Breast Augmentation Questions and Answers

Breast augmentation is the addition of a breast implant to enhance the appearance of your breasts. It is an outpatient surgery performed through a small (1.5 inch) incision (usually hidden in the lower breast fold). A breast implant is placed either under or over the muscle to add volume to your breasts and to enhance the shape.

There are a wide variety of implants choices available to women. All are made of a silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone gel. Silicone implants are the most popular type of implant used in the United States. Newer silicone implants include more cohesive implants (“gummy bear”), shaped (“tear drop”), or optimal filled implants. Each provide a unique advantage and provide different cosmetic looks that can be matched to each individual.

Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery that takes just a little more than 1 hour. Rapid recovery technique allows patients to recover with minimal pain with quick return to work in a few days. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting can resume after 4-6 weeks.

Fat grafting (an autologous fat transfer) is an implant free option to try. Breast fat transfers will enhance the appearance of your breasts. This method proves a natural way to add volume to breasts. The procedure involves removing fat tissue from another part of the body and placed in the breast. It is best utilized to achieve a small augmentation of about a half to one cup increase in your breast size.

The FDA has approved a variety of breast implants to be used in the United States. They have undergone extensive testing to “demonstrate reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness”. Breast implants are not lifelong devices. Additional surgery in the future may be required. Other risks include implant rupture, capsular contracture, systemic symptoms such as Breast Implant Illness (BII), or BIA-ALCL (with textured implants). Always discuss all of these with your surgeon at time of consultation.

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Dr. Mohebali performs most of his cosmetic surgeries at the Pacific Surgery Center which is the ambulatory surgery facility located adjacent to the office. The facility has attained the highest accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (Quad A) and is staffed by Board Certified Anesthesiologists who specialize in outpatient anesthesia for Plastic Surgery procedures.

Dr. Mohebali also has privileges to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries at:

  • Marin General Hospital
  • Marin General Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Marin Specialty Surgical Center (MSSC)
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center