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Our San Diego breast augmentation is a surgery that’s performed to enhance the size, shape and overall appearance of the breasts. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. In 2013, over 290,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the U.S.


Are you exploring breast augmentation?

Most women requesting a consultation for breast augmentation in San Diego are looking to:

  • Enhance their breast size
  • Restore diminished breast volume from weight loss or pregnancy
  • Improve their contour
  • Elevate sagging breasts with a breast lift

Alternatively, some La Jolla women may need a reconstruction procedure after a mastectomy following breast cancer.

Who is a suitable candidate?

Some La Jolla women want subtle changes, while others desire a more significant outcome. In both cases, breast augmentation is a very popular procedure to improve your self-image and confidence. A thorough understanding and explanation of what you are looking for is critical to your results. You should decide to have surgery only after you have a solid understanding of your expectations.

The best breast augmentation candidates are San Diego women who are looking for improvement, not necessarily perfection. Every woman has different expectations regarding their outcome. During your consultation, you should communicate your desires. Our mission is to surpass your expectations.

Breast implants

Implant shells are made of a silicone-based material.

The implant’s interior is comprised of either saline or silicone gel. Our Del Mar Breast implants are available in different shapes, sizes and textures.

What types of breast implants are available?

There are different types of breast implants, as well as various sizes, textures, shapes and profiles. The implant size is based on projection and width. Textures are either smooth or rough. The shape can be round or anatomic (teardrop). And finally, profiles are low, medium or high.

During your consultation at our Coronado or Del Mar office, you will have the opportunity to examine the implants, see how they feel and look with your body. Our plastic surgeons will guide you in selecting the best breast implants for your body type.

FAQ: Are breast implants safe?

The outer shell of the implant is a solid silicone, rubber shell that may have a smooth or textured covering. After extensive research and investigation, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved both saline and silicone as filling substances for breast implants.

Before placing implants, a woman’s breasts should be fully developed. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for woman at least 18 years of age, while silicone implants are approved for women at least 22 years of age.

What to expect during your complimentary consultation

This is the time for you to get to know and become comfortable with our plastic surgeons and the staff at Esthetica. You should express your needs, desires and expectations for your procedure. We will review your medical history and explain the surgical technique. All of your questions will be answered as thoroughly as possible.

A breast examination will be performed to evaluate the quality of your skin, breast size and tissue. A breast lift may be recommended for saggy breasts. We will thoroughly review the various implant types and you will have an opportunity to try them on. Measurements will also be taken to ensure that the implant you choose will deliver the expectations you desire.

Even the best breast augmentation is not without risk. During your consultation, we will review the potential complications and explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.

During this time, it is important to inform our surgeons about the following:


  • Allergies
  • Medications you take, including herbs, eye drops, over-the-counter medicines and creams
  • Blood thinners (anticoagulants), aspirin, or other drugs that could affect blood clotting
  • Use of steroids (by mouth or creams)
  • Possibility of pregnancy, if this applies
  • History of blood clots (thrombophlebitis)
  • History of bleeding or blood problems
  • Smoking history
  • Previous surgery
  • Previous problems with anesthetics, including local anesthetics
  • Any other health problems
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Risks and complications

When you work with an experienced La Jolla cosmetic surgeon, complications are very rare. However, even the best cosmetic surgery procedure is not without risk. Your surgeon will discuss these with you at your consultation.

Review your expectations

For example, what do you want from your procedure? How do you want your breasts to look and feel? What size do you want them to be?

Select a breast implant type

When choosing between silicone and saline implants, it’s important to consider the following:

  • The type of implant affects how the breast feels.
  • Gel implants should be checked every so often. That is because a leak often produces no symptoms.
  • Age makes a difference. In the United States, saline implants can be used for augmentation in women 18 and older. Gel implants can be used for augmentation in women 22 and older.

Have blood tests and a mammogram

In some cases, the surgeon may order for you to have a mammogram (breast X-ray) and/or blood tests before the surgery.


Stop using certain medications

Two weeks before your surgery, stop using aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief. This includes prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Also, stop taking vitamin E. If you take blood thinners, ask your caregiver when you should stop taking them.

The day of your breast augmentation

  • Do not eat or drink for about eight hours before your surgery.
  • Arrive at least one hour before surgery. This will give you time to check-in and fill out your paperwork.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after your surgery.
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Procedure details

Step 1

You will be given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Breast augmentation is usually done under general anesthesia for our Coronado clients, which means you will be asleep throughout the procedure. Occasionally, the surgery can be done under local anesthesia. In these cases, the breast area will be numbed, and you will be awake during the procedure.

Step 2

A small cut (incision) will be made in your breast. The cut can be made near the nipple, in the crease beneath the breast, or in the armpit.

Step 3

For most La Jolla breast augmentation patients, we will pull the breast tissue away from the muscles to create an open area for the implants. Alternatively, we may form a pocket for the implant under the muscles.


Step 4

The implant is placed and positioned.

Step 5

The incision is closed with stitches and covered with surgical tape.

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After your procedure

Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze.

You will be taken to a recovery area and monitored until the anesthesia wears off.

You will go home to begin the healing process.

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Breast implants can transform your body. If you’re looking for arguably the best breast augmentation San Diego has to offer, please contact our office today and schedule your consultation.


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