue.

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Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation in Bellevue?

If you have less confidence due to small, uneven, or saggy breasts, you are likely a candidate for breast augmentation in Bellevue. The surgery is considered safe for healthy women. You should be generally healthy and have no medical conditions that could impact your safety under surgery and be a non-smoker.

Table of Candidacy

Small breasts

Breast augmentation can create the plump, round breasts that suit your figure

Saggy breasts

If your breasts sag, a breast augmentation with a lift may be the right choice

Uneven breast size

If you have unevenly sized breasts, breast augmentation can create symmetry

Oddly-shaped breasts

If you have oddly-shaped breasts, breast augmentation can resolve the problem

Breasts appear deflated

If your breasts appear flat and deflated, they can become round and plump with augmentation

Breast Augmentation Costs in Bellevue

What is the cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

The cost for this procedure varies, as each type of implant varies in cost, along with what is required for the individual. The general cost is in the range of $6,750, but can vary if added procedures are needed, such as moving nipple structure.

Breast Implant Options

You have many options in the type of breast implants. Various sizes, shapes, and levels of projection are available in both silicone and saline.

Types of Breast Augmentation in Bellevue

Types

Silicone Implants

Silicone gel implants are the most popular type of implant. Because silicone gel is thicker than water, its motion most closely mimics natural breast tissue. Its viscous properties also make these implants less likely to lead to rippling. Gel implants create a smooth, full look that’s virtually impossible to tell from the shape and softness of natural breasts.

Gummy bear Implants

These teardrop-shaped implants were developed to more accurately match natural breast tissue shape. The gel within the silicone shell is what is termed “form stable,” holding its shape while retaining the soft, pliable texture that feels exceptionally natural.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are considered to be the safest possible form of breast implant because the saline can be reabsorbed into the body in the event of a rupture. Saline implants have a few other unique advantages, including requiring smaller incisions, that make them a viable alternative to gel implants.

ALLERGAN ANNOUNCES RECALL OF BIOCELL TEXTURED IMPLANTS

Allergan has made the decision to recall Allergan implants that have BioCell texturing. Although there is no recommendation to remove the implants in place, Allergan advises patients to contact their plastic surgeon about the risks of their implants. For more information, you will find Allergan’s statement here.

Size

There are many sizes of breast implants available. They are measured in cc’s rather than cup size and are available in sizes from 100 cc’s to 800 cc’s for maximum breast enlargement. The size that will suit your body will be based upon the width of your natural breasts and ribcage.

Shape

The most common type of implant is round in shape, which creates a beautiful breast mound. Some choose a teardrop shape for a very natural look, with less volume in the upper area of the breast.

Incisions

The incisions will be based upon the type and size of the implants you choose. The larger the implant, the longer the incision. For saline implants, which are filled after placement, the incisions are far smaller and may be placed in the armpit.

Location of Incisions

The incisions may be placed in the armpit (saline only), called transaxillary, in the breast crease, called inframammary, or around the areola, called periareolar. The incision site will reflect the size and type of implant and degree of enhancement you envision for your breasts.

Recovery

Most people who undergo breast augmentation in Seattle do not experience a great deal of pain during recovery; this is especially true with implants placed over the muscle. You will, however, experience some level of discomfort during the first week following surgery. Pain medication will be made available to you so that you are not unduly troubled by pain.

Breast Augmentation Recovery in Bellevue

Recovery Time

Your recovery should not be exceptionally painful or difficult. As with any surgery, the first few days are the most difficult, but you will have prescription pain medication, which should not be necessary after the first few days. The recovery timeline is described below.

Immediately After

You will awaken in a recovery area, monitored by medical personnel. You won’t remember your surgery, and your breasts will be bandaged to hold the new shape in place. You can return home, driven by a friend or family member, to recover.

Day of

The first day you will feel tired and will just want to sleep – the best thing for you after surgery. Your new breasts will be held in place by a compression bra. You will need to avoid putting any pressure or stress on the incisions and must rest or sleep on your back only.

