Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical enhancement procedure to increase the size and improve the shape of a woman's breasts.
Breast augmentation can be done with implants (most common) or, for patients wanting a smaller change, with fat transfer. Breast augmentation can also be coupled with a breast lift as well as an areola reduction if that is desired.
Board-certified Bay Area plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Williams provides individualized breast augmentation consultations and can help you decide if it's the right breast surgery for you.
Breast augmentation is the surgical enhancement of breast volume via the use of implants or fat grafting, and may also be combined with other procedures to adjust the breasts’ or areolas’ size, shape, or placement. Breast augmentation is often performed in conjunction with a breast lift or an areola reduction.
Varying augmentation methods and related procedures mean that breast augmentation is a versatile and customizable plastic surgery option for patients who have a clear vision of their ideal breast shape, size, and overall look. At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area breast augmentation is seen as an investment in yourself. While luxury items like shoes and handbags may excite for a while and then wind up in the closet, an investment in your body is one that augments your self-confidence and your look, no matter what you wear.
Breast augmentation involves inserting a saline (salt-water) filled or silicone gel-filled breast implant underneath the breast and pectoralis muscle via a hidden short scar underneath each breast. The smooth round saline or silicone gel-filled breast implant permanently resides under your pectoralis major muscle. This operation does not weaken your chest muscles, future breastfeeding is still possible, and nipple sensation is preserved. The incisions can be hidden in the fold between your breasts and chest, around the areola, or in the armpit. Once faded, the scars are well concealed. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery, meaning you will go home the same day of your operation. No drains are required, and only absorbable sutures are used, making recovery easier. After Breast Augmentation Oakland and Bay Area patients are typically able to return to work within a week or less.Request A Free Consultation
Breast augmentation can offer different benefits for different people. For some, an increase in cup size can mean the realization of a goal that they have had for years. For others, the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery can be derived from changes in breast size or shape due to age, weight loss, the removal of breast tissue due to breast cancer, or pregnancy.
Depending on your reasons for pursuing breast enhancement, this procedure can boost self-esteem, increase feelings of youthfulness and sexiness, or even offer professional and social benefits. Dr. Steven Williams is the Bay Area’s premier plastic surgeon for breast augmentation. He and his expert team of medical professionals understand that an investment in self-improvement pays dividends every day, and are dedicated to delivering the best breast augmentation Oakland and the surrounding Bay area can offer, through exquisite results and exceptional care.
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical enhancement procedure to increase the size and improve the shape of a woman's breasts. Breast augmentation can be done with implants (most common) or, for patients wanting a smaller change, with fat transfer. For many of our patients in the Bay Area and Oakland breast augmentation can also be coupled with a breast lift and areola reduction if that is desired. During the procedure, your physician will place a saline or a silicone implant behind the natural breast tissue and usually under the muscle to enhance breast size and shape.
In general, a good candidate for breast augmentation is:
Some of our patients seeking breast augmentation are young women who have been unhappy with their figures all of their lives, women who feel that their breasts are no longer attractive following changes in weight, changes associated with aging, or changes due to childbearing.
This means a relatively wide age range of women seek this procedure for a variety of reasons. At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery, Dr. Williams spends the time to ensure that each patient receives all the information needed when considering a breast augmentation. The best candidates for breast augmentation are women with little or no sagging and who have a reasonable amount of breast tissue with which to cover the lower part of the implant. Women who are less than ideal candidates can still get excellent results, as Dr. Williams has many techniques to help you improve your appearance.
Dr. Steven Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team will carefully explain your breast augmentation operation at your initial consultation. Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will give you specific instructions and information to prepare you for your procedure. This may include:
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms stating that you fully understand the procedure you are undergoing, as well as any potential risks, complications, and side effects associated with breast augmentation surgery. Once you have met with Dr. Steven Williams and made all of the necessary decisions involved in breast augmentation, your surgery will be scheduled. You may have to make adjustments to prepare, such as changes or temporary discontinuation of certain medications or habits; like quitting smoking. Our providers will discuss all necessary changes with you, as well as any other pre-op instructions.
Your breast augmentation will be performed in an accredited ambulatory surgical hospital. We only use board-certified anesthesiologists and nursing and OR staff trained in cosmetic plastic surgery.
