Our board-certified plastic surgeons understand that you have many choices when it comes to breast implants and breast augmentation in California. That is why the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center strives to thoroughly inform and consult prospective breast augmentation patients so they can make educated, confident decisions about their breast surgery options. We aim to provide safe treatment and natural-looking, beautiful breast augmentation results.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase breast volume as well as improve the shape of the breasts through the addition of implants. With a range of implant types, sizes, and degrees of projection to choose from, breast augmentation can be completely tailored to attain your desired aesthetic. Many women undergo the procedure to achieve a fuller breast appearance and enhanced body contour, as well as to correct physical changes in the breasts experienced after pregnancy or nursing. The surgery can also be utilized as part of breast reconstruction to restore a normal breast appearance after mastectomy or cancer removal.
While the reasons to pursue breast augmentation are personal to each patient, Dr. Schooler meticulously develops each treatment plan around your unique cosmetic goals. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular aesthetic surgeries available and can benefit individuals who seek to enlarge their breasts for long-lasting results.
What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast implants can enlarge the breasts by one or two cup sizes, adjust positioning, and balance the profile for a full, natural look and feel. In general, the benefits yielded by breast augmentation may include:
- Added breast volume and fullness
- Corrected asymmetry
- Improved breast shape
- More defined breast profile
There are many breast augmentation and breast implant techniques that we perform here at our practice that can help you achieve the results you desire. During your initial consultation, a range of options will be presented, from which you and Dr. Wesley Schooler will decide on the best approach.
Breast Augmentation Consultation— Choosing the Right Breast Implants
As with any plastic surgery procedure, there are many things to consider for patients seeking breast augmentation. Patients will learn about the types of breast implants available to them at their initial consultation. Silicone breast implants are now approved by the FDA for cosmetic procedures in women 22 years and older, as well as for patients undergoing breast reconstruction. Silicone gel implants have a “smooth and natural feel.” Saline breast implants are either teardrop shaped or round; smooth or textured. You can learn more about breast implants in-office. Dr. Schooler will go over all of your options with you in detail at your consultation.
There are many questions patients have for their cosmetic surgeon when they are seeking breast augmentation. Patients should have all of their questions answered before undergoing surgery for their breast implants. Pre- and post-operative information, the costs of breast augmentation, the type of breast implants to be used, the health concerns associated with breast augmentation surgery, and the benefits of breast implants are a few topics to be covered while consulting with our experienced team here at the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center. We welcome patients seeking our help to enhance their natural beauty with breast augmentation from all areas of California.
How is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
The breast augmentation process will start with a consultation, in which you and Dr. Schooler will discuss the most ideal implant type and placement location (under the chest muscle vs. over the chest muscle) for your cosmetic goals. During this time, you will also be able to try on different implant sizes to find the right fit. Once all the details of your breast augmentation are determined, the procedure will take place at our outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia.
Depending on the nature of your enhancement and your unique needs, an incision will be made either around the areola, below the breast fold, or within a natural fold of the underarm. No matter the incision location, Dr. Schooler takes great care to make surgical marks as inconspicuous as possible. From this incision, Dr. Schooler will carefully place and position your implants to achieve the desired result. He will then close all incisions and you will be moved to our separate recovery area, where you will have the opportunity to rest under close post-operative observation before being discharged.
What is Recovery from Breast Augmentation Like?
Following breast augmentation surgery, you will be able to recover from the comfort of your own surroundings after being driven home by a friend or family member. Bruising, swelling, or tenderness is normal for several days after the procedure; however, these reactions should subside as your healing process progresses. Any discomfort can usually be managed well with oral pain medication. While most patients can resume light activities within a few days, you may experience roughly one to two weeks of downtime before you can return to your daily routine. Strenuous activity should be avoided for three to four weeks, or until cleared by Dr. Schooler. It may take some time for the implants to settle, but your new body contour should be noticeable soon after surgery. The final outcome of your enhancement typically improves in the months following breast augmentation.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Given the highly individualized nature of the procedure, the cost of breast augmentation will be calculated according to the details of your treatment plan, including:
- The type of implants utilized
- The surgical technique used
- The complexity of your procedure
- Whether your treatment was a revisional procedure
The price of breast augmentation is also generally influenced by the expertise of your plastic surgeon, as well as the geographic region where you are receiving treatment. While it is impossible to determine your procedural expenses without knowing the specifics of your surgical plan, rest assured that our office will provide you with a personalized quote after your needs are assessed in a consultation. In addition to accepting most major payment methods, we also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit— some of the leading plastic surgery financing companies in the country. Once approved through the simple application process, patients can enjoy a range of low- to no-interest payment plans that can be chosen to suit an individual’s budgetary needs. Please don’t hesitate to raise any questions about the cost of breast augmentation to a friendly member of our team.
Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer your questions about breast augmentation or other procedures you are considering.