Breast Augmentation

Do your small breasts prevent you from having curves and a more feminine shape? A bustline that doesn’t create beautifully balanced proportions can be a source of anxiety for many women. Breast augmentation uses implants to enhance the size and shape of your breasts, creating a wonderfully curvaceous appearance.

Your Breast Augmentation Journey

Your Goals

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation surgery should be for your own personal reasons. We recommend that women who are considering breast enhancement have a vision for what they want their breasts to look like. Compiling photos of your ideal breast appearance is helpful in determining your goals. It’s important to remember that breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. We will tailor your breast augmentation to your body type and your wants. Dr. Andreasen will help guide you through the decision process to ensure we reach your aesthetic goals.

Your Consultation

Dr. Andreasen is a leading breast expert in the Inland Empire, performing over 400 breast procedures each year. He understands both the emotional and physical needs that his breast augmentation patients have, and he knows the best solutions to meet those needs. During your consultation, Dr. Andreasen evaluates your body type, medical history, and goals. He balances these factors to recommend the best options for your procedure. Implant simulators may be used to help you determine ideal implant size.

Your Look

Implants may be the only technique you need to achieve your ideal breast look. However, if you have been pregnant, undergone recent weight loss, or have age-related laxity, then you may need to consider a breast lift with your augmentation. If you have lost breast volume but also experience sagging, implants alone won’t give you the quality, long-lasting results you deserve. Dr. Andreasen will make his breast lift recommendation during your consultation after a detailed physical examination.
  • Implant Type

    Saline Implants – A saline implant is an elastomer silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants are FDA approved for women 18 years or older.

    • Saline implants are considered the safest option because the solution filler can be easily absorbed by the body in the event of a rupture.
    • Expandable saline implants can be adjusted during surgery for customized sizing.
    • They are available in both smooth and textured options.
    • Saline implants are more prone to visible ripples and may feel less natural when compared to silicone options.

    Silicone Implants – A silicone implant is a silicone shell comprised of a form stable, cohesive gel. Implants are FDA approved for women 22 years or older.

    • It better simulates the natural look and feel of breast tissue, which is why it is commonly preferred implant option.
    • They may benefit women with thinner breast tissue better because it has softer implant edges.
    • The implants are available in both smooth and textured options.
    • Since silicone implants are prefilled, your incision options may be more limited or larger in size.
  • Incisions

    Dr. Andreasen’s incision options are performed to leave inconspicuous scars. The type of implant you choose for your procedure will impact which incision is best for you.

    • Periareolar – An incision is created around the areola.
    • Inframammary – An incision is placed along the lower breast crease.
  • Placement

    The placement of your implants can impact the overall shape and positioning of your breasts. Implant placement can significantly impact the look of your breasts depending on the thickness of your breast tissue.

    • Subglandular – The implants are placed under the glandular tissue of the breasts but over the pectoral muscle. This prevents distortion of the implant during muscle contraction.
    • Submuscular – The implants are placed under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscles. This placement creates a more natural breast slope, and it helps to mask implant edges in women with thinner breast tissue.
  • Size

    The best implant size for you is determined based on your frame and aesthetic desires. Smaller implants can make a dramatic difference if you have a more petite frame; whereas larger implants may be necessary to achieve your ideal shape if you have a wider bustline. The size of your implants will affect the ultimate size of your breast, but it is only one factor in the overall appearance of your breasts.

Saline Implants – A saline implant is an elastomer silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants are FDA approved for women 18 years or older.

  • Saline implants are considered the safest option because the solution filler can be easily absorbed by the body in the event of a rupture.
  • Expandable saline implants can be adjusted during surgery for customized sizing.
  • They are available in both smooth and textured options.
  • Saline implants are more prone to visible ripples and may feel less natural when compared to silicone options.

Silicone Implants – A silicone implant is a silicone shell comprised of a form stable, cohesive gel. Implants are FDA approved for women 22 years or older.

