About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that adds volume to breasts to result in a fuller look. It is generally known to be one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, providing women who dislike their breast size effective opportunities for improvement. With the help of implants or fat from the patient's body, this enhancement surgery improves breast shape and size, and results in a gorgeous and youthful outcome. San Francisco, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony is experienced in implementing this treatment and performs numerous breast augmentations every year. When you have your consultation at our practice, Dr. Anthony will assess your aesthetic desires and concerns and inform you of all of the choices available, while also customizing a treatment plan to exceed your personal goals.
During your initial consult with Dr. Anthony, the appropriate implant will be selected based on your body size and shape, as well as your desired outcome. Implants for augmentation are made in an assortment of shapes, sizes, textures, and profiles — each of which are considered carefully in order to reach the wanted outcome. Still, the most commonly used implant types are silicone or saline, both widely popular and approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An important fact is that women considering implants made with saline must be 18 years old, while patients must be a minimum of 22 years old in order to undergo treatment with silicone. Other considerations include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). In addition to the type of implant used, there are other distinct factors to decide.
Breast implant size is distinguished based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To choose the right volume, Dr. Anthony will measure how much native breast tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. In the operating room, it is normal for Dr. Anthony to temporarily switch out various implants to get a better idea on a suitable fit.
Implants come in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are widely used; however, most of our patients choose a round implant. It generally looks and feels more natural while adding a fullness to the top of the breast that many patients look for.
Implant profile equates to how far out the implant looks (projection). In other words, this is what is visible from the side angle. Most projections include low to extra high ranges.
Making Your Choices
We understand all of the considerations may be overwhelming, but choosing the appropriate implant is somewhat easy once the patient's desires are understood during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with the skill of Dr. Anthony, help to ensure the anticipated outcome is met.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"I went to Dr. Anthony for a post-babies breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck. I had already have two friends have the exact same work with him and they were happy with their results. My friend even showed me her breast and stomach and it all looked incredible. I was sold. Dr. A, has a great bed-side manner - very gentle, kind, down to earth. He treated me like and equal, not the haggard mother of three I felt like. After my surgery, most everything went fine, however my stomach had some issues and didn't look right. I do NOT blame him for this - I feel surgery is half the doctor and half our body and how it deals with the trauma we put it through. I took a risk, I went to a great doctor and sometimes things don't go like we'd hoped. What's great about this story is Dr. Anthony offered to fix it at his cost. This spoke volumes to me. I got a second opinion anyway and that surgeon said that Dr. Anthony would be able to take care of this and that "these things happen to even the best of surgeons". I went back under, and the results were incredible the second time around. I highly recommend Dr. Anthony's office!"- J.S. / Yelp / Jan 10, 2012
"I was referred to Dr. Anthony by a friend who had several girlfriends that all went to him for a B.A.. After interviewing 3 doctors I decided to go with Dr. Anthony because of his experiece, reviews and that comfort level. He and his staff explained the surgery in detail and answered all of my numerous questions. I wasn't looking to get a huge enhancement, just to look more proportionate to the rest of my body. Dr. Anthony understood what I wanted and had me look through a bunch of pictures of what I was thinking about without worrying about "size". The fact that he has done this over 1000 times really put my mind at ease. The day of surgery came and went and everything went just fine. I was concerned there would be a lot of pain during the recovery but was surprised that apart from being tired, I was alright. I was back at work one week after later. It's been about 6 months and I love my new breasts! They are exactly what I wanted- not too big and not too small. Scars are almost invincible and my mom keeps saying she cannot believe how natural they look (I think so too). The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 stars is I'm waiting for that tiny numbness to go away. Dr. Anthony assured me that it would with time. I would recommend Dr. Anthony to anyone. He and his staff are professional, knowledgable and very kind. What reassured me of my decision was on my way back from Hawaii a couple of months ago, I saw magazine featuring the top plastic surgeons in different cities...three guesses as to whose name was under San Francisco?"- C.L. / Yelp / Nov 27, 2011
"Had breast augmentation done by Dr. Anthony 4 years ago. My other Dr. overscored my tissue and I "bottomed out" and was lopsided. Dr. Anthony fixed them and they still look as good as ever. The staff was very professional as well."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 01, 2009
"Dr Anthony performed breast augmentation on me two months ago. The results are fantastic. After interviewing several top surgeons in the area I choose Dr Anthony for several reasons. Not only was he confident that he could perform my surgery with little complication risk, he was also very kind and patient with me. The procedure went very well. He took my 46 year old, nursed two children breasts and made them beautiful and full again. I alway wore heavily padded bras. Such a bummer in hot weather or when I want to wear something braless. They now look so natural that very few even notice the change.....until i take my clothes off. Yippee! I highly recommend Dr Anthony."- J.W. / Yelp / Dec 28, 2010
