Breast Augmentation in San Diego
Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to help women enhance the fullness and shape of their breasts. As one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in San Diego, breast augmentation can correct breast asymmetry, positioning issues, size concerns, and shape discrepancies. Some women desire breast augmentation surgery to boost self-confidence, while others see it as a solution to recapture femininity. Dr. Batra of Coastal Plastic Surgeons understands the complex motivations and needs associated with breast augmentation and how the procedure can impact each patient differently. Every breast augmentation that he performs is as unique as the client and incorporates customized techniques to achieve natural proportions and beautiful results.
What Can Benefit From Breast Augmentation?
Women with naturally small breasts can receive breast implants to increase their breast size. Implants of all types can produce natural-looking results that enhance breast size in a beautifying way. This may also provide women with breasts that are more in proportion with her figure and overall silhouette.
- Larger, fuller breasts
- Natural-looking results
- Better body proportions
- A more balanced appearance
Many women experience undesirable changes to their breasts over time, such as a loss of volume and skin firmness. Breast augmentation can correct these changes to restore a more youthful breast shape. Breast augmentation can also be combined with breast lift surgery to provide patients with a higher sitting bustline.
- Improved breast volume
- Perkier breasts
- Firmer, fuller breasts
- A more youthful appearance
Asymmetry& Shape Concerns
Some women have natural breast asymmetry or breasts that are pendulous, flat, or otherwise lacking in shape. Breast implants can be used to improve symmetry and restore a naturally round breast shape. Unshapeliness can vary from patient to patient and may require liposuction to provide additional body contouring.
- Rounder shape
- Softer feminine curves
- Even & symmetrical breasts
- A balanced appearance
How Can I Customize My Breast Augmentation?
What Types of Breast Implants Are There?
Your implants can either be saline-filled or silicone gel-filled. Neither saline nor silicone implants are inherently better than the other, but one option will likely be better for your individual needs. Dr. Batra will work with you closely during your consultation to determine the perfect fit for your cosmetic transformation.
A saline implant is made up of saltwater encased in a silicone shell that produces a full, firm feel. Saline implants come in relative sizes, shapes, and textures, which offers patients of all backgrounds a solution. Saline implants most often have a smooth surface. Smooth implants do not have a porous texture and mimic the movement of natural breasts. Saline implants can also come in textured implants that are slightly rougher than smooth implants.
A silicone implant has a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants are comparable to your real breasts as they mimic the natural feel of the breast tissue. Silicone implants come in relative sizes, shapes, and textures to accommodate different silhouettes and body types. Silicone implants offer textured and smooth implants. The textured surface ensures that the implants cling more closely to the breast tissue and offer a more natural feel. The textured surface is also ideal for anatomical implants as it can help to restrict the movement of the implant. Silicone implants can be round or anatomical, meaning they can have either create more cleavage (round) or a more natural shape (teardrop).
Where Are Breast Implants Placed?
The placement of your implants will depend on the natural breast shape, the degree of ptosis (sagging), and the desired positioning of your breasts.
Submammary breast implants are also known as subglandular implants because they are inserted beneath the fatty tissue and mammary glands but over the pectoral muscles. These “over-the-muscle” implants can significantly change the breasts’ shape and are often recommended for women with smaller breasts and minimal skin laxity. One of the advantages of submammary implant placement is the lack of interference with the function and movement of the pectoral (chest) muscles, affording athletic or physically active patients the ability to be active in labor-intensive tasks without cause for temporary breast distortion.
Submuscular breast implant placement inserts the implants beneath the chest muscle. Often recommended for women with excess sagging to add additional support, submuscular breast implant placement is known to have some advantages over submammary breast implant placement. For example, submuscular placement provides a more natural appearance than the submammary option. Your cosmetic or functional needs for your breasts and chest muscles play a key role in deciding where to place your breast implants.
What Are My Incision Choices for Breast Implants?
At our San Diego location, patients can receive one of the following three incisions for breast augmentation. The best incision option for you is predominantly based on the type and size of implants you choose.
The periareolar incision encircles the areola and minimizes breast scarring. Periareolar incisions are recommended for women looking to reduce the size of the areolas.
Inframammary incisions are made under the breast along the breast fold. The inframammary option is the most common incision technique. This allows scarring to be hidden in the fold of the skin (inframammary fold). Inframammary incisions provide no restrictions on implant type.
Transaxillary incisions are made within the crease of the armpit, which hides the incision and provides no scarring to occur on any part of the breast. You may be more limited in your implant choices with this technique.
What Are the Concerns of Breast Augmentation?
RecoveryThe customized nature of breast augmentation requires a recovery plan that is unique to each patient. Your surgeon will create a custom recovery plan for you. Patients are often outfitted for a delicate and supportive compression bra to minimize swelling and assist with movement during recovery. Minimal swelling and discomfort should subside after a couple of weeks. Any activity should be reduced for a time, and patients must wait until they are approved before returning to work or resuming exercise.
PainBreast augmentation will not cause pain during the procedure due to the anesthesia. It is common for patients to experience numbness in their breast area after treatment, although this resolves itself over a short period of time. Should you experience any discomfort during recovery, pain medication will be provided to manage any further discomfort. Most irritation or pain from breast augmentation will dissipate after two to three weeks.
ScarsScars may form along the incision sites, as is common with every major surgery. The degree of scarring can vary greatly depending on individual healing capabilities. Patients can reduce scarring by using silicone scar sheets and minimizing sun exposure, tension, and tugging on the incision sites. Any scarring typically fades over time.
CostThe cost of breast augmentation includes many factors, such as implant type, surgical fees, physician’s fees, anesthesia fees, and the like. You will be provided with a detailed price quote during your personal consultation.
Breast Augmentation Results
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