The Practical & The Personal

Every woman has her own reasons for considering changing her breasts. Whether it’s enlarging your breasts, lifting them or reducing their size, it’s natural to want to improve yourself. Breast surgery isn't just a way to change how you look, it represents a transformation in how you feel about yourself and your body.

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the nation and is Dr. Arbabzadeh’s specialty. The average plastic surgeon performs 35 breast augmentations a year while Dr. Arbabzadeh performs over 200 implant surgeries every year. She also performs a large number of revisions for patients who have existing implants from previous generations. Dr. Arbabzadeh is an expert in enhancing women’s breasts.

The process begins with a one-on-one consultation. Your visit will last about an hour and you will meet with Dr. Arbabzadeh, our nurse educator, and patient service coordinator who will help you understand the logistics and finances of the procedure.

You will be examined by the doctor and screened for any medical illnesses that would preclude surgery. If you are over 40, you need a current mammogram to proceed with surgery. Dr. Arbabzadeh will speak with you about your desire for breast augmentation and your expectations. You’ll learn about the procedure, types of implants, and try on multiple breast sizers to determine the best implant for your body type. You’ll also have a chance to view before and after photos of previous patients.

Choosing the implant that is right for you is another consideration when planning your surgery. Implants are named according to what fills them. Saline implants are filled with saline (sterile saltwater), and silicone implants are filled with liquid silicone gel. Regardless of what breast implants are filled with, they all have a solid silicone shell. During your consultation, Dr. Arbabzadeh will discuss the benefits of each type of implant and make a recommendation.

Saline Silicone
Used for cosmetic augmentation and cancer reconstruction since 1999. Used for cosmetic augmentation lifts and cancer reconstruction since 1978.
Made of outer silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. Made of outer silicone shell filled with new cohesive silicone gel.
Lasts 10-15 years before the shell wears out and the implant deflates; diagnosis is made by physician within 72 hours. Lasts 10-15 years before the shell wears out. There are no outer signs of deflation. Diagnosis of implant failure can only be made with a MRI test.
Edges of the implant is often palpable and visible rippling is seen in some patients with thin skin. Edges of the implant are usually not palpable and conform to the breast tissue.
Feels like a “bag” in thin patients and patients with loose skin. Feels like soft tissue even in thin patients and loose thin.
Cost $900/pair Cost $1900/pair

Breast Lift

A breast lift is necessary when age and life experiences change the shape and firmness of your breasts. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the nipple is repositioned for a more aesthetic appearance. Often an implant is also necessary for achieving optimum results.

Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to firm and create a more youthful breast contour. If you are unhappy with the volume of your breast, implants might be used in conjunction with a breast lift. Implants can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.

Breast Reduction

Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are often seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. If your breasts are out of proportion to the rest of your body and you have back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, reduction surgery might be an option for you.

Insurance coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine your eligibility. Please bring your insurance card to your consultation and we’ll discuss the matter in more detail with you. Also, we typically take photographs of your breasts to submit to your insurance carrier along with the request.