The No-Regrets Breast Augmentation

June 1, 2022 12:31 am Published by

What makes for a good breast surgery outcome? Think for a minute about what you might want in a breast augmentation. Close your eyes and really envision it. What would you want for yourself in the short and long term? Do you feel like you need to consult with someone else on the answer to that? What does that say... Read the full post

Considering Breast Augmentation? Get it Right the First Time

April 3, 2019 10:27 am Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures performed in the US where over 300,000 of these procedures are done annually. Many patients perform a great deal of research prior to meeting with me, but others appear to be making the decision to proceed on a whim! My goal is to help anyone considering this procedure to be... Read the full post

What to Consider When Considering a Breast Augmentation

July 25, 2018 12:24 am Published by

Many patients come to my practice seeking breast augmentation, and because breast implants in Scottsdale are seemingly ubiquitous, it’s often assumed that it is a “simple procedure.” Plastic surgeons simply create an incision in each breast, insert the implants, and voila! No major organs are involved, so not much can go wrong, right? Wrong. While breast augmentation may seem like... Read the full post

Breast Implant Conundrums: How do you know which implant is right for you?

February 8, 2018 5:00 pm Published by

Breast augmentation was originally performed in the 1960’s. Last year over 300,000 women in the US opted to undergo the procedure. Much has changed about this operation since its development over half a century ago, not the least of which are the implants themselves. If you are considering breast augmentation and are confused about implant options, this article will provide... Read the full post

Which Implants Are Best? You Can’t Tell by Looking

April 13, 2017 2:28 pm Published by

Saline or silicone? What size fits my body best? Round or teardrop-shaped? If you are considering breast augmentation, you likely have many questions and may even have heard that one type of implant or another is the “best” option. If you have been told that shaped gummy bear implants are your best bet for natural results, you’ll want to read... Read the full post

Gummy Bear Implants: Hype not Help

May 5, 2016 2:22 pm Published by

I recently returned from the yearly American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting. I was very interested in hearing what the world’s experts had to say about their experience with textured shaped implants, commonly referred to as teardrop, anatomical, or gummy bear implants. What I heard confirmed my intuition. Don’t believe the hype This type of implant has been hyped... Read the full post

International Study Explores Aesthetic Preferences in Breast Shape Around the World

October 2, 2015 2:19 pm Published by

Millions of women around the world have experienced the benefits of breast augmentation surgery. While every patient’s natural anatomy, unique concerns, and desired results play a large part in choosing the perfect breast implant, a recent study shows how a surgeon’s aesthetic preferences and culture may also contribute to your final results. An international study examined what plastic surgeons from... Read the full post

Understanding Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

June 2, 2015 4:10 pm Published by

It is rare for a patient to come in for a consultation without asking, “how long will my recovery take?” You may be surprised to learn there are two different answers to this question for each patient, and both are correct. Cosmetic surgery is unique in that recovery is measured in both medical and aesthetic terms. General surgeons typically consider... Read the full post

Five Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

April 9, 2015 6:58 pm Published by

Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed, with over three hundred thousand women having the procedure again last year. With popularity comes a lot of information on the internet. Unfortunately, I repeatedly see misinformation propagated. This article is my effort to dispel some of the most common myths. Myth number one: Bigger is better when it... Read the full post

To Lift or Not to Lift? Breast Lifts Explained.

February 11, 2015 6:00 pm Published by

Dr. Patti Flint highlights the various surgical options available to help restore volume and shape to sagging or deflated breasts. Often using a combination of procedures, such as breast lift with breast augmentation, Dr. Flint is able to provide women with more shapely, youthful-looking breasts. Consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Flint, can help determine if your... Read the full post

Revision Breast Surgery

January 22, 2015 6:04 pm Published by

Dr. Patti Flint discusses revisionary breast implant surgery. Although complications from breast augmentation are rare and patient satisfaction with the procedure is very high, Dr. Flint occasionally receives requests to revise issues that arose from breast augmentations performed by previous surgeons.

Dr. Flint Featured on Sonoran Living Live

December 30, 2014 2:58 pm Published by

Dr. Flint is sharing her plastic surgery expertise with local Arizona viewers in an ongoing series of articles and video segments for ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live. The series will provide insight into some of the most common cosmetic procedures. During her first segment, Dr. Flint discussed how facial rejuvenation can be personalized to suit the unique anatomy and goals... Read the full post

Do I Need a Breast Lift or a Breast Augmentation?

November 3, 2014 3:39 pm Published by

Often, patients are unsure if they need a breast augmentation or a breast lift. In this video, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint discusses the difference between the two procedures, outlines common indicators of which is needed, and describes when a breast lift and breast augmentation combination may be appropriate .

Things to Consider When Seeking Breast Augmentation

November 3, 2014 2:57 pm Published by

If you are considering breast augmentation, there are a number of important factors to consider. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint discusses what decisions will need to be made and how to ensure your procedure is safe and successful.

Which Breast Implant is Right for Me?

October 28, 2014 7:19 pm Published by

Dr. Flint discusses the differences between a patient who needs a breast lift or a breast augmentation. In certain situations, a combination of breast lift and augmentation can restore volume and return the breasts to a youthful position.

Breast Implant Problems?

September 24, 2014 4:23 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular aesthetic plastic surgeries performed. I have personally performed over three thousand implant based breast surgeries in my career. Many women considering the procedure are concerned about needing additional operations down the road after breast augmentation. I feel that if the original surgery is done properly with appropriate choice of implant size and... Read the full post

No Pain, No Gain! …Not True With Breast Augmentation

September 8, 2014 8:19 pm Published by

Each patient I consult with regarding breast augmentation has a hurdle or two they must overcome to allow them to undergo the procedure and obtain the results they desire. For some, it’s the post-operative recovery restrictions, for others, time off of work, but for many, it is the concern over post-operative pain. At this point in my career, I have... Read the full post

Scar Be Gone

November 1, 2013 12:00 pm Published by

It would be nice if scar-free surgery was possible, but so far it is not. A well-placed scar that is treated properly following breast augmentation should fade very nicely if a few post-surgery tricks are followed. Now that surgeons know that there is good data that shows placing implants through the armpit or nipple results in much higher rates of... Read the full post

Ready, Set, Heal!

