Breast Augmentation

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Are you unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts? Do you wish your breasts had more volume? If so, you aren’t alone! There are many patients in Los Angeles who seek to improve the look of their breasts. Feeling insecure about your breasts can make you feel uncomfortable wearing certain types of clothing, especially bathing suits and lingerie—but life is too short to feel insecure and unsure of your body.

With breast augmentation surgery, you can get the cleavage you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re looking to enhance your breasts after weight loss, pregnancy, or genetics, breast enlargement may be the procedure you need to achieve a figure that makes you feel beautiful and confident.

The breast augmentation procedure uses saline or silicone implants in order to improve the size, shape, and volume of the breasts. The procedure can also improve breast symmetry.

So, whether you’re a mom looking to get her pre-baby body back or a weight-loss success story, this surgical procedure can boost your confidence and self-esteem while giving you a figure that you absolutely love.

Grossman Plastic Surgery offers a team of trained and experienced specialists that perform natural-looking breast augmentation procedures throughout West Hills, CA. Dr. Peter H. Grossman is a respected and talented plastic surgeon who uses the best implants for your body shape and expected results. Contact our office today at 818-981-2050 to schedule a breast augmentation consultation.

Breast Augmentation Benefits

You’re beautiful as you are, but we all have things about our body that we want to change. In women, breasts are parts of the body that many want to enhance. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world.

Patients often choose to undergo the procedure in order to:

  • Correct uneven breasts
  • Enhance breast size and volume
  • Have younger-looking breasts
  • Restore their body to pre-pregnancy shape

Most importantly, the surgical procedure allows women to feel more confident and more beautiful. Improved self-esteem can be a life-changer.

However, breast augmentation is about more than a physical change in order to achieve a certain look or figure. Many patients undergo the procedure in order to meet a personal goal of their own. This is especially true for women who have lost weight, which can cause breasts to lose volume and shape. After spending months undergoing lifestyle changes to live and be healthier, breast augmentation may be the final step to reap the rewards of all of your hard work and dedication.

Body goals are often common among mothers who experience the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation surgery can undo these effects, allowing a mom to get back to her pre-baby figure.

Breast Augmentation Options

Aside from the size of the implant, there are many different options to consider when undergoing breast augmentation.

Implant Type

There are three different types of breast implants that patients can choose from. These options include saline, silicone, and gummy silicone. While all breast implants are designed to provide amazing results, each is different in how they enhance breast shape, volume, and size.

  • Saline

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. The firmness and shape of these implants are dependent on how much solution they’re filled with. With saline implants, there is a risk that the implant shell can leak or rupture. Because the saline solution is sterile, the body can safely absorb and expel it.

  • Silicone

Silicone implants are pre-filled at various sizes by the implant manufacturer. When compared to saline, silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue. In the event that a silicone implant ruptures, the gel may stay within the implant shell or it can seep into the implant pocket that your surgeon creates during the procedure. Patients with silicone implants should undergo routine MRI screenings to ensure that the implant shell is in good shape.

  • Gummy Bear Silicone

The last implant option is gummy bear silicone. These are the newest implants to hit the market and are made with a cohesive gel that has a gummy consistency, which makes them look and feel like natural breasts. Though not very common, these implants can still leak—but, because the gel is cohesive, the implant won’t lose shape, nor will the gel settle in the implant pocket.

Implant Shape

Patients can also choose between round or contoured implants. Round implants have equal fullness at the top and bottom. These implants offer a bold enhancement. However, if you’re looking for a more natural look, work with your surgeon to select the right profile and placement.

The second implant shape is contoured. Contoured implants, also known as teardrop implants, have a sloping shape that offers a more natural breast shape. The implants have more volume at the bottom and less at the top. Teardrop implants are a great option for patients who want a very natural breast augmentation result.

Incision Placement

The breast augmentation procedure can be completed using four different incision placements, including inframammary, periareolar, transaxillary, and umbilical. The incision that is best for you depends on your cosmetic goals, preference, anatomy, and the type of implant used.

  • Inframammary

Inframammary incisions are located in the crease where the breast meets the chest. This is one of the most popularly chosen incisions for patients because the scar is easily hidden and is located in an area where there’s already a natural crease.

Inframammary incisions allow for precise implant placement.

  • Periareolar

This incision is made on the outer edge of the areola. The incision is typically a semi-circle shape, with the incision being on the lower curve of the areola. A benefit of using this incision is that scars are unnoticeable because they are camouflaged in an area of the skin where there’s a natural change in color.

  • Transaxillary

The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit, which creates a pathway where the implant can be placed into the implant site. Many patients like this incision option because there is no scar on the breasts. The scar that is left is virtually invisible because of its location.

Transaxillary incisions are also ideal for women who have not yet had children, as there’s a low risk of damage to the mammary glands.

  • Umbilical

The umbilical incision can only be used on patients who have chosen saline implants. With this augmentation procedure, a small incision is made on the navel. An endoscope is then used to guide the implant to the implant site.

