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Who Can Benefit From Breast Augmentation?


Small Breast

If your breasts are smaller than you would like them to be, breast implants can increase their size and fullness.

  • Enhances breast size and shape
  • Improves clothing fit
  • Balances body proportions
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Asymmetrical Breasts

If your breasts are asymmetrical, breast implants can be used to create a more balanced bustline.

  • Creates a more natural appearance
  • Corrects breast size and shape
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Deflated Breasts

If your breasts have lost volume due to pregnancy or weight loss, breast implants can make them firm and full once again.

  • Improves breast firmness and fullness
  • Reverses volume loss to create a more youthful appearance
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Implant Options

Your breast implant material will be either saline, silicone, or cohesive silicone gel.

  • Filled with saltwater solution after insertion into the breasts
  • More affordable than silicone implants
  • FDA approved for patients ages 18 and older
  • Implant volume can be adjusted during surgery
  • Pre-filled with silicone gel
  • Natural look and feel
  • FDA approved for patients ages 22 and older
  • Lower rupture rate than saline implants
Natrelle INSPIRA® SMOOTH COHESIVE Round Gel Breast Implants
  • Pre-filled with highly cohesive silicone gel in a high gel-fill ratio
  • Designed for fullest roundness and soft feel
  • May retain better shape in the upper pole of the breasts
  • Recently released by Allergan and approved by the FDA

Your breast implant profile is based on the base width and forward projection of the implant.

High Profile
  • Narrow base width
  • High forward projection
  • Better for individuals with a narrow chest wall and a lot of natural breast tissue
  • May produce more of a “push-up bra” look
Moderate Profile
  • Moderate base width
  • Moderate forward projection
Low Profile
  • Widest base width
  • Lowest forward projection
  • Better for individuals with a wide chest wall, wide breast placement, or thin breast tissue
  • May produce more natural-looking results

Your breast implants may be smooth or rough/irregular in texture.

  • Smooth texture on surface of implant
  • Lower risk of rippling
  • May be best for most patients
  • Rough, irregular texture on surface of implant
  • Less likely to rotate in breast pocket
  • May reduce risk of capsular contracture

Your breast implants may be uniformly round or anatomically shaped (sometimes called “teardrop implants”).

  • Uniform roundness throughout the implant
  • No cosmetic issue if the implant rotates after insertion
  • Best for most breast augmentation procedures
  • Fuller at the bottom and flatter at the top, like the natural breast shape
  • May create a more natural appearance
  • May correct breast shape for those in need of shaping

Your breast implant size will be measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). If your breasts have noticeable asymmetry, implants of different sizes can be used to achieve breast symmetry.

Dr. Stevens uses the VECTRA® XT 3D Imaging System to help patients accurately choose their implant size.

Choosing Your Size With the VECTRA® XT 3D Imaging System
  • Captures the breast and body in ultra-high resolution 3D
  • Shows the possibilities and potential outcomes using simulated imaging
  • Offers 3D imaging from any angle with zoom feature
  • Can superimpose the simulation over the preoperative image, compare them side by side, or fade between them
  • Helps you visualize your potential results to determine what size implants will be best for you


After your breast augmentation, you should follow all instructions given to you by Dr. Stevens to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly. Take all prescribed medications as instructed to minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of infection. Any swelling should last only a few weeks. Rest for the first few days, limit your activities for a few weeks and avoid strenuous exercises for four full weeks. Patients can return to work as soon as Dr. Stevens indicates that it is acceptable to do so.
Scarring is typical after major surgery. You will likely have some degree of scarring after your breast augmentation procedure, though the amount and location will depend on your surgical incision. For example, those who receive the periareolar incision technique will have scars that blend with the edges of their areolas, whereas those who receive the inframammary incision will have a scar under each breast fold. Scarring should fade as time passes.
You will receive anesthesia to prevent you from feeling any pain during your breast augmentation surgery. During your recovery, some discomfort and soreness may persist for up to a few weeks after surgery. Prescribed pain medications will help you manage any discomfort and make your recovery easier.
Many factors that influence the cost of breast augmentation, including the cost of your breast implants, surgical fees, physician’s fees, anesthesia fees, and other necessary expenses. You will receive a price quote at your consultation so that you will know what to expect. Financing options are available for those who desire them.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Good candidates are physically healthy and have realistic expectations. Patients should be emotionally mature and fully understand their motivations for pursuing breast augmentation. Additionally, younger candidates should have fully developed breasts. Patients must also be willing to quit smoking to safely undergo major surgery.
You may combine breast augmentation with other procedures if you desire further body enhancement. Some women, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding, will combine their breast augmentation with a breast lift to create more youthful breasts. Others will undergo a full Mommy Makeover and combine their breast augmentation with a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Stevens can recommend appropriate procedures for you according to your desires.
There is no definitive answer to this question, as what is best for one patient may not be best for the next patient. Over-the-muscle implant placement may be better for those who desire a faster recovery, while under-the-muscle implant placement may be better for those who choose saline implants or who want to be certain that their results look as natural as possible. Dr. Stevens can discuss each option with you in detail and indicate her recommendations for you based on your needs.
There are three traditional incision types used in breast augmentation. These are the periareolar incision (encircles the areolas), the inframammary incision (along the breast fold), and the transaxillary incision (through the underarm). Dr. Stevens will select the appropriate incision for you based on your implant type, implant size, anatomy, and personal preferences.
Implants are designed to be long lasting. As long as your breast implants have not caused you any problems, you will not need to replace them. However, if your implants rupture, you experience capsular contracture, or you are unhappy with your breast implant size, you should have them replaced.
Breast implants should have no effect on your ability to breastfeed. However, if you are particularly concerned about this and you intend to undergo breast augmentation before becoming pregnant and breastfeeding, you may wish to avoid the periareolar incision. This incision type has a slightly increased risk of affecting the milk ducts and nerves to the nipples.
Pregnancy often leaves the breasts somewhat sagging and deflated. If you were to become pregnant after breast augmentation, the added weight and volume of breast implants in the breasts could contribute to or exaggerate these effects. On the other hand, in some instances, the implant helps to fill out a breast that has deflated after pregnancy. Women who plan to become pregnant shortly after breast augmentation, especially if they intend to have multiple children, may wish to postpone their procedure so that they do not compromise their results.
The improvements in bust size, shape, and firmness will be noticeable soon after your breast augmentation surgery, but the breast implants will initially appear to rest high on the chest. The final aesthetic results will become apparent a few months after surgery when the breast implants have fully settled into position.

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The Lasky Clinic, Beverly Hills
201 S. Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310.556.1003

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