Many women are dissatisfied with the size, shape, and contour of their breasts. Breast augmentation can help women with small breasts enhance the size and shape of their breasts or restore the volume loss after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Traditionally, breast augmentation has been an invasive procedure, often requiring large incisions and an extended recovery period. Today, however, women can undergo breast implant surgery with smaller discreet incisions, lessening trauma to the tissue, and a shorter recovery period. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is proud to offer endoscopic breast augmentation in Orange County & Newport Beach, CA, at LEA Plastic Surgery.
- What is Endoscopic Breast Augmentation?
- Exceptional Results
- Breast Implant Types
- Exceptional Results
- Endoscopic Breast Augmentation Benefits
- Ideal Candidates
- Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in Newport Beach
- Exceptional Results
- Preparing for Surgery
- Exceptional Results
- The Endoscopic Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Exceptional Results
- Recovery Process
- Exceptional Results
- Why should I choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Book your Appointment Today
What is Endoscopic Breast Augmentation?
During a traditional breast augmentation procedure, a plastic surgeon typically creates incisions around the nipples or within the breast crease to place the implants, depending on the type of implant the patient has requested. During an endoscopic breast augmentation, Dr. Ho Taghva prefers to use an advanced surgical technique that involves an endoscope (a tiny camera) to visualize beneath the skin.
Through a small incision created in the patient’s underarm, Dr. Ho Taghva inserts the endoscopic tube to perform the surgery. This method poses less harm to surrounding tissues and undetectable incisions. While this has become a routine technique in Dr. Ho Taghva’s practice, many other board-certified plastic surgeons do not yet offer endoscopic breast augmentation.
Breast Implant Types
Two types of implants have received FDA approval: saline and silicone. Different implant types have pros and cons; patients should discuss their options for breast implants in Orange County with Dr. Ho Taghva before deciding.
Saline implants have a sterile saltwater filling and a silicone shell. They are inserted empty and filled once placed in the pocket of the breast. The 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 like breast tissue but is also more expensive than saline implants.
Cohesive gel implants, or “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 maintain form if they rupture and often look and feel very natural. However, these shaped implants may require a longer incision.
Endoscopic Breast Augmentation Benefits
Patients typically choose endoscopic breast augmentation in Orange County with Dr. Ho Taghva over the traditional approach because of the many benefits of this technique. Rather than using large incisions to access the underlying structures of the breast, the doctor can preserve many areas of the chest while preparing the implant site.
Women enjoy a shorter and comfortable recovery after endoscopic breast implant surgery. The results help them feel less self-conscious once healed because we conceal the small scars in the underarm. There are typically fewer complications with endoscopic breast augmentation surgery because nerves and blood vessels can be seen and avoided whenever possible.
The best candidates for endoscopic breast augmentation at our Newport Beach practice are women seeking breast enlargement interested in a less-invasive plastic surgery procedure. Any prospective patient must be healthy enough to gain approval for surgery.
Good candidates include women who hope to change their breast size or shape, correct breast asymmetry, or reconstruct their breasts after mastectomy.
Candidates must also be realistic in their aesthetic goals and willing to follow post-care instructions for the best results. Women may need to postpone their endoscopic breast implant surgery if they:
- plan to have more children
- are not at a stable weight
- have certain health conditions
Each prospective patient must attend an endoscopic breast implant consultation in Orange County at LEA Plastic Surgery. Dr. Goretti Ho Tagva will meet with you to determine candidacy and establish goals for the procedure.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in Newport Beach
Dr. Ho Taghva will collect and review the patient’s medical history, examine the breasts, and talk with the woman about her size and shape preferences. Some women want natural-looking results; others are interested in dramatic volume and cleavage.
During the consultation, Dr. Ho Tagva will explain the procedure in full so patients can learn how she performs endoscopic breast augmentation, including the pros and cons of this method. Patients are encouraged to address any questions or concerns they may have.
Preparing for Surgery
Patients can prepare for their upcoming endoscopic breast augmentation procedure in Orange County by booking their travel plans well in advance, if applicable.
Preparing for breast augmentation surgery is important for patients to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Women will need to lessen the dosage or 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 beforehand as smoking can impair the healing process.
Patients should also ask a family member or friend to remain at the facility during the surgery and drive them home or to their hotel. It is best to stay at least the first night after surgery in case the patient needs assistance.
Dr. Ho Tagva typically recommends that women rest up for a week after surgery before returning to work and avoid certain physical activities for up to 6 weeks. You may need to schedule in advance to prepare for the time away from everyday activities.
The Endoscopic Breast Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Taghva performs endoscopic breast augmentation on an outpatient basis at GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, located directly adjacent to LEA Plastic Surgery in Orange County. The facility is Medicare Accredited (the highest level of certification) with a surgical team that ensures patients feel comfortable and receive excellent quality of care.
When the patient arrives at the plastic surgery center, they will change into a hospital gown and meet with Dr. Ho Taghva before the procedure. The surgeon will create surgical markings on the breasts and go over the specific goals of the surgery.
If add-on procedures like a breast lift or a mommy makeover had been requested, the surgeon will explain the plan for those too. The surgeon covers this during the consultation and before the surgery to keep the patient confident and informed.