This is another popular incision option because it leaves the breasts scar-free.

Implant Placement

With the breast augmentation procedure, you can choose where the implant is located. Implants can be placed in front of or behind the pectoral muscle. The option that’s best for you depends on the look you want, as well as the state of your breasts.

For women with minimal breast tissue, it’s ideal to place the implant under the muscle to create a natural look. When implants are placed over the pectoral muscle, they move less, as they aren’t impacted by muscle movement. However, there’s an increased risk of noticeable rippling. Over-the-muscle placement also looks less natural.

Breast Augmentation Process

Scheduling a breast augmentation consultation with our Calabasas surgeon is the best step toward making the choice to enhance your upper body. The breast augmentation procedure is an extremely personal decision, and our Los Angeles plastic surgeon aims to create a private and comforting environment that allows you to make the best decision for your goals and needs.

During the consultation, we’ll address any questions and concerns. Dr. Grossman will then discuss the surgery options you have, such as implant type, size placement, and incision. You may want to view our gallery of breast augmentation before and after photos so that you can get a better idea of what you want your new breasts to look like.

This is also the ideal time to discuss other procedures you may need to meet your body goals. Many women undergo a breast lift with a breast augmentation in order to address sagging, to achieve total breast rejuvenation.

Consultations also involve discussing your medical history, such as a history of breast cancer, as well as any health conditions that may increase the risk of complications from the procedure. If you decide to continue with the procedure, you’ll work with our office to schedule a surgery date.

You will also discuss breast augmentation prices, as well as discuss the financing programs we offer.

You’ll then be given pre- and post-surgery instructions, including the use of certain medications and dietary guidelines, as well as day-of-surgery preparation. Our office also provides instructions for post-operative care so that you can heal as quickly and painlessly as possible.

On the day of surgery, make sure that you have someone who can drop you off and pick you up. Because breast augmentation requires the use of general anesthesia, you’re likely to feel drowsy and will be unable to drive. Plan to have someone stay with you for a few days after surgery so that you can focus on healing. Having assistance with cooking, showering, and medication management makes the recovery period much easier.

Why Us?

There are various plastic surgeons that offer breast augmentation procedures throughout Woodland Hills and Canoga Park, but if you’re looking for an experienced, caring, and talented plastic surgeon office, Grossman Plastic Surgery is the best option.

Dr. Peter H. Grossman is the President of the Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons and is one of the most widely sought-after surgeons in the region. With more than 20 years of experience, you can have peace of mind that you’re in good hands before, during, and after your procedure.

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Don’t go another day lacking confidence in your body. If you want to rejuvenate the size, shape, and volume of your breasts, now is the time to consider breast augmentation surgery. This procedure not only offers a boost in confidence, but it can help you to meet goals that you’ve been working toward for years.

Call our office at 818-981-2050 to schedule an appointment. Whether you live in Reseda, Woodland Hills, or somewhere else in Los Angeles, we’re confident that Dr. Grossman is the best surgeon for you. We look forward to helping you transform your look!

FAQs

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure during which an implant is placed behind the breast tissue to give it an enhanced appearance and shape. Dr. Grossman uses Allergan Natrelle® or Mentor® breast implants and prefers silicone over saline fillers. Each of these brands has numerous shapes, types, and sizes to choose from, which Dr. Grossman will discuss in detail during your pre-surgical consultation.

What are saline and silicone fillers?

Breast implants consist of a flexible outer shell made from silicone that is filled with liquid. The amount and type of liquid used affects the shape, size, and feel of the breast. Surgeons generally use implants filled with saline or silicone gel. Rarely, other materials such as soy oil are used as fillers.

Why choose breast augmentation?

Many women choose breast augmentation to enlarge naturally small breasts while others are motivated by other factors, which may include:

  • Restoring breast fullness, size and shape after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss
  • Creating symmetry when breasts have developed asymmetrically: A relatively common and sometimes very noticeable issue

Will I lose sensitivity in my breasts?

There may be a temporary change in sensation as you heal, but loss in sensitivity is not typically a permanent issue and not considered a significant risk factor for breast augmentation.

How long does the surgery last?

Dr. Grossman performs breast augmentations in the clinic’s outpatient surgery center. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep for the surgery. It generally lasts 2-4 hours and patients are released home the same day, but you’ll need someone to drive you home.

How long does it take to heal?

Recovery time varies per patient. There will be some soreness and slight swelling afterward. Most patients can resume all normal activities after six weeks. Dr. Grossman will provide you with detailed care instructions regarding the incision sites and specific information about what to expect as you heal. For optimal recovery, it’s important to follow his directions carefully.

Are the implants permanent?

Like other medical prosthetics, such as an artificial knee or hip joint, breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Most women require a replacement implant at some point, especially if you were very young when you had your initial surgery. You may also opt to have repeat surgery to alter the size of your breasts.

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