Breast Augmentation Surgery

Pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics are all reasons why women may have breasts that are smaller than they desire. For many women, small breasts rob them of confidence in regards to body image. Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. If your breasts are not a size that makes you feel attractive and comfortable with your body proportions, breast augmentation may be the procedure for you.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

More Clothing Options

Many women who have a naturally small bust feel they are limited in clothing options that look good on them due to their breasts not filling out their tops. Breast augmentation can provide women with a wide range of shirt, blouse, and dress options that make them look and feel good.

Natural-Looking Results

Some women who long to increase the size of their breasts may fear that implants will make their bust look “fake.” Breast augmentation will not only boost the appearance for your breasts, but it can also provide you with natural-looking results that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Improved Self-Esteem

Whether the breasts lack volume or need shape improvement, many women can feel self-conscious about the way their breasts look. Breast augmentation will not only enhance the appearance of your breasts, but it can also provide you with an increased sense of confidence.


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Achieved With Breast Augmentation

Larger, Fuller Breasts

Larger, Fuller Breasts

Pregnancy, weight loss, or nature can all leave women with breasts that they feel are too small. Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts. Larger, shapelier breasts may make you feel sexier and improve your romantic life.

A Balanced Physique

A Balanced Physique

Naturally small or deflated breasts can make the body proportions look unbalanced. Breast augmentation can enhance breast volume and restore fullness to make the chest appear more harmonious with the body to improve your overall figure.

Symmetrical Breasts

Symmetrical Breasts

Asymmetrical breasts, where one breast is larger than the other, is a common occurrence in women. Usually, the discrepancy is minimal, but some women have breasts that differ by a whole cup size or more. Breast augmentation can create breasts of similar sizes, allowing you to feel comfortable in your body.

Breast Augmentation Options

Implant Type


  • A silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
  • Inserted as an empty shell and filled once it is in the breast pocket
  • Creates a rounder, firmer breast


  • A silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel
  • Requires a larger incision for insertion
  • Simulates the look and feel of natural breast tissue

Incision Location


  • The incision is made along the lower breast fold where the breast tissue meets the chest wall
  • The incision is hidden by the breast tissue


  • The incision is made around the lower edge of the areola
  • Any visible scarring is likely to fade over time

Implant Placement


The subglandular technique involves placing the implant under the glandular tissue but over the pectoral muscle. During your initial consultation, Dr. Spies can discuss the benefits and disadvantages of each placement option.


Dr. Spies prefers the subpectoral method, where the implant is placed under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscle. Subpectoral placement helps create a natural-looking breast projection.


Recovery Icon Recovery

The average recovery time is about six weeks. The majority of your swelling should resolve by this point, but slight swelling may remain anywhere from six months to a year after surgery.

Scars  Icon Scars

It is typical to have scarring at the incision site. If your incision is made along the inframammary fold, your breast tissue will hide the scar. Scarring that occurs around the areola is likely to fade over time. The average time for a scar to heal completely is about one to two years.

Pain Icon Pain

The worst of the pain will be present in the first few days following your surgery, during which you will likely experience swelling of the breasts and possibly some mild bruising. Dr. Spies will prescribe medication to help control the pain.

Cost  Icon Cost

A variety of factors can affect the cost of breast augmentation surgery. Geographical location, the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, and implant type can all affect the price. On average, the cost of breast augmentation starts at $5,000.


I have significant breast sagging. Will implants correct this?

Breast implants do not significantly correct breast ptosis (sagging). If your breasts are an adequate size but are sagging, a breast lift can restore them to a perkier position and a more youthful shape. If you desire a size increase and a lift, Dr. Spies can discuss with you the advantages of combining a breast lift with your augmentation.

What potential complications can occur with breast augmentation?

As with any surgery, there is the very rare risk of infection and bleeding complications. There are also risks associated with the use of implants that may require surgery in the future. Such risks include capsular contracture (tightening of scar tissue around the implant), implant rupture/deflation, and bottoming out (the implant stretching the pocket and dropping below the breast tissue). However, properly following your aftercare instructions and contacting your surgeon at the first sign of any possible problem can help lower your chances of developing a complication.

Is breast augmentation surgery permanent?

Barring any complications that would necessitate the replacement of your implants, breast augmentation surgery provides long-lasting results. Dr. Spies will discuss the expectations you should have of your surgery results.

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Dr. Spies' office is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona just adjacent to the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center

Robert J. Spies, M.D.
5410 N Scottsdale Rd C 100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 480-359-1019