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Breast augmentation with implants, often referred to as breast enlargement, or colloquially as a ‘boob job’, is one of the most popular procedures at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery here in Beverly Hills – in fact, it has been the top cosmetic surgical procedure in the States every year since 2006.
Breast augmentation is a very personal surgery. Each patient is unique, and the surgeon must take into account the patient’s anatomy, physiology, desires, and expectations to create the best plan for optimal results. Because of this, it’s important to choose a board-certified surgeon with a high level of experience – not just in breast augmentation surgery itself, but in helping patients choose which procedure is right for them, and guiding them through the process skillfully.
Dr. Steve Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini offer breast augmentation surgery with implants at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery in Los Angeles. With their in-depth knowledge of breast augmentation techniques, they can achieve well-hidden incisions, natural-looking implant placement, and custom implant sizes and types for each patient based on her goals, body type and lifestyle.
Put simply, breast augmentation surgery involves a surgeon making an incision, creating a pocket where the implant will sit, and then inserting the implant to sit evenly and naturally. However, there are a number of factors and considerations that go into breast augmentation in order to achieve the patient’s desired results and ensure a natural look – such as the size, type, and shape of the implant, where the implant will be placed, and the incision location.
If a woman is unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of her breasts, breast augmentation surgery may be an option. The most common reasons women choose to have breast implants is to increase the size of their breasts, have reconstruction after a mastectomy, regain size or shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or to rectify asymmetry in the breasts. However, you will need to refrain from or delay breast augmentation if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have breast cancer or an abnormal mammogram, or are currently ill or treating infection.
There are two types of breast implants: saline-filled (saltwater solution) and silicone gel-filled. Both have a silicone outer shell and can vary in size, shell thickness, shell surface texture, and shape (contour) to achieve the patient’s desired look and feel.
At a consultation with Dr. Svehlak or Dr. Yamini, up to an hour will be scheduled in order to understand the reasons for wanting surgery, address any concerns and questions, discuss the available or appropriate procedures, and undergo an exam to make sure the size and types of breast implants are exactly what the patient has in mind.
Saline Implants for Breast Augmentation
Saline is a solution frequently used to fill breast implants. To use a saline implant, your doctor will first insert either a round or teardrop-shaped silicone shell into a pre-made pocket within the tissue, then fill it to the desired size. This method allows for smaller incisions, since the opening does not need to accommodate a full-size implant.
Many women find that breast augmentation with saline implants creates breasts that are firmer to the touch.
Silicone Implants for Breast Augmentation
Advances in breast augmentation technology led to the creation of silicone implants, which come pre-filled with a fat-like gel. Like saline, silicone can be used in either round or teardrop-shaped implants, which may feel softer and more natural than shells filled with salt water.
Since silicone breast implants are inserted as-is, the incisions are necessarily larger. Also, in the event of a rupture, a leak may not be noticeable, so periodic check-ups are necessary for any woman who chooses this type for breast augmentation.
Since it is basically just salt water, saline is sterile and safe in the event of a rupture, which would likely be visually noticeable. In such a case, the deflated shell can be removed, and a new implant inserted in its place to maintain the results of the initial breast augmentation.
Form Stable Silicone Implants for Breast Augmentation
Known as “gummy bear implants,” shells filled with form stable gel are an even more advanced development in the breast augmentation field. These implants have a very natural feel, but in the case of a rupture, the gel is so cohesive, it will stay in the shell without leaking.
As noted above, breast augmentation is typically accomplished with implants that come in one of two shapes: round or teardrop.
The circular shape of these implants means they fill out both the upper and lower sections of the breast, creating a very full look overall. If a round implant happens to rotate within its pocket after breast augmentation surgery, there will likely be no noticeable difference.
Teardrop-shaped breast implants are also known as anatomical implants for the way they mimic the natural slope of the breast. Since these taper from a thinner top to a thicker base, they create fullness that favors the lower portion of the breast. Unlike round implants, cases of rotation can be visually obvious.
As with shapes, breast implants come in two different styles: smooth and textured.
Smooth Breast Implants
A smooth silicone shell is more likely to rotate after being implanted, but some breast augmentation patients prefer an implant to have a greater allowance for motion within its pocket, citing the look as more natural.
