Breast Augmentation

San Francisco - East Bay

Breast Augmentation is surgical procedure designed to increase the size and enhance the shape of one’s breasts. At East Bay Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chin and Dr. Lau feel this procedure not only enhances your appearance, it can possibly help build your self-confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, as a result of the procedure, many women find it easier to dress in certain styles of clothing. Women have different reasons for undergoing breast augmentation.

At East Bay Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Chin and Dr. Lau state that the best candidates for breast augmentation are:

  • ​​​​​​​Women who feel their breasts are too small and looking to improve their figure.

  • Women who have lost breast volume and shape as a result of pregnancy and nursing.

  • Women whose breasts have lost volume and shape as a result of aging.

  • There is a significant difference in the sizes of both breasts.

  • Weight loss has changed the shape and or size of your breast.

For any reason a woman might have for wanting breast augmentation, ultimately the individual should be in good physical condition and have realistic goals and expectations in order to be considered a good candidate for the procedure.

The breast augmentation procedure involves the surgical placement of an implant within a woman’s breast. A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either a saltwater solution known as saline, or filed with a silicone gel. If the saline-filled implant leaks, the fluid is absorbed into the body. This is the same as if the saline were given as an IV fluid. Currently the FDA approves saline-filled implants to be used on an unrestricted basis, while silicone gel-filled implants are only to be used in certain cases. Information regarding implants is discussed with the patient during consultation and at the time of surgery.

The incision can be placed in a number of different locations including around the areola, in the armpit, but often times it is made underneath the breast and just above the crease. The doctor takes every effort to assure that the incision is placed so the resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. After the incision is made, a pocket is created either under the breast tissue or under the pectoralis muscle. This pocket is made just large enough to accommodate the implant. The implant is then positioned to give the best cosmetic result. The method of inserting and positioning an implant is dependent upon factors based on the patient's anatomy that are discussed with your doctor at the time of the consultation.

Following surgery, the dedicated staff of East Bay Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provide detailed instructions to the patient as to postoperative care and activity. It is important for a patient to follow these instructions in order to minimize any complications and to help achieve the best results. The surgeon will also advise the patient as to when they can return to their normal activities. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days, and more strenuous activities in about two to three weeks following surgery.