Breast Augmentation

 – Do you feel that your breasts are too small in relation to the rest of your body?
 – Do you have a difficult time ‘filling out’ certain tops and dresses because of your small breasts?
 – Did you lose breast volume from breastfeeding or weight loss?
 – Do you ever feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the size and/or proportion of your breasts?

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to enlarge the breasts. Many women opt to have their breasts enlarged for a variety of different reasons. Breast augmentation is a straight forward procedure with a high satisfaction rate. There are several different styles of implants available to suit your preference for feel and size. At your consultation, your expectations along with the risks of breast augmentation surgery will be discussed.

The Procedure

Surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art, accredited surgical facility in our Kirkland clinic. All surgeries in our clinic are considered “outpatient surgeries”. We avoid general anesthesia, preferring to give ‘twilight sleep’ and leaving the patient with the ability to breathe on their own. Dr. Partington will carefully follow the surgical plan he has set forth with you, using the safest technique to get you through your surgery comfortably. The implants can be placed over or under the muscle and can be placed through a variety of different incisions. The time estimated for your surgery will be determined after a physical exam by Dr. Partington at your consultation. You will be observed for a short period of time following your procedure and when cleared by Dr. Partington, released to go home with the adult caretaker you have chosen.

The Recovery

Post-operative pain varies with implant placement (over or under the muscle) and is well controlled with oral pain medications or the placement of a pain pump. Recovery is usually 7 to 10 days for most. Some patients are able to return to work within a few days, while others prefer to take more time off. Dr. Partington also offers rapid recovery breast augmentation for patients limited to time. There are scars associated with breast augmentation and patients’ scars in different ways. For most patients, scars start out red and eventually fade into inconspicuous lines hidden in the natural folds of your body. The vast majority of patients feel that the eventually faded scars are a worthwhile trade-off for the improvement in their body shape and self-image.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Are breast implants under warranty?

YES! We exclusively use Sientra implants which have the best warranties on the market. For instance, we offer a 20 year warranty against capsular contracture.... no other implant comes close!

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

Long term discomfort due to implants is uncommon though I have seen it rarely in both my patients and others. The importance is to figure out Why it hurts and to remedy it.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Traditionally we have recommended to change out implants at 10 years though with the new gummy bear technology we are more inclined to say If it aint broke, dont fix it.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

YES I often offer fat tranfer to both breast and/or buttocks as an alternative therapy to implants.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

Older implants, predating the recent gummy bear 5th generation implants, are suitable for replacement after 10 years.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

No. Indeed fullness of the chest often makes the tummy look proportionately smaller.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Insurance is generally only applicable in situations of breast reconstruction after cancer or congenital or traumatic injury to the breasts.

Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?

Dr. Partington will give you specific instructions for what you can and cannot do while recovering, including arm movement. In most cases, he will instruct patients not to raise their arms above their shoulders for a week or two.

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation

In rare cases, breast augmentation can affect the ability to breastfeed, depending on the health of the patient prior to surgery. Most patients do not lose the ability to breastfeed.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Some breast augmentation patients experience a mild drooping of the breasts, although Dr. Partington will take detailed measurements prior to surgery to ensure your results are perfect, perhaps with the addition of breast lift surgery.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

If you notice a sudden change in the shape or feel of your breast, it is possible it has leaked. Saline implants will rupture and deflate the breast whereas silicone ones will simply deform it.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture typically presents as pain or discomfort in the breast, as well as a hardening of breast tissue.

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Dr. Marshall T. Partington MD, F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients in the Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Dr. Partington is known for his cutting edge surgical techniques to deliver natural-looking results to his patients. Dr. Partington views each person and their story as a new journey with a very specific and unique objective. The happiness and gratitude of our patients is his greatest reward of all.

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