If you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard H. Lee can help you reach your aesthetic goals with breast augmentation surgery. He has helped many women throughout California achieve a shapelier figure and improved self-image with this safe and popular procedure.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical breast enhancement procedure designed to increase the breasts' size, shape, and fullness with saline or silicone breast implants. Just like all procedures performed by Dr. Lee, breast augmentation is a wholly customized surgical procedure that is tailored to your unique goals, aesthetic preferences, and body frame.

To learn more about breast augmentation, please contact us today online or contact our office to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from throughout California, including Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange County, and the Greater Los Angeles area.

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will evaluate several factors and work to understand what you hope to accomplish with breast enlargement surgery. He will listen to your goals, answer your questions, and address your concerns. He will never rush you into a decision. Instead, he will serve as your trusted guide and mentor and explain all your breast enhancement options so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment. 

Breast Augmentation Factors 

To achieve the elegant, natural-looking results you deserve, Dr. Lee will evaluate several factors, including:

  • The breast size you desire
  • Your natural breast size and amount of natural breast tissue
  • Your body frame and dimensions
  • Whether you lead an active, athletic lifestyle
  • Any current issues with breast asymmetry

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States and boasts some of the highest patient satisfaction rates. Some of the many benefits offered by breast enlargement surgery include improved:

  • Breast size
  • Breast shape
  • Breast volume
  • Breast symmetry
  • Breast projection
  • Appearance of cleavage
  • Appearance in clothing, lingerie, and swimming suits
  • Self-confidence

A Breast Augmentation Procedure Customized Just for You

Just like our patients, no two breast augmentation procedures are identical. During your confidential consultation with Dr. Lee, he will listen closely to your concerns and goals and take the time to explain all of your options thoroughly.

He will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that matches your expectations, budget, and lifestyle. Some of the factors Dr. Lee will discuss with you when designing your individualized procedure include:

  • Breast implant size
  • Breast implant type
  • Incision location
  • Breast implant placement

Many patients choose to combine a breast lift with their breast enlargement surgery. Following your consultation with Dr. Lee and the completion of your treatment plan, you will be provided with a cost estimate for your customized procedure.

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Should I Consider Breast Augmentation?

There are several reasons why women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery. You may want to consider breast augmentation if you would like to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:

  • Restore breast volume lost during pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging
  • Increase the size of your breasts
  • Improve the shape of your breasts
  • Improve breast symmetry
  • Have closer cleavage
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Who Is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Generally speaking, you may be an ideal candidate for breast augmentation if you:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit before surgery and during recovery
  • Have not been diagnosed with cancer or a precancerous condition
  • Do not have an autoimmune disorder
  • Are near your ideal weight
  • Have adequate breast tissue
  • Have fully developed breasts

The FDA has certain implemented age restrictions for breast implants. For saline implants, patients must be at least 18 years old. For silicone implants, patients must be 22 years old.

What Types of Breast Implants Does Dr. Lee Offer?

One of the most significant decisions you will make when preparing for your breast augmentation surgery is the type of breast implant used in your procedure. The two main types of breast implants are silicone and saline. Determining which is best for you will require the consideration of several factors. Each choice offers unique benefits, and Dr. Lee will work with you to help you decide which option best suits your goals, budget, and lifestyle.

Dr. Lee is committed to being your guide and mentor through this decision-making process. He will understand your aesthetic goals and thoroughly explain all your options to help you make an informed decision about your individualized procedure.

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Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are essentially silicone shells filled with silicone gel. They are made of thick, strong, and durable shells filled with a cohesive, form-stable silicone gel material. These implants are also known as “cohesive gel”, “memory gel,” or “gummy bear” implants. At Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery, we use Mentor MemoryGel breast implants.

