Breast augmentation has long been one of the most popular plastic surgeries in America, and its appeal does not appear to be waning.
That’s because breast augmentation, when performed properly, can be absolutely life-changing for many women. No matter a woman’s age or body type, breast enhancement can provide immensely improved comfort, poise, and sex-appeal.
A recent study showed breast augmentation surgery may increase a woman’s self-esteem and sexual satisfaction by as much as 80%.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also called a “boob job”, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances a woman’s breasts with implants. Beverly Hills breast implants come in a range of shapes, sizes, and materials. Each patient will work together with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lahar to select the best implant style for them based on their anatomy and aesthetic goals.
Best Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills Surgeon
For many women, the breasts are their most prominent feature of femininity. Breasts can make a woman feel confident, sexy, and graceful. But a woman’s breasts may also be a source of discomfort and low self-esteem.
In fact, some women have never been happy with their breasts. Others, through aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight changes, may miss the breasts they once had and wish to reclaim them.
Breast augmentation can help both of these groups. After breast augmentation, most women are ecstatic about the way they’ve been able to regain their self-confidence, improve their comfort, and feel sexy again. It is an extremely common, simple surgery that can achieve fantastic results. Some patients also consider other procedures like tummy tuck, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift and as part of a mommy makeover.
It is relatively easy to determine a patient’s candidacy for breast augmentation. This decision will be made by Dr. Lahar in collaboration with you, the patient.
At your consultation appointment, Dr. Lahar will first discuss your goals, and then go over your medical history. For your safety, Dr. Lahar wants to know that you are in good overall health and do not have any ongoing illnesses or treatments that may hinder your ability to undergo surgery or heal well.
It’s also best for patients to be non-smokers and finished breastfeeding. Although women can certainly have children after breast augmentation, breastfeeding can sometimes be a challenge. Therefore, if you know you’ll want to get pregnant and/or breastfeed in the future, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Lahar before moving forward.
In addition to these factors, breast augmentation candidates must want to improve the appearance of their breasts in some way. For example, patients may struggle with:
Changes in breasts after weight loss
Changes in breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding
Breast deformities (such as tuberous growths)
Lack of cleavage
Breast Augmentation Benefits: Achieving Your Goals
Breast augmentation will improve your appearance according to your goals. This is not a one-size-fits-all surgery. It’s up to you to describe to Dr. Lahar what you’re hoping to achieve, and Dr. Lahar will help get you there.
What Breast Augmentation Can and Can’t Do
Here’s what breast augmentation can do for you:
Increase breast volume
Add curves and sex appeal
Correct breast deformities
Correct breast asymmetry
Reconstruct breasts after a mastectomy
Improve overall comfort
Create a more proportionate and balanced silhouette
Offer more clothing options
On the other hand, breast augmentation cannot fix breasts that severely sag. This is often the job of a breast lift, which literally lifts the breasts and repositions the nipples and areolae while removing excess skin and tissue.
Likewise, a breast augmentation cannot facilitate any of the benefits listed above without leaving at least a few scars. Dr. Lahar will do his best to hide incisions and close up each one with minimal scarring. However, whenever there are incisions, some scarring will occur.
Choosing the Best Implants for You: Implant Material
There are three main types of breast implants Beverly Hills that patients can choose from.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants have a silicone shell. Inside is a sterile saline solution. Patients may prefer saline implants because leaks can be easily detected (the implant simply deflates, and the body absorbs the saline solution).
Incisions may also be smaller as just the shell can be inserted and filled after it is already in the breast pocket. Lastly, once inside the breast pocket, size adjustments can be made as saline can usually be added or taken out as needed.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are, by far, the most popular implant choice today. Silicone implants look and feel natural and don’t have the issue of wrinkles or ripples (as saline implants sometimes do). Silicone implants have a silicone shell with a softer silicone gel inside.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Gummy bear implants share many of the benefits of silicone implants. They have a natural look and feel, and wrinkles and ripples are rare.
Gummy bear implants are also less likely than other implants to have leaks or ruptures.
Selecting Implant Size
The size selection process for Beverly Hills breast implants surgery is more complex than many patients assume. While it may seem as easy as putting in the implant that corresponds with the patient’s desired cup-size, it actually doesn’t work that way.
Let’s take a look at three factors that must be considered when selecting for implant size: profile, volume, and placement.
Selecting the Right Profile for You
Before discussing implant volume, it’s important to talk about profile.
