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breast augmentation in scottsdale

Breast Augmentation, also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty, is a surgical enhancement procedure to accentuate the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It is a very personal procedure and should be considered with great care. Dr. Shaw has a tremendous amount of experience and customizes his surgical approach to each individual patient, in order to ensure the most natural and beautiful results. Women who desire larger, fuller, more shapely breasts and undergo a breast augmentation procedure often feel more positive and feminine. Breast surgery requires a keen eye, great precision, skillful technique, and clear communication between surgeon and patient to achieve optimal results.

While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, the surgery will not lift sagging breasts. A Mastopexy is required in combination with breast implants. A breast augmentation is a tremendous help to patients who desire a fuller profile, who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or nursing, or who have undergone breast reconstruction and want to gain a more natural look again.

Implant Types

Dr. Shaw considers every implant manufacturer (Sientra, Allergan, & Mentor), every profile, textured or smooth, silicone or saline, shaped or round when deciding the best choice for your breast augmentation. He will consider your lifestyle, fitness level, anatomy, and expectations when making the best decision for you. Discover more about ImplantChoices.

Vectra 3D imaging has transformed and modernized the breast surgery consultation. In combination with standard 2D photography 3-dimensional view allows you and Dr. Shaw to get an extremely accurate simulation of the anticipated results that can be achieved. Breast implants of all types from all Allergan, Sientra and Mentor can be selected and actually visualized. With this technology, you can see expected results from multiple angles with and without a tank top or bikini top.
Dr. Shaw feels that this system has dramatically improved patient understanding as well as pre-procedure planning and analysis.

Reasons for Considering
Breast Augmentation

Enhance body shape
if breasts are too small

Increase breast volume
after pregnancy and nursing

Equalize a difference in breast
size (cup size) to gain breast

Reconstruct breasts following
a mastectomy or injury

The Transaxillary Approach

Dr. Shaw has been perfecting the Axillary (underarm) approach for over 30 years and has performed thousands of these procedures. Endoscopic techniques became available in the mid 90’s which added consistent, improved results with less complications. The axillary (armpit) scar usually very inconspicuous, even with the arm raised.

Dr. Shaw’s expertise and experience in this technique can not be rivaled.

Other options certainly include the inframammary approach and the peri-arreolar approach. Dr. Shaw will listen and examine and recommend the best choice for you.


The best candidates are healthy women who have a positive outlook with realistic goals in mind. At the time of your consultation, your goals, the procedure and the routine postoperative healing process will be explained in detail, and all of your questions will be answered. You will be sized with different implants until you find the desired size that is right for you. Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the breast augmentation procedure is to schedule a consultation. You will learn what are reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.

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Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast. The surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or state-of-the-art surgical unit while the patient is under a general anesthesia and asleep. There are several possible locations for the small incision that will be used for inserting the breast implant. The most frequent technique utilized by Dr. Shaw involves an incision made in the axilla or armpit. Another technique involves making an incision in the breast crease. A third technique makes an incision around the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). The implant is usually placed below the chest muscle and sometimes over the muscle depending upon a number of factors including breast shape and size, patient lifestyle, as well as both the patient and surgeon’s preference. The best technique will be determined at your consultation appointment. Be sure to discuss your goals and expectations.

During surgery, the breast tissue is raised to create an open pocket under the breast tissue or more commonly, beneath the chest wall muscle. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman’s breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. Implants may contain new cohesive silicone gel or saline solution (similar to saltwater). Surgery typically lasts from 1 1/2 hours.


Your breast may be swollen and sore for a week or two. Bruising is usually absent. You will begin massage exercises on your 1 week post op visit when the sutures are removed. We believe that by maintaining a large pocket surrounding your breast implants you can lower the risk of capsular contraction. These exercises will become part of your daily routine. Vigorous exercise routines may resume 4 – 6 weeks following your surgery. You may return to work in 5 to 7 days as long as you are off of pain medications.


Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. A sports bra and upper elastic binder is applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Massage techniques and suture removal will occur at one week after surgery. The sports bra will need to be worn for several weeks.

Patients do report some discomfort associated with subpectoral breast implant surgery. This pain can be effectively treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by the physician after surgery.

In addition to breast augmentation, Dr. Shaw performs other breast procedures at his Scottsdale plastic surgery center. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Shaw treats breast lift surgery, breast reduction and breast revision patients. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an experienced Scottsdale plastic surgeon who performs superior breast enhancement, contact Lawrence W. Shaw, MD today at The SHAW Center. Call 480-767-1900 for a consultation appointment or request a consult online today.

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Dr. Lawrence Shaw, an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, provides plastic surgery to patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix and surrounding areas. We are conveniently located just off the Loop 101 in North Scottsdale, Arizona. To discover more about your procedure of interest, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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Dr.Lawrence Shaw is a renowned, double board certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and plastic surgery for Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, including procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, rinoplasty, cosmetic facial and eyelid surgery. The Spa at The SHAW Center offers an array of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He serves Phoenix, Scottsdale Valley, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler.
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