One of the reasons why women choose Michigan Cosmetic Surgery for their breast augmentation is that they can receive care from an all-female team, led by award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mariam Awada. Dr. Mariam Awada has ample experience helping women gain greater confidence and satisfaction in their physical appearances. She is known for her compassionate, personable artistic approach and dedication to performing cosmetic surgery.
Before and After
Dr. Mariam Awada is a true artist, and she is well-known for the aesthetic touch she brings to breast augmentation. See some examples of her subtle, natural-looking work.
What are the Key Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
There are a number of reasons why women may choose to have breast augmentation. The primary benefit is that breast augmentation increases breast volume, and it can help women who have lost volume regain their former physique. Breast augmentation can also be used to correct issues with asymmetry. Additionally, when you have your implants placed by Dr. Mariam Awada, you benefit from her aesthetic eye and her skill in delivering beautiful, natural-looking results.
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“Dr. Awada took a lot of time and care in her consultation to explain my options and answer all my questions. She was kind and genuine and made me feel very comfortable.”
-Patient from RealSelf
Am I a Good Candidate to Receive a Breast Augmentation?
A Breast Augmentation is Ideal For:
- Women who have never been satisfied with the size of their breasts, desiring a bit more volume
- Women who have noticed a significant loss in volume following pregnancy or major weight fluctuations
- Women whose breasts are asymmetrical in their size
- Women who are in good shape overall and do not have any underlying conditions that would prevent them from healing
- Women who have met with an experienced plastic surgeon and have reasonable expectations about the process
It is Not So Great For:
- Women who may still wish to bear children (These patients may wish to wait until they are done having babies.)
- Women whose concern has more to do with the shape of their breasts than with the size (For these patients, a breast lift may be a better solution.)
- Women who are not in good physical health or who do not have a stable body weight
- Women who have unrealistic expectations about breast augmentation
How Old Do I Have to Be to Get Breast Augmentation?
The minimum age for breast augmentation depends on the type of implants you choose. Saline implants are available when you turn 18, while silicone implants require you to be at least 22.
Dr. Mariam Awada’s Breast Augmentation Process Explained
The Initial Consultation
When you choose Dr. Mariam Awada and the staff at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery for your breast augmentation surgery, the first step is always a consultation with Dr. Mariam Awada. During this private, one-on-one visit, the doctor will evaluate your medical history, ensuring you are qualified for a safe, successful procedure. She will also take lots of time just to listen, so she can cultivate a treatment plan that meets all your aesthetic goals.
What Should I Do in Preparation?
During the consultation process, our team will help you select the best implants for your body type, even allowing you to “try on” different implant types with in-office sizers. Additionally, we will share any specific directions for preparing for the surgery. This may involve going off of any medications that would cause bleeding. We also ask patients to cease smoking several weeks before their scheduled surgery date.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The duration of your surgery can vary, just depending on the type of incision and on any additional procedures you are having done. For breast augmentation alone, the procedure usually doesn’t exceed two hours.
What is Surgery Like?
It is perfectly natural to be a bit apprehensive about the surgery itself, especially if you have never had surgery before. Here at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery, patient comfort and safety are our primary goals. We provide full anesthesia options so that you are “out” for your breast augmentation and do not experience any pain or discomfort.
Once you are under, Dr. Mariam Awada will make small incisions under the muscle, usually in the areola or under the breast, then insert the implants and move them into position. Breast augmentation patients may also opt for a breast lift or a crescent lift, which involves the breast tissue being reduced to assure that the appearance is symmetric and proportioned well.
What Kind of Recovery Process Can I Expect?
While it may take up to six weeks for you to fully recover, most women feel ready to return to school or work after about one full week. You can expect some soreness and tenderness during the first few days, but it is easily managed with medications.
Will I Have Scars from the Procedure?
Breast augmentation may leave you with light scars. A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon will minimize the size of your incisions and make certain the scars are hidden as carefully as possible. Furthermore, you can minimize scarring by following all of your surgeon’s aftercare instructions. Most women find that their final scarring is minor. Dr. Beauty scar treatments are also included in your final surgical quote, After 6 weeks, you will be able to come back into the office to begin scar treatments.
How Long Do the Results Last?
One of the benefits of breast augmentation is that the results can be long-lasting. Depending on the type of implants you get, you may find that your results last for 10 to 20 years before they need to be replaced, and in some cases, even longer. Complications may force you to replace your implants sooner than that, but these complications are fairly uncommon.
Other Things to Consider
Implant Types for Breast Augmentation: Which is Best for Me?
Silicone Breast Implants
As you pursue breast augmentation, one of the most important decisions you will make is which type of breast implants to choose. One option is to get implants made from silicone, a synthetic material that replicates the feel of human fat. Silicone implants are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and firmness levels.
There are pros and cons to choosing this type of implant. The greatest advantage to silicone breast implants is that, according to most patients, they feel more realistic and natural. The downside is that they come with higher risks of rupture. You must be 22 or older to get silicone implants.
Saline Gel Breast Implants
As an alternative to silicone breast implants, some women choose saline gel implants. These implants often have an outer shell made from silicone, but the inside is filled with sterilized saline water.
Some patients dislike the look of these implants, as they can cause a “rippling” effect that is visible through the skin. Saline implants often feel firmer than natural breast tissue, which some patients may like and others may not. The big advantage of saline gel implants is that they require smaller incisions, which means they tend to produce smaller scars. You must be at least 18 to get saline implants.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Some women wish to increase the size of their breasts, but are uncomfortable with the idea of implanting any kind of foreign or artificial object in their bodies. Often, these patients are eligible for breast augmentation via fat transfer. This method involves Dr. Mariam Awada harvesting unwanted fat deposits from elsewhere on your body and using them to add volume to your breasts.
It is important to note that, following a fat graft, there tends to be a loss in overall fat volume; in other words, this approach is best for women seeking a small increase in the size of their breasts.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
Any time you have a surgical procedure performed, there may be risks involved. However, you significantly reduce these risks by choosing an experienced board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mariam Awada.
Dr. Mariam Awada and the all female team at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery can address any additional questions you may have regarding risks during your initial consultation.
Will Insurance Cover the Procedure?
Michigan Cosmetic Surgery does not accept insurance at all at this time
Is it Really Worth It?
Ultimately, only you can decide whether breast augmentation would be worth it. With that said, most of the patients who have breast augmentation performed at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery are wildly satisfied with their results, and feel as though their new curves give them a tremendous boost of self-confidence. We are happy to ease any concerns, or answer any questions, when you make an appointment at our office.
Begin Your Journey
Complimentary Virtual Consultation
Schedule a complimentary virtual consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical patient coordinators who are trained by Dr. Mariam Awada. They will answer many of your questions and provide you with a quote. From there you can proceed with your in-person consultation with Dr. Mariam Awada.
Meet Your Doctor
Meet Dr. Mariam Awada for your initial consultation in person. The consultation cost is $125 and it’s applied towards your Breast Augmentation procedure.
After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Mariam Awada and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.
The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.