Enhance your body’s natural curves with a breast augmentation surgery that suits your needs. Dr. Jason is a local UCLA Los Angeles Breast Augmentation plastic surgeon that is skilled in achieving symmetrical, natural-looking breasts with minimal downtime.
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Based on data from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), it is estimated that approximately 6 million women have breast implants in the United States alone. A percentage that continues to grow each year and represents about 5% of all women in the US.
Are you seeking breast augmentation surgery because you are unsatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts? Or are looking to regain that youthful shape you had when you were younger? During your consultation Dr. Jason will guide you through the breast augmentation options and processes, while answering any questions and/or concerns you may have. He will listen to what your are looking to achieve with the surgery in order to deliver the highest quality, natural-looking enhancement you desire.
You can achieve larger, more full breasts from a quality breast augmentation surgery by Dr. Jason Roostaeian. With professional guidance and proper implant selection, breast augmentation can help balance breast size and achieve a more youthful breast shape while still maintaining a natural appearance. During this process, breast implants (saline or silicone) are placed inside a pocket behind your breast tissue or more commonly under the pectoral muscle which is just behind the breast tissue. In women with significantly sagging breasts, it is important to realize that breast augmentation surgery alone cannot adequately improve breast shape. In such instances, a breast lift is often necessary, which may be performed at the same time as a breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Jason will assess your breasts and discuss whether you would benefit from a breast lift.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Facts
+ Length Of Breast Augmentation Surgery: Typically 1-2 hours.
+ Anesthesia: Typically general anesthesia. Local anesthesia with IV sedation is also possible.
+ Length Of Stay: Outpatient (You are able to go home a few hours after your UCLA surgery).
+ Recovery: Initial mild to moderate discomfort with no significant downtime. You may be able to return to work within a few days. Often only Motrin is necessary for pain control. Swelling of the breasts lasts for several weeks and it’s recommended that you hold off on any type of physical activity.
+ Breast Implant Scars: Inconspicuous scarring, hidden most frequently under your breast crease or at the junction between your nipple and breast skin. An armpit approach is also possible. Your scars will typically fade to very thin lines over several months.
+ Breast Implant Risks/Possible Complications: Serious complications, while possible, are unlikely. Some potential complications can be avoided by carefully following instructions. In addition to the usual risks associated with anesthesia, other risks include: + Capsular Contracture: when the normal fibrous capsule that your body forms around your implant becomes excessive to the point it distorts its appearance or causes pain. The risk of this occurring is approximately 2% of patients/year. + Hematoma: Is a collection of blood beneath the skin and can be treated without compromising result, occurs in about 1%. + Nipple Problems: Changes in sensation, usually this is temporary. + Rippling: more common in saline.
Top Breast Augmentation Questions
1. How long do implants last? Implants do not need to be changed or altered unless a problem occurs. On average, 50% of implants are exchanged or removed for various reasons by 10 years. A patients’ desire for a size change, or switching from saline to silicone are some of the more common reasons. With the newest generation of implants, ruptures are more rare. Capsular Contracture, the formation of a tight or painful capsule around the implant, is one of the most common complications that can require removal or exchange of your implant. The risk of capsular contracture developing, on average, is approximately 2%/year based on the latest FDA data.
2. How much do implants cost? The exact price for implants will vary but it is important to know that silicone implants are more expensive than saline. On average, silicone implants tend to be five-hundred to nearly one-thousand dollars more expensive for a pair when compared with saline implants. Call Dr. Jason Roostaeian’s UCLA office today at 310.825.8827 for more information on the costs of breast implants in Los Angeles.
3. Can I have children and breastfeed after getting implants? Breast augmentation has no bearing on your ability to have children. There is a very minimal risk of altering the ability to breastfeed after augmentation. The biggest issue with pregnancy after an augmentation is how it will affect the look of your breasts. Any significant changes can usually be corrected with an additional surgery if necessary. Make sure to inform Dr. Jason during your initial consultation if you are planning on having children in the near future.
