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The size and shape of your breasts can have a powerful impact on your confidence. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, a breast augmentation in San Francisco can provide round, shapely, and beautiful breasts that enhance your feminine physique and boost your confidence.

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What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts, balance breast symmetry and create an attractive, proportionate, feminine frame.

Women who have always been small chested and wished for bigger, more attractive breasts often choose breast augmentation, but breast volume can also be lost due to surgery, pregnancy, breastfeeding or significant weight loss. Breast augmentation provides a full and attractive breast shape.

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    Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation?

    Women who would like to enhance their breasts and achieve a more shapely or curvy appearance are likely good candidates for breast augmentation in San Francisco. The decision to go through with breast augmentation surgery is a personal one, and if you’re thinking about having this procedure, it’s essential you do it for yourself and nobody else. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Have fully developed breasts
    • Meet the implant age requirements
    • Are unhappy with the aesthetics of your chest
    • Experienced unwanted breast changes due to aging, nursing, or weight loss
    • Are in good physical and mental health
    • Have sagging, deflated, elongated or uneven breasts
    • Are a nonsmoker
    • Have realistic expectations about what this procedure can do for them
    • Feel a breast augmentation will enhance confidence or quality of life
    • Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

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    What are the Breast Augmentation Implant Options?

    We provide a variety of options to augment and enhance your breasts so that you can achieve your aesthetic vision. During your consultation with Dr. Anthony, you can discuss your options for which type and size of implant you desire, and you will be able to test different-sized implants to see how they look and feel on your body, including the shape, profile from the side and overall effect on your physique.

    Saline implants

    Saline implants are a silicone shell filled with saltwater that are FDA approved for women 18 years old or older. This type of implant is inserted into a smaller incision and precisely filled after placement to ensure a symmetrical, round and beautiful shape.

    Saline-filled implants can have less of a natural feel and move less naturally than silicone implants. However, in the rare case that a saline implant ruptures, it is immediately noticeable as the implant will deflate, and the saline is harmless.

    Silicone implants

    These well-known and popular implants are silicone shells containing a viscous silicone gel that looks and feels most like actual breast tissue and retains a natural shape and bounce. With silicone implants, patients can select which level of silicone gel viscosity and shape they prefer. “Gummy bear” is one popular form of silicone implant and achieves the plumpest, most natural look.

    Gummy Bear Implants

    FDA-approved for women over 22, Gummy Bear implants are made with cohesive silicone gel shaped into a teardrop. These implants realistically mimic the form and feel of natural breasts and can provide a larger cup size that retains the natural breast contours. Gummy Bear implants typically leave the patient with less scar tissue and have a reduced risk of rippling, folding or rupture when compared with other types of implants, but you will need to undergo regular medical screenings to ensure that your implants haven’t migrated or leaked. MRIs are recommended every 3 years following your procedure. 

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    What is breast augmentation with fat?

    Also called a fat transfer breast augmentation, a breast augmentation with fat is a procedure that uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body that would benefit from slimming and reshaping. This fat is then purified and injected into the breasts. This procedure is a great option for women seeking a smaller increase in breast size with natural results.

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    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.


    Breast augmentation incisions and placements

    Incision options

    Several factors, such as size and type of implants, your personal anatomy and whether a lift will be included with your breast augmentation, are considered when choosing incision placement.

    Incisions are commonly made in the following areas:

    • under the crease of the breasts 
    • around a portion of the areola 
    • in the natural folds of the armpits. 

    Dr. Anthony will discuss your incision placement ahead of time during your consultation. His goal will be to make the scarring as minimal as possible and to leave the skin as smooth and beautiful as it can be after breast augmentation.

    Placement options

    Dr. Anthony will use the incision to create a pocket in which to place the implant. Once the pocket is created, the implant is inserted either under the soft tissue of your chest, above the muscle, or under the chest muscle and glands. 

    Placement over the muscle can mean a slightly shorter recovery because the chest muscle is not impacted during surgery. 

    Placement under the muscle is most ideal for women who have a smaller amount of breast tissue. The chest muscle provides coverage to support the implants and helps achieve a natural-looking effect.

    Your body structure and proportions will help Dr. Anthony advise about the best placement option for you. He will discuss this with you during the consultation.

    What Is Recovery Like From a Breast Augmentation?

    During your first few days after breast augmentation recovery, it is best to have someone stay with you and assist you. You will experience swelling, and after surgery, you will have a compression bandage around your chest to support and protect your breasts. This bandage limits post-surgical swelling. 

    Within a week or two, most women return to light, normal daily activities and sedentary work, but be sure not to lift anything over five pounds and avoid lifting your arms above your shoulders. Avoid all vigorous exercise or physical activities until you are cleared for this by Dr. Anthony. You should be fully healed in 4-6 weeks.

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    What Is the Cost of Breast Augmentation in San Francisco?

    The cost of breast augmentation in San Francisco is well worth it when you take into account the worry and lack of confidence women live with and what they spend over the years on expensive push up bras when they aren’t satisfied with their breasts.

    The cost of breast augmentation depends on a number of factors, such as the price of an excellent anesthesiologist or which type of breast implants you decide on. The procedure complexity itself may also factor into the price. If you are having revision breast augmentation surgery or breast reconstruction, which is a more complicated procedure, the cost may be more.

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    What are the Risks vs Benefits of a Breast Augmentation?


    • It is a surgery and carries the usual surgical risks (bleeding, infection, etc.)
    • Rarely, implants can leak or burst
    • Implants can shift
    • Your personal aesthetic may change


    • Improve your figure and shape
    • Enjoy natural, full results
    • Very long-lasting results
    • Regain confidence and happiness about your figure

    Why choose Dr. Anthony for Your Breast Augmentation?

    Board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony is one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in the San  Francisco area. In his accredited AAAHC clinic, he has performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures and brings his experience and expertise to every surgery he does. As an authority in the field of breast augmentation, you can rest assured you are in excellent hands. Dr. Anthony’s goal is to help patients achieve the most optimal possible results, and walk away feeling confident and happy with their new figure.

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    Breast Augmentation FAQ

    Will there be scarring from my breast augmentation surgery?

    As with any surgery, breast augmentation results in some scarring. Dr. Anthony makes the incisions meticulously and precisely as possible to keep this to an absolute minimum.

    What size of breast implant should I get?

    Implant size is a personal choice for each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Anthony will help you try on and evaluate implant sizes. This gives you a chance to get an idea of what your new breasts will look like. Dr. Anthony will help you select the right implants to match your frame and aesthetic goals.

    Will I be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation?

    Most patients are able to breastfeed after their breast augmentation procedure. However, nipple sensitivity may be lower after the surgery, which could cause milk supply to be lower. Be sure to discuss your goals for breastfeeding after breast augmentation with Dr. Anthony during your consultation.

    How long do breast implants last?

    Unfortunately, breast implants don’t last a lifetime, but they do last for a significant period of time. While the length of time breast implants last varies from person to person, implants usually last for ten or twenty years, sometimes more.

    Can other procedures be combined with a breast augmentation?

    A breast augmentation is commonly paired with other surgeries to achieve a more comprehensive physical makeover. Some of the common procedures combined with breast augmentation are a breast lift, tummy tuck, facelift or other procedure, especially during a mommy makeover.

    Will I be able to get a mammogram after breast augmentation?

    Mammograms are generally safe for women with breast implants. 3D imagery is recommended. It’s important to have regular screening whether you have implants or not. Tell your technologist you have implants before your mammogram is started.

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