Saline and Silicone Breast Implant Removal

In some cases, patients might be advised to remove either their saline or silicone breast implants due to health and cosmetic concerns. Both saline and silicone breast implants may need to be replaced as they can leak and rupture over time. Patients need to learn about the signs to identify a possible implant rupture in case it happens.  If a leak or rupture in your breast implants occurs Dr. Azouz suggests having your saline or silicone implants removed. If this is your case, arrange an initial consultation with Dr. Azouz in Dallas by calling 972 702 8888.

Signs to consider Saline or Silicone implant removal

Saline or Silicone implant rupture signs are completely different, understanding how these devices behave in case of rupture, patients can act as quickly as possible and look for medical assistance.

Saline Rupture

When a saline implant has ruptured, it will start to deflate and the saline will be reabsorbed by the body. The affected breast will experience a change in shape and size. The saline leak can happen at once or it can take a few days.  This can leave you with a deflated misshapen breast.

Silicone Rupture

It is common that a silicone rupture goes unnoticed. Once the silicone implant breaks the silicone gel will remain inside the implant or leak into the surrounding tissue. Silicone Rupture is known as a silent rupture since many patients do not realize that their silicone implant has ruptured. However, over time some patients report pain and/or tenderness in the breast.

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Maintenance

After a breast augmentation, Dallas board-certified Dr. Azouz, encourages you to keep all of your future appointments for an annual physical exam of your implants. During your annual exam, Dr. Azouz will determine if you need imaging such as an MRI to check the integrity of your implants or if he suggests removal of your breast implants. 

What are my surgical combination options with Implant Removal?

After saline or silicone implant removal, the breasts do not come back to the original condition and this can lead to an unwanted cosmetic result, such as sagging, deflation, or asymmetry. Although some women choose just to have their implants removed others would like to undergo combination surgeries to recreate full breasts. The most common combination surgeries are implant removal with a breast lift and implant removal with implant replacement. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, he will review all of your surgical options and create a surgical plan to meet your specific aesthetic goals. 

How to pick the best plastic surgeon for breast implant removal?

When choosing the plastic surgeon to perform your implant removal surgery there are a few questions you should ask.

– Is the plastic surgeon board certified? At Azouz Plastic Surgery plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

– How often does the surgeon perform this surgery? Dr. Azouz performs this surgery multiple times a week. 

– How many years of experience does the plastic surgeon have? Dr. Azouz has over 35 years of experience. 

– Does the surgeon operate at an accredited facility? Dr. Azouz has privileges at multiple accredited facilities in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz

Breast implants technology has made them last a long time; however, cracks can happen over time to anyone. If you suspect having a breast implant rupture, schedule now an explant removal consultation with Dr. Azouz in Dallas by calling 972 702 8888. 

Options After Breast Implant Removal in Dallas

Breast Implant Removal in Dallas is a cosmetic plastic surgery for those women who would like to refresh their breast’s appearance or remove their implants due to an implant rupture or normal wear and tear. Depending on the case and aesthetic goals, women have different options to choose from when undergoing breast implant removal. Find out more about your plastic surgery options tailored to your personal case by arranging an initial consultation with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz by calling 972 702 8888.

Breast Implant removal options

By understanding the different breast implant removal options, you can decide what surgical technique might help achieve your aesthetic goals.

1. Breast Implant Removal and Replacement

In some cases, patients need to explant their breast implants due to health concerns and replace them due to a rupture or normal wear and tear. Other reasons to remove and replace breast implants are when lifestyle or preferences have changed.  This can lead women to decide to change their implants for smaller or bigger implants.  Some women have pain or discomfort with silicone implants and wish to change them for saline implants.  Other women are uncomfortable having textured implants in place and desire them to be removed and replaced with smooth non-textured implants. 

2. Breast Implant Removal with Lift

Some patients remove their implants and do not replace them with new ones. In this case, women have the option to undergo a breast implant with a lift. After removing your implants, a breast lift is performed to avoid droopy breasts. With this technique, excess skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is tightened, achieving a more youthful look.  A breast lift can take the form of a mini lift (with minimal scarring), a lollipop (with a circumareolar and a vertical component), or an anchor lift (wise pattern).  Moving the nipple and areola complex with a lift is called a “mastopexy”.

