Breast Augmentation Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY SPECIALIST – DR. FARBOD ESMAILIAN
Breast augmentation, also known as breast implant surgery, has the specific purpose of increasing breast size. While this may sound very direct, there are many factors to consider. The size of the patient’s body can help determine the size of the breast implants. The patient’s anatomy can help determine the profile, or projection, of the implant. There is also the matter of placement, and where the implants will sit within the chest cavity.
Each component must be thoroughly considered before undergoing surgery. For those interested in breast implants, Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Esmailian specializes in breast augmentation, and your initial consultation and examination as well as your personal preference will determine how the surgery is conducted.
In many cases, breast augmentation is simply a way for patients to enhance their image and confidence. In other cases, however, it comes on the coattails of a mastectomy due to breast cancer. In either case, Dr. Esmailian is sensitive to his patients’ needs and will deliver the best breast augmentation Orange County has available.
PLANNING YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION AT OUR ORANGE COUNTY SURGICAL CENTER
During the planning phase of breast augmentation, there are certain factors to consider and several choices to make including types of breast implants. While some of these depend upon the natural anatomy of your body, others depend upon your personal preference. Dr. Esmailian will carefully consider each factor, consulting with you thoroughly to ensure a total understanding between doctor and patient ensuring he gives you the most exceptional results with breast implants Orange County has available.
As the most feminine feature of a woman’s body, breasts play a major role in both figure and function. As the years pass, they have a tendency to lose their shape, succumbing to the effects of age and gravity. Additionally, many women inherently have breasts they find unsatisfying due to lack of volume. Whatever the cause may be, breast augmentation surgery is an effective approach to handling these issues, restoring volume and buoyancy when they have been lost, or establishing them for the first time.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE
Once the patient has been properly and safely sedated by our board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Esmailian will begin the procedure. It starts with an incision, placed in one of the three locations mentioned above. This incision has been fully discussed beforehand so the patient understands the location and shape of the scar as well as the expected recovery time.
With the incision made, Dr. Esmailian creates a pocket for the implant. This pocket will be slightly larger than the implant size. This is because the implant should have some space to move around, which contributes to a natural look and feel. Once the pocket is created, Dr. Esmailian inserts the implant using a device called a Keller Funnel, which minimizes friction and strain between the implant and the incision, lending further safety to the procedure.
At this point, Dr. Esmailian will close the breast tissue leading to the pocket as well as the outer incision. He does this using precise suture techniques to minimize scarring. Once this is done, the breast augmentation is complete.
AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY AT OUR ORANGE COUNTY SURGICAL CENTER
Immediately following your surgery, the first step is to relax in our recovery room. You can remain there until you are fully awake, at which point you will be released to go home. Transportation should be arranged beforehand, as you will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours following the surgery.
While Dr. Esmailian recommends waiting a full week before returning to work, some patients are able to do it in 5 or 6 days, provided the work does not require physical strain. The first week is also accompanied by a special supportive bra, and after this time it may be replaced by a sports bra. About two weeks after your breast implant surgery with Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Esmailian, you can resume wearing your normal bras and bikini tops.
EXERCISE AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION AT OUR ORANGE COUNTY OFFICE
Exercise and any sort of strenuous activity are prohibited for the first five days following surgery. Light exercise may be resumed at this point, but more vigorous physical activity should not take place until three weeks after surgery.
Your relationship with our friendly Orange County office is not over once the breast implants procedure is complete. For the weeks and months following the surgery, we are at your disposal—you are more than welcome to call whenever you like with any questions or concerns. Additionally, there will be several follow up appointments with Dr. Esmailian to make sure the healing process is going as planned. All in all, your care after the procedure is just as thorough as it was during the procedure.
Breast augmentation is a very effective standalone procedure, but may also be combined with other procedures for total beautification. Below are procedures that are most commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. Please feel free to ask Orange County breast augmentation specialist Dr. Esmailian further questions upon your initial consultation. For patients who are unhappy with previous breast augmentation procedures, Dr. Esmailian delivers some of the best breast implant revision Orange County has to offer.