- also called "boob job" or "aug"
Goal: Increase breast fullness and projection and shape
|Length of Surgery||2-3 hours|
|Inpatient / Outpatient||Outpatient|
|Duration of Results||Long lasting. Weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time|
Oakland breast augmentation provider Dr. Steven Williams is a board-certified plastic surgeon and expert at breast sculpting. If you would like to learn more about all available breast augmentation options available at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Oakland, please contact us during regular hours to schedule your consultation.
The first thing you should know when choosing an implant size is that doctors don't speak in cup size, they speak in volume. You may imagine that you are interested in a "full C" size cup, but depending on the measurements of your chest and the skin available, you and your doctor will need to decide how many cc's of implant volume you see need to accomplish.
If you are an athlete, having larger breasts might make exercising more difficult for you. Make sure you keep your lifestyle in mind when conversing with your physician regarding size.
The best way to show your doctor what you want is by bringing in a photo. An even better way is to bring in a picture of one of your physician's past patients. To see Tri Valley Plastic Surgery previous patients, visit our Before & After gallery.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They feel slightly different and typically, patients have a preference for which one they prefer.
Smooth implants are designed to be slightly mobile in the breast pocket allowing for more natural movement while textured implants are designed to develop scar tissue which keeps the implant in place.
Teardrop implants are designed to look more like a natural breast while round implants can be made to look natural or less-natural depending on profile. It should be noted that teardrop implants aren't used as frequently due to their tendency to rotate in the breast pocket.
By profile, we mean the projection of the implant. You might hear your physician talk about high profile, moderate profile and low profile implants. We have examples of all types in the office and are happy to help you make your decision.
Breast augmentation using fat grafting is a modern technique in which a plastic surgeon harvests unwanted fat from a part of your body and then uses it to replenish fullness in the breasts.
This method can be used in cases where the patient is striving for a less dramatic change in the shape and size of the breasts. If a more dramatic change is preferred, breast augmentation with implants may be a more effective option. While fat transfer breast augmentation does not offer the same dramatic results as breast augmentation with implants, it does offer its own distinct set of benefits.
In addition to looking and feeling natural, breast augmentation with fat grafting is less invasive than implant surgery, presents a lower risk of complication, reduces body fat where it’s unwanted, and offers permanent results. It can also be combined with other procedures such as a breast lift or areola reduction.
The nursing staff will start an IV. Dr. Williams will answer all last-minute questions and perform preoperative markings on your breasts and chest wall. These markings help us in the operating room.
Medications are administered for your comfort during surgical procedures. Most of our patients don’t remember going to sleep or most of their time in the post-op recovery area. Our anesthesiologists use special tools to ensure you are asleep and safe throughout the procedure.
The most commonly used incisions include:
The specific incision pattern will vary based on which implant type is used, the desired amount of enhancement, and the individual patient’s anatomy.
Once the incisions are made, a pocket is created underneath the pectoral muscle and over the chest wall (called submuscular placement). Occasionally the pocket may be modified as needed to achieve an optimal result. Dr. Williams uses special tissue sizers to find the perfect size implant at this stage in the operation. After creating a pocket, the implant is placed inside, and the incisions are sealed using removable sutures, surgical tape, and surgical dressing.
Your results will be visible immediately. After the surgery you will have some swelling which will gradually subside and the incision lines will become more refined in appearance. Implants are typically positioned somewhat high and settle over the first few weeks. Patients typically enjoy immediate satisfaction from the results and feel a sense of fulfillment in terms of self-confidence and their perception of their own body.
Breast augmentation recovery varies depending on the enhancement method, implant placement, incorporation of additional procedures, and healing speed of each patient, though full results for all methods are visible after about 6 months.
Recovery after implant breast augmentation typically takes approximately 6 weeks, with most patients returning to work after the first week. Soreness and swelling can be expected, and prescription pain medication is likely to be necessary for the first 3 to 5 days. Mild activity should be resumed after the first week. Most patients can return to all activities within 2 months of their breast augmentation.
Recovery following breast augmentation with fat grafting is less significant than recovery from implant surgery. Recovery takes 1 to 3 days, though some swelling and soreness may be present for several weeks following surgery. It is important to note that each patient’s healing process is specific to them, and that healing times may vary. Dr. Steven Williams closely monitors each patient as they heal, provides detailed recovery instructions, and advises when regular activities may be resumed according to their recovery stage.
