A breast augmentation for some women boosts confidence and for others, it’s part of rebuilding the breast post-pregnancy or other surgery. At the George D. Kovacs, MD in Hawthorne, California, compassionate surgeon George Kovacs, MD offers breast augmentation procedures to enhance breast size and shape and address aesthetic concerns. If you’re considering a breast augmentation, you should start with a comprehensive personal consultation and call or book online today.
A breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure to increase the breast size and enhance breast shape. A breast augmentation involves placing breast implants under your chest muscles or breast tissue.
You might choose a breast augmentation to help you to:
A breast augmentation can also correct uneven breasts following breast surgery for other conditions.
To prepare for your breast augmentation, you consult with Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark about your preferences for size, appearance, and feel of your breasts. Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark describe the specific types of implants: smooth or textured, teardrop-shaped or round, and saline or silicone. You also discuss the surgical techniques.
You may need a baseline mammogram prior to your surgery and you may be asked to avoid certain medications. You should plan ahead for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you, at least for the first night.
A breast augmentation rarely requires an overnight stay as you can usually return home on the same day.
Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia. To insert the breast implant, Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark makes a single incision in one of three places:
After making an incision, Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark separates your breast tissue from the connective tissue and muscles of your chest. This creates a pocket either in front of or behind the outermost muscle of your chest wall (pectoral muscle).
Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark inserts the implant into this pocket and centers it behind your nipple. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel and saline implants are inserted empty and then filled with sterile salt water once they're properly in place.
When the implant is in place, Dr. Kovacs or Dr. Clark closes the incision, usually with stitches, and bandages it with special skin adhesive and surgical tape.
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, call George D. Kovacs, MD or schedule your personal consultation online.