The profile of an implant is basically how far out it projects away from the chest. When an implant is sitting flat on a table, the profile would refer to the height of the implant off the table.
Two implants can have completely different profiles but have the same volume. Implant volume is measured in cubic centimeters, or CCs.
Let’s say, for example, that we have two implants that are both 500 CCs. One implant may have a low profile. This would mean it is shorter, flatter, wider, and has a smaller projection. If the other implant has a high profile, that would mean it is taller, more rounded, narrower, and has a higher projection.
While patients will certainly have some say in the profile they desire for their implants, much of this decision will come down to the base width of the patient’s breasts. At their consultation appointment, the patient will have the base of each breast measured. Those with wider chests will have a wider base width than those with narrow chests and, as such, will require an implant with a wider base as well.
Choosing Implant Volume
When considering volume, we must first look at the breast size the patient is starting with. Going from an A cup to a C cup will require a larger implant than going from a B cup to a C cup. Moreover, implants do not come in cup sizes. Rather, they are measured in CCs. The higher the number of CCs, the bigger the implant.
To determine the right implant size for each patient, it’s best to start with the patient’s goals. How large do you want your breasts to be?
From there, we’ll look at your anatomy. Dr. Lahar will measure the base diameter of your breast. This will determine how wide your implants should be. We’ll also take a look at the distance between your nipple and the fold beneath your breast.
Skin elasticity is also a factor. Tauter skin will not tolerate a large implant.
Deciding on Placement
Finally, the placement of the implant will also have a bearing on how your implants look. There are two main ways that implants can be placed.
Submuscular Breast Implant Placement
Submuscular placement of breast implants means the implants are positioned behind the muscle wall on the chest. This placement often looks the most natural as more of the patient’s own breast tissue can be up front. This method is also associated with a lower risk for capsular contracture as well as a reduced risk for wrinkles and ripples.
Potential drawbacks to this method include a longer surgery time, longer recovery time, and the potential limit of breast implant size (some implant sizes may be too large for this method).
Subglandular Breast Implant Placement
Above-the-muscle and behind-the-breast-tissue placement (subglandular placement) is best for women who have a generous amount of their own breast tissue to begin with. However, it may look more unnatural on women who aren’t starting out with much breast tissue.
Likewise, the appearance of implant wrinkles may be more noticeable with this method. It also tends to be associated with a higher risk for capsular contracture. Other potential benefits include a shorter surgery time, shorter recovery time, and better overall lift.
Breast Implant Incision Options
There are two basic types of breast augmentation incisions that may be used for inserting breast implants. While other options do exist, most surgeons favor one of the following incision patterns.
Peri-areolar incisions are made around the edge of the areolae — the darker colored circles of skin beneath the nipples. This incision type is beneficial because the scars are virtually unnoticeable after they’ve healed. They blend easily into the edge of the darker colored skin.
This first type of breast augmentation incision was highly favored for many years. However, now, it is seen as slightly less desirable. This is largely because several studies have found that going into the breast through the nipple area presented a higher risk of bacterial infection. Normal bacteria reside in the nipple and glands behind the areolae. When pushing the implants past this area, there is some risk that the bacteria may adhere to the implant and cause inflammation in the future.
Today, most plastic surgeons favor inframammary incisions. These incisions are made beneath each breast in the inframammary fold — the crease where the breast meets the chest wall. Inframammary incisions tend to be safer, and they also heal well.
Incision scars will fade and flatten with time. They also tend to be well-concealed in the breast crease itself.
About Nicholas Lahar, M.D. – Breast Augmentation Beverly Hills Surgeon
Nicholas Lahar, MD, specializes in breast augmentation in Beverly Hills, Ca and is one of the most experienced and trusted surgeons in the area. Dr. Lahar’s extensive training and skills have enabled him to provide top-quality surgery and care to each one of his patients. Not only does he meet their goals at every turn, but he has earned a reputation for absolutely exceeding expectations.
Breast augmentation is a delicate surgery that must be planned for carefully and carried out by someone with the necessary skills and expertise. An artistic eye and close attention to detail are critical. Dr. Lahar has demonstrated his ability to provide excellent personalized breast augmentation surgery for his patients.
Dr. Lahar and his staff will provide each patient with detailed instructions for their recovery period. Patients must follow these instructions closely to ensure proper healing and optimal results. All patients should get adequate rest, refrain from lifting heavy objects, sleep according to their surgeon’s direction, avoid submersion in water (on incision areas), stay out of the sun, avoid smoking and drinking, and wear the appropriate recovery garments.
