Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation in San Francisco, CA

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Do you want to change the appearance of your breasts? At L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA, our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, provides women with breast augmentations that reshape and increase the fullness of their bust line. As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries to date, breast augmentation with implants enhances the shape, size, and symmetry of the breasts to create a more desirable and natural-looking outcome. Dr. Lee has performed numerous breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reconstruction, and revision surgeries each year. During your private, one-on-one consultation at L Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee will listen to your aesthetic desires and concerns and provide you with options and then customize a treatment plan to attain your personal goals.

Types of Breast Implants

During your initial consultation with Dr. Lee, he will have an in-depth conversation with you about the breast implants you would like to have placed. Our breast implants come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures. Today, the most common implant types are saline or silicone, both widely popular and approved to use per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An important fact is that women considering implants made with saline must be 18 years old, while patients must be 22 years of age for silicone implants.

Breast Implant Size
Breast implant size is not just selected based on desire. A saline or silicone implant size is measured by cubic centimeters (CCs), and Dr. Lee will also consider how much breast tissue you already have, how much volume can realistically be added to your breast, your physical body structure, and the type of implant you want to use. 

Breast Implant Shape
Breast implants come in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are commonly used; however, a large majority of our patients go with a round-shaped implant. It generally appears more natural and adds a fullness to the top of the breasts.

Breast Profile & Implants
The way your new breasts would project refers to the breast implant profile. You may have an opinion about how your breast needs to look from a side view. Dr. Lee can position your breasts to project from low to extra high.

These options may appear overwhelming but agreeing to the correct implant is easy once the goals are discussed during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with the training of Dr. Lee, make certain the anticipated outcome is achieved. Other types of augmentations to consider may include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant and an autologous approach through fat grafting.

DO I Qualify for Surgery?

The choice to go through with breast augmentation or any breast surgery is personal. If you are considering this procedure, it is essential you do it for the right reasons. You should have healthy breast tissue. Breast augmentation (with saline or silicone implants) is reserved for patients of the appropriate age and after breast development is complete to be considered for implants. If you are unhappy with the shape of your breasts because they appear small or asymmetrical, you could benefit from this surgery. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to weight loss or pregnancy, this surgical procedure can improve the increase in shape and fullness. Implants may also be a welcomed solution if you have a low body fat percentage or have limited original breast tissue.

Dr. lee's Surgical Techniques

Under general anesthesia, Dr. Lee will perform your breast augmentation in an outpatient setting. He believes that the creation of the pocket for the implant is the most important portion of the procedure. Dr. Lee will place the breast implant to sit in a natural position. He will make an incision around the nipple or in the breast crease, which will be decided during your treatment planning stage. During breast augmentation, the incision will be created and then the chosen breast implant will be slipped into its position above or under the muscle. The incisions will be sutured closed, and you will be taken to recovery with our post-op nurses to care for you until discharge.

Augmentation Recovery

Several days after surgery, the swelling will start to decrease, and your breasts should begin to feel normal as they settle into their new position. Individual results vary. Some breast augmentation patients can engage in everyday activities within the first week; however, exercise should be avoided until Dr. Lee approves for you to resume your activities. Breast augmentation creates beautiful outcomes that should feel and appear natural. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your fees for breast augmentation (from the planning stages to recovery) will vary depending on your surgical plan. Once you have decided on your treatment, Dr. Lee will talk to you about estimated costs (as well as financing options). 

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your treatment plan may include breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both. A breast lift removes excess skin and raises the breasts to a perkier position on the chest wall. Augmentation addresses the size and shape of the breasts. Implants will not improve breast sag the way you think they would. During your consultation with Dr. Lee, he will listen to your concerns and goals before explaining your treatment options. A breast augmentation and breast lift can be part of a mommy makeover to rejuvenate sagging breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Can I have my breast implants removed or replaced?
You may decide that you want to replace or remove your implants. Even if he did not perform your original breast implant placement surgery, Dr. Lee can perform breast revision for you. In a breast revision surgery, your current implants can either be replaced with new implants or just simply removed. Dr. Lee may recommend that you have a breast lift after implants when you are not replacing the tissue. Implants can cause your breast skin to look stretched out once the implant is out. 

If you have any concerns or questions after your breast augmentation, schedule an appointment at L Plastic Surgery.

Enhance Your BReast Assets

Breast augmentation with implants or autologous flaps is safe and produces exciting results for women. With numerous augmentation options, you can create the look you have always dreamed of at L Plastic Surgery. Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is pleased to provide breast augmentation to women who qualify, and we welcome you to learn more. Contact L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to plan your first office visit with Dr. Lee.

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