4. What size implant can I get, How big can I go? During your initial consultation, Dr. Jason Roostaeian will work with you to determine the right size and shape of implants for your body type. Dr. Jason specializes in natural looking breast enhancements and believes an increase of one-two cup sizes is ideal for most body types. Larger breast augmentations can be performed depending on the amount of laxity (skin sag) in the breast. Good communication with Dr. Jason is crucial to help ensure your size satisfaction.
5. Can I have implants removed? Breast implants can be removed, and the breast can be reshaped following the removal (if necessary) for improved shape.
6. Does breast augmentation surgery hurt? As with any surgery, there is some discomfort following the procedure. Dr. Jason informs and prepares you for any pain that can be expected following your breast operation.
7. Do I have to do anything to prepare for this procedure? Depending on your needs, Dr. Jason may have specific instructions for you to follow prior to your procedure. Dr. Jason does have all of his patients start using a strong anti-bacterial soap, “Hibiclens,” for 5 days prior to your procedure to help reduce your chance for infection. He also asks that you stay away from ibuprofen or aspirin type medications, fish-oil, ginko, and ginseng supplements for at least a week prior to your procedure. These medications, vitamins, and supplements all thin the blood and can lead to excessive bleeding during surgery as well as more bruising, swelling, and pain after surgery.
8. How soon can I workout after my breast augmentation? For the first 2 weeks following your breast augmentation surgery, you want to avoid getting your blood pressure or heart rate up as it can lead to bleeding and the development of a “hematoma” (a collection of blood that requires surgical drainage). After 2 weeks, it is important to avoid motions that lead to excessive strain or stress on your incisions to get the best scar possible. By 3 months, your incisions are strong enough to handle most strenuous activities.
Before & After Photos
UCLA Breast Augmentation Consultation
If you are considering getting breast implants, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Jason at UCLA. Click here to book a consultation.
At your consultation Dr. Jason will listen closely to what you are interested in and what type of look you are trying achieve. Dr Jason specializes in natural looking results and will take measurements and guide you toward the implant that fits your body. You will have the opportunity to thoroughly review his earlier work and see whether his results are what you are looking for.
About Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation procedures typically last approximately one to two hours. Dr. Jason will create an incision to gain access behind the breast. The incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible, however, its length and appearance will vary depending on the type and size of implant and your body contours/skin laxity. A pocket will then be made for your implant either above or below your pectoral muscle depending on what you and Dr. Jason have chosen before surgery. After the perfect pocket has been made, it will first be washed with triple antibiotic solution, and then the implant will be inserted into that pocket with minimal touch technique to decrease the chance for bacterial contamination. After inserting the implants, your breasts will be inspected to ensure that they are symmetric and in good position within the pocket. The incisions are then closed using absorbable sutures in the breast tissue, and at the skin so there is no need to later remove stitches. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a few days although some swelling may persist for several weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.
Breast Augmentation Process & Considerations:
There are four main decisions you need to make before undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
+ Silicone vs. Saline: First, is whether to use silicone or saline implants (see table below). Both silicone and saline implants are considered safe and are available in similar shapes, sizes, and textures. Silicone implants are made of a silicone rubber shell filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants feel more similar to natural breasts and are less likely to ripple due to its consistency. Saline implants are also made of a silicone rubber shell, however they are filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline is a salt water solution and therefore feels relatively firm and is more likely to cause rippling. Another major difference between saline and silicone implants is in the detection of a rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, it is easily detected as the salt water is soon absorbed by the body leaving the breast deflated. Silicone implants on the other hand can be difficult to detect ruptures and often require imaging of the breast to do so.
