Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills
Consultation: 30 min
Procedure: 1 1/2 Hours
Recovery: 1 Week
Duration of Results: Permanent
A woman’s breasts are a vital part of her femininity and her self-esteem. When a woman is not happy with their size or shape, it can affect her confidence, her sense of comfort in the clothing she wears, and even her intimate relationships. Breast augmentation is a way to add fullness to the breasts while enhancing their shape and correcting noticeable asymmetries. Beverly Hills breast surgeon Dr. David Mashhadian has extensive experience in breast enhancement procedures of all types, and will help you create the sensual curves you want while maintaining an attractive proportion and balance to the body profile overall.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation or enlargement uses a variety of implants to create the look and fullness patients desire. With different shapes, sizes and profiles of implants to choose from, the process can be tailored to the unique body proportions and desired results of each patient. The procedure can also be further customized in terms of implant placement and incision location to ensure every woman achieves results that are natural, comfortable, and beautiful.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Optimal candidates for breast augmentation are women with one or more of the following concerns:
- Breasts that are smaller than they would like
- Breasts that are severely asymmetrical in size or shape
- Changes to the breasts as a result of pregnancy, nursing or the aging process
Women seeking this surgery should be in relatively good health and non-smokers. Smokers will be asked to quit a few weeks before and after surgery to avoid potential complications. At your initial consultation, Dr. Mashhadian will evaluate you and take into account your concerns to determine whether breast augmentation will be a safe and effective option for you.
Options in Breast Augmentation
When you decide to move forward with breast augmentation, you will have various decisions to make in preparation for your procedure. One of the first will be the type of implant you want to use, which might include:
These feature a silicone shell that is filled with saline after they are placed in the breast pocket, allowing for greater precision in the augmentation process. They are appropriate for younger patients, as the FDA has approved them for women age 18 and over. They also tend to be less expensive. However, there are drawbacks to saline implants as well. If a saline implant ruptures, the results will quickly become apparent when the outer appearance of the breast also changes.
Silicone implants also have a silicone shell but come pre-filled with a silicone gel inside. These devices are available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate many different body proportions. They also offer various shapes and profiles, so you can select the implant that will provide you with the most natural, proportionate result. Silicone implants are approved for women age 21 and over. While they require a longer incision in most cases, they tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue in most cases and ruptures will not be immediately apparent.
Form Stable Implants Also known as “gummy bears,” this relative newcomer to the breast implant scene features a more durable form and texture that is similar to gummy bear candies. While they have characteristics that are attractive to many women, including fewer ruptures and lower incidences of rippling, these implants are on the firmer side.
The good news is that a variety of implant options allows us to tailor your procedure to your needs based on the look and feel you desire. Dr. Mashhadian will go through each option with you to ensure you choose the implant type that will fit most closely with your personal preferences.
Size and Profile
No matter which type of implants you choose, you will also need to select the shape and profile that works best for you. Implants come in both round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes. Round implants offer more upper breast pole fullness, which may be attractive to some women and unattractive to others. Anatomical implants feature a natural breast slope, which may not provide sufficient fullness for some women.
The profile of the implant refers to how much it projects from the breast wall. Some women prefer a higher profile to achieve a more dramatic result, while others may want a low to moderate profile to produce a more natural-looking enhancement. Dr. Mashhadian will listen carefully to the effect you hope to obtain, so he can help choose the best size and profile for you.
There are two basic placement options for your breast implants:
The implant is placed between the breast tissue and the pectoralis (chest) muscle. This implant placement is often not recommended for patients with less soft-tissue coverage because the edges of the implant are more likely to be apparent on the outside of the breast. External rippling may also be a more significant concern, and capsular contracture rates may be somewhat higher with this placement option.
The implant is placed beneath the pectoralis muscle, with either a portion of the muscle covering the implant or total muscle coverage. This technique offers the best coverage of the implants, which is beneficial for women with a limited amount of natural breast tissue. However, individuals who do a lot of strength training or weight lifting may not like the distortion of the chest muscle during exercise with this placement option.
Dr. Mashhadian uses four different types of incisions during the breast augmentation procedures he performs:
- Periareolar incision – made around the areola, the colored area surrounding the nipple
- Inframammary incision – extends horizontally underneath the breast in the breast crease
- Transaxillary incision – created in the armpit to eliminate visible scarring on the breast
- Transumbilical (TUBA) incision – made in the belly button to ensure no visible scarring after the procedure Trans-abdominoplasty incision – much like TUBA, but for patients undergoing a full-body Mommy Makeover transformation. The implants are placed during a tummy tuck procedure to eliminate extra incisions and post-operative scarring
No matter which incision is used for your procedure, Dr. Mashhadian will carefully place them in locations where they will be least noticeable after surgery. Women are usually pleased to discover that scarring after breast augmentation is safely hidden under clothing or bathing suits so that they can flaunt their new breasts with confidence. Before your surgery, Dr. Mashhadian will walk you through the decision-making process, guiding you through each choice to ensure your procedure is ultimately targeted to your specific needs and desired outcome. By the time your surgery date arrives, you should feel confident of your choices and prepared for the surgery and recovery process that lies ahead.
How it Works
Breast augmentation surgery takes about one to three hours at our cosmetic surgery facility in Beverly Hills. Dr. Mashhadian performs this procedure on an outpatient basis, which means you should be able to return home the same day as your surgery. Patients may receive either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, based on other medical conditions they might have and whether they are comfortable sleeping through the procedure. Like the other decisions surrounding breast augmentation, Dr. Mashhadian will support you through each of these choices to ensure your procedure is precisely geared to your concerns, body proportions and aesthetic goals.
During the surgery, Dr. Mashhadian will make the incisions you previously discussed to insert the implants into the breast pocket or underneath the muscle. He uses state-of-the-art techniques for this process to lower your risk of infection and produce the best possible results. Once the implants are in place, he will suture the incisions closed, using tiny stitches with the goal of minimizing visible scarring after surgery.
Dr. Mashhadian will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection in addition to any pain medication needed to manage discomfort in the first few days following surgery. Bruising and swelling are common following breast augmentation surgery, but instructions are given to minimize these side effects as much as possible. Patients are required to wear a surgical bra that provides additional support to the breasts as they are healing. Strenuous activity and direct stimulation of the breasts are discouraged for four to six weeks. Dr. Mashhadian will advise you when it is safe to resume all your regular activities based on your recovery process.
Expectations for Results
It is essential to go into your breast augmentation with realistic expectations, to ensure this surgery has the positive effect you are after. Be sure to discuss all your surgical and non-surgical options with Dr. Mashhadian at your initial consultation, to make sure breast augmentation is the best choice for you. He will take the time to explain the procedure, recovery process and results, so you are prepared for what lies ahead.
To find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, please call 310-652-4500 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mashhadian at Rodeo Surgical Art. You may also request a consultation online or speak to a member of our staff at our Beverly Hills office to have your preliminary questions answered. Our Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon proudly serves Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and surrounding California communities.