Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation (also known as breast contouring, breast enlargement, mammoplasty enlargement, augmentation mammoplasty, or boob job) is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Today, nearly 350,000 women undergo this procedure in a year.

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At the Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, we offer three treatments for breast augmentation:

  • Saline implants: are made of a silicone elastomer shell filled with sterile saline liquid
  • Silicone gel implants: made of a silicone shell filled with a viscous silicone gel.
  • Body fat transfers: essentially uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body and inject it into your breasts. This is an option for women who are looking for a small increase in breast size and would prefer natural results.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

  • Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
  • Improve the balance of your figure
  • Enhance your self-image and self-confidence

Ideal candidates for Breast Augmentation

Candidates for breast augmentation are most often women who are dissatisfied with small, sagging, or asymmetrical breasts and seek the treatment for cosmetic purposes to achieve a more youthful or fuller figure. Some seek it as a reconstructive procedure, after a mastectomy, for example. Patients who seek breast augmentation for cosmetic purposes must be at least 18, in good health and not currently pregnant or breast-feeding.

Increasingly, men are also seeking breast augmentation for cosmetic as well as for reconstructive treatments of the chest (pectoral implants). The same treatment options are available to men as to women.

Breast Augmentation procedure

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision, creates a pocket for the implant, positions the implant, and then closes the skin where the incision was made. The breast augmentation patient goes home in a special compression bra. This bra helps to reduce swelling and hold the breasts in the correct position.

Types of Incisions

Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.

  • Periareolar Incision: is made around the outline of the areola
  • Inframammary Incision: is placed along the crease or fold of the breast where the breast and skin come together
  • Transaxillary Incision: is made in the natural fold of the armpit tissue
  • TUBA Incision: the cut is made on the rim of the navel, and underneath the skin through a tunnel of fatty tissue

Recovery process

Recovery time for breast augmentation patients is usually between five to seven days, during which time patients are advised to rest and keep activity to a very minimal level. Some pain, bruising, and swelling are usually experienced after surgery. Initially, there may be slight bleeding around the incision. Heavy exercise should be avoided for several weeks.

Breast Augmentation Risks and Side Effects

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Poor scarring of skin
  • Wrong or faulty position of the implant
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Pain, which may persist

Other Breast procedures available

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in Breast Augmentation, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (510) 724-8282 or (415) 461-5755 to schedule a consultation at our office in the Bay Area.

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Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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