Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills
Breast augmentation is a procedure performed to enhance the size of the breasts. It is commonly performed on women born with small breasts or mothers that have noticed a reduction in their breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation involves the placement of implants filled with a saline or silicone material.
Dr. Marc Mani is the go-to breast augmentation surgeon in Beverly Hills. Dr. Mani understands that his diverse clientele has different ideas of the perfect breast size and shape. His typical patients are professionals who desire a very natural-appearing improvement in the size and shape of the breasts. He works with his patients on an individual basis to achieve their unique cosmetic goals.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Suitable breast augmentation candidates are physically healthy, psychologically stable and do not have any chronic medical conditions that could increase the surgical risks or delay wound healing. Breast augmentation candidates should not smoke, or be able to quit several weeks prior to surgery.
The best candidates for breast augmentation have reasonable expectations of the procedure. They understand what can be realistically achieved, and they have consulted closely with Dr. Mani about the possible risks and outcomes.
If you desire larger, fuller breasts and would like to learn more about breast augmentation, Dr. Mani encourages you to schedule a personal consultation. During your consultation, he will take down a detailed medical history, perform a physical examination and inquire about your personal goals of surgery. Your implant options will also be discussed. Please call (310) 203-0511 to schedule an appointment.
Your Breast Implant Options
Since breast augmentation is different for every woman, you have important decisions to make about your procedure.
Implant type: Implants have an outer silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone material. Saline implants contain a sterile saltwater solution, and silicone implants contain a thick, viscous silicone gel material.
Dr. Mani uses silicone implants in the great majority of cases.
The majority of women and physicians feel that silicone implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. The safety profile of both silicone and saline implants is very similar and has been well-studied.
Implant shape: Implants come in teardrop and round shapes. Round shapes are fuller on top and produce more cleavage or a “push-up bra” result. Teardrop shapes are sloped, with more volume on the bottom, to resemble the curve of a natural breast.
Implant size: Implants can be filled to various capacities, depending on your desired results. Some women want conservatively sized implants for a natural-looking result, while others prefer a more dramatic enhancement. Dr. Mani measures implant size in cubic centimeters (cc’s) instead of cup size, since cup sizes can vary wildly between bra brands. Keep in mind that large implants require more natural breast tissue to conceal the edges.
Implant texture: Implants have a smooth or textured surface. Textured implants are less likely to move around within the breast pocket. Dr. Mani has also found that textured implants have a lower rate of capsular contracture.
Incision pattern: Implants can be placed through an incision around the areola-nipple complex, underneath the breast crease, in the armpit or through the belly button. Although some degree of scarring is unavoidable, Dr. Mani will place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible to minimize scarring.
Implant placement: Implants are placed either above or below the pectoralis (chest) muscle, depending on several factors. When the implants are placed sub-muscularly, there is a lower chance of capsular contracture, mammography is more reliable and there is a reduced risk of visible or palpable implant edges.
Dr. Mani will review your options and help you decide which placement and type of implant is best suited to your personal breast augmentation goals.
More about the Procedure
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is administered for your comfort.
Dr. Mani will make the surgical incision in the pre-determined location. He will create a small pocket within the natural breast tissue and carefully insert and position the implant. After placing the implant, Dr. Mani will close the incisions with sutures, dress the incisions and place a supportive bra around the breasts.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Mild discomfort or pain is common the first few days after surgery, but can be controlled with prescription medication. The breasts will also be sore, swollen and bruised; these symptoms will subside over time.
Although you will likely be able to return to work within a few days, you will have limited range of motion for several weeks. Avoid heavy lifting for two to three weeks, and refrain from any vigorous aerobic exercise for three to four weeks.
You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Mani where he will monitor your healing progress, remove bandages and sutures and advise when to resume work, exercise and your regular activities.
You will see immediate results after surgery, but it will take some time for your breast size and shape to stabilize. Once you’ve healed from surgery, you will be very pleased with your results.
With larger, fuller breasts and more cleavage, you will feel more confident with your figure. Your clothing options will increase and you will be more comfortable at the gym, beach and pool.
Depending on your natural breast size and position, you may consider a combination augmentation-lift, which restores saggy breasts to a higher position on the chest wall and increases their size. Dr. Mani can discuss this option with you during consultation.