MemoryGel implants have been a proven and trusted implant choice for more than two decades. Advantages of silicone breast implants include:

  • More natural-looking
  • Lower rate of wrinkling and rippling
  • Maintain shape in case of rupture
  • FDA-approved for women 22 and older
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Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants comprise round silicone shells filled with sterile saline water. They typically require a smaller incision because they can be filled after the implant is placed. They are also usually less expensive than other implant options. Although they are sometimes criticized for not looking or feeling as natural as their silicone counterparts, saline implants still offer numerous benefits, such as:

  • In the event of rupture, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body
  • Saline implant ruptures are immediately noticeable
  • FDA-approved for women 18 and older

Breast Implant Incision Types

Dr. Lee will determine the best incision type for your procedure based on your aesthetic goals and unique anatomy. Typically, Dr. Lee prefers to use the following incision locations because they offer a direct approach to the breast pocket:

Inframammary incision

This incision is discreetly made beneath the breast fold. It provides greater control when placing the implant and offers greater preservation of nipple sensitivity.

Periareolar incision

The incision is discreetly made around the nipple, blending seamlessly with the areola. This results in a very precise formation of the breast implant pocket and is the most effective incision for correcting nipple inversion.

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How Do You Determine the Proper Breast Implant Size?

There are several factors to consider when determining your ideal breast implant size, including:

  • Your level of activity and athletic lifestyle
  • Your desired breast size after surgery
  • Your current amount of natural breast tissue
  • Your skin elasticity
  • Your chest, weight, and height dimensions

There is no “right” breast size; the ideal breast sizes for our patients vary from person to person. Dr. Lee encourages his patients to bring in pictures of breast size examples that they find appealing.

Based on photographic examples and detailed discussions, Dr. Lee will place “sizers” (temporary implants) to ensure there are no surprises after your surgery.

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Keller Funnel

Because it provides such an unparalleled level of control and safety, Dr. Lee uses the Keller Funnel in every breast augmentation surgery. By using a Keller Funnel to place breast implants, Dr. Lee does everything possible to keep your procedure completely sterile and reduce the risk of complications. Use of the Keller Funnel:

  • Minimizes contact with the implant
  • Reduces the risk of infection
  • Requires a shorter incision
  • Minimizes the chances of gel fracture or implant tearing
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Breast Implant Exchange

All man-made products can age with time, and breast implants are no exception. In the 1970s and the 1980s, silicone implants were made of thin protective shells with liquid silicone gel inside. These implants were placed in an area just underneath the breast tissue (as opposed to under the pectoralis muscle) because patients recovered without much downtime and discomfort, and surgeons found that this approach was technically easier. As these silicone implants age, the shells can break down, releasing liquid silicone gel into the surrounding tissues.

This causes visible and palpable distortions around the breast tissue. In all women who undergo breast augmentation with silicone implants, the body forms a pocket around the implant called a capsule. This is a normal response by the body to the implants. As silicone implant shells begin to break down over time, the silicone content can still be largely contained in the capsule, separating the silicone from the surrounding breast tissue. However, the capsule can begin to harden and become thickened as a response to the direct contact with the silicone content of the implant.

If the capsule begins to break down as the result of the hardening and brittleness, the silicone content then can infiltrate the surrounding tissues. The good news is that there are options to exchange out ruptured silicone breast implants. Under general anesthesia, an incision can be made in an area under the fold of the breast, and the breast implant material and the capsule are removed together. The pocket is thoroughly cleaned out, and a new implant of the same or different size can be placed to improve the look and feel of the breasts.

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Why Choose Dr. Lee for Your Breast Augmentation?

When you finally decide to undergo breast augmentation surgery, your choice of surgeon will likely be the most critical decision you will make. When you choose Dr. Lee for your breast augmentation, you can expect:

Accredited Surgical facility

Dr. Lee performs surgeries in an on-site surgical center accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This ensures that your procedure will be performed in a facility that meets the highest standards of safety and comfort.

Record of success

A picture says a thousand words. We invite you to visit our before and after gallery to see the elegant, natural-looking results Dr. Lee has produced for his patients.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon

Dr. Lee is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This ensures you are receiving the highest levels of skill, precision, and safety in the field of plastic surgery.

Individualized patient care

You are never just a patient number to Dr. Lee. He will work closely with you to understand your unique goals and explain all of your options. Together you will design a customized treatment plan tailored just for you.

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, please contact Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery, today to schedule a consultation.

He combines an artistic approach with an eye for detail to help achieve your aesthetic goals. We proudly welcome patients from Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange County, and the Greater Los Angeles area.

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