Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, has become the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. For some women, breast augmentation is a way to enhance self-confidence and self-image. For others, breast augmentation is part of the reconstruction process following breast cancer or other conditions that can affect the breast. Yet while the reasons for choosing breast augmentation are always varied, the one thing all women share in common is a desire to feel better about her body and herself.
At South Coast Plastic Surgery, we develop a customized plan for every patient in order to achieve the most natural and beautiful results. Each woman has a unique anatomy, lifestyle, and priorities, and making the right decision for that particular individual is paramount in our practice. By selecting the right implant filler, shape, size, placement and incisions, our highly skilled and exceptionally artistic surgeons deliver the results you have always dreamed of.
If you are dissatisfied with your breasts, please contact South Coast Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation. Dr. Song will work closely with you to develop a surgical plan designed to deliver the look and feel you want.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical enhancement procedure that involves using breast implants to accentuate the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Breast implants can help women achieve a fuller, more symmetrical bust-line and a more contoured aesthetic. They can also help compensate for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, correct a congenital breast defect, and be used in breast reconstruction procedures in order to rebuild the breast after mastectomy or injury.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation surgery are healthy women whose weight is stable. In cases where the breast skin has lost its elasticity, breast augmentation alone will not correct the sagging. These candidates may choose to combine a breast lift (mastopexy) with the breast augmentation in order to create fuller, more natural looking breasts.
Do I need a consultation?
Yes. Every woman is unique. That is why we customize each of our breast augmentation procedures for each individual in order to ensure the best possible outcome and the safest procedure possible. When you meet with Dr. Song, you will discuss a number of issues regarding breast implants, including types, shapes, size, as well as what to expect before, during and after the procedure. Our surgeon will also assess individual factors such as the size of your chest wall, the degree of skin elasticity and the droopiness of the breast along with your personal preferences in order to determine the best way to help achieve your goals.
What is the recovery like?
Following your breast augmentation surgery, you will be sent home in a soft, wire-free, front-opening bra. You will need to wear this bra continuously for the first four to six weeks to facilitate healing and minimize swelling. Post-operative discomfort is directly related to the size of the implant chosen but is readily managed with pain medication and stretching exercise that we urge our patients to begin immediately following surgery. You can expect to resume light activities within a few days and can return to work within one to two weeks. You may begin a light exercise routine in approximately three weeks after surgery, and full physical activity after six weeks.
How natural-looking is a breast augmentation?
You want to make sure you find the right surgeon, the right implant and the right technique to make sure your goals are met. At South Coast Plastic Surgery, most breast augmentation surgeries leave the breasts looking so natural that no one would ever guess you’ve had an augmentation.
Is saline or silicone best?
For women younger than 22 years of age, saline-filled implants are the only commercially available option for cosmetic breast augmentation. Some women opt for saline because they are more comfortable with the idea of an implant made with a saltwater solution. Saline implants are not filled until after insertion, so incisions can be slightly smaller than those for silicone implants.
The majority of women, however, prefer silicone implants as they tend to produce a more natural look and feel. Today’s silicone gel is semi-firm to the touch, yet is still malleable and pliant.
What kind of implants do we offer?
Plastic surgeons in the U.S. have three main choices of manufacturers of silicone and saline breast implants that are FDA approved. South Coast Plastic Surgery offers these three brands – Sientra, Allergan and Mentor. Sientra silicone gel breast implants are available only to board-certified plastic surgeons. Sientra uses the latest in silicone gel technology to produce an implant that is formable. This means that they retain their shape whether you’re standing up or lying down, which prevents them from rippling or folding in their shells. Sientra implants also have low rupture rate, which reduces the risk of a possible secondary surgery due to a ruptured implant. We also offer Mentor cohesive gel implants and Allergan semi-solid implants, both of which increase women’s breast augmentation options significantly.
What is the difference between round and anatomically-shaped implants?
Breast augmentation can be performed using either round implants or teardrop-shaped implants, also known as anatomical implants. While either type of implant can give you beautiful results, it is important to realize that the implant shape will directly impact the appearance of your breasts after surgery.
Round implants provide volume throughout the breast, including the upper portion of the breast. While some women seek this aesthetic, as it gives a full, high look, others believe that this upper volume makes the implants look too unnatural.
Anatomical implants are shaped like a natural breast, with more volume concentrated at the bottom and tapering off toward the top. These teardrop-shaped implants are more popular for use in women with little natural breast tissue or for use in reconstructive surgery. Anatomical implants are also the most common implant shape of choice for older women, as the graduated shape more closely resembles the natural appearance of a breast as it ages.
Interested in learning more about our breast augmentation procedures? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (949) 701-4454. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA and the greater Orange County area.