Breast AugmentationBreast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, or “breast implant surgery,” is a surgical procedure that aims to enhance the size and appearance of the breasts to achieve symmetry. Within this article, we will touch upon the benefits, ideal candidates, recovery, pricing and so much more about the breast augmentation procedure.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation aims to restore volume and increase size of the breast through placement of saline or silicone implants or fat transfer under the chest muscle or breast tissue, which creates a more attractive and balanced figure.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) defines this procedure as:

“Breast augmentation, also known as "breast aug" or "boob job", involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts, to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, to achieve a more rounded shape, or to improve natural breast size asymmetry.”

The goal of an augmentation mammoplasty is to either augment the breasts or restore the volume, however it is not the same procedure as a breast lift. Some women may need to undergo a breast lift and breast augmentation in order to achieve the appearance of fuller looking breasts they desire.

These options are something you will discuss with Dr. William Rahal during your initial consultation. An augmentation has been found to make a woman feel beautiful and more confident within their body.

Candidates for breast augmentation

The best candidates for a breast augmentation procedure are those who fully understand all aspects of the procedure and the factors that lie within it. It is essential to have realistic expectations and a positive mindset.

It is important that the patient be in good health standing with no underlying heart, lung, and neurological conditions. The ideal candidate for the surgery are individuals who wish to enhance the size of their breasts and are ready to dedicate a few weeks for post-operative care for the best breast results.

Benefits of getting Breast Augmentation

Over the last decade, the number of breast enhancements performed has been increasing at an astonishing rate, and for good reason.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the breast enhancement or “boob job” procedure has ranked number as one of most frequently performed cosmetic procedures since 2006.

A breast enlargement is done for several reasons which can vary depending on the woman and her goals. One of the main benefits of this procedure is to enlarge women’s naturally small breasts and restore symmetry. Others seek this procedure in order to restore the shape and size of their breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. Additionally, it can serve as a reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy.

Regardless of your reason for undergoing a breast cosmetic procedure, Dr. William Rahal can give you results that will undoubtedly boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Types of Breast Implants

Many women wonder which implants provide the most “natural looking” breast augmentation results during their initial consultation. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. William Rahal will explain that there are two different natural breasts implant options - saline vs. silicone.

Breast implants come in different sizes, shapes, and textures ; however, depending on various factors specific to the patient’s health, age, and personal goals, the doctor will decide (together with the patient) which breast implant option is best.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants contain an outer casing of silicone with silicone gel inside. The gel has a sticky and thick consistency mimicking the texture of human fat. Silicone implants offer:

  • Various sizes ranging from 100-1000 cc
  • Textured or smooth shells
  • Most “natural feeling” breast implant
  • Great option for women over the age of 22

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants also have a silicone outer shell but are most often filled during the procedure with sterile salt water. While some implants come pre-filled, most Beverly Hills breast specialists prefer to insert them empty and fill them once there are in the right place.

Saline implants offer:

  • Various sizes ranging from 100-1000 cc
  • Textured or smooth shells
  • More appropriate sizing due to being filled after insertion
  • Great option for women over the age of 18

Preparing for a breast enlargement surgery

Dr. Rahal understands that preparing for your breast procedure can be overwhelming and nerve-wrecking. At the initial consultation, Dr. Rahal will perform a physical exam and run through your complete medical history to ensure that you are an ideal candidate.

He may also recommend a mammogram to track any possible changes in breast tissue. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of pre-operative safety instructions that you must follow.

Some of these may include:

  • Blood work or nicotine testing laboratory weeks prior to surgery
  • Stop intake of blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and Vitamin E two weeks prior to surgery
  • Stop smoking all nicotine products one month prior to surgery
  • Stop drinking alcohol a week before and a week after your surgery

Breast Enhancement Surgery Recovery

Breast enhancement recovery time varies from patient to patient. While some may heal quickly, others may have a longer period of recovery and healing. Pain and discomfort is expected for the first few weeks after surgery, therefore patients should refrain from:

  • lifting
  • pushing
  • pulling heavy objects

Some women experience difficulty sleeping due to the fact that patients cannot lie on your stomach after undergoing breast surgery. Doctors recommend that patients sleep on their side or back through the help of body pillows to provide adequate support until the breasts are fully healed.

Patients may need to refrain from work for up to two weeks to recover while others return within a week. This all depends on the type of work load and the patient’s healing progress. However, patients are prescribed with pain medication to help manage any possible discomfort.

For more information on Breast augmentation, call us today at (424) 512-1902 to schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills Breast Augmentation specialist Dr. William Rahal.