|Feel Soft||Feel More Firm|
|Less Rippling||More Rippling|
|Incision Size: Increases with larger Implant||Incision Size: 3-4 cm regardless of size|
|Implant Shell: Silicone Rubber||Implant Shell: Silicone Rubber|
|Cost More||Cost Less|
|Complication Rate: Minimal||Complication Rate: Minimal|
|Capsular Contracture: ~1-2%/year||Capsular Contracture: ~2%/year|
|Detecting Rare Ruptures: Often requires MRI or Ultrasound (~1-2%/yr)||Detecting Rare Ruptures: Implant Deflates (~2-4%)|
+ Implant Size: After you decide whether you want saline or silicone, your next main decision is the size of implant. Dr. Jason specializes in the creation of natural looking breasts and will help you choose the proper breast implant size based on your body dimensions and measurements. The U.S. national average for breast implant volume (size) is estimated to be about 325-375cc, depending on the region. An important factor in maintaining natural looking breasts is choosing an implant that fits your individual body. It is also important to realize that with the increasing volume of an implant there is greater stress and stretch put on your tissues, which are largely irreversible. Therefore, choosing the right size implant for your body size and dimensions is emphasized by Dr Jason in order to minimize any damage to your own breast tissue that is possible.
+ Implant Placement: Your third decision is where to place the implant. Breast implants can be placed either behind the glandular breast tissue but in front of the pectoral muscle or behind the muscle. Placing an implant behind the glandular tissue and in front of the muscle is referred to as subglandular placement. Placing an implant partially behind the pectoralis muscle, wherein the lower portion of the implant is not completely covered by the muscle, is referred to as subpectoral or dual plane placement. Partial muscular coverage is ideal for many patients with minimal breast tissue because the muscle helps hide the implant and provides a more natural look. Placing the implants behind the muscle also improves the ability to detect any abnormalities of your breast tissue when it comes time to get your mammogram.
+ Incision Location: The fourth important decision Dr. Jason Roostaeian will help you must make before your breast augmentation surgery is your incision type. There are three main approaches for inserting silicone implants: they can be inserted through incisions in the areola, armpit, or under-breast crease. The most common incision performed is the inframammary fold incision (IMF), which is placed just under the breast in your natural breast crease. There are pros and cons, however, to each of the incisions to consider (see below). The second most common incision used is the periareolar incision, placed along the outer rim of the areola (pigmented flat part of the nipple). The transaxillary approach uses an incision in the natural fold of the armpits; avoiding a scar on the breasts. These different options will be discussed during your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Jason.
What To Expect After Breast Surgery
The procedure is performed at UCLA’s state of the art outpatient surgery center that provides an unparalleled level of safety. US News has ranked the UCLA Medical Center among the top 5 hospitals in the country for more than 20 years. Following your procedure, you should be ready to go home the same day (usually within two to four hours after surgery). Before you leave the operating room we dress you with a support bra that you can remove after 2 days. You can take a shower at that point but baths, swimming, or soaking of your incisions should be avoided for 4 weeks.
There is no significant downtime after breast augmentation. Most patients do not require very much if any prescription narcotics, but we prescribe them just in case your pain is greater than expected. Often only Motrin is necessary for pain control. You can drive if you’re not taking prescription narcotics and most feel up for it within a few days after surgery. You can return to work within a few days as long as it doesn’t require any significant physical activity or lifting.
Dr. Jason Roostaeian encourages his patients to begin breast massages 1-2 weeks after surgery. He will show you in detail how to perform these massages when he sees you at the first follow-up appointment. The massages help ensure that your implant stays somewhat mobile in the surgical pocket and thereby moves more naturally with your tissues.
Although you will be able to notice your fuller breasts immediately after surgery, the final result will emerge after the implants have settled and the swelling has completely subsided. The scars from your incisions will typically fade to thin, slightly discolored lines over several months. It is important to realize that your breasts will continue to change shape over time as they normally would. Your breasts will always maintain that fuller, shapelier appearance as long as the implant remains in place.
If you are considering Los Angeles breast augmentation surgery, please come into UCLA for a consultation with Dr. Jason Roostaeian. To book a consultation click here or call 310.825.8827.