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Breast Augmentation

Small, underdeveloped breasts can affect your body's proportions, make you feel less feminine, or prevent you from wearing certain clothing.

Breast augmentation at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, PLLC, can achieve a curvier silhouette and boost your self-confidence.

Why should I consider breast augmentation by Dr. Stephen Hardy in Missoula, MT?

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Breast Implants Can Completely Enhance Your Appearance

Improved Size, Shape, and Symmetry

Breast implants come in many shapes and sizes. Saline and silicone implants also have different textures. During your consultation at our Missoula, MT, office, you will be able to select the precise implant that achieves your unique goals. 

Heightened Self-Confidence

If you've struggled with small breasts your entire life, breast augmentation can dramatically increase your quality of life. The resulting boost in self-confidence can translate into your social, professional, and romantic life.

Reconstructed Breast Tissue

For those dealing with the aftereffects of a mastectomy or traumatic injury, breast implants can also restore tissue. A plastic surgeon can use implants to artfully reconstruct a natural-looking, feminine bustline.

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A Highly Individualized Procedure Tailored to Your Needs

We provide diverse implant options for our patients so that you can achieve the look you desire. We offer round and teardrop-shaped saline solution, silicone gel, or ultra-cohesive silicone gel-filled implants, which are also known as gummy bear implants.

It is important to understand that this procedure does not correct sagging breasts. However, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to address this issue.

Checklist for Patients Considering Breast Surgery

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Correctable Concerns

Candidates for breast enhancement typically include those who desire fuller breasts, are seeking to restore lost breast volume, or want to reconstruct a breast that has been lost due to mastectomy or injury.


Overall Health

It is recommended that patients considering breast augmentation either do not smoke or quit prior to their procedure. Additionally, those with medical conditions that could impair healing may not be candidates for this procedure. 

Pregnancy Recommendations

While implants do not necessarily interfere with breastfeeding, patients may want to wait until after they are done having children to pursue treatment, as pregnancy can affect the results.

Achieve a Fuller Bust with Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the size and shape of the breasts. Patients in Missoula, MT, can achieve their cosmetic goals at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates with Dr. Stephen Hardy for exceptional surgical care that incorporates the latest techniques and best practices. With a keen eye for detail and aesthetics, Dr. Hardy can help you plan your breast augmentation for outstanding results. He will work with you to determine the best course of treatment that is tailored to your body shape and treatment goals whether you desire a dramatic change or subtle improvement. 

The breast is enhanced in both size and shape

Breast augmentation can add volume and contour the breast tissue. It can be performed using implants or a fat transfer. Dr. Stephen P. Hardy can provide personalized treatment to help you achieve your goals with natural-looking results that complement your figure.

Planning Your Customized Treatment

You will first attend a consultation with Dr. Hardy in order to plan your procedure and discuss your goals. At this time, he will also provide an in-depth evaluation to determine the treatment options that best suit your needs. This is a valuable opportunity to work together to establish a treatment plan by making informed decisions with the aid of Dr. Hardy's many years of experience. 

Based on the information gathered during your examination, he can help you decide where the incisions should be made for your procedure as each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Positioning will typically depend on your breast tissue and skin and will also be discussed at this time. He may recommend that you combine your augmentation with a lift if you have concerns about sagging.

With a keen eye for detail and aesthetics, Dr. Hardy can help you plan your breast augmentation for outstanding results.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast enhancement surgery is typically fairly straightforward, especially when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy. The procedure will last about one to two hours during which you will be provided with anesthesia. To begin, he will make precise, inconspicuous incisions underneath the breast, along the areola, or in the armpit based on your preference. The implant will then be inserted and positioned before the incisions are closed and compression bandages are placed. 

Revision Surgery

Breast implants do not last forever. You can expect that your implants will require eventual replacement. Although these devices are designed for excellent durability, there is a risk of rupture. Patients can also develop capsular contracture, a condition in which scar tissue tightens around the implant, distorting its shape. In other cases, implants may no longer provide a flattering effect as the body ages. There is an art to removing and replacing breast implants, and Dr. Hardy can perform this procedure in a way that meets your goals and provides beautiful results.

A Skilled Breast Surgeon 

Breast surgery can have a significant impact on your appearance, and as such, it is vital that you choose a skilled, reputable doctor. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Hardy is dedicated to the highest surgical standards and strives to provide patients satisfying results. 

Tips for a Successful Recovery

As a valued patient of Dr. Hardy’s, you will receive a personalized treatment plan for your unique recovery explaining what you can expect in the days following your breast augmentation surgery. Recovery response differs based on the type of procedure, your body’s pain tolerance, and the implant’s type, size, and placement. Outlined below are a few generalized expectations and tips for success during the healing process.

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Day One Through Week One

Immediately following surgery, you will be provided with a surgical support garment. This will stabilize the implants and reduce swelling. An overall feeling of tightness in the breasts is completely normal and will decrease with time.

Other important postoperative instructions to follow include:

  • Take medications as directed
  • Avoid showering for the first two to three days
  • Rest as much as possible and keep your activity level low. Avoid heavy lifting
  • Sleep on your back rather than your stomach or side for the next six to eight weeks

During this first week, you should expect moderate levels of pain. 

Many patients become so focused on their anticipated results that they lose sight of the recovery process.

The Next Few Weeks and Months 

While patients can slowly return to their normal routines over time, they will still need to follow a number of postoperative guidelines to ensure the best results possible. You will need to:

  • Massage the breasts periodically: This helps adjust the implants and reduce skin tightness and scar tissue. It will also lower the breasts into a more natural position over the next few months.
  • Avoid push-up bras and underwire bras: Patients should avoid putting stress on their breasts for at least two months after surgery.
  • Take daily walks: Walking will help aid in the healing process. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise: Most patients can resume normal physical activity within four to six weeks. 

Soreness and swelling usually last for another several weeks or months. Your skin and muscles all have to adjust to the new size of your breasts so the swelling will take time to lessen.

When Can I Return to Work?

Most breast augmentation patients can return to work or class after a week and can see their final results within six weeks. As long as pain levels have decreased significantly and pain medication is no longer necessary, you should be all right.

When you do return to work, it is important that you do not perform any sort of strenuous movements or lifting that would move your implants. Even if you feel better ahead of schedule, do not overdo it. Resting is key to achieving a successful recovery. Be cautious and listen to your body for signs that additional rest is needed so your body can heal. 

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is a renowned plastic surgeon with prestigious national affiliations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (406) 728-3811.

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