Breast Augmentation San Francisco
Performed by The Maas Clinic
Breast augmentation in San Francisco is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.
The Maas Clinic specializes in a variety of popular breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation, breast implants, breast lift, breast reconstruction and breast reduction.
Women that feel the size of their breasts are disproportionate to the rest of their bodies may consider breast augmentation as a way to enhance their curves and bring balance to their profiles. Some women also choose the procedure due to changes that have taken place with their breasts, due to pregnancy and breast feeding, weight loss or the aging process. The process of undergoing a breast augmentation is highly individualized, and our plastic surgeons will put together a plan for surgery that will help you get the results you are after.
Breast augmentation can meet other aesthetic goals besides simply adding size and fullness to the breasts. Some women opt for this procedure if their breasts are noticeably different size or shapes, which can make them feel self-conscious in bathing suits or different types of clothing. Women may also choose breast augmentation as part of the reconstruction process after breast cancer treatment.
Choices in Breast Augmentation
The decision to get breast implants in the Bay Area is just the first step in a series of choices women need to make before having this procedures. Some of those options include:
Breast Implant Types
Breast implants are synthetic devices comprised of a silicone shell and filled with either a sterile saline solution or silicone material. Some silicone implants today, known as cohesive gel implants, feature a slightly different variation of a silicone material that tends to hold its shape better, even if the implant is damaged. Most surgeons offer all three of these options in their practices and will help women choose the best implant based on their specific needs and desired results.
Size, Shape, Profile and Texture
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes to accommodate every woman’s body shape and aesthetic goals. Implants are available in both a round shape and a teardrop shape. The teardrop shape more closely mimics the look of the natural breast, but not all women like having less fullness at the top of the breast. In addition, if the teardrop implant turns in the breast, it will affect the outward appearance of the breast.
Profile refers to the way in which the implant projects from the breast and include low, moderate and high profile. Choice will depend on the width of the patient’s chest, overall body proportions and personal preference as far as desired result. Breast implants can also be smooth or textured, offering patients yet another way to customize their procedure to their specific needs.
Incisions and Implant Placement
There are three basic choices for incision placement during breast augmentation; inframammary (in the breast crease), transaxillary (in the armpit) and periareolar (around the areola). The choice of incision placement will depend on the personal preference of the patient, the type of implant used and the advice of the plastic surgeon. No matter where the incision is placed, care will be taken to ensure visible scarring after the procedure is minimal. Implants can also be placed above or below the pectoral muscle of the chest, with pros and cons for each of these placements.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is generally performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The entire procedure typically takes 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the technique used and whether other procedures will be performed at the same time. Once the implants are in the proper place in the breast tissue, the incisions are carefully closed using small sutures to minimize visible scarring after the procedure.
In some cases, a breast lift may be performed at the same time as the breast augmentation. This procedure involves removal of excess skin and repositioning the breast to a higher, more youthful location on the chest. This procedure may involve different incisions and may take a bit longer than standard breast augmentation. However, some patients find the addition of the lift procedure provides them with even better results than augmentation alone.
Post Operative Care
Following breast augmentation surgery, patients are given a post-surgical compression bra that helps to manage swelling and hold the breasts in the proper position as they heal. Patients can still expect a degree of swelling and bruising, which can usually be managed with ice and oral pain medication. Some patients may also leave the surgical center with small drains placed in the incisions to prevent fluid buildup and infection in the surgical sites. These drains are generally removed by the surgeon a few days after the procedure.
Patients can usually return to work within two weeks after their procedure, as long as their job does not involve any heavy stretching or lifting. Strenuous exercise will be restricted for a number of weeks to give the breasts ample time to fully heal. The closer patients follow the recovery instructions by their plastic surgeon, the quicker and easier the recovery process will be.
Preliminary results of breast augmentation can be seen right away, but full results will not become evident until a few months later after swelling has completed subsided and the breasts have healed. It is important to care for incisions properly during the healing process and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight during the first few months after surgery to ensure they fade as much as possible.
Once the results are seen, they will be long-lasting and even permanent for some patients. Although most breast implants are only approved for 10 years of use, many last much longer than that. Most plastic surgeons advise patients not to worry about changing their implants unless they have problems with them or decide to have them removed or changed to a different size at some point in the future.
Dr. Maas has an extensive network of plastic surgeons specializing in breast augmentation in San Francisco and surrounding areas. For a referral to a surgeon in your area, please call (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.