Breast Implant Removal

3. Breast Implant Removal with Fat Transfer

Women looking for a natural breast appearance might undergo breast implant removal to remove capsules from their breast pockets. Patients can retouch their breasts with fat transfer after a few months or at the same time as removal.

4. Removal of textured breast implants

Textured implants have been recalled by the FDA.  Even though the FDA does not recommend explanting implants that are in place in the absence of symptoms or a rupture, some women still desire removal of these implants.

How to select the best plastic surgeon to perform your breast implant removal?

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is important.  It is important to look for an American Board Certified Plastic surgeon who is experienced in breast implant removal.  Dr. Azouz is an American Board-certified plastic surgeon who routinely performs breast implant removal with enhanced recovery.  Dr. Azouz strives for the best recovery by avoiding the placement of drains, minimizing pain, discomfort and nausea after surgery with an enhanced recovery protocol. 

Breast Implant Removal in Dallas

Breast Implant Removal in Dallas is an excellent alternative for patients who want to undergo plastic surgery with a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon, such as Board-Certified Dr. Azouz. At the initial consultation, Dr. Azouz will perform a physical examination, determine which surgical technique is the best to help you enhance your breast area, and address all your Breast Implant Removal questions regarding what to expect before, during, and after surgery.  Dr. Azouz strives to afford his patients the best experience and results possible in their breast implant removal journey. 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz

To learn more about what Breast Implant Removal option suits you best, schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz in Dallas by calling 972 702 8888. Dr. Azouz is also available for virtual consultations for those patients living out of the DFW area. Contact Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic surgery to book your appointment now!

Will Breast Augmentation surgery help with Pigeon Chest Deformity?

Pigeon chest deformity, or Pectus carinatum, can leave women feeling self-conscious about their appearance. Thankfully, women have plastic surgery as an ally to minimize the appearance of the prominent sternum. Patients with pigeon chest deformity might undergo breast augmentation surgery to reduce the appearance of a bowed-out chest. Breast augmentation can often camouflage deformities of the chest wall. Breast augmentation surgery in Dallas with plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz can enhance a woman’s body image, recover self-confidence, and disguise the chest’s deformation.

What is Pigeon Chest Deformity?

Pigeon chest deformity is medically known as Pectus Carinatum. This congenital deformity occurs when the sternum protrudes outward, causing the ribcage and sternum to bow out. Some patients may also have depressions on the side of their chest. About one out of every 400 women has Pectus Carinatum, and the condition can result in asthma or other breathing problems but does not affect other functions, including those of the heart or lungs. Fortunately, breast augmentation surgery in Dallas can reduce the pigeon chest’s appearance and provide the patient with better life quality.

Can a Breast Augmentation surgery correct Pectus Carinatum?

Some patients with severe Pectus Carinatum will require surgery to correct the positioning of the sternum or ribcage. For other patients, the deformity does not cause severe medical issues, but patients may be dissatisfied with their chest appearance.

Women with pigeon chest deformity can, in some cases, disguise the appearance of this condition with breast augmentation. Strategic placement of suitable sized implants by plastic surgeon Dr. Azouzcan camouflage a pigeon chest appearance.

Choosing Breast Implants

When selecting implants to disguise the appearance of pigeon chest deformity, Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. David Azouz often recommends a high-profile implant. High-profile implants are taller than they are wide, meaning those implants project away from the chest, and consequently, further from the sternum. Besides, implants are placed behind the pectoralis muscle, a technique known as subpectoral placement. This further distracts from the projection of the chest wall in patients with Pectus Carinatum. Finally, the implants should be sufficient in size to reduce the appearance of the pigeon chest without being too large and out-of-proportion with the patient’s frame. Determining the correct implant size for the patient with pigeon chest deformity will be determined during a consultation with Dr. Azouz.

Patient care after Breast Augmentation surgery for Pectus Carinatum patients

Breast augmentation is a safe procedure. Patients with Pectus Carinatum are advised to take additional precautions after their surgery to maintain their results. Dr. David Azouz will instruct you on specific compression brassieres for optimal recovery after breast augmentation.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz

Dr. David Azouz has performed thousands of breast augmentation surgeries. To see if breast augmentation can help you minimize the appearance of a pigeon chest, schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz by calling our Dallas, TX office at (972) 702-8888, or request an initial virtual appointment for patients out of the DFW area.