The patient will be anesthetized and asleep from the beginning to the end of the breast enhancement and other elected procedures. The team will prep the skin, creating incisions in the transaxillary region of the underarm, and an endoscope or small camera is inserted through a tube to guide Dr. Ho Taghva during the surgery.
Implant placement may be above or under the chest muscle and closer to the chest wall; it depends on the type of breast appearance the patient wishes to achieve. Saline implants are inserted empty and filled once in place, while silicone implants are pre-filled. The doctor may need to stretch the overlying tissue and skin with expanders before placing silicone breast implants.
The breast augmentation procedure may include the placement of surgical drains so the patient can release fluid build-up once home. The small incision sites are sutured shut. We then take the patient into recovery.
After endoscopic breast augmentation in Orange County, patients can be driven home by a friend or family member. Our team fits the patient with a post-surgical bra or other support garments. We also provide aftercare instructions if the patient has drains attached.
Patients should have a family member or a friend assist with postoperative care tasks as needed. Once home, patients may feel sleepy as the anesthesia wears off.
We recommend that patients rest on their back and at a 45-degree angle to prevent swelling. Use a cold compress if needed. We advise patients to attempt to avoid showering and bathing for the first 24 hours. Any bruising and swelling will gradually subside over the coming days and weeks.
A few days after the procedure, Dr. Ho Taghva will remove the gauze. The sutures will usually be removed about a week or two after surgery.
Why should I choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is one of the top Endoscopic Breast Augmentation surgeons in Newport Beach and Orange County. Patients from all over the country and those local to Southern California, including Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, travel to LEA Plastic Surgery for an Endoscopic Breast Augmentation in Newport Beach. Some patients even travel internationally for her expertise.
Due to her many years of experience performing Endoscopic Breast Augmentation, Dr. Ho Taghva is keenly attuned to the delicate complexities of the Breast. She is an exceptional Endoscopic Breast Augmentation surgeon who is:
- Board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Received additional post-residency training in Korea for Asian Aesthetic Surgery
- Experienced in a diverse range of surgeries including Asian rhinoplasty, Asian blepharoplasty, breast lift, full facial rejuvenation, facelifts, and endoscopic brow lifts
- Understands the Asian cultural background
- Highly skilled in cosmetic surgery and provides natural-looking changes that match each patient’s goals, add beauty, and bring facial harmony while preserving unique Asian aesthetics
- Keenly attuned to the delicate complexities of the Asian nose and facial features
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Ho Taghva offers her patients a range of breast implant options at LEA Plastic Surgery, including the SIENTRA gummy bear silicone implant and the IDEAL implant, a modern saline option. The gummy bear implant contains cohesive silicone gel. The IDEAL implant is an advanced saline breast implant created to mimic the feel of silicone breast implants, which are usually the more natural option. During the consultation, we will determine which brand and implant type is best for you.
Breast implants will “settle” over time so women can enjoy a beautiful, natural shape. While the complete result of a breast augmentation is typically evident by the three-month mark, scars will continue to improve as time goes on.
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 ten years. Now they last for far longer, especially when placed by a highly-skilled breast augmentation surgeon in Newport Beach like Dr. Ho Taghva.
Endoscopic breast augmentation surgery is associated with some side effects and risks. They include bleeding, nerve damage, infection, undesired shape or size, capsular contracture, and rippling.
Once a breast implant is in place, scar tissue forms around it and creates a tissue capsule. Capsular contracture is a common risk of breast augmentation. It arises when the scar tissue around the breast implant hardens and changes in appearance.
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 with their ideal breast size and share them during their consultation.
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva encourages patients who have undergone breast enhancement to visit her Orange County office yearly. During the visit, she examines the implants to ensure they are in good shape and answer patient concerns. 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.
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 technicians to ensure accurate results.
Newport Beach endoscopic breast augmentation is typically considered a safer alternative to implant placement through the belly button (transumbilical or TUBA surgery). Because Dr. Ho Taghva feels that the TUBA approach is risky and provides less consistent results, she offers endoscopic breast augmentation only using the transaxillary approach through the armpit.
Many women are understandably concerned about the risk of capsular contracture after breast augmentation (scar tissue squeezing the breast implant). While this complication can occur with any incision pattern, it is most common with the periareolar approach. Dr. Ho Taghva minimizes the risk for capsular contracture in several ways, including her use of the “no-touch” technique with the help of a Keller funnel to place the implants. The reduced bleeding and trauma involved with the endoscopic technique also helps to keep complication rates low.
While some pain and discomfort are to be expected during recovery, Dr. Ho Taghva utilizes the endoscope to guide her around sensitive tissues that would otherwise be cut or disrupted during surgery. Patients will be anesthetized during the procedure and will be prescribed a pain management regimen. Positioning, cold compresses, and at-home breast massages will help to control post-surgical discomfort.
There have been many recent advancements in breast implant design, including the introduction of IDEAL IMPLANTS, which provide women with safer, more natural-looking augmentation. Implant placement also influences the final appearance of the breasts. Dr. Ho Taghva inserts the implants beneath breast tissue for a better aesthetic. Once healed, women will usually look and feel as though they have naturally larger breasts.