What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the size, shape, or symmetry of a woman’s breasts. It involves placing breast implants or fat grafts under the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase breast size and improve the overall appearance of the breasts.
Breast augmentation is typically performed on women who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging.
The duration of a breast augmentation procedure can vary depending on the specific technique used, the patient's anatomy, and the surgeon's experience. However, on average, the surgery takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete.
In general, most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week after surgery, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks.
Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia, which means the patient is fully asleep and does not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. In some cases, local anesthesia with sedation may be used.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Who Qualifies for Breast Augmentation?
Suitable candidates for breast augmentation are typically in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. They should have fully developed breasts that are asymmetrical, misshapen, or have lost volume due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging. They should also have good skin elasticity and firmness, be at a stable weight, and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, candidates should be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking for a period of time before and after the procedure, as smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery.
How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation?
Exploring Three Different Types of Breast Augmentation
Saline implants are the least expensive and typically entail the smallest incision since the implant is filled after insertion and is the only option should a patient desire insertion through the navel area for a scar-free result. Saline, or sterile salt water, is used to fill the implants.
Silicone filled implants offer an organic feel and are generally less likely to ripple than saline filled implants. All implants used since November 2006 are made of cohesive silicone gel as opposed to the liquid silicone previously used. The benefit of cohesive gel is that should rupture occur, the gel will not run.
Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) is a scar-less or belly button breast augmentation method for increasing the breast size by inserting breast implants through the umbilicus, navel or belly button. This method offers minimal scarring and will often require less recovery time.
Book an Appointment
Mon – Fri from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Beverly Hills: 9735 Wilshire Blvd, Penthouse Suite, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Pasadena: 333 S. Arroyo Parkway, Third Floor, Pasadena, CA 91105