One Week

It is normal for you to have some numbness, which typically fades with time. Swelling and bruising will make your breasts appear larger than they will once you are fully healed. You are starting to feel better and can do more. Take gentle walks to maintain good circulation.

Two Weeks

Your new breasts are starting to look as they should, as the swelling and bruising from the surgery fades. They may still be quite sensitive, and you will need to protect them by avoiding placing any pressure or stress on the incisions. They will be settling into place, slightly lower than they were immediately after surgery.

One Month

Your breasts are starting to look great, with the surgical sites healing, appearing as a thin red line. You will feel stronger and able to perform most of your usual tasks without trouble, although you must avoid vigorous exercise until given the okay by your surgeon.

Three Months

Your scars are fading, your implants are in their final position, and your breasts look great. You can now exercise, wear the bras you want, and feel confident showing off your new figure. Your scars have not fully faded.

Six Months

At six months, your scars have greatly faded and will continue to do so. As they are hidden in the breast crease or around the areola of the nipple, they are not visible, even when wearing a plunging neckline or bikini.

One Year

Your breasts will look beautiful, round, plump, and natural. You will be enjoying your new figure, whether wearing revealing clothing or a bikini.

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What are the risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks, including infections, excessive bleeding, or reactions to anesthesia. These complications are rare, and it is vital that your surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who employs the most stringent health and safety protocols.

How to choose the right Breast Augmentation surgeon?

Many surgeons offer breast augmentation, but you need to choose carefully. A medical doctor who has not attained board-certification as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon may offer the procedure. Check all of the credentials of your surgeon before undergoing this procedure.

Education

The extent of the education of the plastic surgeon is a critical point. Some have taken the time to gain advanced techniques in plastic surgery. This indicates that the surgeon is a dedicated professional and a lifelong learner, with access to the latest techniques.

Experience

Your plastic surgeon should have performed many, many successful breast augmentation surgeries. Surgeons who have a great depth of experience are far less likely to make an error that will require revision surgery.

Results

Look over the plastic surgeon’s gallery and look for women with a similar figure. If the photos look altered with photoshopping, it is a red flag. The images should accurately reveal the outcome of the breast augmentation surgery, unretouched.

Certification

It is critical that your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To achieve this certification requires added years of education and experience, an oral and written test, and years spent performing plastic surgery techniques.

Why choose Dr. Flugstad for Breast Augmentation in Seattle?

Having breast augmentation is an excellent way to improve your shape and self-confidence, whether you’re having breast reconstruction or revision surgery, or just looking for an increase in breast volume. No matter what your objectives are, we can help you achieve them in a safe, caring, state-of-the-art surgical setting. Flugstad Plastic Surgery is Bellevue’s premier center for cutting-edge cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Nicholas Flugstad has established himself as one of the Northwest’s most talented surgeons—known for his compassionate approach to patient care and for his ability to create very natural-looking results. Dr. Flugstad is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and fellowship-trained in aesthetic surgery and is considered to be among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the state of Washington and beyond.

What to Expect

Preparing for Surgery

The healthier you are going into surgery, the faster you can recover. Take care of yourself prior to your surgical appointment by eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcoholic beverages. Prepare your home for your recovery by filling all prescriptions, buying easy to prepare foods, and arranging help for the early stages of recovery.

Anesthesia

Our Bellevue breast augmentation is most often performed under general anesthesia. You will not remember anything after the anesthesia is administered.

During

The breast augmentation procedure will vary, patient to patient, but generally involves creating a surgical pocket in which to place the implants. They may be placed beneath your natural breast tissue, or under the chest muscles. The incisions will be closed with tiny sutures and a compression bra put on you to hold your new breasts stable during healing.

After

You will rest for about an hour after surgery, gradually becoming more aware. Once you are fully aware, you will be released to be driven home by another person to rest and recover. Your friend or family member should stay with you for the first day or two to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will I have to wait to wear an underwire bra?