Breast Implant Removal: Questions to Ask While Considering Surgery

Deciding to get breast surgery is a big decision that takes much consideration and research. Breast augmentation involves many decisions that need to be made such as implant type, size, shape, and location. Dallas surgeon, Dr. David Azouz, works with his patients fervently to help them achieve their desired results so they can feel confident. However, eventually, some patients may decide that they no longer want their implants or maybe the implant ruptures and it needs to be removed. Whatever the reason, Dr. Azouz offers breast implant removal surgery at his Dallas practice. When meeting with Dr. Azouz for your breast implant removal consultation, there will be a few key questions that you will want to ask.

How Much Does a Breast Implant Removal Cost?

This is an important question to ask as you want to know if you will be able to afford the surgery and what the financing options are. Dr. Azouz will determine the cost of your breast implant removal during the consultation period. Breast implant removal surgery does not have one single cost for everyone since the surgery is highly individualized. After the consultation, you will understand the cost and your payment options.  

What Surgeries Can I Combine With My Breast Implant Removal?

Another important question to bring up during the consultation is what surgeries can be combined with breast implant removal. If you have had your implants for a while, then your breasts have surely changed and grown accustomed to the implants. Removing them will affect the breasts. To reach your ideal look, a couple of procedures may be needed to improve the breasts. Talk to Dr. Azouz about your options. Some combination surgeries may include liposuction, breast lift, or breast implant replacement.

How Long is the Recovery for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Knowing what to prepare for before undergoing surgery is very important. You will need to be fully informed of what to expect during the recovery period to know how much work and school to take off and if you will need assistance in your home. The breast implant removal recovery is similar to the recovery period spent on breast augmentation. You will be suited with a surgical bra and will have limited activity until cleared by Dr. Azouz. He will go over the recovery with you in more detail during the consultation appointment.

How Should I Choose My Plastic Surgeon For a Breast Implant Removal?

When deciding which surgeon to go for, for a breast implant removal surgery, you should ask some key questions. Is the surgeon board-certified? Do they have experience? Do they have photos of previous patients who have undergone the same procedure? How frequently do they perform the procedure that you want?

An experienced, trustworthy surgeon will have no problem answering these questions for you. Dr. David Azouz in Dallas, Texas is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helping patients to reach their goals. He will go over all the aspects of breast implant removal with you in detail from the preparation steps through recovery. He will work with you to make sure your breast implant removal surgery goes smoothly.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast implant removal, contact Dr. Azouz at his Dallas-Fort Worth practice for a consultation. We are committed to the best patient experience and the top plastic surgery results. Contact our office by phone at (972) 702-8888 or by filling out an online form.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Azouz discusses Exchanging Breast Implants and Breast Implant Removal

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures but breast implants placed in Dallas and around the United States today are different than those placed years ago.  Previous breast implants were made with liquid or semi-liquid silicone. When breast implants placed in the 1980s and 1990s rupture they deflate and leak out like syrup. Modern breast implants are better manufactured with materials that will help keep the implants together.  A ruptured modern breast implant better resembles a cut gummy bear.

Breast implants provide women an ideal breast shape, size, and contour.  Traditionally It is recommended that breast implants be replaced or removed every ten years but many patients maintain their same breast implants for twenty, or even more than thirty years.  Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. David Azouz performs breast implant removal or breast implant revision for women who have a variety of issues with their breast implants regardless of when they were put in.  

What are the reasons a breast implant should be removed or replaced?

There are various reasons why you may consider removing or replacing your breast implants. These reasons could be cosmetic or medical, they include:

  • Inappropriate size of the implants (breast implants are too small or too large)
  • Sagging breasts
  • Feeling that the breasts are no longer proportional to the body
  • Rupture of the breast implants
  • A leak of the breast implant
  • Capsular contracture
  • Silicone granulomas
  • Seroma formation
  • Breast implant discomfort or pain

Dr. Azouz can help you determine the correct course of action for your unique situation. Dr. Azouz is often able to use nonsurgical methods for improving early capsular contractures.

