The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation

Getting Implants in the San Francisco Bay Area

A breast augmentation is, quite simply, exactly what it sounds like. Women who desire better proportions, a better fit in their clothing, or restoration after changes in their body from age or breast-feeding may choose to get implants that physically augment—in other words, enlarge—their breasts. Our goal with breast augmentation at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center is to achieve natural results that have our patients looking and feeling great, whether they are seeking a subtle enhancement or a head-turning boost.

The breast augmentation procedure can be performed alone, but it's important to note that a breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, firmer, and stand out more, but won't raise them higher. If you're looking for more than what breast augmentation alone can offer, know that it can be done in concert with a breast lift, or combined with other procedures as part of a "mommy makeover" to get the look you're going for. We are also excited to offer the latest fat grafting techniques for augmentation and shaping, removing fat with liposuction from unwanted areas and putting it to work for you. The important thing is to be clear with your surgeon about your hopes and expectations from the start.

Talk to someone in the office about breast augmentation in the Bay Area by calling The Jacobs Center's San Francisco branch (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg branch (707.473.0220).

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Some women may think that making the choice to get breast augmentation is the only decision involved in the procedure. Either you want to have breast implants or you don't, right?

Actually, there are several choices to be made when deciding to proceed with breast augmentation. When you get into it, choices such as specific size, shape, saline versus silicone, approach, and the position of the breast implants can seem daunting. Even many well-trained surgeons under-appreciate the importance of fine details in implant choice and technique, which may leave patients disappointed or coming back for more surgery to correct problems down the road.

For example, there are a variety of ways your surgeon may choose to insert the breast implants. The choice of where to make the incision depends on the specific type of implant used, a patient's unique body type, the size of the breast augmentation, and individual preference on the part of the patient and the surgeon. The incision may be made at the base of the areola, under the breast, or even under your arm. Recent advances in texture, shape, and variety of implants have created many options for customizing implant selection to each patient's unique body, and it is important for your surgeon to have the experience to go beyond simply choosing the desired volume.

Dr. Eric Culbertson
Dr. Eric Culbertson Associations

Fellowship-trained plastic surgeon for breast & body-focused procedures, Dr. Culbertson personally strives to achieve natural yet undeniable results that bolster one's self esteem and reinforce, rather than change, one's identity.

To that end, the most important decision is actually in selecting your surgeon. Having put in hundreds of implants, a qualified doctor knows that communication is the key to great breast augmentation surgery, urging each patient to find a doctor she feels understands what she's looking for and to put her trust in that surgeon. Sometimes this requires multiple visits or bringing in pictures, but spending the time to establish clear lines of communication is paramount.

The doctor goes through the pluses and minuses of each option with his patients and strives to find the perfect fit for your body and personal goals. Even after that, the doctor selects a range of implants to bring to the operating room for the best look on the day of the breast augmentation surgery. Every member of the team wants every breast surgery to be right the first time and knows that spending more time before surgery putting together the perfect plan is the best strategy to achieve this.

What to expect after breast augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery typically takes about an hour to perform. Meticulous attention to detail during the operation allows patients to experience a rapid recovery—many patients go out the same night as surgery!* Narcotic pain medication can be minimized or even avoided altogether, though every patient is different. Patients usually need a week of recovery time off work and three to four weeks of restricted light activity. You'll wear a surgical garment after surgery that helps keep the implants in place while not putting too much stress on the incision. Patients may shower after 48 hours.

Pain is usually well controlled with pain medication and muscle relaxants. A short course of antibiotics is also prescribed to help avoid infection after your breast augmentation surgery.

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Moving forward

If you're considering breast augmentation, or you've already decided and now want to narrow your options down with help from a trusted professional, call to set up a consultation at The Jacobs Center. Patients in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area and beyond are welcome. Call the Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220 or the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303.

* Patient Results May Vary

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