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 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.
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.