Your Breast Implant Removal Consultation

If you are considering breast implant removal, it is important to talk to a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. David Azouz. He will go over your questions, concerns and discuss options.  Dr. Azouz will discuss key procedures and explain technical plastic surgery terms as below:

What is a total capsulectomy?

A total capsulectomy refers to the complete removal of the scar tissue that forms around the breast implant known as the breast implant capsule.

What is an en-bloc breast implant removal?

An en bloc breast implant removal or explantation refers to removing the breast implant along with its capsule completely together in one “bloc”. 

What happens if breast implants are not replaced?

Many patients are worried that their breasts will look deflated or saggy once the implants are removed. Dr. Azouz uses specialized techniques to restore the breasts to a full, perky state through a procedure known as a breast lift or mastopexy.  A breast lift can be performed at the same time as a breast implant removal or exchange. 

Will I need a lift after my implants are removed?

Many patients will require a breast lift after breast implants are removed.  A breast lift does not necessarily need to add scarring to the breast and Dr. Azouz performs a variety of breast lift incisions including:

Mini lift (crescentic mini mastopexy)

Lollipop lift ( around the areola and a verticle component)

Inframammary plication (an incision only placed in the inframammary fold)

Anchor lift (full mastopexy around the areola down and across the inframammary fold)

What is the Breast Implant Removal Cost?

The cost of breast implant removal is highly individualized. Dr. Azouz will determine the cost of your breast implant removal surgery during the consultation by performing a physical examination and learning about your medical history, goals, and concerns. If breast implant removal is chosen due to ruptured implants, lumps in the breasts, or infection then insurance may play a role. If you are curious about the insurance options and cost ranges of this or any of the other procedures performed by Dr. Azouz, or contact our office today and come in for an appointment so an individualized price may be provided. 

How is Breast Implant Removal Performed?

Breast implant removal surgery is done to remove implants from a previous augmentation procedure. It corrects breast implant-related issues such as capsular contracture, scar tissue, or rupture, as well as any cosmetic concerns.  Liposuction techniques can also play a role to remove bra fat or to remove silicone collections. Breast implant removal and breast implant revision are usually done under intravenous sedation without the need for surgical drains. 

Dr. Azouz performs breast implant removal at accredited hospitals and centers. He always performs the surgery with the smallest incision possible in order to leave patients with minimal or no scarring. Dr. Azouz often combines this surgery with a small internal breast lift, that is done through a small incision in the lower breast. This helps to make sure the breasts are in a lifted, youthful position without necessarily even replacing the implants. Dr. Azouz uses highly advanced techniques to make the recovery period as quick and pain-free as possible. 

How Long is the Recovery Period After Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is done on an outpatient basis. Meaning you are free to return home and begin recovering the same day. It is normal to experience some swelling for a few weeks. You will be suited with a surgical bra that reduces swelling, improves blood circulation, and promotes healing. The stitches used are generally absorbable and often will not need to be manually removed. You will most likely be back to basic activity and work within a few days.  Any heavy exercise such as marathon running or heavy weight lifting should be avoided for six weeks. Light activity such as the use of the elliptical, jogging and yoga can usually begin after 10-14 days.

So … do I HAVE to change my breast implants?

Not necessarily, some patients who are not having issues with their implants do not have to change their implants.  It is recommended to follow up with a plastic surgeon to assess the implants and breasts regularly for breast screening and examination.  In some patients, a lift can be done around the implants to remove extra skin without removing or altering the implants. Most patients who have had breast augmentation do not have to undergo any other operation for their implants.  It is important to have a good understanding of what breast implants are present and to share your breast implant card with Dr. Azouz at your visit.  

The best breast implants meet medical and industry standards including:

  • Safety and quality in manufacture and commercialization
  • After-sales guarantee and warranty
  • Follow up with a plastic surgeon 
  • FDA approval

For these reasons and more it is critical to see an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. David Azouz when exchanging the breast implant.  Dr. David Azouz is one of the few plastic surgeons who can report over 35 years of experience. Dr. Azouz is highly regarded by his peers and from countless numbers of patients who have left positive and exceptional reviews for his care.  Dr. Azouz is able to listen to you and understand what your questions and concerns are regarding your breast implant removal or exchange.