Textured Breast Implants
A textured silicone shell gives scar tissue a greater opportunity to form in the pocket, which better holds the implant in place and guards against the possibility of rotation. Textured implants are rarely used now because of the small risk of developing lymphoma, specifically BIA-ALCL. Some companies have stopped manufacturing textured implants because of this reason.
The Sunset Cosmetic Surgery team will help each breast augmentation patient decide the ideal size for her body shape and proportions. A woman is obviously free to choose whichever size she desires, but for most, the goal is to add volume for natural-looking results.
We provide before-and-after photos that show the results of breast augmentation surgery at Sunset, with real patients who made the same choices you are making. While no exact outcomes can be duplicated, the images can give you a visual reference that reveals what the size and shape you are considering for your implants could do for you.
At Sunset, we use high-quality Natrelle and Mentor brands implants in all available styles to customize the desired size and profile for each breast augmentation patient. These implants have been vigorously tested and are safe and FDA-approved. Incision location is also something that is customized for each patient. Our goal is always to achieve the least-noticeable scar, wherever you and the doctor decide will be best for you.
The pockets created to hold breast implants may be made either over or under the pectoral muscles.
Your doctor will make a placement recommendation based on several elements, including the amount of breast tissue you have to cover an implant and the type and size of breast implants being used.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon and team will ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout the procedure, and afterward. Breast augmentation surgery usually takes approximately two hours, and you will be placed under anesthesia.
After the surgery, you will have to wear a special surgical bra and/or tape for several weeks to minimize swelling and support your breasts. You may feel tired, and your breasts will feel tender for 24 to 48 hours post-surgery. To help your body heal, it is recommended you take one to two weeks off work and normal activity, and not return to any strenuous activity for at least six weeks.
Following breast augmentation surgery, most patients are able to return to work within a week or so, provided that it doesn’t require heavy lifting or major physical activity. Most patients who come to our practice in Los Angeles for breast augmentation can resume most of their routine activities, including mild exercise, within a few weeks.
Sunset Cosmetic Surgery serves women from Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills , and from around the world seeking breast implants. Cost depends on a variety of factors that take the entire scope of the surgery into account. Since numbers vary from patient to patient, breast augmentation cost is best discussed in person with the doctor during a personalized consultation.
Implants are not the only option when it comes to augmenting breasts. Fat transfer, which makes use of a patient’s own fat, is another technique offered at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery. Patients who are less than satisfied with their augmentation previously performed elsewhere may want breast implant revision, or even removal.
Breast augmentation adds volume to breasts, but it does not raise them higher on the chest or change the position of downward-pointing nipples. For perkier breasts with more projection, women can opt for a breast lift.
In the opposite direction, breast reduction can make breasts smaller for women looking to reduce the physical discomfort or look associated with overly large breasts.
There is no wrong way to approach your breasts, from augmentation to a lift to reduction. Dr. Steve Svehlak and Dr. Dan Yamini will work with you to help you decide what procedure will change your silhouette the way you want it changed via safe, effective surgery.
One of our unique offers available to all patients is the opportunity to see both Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini in your consultation and receive their combined expertise when considering if breast augmentation is suitable for you. As leading cosmetic surgeons in West Hollywood, they strive to provide the best possible experience throughout your personal journey.
Breast augmentation can be a life-changing surgery – helping to restore shape, size, and confidence. If you’re considering breast augmentation or would like to explore your options, contact Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini to book a consultation.
Both Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini are double board-certified in both general and plastic surgery, with years of experience with breastwork. Cited amongst the top plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, they are often the first choice for patients who have had a procedure elsewhere and are undergoing revision surgery. Both doctors take pride in providing an excellent experience and natural results for their patients.
We start by removing fat from other parts of the body through liposuction, then collecting and preparing the fat, and finally, carefully re-injecting that fat into the breasts to boost volume.
Removing unwanted fat from certain areas of your body (tummy, sides, thighs, arms, etc) and making them more shapely. We can also use your own fat as a natural substance to augment your breasts. No foreign implant also means less potential complications.
As with any surgery, there are some rare but possible risks and side effects include infection, numbness, breakage or leakage, as well as capsular contracture (scar tissue becoming hard or tight). Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini take all possible care and precaution to mitigate or prevent side effects during surgery.
Every surgery is different, and therefore this influences pricing. We offer several payment options, as well as the ability to finance your treatment with a full range of extended payment plans through CareCredit®.
We have provided before and after pictures to help you visualize how our procedures can transform your appearance. These pictures depict real patients and contain nudity.
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