  • It better simulates the natural look and feel of breast tissue, which is why it is commonly preferred implant option.
  • They may benefit women with thinner breast tissue better because it has softer implant edges.
  • The implants are available in both smooth and textured options.
  • Since silicone implants are prefilled, your incision options may be more limited or larger in size.

Dr. Andreasen’s incision options are performed to leave inconspicuous scars. The type of implant you choose for your procedure will impact which incision is best for you.

  • Periareolar – An incision is created around the areola.
  • Inframammary – An incision is placed along the lower breast crease.

The placement of your implants can impact the overall shape and positioning of your breasts. Implant placement can significantly impact the look of your breasts depending on the thickness of your breast tissue.

  • Subglandular – The implants are placed under the glandular tissue of the breasts but over the pectoral muscle. This prevents distortion of the implant during muscle contraction.
  • Submuscular – The implants are placed under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscles. This placement creates a more natural breast slope, and it helps to mask implant edges in women with thinner breast tissue.

The best implant size for you is determined based on your frame and aesthetic desires. Smaller implants can make a dramatic difference if you have a more petite frame; whereas larger implants may be necessary to achieve your ideal shape if you have a wider bustline. The size of your implants will affect the ultimate size of your breast, but it is only one factor in the overall appearance of your breasts.

Concerns

  • Recovery

    Choosing to undergo breast augmentation surgery should be for your own personal reasons. We recommend that women who are considering breast enhancement have a vision for what they want their breasts to look like. Compiling photos of your ideal breast appearance is helpful in determining your goals. It’s important to remember that breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. We will tailor your breast augmentation to your body type and your wants. Dr. Andreasen will help guide you through the decision process to ensure we reach your aesthetic goals.

  • Scars

    The visibility of your scarring will depend on incision placement and your body’s natural healing ability. Dr. Andreasen uses incision techniques to help minimize scar development. Most scarring is either inconspicuous, or it will fade over time.

  • Cost

    The cost of your breast augmentation will vary depending on a number of factors. Implant material, surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees will all affect the final cost of your breast augmentation. Dr. Andreasen will provide a detailed quote during your consultation. Financing options are available to qualifying patients.

  • Pain

    General anesthesia is used during your surgery to ensure patient safety and comfort. You may feel discomfort following your procedure as your body acclimates to the new pressure of your implants. Oral pain medication is prescribed to help control postoperative discomfort.

Recovery

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation surgery should be for your own personal reasons. We recommend that women who are considering breast enhancement have a vision for what they want their breasts to look like. Compiling photos of your ideal breast appearance is helpful in determining your goals. It’s important to remember that breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. We will tailor your breast augmentation to your body type and your wants. Dr. Andreasen will help guide you through the decision process to ensure we reach your aesthetic goals.

Scars

The visibility of your scarring will depend on incision placement and your body’s natural healing ability. Dr. Andreasen uses incision techniques to help minimize scar development. Most scarring is either inconspicuous, or it will fade over time.

Cost

The cost of your breast augmentation will vary depending on a number of factors. Implant material, surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees will all affect the final cost of your breast augmentation. Dr. Andreasen will provide a detailed quote during your consultation. Financing options are available to qualifying patients.

Pain

General anesthesia is used during your surgery to ensure patient safety and comfort. You may feel discomfort following your procedure as your body acclimates to the new pressure of your implants. Oral pain medication is prescribed to help control postoperative discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?

    You should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about your results. Women considering breast augmentation may have underdeveloped breasts, poorly proportioned breasts, or an asymmetrical breast appearance.

  • Do breast implants impact your ability to breastfeed?

    Certain placement techniques may affect your ability to breastfeed. It is important to discuss these concerns with Dr. Andreasen during your consultation.

  • Does breast augmentation cause you to lose sensation in your nipples?

    While you may experience some initial loss of nipple sensation, this is not usually permanent. Most patients do not have any long-lasting effects.

  • What are the complications associated with breast augmentation surgery?

    Like with any surgery, bleeding and infection are the most common risks. While rare, other complications can include implant ruptures/leaks, capsular contracture, or issues associated with tissue laxity.

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