- Orange County Plastic Surgery
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Revision Surgery
- Inverted Nipple Correction
- Breast Reconstruction
- Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Options
- Common Breast Implant Problems
- Nipple & Areola Reduction
- Silicone Breast Implants
- Breast Implant Removal (Breast Explant Surgery)
Breast implant surgery is not to be taken lightly. Although it is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the cosmetic world, it is one that requires delicacy and precision. Please give us a call to find out more about why Dr. Esmailian’s patients rave about his technique, calling it the finest breast augmentation Orange County has to offer.
BREAST AUGMENTATION POPULARITY
Since 2006, breast augmentation has ranked as the number one cosmetic surgical procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with nearly 300,000 augmentations performed in 2014, breast augmentation surgery remains at the top of the list for cosmetic surgical procedures; 23 percent of these procedures were completed using saline implants and 77 percent using silicone implants.
REASONS WOMEN IN ORANGE COUNTY CHOOSE TO HAVE A BREAST AUGMENTATION
Because breast augmentation is an extremely personal procedure, a woman should choose to have the procedure for her own personal reasons and not for someone else. Women who are unhappy with the way their breasts look may decide to have a breast augmentation to:
- Improve their self-confidence
- Make their breasts fuller and increase their projection
- Enhance their self-image
- Improve the proportions of their body to balance their figure
- Reconstruct their breasts following an injury or mastectomy
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
A woman is a good candidate for breast augmentation who:
- Is unhappy with the volume, size and/or shape of her breasts.
- Has a realistic expectation as to what an augmentation can do for her.
- Is physically healthy and does not have any major medical problems.
- Has breasts that appear asymmetrical either in shape or volume and would like to obtain better symmetry.
- Is unhappy because the upper parts of her breasts appear empty and would like to augment the upper pole to obtain more fullness.
- Has one or both of her breasts did not develop properly.
- Is done developing and has no longer experience any further growth in her breasts.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION IN ORANGE COUNTY
Dr. Esmailian will take as much time as necessary to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the surgery during your initial consultation. He will outline a detained and personalized plan during the visit and discuss all your implant options: saline vs silicone, anatomic vs round, smooth vs textured. Some things you should be prepared to answer during your visit include:
1. The reasons you would like to have a breast augmentation, expectations and desired outcome.
2. Any current medical conditions and previous medical treatments you have had.
3. Bring a list of your current medications, herbal supplements and vitamins with you.
4. Get the results of previous mammograms or biopsies you have had and bring these with you to your breast augmentation consultation.
5. If you have a family history of breast cancer, be sure to let Dr. Esmailian know.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION: INITIAL EXAMINATION
During your augmentation consultation with Dr. Esmailian at his Orange County office, he will evaluate your general health. Dr. Esmailian will also discuss pre-existing health conditions and/or risk factors with you at this time.
Dr. Esmailian will want to examine and measure your breasts during the consultation. He will take detailed measurements of their size and shape as well as address skin quality, and nipple and areola placement.
Photographs are usually taken during your preop visit, as the breast implant sizing takes place then as well. A great deal of time is spent during the preoperative visit to make certain that you make the right decision about your implant size. Dr. Esmailian will guide you through this process and make certain that you go down the right path.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION: DISCUSSING YOUR OPTIONS
Once Dr. Esmailian completes his initial examination, he will discuss your options and give a recommendation as to the course of treatment he can offer at his Los Alamitos office. Patients are always welcome to return for a second consultation or call the office if they come up with any questions that they may have overlooked during the initial consultation.
3 COMMON QUESTIONS PATIENTS ASK DURING THEIR BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION WITH DR. ESMAILIAN
1. IS BREASTFEEDING POSSIBLE FOLLOWING A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Yes, an augmentation will not affect your ability to breastfeed; however, women should wait at least 6 months after their breast augmentation procedure to become pregnant. The incision type, periareolar vs inframammary, usually does not make a difference in a woman’s ability to be able to breast feed after this procedure.
2. WILL MY BREAST AND/OR NIPPLE SENSATION CHANGE AFTER A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Typically not and the percentages are likely less than 5%. Those women who do experience changes may have complete return of sensation but at times this may take 1 year. Incision type, periareolar vs inframammary, does not change the risk of loss of nipple sensation. Large implant does increase the risk of nipple/areola loss of sensation.
3. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
The good news is that the results of your breast augmentation will be visible immediately following your procedure. However, it does take some time for the breasts to take shape and form. It will generally take 4 months before the implants have settled and the final result is achieved.
