Enhance Your Bust With a Walnut Creek Breast Augmentation at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery

Breast augmentation enhances breast size and shape. While implants are the most popular method, fat transfer breast augmentation is also available at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery for patients wanting a modest increase in breast size.

As a preeminent Walnut Creek breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Steven Williams offers highly personalized consultations to help you achieve your desired look. He can help you decide if implants, autologous fat transfer, or a breast lift is the right approach for you.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation refers to adding volume to the breasts through implants or fat transfer.

Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast implants are the most well-known breast enhancement method. Dr. Williams offers saline and silicone implants and will help you choose the ideal implant for your anatomy.

Breast Augmentation via Fat Grafting

Fat transfer breast aumgentation is a modern technique. Dr. Williams uses liposuction to harvest fat from one area. He then injects the fat into the breasts. The results are less dramatic than implants; however, fat transfer is gaining popularity as the results look and feel extremely natural.

What is a breast lift?

Breast augmentation can reshape the breasts, increase volume, and add a subtle lift. However, patients with severe ptosis are generally better candidates for breast lift surgery. Dr. Williams can combine a breast lift and implants to correct sagging and add volume at the same time.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

For patients in Walnut Creek breast augmentation may be a cosmetic procedure, but it is not merely superficial. It can be done for functional reasons.

Augmenting the breasts can make clothing fit better so getting ready each day is easier. It can improve a woman’s self-image and make her feel more comfortable in her body. For some women, it is more than just increasing breast size. It is about helping patients feel like themselves again after breastfeeding, weight loss, or cancer. Others want to fix breast asymmetry, which can make bra shopping easier and increase confidence during intimacy.

Many patients have breast augmentation surgery to:

  • Accentuate cleavage
  • Balance asymmetrical breasts
  • Enhance the size of small breasts
  • Give the breasts a more aesthetically pleasing shape
  • Restore volume after aging, weight loss, or pregnancy
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Who Is A Candidate For Breast Augmentation?

Women who are dissatisfied with small breasts and those who feel their breasts have lost fullness frequently turn to Dr. Williams for the best breast augmentation Walnut Creek has to offer. The ideal candidate is in good health, is at least 18 years old, does not smoke, is not pregnant or nursing, and has realistic expectations.

Some of the aesthetic concerns breast augmentation addresses:

  • Breast asymmetry
  • Small or underdeveloped breasts (micromastia)
  • Volume loss due to breastfeeding, weight loss, or mastectomy

Preparation and Consultation

When you inquire about breast implants Walnut Creek plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Williams will examine your breasts and listen to your concerns. If you are a candidate for breast augmentation, he will tell you about your options in detail. They pride themselves on educating patients so they can make informed decisions without feeling pressured. They will answer all of your questions and create a bespoke surgical plan for you. Tri Valley also offers VECTRA 3-D imaging so you can preview your breast augmentation results in real time.

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Choosing an implant size

Instead of bra cup sizes, surgeons speak in volume. Dr. Williams will take measurements and help you determine how many units of volume need to be added to reach your desired size. You can bring reference photos to your consultation to give him an idea of the size you would like or, better yet, visit his online gallery to see breast implant before-and-after photos. Our providers will work closely with you, listen to your goals, and let you know what implant sizes are realistic.

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Types of Implants

Tri Valley Plastic Surgery offers many styles of breast implants so you can achieve the look you envision.

Silicone vs Saline

Silicone implants contain soft, flexible silicone gel. Saline breast implants contain sterile salt water. They differ slightly in weight and feel. While our providers Dr. Williams finds silicone yields the most realistic result, they will be happy to discuss saline implants if this is your preference.

Smooth vs Textured

Smooth implants allow for natural movement. Textured implants remain fixed in place and are associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture.

Teardrop vs Round

Teardrop implants are anatomically shaped, resembling the slope of natural breasts. Round implants have equal fullness on the top and bottom for more prominent cleavage.

High, Moderate, and Low Profile

Profile refers to how far the implants project outward from the chest wall. High-profile implants offer maximum projection. Moderate and low-profile implants have a more subtle appearance.

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Pre-Operative Instructions

Dr. Williams will provide you with pre-operative instructions. He may ask you to discontinue vitamins, supplements, and blood-thinning medications. Smokers should quit at least several weeks before and after the procedure. Our providers will go over possible risks and complications with you. Please return the signed consent form to the office.

Breast Augmentation Procedure What happens during breast implant surgery?

A board-certified anesthetist will administer general anesthesia. The surgery takes around two to three hours. Dr. Williams will make a short incision and create a pocket above or below the muscle. He will then place the implants into the breast pocket and close the incision with dissolving sutures and surgical tape.

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Breast Implant Incisions

The incision patterns vary based on implant size and style as well as the patient's anatomy.


The transaxial, or armpit incision, is placed inconspicuously in the underarm area.


The inframammary incision is hidden in the natural crease beneath the breasts.


The periareolar breast implant method has an incision around the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA)

The least common method is the belly button incision.

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Results, Recovery, & Aftercare

What does post-treatment life look like?

Breast Augmentation recovery depends on the method of breast enhancement and your propensity for healing.

Most patients return to work, socializing, and light physical activity after the first week. Expect some soreness, firmness, and bruising. Sleeping with extra pillows will minimize swelling.

Implants typically ride high on the chest at first and settle down over the next few weeks to months. The breast augmentation scars will be red and raised initially; the scars should flatten and fade over the next 12 months.


While you can expect an immediate increase in breast size, it takes approximately six months for the breasts to soften and settle. The results are considered permanent, although implants may eventually need replacing. Fat transfer patients should maintain their weight to avoid changes in breast size.

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Why Dr. Steven Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery?

Board-certified Walnut Creek plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Williams is considered a breast enhancement expert, owing to his years of experience in cosmetic breastwork. He is an accomplished surgeon and has a reputation for natural-looking results. He performs surgery in an accredited, state-of-the-art facility that puts patient safety first. Dr. Williams understand that breast surgery can be a life-changing event for their patients and they are there for them every step of the way.

Schedule Your Walnut Creek, CA Breast Augmentation consultation with Dr. Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Today

To learn about your options for breast augmentation, contact Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Walnut Creek to book your consultation.


Do breast implants need to be replaced?

Can breast implants rupture?

Can I get breast cancer screenings with implants?

Does breast augmentation cause loss of upper body strength?

How soon can I go home after breast augmentation? Will I need a ride?

Will I need to have drains or stitches removed after breast augmentation?

Do breast implants need to be replaced?

For our patients in Walnut Creek breast implants generally only need to be replaced if there is a complication, leakage, or a change of heart about implant size. Most patients have implants removed and replaced within ten to 15 years.

Can breast implants rupture?

Breast implants can leak or rupture. Patients should plan on breast screenings every two years to detect rupture. If a rupture occurs, the implants should be removed and replaced.

Can I get breast cancer screenings with implants?

Yes, although breast implants may make it more challenging to see the imaging results. You should let your technologist know that you have implants.

Does breast augmentation cause loss of upper body strength?

Most patients do not notice a discernible difference in pectoral muscle strength after they recover from surgery.

How soon can I go home after breast augmentation? Will I need a ride?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery. You will return home the same day and will need someone to drive you. Most patients resume driving within a week.

Will I need to have drains or stitches removed after breast augmentation?

Dr. Williams does not routinely use drains. The sutures will dissolve on their own.

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 an intro call with us today to take the first step towards realizing the look you’ve always wanted for yourself.

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