Are you considering breast implant removal? Call Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. David Azouz today to schedule a consultation. We are committed to the best patient experience and the top plastic surgery results.  You can reach him by phone at (972) 702-8888 or by filling out an online form

Combination Plastic Surgery: Face, Breast, and Body

What cosmetic procedures can be combined and why would that be beneficial?

Combining plastic surgery procedures is extremely popular and involves a plastic surgeon performing multiple plastic or cosmetic surgeries in one day.  This is a great option for patients who have many different concerns they would like to address. Dr. David Azouz is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Dallas, TX who performs many combination procedures to help his patients reach their goals in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. Dr. Azouz is highly experienced and offers patients the benefits of a natural-appearing look with minimal scarring from his combination procedures. The most well-known combination procedure is the mommy makeover, but there are many procedures that can be combined. Facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast surgeries are all popular surgeries that can be done together.

Benefits of Combination Plastic Surgeries

There are many different benefits that come from performing two or more surgeries simultaneously. Mainly, it cuts down on the need for multiple surgery days which allows a patient one recovery. Additionally, combining procedures often cuts down on the cost of surgery and anesthesia.

Candidates for Combination Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

The best candidates for combination surgery:

  • Require moderate improvement of the areas to be treated
  • Are in good overall health
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations

Dr. Azouz recommends that patients with areas that require significant skin and soft tissue resection stage their procedures rather than have them done on the same day.  The right combination of procedures can achieve the results a patient desires and this is best achieved through expressing your goals with Dr. Azouz.  Dr. Azouz is committed to performing plastic and cosmetic surgery as safely and efficiently as possible.

Combining Plastic Surgery with other non-plastic surgery procedures

Patients often desire to combine cosmetic and plastic surgery operations with other types of surgery including:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Removal of gallbladder
  • Functional rhinoplasty
  • Hernia repair

Dr. Azouz is able to coordinate performing cosmetic surgery with other noncosmetic surgeries with a variety of different surgeons.  Often Dr. Azouz will work with an OBGYN to perform a hysterectomy and tummy tuck together.  Hernia repairs are often performed at the same time as a panniculectomy (tummy tuck).

Recovery Time

One of the main questions Dr. Azouz is asked during his consultations with patients is how much recovery time they will need for their procedure. If a patient has multiple concerns and requires multiple procedures, this adds to time spent recovering from surgery. With a combination procedure, you get one recovery time.  A mommy makeover may involve a drain-less abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation in the same day.   Men often desire liposuction of the abdomen to be done concurrently with liposuction and removal of gynecomastia of the chest.  The recovery time for each procedure is about four to six weeks until a patient can return to heavy exercise. Instead of having to heal for four to six weeks to or three different times, patients can get surgeries done on the same day so that they only go through one recovery.

How soon can you have cosmetic surgery after massive weight loss surgery (gastric bypass)?

Gastric bypass induces weight loss by both restrictive and absorptive methods.   This means that a patient will eat less food and less food will be absorbed through the patient’s digestive tract.  Patients will generally have their weight fluctuate for six months after surgery.  Dr. Azouz typically recommends having a stable weight for six months prior to surgery as well.  Patients who have had bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve or bypass) are typically excellent candidates for post-bariatric body contouring.  Combination procedures are often possible and include a variety of cosmetic surgeries of the body, breast, and face.

Possible combination surgery after bariatric procedures include:

Mommy makeover

Body lift with liposuction

Tummy tuck with liposuction

Facelift with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Breast lift with breast augmentation

Liposuction and removal of gynecomastia

Cost and Recovery

Along with the cut down on recovery time, combination procedures also cut down the cost. The cost of each individual procedure varies greatly. You have to add in the surgical facility, anesthesia, and medical devices to the total cost. By getting multiple procedures done in one surgery, this cuts down on the time spent in the operating room and anesthesia costs being repeated. Dr. Azouz will give you an estimated cost of your unique combination procedure during your in-person consultation.

