Boost Your Confidence
For our patients in Seattle breast implants can help increase your breast size, balance your shape, boost your confidence and improve the way clothes fit. Dr. Hakim Said is a board-certified Seattle plastic surgeon who understands you have a particular vision for your ideal breasts. He helps you select the right size and style to fit your body and goals.
Dr. Said offers a full range of implants from leading manufacturers, including Sientra, Mentor and Ideal Implants. Dr. Said offers:
Saline Breast Implants: Saline implants have been around for a long time, and they remain a popular choice today. This FDA-approved implant style is a favorite among patients who are seeking timeless and affordable breast implants in Seattle. Saline implants do not come pre-filled; An empty silicone shell is placed inside the breast pocket and then filled with a sterile salt-water solution to your desired size. The newest and most advanced of these are structured saline implants which contain multiple chambers for the fluid. That allows them to move and feel much like a silicone implant, while keeping the peace of mind that comes with saline filling. Dr. Said is a premier provider of structured saline implants by Ideal Implants.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer: Not all breast augmentation procedures require implants. Dr. Hakim Said is one of Seattle’s breast fat transfer experts. Using liposuction, fat from other parts of your body can be removed, purified, and then injected into the breasts to boost their size and shape. This treatment is particularly attractive for women who want a modest increase in their breast size or who want to avoid implants entirely. Although the amount of volume is more limited, the effect is durable and does not require replacement or maintenance.
Silicone implants come in many shapes, styles, and textures. Most women choose round silicone implants, which add fullness to both the upper and lower breast.
The silicone gel filling was formulated to feel much more like breast tissue than the classic saline implant. The early silicone gel filling had the consistency of olive oil or caramel, which provided a natural feel, but was prone to spillage once the shell wore out. Newer teardrop implants, also known as “gummy bear implants”, provide a slightly thicker, and more advanced 5th generation gel which holds its shape and will not spill when they wear out.
This also allows for implants that hold a specific shape, such as a gentle slope at the upper breast for an even more natural teardrop-shaped look. All these are composed of medical-grade silicone gel and are FDA approved, in either smooth or textured models. Unlike saline implants, the implant is pre-filled.
Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Hakim Said is a platinum provider of Sientra implants, which are all 5th generation implants, only available to board-certified plastic surgeons.
Sientra implants were first introduced in 2012 and quickly gained popularity due to their unique composition. Unlike other breast implants, Sientra implants are made of siloxane gel, a cohesive gel that has been shown to retain its shape and density over time. Additionally, Sientra implants are available in various shapes and sizes, allowing your plastic surgeon to customize your results better.
One of the significant benefits of Sientra implants is that they come with a 20-year warranty, the most extended warranty available for any breast implant on the market. Additionally, Sientra implants are one of the most cost-effective options available, as they are priced similarly to other 5th-generation implants but come with the added benefit of an extended warranty.
Breast augmentation is considered a very safe procedure. As with any surgery, however, there are certain risks involved. Infection is always a risk factor with any surgical procedure. So is anesthesia. Other breast augmentation surgery risks include:
There is always the possibility of needing breast revision surgery if the patient experiences issues with the original augmentation procedure. Revision surgery is also an option if the patient decides they want a different type of implant or want to change their breast size.
Should complications arise, rest assured that Dr. Said is covered by CosmetAssure. CosmetAssure is the gold standard for complications insurance and provides a financial safety net for the patients of board-certified plastic surgeons who offer it. So even in the unlikely event of complications when you're getting a breast augmentation, or any other elective aesthetic surgery, you’ll be covered. CosmetAssure relieves the stress and uncertainty from unexpected medical expenses related to post-surgical complications. With CosmetAssure, patients enjoy the peace of mind knowing their surgeon has taken the precautionary steps of covering them in the event of an eligible loss.
The cost of breast augmentation depends on various factors, including the type of implants chosen. Dr. Said will discuss costs with the patient during the consultation. Because breast augmentation is considered an elective procedure, insurance will not generally cover it. There are exceptions when the augmentation is done in connection with a mastectomy. Financing options are available.
Dr. Hakim Said is a fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing in plastic surgery and breast augmentation in Seattle. He has authored more than 20 articles in the field of plastic surgery.
His focus has been on improving patient outcomes by applying precise surgical methods tailored to each individual. Choosing the right size and type of breast implants takes active communication, a personal connection and detailed planning to deliver the result you want. Dr. Said listens carefully to find what is important to you, provides the options for moving forward, and the experience and technical excellence to help you reach your goals. Working together is the secret to achieving a great cosmetic outcome and feeling more confident after breast implant surgery.
Your journey toward your desired breasts starts with a consultation.
During your consultation for breast augmentation Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Said will meet with you to learn about you and how you are interested in enhancing your shape. He offers many breast implant shapes and styles that you can choose from. From teardrop silicone implants to classic round, saline implants, and more, he will help you select the breast implants that are right for you.
