Breast Augmentationin Vancouver, WA & Portland, OR

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If you are looking for a fuller figure or to restore breast symmetry, a breast augmentation procedure can alter the size and shape of your breasts using saline or silicone.

Breast augmentation can be beneficial if you have breasts that are uneven or small or that have lost elasticity and volume, especially after a pregnancy and breastfeeding. For example, breast augmentation can be part of a mommy makeover to help restore your breasts to their pre-childbirth shape. The implants are placed in your breast tissue or under your chest muscles.

If you are looking for the best breast augmentation Vancouver has to offer, our caring and experienced staff at The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery can provide you with the highest quality care as you make an adjustment in your lifestyle and quality of life.

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size of one or both breasts or correct a number of aesthetic problems women may have with their breasts. Also referred to as breast implant surgery or breast enlargement surgery, breast augmentation is a surgery that is used to increase the size of both breasts.

Some women may notice that one breast is smaller than the other and may choose to have the smaller breast increased for balance and symmetry. Many women combine breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift to improve breast appearance by removing tissue that hangs below the fold of the breast and moving the nipple higher. Breast augmentation can also reshape and rejuvenate sagging breasts, a common result of pregnancy.

What is the Procedure for Breast Augmentation?

The surgery typically lasts about one hour. During this time, you will be put under while Dr. Workman makes an incision along your bust line. The breast implants are inserted through the incisions and stitches used to close the incisions. Dr. Workman will make any scars as minor and inconspicuous as possible. These scars can easily be concealed by the breast itself by being placed where the bottom of the breast meets the torso or by undergarments.

Dr. Workman will help you choose which type of implant, silicone or saline, and if submuscular or subglandular implantation is right for you. During your initial consultation for a breast augmentation Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Workman will discuss your goals, explain the procedure, and answer any questions you might have.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation or schedule a breast surgery consultation, please contact us today. Dr. Workman will meet with you personally to discuss the procedure and what you can expect.

Submuscular vs. Subglandular

Submuscular implantation is the placement of the breast implant under the pectoral muscle and the subglandular implants are inserted under the breast gland. When performing Breast Augmentation Vancouver Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Workman places most saline breast implants under the pectoralis major (chest muscle) rather than under the breast gland. There are three reasons for this preference:

  • First, placing the breast implant under the muscle helps decrease any occurance of ripples. Your breasts will feel and look smoother and more natural. A subglandular implant may normally look natural but larger breast implants can appear fake if your tissue is less than one inch thick.
  • Secondly, numerous studies have suggested that placing an implant under the muscle lowers the chance of your body forming a firm, hard capsule around your implant, which can be painful and require a second surgery.
  • The third reason is that mammograms can be slightly more sensitive with an estimation that subglandular breast implants can make mammograms 10% more difficult to read. This leads to less effective mammograms, which may cause trouble down the road.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

During your consultation, we can help you explore an option if you have moderately droopy or “ptotic” breasts and have adequate breast tissue or a strong preference for subglandular breast implants. If you are considering breast augmentation in Vancouver and would like to learn more about submuscular or subglandular implants, contact breast implant surgeon Dr. Workman today to schedule a consultation.

Together, you can discuss implant placement, incisions, recovery, and scarring, and create a surgical plan that works for you. The type of incision your surgeon will use will depend on factors such as implant placement and type, as well as personal preferences and lifestyle.

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Incision Methods

There are four types of incisions a surgeon may use when performing a breast implant surgery. These are transaxillary, inframammary, areolar, and trans-umbilical breast augmentation (otherwise known as TUBA). The most popular is the inframammary approach. Dr. Workman has performed countless breast augmentation surgeries and can help walk you through the different options to determine what is the best option for you.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to each incision approach, so learning about them in detail will help you make a more informed decision.

Caring Environment: Setting the Standard for Cosmetic Excellence

Dr. Workman is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has an extensive safety record having performed more than 7000 procedures. He has a caring nature, which is why he spends time to discuss the details of any procedure. Dr. Workman will examine your breasts and review your health history to find the best solution for your particular needs.