Popular Combination Plastic Surgeries

To help his patients save on recovery time and cost, Dr. Azouz performs many of his procedures in combination with others. Due to the drain-less technique accompanying his procedures, patients can enjoy a less complex healing period. One of his most popular procedures is the Drainless abdominoplasty. Other popular combination procedures are:

  • Mommy Makeover (breast and abdomen)
  • Liposuction and Removal of gynecomastia
  • Liposuction and Abdominoplasty
  • Breast Lift and Reduction
  • Rhinoplasty and Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
  • Facelift and Eyelid surgery
  • Mini Abdominoplasty and liposuction
  • Tummy tuck and labiaplasty

Schedule a Consultation

If you have multiple body concerns that you would like to address, then talk to Dr. Azouz about combination procedures. These are excellent options to get your ideal look in a quick, effective manner. You can request a consultation with our online form or give us a call at 972-702-8888.

How Do I Know Which Breast Surgery is Right for Me?

Many women are insecure about the size, shape, and overall look of their breasts. In some patients, the breasts are too large, too small, or sagging, whatever the issue, there is a Plastic Surgical operation which can offer a solution. In Dallas, Texas Dr. David Azouz performs various breast surgeries on women who are looking for a change. Dr. David Azouz is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in drainless, rapid recovery of breast surgery. Dr. Azouz offers an individualized approach to breast surgery and thoroughly explains the benefits and drawbacks of each surgery. Dr. David Azouz is highly experienced and offers many minimally invasive approaches to breast surgery that allows for minimal scarring with a natural look.

Why does a woman’s breast empty?  There are many reasons including:

Genetics

The most common reason for a woman’s breast to be empty is hereditary.  Some women inherit poor skin elasticity which causes their breasts to sag over time.  Other women lose their breasts when they lose weight.  There are some women who never develop breast tissue.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause enlargement of the breasts.  Some women find that when they are finished breast feeding they no longer have the breast tissue they started with.

Weight Loss

Massive weight loss with diet and exercise or with bariatric surgery can cause the breasts to be emptied and are often associated with sagging breasts.

Aging

As some women age, they are left with sagging or empty breasts.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgery that is done to increase the size of the breasts, correct asymmetrical breasts, and improve breast contour. This is a good option for women who wish to increase the size and improve the shape of their breasts. This surgery alone will may correct slightly sagging or drooping breasts. Patients who have more significant sagging or drooping of the breasts will require a lift or a lift in addition to an augmentation. Candidates for this surgery are women who are physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation

Recovery time from a breast augmentation varies for each patient. Dr. Azouz will give you a list of detailed postoperative instructions to follow to help the recovery be smooth and easy. It is important to rest and relax for the first 48 hours following your surgery. Most patients can return to most daily activities within a week. More strenuous activity such as contact sports, marathon running and crossfit may still need to be paused for a few weeks.

Cost of Breast Augmentation

Each patient’s breast augmentation cost will vary. At your consultation with Dr. Azouz, he will give you an estimated cost based on your customized procedure. Costs vary due to implant type, size, and placement. If any other procedures are performed in combination such as a breast lift or liposuction, that will also affect the cost. If you have any questions regarding cost and payment, feel free to contact our Dallas office at 972-702-8888.

Breast Lift

A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that is performed to lift sagging, loose breasts. Often women’s breasts start to lose volume and elasticity after pregnancy or weight loss. This breast surgery also repositions the nipple and areola to a more youthful position. Women who seek breast lifts want to get higher, fuller appearing breasts without increasing the actual size through augmentation.

Recovery Time for Breast Lift

The recovery from breast lift surgery is relatively quick. Dr. Azouz will provide detailed instructions for your post-operative care. These will help to make recovery smooth and easy for you.

Cost of Breast Lift

The cost of breast lift procedures varies for every patient. It is highly dependent on the amount of change desired, techniques used, and any combination procedures. There are three main approaches to a breast lift which include a lollipop incision, anchor lift or a mini lift.  Dr. Azouz will give you an estimated cost during your consultation appointment and identify which breast lift is best for you.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that helps to reduce the size of large and/or sagging breasts. Dr. Azouz can also reduce the size of the areola during this procedure to make the breasts look more natural. This procedure is great for women who have large breasts that are causing them pain, discomfort, and even lowering their self-confidence. Breast reductions help to aesthetically improve the look of the breasts and alleviate discomfort associated with large breasts. Dr. Azouz utilizes liposuction with a breast reduction to remove lateral breast tissue and fat.   Liposuction allows for a more sculpted look.