During the healing process, you’ll experience some pain and soreness, especially in the beginning. During weeks one and two of breast augmentation recovery, you’ll notice swelling, bruising, and overall tightness. This will begin to diminish as the weeks go on.
Most breast augmentation Los Angeles patients will be able to return to work in one to two weeks. Light activities can resume after a few days, but it will take longer to return to exercise — usually two to four weeks or more.
Potential Risks and Complications of Breast Augmentation Surgery
All surgeries come with risks. Although rare, there are potential complications and risks associated with breast augmentation. These include, but are not limited to:
Rare cancers, such as BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma)
Poor positioning on implants
Pain that persists
Breast Augmentation Cost Beverly Hills
Cost of Breast Augmentation Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica
Beverly HIlls breast augmentation costs range from $6,000 to $12,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). However, this is only an estimate and does not include some key expenses. Furthermore, all patients are different.
Factors Affecting Beverly Hills Breast Implants Cost
The breast augmentation cost Beverly Hills patients generally pay depends on five main factors:
Surgeon’s Fee: Dr. Lahar will charge for his skill and expertise. Some surgeries require more in-depth work and preparation than others.
Surgical Facility Fee: The location of your breast augmentation surgery will charge for the use of their space, equipment, and staff.
Anesthesia Fee: Anesthesiologists charge for their expertise and care as well as the supplies and equipment they use.
Cost of Implants: Breast implant cost varies depending on the manufacturer, material, size, shape, and texture.
Out-of-Pocket Costs: This includes things like the cost of medications, postoperative garments, wound care supplies, etc.
FAQs: Breast Augmentation Beverly Hills Ca
What age is best for breast augmentation?
According to the FDA, women must be at least 18 to undergo breast augmentation. There is no age limit for breast surgery, however, the majority of women get Beverly Hills breast implants in their 20s or 30s.
What is the difference between breast implants and breast augmentation?
Breast implants are prostheses used to enhance a woman’s breasts. Breast augmentation is the surgery that utilizes breast implants.
What is fat graft breast augmentation?
Fat graft breast augmentation (also called fat transfer breast augmentation) utilizes the patient’s own body fat to augment the size of the breasts.
This procedure can produce moderate breast size increases but will only slightly change the shape of the breasts where needed. Fat is removed from “trouble areas” such as the abdomen or flanks (via liposuction), then processed outside the body before being reinjected.
Can you get a breast augmentation with lift?
Yes. In some cases, patients may undergo a Beverly Hills breast augmentation with lift procedure. This depends on the specifics of the patient’s anatomy and the requirements of their procedure.
Will pregnancy ruin your implants?
Pregnancy should not affect your breast implants directly. However, your natural breast tissue may change in size and shape, which could alter the overall appearance of your implants. Some women may also experience more sagging after pregnancy with breast implants.
It’s always best to discuss this concern with your surgeon if you are thinking about getting pregnant and are considering breast augmentation surgery as well.
Are breast implants painful?
Patients are given anesthesia for comfort during breast augmentation surgery. Afterward, some pain and discomfort will accompany your recovery.
Most patients have the majority of their soreness in the first few days after surgery. From there, pain can be managed with medications and rest. Dr. Lahar will provide you with detailed recovery instructions to keep you as comfortable as possible as you heal from Los Angeles breast augmentation.
What do breast augmentation scars look like?
Most breast augmentation scars will be either beneath the areola (along the edge where the color changes) or in the inframammary fold (the breast crease where the breast meets the abdomen). Rarely, incisions will be under the armpits or around the belly button.
Breast augmentation scars will be pink or red at first. They will also be slightly raised. This color will fade with time, and the scars will flatten out.
How long do breast implants last?
Most breast implants Beverly Hills patients have will last at least ten years and often up to 20 years or longer.
Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation
Learning about breast augmentation online is a great place to start when considering this surgery. However, the only way to know for sure whether augmentation is right for you is to meet with Dr. Lahar directly.
A consultation appointment serves as an information-gathering meeting wherein you can find out if you’re a good candidate for this surgery and learn what your options are. Dr. Lahar will also be able to provide you with more facts and figures regarding implant sizing, breast augmentation cost, a timeline for recovery, and more.
To learn more about breast augmentation and to meet one-on-one with Dr. Lahar to discuss your options, contact Lahar Plastic Surgery today and book your consultation appointment.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. All images feature models except for before and after images.