Breast Augmentation in San Diego, CA

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About Breast Augmentation

Cosmetic breast surgery re-sizes and re-shapes your breasts with an implant or autologous fat transfer to create breasts more suitable for your own preferences.  Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures because of the important role of breast size and shape in female body contour and body confidence. With the help of implants or a fat transfer, this procedure adjusts breast shape, size, and symmetry, and produces a striking but natural outcome. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson is highly skilled in advanced breast procedure techniques and performs countless breast augmentations each year. During your one-on-one consultation at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, Dr. Laverson will listen to your aesthetic desires and concerns and make you aware of your many options. Once he has fully understood your goals, he will craft a personalized treatment plan to give you the look you want.

Implant Options

During your consultation with Dr. Laverson, the appropriate implant will be recommended based on your body proportions and the results you wish to achieve. Implants are made in a variety of shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures, each of which is considered carefully in order to attain your desired appearance. Still, the most common implants are silicone or saline. Both are widely popular and approved for safe use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's important to keep in mind that those considering saline implants must be at least 18 years old while patients must be at least 22 years of age to receive an augmentation with silicone inserts. Other options you may have include form-stable inserts known as gummy bear implants, as well as fat transfers. In addition to the type of implant used, there are other aesthetic aspects that Dr. Laverson will help you decide.


Breast implant size is determined based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To determine the appropriate amount, Dr. Laverson will consider how much native breast tissue exists and the size you wish to achieve.


Implants are typically made in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these are widely used, but a large number of women often decide on a round-shaped implant. These generally look more natural while adding a fullness to the upper breast that many patients desire.


Implant profile refers to its projection. To be put simply, this is what one sees from the side view. Possible implant profiles you can choose are low, intermediate, high, or extra high.

Making Your Choices

Having so many choices can be overwhelming, but no need to worry.  At your San Diego Cosmetic Clinic breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Laverson will help you understand everything you need to know, so you'll be able to select what you want for the best breast augmentation result.   

Ideal Candidates

The decision to have mammoplasty (breast augmentation) is deeply personal. If you are contemplating this treatment, it's essential that you do so for the right reasons. To be considered as a candidate, you should be physically healthy with breasts that are developed. You should also be the appropriate age to receive implants. If you're unhappy with the size and shape of your female breasts, you may benefit from breast augmentation surgery. Moreover, if your breasts have been altered due to weight loss or pregnancy, this cosmetic procedure can restore life to their shape and fullness.

Surgical Technique

Incision placement, as well as implant location, are discussed before the surgery takes place. During breast augmentation, an incision is created. After this, the chosen implant will be placed into its correct position. There are two possible locations for implant placement: under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. Where your implant is placed will depend on several factors, such as the type of implant chosen, the size you are wishing to attain, and the experienced opinion of Dr. Laverson. Scarring from breast augmentation is generally minimal and hardly noticeable.

What to Expect

Breast enhancement surgery is performed at our AAAASF-accredited surgical center as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. Following your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area to be observed and monitored prior to being released. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling. Several days after surgery, the swelling and bruising will begin to decrease, and the breasts will start to look and feel normal as they settle into their new positions. A large percentage of patients can return to everyday activities within the first week; however, physical exertion, such as exercise, should be avoided until you are cleared by Dr. Laverson to fully resume your normal routine. Cosmetic breast surgery produces gorgeous, long-lasting outcomes that look and feel natural.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your treatment plan could consist of implants, a breast lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the position of the breasts while implants enhance their shape and size. During your consultation with Dr. Laverson, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your best treatment options. An augmentation and lift are usually included in a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.

Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you plan to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, talk to Dr. Laverson during your consultation. It's usually possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation with the right placement and technique. However, breastfeeding and pregnancy can affect your results, which is why it's better to wait until your family is complete to receive breast enhancement surgery.

Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide at some point that you would like to remove or replace your implants. Should this happen, Dr. Laverson offers breast revision surgery. For revision surgery, your old implants will be either replaced with different implants or removed altogether. If you want to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift because larger implants could ultimately stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to learn more about your options.

Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is still investigating a possible link between breast implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer, rather, it's a cancer of the immune system. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), breast implant-related ALCL is very rare and highly treatable if caught early. Dr. Laverson encourages all patients with breast implants to attend frequent screenings for breast cancer. You should contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic if you see any concerns, like swelling, asymmetry, shape change, contour irregularity, or new discomfort.

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Breast augmentation surgery is an ever-present procedure in the public eye for several great reasons. This safe and effective cosmetic surgery produces amazing results. With numerous augmentation considerations, you can achieve the look you have always wanted. San Diego Cosmetic Clinic is excited to offer personalized breast augmentation, and we welcome you to learn all about your options for enhancement. Contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic in San Diego, CA to plan your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson.

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