Breast enhancement is a suite of surgical procedures to alter a woman’s breasts to match her desired appearance. From increasing or decreasing her cup size to minimizing signs of ptosis to correcting adverse reactions from past surgeries, Dr. Daniel Brown’s list of breast enhancement surgeries can help any woman look beautiful and feel confident in her own skin. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brown has helped thousands of women gain more desirable contours through one or multiple of these procedures. The best way to learn which one can achieve your desired results is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Brown at one of our three San Diego offices. Here, we will construct a personalized treatment plan to address your cosmetic concerns. Be sure to fill out this online form, and a representative will be in contact with you shortly. To reach us directly, give us a call at (619) 461-1500.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Breast Enhancement
- 3 Bellesoma Procedures
- 4 Breast Augmentation
- 5 Breast Implant Removal
- 6 Breast Fat Transfer
- 7 Breast Lift
- 8 Breast Lift with Augmentation
- 9 Breast Reduction
- 10 Candidates
- 11 Personal Consultation
- 12 Preparation
- 13 Recovery
- 14 Cost
- 15 References
Before and After Photos
About Breast Enhancement
While physicians attempted breast enhancement surgeries in the late 1800s (with glass implants no less), it wasn’t until silicone gel implants debuted in the early ‘60s did patients start seeing remarkable results. Likewise, other breast enhancement procedures like the mastopexy saw continual advancement through the 20th century as doctors and surgeons worldwide perfected surgical techniques to produce the patient’s desired result. Nowadays, a trained plastic surgeon combines multiple procedures to minimize lengthy downtimes. Because of these advancements, breast procedures are routinely some of the most performed cosmetic surgeries in the country. In fact, in 2020, cosmetic breast procedures were in the top five most performed surgical procedures. With their reliably remarkable results, Dr. Brown is proud to offer his suite of breast enhancement surgeries to his San Diego clientele.
As one of only five doctors in the world to provide his patients with the revolutionary Bellesoma technology, Dr. Brown offers an approach that many other surgeons simply cannot. This state-of-the-art technology uses 3D imaging for pre-operative planning and a bio-engineering surgical approach to allow no vertical scars, fullness without implants, and relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Through life, a woman’s breasts can lose volume, shape, and fullness. The breast tissue can start to hang, sag, and droop from its youthful position. This loose tissue is called ptosis, and the severity of a woman’s breast ptosis typically worsens with age, motherhood, and weight fluctuations. Oftentimes, this harms her self-image. To correct these signs of ptosis, Dr. Brown uses Bellasoma Breast Lift to create new breast mounds in a higher location, using the excess mammary tissue. By making incisions around the nipple, patients don’t have to worry about the vertical scar associated with traditional breast lifts. Dr. Brown then secures the new breast mounds to the chest wall using internal sutures for long lasting results, and relocates the nipple-areolar complex to a perky, youthful location.
Bellesoma Breast Reduction
Using a similar approach as the Bellesoma Breast Lift, the Bellasoma Breast Reduction also involves a discreet incision around the areola. But, unlike the Lift, the Breast Reduction procedure removes excess tissue to meet the patient’s desired measurements. Once Dr. Brown creates the desired shape and size in the breasts, he builds a new breast mound at a higher position on the chest. Bellesoma Breast Reduction patients often remark on how much back and shoulder pain this procedure alleviates.
Breast augmentation, oftentimes referred to as a “boob-job”, helps patients resize and reshape their breasts’ appearance with either silicone or saline implants. While 84% of the breast augmentation procedures in 2020 used silicone implants, many patients prefer saline implants because of how they feel in the breast pocket. Breast implants also come in a round or teardrop shape. Teardrop, or “anatomical” shaped implants provide a slight, natural slope to the breasts’ appearance. Round implants, on the other hand, are commonly used to create a fuller appearance with less volume. Lastly, depending on how much mammary tissue the patient has, Dr. Brown can place the implant directly inside the breast pocket or underneath the pectoral muscle. With so many implants and application options, breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure that allows women to take full control and create their ideal breasts. To learn more about all the options, check out our breast implants page that discusses all the options when it comes to these customizable features.
Breast Augmentation Revision
With all the factors involved in breast augmentation surgery, many women seek a revision later down the road. Some say they want larger or smaller implants, while others want to correct a surgical or healing error. Whatever the reason may be, Dr. Brown offers breast augmentation revision to enhance or correct a previous breast augmentation surgery.