"Dr Anthony is neither god nor god sent. What this doctor is genuine, compassionate, extremely skillful, unbelievably caring, focused, great listener to your needs, reachable at any time if you need him. He will advise you on what needs to be done or corrected. Not for a moment he would try to recommend procedures that other plastic surgeons may suggest just to make more profit. As if Dr Anthony is not in it for the money. He explains what needs to be done so carefully and diligently that even a 7 year old would be able to comprehend. This review is based on Breast augmentation correction ( which was originally done by another plastic surgeon) and face/ neck lift. My advice to the readers: Consult with as many plastic surgeon as you see fit, and schedule a consultation with Dr Anthony last. Then judge for yourself and I am confident you will agree with this review concluded with an absolutely flawless result."- J.J. / Yelp / Aug 29, 2018
The decision to go through with breast augmentation surgery is a personal one for women. If you are thinking about having this procedure, it is essential you do it for yourself and nobody else. Ideal candidates should be healthy with breasts that are fully developed, and be the proper age to have implants. Individuals who are unhappy with the aesthetics of their chest because they seem flat could benefit from this cosmetic breast treatment. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to aging, nursing, or weight loss, this surgery can give them life with increased shape and fullness. It is a welcomed option for those who work out with weights or have little to no original breast mass.
Incision placement as well as implant location are factors that are generally made ahead of surgery. During breast augmentation, the chosen incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be placed into its position. There are two techniques that may be chosen for implant placement. These are either under the pectoral muscle, or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. Where to insert the breast implant depends on varying factors including the overall type and size of implant, along with the expertise of Dr. Anthony. No matter where the incision is placed, scarring is usually minimal. Placement and location is based upon your implant size, activity level, and body type.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. Following the incision, the chosen implant will be moved through the incision opening and deposited into a surgically created pocket, and then secured into its correct position. Once the implant is in position, the incision is carefully secured with skin adhesives or sutures. Each patient will be taken to a private recovery space and monitored prior to being released. You will be instructed to continue wearing a recovery compression bra to help reduce swelling. Several days after surgery, the bruising and swelling will begin to slowly go away, and the breasts will start to look and feel normal as they fall into their new position. Most patients can engage in everyday activities within a few days; however, physical exertion such as exercise should be delayed for approximately a couple of months. Breast augmentation surgery results in gorgeous outcomes that feel and appear both normal and natural. This procedure oftentimes can be a life changer for many women, offering them the opportunity to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your cost for breast augmentation will vary depending on your choices and whether you are getting any other surgeries. As soon as your treatment plan is made, Dr. Anthony will go over estimated costs as well as financing. To make sure you are happy with your results and they last a long time, it is better to focus on quality over low costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan might include implants, a lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the breasts, while implants enhance the shape and size. In your consultation with Dr. Anthony, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your treatment options. An augmentation and lift are usually included in a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you might want to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, talk to Dr. Anthony during your consultation. It's usually possible to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, with the right placement and technique. Breastfeeding and pregnancy can affect your results, which is why it is better to wait until your family is complete to get breast surgery.
Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide that you would like to remove or replace your implants. Should this happen, breast revision surgery is an option. In revision surgery, your old implants will be either replaced with different implants or removed. If you want to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift because larger implants may stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at our practice to learn more about your options.
Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is investigating a link between implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer; it is a cancer of the immune system. According to WHO (the World Health Organization), implant-related ALCL is very rare and if caught early, it's highly treatable. Dr. Anthony encourages all patients with implants to get frequent screenings for breast cancer. You should also contact our office if you see any concerns, like swelling.
Get the Look You Want
Breast enhancement surgery with implants is well sought out for many excellent reasons. This surgery is considered safe, and creates outstanding aesthetic results. With numerous available considerations, you can achieve the bustline you have always wanted. Our practice is pleased to offer this proven surgery and we welcome you to learn more. Contact us in San Francisco, CA to make your initial consultation with Dr. Anthony.