SOME WOMEN CHOOSE TO HAVE A BREAST AUGMENTATION AND A LIFT
A breast augmentation at our surgical center in Orange County, in and of itself, cannot address severely drooping breasts; some women choose to have an augmentation to create fuller breasts and a breast lift to raise drooping breasts. Breast augmentation and a breast lift may be performed safely as a combination surgery, meaning can be performed at the same surgery. In very small percentage of cases, it may not be safe to perform both those procedures at the same time, therefore, the breast lift may be performed first and then breast implants place approximately 4 months later.
BREAST AUGMENTATION IN ORANGE COUNTY
Dr. Farbod Esmailian is a double board-certified plastic surgeon whose office is located in Orange County. Dr. Esmailian is proficient in performing various cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures; however, he is renowned for his ability to provide beautiful, natural-looking breast enhancements.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BREAST IMPLANT SIZE
One of the first questions that many patients ask Dr. Farbod Esmailian at his Orange County office is: “What size implant should I choose?” If you want natural-looking results, you have to balance the reasons you want to have a breast augmentation with remaining somewhat conservative. When considering a breast implant size, think shape and proportion as opposed to cup size.
CONSIDER SHAPE AND PROPORTION
The cup size for breast augmentation patients is subjective because bra manufacturer sizes and the way bras are worn vary. Another issue that causes confusion is cleavage. Many patients believe that increasing their breast size will give them more cleavage. However, the amount of cleavage you have is determined by the width and shape of your chest as well as by how close your breasts are to one another.
HOW A BREAST AUGMENTATION AFFECTS CLEAVAGE
If you have a narrow chest and your breasts are close together, even a small implant can give you great cleavage. On the other hand, if you have a wide chest and there is a substantial space between your breasts, you will enjoy fuller breasts, but additional cleavage is not more difficult to obtain. In certain cases additional shaping can be performed and an appropriate implant diameter can be chosen to help with the cleavage area. Despite this, following your breast augmentation, you can purchase a bra designed to give you even a greater cleavage if desired.
YOUR MEASUREMENTS CAN HELP DETERMINE A BREAST SIZE THAT WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH NATURAL-LOOKING RESULTS
Once you decide that you would like to have a breast augmentation, several factors must be taken into consideration to determine the implant size that will provide you with the most natural-looking results. When choosing your breast implant size, Dr. Esmailian will need to take into account your height, body frame, weight, hip width, current breast volume and shoulder width into consideration. Dr. Esmailian will take additional measurements during your consultation at his office in Orange County to help you choose the breast implant size that will provide you with the best results. He will measure your chest, nipple-areola complex (its size and position on the breast), the level of your breast droop (if any) and your natural breast size. Each of these factors helps determine which implant size will provide you with the results you desire.
BREAST IMPLANT SIZE VS. CUP SIZE – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
While some believe that the volume of an implant is comparable to a particular cup size, this is a misconception. An implant size is based on the amount of gel or fluid within the implant itself. The amount of gel or fluid inside an implant is measured in cubic centimeters (cc).
Keep in mind that as implant volume increases, a larger implant may be necessary to maintain proportion. Therefore, an individual who is 5’1” tall and petite needs a smaller implant size than an individual with broad hips and shoulders who stands 5’8” tall.
USE THESE STEPS TO DETERMINE THE BREAST SIZE YOU LIKE
STEP ONE: PICTURE COMPARISON
Look at the before and after breast augmentation photos on Dr. Esmailian’s website: Find a before photo of a patient who has breast characteristics and physical traits that are similar to yours. Although the implant size that you desire cannot actually be determined by viewing photos of someone else, you can find a photo that resembles the look you desire. This gives Dr. Esmailian insight into what you would like him to accomplish with your breast augmentation.
STEP TWO: THE RICE TEST
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- At least one pair of knee high nylons
- Dry rice
- Measuring cups (1 cup and 1/4 cup)
- A sports bra (without padding or an underwire)
- Various types of clothing (formal dress, cocktail dress, form-fitting t-shirts, favorite tops, etc.)
