When you want to enhance your breast size or shape, breast augmentation is the surgery you need to create the results you envision. Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts has extensive experience performing breast augmentation, guiding each woman through the process, explaining every option, and tailoring the surgery to meet each individual’s need. If you’re considering breast augmentation, call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online.
Breast augmentation primarily increases your breast size. However, it can also be done to change the shape of your breasts, improve symmetry, and to restore breasts to their normal size following weight loss or pregnancy.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure with a quick recovery. Most women are ready to leave the house in a day or two.
When you decide to undergo breast augmentation, you’ll have many decisions to make before your surgery. Dr. Elias is with you every step of the way, explaining your options, and helping you work through every decision so you can achieve your desired results.
These are a few of the top decisions you’ll make before surgery:
There are two types of implants. They’re both made from an outer silicone shell but each one is filled with a different substance.
Saline implants are inserted while they’re deflated, and then Dr. Elias fills them with saline, which is sterile saltwater. The saline filling gives these implants a firmer feel.
Silicone implants are prefilled with a gel-like silicone substance. The silicon gel makes them feel more like your natural breast tissue.
Your implants can be placed in front of or behind the chest muscle. Dr. Elias helps you decide which option is best for your body proportion and the look you want to achieve.
Although the basic implant shapes are round and teardrop, one type of silicone implant called the Gummy implant comes with a wide variety of sizes and fillings with different consistencies, giving you the ability to choose the breasts you want.
In conventional breast augmentation procedures, Dr. Elias carefully makes the incision in areas where a scar won’t be noticeable, such as in the fold under your breast, around the nipple, or in your armpit. But you also have the option of scarless surgery.
Dr. Elias is an expert in scarless breast augmentation, which is called transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA). During a TUBA, the doctor makes the incision in your belly button, then inserts your breast implant using narrow instruments to tunnel through fatty tissue in the abdomen. TUBA can only be done using a deflated saline implant.
Dr. Elias performs natural breast augmentation using your own body fat to enlarge your breasts rather than an implant. First, he uses liposuction to take fat from another part of your body, then the fat is injected into your breasts. A fat transfer works well for women making a moderate increase in breast size and who prefer natural results.
If you have any questions about breast augmentation procedures, call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts or book an appointment online.