Doctor’s Thoughts on Breast Augmentation

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like a breast augmentation, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. As the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, breast augmentation can give life-changing improvements to the breasts, body balance, and confidence. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve long-lasting results from their breast augmentation to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation. 

What is a Breast Augmentation?

The breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, used to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. With a variety of techniques and implants to choose from, breast augmentation has become more customizable than ever, allowing you to pick the material, shape, size, and more to meet your unique concerns and goals. A fat transfer breast augmentation can also be used, either to enhance the results of implants, or to offer a more natural alternative to implants. The breast augmentation can be performed alone, or combined with a breast lift for optimal improvements.

How is the Breast Augmentation Performed?

The breast augmentation is performed using general anesthesia for your comfort. An incision will then be placed either around the areola, under the breast crease, or in the underarm depending on the type of implant being used. In general to decrease the risk of capsular contracture an incision at the lower breast crease is most often used.

Am I a Candidate for the Breast Augmentation?

Women can benefit from a breast augmentation to enhance their appearance and confidence. With a breast augmentation, concerns arise such as naturally small or asymmetrical breasts, breast volume loss after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or changes to the breast with age. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, talk with Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz about which implant options are best for you.

What is Recovery like After Breast Augmentation?

After breast augmentation, you should plan for about 1-2 weeks off work to properly rest at home. During this time, you can expect some swelling, bruising, tightness, and general discomfort. This can be managed with pain medication, and wearing your compression garments as often as possible. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks.

Breast Augmentation Options

There are many different techniques that can be used during the breast augmentation procedure, based on your unique concerns. Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz will discuss the following procedure options:

Breast Implants

Breast implants can add significant volume to the breasts and can improve severe asymmetry. There are three main types of breast implants to choose from: silicone, saline and the newest technology IDEAL structured saline implants made to feel like silicone. Silicone and IDEAL Implant are a more cohesive material, closely mimicking the natural breast tissue. Saline implants are composed of sterile salt-water that have their own benefits when it comes to detecting a rupture. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz offer several other specialized implant types for you to choose from including:

Sientra Implants

Sientra implants are composed of HSC silicone gel and FDA-approved for board-certified plastic surgeons only unlike other manufacturers. HSC gel is specially designed to maintain its shape and structure, reducing the risk of a rupture. The implants come in both round and anatomically shaped. You can also choose between smooth and textured, depending on your goals.

The IDEAL Implant

The IDEAL Implant is a new saline implant that is FDA-approved to be used only by a board-certified plastic surgeon. The Ideal Implant was designed to combine the benefits of silicone softness and saline peace of mind. The implant is composed of saline to avoid silent ruptures but with multiple chambers that give it the feel of natural breast tissue.

Natural Fat Transfer: California Breast Lift®

Implants aren’t your only option when it comes to enhancing your breasts. With a fat transfer breast augmentation, fat is taken from one area of the body like the abdomen, back, or thighs and placed in the breast mound to add subtle volume, improve the shape, symmetry, and overall contour. This can be performed alone or added to your breast augmentation with implants for added benefits.

Breast Augmentation Results

Seeing your breast augmentation results will require some patience as you wait for lingering swelling to diminish. It is also normal for the implants to sit higher on the chest after surgery, but they should gradually settle below the skin over the next few months. Asymmetry is also not uncommon at first as the breasts may heal at different rates. After about 3 months, you should begin to notice the results of your procedure with improved size, shape, and symmetry. Breast Implants are not designed to last a lifetime and we recommend that between 10-12 years patients consider replacing their silicone implants prior to rupture. IDEAL implants do not have to be replaced until they leak as they just contain saline which is naturally absorbed just like drinking a glass of water.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your breast augmentation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz are experts in the breast augmentation procedure and can help you choose the right techniques for your concerns and goals.