The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Some women naturally have breasts with little to no volume, which can have a life-long negative impact on their self-esteem. Others find that their breasts have lost volume following pregnancy or weight loss and appear empty or deflated. A lack of breast volume can prevent you from having the projection or cleavage you desire. Implant size, profile, and placement all work together to provide you with either the subtle or dramatic volume increase that is ideal for you.
Women often notice that their breasts lack a defined shape and attractive definition. Breast asymmetry is also common as a result of genetics. Implants are designed to create definition and improve the shape of the breasts to provide a more youthful breast appearance that complements your natural appearance.
When you struggle to find clothing that fits properly or don’t feel secure in your appearance, it can be difficult to find confidence in yourself. Women who struggle to accept the size of their breasts may find that enhancing their breast size helps improve their self-image. Gaining a boost in confidence helps many women feel happy and comfortable in their bodies.

Dr. Ip Will Guide You

through the decision-making process so that you can achieve the look you love.

Customize Your Breast Augmentation

Saline
  • A silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
  • FDA approved for women 18 years or older
  • Placed empty and filled during surgery for more accurate sizing
  • Easily identifiable implant ruptures
  • More likely to develop visible wrinkles and rippling

Silicone
  • A silicone shell that encases a cohesive silicone gel
  • FDA approve for women 22 years or older
  • Better simulates the appearance and feel of natural breast tissue
  • Less prone to visible implant wrinkles, rippling, or edges

Gummy Bear
  • Composed of a highly cohesive silicone gel
  • Maintains the shape of anatomical (teardrop-shaped) implants
  • FDA approved for women 22 years or older
  • The integrity of the implant holds, even through implant ruptures
  • Less likely to be weakened by gravity over time
  • Better simulates the natural slope of breast tissue
Smooth
  • The smooth shell allows the implant to rotate in the breast pocket
  • Ideal for round implants
  • Less likely to develop implant rippling or wrinkling

Textured
  • The rough shell prevents the implant from rotating in the breast pocket
  • Ideal for anatomical implants
  • May reduce the risk of capsular contracture
Low
  • A wide base with limited projection
  • Even distribution of fullness

Moderate
  • Slightly narrow base and more projection than a low profile

High
  • A narrow base with significant projection
  • Rounder in appearance and creates more fullness in the upper pole of the breast

Implant Placement

Above Muscle

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Implants are placed under the glandular tissue but over the pectoral muscles. This process can help provide a minor lift to sagging breasts and creates more fullness in the upper pole of the breasts.

Below Muscle

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Implants are placed under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscles. This creates a more gentle and natural breast slope and helps mask the implant edges.

Dual Plane

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Implants are placed under the glandular tissue but over the pectoral muscles. This process can help provide a minor lift to sagging breasts and creates more fullness in the upper pole of the breasts.

Incision Type

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Transaxillary Incision

The incisions are placed in the armpits, resulting in no visible scarring on the breasts. This technique is only available for the placement of saline implants.

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Periareolar Incision

An incision is created around the outer edge of the areolas and may result in mild visible scarring.

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Inframammary Incision

The incision runs along the lower breast crease and may result in visible scarring if there is little lower breast tissue.

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Transumbilical Incision

An endoscope is inserted through the belly button and used to place saline implants. Results in zero visible scarring.

Recovery

Immediately following your surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling around your breasts. A specialty compression garment should be worn to help minimize excess swelling. It is important to carefully follow your postoperative instructions to ensure quality healing and the best results possible.

Diet is an important factor in your healing process. It is necessary that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal following your surgery. Your diet should consist of protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. However, a diet of soft foods may be best immediately following your surgery because of the side effects of the general anesthesia. A detailed list of healthy, nutrient-packed foods will be provided for you before your surgery.
Patients will be required to limit their physical activities following their procedure. You will need to rest for several days after surgery. Most patients return to work two weeks after their procedure. You can resume your regular exercise routine sometime between four and six weeks post-surgery. You shouldn’t smoke for at least six weeks following your procedure.
You will be prescribed medications to take on a routine basis following your surgery. KEFLEX® and CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to prevent infection. Flexeril™ and Valium® are muscle relaxers used to reduce discomfort. Pain medication may also be used to relieve any additional discomfort you may feel during your recovery. medication

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Patients preparing for a breast augmentation should quit smoking six weeks prior to their surgery. You shouldn’t take any blood-thinning medications for two weeks prior to your procedure. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients. Do not eat after midnight the day of your surgery.
A: Breast augmentation surgery is performed using a local and intravenous anesthetic. This is to ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure.
A: Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes two hours to perform.
A: Breast augmentation can help sagging only minimally. If you have significantly sagging breasts, if your nipples point downward, or if your nipples are located beneath the breast crease, a breast lift will be the ideal procedure. Many patients choose to combine a breast augmentation and a breast lift to get the best results.
A: You will provide Dr. Ip with your health history, inform him of any medications or supplements you are taking, and tell him the results you expect from your procedure. Dr. Ip will assess your anatomy and provide recommendations as to what will work best with your frame, your existing breast tissue, your skin elasticity, and the results you desire to give you the ultimate outcome.
A: After surgery, your breasts will immediately feel and look bigger. The implants may rest high on your chest at first but will gradually descend into their intended position after several weeks. The final result is larger, balanced, and more youthful breasts that will boost your confidence for many years to come.
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