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Breast Augmentation

If you're a healthy, happy Southern California resident but you're dissatisfied with your breasts, it's natural to consider doing something about it. After all, our climate and culture invite us to engage in a variety of activities, wear stylish clothes and lead energetic, outdoor-oriented lives. An appealing shape just reflects good health and vitality. These are just some of the reasons Dr. Andrew Smith performs breast augmentation in Orange County, CA. As a breast enhancement specialist, he is qualified and experienced in helping women achieve the look they desire through breast augmentation surgery. Using breast implants, he can help you have larger, firmer and fuller breasts.

Southern California women choose Dr. Andrew Smith for their breast augmentation in Irvine, Corona, and Huntington Beach, CA for his skill and dedication to achieving excellent results. The best way to decide what's right for you is to request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith using his online form or call his office at (949) 653-7000.

When you choose Dr. Smith, you're choosing a breast specialist who

  • Is the Chief of the Subsection of Plastic Surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
  • Is one of the top surgeons in Orange County for complex breast revisions and reconstructions
  • Has performed thousands of breast surgeries during his 15+ years of surgical experience

When you choose an experienced surgeon like Dr. Smith, you may find he can enhance not only the size but the shape of your breasts. Breast implants can be placed using a variety of techniques to create the shape you desire. Implants may also be used to correct differences in breast sizes (asymmetry) or may be combined with a breast lift to correct sagging. And with the FDA approval of silicone gel implants, breast implants options are better than ever.

When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Smith will have a thorough discussion with you regarding your goals and he'll treat you according to your individual needs and requests. And to help you decide which implant size is right for you, Dr. Smith uses VECTRA® 3-D imaging, an innovative technology that lets you virtually "try on" different sizes to see how they suit your body type.

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Case 156, Breast Augmentation

51 year old female who is interested in adding breast fullness. She is not happy with her shape and superior or upper breast fullness after having children. She is interested in a conservative breast enhancement to increase her breast size. She is 5'6" and weighes 132 lbs. We did a silicone gel breast augmentation using 371 cc cohesive gel implants in the under the muscle or subpectoral plane. An infra-mammary incision was chosen for implant placement.

Case 161, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

51 year old female who was interested in improving the appearance of her abdomen and breasts. She had been working out and was not happy with the sagging of her breasts and their lack of fullness. We discussed a breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) in addition to a tummy tuck and liposuction of the waist. She had pre-existing breast asymmetry and we placed a larger implant on the left side to even out her breast volume. A full anchor mastopexy (breast lift) was done for this Orange County patient to raise her breast position. Implants were used to add fullness to the superior pole of her breasts and allow for better breast shaping. Her results are shown about three months po...

Case 235, Breast Augmentation

21 year old female who was interested in more breast fullness and asymmetry to her breast. A 371 cc implant was placed in the submuscular plane on the left and 457cc implant on the right using an inframammary incision. She achieved the fullness and asymmetry that she was looking for with her silicone gel implants and she is very happy with her results.

Case 154, Breast Augmentation

33 year old female from Riverside County who was interested in a breast augmentation as well as liposuction of her outer thighs. She is 5 foot 1 inches tall and weighs 143 pounds. Her preoperative cup size is 34 B and she wanted to add more breast fullness to a C-D range cup size. She had a breast implant procedure with placement of 339 cc and 371 cc silicone gel implants on the right and left side respectively to correct for her natural asymmetry. The implants were placed in the subpectoral plane using a below the breast or infra-mammary incision. She is very happy with her results from surgery.

Case 30, Breast Augmentation

This 26 year-old woman from Orange County, California was frustrated with the contour of her breasts and decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith to discuss her options. He explained various breast augmentation techniques that would enhance the size and shape of her breasts in accordance with her goals for her appearance. After weighing the benefits of a few different implant types, sizes, and surgical approaches she decided on an Orange County breast enlargement procedure using silicone implants. Before any breast augmentation, or "augmentation mammaplasty," Dr. Smith will work with you to understand your goals so that together you can determine the implant shape and siz...

Case 93, Breast Augmentation

This 39 year old Orange County, California woman had a breast augmentation. She is 5'3" 127 pounds. She started as a 34 B and put in saline implants 400cc under the muscle.

