When a woman is happy with the appearance of her breasts, she’s more likely to look and feel her best. However, many women are dissatisfied with the size, shape, and contour of their breasts. Breast augmentation can help women with naturally small chests increase the size of their breasts or help patients restore the breast volume they’ve lost after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Here at LEA Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is pleased to offer breast augmentation in Newport Beach, Orange County and surrounding areas, to women who are interested in improving the appearance of their breasts with implants.
- Benefits of Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implants Before-and After Pictures
- Saline vs. Silicone Implants
- Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation
- The Breast Augmentation Consultation
- Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery
- The Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Exceptional Results
- Recovering From Breast Augmentation
- Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
- Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva of LEA Plastic Surgery to Perform My Breast Augmentation?
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery in our Newport Beach location offers women a variety of benefits. First and foremost, the procedure improves the size and shape of the breasts and can help patients feel more confident in their own skin. It can also create a more youthful figure and allow a woman to wear clothing that she may have not felt comfortable wearing in the past. Similar to our mommy makeover procedure, this can add a bit of a refreshed look to all women post-pregnancy.
Breast Implants Before-and After Pictures
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
There are two types of implants that have received FDA approval: saline and silicone. Different implant types have pros and cons and patients should discuss their options for breast implants in Orange County with Dr. Ho Taghva before making a decision.
Saline implants have a sterile salt water filling and a silicone shell. They are inserted empty and filled once they’ve been placed in the pocket of the breast. The greatest benefit of saline implants is that if they do rupture, the sterile salt will harmlessly absorb into the woman’s body. Saline implants are also affordable.
Silicone breast implants are popular because they offer a more natural look and feel and aren’t as firm and heavy as saline implants. They are pre-filled with a silicone gel that feels similar to natural breast tissue but is also more expensive than saline implants.
Cohesive gel implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, are a newer silicone breast implant option. They are firmer than traditional silicone implants and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. These implants hold their shape if they rupture and often look and feel very natural. However, these shaped implants may require a longer incision.
Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Women from a variety of backgrounds may benefit from the best breast augmentation Newport Beach has to offer. Good candidates include women who hope to change their breast size or shape, correct breast asymmetry or reconstruct their breasts after mastectomy.
This procedure is best for women who are bothered by their small breasts or those who would like to add volume in their breasts after experiencing aging, weight loss, or pregnancy and breastfeeding. In these cases, the procedure is often combined with a breast lift. A private breast enhancement consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva at LEA Plastic Surgery is a great way for prospective patients to determine if they are a good fit for this procedure.
The Breast Augmentation Consultation
Women who would like more information about breast augmentation in Newport Beach and are wondering whether they are a good candidate should schedule an initial consultation with our breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva. During the consultation, patients will discuss their cosmetic goals and go over what they hope to achieve from the procedure.
Dr. Ho Taghva will review the patient’s medical history and perform a physical exam. She will then recommend a treatment plan if the patient is a good candidate for breast enhancement at our Newport Beach plastic surgery center. She will also explain the cosmetic surgery procedure in great detail and answer any questions the patient may have.
Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Preparing for breast augmentation properly is important for patients who would like to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Women will need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements at least a week or two before the surgery. Patients who smoke will need to quit well in advance of implant placement as smoking can impair the healing process.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
During a breast enhancement at our Orange County facility, shaped implants are used to provide a woman with beautiful, natural-looking breasts. Breast implants are usually inserted through the armpit, in the crease below the breast fold, or through the edge of the areola in the nipple area. Incision locations depend on the particular patient and their goals.
The implants may be placed under or over the chest muscles and will appear seamless with the existing breast tissue. After Dr. Ho Taghva places the implants, she will use sutures to close the incision before applying gauze over the breasts to protect them as they heal. General anesthesia is used and the procedure usually takes about an hour.
Recovering From Breast Augmentation
After getting breast implants in our Orange County location, women can expect to feel a bit sore and tired for a few days. They’ll likely be able to resume their everyday routine after a few days as long as they refrain from vigorous physical activity. Those who work a desk job can expect to return to work about a week or two after the procedure.
A few days after the procedure, Dr. Ho Taghva will remove the gauze. The patient will typically need to wear a surgical bra to prevent the breasts from moving and allow them to recover properly. The sutures will usually be removed about a week or two after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Breast implants will “settle” over time so women can enjoy a beautiful, natural shape. While the full result of a breast augmentation is typically evident by the three-month mark, scars will continue to improve for a longer period of time.
Over the last several years, there have been many improvements in the design and performance of breast implants. In the past, breast implants required a replacement every 10 years. Now, they can last for far longer, especially when they are placed by a highly skilled breast augmentation surgeon in Newport Beach like Dr. Ho Taghva.
As with any surgery, breast augmentation comes with some risks including infection, swelling, anesthesia reactions, poor scarring, and changes in nipple and breast sensation.
Once a breast implant is in place, scar tissue forms around it and creates a tissue capsule. Capsular contracture one common risk of breast augmentation. It arises when the scar tissue around the breast implant hardens and changes in appearance.
Getting breast implants will not get in the way of or cause problems with a pregnancy. However, since pregnancy often changes the appearance of breasts, it’s wise for women to wait until they’re done having children before undergoing this procedure. If they get pregnant after a breast augmentation, their results may change and another plastic surgery procedure may be required.
Is a breast augmentation after pregnancy a good idea?
Pregnancy and childbirth leave many women with smaller, droopy breasts. With breast augmentation, they can restore their lost breast volume and enjoy the breast size they may have had before having kids. It’s common for our patients to get tummy tucks, liposuction, mommy makeover or other procedures with breast augmentation to achieve optimal results.
How is cup size selected?
There are various cup size options for women undergoing breast augmentation. Dr. Ho Taghva helps her patients make the best size implant choice for their build and personal preferences. She recommends that women find pictures of anyone who has their ideal breast size and share them during their consultation.
What is done to monitor the condition of breast implants?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva encourages patients who have undergone breast enhancement to visit her Orange County office on a yearly basis. When they do, she will examine the implants to make sure they are in good shape and answer any questions a patient may have. Since detecting ruptures is more of a challenge with cohesive gel implants than it is with saline implants, patients who have them must monitor them very carefully.
Do breast implants affect the results of a mammogram?
A mammogram can detect breast cancer early and is crucial for women who are middle-aged or older. Women who get a mammogram and have had breast augmentation in Newport Beach surgery should inform their technician to make sure they get accurate results.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva of LEA Plastic Surgery to Perform My Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is the medical mastermind behind LEA Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, offering breast augmentation procedures, breast lifts, and more. She is highly skilled and experienced in breast enhancement procedures and takes great pride in helping women look and feel amazing through customized treatment plans that offer a natural look and feel.
Dr. Ho Taghva earned her medical degree at Brown University and completed her plastic surgical training at the University of Southern California. You can count on her to take the time to get to know your unique aesthetic concerns and provide honest recommendations to help you meet your goals. She is one of the top board-certified plastic surgeons in Newport Beach and looks forward to meeting you!