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.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"When you want work done to your body or face, you want to make sure you go to the right doctor. It took me years to finally choose one and I'm so glad I chose Dr. Lee. He is an amazing surgeon and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants any procedures done. It's been 5 weeks since I got breast augmentation and they're healing very well. The scars are very light and will get even lighter after time. He will give you his honest opinion about your suggestions and will make you look very natural. Most doctors just want your money and do whatever you want, but Dr. Lee cares about his reputation and that's why he gets so many referrals. I have a ton of friends who are going to him after seeing my breasts. I absolutely love them :)"- S.R. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2020
"Dr. Lee is amazing! - First off, I was recommended by several patients and & I know exactly why now!! I went to Dr. Lee in August for a breast augmentation consultation, best appointment ever! Well I scheduled my surgery the very same day for early October. As soon as I got to the hospital all I could hear were the praises of how amazing my surgeon is and I have the best of the best. I was all check in and ready for the actual surgery and could not have felt more at ease. The staff were great and Dr. Lee was so calm and reassuring! My experience was absolutely flawless and I am 3 months post op and I feel amazing, my body has bounced back to completely normality! I highly highly recommend Dr. Lee and his amazing team to be the surgeon you choose. Thank so much Dr. Lee for the amazing work you did on me and to his amazing team, Tina & Diana who has walked and guided me though my process every step of the way!"- S. / RealSelf / Dec 19, 2019
"When you want work done to your body or face, you want to make sure you go to the right doctor. It took me years to finally choose one and I’m so glad I chose Dr. Lee. He is an amazing surgeon and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants any procedures done. It’s been 5 weeks since I got breast augmentation and they’re healing very well. The scars are very light and will get even lighter after time. He will give you his honest opinion about your suggestions and will make you look very natural. Most doctors just want your money and do whatever you want, but Dr. Lee cares about his reputation and that’s why he gets so many referrals. I have a ton of friends who are going to him after seeing my breasts. I absolutely love them :)"- S.R. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2020
"For 10 years I thought and considered doing a breast implant. The desire for the procedure intensified a year and half ago and I started searching for the best cosmetic surgeon. I did several consultations with quite a number of them but when I consulted with Dr Lee, I knew without a doubt that he was the surgeon I have been looking for, for a year and half. Apart from great reviews and qualifications of Dr Lee, I felt his passion and excitement for what he does. You could see that he loves his job and genuinely cares about his clients. He took time to explain in great detail, the procedure. Dr Lee and his beautiful, kind staff spent at least two hours with me. I knew that consultation day that my search for the best cosmetic surgeon for my breast implant was over. The day of the surgery October 2019, I was relaxed and ready because I knew I was in good hands. The procedure went smoothly. Dr Lee strictly instructed the nurses how to take care of me to the point of how to position me, that was going above and beyond. I had a follow up with him twice a week. In all the follow ups, he assessed the surgical site and changed the dressing himself. The outcome of my surgery was simply beautiful..perfect. I am grateful to Dr Charles Lee and his staff. He gave me my confidence and happiness back."- N.K. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2021
"Dr. Lee is amazing! He is an extremely knowledgeable, personable, and truly caring surgeon. At my first consultation, I felt comfortable right away. The office is clean and cozy, it was a very “boutique experience” overall. The pre-op appointment was a great experience as well, and it was noticeable that Dr. Lee remembered things about me even from my consultation (where I live, what I do, etc.). It truly made me feel valued as a patient. I felt fully prepared and confident ahead of my surgery date knowing that all of my questions had been answered and that they were always responsive and compassionate. I cannot stress enough how he actually listens to your concerns and delivers on your physical requests all while providing you with honesty which is highly important. Furthermore, his accessibility pre/post-surgery is at the highest golden standard possible. Now that my breast augmentation surgery is complete, they feel and look super natural, and looks AMAZINGG. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t think twice about recommending anyone besides Dr. Lee and his team."- C.P. / Google / Jun 01, 2022
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.
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.