Case 157, Breast Augmentation, Breast Revision

40 year old female who had a previous breast augmentation and was very unhappy with her result. She had a saline subglandular augmentation and her implants have resulted in severe rippling and her implants have ended up under her arms. She has a lack of central fullness and her implants end up on her side when she lays down. We did a breast augmentation revision with a complex surgical approach. A switch to larger silicone gel implants along with a pocket change to subpectoral was done. The pocket change utilized AlloDerm® dermal matrix to define the pocket and reduce rippling postoperatively. This resulted in a dramatic improvement and has almost completely eliminated her rippling....

Case 63, Breast Augmentation

39 year-old Orange County female before and after breast augmentation. She had placement of 350cc moderate profile saline implants in the submuscular position. An inframammary incision was used for access to the pocket. She was interested in a breast augmentation to correct post-partum atrophy after having children and breastfeeding. Her preoperative cup size was a small B, but a significant amount of superior pole volume loss was present. A breast augmentation with saline implants was performed to correct her lack of breast fullness. She chose saline implants for personal reasons, although a similar result would have been achieved with silicone implants. Her postoperative photos are approxi...

Case 159, Breast Augmentation

47 year old female from Orange County who was interested in a very conservative breast augmentation procedure. She did not like the amount of fullness that she had and wanted to add volume mainly in the upper breast. She did not want her result to be "obvious" and wanted to look better in bathing suits and certain clothes. We planned for a breast augmentation using 265 cc midrange profile silicone gel implants which matched her chest width and volume expectations. She is 5'6" and weighs 125 lbs and was an A cup size. Her desired cup size was a full B cup and this is precisely what was achieved with her breast augmentation surgery. She recovered quickly from surgery and is very happy wi...

Case 160, Breast Augmentation, Breast Revision

27 year old female from Riverside County who had a previous breast augmentation procedure and developed a "double bubble" or loosening of the inframammary fold. This also resulted in visible rippling at the top of her breasts even though her implants were under the muscle. She had saline implants in place, and was satisfied with her volume, but wanted her breast folds and rippling to be improved. We did a breast revision in our Orange County surgical center for her to re-establish her inframammary folds. This consisted of a capsulorraphy (pocket sutures) on both sides to elevate the fold of her breasts and correct her breast augmentation. She chose to keep her existing saline implants u...

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Your Breast Enlargement Procedure

Dr. Smith performs most of his surgical procedures at the Laguna Hills Surgery Center. The center is a private facility offering a state-of-the-art environment with the highest levels of safety, comfort and privacy. The Laguna Hills Surgery Center is located on El Toro Road just minutes from the 405 and 5 freeways. The Ayres Hotel is located conveniently in the same complex if you should require a hotel stay.

General anesthesia is Dr. Smith's preferred choice for breast surgery, though he will discuss all options with you. All anesthesiologists are board-certified and experienced in outpatient surgery.

The procedure itself lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes, and you'll spend about 2 hours in recovery before going home.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation Surgery

During the first 2 days following your procedure, you can expect moderate discomfort you should be able to control with prescribed medication. You may notice pain when you use your arms or get up from a lying or sitting position. You may also see some bruising and swelling. It is important to limit your activity during this time to ensure a smooth recovery.

Dr. Smith will want you to come in for a post-operative visit the first or second day following surgery. Your dressings will then be removed and you'll be fitted with a bra to wear for a few weeks.

Most patients feel they are able to return to light work within just a few days. You can expect to tire more easily than usual for several days and you should refrain from strenuous activity. After several days you should find your swelling much improved and feel able to resume a normal routine.

Scarring and Complications

The short (approximately 1 inch) incision Dr. Smith uses for most breast augmentation procedures is generally placed in the fold under the breast, under the arm, or around the areola (nipple). If a significant breast lift (mastopexy) is done at the same time, additional incisions may be necessary.

The resulting scars generally heal very well and are often nearly invisible. Everyone heals differently, however, and scars are unpredictable. If a scar heals with a slightly undesirable appearance, there are several methods for improvement.

The most common complications after breast augmentation are cosmetic, including dissatisfaction with size or symmetry. These can best be avoided by good communication before surgery. Other issues such as capsular contracture and implant rupture can occur. These will be discussed during your consultation. And you can read more about advantages and disadvantages of implant types on our Breast Implant Options page.

After Your Breast Enhancement Surgery

Most patients want to be active physically and sexually. The procedure is designed so that there should be no restrictions after normal healing. Once you are fully recovered, you can resume your active routine with no limitations.

The goal of breast augmentation is for you to love your figure. Request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith to explore the exciting possibilities.

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