October 18, 2013 3:00 pm Published by

Many patients that are going to undergo breast augmentation surgery want to do whatever they can to improve their chances of uneventful healing. There are a few subtle tricks that can be employed to create a tolerable and brisk recovery. Stage I: Immediate post-op period For the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours, take all prescribed medications as directed. Apply ice... Read the full post


October 7, 2013 4:55 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the world. Over three-hundred thousand women in the US undergo this surgery every year. For over five decades now, there have been multiple generations of different types of breast implants and there have been multiple different techniques used for implant placement. Each new implant and different placement techniques... Read the full post

Breast Augmentation and the Older Woman

August 29, 2013 2:10 pm Published by

Beautiful, shapely breasts are not just for younger women. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that nearly one-third of all breast augmentations are performed on women over the age of 40. There is no correct age for breast enhancement because the greatest factor in this or any surgical decision is a woman’s health, not her youth. Because the contours of breasts change... Read the full post

See the “New You”

June 5, 2013 1:58 pm Published by

Some people are great visionaries; able to accurately see, in their mind’s eye, what an end result will look like before it becomes a reality. However, most people appreciate some help when it comes to imagining an accurate picture of something as important as results from plastic surgery. I am confident in this system’s ability to help my patients peek... Read the full post

New Gummy Bear Implants: More Choice vs. Better Results

May 1, 2013 2:31 pm Published by

There have been two new silicone gel implants approved by the FDA since March of 2012. Each is a type of implant that is commonly called a “gummy bear” implant, because the consistency of the new generation of silicone gel resembles that of the popular candy. Up until these implants were approved, the most commonly used implants in aesthetic surgery... Read the full post

A Better Breast Augmentation

March 29, 2013 5:18 pm Published by

I prefer a natural approach to breast augmentation. What does this mean? It may mean that bigger is not necessarily better. I believe the goal of the procedure should be to create aesthetically appealing breasts; while size is one factor in this approach, it is not the only consideration. I believe that any breast augmentation should be in proportion to a... Read the full post

Creating Natural Breast Augmentation Results

August 6, 2012 1:38 pm Published by

As a plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures, I’ve formed some definite opinions about how to create natural-looking surgical results. I always strive for the most aesthetically pleasing outcome for any procedure, and for my breast augmentation patients in particular, I have some strong preferences about how to best achieve a pleasing, long-lasting result. During my career... Read the full post

Which Breast Implant Is Right for Me?

April 25, 2012 3:03 pm Published by

Once you have made the decision that you would like to pursue breast augmentation, it is important to learn about your implant options. The amount of information available can be overwhelming, so I will try to condense it here for quick reference. I will include an explanation of the preferences I have and why I have them. You should be... Read the full post

Saline Versus Silicone Breast Implants: Is It Really a Dilemma?

April 24, 2012 8:17 pm Published by

When women consult with me about breast augmentation, they frequently have many questions about what type of implants I prefer. In some cases, patients present with fairly significant biases for or against one type of implant. When I query them about the basis of their preferences, they sometimes quote information that is not quite true or is blatantly mythical. In... Read the full post

New Breast Implant Product

April 24, 2012 5:17 pm Published by

I attended an educational seminar in Las Vegas recently regarding the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in implant revision breast surgery. Sounds complicated, but bear with me. This is exciting and revolutionary stuff! In some women, scar tissue develops around their breast implants following breast augmentation. This is called a capsular contracture. It can make the breast feel firm, distort... Read the full post

Update on Silicone Gel Breast Implants

April 24, 2012 3:58 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is currently the most common aesthetic procedure performed. In my practice, I use silicone gel implants the vast majority of the time. I prefer them over saline because they are much softer and look more natural. Creating natural results is my priority as well as something desired by most of my patients. There are still lingering concerns about... Read the full post

Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts After Childbearing

April 23, 2012 8:56 pm Published by

Many women who see me in consultation tell me their breasts looked good until they had children. Breastfeeding can lead to undesirable changes. Certainly, childbearing and breastfeeding are wonderfully positive experiences, but it doesn’t seem like you should be left with lifelong undesirable changes in your breasts because of them. Not to worry, there is a solution. Cosmetic breast surgery... Read the full post

Breast Implants in Athletes

April 23, 2012 8:24 pm Published by

Many athletic women are lean and consequently have small breasts. It is common for these women to feel as if breast implants might negatively impact their performance or enjoyment of their sport. However, that is a myth. In fact, there have been studies done that show there is no reduction in chest muscle strength or function. Modestly sized implants do... Read the full post

Liposuction and Breast Augmentation in One Cosmetic Surgery

April 23, 2012 7:26 pm Published by

Breast augmentation or enhancement and liposuction are two of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. So it is not surprising to learn that plastic surgeons have tried since the 1980s to find a way to augment breasts using a patient’s own fat. Smaller thighs or tummy and larger breasts sound like a win-win situation; however, it... Read the full post

Liposuction Fat for Breast Augmentation

April 23, 2012 6:56 pm Published by

I will be appearing again on Sonoran Living’s Health Zone segment, July 20, 2010, at 11 AM on ABC Channel 15. Please tune in to hear me discuss how fat obtained during liposuction is being used instead of implants for breast augmentation. Get more detailed information about breast augmentation in Scottsdale.