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Breast Augmentation

At South Bay Plastic Surgeons in Torrance, our breast augmentation specialists have helped hundreds of women from Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, and other nearby communities achieve more feminine, shapelier breasts. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures we perform, and many of our patients recommend friends or family members to our practice. It’s important to understand that excellent, natural-looking results are not easily achieved; you should choose a skilled plastic surgeon to guide you through the various preoperative decisions that will influence your final outcome.

To find out if breast augmentation can give you the enhanced breast size and shape you want, request a consultation online, or call South Bay Plastic Surgeons at (310) 784-0644 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Getting breast implants is a decision that most of our Torrance patients carefully consider for months, or even years, before they undergo surgery. For women who have been self-conscious about their bodies for much of their lives, or for those who have lost volume over time, the physical transformation is often matched by increased self-esteem and confidence. Patients who have realistic expectations about the procedure’s results and who are pursuing breast enhancement for themselves, and not based on what someone else thinks, tend to be extremely satisfied with the outcome. Women who want to restore volume lost after having children may also need to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift if their breasts are sagging.

“I was referred to South Bay Plastic Surgeons by a friend for my breast augmentation surgery. They were beyond wonderful. Everything was easy and they are so accommodating with scheduling…They are the best!”

— Yelp user J.K. from Palos Verdes Peninsula

What Sets Us Apart

South Bay Plastic Surgeons is committed to our patients’ safety and satisfaction. We strive to deliver exceptional results in a number of ways:

  • Safety: Our surgeons use the Keller Funnel® to perform a “no touch” implant placement that decreases the risk of capsular contracture.
  • Minimal Scarring: We use multiple-layer suture closure to encourage the best possible incision healing.
  • Implant Sizers: During consultations, we provide sizers that allow you to “try on” various implant sizes in order to achieve the most symmetrical result possible.
  • 3-D Imaging: We use the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system to help you visualize and adjust your outcome before surgery.
  • Comfort: To minimize post-op discomfort, we inject local medication during the procedure.
  • Implant Options: We offer saline, form-stable silicone (“gummy bear”), and structured (“ideal implant”) options.

Breast Augmentation Decisions

The key to choosing a plastic surgeon who can give you the results you are looking for is finding one who uses specialized techniques instead of relying on a favorite method and ignoring your individual needs. There are many options available to tailor the results to your expectations. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend a breast lift in addition to the breast enlargement procedure to improve both the shape and size of your breasts. Learn more below about some of the factors you’ll need to decide on prior to your augmentation procedure.

Implant Size & Shape

The women who visit us for breast enlargement have a variety of implant choices, particularly when it comes to material, size, and shape. Standard round implants are dome-shaped. They provide the upper breast fullness that has become popular in magazines and on television. Anatomical implants, on the other hand, are somewhat teardrop-shaped and provide a more natural appearance. With anatomical implants, patients can augment and enhance their breasts and look like they never had surgery.
Vectra imaging graphic
Implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters, or cc, rather than bra cup sizes, which can be inconsistent. You probably have a size in mind that you’d like to achieve, but it’s important to remember that sizes can look a lot different on 2 different women, depending on how much breast tissue they already have. We’ll measure you and make a recommendation that meets your goals. You can also schedule a consultation with our specialist, and we’ll use our VECTRA® 3-D imaging system to see how you could look with different size and shape options.

Implant Material: Silicone vs. Saline

Our surgeons are skilled in performing breast augmentation using either saline or silicone breast implants. Your surgeon will talk with you in more detail about the benefits of each implant type so you can make an informed choice based on your priorities. Here’s a look at the advantages of each:

Saline Implants Silicone Implants
Smaller incisions needed because implants are filled after being inserted, which also means size can be fine-tuned Slightly longer incisions needed because implants are pre-filled
Cost less than silicone implants Cost more than saline implants
Saline, a safe saltwater solution, is naturally absorbed by the body in the rare case of rupture Form-stable silicone doesn’t leak from the implant even in the rare case of rupture
It’s obvious when they rupture It’s not obvious when they rupture, so regular screening to monitor implants is advised
Below-the-muscle placement preferred, particularly for patients with little existing breast tissue Less likely to have visible rippling or wrinkling than saline implants, so they’re a better choice for above-the-muscle placement
Firmer, less natural feel More natural look and feel

