Behzad Parva, MD, Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation

There are many reasons why a woman may choose breast enhancement surgery.  Some women may want to regain the size and shape of their breasts prior to pregnancies, weight loss and aging.  Many women feel self conscious due to the asymmetry (unevenness) in their breasts and breast augmentation surgery can help remedy this common complaint.  Others may wish to gain better body proportions so they can finally feel feminine and confident in their clothes.

What is Breast Augmentation (Enlargement)?

Breast Augmentation is typically performed to enlarge small or underdeveloped breasts, or to restore the natural breast volume that may have decreased as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or aging.  Other women may desire improved breast balance when each breast is a different size.  A woman must have completed breast development and have the emotional maturity to decide if breast augmentation is right for her. A realistic expectation is also a critical factor to ultimate satisfaction with the procedure.  The initial consultation provides the opportunity to ask questions specific to your needs and gain a thorough understanding of breast enhancement, breast implants and long-term results.  Incisions are commonly placed under the breast in the breast crease, around the areola, or in the armpit. Our board-certified plastic surgeon—Dr. Parva—will assist you in choosing the best approach for you, although he specializes in placing the incision in the armpit to avoid any scars on the breast.

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It has now been 3 weeks since my breast augmentation and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all that you and your fabulous staff have done for me!”

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Who is a Good Candidate?

  • Someone with low breast volume, loss of breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Women with breast asymmetries (unevenness) looking to gain breast balance
  • Women with underdeveloped breasts, due to genetics, seeking to improve body proportions
  • Completed breast development and exhibits emotional maturity
  • Healthy individual
  • Non-smoker
  • Realistic goals and expectations

The Breast Augmentation Procedure:

Before surgery, Dr. Parva will make appropriate markings on the skin in the pre-operative holding area. A small incision is placed in the breast crease, at the margin of the areola or through the arm pit. A pocket is created under the breast gland or more often under the pectoralis major muscle under the breast and the implant is placed in that pocket. A bra is worn immediately to help support the breast and provide comfort.

Recovery and Healing:

  • Initial healing takes 5 to 10 days.
  • Generally, recovery time is less than one week and many women who work outside the home will return to work within several days.
  • Recommended to avoid heavy lifting for 2 weeks.


Noticeable results are seen immediately but it will take several months for swelling to settle and for the long term results to be evident.

You will be encouraged to perform implant displacement exercises to help keep the breast pocket of adequate size and the breast soft.

Schedule Your Breast Enlargement Consultation

Please contact Parva Plastic Surgery for your complimentary breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Parva today.