Today’s implants options are better than ever, offering better safety, performance and a more natural look and feel than implants of the past. After helping you reach a decision on the best implants for you, Dr. Said will propose a surgical plan that fits you.
Dr. Said believes his patients deserve personalized treatment with the latest advancements in plastic surgery technology. Using the Butterfly iQ+Ultrasound, Dr. Said can immediately detect the rupture of silicone implants right in his office. There’s no need to schedule a second ultrasound appointment or wait for an ultrasound machine. If you suspect your silicone breast implants may be leaking, you can get peace of mind in moments with a consultation with Dr. Said.
Dr. Said provides you with pre-operative instructions to prepare for breast augmentation surgery. On the day of surgery, you will meet with a nurse and anesthesiologist.
After taking your vitals and changing into a dressing gown, Dr. Said meets with you to go over any last-minute questions. Markings are drawn on your skin to prepare for surgery. This helps ensure a good cosmetic result. While you lay on the operating room table, an anesthesiologist administers drugs that make you feel sleepy. Your vitals are constantly monitored during surgery. Once you are asleep, Dr. Said makes a small incision, often in the breast crease.
He dissects the breast tissue to create a pocket for the implants to go in. Different surgical techniques may be used. For example, if you choose to have under the muscle or dual-plane implants, the pectoral muscle is cut and elevated from the rib cage to make room for the implant. Over-muscle implants do not require cutting the pectoral muscle. The surgery takes approximately two hours. The implants are inserted into the breast pocket. The incision is neatly closed. You will awake in a comfortable recovery room. Most breast augmentation patients return home the same day.
You can return to light social activities and work within a few days to one week. Driving may be resumed when you feel confident that you have a full range of motion. Please avoid heavy lifting, and wait at least six weeks before returning to normal exercise. Short walks are recommended, starting on the day of surgery.
Most discomfort subsides in the first three days. Pain medication is prescribed for a more comfortable recovery. Patients with tight skin may experience more post-op discomfort than those with lax skin. Implant placement also plays a role. Under muscle or dual-plane implants require cutting the pectoral muscle. This creates more trauma during surgery.
Over-muscle implants do not affect the muscle, which means less post-op discomfort. Swelling after breast implants is normal. You may be asked to wear compression garments or a special bra to ease swelling for several weeks. Bruising may also occur. It takes approximately two weeks for bruising to subside if present. None of this will be obvious to others. You may easily wear clothing to conceal your chest during early recovery.
It is normal for implants to ride high on your chest at first. Your breast implants will feel tight and look abnormal at first. Do not worry, this is temporary. It takes several months for implants to settle down.
This is colloquially known as the “drop and fluff”. The breast tissue relaxes, allowing the implant to expand in the breast pocket. As swelling subsides and the breast tissue relaxes, your breasts will look more natural and feel softer. If you have lax skin, this process happens faster. If you have tight skin, it can take up to one year. Once the breast implants settle into place, most patients are thrilled with the results.
One to three months: Breast implants ride high and feel hard; Swelling is prominent; Scars are dark red and raised.
Three to six months: Implants start to settle down into a natural position; They no longer ride high on the chest; Swelling subsides; Scars start to lighten and flatten.
Six months to one year: Breasts look and feel natural; Swelling is absent; Scars turn light brown to pink.
One to two years: Breasts feel like they are a part of you; Scars fade to a fine line that is hardly visible; Light therapy for scars may be done to lighten scars if needed.
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While most patients associate implants and breast augmentation, they are not always the same. Breast implant surgery is a type of breast augmentation offered by Dr. Said. Autologous fat transfer (a dual procedure combining liposuction and natural fat injections) is another type of breast augmentation.
The results last a long time, but are not technically considered permanent. Your breasts may change in contour over time due to aging, weight changes, or pregnancy. Breast implants eventually need to be replaced, with the average lifespan being approximately ten years.
The national average cost of breast implant surgery is approximately $6,600, while fat transfer breast augmentation is around $10,000. Breast augmentation is a personalized procedure. The surgical technique, anesthesia fees, and surgeon’s expertise can affect pricing. Dr. Said’s patient coordinator will provide a price quote detailing the costs associated with surgery for you to review after your consultation.
The surgery itself is not painful since it takes place under general anesthesia. Most patients rate the pain during recovery as moderate. You should expect some soreness or aching that can last several weeks. Dr. Said will develop a customized recovery plan for you that includes ways to minimize discomfort in the days following surgery.
The answer to that question depends on your clinical presentation. A breast lift (mastopexy) is for women with sagging breasts. While it can improve the shape of the breasts, it does not add volume. Breast augmentation enhances the breasts so they appear bigger or fuller. Dr. Said may suggest combining procedures if you have laxity and want to add volume.