A: While you probably will want to go bra shopping after a week or two, you will not be able to wear an underwire bra for about six weeks, so be patient. The wire can irritate the incision site (when in the breast crease) so an underwire should be avoided until fully healed. Be patient, it’s worth it!

Q: Which is better, silicone or saline?

A. It’s a personal choice, but each has pros and cons. Silicone implants feel more natural in weight and bounce. Saline has the advantage of a smaller incision site.

Q: When can I have sex after breast augmentation?

A: You will need to wait until given the okay by your surgeon. Avoiding vigorous motions will protect your new breasts and allow the incisions to heal. Generally, waiting for about three weeks is probably best.

Q: Will I have a normal mammogram after breast augmentation?

A: You will need an altered mammogram procedure, so inform the person performing the test that you have implants.

Q: Is it possible to get bigger breasts without implants?

A: For a subtle increase in size, some women undergo autologous fat transfer, in which fat is harvested from another body area and transferred to the upper area of the breasts.

Q: When are implants placed under the muscle, and why?

A: Submuscular placement is often a better choice for thinner women or those with very little natural breast tissue.

Q: Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery?

A: Be aware that you should not have this surgery if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant in the near future. However, breast implants should not impact your ability to breastfeed in the future. If you want to breastfeed a baby at some point, talk to us about this when you come in for a consultation. We can help you choose the right incision site to maximize your chances of breastfeeding successfully.

Q: Why does weight matter in breast augmentation?

A: While being overweight will not prevent you from having breast augmentation surgery, if you are planning to lose weight in the future, the resultant loss of natural breast tissue could change your overall breast shape. It’s therefore recommended that you are very close to your goal weight before you have your augmentation. This way you will be able to have a breast lift and augmentation surgery at the same time, thereby saving yourself both time and money and a superior, long-lasting result.

Other Options

Breast augmentation with breast lift

Some women require a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation in Seattle. This is appropriate when the natural breasts are too low on the frame due to age, breastfeeding, or weight loss.

Natural fat transfer

For a more subtle increase in size, natural fat can be harvested from thighs, love handles, or buttocks, purified and injected to increase breast size.

Breast Revision

Some women have been disappointed with the results of primary breast augmentation and require a revision, due to capsular contracture, uneven size, “double bubble” or the size was not as expected.

Breast reduction

Women who have an excess of breast tissue can be very uncomfortable and unhappy. Breast reduction surgery will reshape your breasts, place them higher on the chest wall, and relocate (and reshape) nipples so they are facing forward.

An Insider's Guide to Bellevue, WA

Looking into Breast Augmentation in Bellevue, WA?

Washington offers an array of activities to pursue during your breast augmentation journey.

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The Bellevue Arts Museum. Opposed to having a permanent collection, BAM provides rotating exhibits and offers many public programs. It is located in downtown Bellevue and open Wednesday-Sunday.

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Downtown Bellevue Park. With community events, 20 acres of open space, and a 240-foot-wide waterfall, Downtown Bellevue Park is the perfect place for family enjoyment.

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Space Needle. Located in the center of Seattle, only a 15-30 minute drive from Bellevue, The Space Needle has a 520-foot-high observation deck providing great views of the city.

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Lake Sammamish. With two lakefront beaches, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and forest trails, Lake Sammamish State Park is the perfect family outdoor experience.

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At Lot No. 3 in Bellevue, you'll find comfort food ranging from chicken & waffles to crab risotto! Lot No. 3 is open late and offers classic cocktails and craft brews.

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Facing East is located in a strip mall and guaranteed to always have a long line of patrons, offering a variety of exotic Taiwanese dishes such as pork burgers, handheld Taiwanese pork bao, and dumplings made with sweet potato flour.

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Kathakali Indian Cuisine is a South Indian restaurant centered around the regional cuisine of Kerala with an urban twist including options for vegetarians!

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Bottle and Bull is a 21-and-over bar in Kirkland that is inspired by the travels of Ernest Hemingway! Enjoy their creative cocktails and eclectic menu!

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