Breast Augmentation in San Diego
Small, poorly defined breasts can impact the balance of your body’s proportions as well as your confidence. As the most popular cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation provides hundreds of thousands of women with beautiful, spectacular results every year. Women choose breast augmentation with Dr. Pollack in San Diego to increase the size of their breasts, enhance their cleavage, and reshape undefined breasts. If you lack satisfaction and confidence in your appearance because of your small breasts, then breast augmentation surgery may be the right choice for you.
Do you desire...
- Larger breasts
- Enhanced cleavage
- Better defined breasts
- More balanced body proportions
- A more voluptuous figure
- More symmetrical breasts
- Rejuvenated, pre-pregnancy breasts
- A wider variety of shirt, dress, and swimsuit options
- Increased confidence and satisfaction with your body
If you lack satisfaction and confidence in your appearance because of your small breasts, then breast augmentation
surgery with Dr. Pollack in San Diego may be the right choice for you.
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Breast Augmentation Techniques
Breast augmentation involves the insertion of implants into a pocket that has been created under the breast tissue to add volume and fullness to your breasts.
Dr. Pollack uses either a periareolar incision (around the nipple) or inframammary incision (along the lower breast crease) to insert the implant.
• These incision techniques result in minimal scarring and allow for the most accurate placement of your implants for more consistent results.
Dr. Pollack will usually place implants in pockets that have been created under the muscle because this provides the most natural-looking breasts.
However, some patients prefer to have their implants placed over the pectoral muscle and under the glandular tissue to achieve their aesthetic desires.
Dr. Pollack expertly dissects the breast pocket to ensure results with the best symmetry, shape, and cleavage.
• FDA approved for women 22 years or older
• Provides a more natural looking and feeling breast
• Less prone to visible ripples or wrinkles
• Implant ruptures or leaks are not as easily detectable
• FDA approved for women 18 years or older
• Utilizes a smaller incision since it is inserted empty and filled in the pocket
• Implant ruptures are more readily identifiable
• Saline implants are more prone to visible deformities like wrinkling
Prepare for Your Surgery
Before your surgery, you should have a clear idea of what you wish to achieve through your breast augmentation. During your consultation, you and Dr. Pollack will discuss your aesthetic goals to help you decide whether you desire more modest, natural-appearing breasts or large, attention-grabbing breasts. It is important to know your aesthetic goals so both you and Dr. Pollack understand what to expect for your surgery to ensure results that meet your expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of anesthesia is used during breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is performed using general anesthesia to ensure the safest procedure possible and no pain for the patient.
- How will I feel following my breast augmentation?
You may experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your surgery. You will need to limit some of your physical activities for four to six weeks following your procedure. You may feel some initial discomfort and tightness in your chest as your body adjusts to the implants. This discomfort is controlled using oral pain medication. Dr. Pollack also offers an optional long-lasting local anesthetic called EXPAREL® to help keep you comfortable.
- How long will my recovery take?
Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks. You can resume your regular exercise routine after four to six weeks. After six weeks of recovery, most major swelling should subside and your final results will become more visible. Residual swelling can take up to six months to resolve. Dr. Pollack and his staff will help you decide when you can return to specific activities.
- What are the possible complications following breast augmentation?
Your risk of developing a complication following breast augmentation is low. Bleeding and infection can occur. Breast implant rupture/deflation can occur. Implant warranties commonly cover leaks or ruptures. While less common, other complications that can occur include capsular contracture, double-bubble deformity, and bottoming out.
- What size breast implants should I get?
Breast implants offer subtle or dramatic enhancement, depending on the size of the implant chosen. While some women assume that bigger is better when it comes to breast size, a more natural, athletic look is the current trend. The decision is ultimately up to you.
Women should consider their body frame when selecting implants. By maintaining a balanced proportion between the breasts and the body, women will achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable result. Dr. Pollack will assist you in choosing an appropriate size.
- What happens if I want to remove my breast implants?
Most women remain very pleased with their implants for years and decades to come. However, some women choose to have their breast implants removed with or without replacement. This can be accomplished with breast implant removal or breast implant replacement.
While some women choose to replace older implants that have deteriorated over the years (or developed an implant complication), others no longer find satisfaction with their breast implants in general. If a patient chooses to remove her implants, a mastopexy (breast lift) is often recommended.
Breast revision is performed when the initial augmentation did not live up to the patient’s expectations, or an implant complication (such as capsular contracture, rupture, deflation, or displacement) requires additional treatment. All of this is discussed in great detail before any surgical procedure.
- Why would I replace my breast implants?
Over time, the shape of a patient’s breast implants may alter beyond what they were expecting—this is common after pregnancy or weight fluctuations. If a patient becomes dissatisfied with the size or shape of their implants, Dr. Pollack can perform additional breast enhancement to address their needs.
Breast implant replacement (with or without a combined breast lift) is a secondary breast surgery that exchanges your original implants with new ones. This is appropriate for women who desire to change size (larger or smaller) or who need to repair an implant complication. Implants are not designed to last a lifetime and, occasionally, they can be damaged to the extent where they need to be replaced. This particular revision technique is appropriate for women who desire a change but still want to maintain their augmented breasts.
- What other procedures can I combine with a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation can be performed in conjunction with a breast lift, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction treatment. This combination is commonly known as a Mommy Makeover. The advantage of a Mommy Makeover is that it can address multiple areas at once. A Mommy Makeover may be performed during one or two separate surgeries, depending on how many areas your Mommy Makeover is addressing.
- What is the cost of a breast augmentation?
The total cost of a breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. Implant type, technique, and hospital and anesthesia fees can all affect the cost of the procedure. The cost of breast augmentation usually ranges from $5,000 to $7,000 and will be decided during your consultation.
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Dr. Pollack is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to providing patients with safe and effective procedures. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery and looks forward to meeting you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollack, please call our La Jolla practice at 858-215-6143 today.