Recovery Time for Breast Reduction

You will notice an immediate improvement in the look and feel of the breasts. Most patients return to work within one week of the procedure. Dr. Azouz will provide specific aftercare instructions for you to follow.

Cost of Breast Reduction

Each breast reduction procedure has a varied cost. The cost depends on the amount of change desired and any combination procedures that are done. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, he will give you an estimated cost for your breast reduction.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that is done to help restore breasts for women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer, have altered breasts from previous surgery, or have altered breasts due to trauma. Dr. Azouz works with each woman individually to find the best breast reconstruction method and to help them feel comfortable. Dr. Azouz will strive to make sure that the results look natural.

Breast reconstruction can be done in multiple ways depending on the health, history, and goals of the patient.

Recovery Time for Breast Reconstruction

The recovery time for breast reconstruction varies for each patient. It is dependent on the type of breast reconstruction, the amount of breast tissue, the health of the patient, and medical history. Most patients return to work within one week following their surgery.

Cost of Breast Reconstruction

Each breast reconstruction will vary in cost. There are many factors playing into the cost of the surgery such as method, desired change, and more. Dr. Azouz will give you an estimated cost during the in-person consultation.

Removal of Implants

Many women decide to remove their breast implants for a variety of different reasons.  Some women do not want an augmented look as they age.  Other women are concerned as their specific type of breast implant may have been recalled by the FDA.   Dr. Azouz does not place textured implants which have been recalled by the FDA.  While there is not a recommendation for breast implant explantation of textured implants, many women feel more comfortable removing their textured implants.

Recovery Time for Removal of Implants

Recovery time for removal of breast implants is somewhat dependent on if a total capsulectomy is performed or not.  In general recovery from removal of implants is rapid with patients returning to work a few days after surgery.  It is not recommended to engage in heavy exercise activity for four to six weeks after surgery.

Cost of Breast Implant Removal

The cost of breast implant explantation is dependent on the type of implant and the need for a total capsulectomy.  Insurance coverage is possible for women with advanced capsules.  Many insurance companies deep breast implants to be cosmetic and therefore coverage is dependent on the insurance carrier and policy.

Breast Feeding After Breast Surgery

Breast feeding is possible after breast augmentation, breast implant removal, breast reduction, and  breast lift.  Patients who have undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer will be unable to breast feed as the breast glands, ducts and nipples may have been removed.

Drainless Breast Surgery

Surgical drains are used to evacuate fluid after surgery.  While they can be helpful to remove fluid, they involve additional scarring, are potentially painful and need to be continually emptied.  Dr. Azouz performs drain free breast surgery.  This allows patients to recover more quickly and to have a better postoperative experience.

Enhanced Recovery Breast Surgery

Dr. Azouz utilizes many surgical techniques to that provide an optimal post operative experience.  Dr. Azouz places long acting anaesthetics to minimize pain. Dr. Azouz avoids general anesthesia whenever possible to provide his paitents with a quick recovery.  He also utilizes compression garments,  which minimize pain and swelling after surgery.

Combining Liposuction with Breast Surgery

Liposuction can be used in almost all breast surgeries.  Liposuction provides a more defined and sculpted look by removing axillary adiposity, later breast tissue and by giving the breasts a more natural rounded look.  Many patients also decide to add liposuction to the abdomen with a breast surgery for a full body make over known as a “mommy makeover”.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Azouz will work with you to choose the best breast procedure, or combination procedures, for you. To make a consultation at his Dallas office, call Dr. Azouz at 972-702-8888 or fill out an online form.

How You Can Benefit From Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of overly-large breasts through the removal of breast tissue and fat. It can be performed at the same time as a breast lift or a mommy makeover procedure and has one of the highest rates of satisfaction among patients. It requires incisions of varying sizes and locations to access and remove the underlying tissues and to tighten and reposition the skin. This results in smaller, healthier, and more youthful breasts.

Why Choose a Breast Reduction?

