Breast Implants / Augmentation

For many women, breast size is an important part of feeling healthy, attractive, and confident. You can work hard to get fit and slim down, but if you aren’t born with the breasts you love, surgery may be your best option. Breast augmentation in Los Angeles is the choice of many women who want to be their most confident and lead their best life.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Most breast implant surgeries are completed in 1 hour and women are able to return to their normal activities (with certain restrictions) after a few days. Our Beverly Hills and Los Angeles breast augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using general or local anesthesia.

It’s only natural to have concerns about breast implant safety, and our surgeons are devoted to helping you understand the risks and make informed decisions about your procedure. Numerous studies over the past decade have supported the safety of breast implants – both saline and silicone gel.

Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?

Many women would like to increase the size of their breasts. If you’re one of these women, and you’re also over 18, physically healthy, emotionally stable, and have realistic expectations about what plastic surgery can accomplish, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation.

The best way to determine with any certainty if breast augmentation is appropriate for you is to meet with one of our surgeons.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Your surgeon will help guide you through the steps you need to take before surgery. You will need to make several important decisions before the day of your procedure. Among these are decisions about breast implants (type, size, fill, placement) and about the surgery itself (anesthesia and the possibility of combined procedures). When you’ve finalized all of these decisions, you will need to follow your surgeon’s other pre-surgical instructions about medications, smoking cessation, etc.

How do I choose my implants?

The best way to select the breast implants that will be used during your breast augmentation procedure is to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon. You’ll need to consider your body type, goals, and concerns to determine which implant size, fill (saline or silicone), shell (smooth or textured), and shape (round or anatomical) will be best for you. We’ve also provided a few helpful facts about breast implant options.

What are the risks?

There are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure. These include bleeding, swelling, or infection. Potential risks associated specifically with breast augmentation include capsular contracture (when excessive scar tissue forms around implants), implant rupture, and other complications that your surgeon will discuss with you during your consultation. Our surgeons take many precautions to reduce the risks of surgery.

What about my nipples? Will I lose sensation or be unable to breastfeed?

There is the potential for the reduction of nipple sensation. If this occurs, however, it is usually restored over time. Most of our patients don’t lose nipple sensation. Also, by choosing a qualified surgeon, you should be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

How long will my recovery last?

Recovery is different for everyone. In general, most women are up and around the day after surgery, but will need to avoid most of their usual activities for 5 to 7 days. You will probably be advised to wait several weeks before resuming strenuous exercise.

Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?

Many women choose to combine their breast augmentation with other procedures such as tummy tuck, liposuction, or a face lift. Our doctors have conducted extensive research into the safety of combined procedures and have found that it is a good option for most women who want more extensive improvement of their body contours.

Breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck are often combined as part of a “Mommy Makeover.” These combined procedures help mothers restore the look they had before their children – or maybe even better.

Fat Grafting

When considering fat grafting as an option for breast enhancements, it’s vital to understand the basics of the procedure, as well as both the benefits and risks involved. When executed properly by a skilled and experienced surgeon such as Dr. Grant Stevens, fat grafting provides more natural results for both aesthetic and reconstructive patients.

This procedure is ideal for either enlargements of a single cup size or contour reshaping. The extent of enlargement generally depends on the amount of spare fat available to harvest from the patient’s donor sites. Once in place, the fat cells should live their normal life cycle, just as natural fat in the breast would.

Breast enhancements using lipoaugmentation employs fat suctioned from unwanted areas the body. This type of procedure can be used to increase the size of the breast or to fill in defects or abnormalities in existing breasts, including enhancing the appearance after breast reconstruction and softening the look of existing implants. The placement of the fat grafts allow for dramatic or subtle shaping of the breast in a manner previously not attainable. It also provides a natural alternative to saline or silicone implants, ultimately avoiding the signature look that tends to come with those common options.

Lipoaugmentation of the breast should result in a beautiful, long-lasting effect. However, it is crucial to warn potential patients that the procedure is highly technique dependent. To avoid complications or unwanted results, fat grafting has to be done by a properly trained plastic surgeon. Because of the high learning curve, it takes at least a few years to become truly proficient. Though the procedure can be learned in a day, it’s perfected over the years as physicians move from theoretical knowledge to realized application.

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Breast Augmentation Considerations

Breast augmentation can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts. During your breast augmentation consultation, you’ll learn more about your options for creating your ideal breast appearance, including:

Once you’ve decided to pursue breast augmentation in our Beverly Hills area practice, you want to make sure to find the right surgeon, the right implant, and the right technique to meet your expectations. Our surgeons have over 30 years of combined surgical experience, and are nationally and internationally recognized for their pioneering contributions in the field of plastic surgery.

At Marina Plastic Surgery, most breast augmentation surgeries leave the breasts looking so natural that no one would ever suspect you’ve had augmentation, even when larger implants are used. Plus, our VECTRA 3-D imaging system enables you to virtually “try on” various implant sizes so that you can see which implants will look best and make a decision you feel comfortable with.

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