Since 1993, Dr. Workman and his skilled and caring staff have been providing some of the best breast augmentation in Vancouver, with exceptional results. They have created a comfortable environment where you can expect compassion and confidential care. At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, you receive the highest quality and most comprehensive aesthetic care with unparalleled results.

Special Note: All anesthesias are performed by doctors, not nurses

Breast implants do not impair breast health. Careful review of scientific research conducted by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine has found no proven link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.

Service areas include: Vancouver, Seattle, Redmond, Kennewick, Bellevue, Richland, Pasco, Camas and Walla Walla Washington. We also service patients in Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Hillsboro, Gresham, Tigard, Milwaukie, Eugene, Lake Oswego, Bend, Aloha, Corvallis and Tualatin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

If you have issues such as asymmetrical, flattened or sagging breasts, you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Patients may wish to regain the perky nature of their youth or simply desire a more enhanced breast shape and size. If you often find that you have trouble filling out shirts, sports bras, bathing suit tops, and the like, you may be a good candidate for an increase in size through breast implants. For women who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, breast implants when combined with a lift or full mommy makeover can restore your pre-baby body. Most patients who undergo the procedure find that it helps boost self-esteem and confidence. To be eligible for the procedure, you should be in good physical health with a stable weight and looking to change the size, look, or shape of your breasts.

How does a breast augmentation affect me if I am physically active?

There are two places where implants can be placed depending on the type of exercise you favor. If you do cardio or yoga, the implants should be placed under the pectoral muscle to provide more padding and minimize the chance of capsular contracture. If you lift heavy weights or part of programs like Crossfit, the implant can be placed above the pectoral muscle. Additionally, you will have to talk to your surgeon about how long it will be before it is safe to resume exercise and strenuous physical activity. It is important to keep in mind that you will have to take it easy and may have reduced movement, especially in the first few days of recovery. Besides this, you should be able to exercise as normal once your breast implants are healed.

What are the results of breast augmentation?

In general, breast augmentation provides very pleasing and gratifying results that can be maximized with careful self-care during your recovery period and staying in touch with Dr. Workman and our skilled team of professionals. At our facility in Vancouver, we sit down with each patient to understand their unique needs and develop an individualized plastic surgeon plan that encompasses all their needs and will help achieve their desired results. If you are considering multiple treatments, you can discuss how to best undergo treatment so the results line up according to what you picture. It is important to maintain a realistic expectation during this time, as results will vary based on your unique body structure and more.

Can I combine breast augmentation with another procedure?

Yes, you can combine breast augmentation with another procedure such as a breast lift, liposuction, a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover. They can often be performed in the same visit. You can review all your options and discuss a custom approach with Dr. Workman at your consultation. He will help you understand any risks or benefits of combining procedures and what it could mean for your projected recovery timeline.

Breast augmentation recovery timeline?

The recovery timeline will vary for each patient, but generally, patients can expect to take a few months before they can start to see their new breast shape and size. While the results are immediate upon the implant placement, swelling and bruising will make them appear larger and higher than they will be once healed. Most Vancouver breast augmentation patients are able to return to work five to seven days following surgery. They generally resume their exercise schedule after three weeks; however, you should follow the physician’s advice carefully to avoid injury or damage to the affected areas. We recommend wearing a sports bra for support after breast surgery. Compression garments may also be recommended. Prior to your breast implant appointment, Dr. Workman will give you detailed instructions so you can prepare. You will have to cease the use of NSAIDs, certain medications, smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and make the necessary arrangements so any responsibilities will be covered during your downtime. We will review specific instructions with you at your preoperative and postoperative appointments.

What is the cost of breast augmentation?

Price ranges vary and are based on your individualized procedure. This cost will include things such as anesthesia, your surgical team, the operating theatre or hospital, surgical approach, implant placement, incision choice, and more. To learn more about the costs of breast implants in Vancouver with The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, please call us to schedule your personalized complimentary consultation, at (360) 896-6000.

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Vancouver & Portland Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
1405 SE 164th Ave Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 896-6000

Tri-Cities Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
4309 W 27th Pl Suite 202
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 321-9099