Women who want to improve the size, shape and symmetry of their breasts, including those who have lost volume after weight loss or pregnancy, can benefit from our breast augmentation in Phoenix.

This procedure uses saline or silicone gel implants placed above or beneath the pectoral muscle for fuller, firmer breasts that look and feel natural.

Why choose Breast Augmentationin Phoenix?

Common reasons to consider this surgery include:

  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Small breasts
  • Lost breast volume and/or after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Unhappy with results from previous surgery
  • Poorly fitting clothing
  • Depletion of breast volume due to aging
  • Low self esteem due to body image
  • To create a more proportionate figure

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Women who would like to enhance the shape and size of their breasts are often candidates for breast augmentation. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what this surgery can achieve
  • Are unhappy about the appearance of your breasts
  • Feel your breasts are too small
  • Have noticeably asymmetrical breasts
  • Have lost shape and volume in the breasts due to age or having children


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A Guide to Breast Implants: Decisions to Make

Once you have chosen a breast enhancement procedure, there are many important decisions to make, including the implant type, placement, size and more. This information will guide you in these decisions. Dr. Shapiro will also walk you through the choices that must be made and help you attain your desired results during the consultation.

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Saline Breast Implants

A concern with any breast implant surgery is some degree of uncertainty over what happens in the case of implant rupture. With saline implants, you can enjoy peace of mind. While it is very rare for a saline implant to leak or rupture, if it does, the fluid is safely absorbed by the body with no negative health consequences.

While saline is more affordable than silicone implants, they do have downsides as well. These implants typically feel firmer and look less natural than silicone. Patients with little body fat sometimes experience rippling along the sides of the breasts as well, which can be treated by switching to silicone gel.

Silicone Breast Implants

Some patients seeking breast augmentation in Phoenix & Scottsdale are still hesitant to choose silicone due to the controversy over its safety, although this has been largely put to rest over the last few decades. Many studies have proven that silicone implants are safe and do not play a role in health problems like lupus or autoimmune diseases, as was alleged. Both silicone and saline breast implants have been connected to some localized complications, although they are proven safe and effective and they have been FDA approved as such.

Silicone offers several advantages over saline counterparts. This type of implant produces a more natural shape and feel, although this comes with a higher cost and a longer incision.

Implant Size

The size of the implants is another major decision. Dr. Shapiro will help you make this decision. He has decades of experience performing this procedure and will help you decide on an implant size by communicating with you what you want to achieve with your surgery. Keep in mind the same size implant can look very different on different people, and the size range that will look natural on you will depend on many factors, such as:

  • the size of your ribcage
  • the size of your chest
  • your weight
  • the width of your sternum
  • the amount of breast tissue you have, volume, base dimension and more

During your consultation, Dr. Shapiro will have you wear a bra with a temporary implant inside to help you get an idea of the best volume. You will need to add about 10-20% more volume to the size you like, particularly if it will be placed under the pectoral muscle.

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Where are Implants Positioned?

Implants may be placed beneath the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle (subglandular placement), or under the breast tissue and pectoral muscle (submuscular placement). Most patients choose to have the implant placed beneath the muscle, and Dr. Shapiro prefers this placement because more natural tissue will cover the implant for a more natural feeling and appearance. This decreases the chance of rippling, and implants placed under the muscle have a lower rate of complications, including capsular contraction, in which hard scar tissue forms a capsule around the implant.

While the submuscular placement is typically the best choice, Dr. Shapiro finds there are some cases in which the subglandular placement is a better option. This includes women with adequate natural tissue that will sufficiently hide the implant shape, or patients with very developed pectoral muscles.

What is Implant Projection?

Implant projection affects the profile of the breasts and the fullness at the top of the breast. An implant that has a high profile will make the breast seem spherical with equal fullness at the top and bottom, while a low or medium profile implant will create a teardrop shape with more fullness at the bottom. Breast Augmentation with your choice of silicone or saline implants is available to Paradise Valley patients in a wide array of profiles and shapes.

Where are Implant Incisions Located?

The incision to place the implants may be made in several ways. The choice of incision depends on the type of implant, the amount of enlargement, the patient’s anatomy, and the choice the surgeon and patient make together.