While breast augmentation is an exciting prospect, it is important to take the proper steps and considerations before surgery to maximize results and benefits.
At your consultation with Dr. Steven Williams, you will be asked questions about the size, shape, and type of implants you would like, or what you would like to achieve with fat grafting. Factors to consider when making these decisions include lifestyle, aesthetic preferences, textural preferences, implant placement recovery, implant longevity, and personal health.
Patients who are active or athletic may want to stay under a certain size to prevent their augmented breasts from inhibiting their athleticism. It is also important to note that while implant placement behind the muscle provides the most natural-looking results and added protection, this method also requires a slightly more involved recovery. Patients who would like the most natural and subtle results might prefer fat grafting over implants, while patients who would like to achieve a more significant increase in volume are likely to be most successful with implant augmentation than with fat grafting.
By consulting with our team at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery and diligently following all pre-surgery and post-operative instructions given, you are taking important steps to help assure your safety. Dr. Williams is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, a certification ensuring that your surgeon is a designated expert who is trained in the field of plastic surgery of the face and body.
All surgeries carry some degree of risk, such as unexpected reactions to anesthesia, excess bleeding, or development of blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Although rare, complications and risks specific to breast augmentation may include:
Finally, it’s important to remember that even with breast augmentation, there is a chance you may not be satisfied with the final results. The risks and potential complications of the procedure are specific to each person, and Dr. Williams will discuss these factors with you so you can make a fully informed decision.
It is important to consider your life goals for the future when deciding which method of breast augmentation is best suited to your specific needs.
Breast implants are typically replaced or removed after 10 to 15 years, often due to natural changes in the breasts such as aging or weight loss. For patients who plan on becoming pregnant, it is important to consider that breast implants may complicate breastfeeding. Patients interested in silicone breast implants should plan on regular screenings to detect implant rupture or leakage.
Also, patients with a family history of breast cancer should consider that implants may be obstructive in mammogram imaging. Knowing these factors can help you determine how to balance your aesthetic goals with your practical goals to find the right path that helps you achieve both. Dr. Williams and the team at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery will be on that journey with you every step of the way and can answer any questions you have about these considerations.
Breast augmentation carries risks of potential complications such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensitivity or sensation. In rare cases, there is a risk of implant rupture or deflation.
You should arrange for a friend or family member to bring you home after the procedure, as you may be too drowsy or disoriented to drive safely. Additionally, it is important to have someone available who can help you with any movement or activity that may be restricted post-procedure.
Recovery time after a breast augmentation will vary depending on the type of procedure you have had, as well as your own individual healing process. In general, you can expect to take a few days off work and reduce physical activity for the first week or two.
The extent of scarring following a breast augmentation depends on the type of procedure you have had and your healing process; however, most breast augmentation procedures will leave some scarring.
Yes, you may need to modify your sleeping position for the first few weeks after your breast augmentation. It is recommended that you sleep on your back with a pillow beneath your knees to help reduce swelling and minimize discomfort.
Breast augmentation is a permanent procedure, however, it is important to note that the results do not last forever. Depending on your body and lifestyle, you may need to have additional surgery or treatments to maintain the desired results.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, an individual must be at least 18 years old in order to receive saline breast implants, while those receiving silicone-filled implants must meet a higher minimum age requirement of 22.
No, it is not recommended to get a breast augmentation while pregnant or breastfeeding. It is important to wait until after you have finished breastfeeding before considering this procedure.
Depending on the type of procedure, breast surgery may affect nipple sensitivity. In some cases, women have reported an increase or decrease in sensation after surgery.
No, breast augmentation does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer or other complications. However, it is important to discuss any potential risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
The price of a breast augmentation is dependent on the complexity of the procedure and your goals.
Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin provides expert plastic surgery with great results and minimal downtime. We are leaders in breast enhancement, body sculpting, and facial cosmetic surgery, serving the entire San Francisco Bay area. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are coming in from out of town, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on your path to your new self. Schedule a consultation with us today to take the first step towards realizing the look you’ve always wanted for yourself.