The Ideal Implant

The Ideal Implant represents an exciting new alternative to traditional saline and silicone implants. The implant is filled with saline, but it has baffles, or layers, that make it feel more like silicone. The Ideal Implant incorporates patented technology, allowing it to feel more similar to silicone and more like natural breast tissue. The baffle technology also reduces the chance of rippling or firmness that some patients complained of with saline implants in the past.

The Ideal Implant was approved by the FDA in 2014 with availability to a limited number of surgeons across the country starting in late 2015. South Bay Plastic Surgeons is proud to be able to offer the Ideal Implant to patients in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Long Beach, and other communities throughout the Los Angeles area. We encourage you to come in for a consultation with one of our surgeons to see the Ideal Implant for yourself. Our surgeons can then help you decide if the Ideal Implant is the right choice for you.

The Ideal Implant

Ideal Implant

Standard silicone implant

Standard Silicone Implant

Photos courtesy of Ideal Implant Incorporated

Implant Placement

During your augmentation procedure, your surgeon creates a pocket in each breast that holds the implant. That pocket can be in 1 of 2 places: just behind the breast tissue but in front of the pectoral muscle, or behind the muscle. The decision about where to place the implant is influenced by physical factors, the style and shape of the implants, and whether you lead an active lifestyle.

Breast augmentation implants
  • Above the muscle: Called subglandular placement, this option is a good choice for women with enough existing breast tissue to camouflage the implants. Visible rippling or wrinkling is more likely when the volume of breast tissue doesn’t adequately cover the implant.
  • Below the muscle: Called submuscular placement, this option is a good choice for patients with thin skin and little breast tissue. It’s also a common choice for women who are getting anatomically shaped implants because the muscle helps prevent the implants from rotating within the pockets. Implants that are placed below the muscle also allow for better visibility of breast tissue during mammograms. This can be important to women who have a family history of breast cancer.

Incision Locations

Breast augmentation incisions can be in 1 of 3 locations. You and your surgeon discuss the benefits of each choice to help you decide which is right for you.

Vectra imaging graphic
  • Inframammary: This is a horizontal incision made just above the crease where the breast skin attaches to the chest. It is the most commonly used incision, and the resulting scar is not visible in a bra or bikini top.
  • Periareolar: This is a U-shaped incision made along the lower border of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). The resulting scar is hidden in the natural color transition from the areola to the breast skin.
  • Transaxillary: This incision is made in the armpit. This is a good choice for women who scar easily and are concerned about the visibility of incisions made on the breast itself.

All 3 of these incisions can be used to place implants over or under the muscle.


Recovery Tips

Prepare before surgery. Prepare a few meals ahead of time, tidy up your house, take care of errands, and have books, magazines, the remote, or a tablet computer at the ready.

Schedule your surgery near the end of the week, if possible. Most of our breast augmentation patients return to work about 5 days after the surgery.

Follow doctor’s orders. Patients who stick to their plans tend to heal and recover the quickest.

Move around. You won’t be running right off the bat, but it’s important to get up and walk around on the day of your surgery.

The advanced surgical techniques our surgeons use help patients recover with minimal discomfort in only a few days. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. You are encouraged to rest in the days immediately after surgery. Any discomfort is manageable with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Our office can also arrange a pain pump for those patients who are especially susceptible to pain. You will have a special support bra to wear after your procedure, and we will provide instructions for taking care of your incisions, bathing, and other details.

Although each patient’s recovery experience is unique, most are comfortable returning to work and their regular activities in about 5 to 7 days. You should start walking as soon as you can after your procedure, and you can resume other exercise gradually over the following weeks as your incisions heal and your swelling subsides. Your surgeon will clear you for certain activities during follow-up appointments. You can also contact us at any time with questions.

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