- A mirror that allows you to see your entire figure
You can ‘try on’ various breast sizes at home by performing the Rice Test. This process allows you to determine what looks too big and what seems too small for you. Although Dr. Esmailian does have various implant sizers that you can try on in his Orange County office, the Rice Test is a great starting point. In addition, the Rice Test is performed at home; therefore, you can take your time and ponder your options.
THE RICE TEST
1. Take a pair of knee high nylons (you should avoid using nylons that offer additional support as well as knee highs that have a reinforced toe) and fill each nylon with 1 ½ cups of rice.
2. Tie a knot on the top of each nylon – approximately 3 inches above the rice.
3. Shape the rice-filled nylons into patties. They must be as even as possible in projection and as large as your natural breast’s circumferential base.
4. Put the sports bra on and insert the pre-formed rice patties.
5. Try on the different outfits and tops you have gathered.
6. If you are not sure about a size, take a photo of yourself. After taking several photos of yourself in various size rice patties, you can compare them to one another. Ideally, take each photo wearing the same clothing item: This will make comparing the sizes easier.
CHANGING THE SIZE OF THE RICE PATTIES:
You can add or remove the rice by ¼ cup at a time and then try the clothing on again until you are happy with the way your breasts look.
Once you determine which size rice patties you think looks the best, bring them with you to your next appointment with Dr. Esmailian at his office in Orange County. He can use these to help determine your implant size. Understand that the “look” of the rice will not resemble your final breast shape but it does give a good indication for volume.
MENTOR VOLUME SIZING SYSTEM:
On your preoperative visit which is generally 2 weeks before the scheduled surgery, Dr. Esmailian will review the photos you bring in, as well as your measurement on the rice test as well as your measurements that were taken during your consultation. At this point, the Mentor Volume Sizing System is used to solidify your implant volume and to finalize the look you are striving for. Patients are very content after this visit with Dr. Esmailian, and feel that they have made the correct choice with their breast implant sizing.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DETERMINING YOUR BREAST IMPLANT SIZE
Consider how you would like to be perceived. Some women prefer larger breasts than would be expected for their frame; whereas, other women prefer a more natural-looking breast augmentation result. If you are an athlete or you enjoy to run, make sure that the breast implant you choose will not interfere with your regular fitness routine. Avoid choosing an implant size based on someone else. For example, if a friend of yours had a breast augmentation procedure and chose an implant size of 350cc, even if her body frame is similar to yours, it is important to be open to the various implant options you have available. By considering all of the options, chances are you will find the breast implant size that is perfect for you. Although Dr. Esmailian may make recommendations, the final decision as to the implant size you receive is yours.
The most important factor is not what size implant you end up with, but how happy you are with the way that you look after your breast augmentation procedure with Orange County’s Top Plastic Surgeon Dr. Farbod Esmailian is complete.
BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQS (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
ARE SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS SAFE?
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
CAN A BREAST AUGMENTATION IN ORANGE COUNTY FIX DROOPY BREASTS?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE INCISION TO HEAL?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE SCARS TO FADE AFTER BREAST IMPLANT SURGERY?
WILL I BE IN A LOT OF PAIN AFTER SURGERY?
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK?
IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN FINANCE MY BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH DR. ESMAILIAN?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT INCISIONS THAT ARE USED AND WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?
WHAT IS BETTER BEHIND OR IN FRONT OF THE MUSCLE?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PROFILES AND WHICH WOULD WORK BEST FOR ME?
WHAT IS A DUAL PLANE BREAST AUGMENTATION?
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS AVAILABLE?
WHAT IS THE IDEAL BREAST IMPLANT?
WHAT IS A GUMMY IMPLANT OR WHICH IMPLANT IS THE GUMMIEST?
HOW BIG CAN I GO?
Your best path to determine what size would work and how big you can be would be to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Make certain the surgeon you choose has great deal of experience in breast implant surgeries.
HOW LONG IS THE SURGERY?
HOW MUCH PAIN WILL I BE IN AFTER THE SURGERY?
WHAT ABOUT RECOVERY TIME, HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED OFF OF WORK?
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN EXERCISE?
DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE IMPLANTS EVERY 10 YEARS?
If you reside in or around Orange County and you want to learn more about the procedures we offer, please contact us today at 562.999.3472 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Farbod Esmailian. If you prefer, we also have an online contact form to request a consultation.