Breast Implant Removal
Many women want their implants removed years after their breast augmentation procedure because of discomfort, dissatisfaction, or concern for their overall health. With his approach to implant removal, Dr. Brown can remove old implants and either exchange them with a new set, or ensure that the natural breasts are healthy, beautiful, and as nature intended.
Breast Fat Transfer
A newly popular procedure, a breast fat transfer involves relocating a patient’s unwanted fat from a different area of their body to the breasts to create natural fullness. Dr. Brown uses liposuction to carefully remove the fatty tissue from trouble spots like the back, abdomen, or legs. After purifying it, he carefully injects the fat to create more volume in the breasts. Because he uses the patient’s own fat, there is no concern for adverse reactions or capsular contracture.
Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift corrects signs of ptosis in the breast tissue. This procedure brings the nipple up higher on the chest and minimizes any sagging appearance in the breast. This procedure is ideal for women who have lost fullness, shape, or confidence in their breasts’ appearance. There are three degrees of ptosis from mild to advanced:
- Mild Ptosis is when the breasts have dipped just below the crease line. The crease line is the line on the chest where the bottom of the breast meets the chest wall.
- Moderate Ptosis is when the nipple has fallen below the crease line.
- Advanced Ptosis is when the nipple falls well below the crease line and points down vertically.
To correct these signs of ptosis, Dr. Brown uses various techniques to excise excess mammary tissue from the breasts to then lift the breasts higher on the chest. Once in place, Dr. Brown sutures the incisions and lets the breasts rest into the new, perky position.
Breast Lift with Augmentation
Many patients wish to see less sagging and more volume in their breasts. For these patients, Dr. Brown often recommends a breast lift with augmentation. Because the incisions are in the same areas, these procedures perfectly complement each other and give the patient less downtime than if they were performed at different times. Many women with moderate to advanced ptosis don’t have the necessary breast tissue to achieve their desired cup size. By incorporating breast implants into their breast lift procedure, Dr. Brown gives his patients the combined benefits of these two procedures.
Many women don’t desire bigger, fuller breasts, but rather the opposite. Whether through genetics, weight fluctuations, or motherhood, a woman’s breasts can grow an uncomfortable size, oftentimes leading to difficulty in wearing normal clothes, participating in physical activities, and causing chronic pain or discomfort. For these patients, Dr. Brown uses a breast reduction approach to delicately remove excess mammary tissue and create smaller, more comfortable breasts.
For those interested in breast enhancement, please schedule a personal consultation to meet with Dr. Brown and learn more about which procedure fits your goals. Interested candidates are usually approved if they fit this set of criteria.
- Be at a healthy, stable weight as you must be fit enough to undergo surgery. Also, any future weight gain may diminish results. This includes subsequent pregnancies.
- Be a non-smoker or able to quit smoking a few weeks before your procedure and the entire duration of your recovery.
- Have realistic expectations of how breast enhancement surgery can improve your physical appearance.
If this is your first time with us, we will begin with a brief new patient intake interview and a physical examination. We will note if you have had any previous cosmetic breast surgeries and examine their results. Then, Dr. Brown will listen to your desired results and determine which approach is best for you. He will explain the benefits of implants and note the differences between all their characteristics. Next, he will construct a personalized treatment plan to address each of your cosmetic concerns. Finally, we will schedule a time and date for your procedure.
To prepare for these surgeries, we recommend following this list of steps.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications as these will cause excessive bleeding during your procedure.
- Discontinue using products that contain nicotine as nicotine constricts blood vessels and hampers the body’s natural healing response.
- Prefill prescribed medications before your procedure. Once we release you from our care, the last thing you’ll want to do is stand in line at the pharmacy.
- Designate a caregiver to drive you home.
After he completes your breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Brown wraps your chest in a compression garment to promote optimal healing in the treated tissue. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for the next couple of weeks and continue taking only prescribed pain medications for the next couple of days. During your follow-up consultations, we will see where your body is in the healing process and decide if any next steps are required.
Since every patient’s procedure is different and has different surgical requirements, we won’t know the exact price of your procedure until your initial consultation. If you intend on financing your procedure, check out our financing page to learn about the options available. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (619) 461-1500.
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