Incisions may be made around the areolas (periareolar incision), in the underarm (transaxillary incision), or under the breast at the fold (inframammary incision). Dr. Shapiro prefers placing the incision at the crease for greater control of the breast volume and shape. This results in a scar that is well hidden as well. Dr. Shapiro will happily discuss any preference you have during the consultation.

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Cost of Breast Augmentationand Implants in Pheonix

The cost of your Phoenix breast augmentation will depend on your type of implants and incision location. Dr. Shapiro will discuss your options and surgery cost during your consultation.

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Are there Risks/Complications?

Breast augmentation complications are uncommon, but may include:

  • infection
  • bleeding
  • rupture
  • scarring
  • loss of nipple sensation
  • asymmetry and capsular contracture
  • formation of hard scar tissue around the implant

Dr. Shapiro will discuss these risks during your consultation, as well as ways in which they may be mitigated. Quitting smoking before and after surgery can reduce the risk of complications.

About 20% of women who receive breast implants have them replaced during the first decade, although saline and silicone implants are made to last for a very long time. There are many reasons women choose to have implants replaced, including visible rippling, capsular contracture, rupture, implant displacement or the decision to change the size.

Recovery: What to expect

As with any surgery, your body will need time to heal after breast augmentation. In general, patients are able to return to desk-type work and other light activities within 1-2 weeks, during which time the breasts will continue to heal and settle. Here is a typical timeline of what you can expect:

Immediately after your breast augmentation, you’ll be given a protective surgical bra to wear. This garment will help with support, swelling, and healing process. After one week, you can begin wearing a soft bra with no underwire. For 1-2 days following your surgery, you’ll need help from a friend or family member. Don’t shower for 48 hours, and be sure to take short, simple “walks” around your home (about five daily) to help prevent blood clots for the first few days post-surgery.

t two weeks, any bruising and swelling should be mostly subsided. At six weeks, the majority of breast augmentation patients are able to return to heavy lifting and exercise — carefully. Around two months, you should be fully recovered and loving your new breasts


Are there any methods of non-surgically augmenting the breasts?

While there may be a lot of hype around exercises, creams, bras and vitamins that can potentially increase the size of your bust, there really is no substitute for a nuanced, strategic breast enhancement treatment with a talented, qualified cosmetic surgeon. Weight gain, pregnancy or birth control pills may temporarily enlarge the breasts, but these changes can be unpredictable and may disappear as quickly as they came. A surgical breast augmentation procedure can produce long-term, sustainable outcomes that contour your physique while boosting your self-image and confidence levels.

Will I need a mammogram in order to undergo breast enhancement surgery?

Dr. Shapiro wants to ensure that his Scottsdale breast surgery clients are healthy and happy. It is recommended that potential breast augmentation patients 40 and older undergo screening for breast cancer, particularly so if there is a family history of the disease. This helps to instill peace of mind, as well as confidence in a successful outcome for surgery.

Will it be possible to breastfeed after implant surgery?

Dr. Shapiro is meticulous and conservative in his approach, carefully preserving the nipple function and milk ducts during your breast augmentation. You should have no trouble nursing after your treatment, as well as enjoying all the sensations normally felt in the areolar complex.

How soon after giving birth can I undergo breast augmentation?

It’s generally safe to undergo cosmetic surgery on the breasts around 3 months after giving birth. At this point, the breasts will have finished their process of transformation, whether for better or worse, as sometimes pregnancy can lead to breast ptosis. Dr. Shapiro will perform an in depth physical evaluation to make sure the breasts are no longer lactating, as this can lead to complications down the line if surgery is pursued too early.

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Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly three decades of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.

Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the reopening of my practice for both surgical and non-surgical services on May 1, 2020. As per the governor Ducey's executive order on April 22, 2020, elective surgery has been allowed to proceed, with appropriate precautions taken by health care professionals to ensure continued vigilance against the spread of Covid-19.

Our office staff and the staff of Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center and Surgical Recovery Center have proactively taken necessary precautions to meet strict criterion for health providers according to the state of Arizona. These include necessary patient screening for Covid-19, strict protocols for cleaning offices and treatment rooms, adequate PPE, and continued social distancing. As before, waiting areas will have minimal capacity, and friends and family members should not accompany one into offices or treatment areas.

With great anticipation we welcome you back to the practice, and wish you all continued health and safety.

Sincerely, Daniel Shapiro MD, FACS

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