Women who have disproportionately large breasts and want a reduction in their size can and do greatly benefit from a breast reduction procedure. Overly-large breasts can have a largely negative effect on a woman’s quality of life and even health, so a breast reduction can be one of the best steps towards contentment with their body and a healthier lifestyle. These problems can include things like chronic back pain, skin rash, and difficulty finding accommodating clothing. Many women with large breasts are unable to participate in sports or athletic activities because of the extra weight.

Scheduling Your Consultation   

Large breasts can take a long-term toll on your health, and many women wait until damage has already been done before seeking out a breast reduction procedure with a board certified plastic surgeon. Be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz, who is a top Dallas plastic surgeon, at Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic surgery. An effective breast reduction procedure with an experienced plastic surgeon can ensure you get back to a comfortable and active lifestyle as early as possible.

What to Expect From Your Breast Reduction Recovery

As with any plastic surgery procedure, your recovery is one of the most important parts. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, you’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to make the best of your recovery and what exactly to expect for follow-up appointments, but it can be helpful to know what your downtime will look like in the days following your procedure. Here are some of the main things to keep in mind.

Managing Discomfort

Most plastic surgery procedures come with some discomfort or pain afterwards, but this can be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Azouz. These can also include medications to help decrease swelling and prevent infection, so it’s important to follow these instructions carefully. You’ll want to collect plenty of pillows to help make yourself comfortable, since you will want to avoid moving too much as you sleep. This can disturb your incisions and cause discomfort. You’ll also be asked to wear a surgical bra during this time to aid in blood flow and help your skin adhere to the new contour. This is similar to a supportive athletic bra and should be worn for the first few weeks or until Dr. Azouz clears you for removing it.

Knowing Your Timeline

Your breast reduction recovery timeline can depend on a few different things– like your body’s natural healing process, the procedure itself, and how much time for rest you give yourself. You can expect to take around a week off of work or school for your initial recovery period, but you may be able to return to physical activity within a month or longer. Dr. Azouz can give you the best idea of what to expect during your consultation, as well as during your follow-up appointments to ensure your incisions are healing properly.

Seeing Results

Most patients notice a substantial improvement in their posture and back pain immediately after the procedure, although some swelling will occur. This will only continue to improve as your body heals and your results settle into their new form and position. This can continue to occur for months after your procedure, so you may need to be prepared with clothing for different stages of recovery as your body adjusts. Some patients experience regrowth at some point after their procedure, especially with pregnancy and nursing, so it’s important to speak with Dr. Azouz about what you can expect in the long term.

A breast reduction procedure can be one of the best procedures that women with large breasts choose for themselves. To discuss your options and what you can expect, schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz who can recommend the best option for you.

Breast Augmentation Over Summer Break

Summer is here, which means more time to spent outdoors and by the pool. However, it can also be a great time to undergo a plastic surgery procedure! The most popular plastic surgery procedure to date is breast augmentation, which individuals across the U.S. benefiting from it! If you are interested in undergoing breast augmentation this summer, read on!

Why Undergo a Procedure Now?

During the summer, the weather is nicer, so you won’t have to be cooped up in the house during recovery. While this doesn’t mean that you can take part in exercise or activities, it does mean that if you wish to sit in a chair on your deck instead of sitting on the couch outside, you may do so.

Some individuals also have less work to do during the summer months, such as teachers, which makes this a great time to heal before autumn comes around. Plus, the kids are out of school now, so you won’t have to worry about driving them to and from school and activities.

Things to Consider Before the Procedure

Now, if you have decided that summer is a great time to undergo your breast augmentation- great! However, there are now some things you should consider before booking your surgery date.

The first is breast implant type. There are three main types of breast implants used today, including saline, silicone, and form stable. Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt water solution, and silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Form stable implants are similar to silicone implants, though they tend to hold their shape better.

Second, you will have to consider the incision pattern. During a breast augmentation, an incision is created in the breast, through which the implant can be placed. Patients can choose from the periareolar incision (around the nipples), the inframammary incision (in the breast crease), or the transaxillary incision (in the armpit).

Overall, these decisions can be discussed during your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in Dallas like Dr. Azouz. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation in Dallas, TX, contact us today to begin your plastic surgery journey!