What Is A 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.

What Are The 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:

  • Increased breast size
  • Fuller breast shape
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Improved breast projection
  • Appearance of cleavage
  • Self-confidence

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Who Is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Generally speaking, you may be an ideal candidate for breast augmentation in Newport Beach 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.

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A Breast Augmentation Procedure Customized Just for You

Just like our patients, no two procedures for breast augmentation in Newport Beach 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.

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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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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Get insights into our patients procedural journey with Dr. Richard Lee for their breast and body procedures at Richard H. Lee Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. 

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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 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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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. 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. 

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. 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.

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Breast Augmentation FAQs

Where will the incisions be made?

Are breast implants permanent?

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Will breast augmentation affect mammograms?

Where will the incisions be made?

Incisions can be made in different locations, including under the breast crease, around the areola, or in the armpit. The choice depends on factors like implant type, size, and the patient's anatomy.

Are breast implants permanent?

While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not considered permanent. Some women may need to replace or remove their implants due to complications or changes in preference over time.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breastfeeding is often possible after breast augmentation, but it depends on various factors, including the surgical technique and the placement of implants.

Will breast augmentation affect mammograms?

Breast implants may require additional imaging techniques during mammograms to ensure a thorough examination. It's essential to inform the mammography technician about the implants.

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