The first step in your breast augmentation journey is a meeting with the team at Dr. Parkins’ office. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get to know the staff and ask any questions you have about your breast surgery. We believe in thorough patient education and use this initial visit to help patients understand what they can expect.
The consultation will be a one-on-one, no-obligation visit with Dr. Parkins. She will review your medical history and go over any areas of your body that you would like to address with plastic surgery.
Specifically, for your breast augmentation consultation, you can share the kind of aesthetic you’d like to achieve, whether that’s overall larger breasts, improvements in symmetry and projection, or enhanced cup size and position. You can get a better idea of what Dr. Parkins can do by viewing breast implant before-and-after photos to see breast augmentation patients who chose her.
Dr. Parkins and her team will also collect your medical history and complete a thorough physical examination.
Once we’ve established a clear idea of your goals and what you want moving forward, Dr. Parkins will provide her opinion and work with you to build a personalized breast augmentation plan. Breast enhancement is not a one-size-fits-all process, and Dr. Parkins approaches each surgery as a one-of-a-kind procedure to help you feel like your very best self.
We strongly recommend coming to this meeting with some pictures of breasts you like (a quick Google image search works perfectly) to give us some insight into your aesthetic. Finally, we’ll take some pictures to help plan the breast augmentation process, and you’ll be on your way. Dr. Parkins will map out her blueprint for the surgery and make sure you clearly understand what will happen throughout your breast augmentation procedure and recovery process.
Your consultation is also the time to ask questions about benefits and risks, recovery time, and breast implant cost.
It’s natural to feel a little nervous. However, our entire team is made up of women, and we are here to offer our expertise and help you feel calm, well cared for, and comfortable.
At Parkins Plastic Surgery, we use Sientra silicone gel breast implants. Sientra implants are FDA-approved and have an unrivaled safety profile, with some of the lowest complication rates clinically shown through a robust 10-year study*. Not only are Sientra implants safe, but they are also backed by their Platinum 20TM year warranty which provides the longest length of coverage, most financial assistance, and least restrictions in the industry. Sientra implants are designed to hold their shape while maintaining a remarkably soft feel. With two surface types, over 340 implant options, and 6 projection levels, Sientra breast implants can help you see the look you’ve always wanted.
* Stevens WG et al. Ten-year core study data for Sientra’s Food and Drug Administration—approved round and shaped breast implants with cohesive silicone gel. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;141(4S):7S-19S.
Fat transfer has revolutionized the field of breast augmentation. From the beginning of cosmetic breast surgery, doctors have relied on saline and silicone implants to provide safe, customizable, and beautiful results. After years of research and clinical testing, today, Dr. Parkins’ patients can choose to increase their breast size with their own fat tissue.
Though variations of the fat transfer breast augmentation technique have been in use since 1995, results varied widely depending on the surgeon’s skill and the patient’s anatomy. Today, board-certified plastic surgeons can provide a gorgeous look that feels completely natural (because it is) and patients love. Even though fat transfer breast augmentation (also known as lipoaugmentation) has been on the rise, in comparison to traditional breast augmentation techniques, it’s still relatively uncommon.
The concept behind fat transfer breast augmentation is beautifully simple. Dr. Parkins takes fat tissue from a trouble area such as the thighs, back, abdomen, or love handles, and then injects these cells into the breast. This process is also known as autologous fat grafting and can increase breast volume up to one cup size. Our patients particularly love fat transfer breast augmentation because they not only get to see fuller, more shapely breasts, but they also receive liposuction in the same operation for a more harmonious body contour.
During the 10 days leading up to your fat transfer breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Parkins asks that you avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, which can induce blood-thinning. If you have any questions about a particular medication, please don’t hesitate to call us and ask.
The morning of surgery, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and be sure you have a friend or loved one at the ready to drive you home post-op. Dr. Parkins will go into everything you need to know about these logistical details during your consultation.
During your surgical visit, Dr. Parkins will perform two sequential procedures. First, she will carefully remove fat from a targeted area of the body. This fat is then purified and precisely injected into the breasts to create a uniform volume increase.
To help ensure the maximum survival of fat tissue, we take several precautions, including avoiding any trauma at the removal site, meticulous refinement of the harvested fat, and injections in small aliquots of fat rather than in large portions. Usually, the procedure requires one to two hours to perform.
Dr. Parkins puts patients first by creating a personal and individualized experience for each breast augmentation patient at her boutique practice. Women who choose Dr. Parkins for their surgery can expect complete attention to detail and a personal touch that helps them feel at home. Dr. Parkins also provides a female perspective on breast augmentation, empathizing with patients, seeking to understand their unique concerns, and helping them get what they need.
Patients feel confident approaching Dr. Parkins with their most confidential physical concerns. By the end of their breast augmentation experience, they’ve made a true friend who supports their journey to wellness and confidence.
The Parkins Plastic Surgery team’s honest approach to treatment and patient interactions makes all the difference in creating beautiful outcomes and positive experiences.
A typical breast augmentation procedure with implants can take about an hour to complete, depending on the type of implant and techniques used. Patients return home about two hours after their surgery. For safety reasons, you must have a family member or friend take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after breast augmentation.
During the first few days, you will experience some pain and swelling in your breasts. These sensations are normal and will go away with time as your body heals. Pain medication will be prescribed to ease any discomfort you experience, but most patients are able to control their discomfort with only over-the-counter pain medication. You may also be required to wear a surgical bra or compression garment at all times for several days after breast augmentation surgery. These garments provide stability for the implants, improve circulation, and can help to prevent an accumulation of fluid, known as “edema.”
It is important to rest after breast augmentation surgery, since your body is devoting considerable energy to healing. We recommend taking at least two days off of work or any other type of major responsibility.
You can perform light exercise, including walking and gentle aerobics, about two weeks after breast augmentation surgery with implants. Rigorous upper body workouts, running, and weight lifting should be postponed for at least four weeks after getting your implants.
Patients generally resume all normal activities after one month—but Dr. Parkins is the only one qualified to assess how far along your healing has progressed. It is vital that you maintain regularly scheduled follow-up visits and follow all of Dr. Parkins’ instructions after breast augmentation surgery to ensure proper healing and limited complications.
For fat transfer breast augmentation, once your procedure is complete, the initial recovery period of rest takes about three days. After that, any remaining swelling or soreness will dissipate over the next few weeks.
Complete recovery takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Dr. Parkins will observe your condition carefully throughout this process and will advise you on when you can safely resume your regular activities. After approximately three months, you’ll see full results.
Visit our before & after patient photo gallery, where stunning transformations come to life, showcasing the remarkable journey of physical change and personal growth.
You can choose to pair breast augmentation with other procedures, such as a breast lift. This may be recommended if your goals are not just increased breast volume and projection, but also breasts that sit in a higher position on the chest wall.
Women who want to make a change to their existing breast implants, whether to change their size or shape—or remove them completely—can choose breast revision.
For smaller breasts, Dr. Parkins offers breast reduction, as well as nipple-areola reduction. Men who want to address the problem of gynecomastia (development of male breasts) can opt for male breast reduction.
Any breast surgery—breast augmentation, lift, or reduction—may be part of a Mommy Makeover, which combines multiple procedures to address physical changes caused by pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.
The techniques used in fat transfer breast augmentation can also be used to add volume to the buttocks. Fat grafting augmentation in this case works the same way: Fat cells are carefully harvested from one area, then purified and injected elsewhere to create curves.
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