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Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills, CA

Full, shapely breasts are feminine and desirable to most women. Breast augmentation surgery enhances a woman’s appearance by increasing breast volume and improving her breast shape. Dr. Linder has been performing breast enhancement procedures in Beverly Hills since 1997 and

has placed over 12,000 breast implants.

On an annual basis, Dr. Linder performs hundreds of breast enhancement surgeries. There are many different options for Beverly Hills breast enlargement, and each procedure is entirely customizable to achieve the patient’s desired results.

If you want to counteract the damage from the rigors of pregnancy or breastfeeding or have always been displeased with the lackluster size and shape of your breasts, breast augmentation surgery may be appropriate for you. This customizable breast enhancement surgery allows you to achieve the full, shapely breast contours that you have always wanted, whether it is a subtle increase or a noticeable enlargement.

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Reasons to Consider Breast Augmentation With Dr. Linder

How Can I Restore a Youthful Breast Look?

After pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss, the breasts can appear deflated and aged. Breast augmentation restores the breast volume women may have had in their youth or during pregnancy to rejuvenate their appearance. While breast enlargement cannot lift sagging breasts, it can fill the void of deflated breasts, allowing for a firmer, more youthful breast contour. This surgery can be combined with a breast lift if needed.

How Can I Improve the Balance and Shape of My Breasts?

Breast augmentation can improve a variety of breast shape and size issues, including tubular (constricted) breasts and breasts that are noticeably different sizes. Implants create a rounder and more attractive bustline, and implants of various sizes can be used to correct asymmetry. Breast asymmetry is one of the most common reasons that women choose to undergo breast augmentation, and women with unbalanced breasts make for wonderful candidates.

How to Improve The Fullness (Size) of My Breasts?

Breast augmentation is chosen for women with naturally small breasts looking to gain increased cleavage or fullness, or women whose breasts have deflated after pregnancy or weight loss. Breast implants expand the breasts’ size and fullness by filling the space beneath the breast skin. The amount of this will depend on the size and shape of the selected implant, which will be determined based on a woman’s physical attributes and personal goals.

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What Are My Implant Profile Options?

The specific Beverly Hills breast implants used depends on the amount of breast tissue and aesthetic goals a patient has for her enhanced breasts. While many women assume that implant size is the only differentiation between breast implants, it is only one factor.

Breast implant brand, shape, material, and profile determine how an implant will sit in the chest and enhance contours.

Breast implant profile determines the correlation between the implant’s base width and height. Traditional breast implant profiles are as follows:

  • Low: useful for women desiring minimal projection (these are the least common option).
  • Moderate: useful for women with broad chest walls. An example of a moderate profile implant includes MENTOR® MemoryShape® (available in all profiles).
  • High: useful for patients with thin chest walls (these are the most commonly used implants). These provide upper pole fullness throughout the life of the implant. An example of a full profile implant includes the Natrelle INSPIRA™ SCF.
  • Extra High: useful for patients who desire larger implants and increased upper pole fullness. An example of an extra full profile includes the Natrelle INSPIRA™ SCX implant or the MENTOR® MemoryGEl® XTRA High Profile.

The implant profile chosen should take into account the size and shape of a woman’s natural breast as well as her physical build, such as shoulder and chest width.

What Are My Breast Augmentation Incision Options?

Inframammary incisions are created along the breast crease and allow for optimal breast pocket creation. This technique does produce visible scarring, but scars are likely to fade over time and can be concealed with clothing. The chance of this method affecting breastfeeding is less than five to eight percent.

Periareolar incisions are created along the lower portion of the areolas and allow for optimal breast pocket creation. This technique produces scars that are easy to conceal, and the chance of it affecting breastfeeding is five to eight percent.

Transaxillary incisions are placed within the armpit, which leaves no visible scarring on the breasts. Although the chance of this technique affecting breastfeeding is less than five percent, it is not recommended.

Transumbilical incisions are placed in the belly button, which leaves no visible scarring on the breasts. Although the chance of this technique affecting breastfeeding is less than five percent, it is not recommended.

What Are My Implant Placement Options?

Women undergoing breast augmentation have two different options regarding how the implant is placed in their chest. This decision will impact how the implants look in the breast as well as how they respond to different movements (such as chest contractions during exercise). The appropriate choice will depend on the woman’s specific anatomy, and will be determined by Dr. Linder during the consultation.

Subpectoral implant placement involves using the dual plane technique: two-thirds under the muscle medially and one-third over laterally. This allows coverage of the implant and reduction of visibility along the sternal area and cleavage region. There is a reduced risk of capsular contracture and scar tissue formation with this type of placement, and it has also been shown to be helpful for mammograms and MRIs in detecting cancers. The majority of our patients receive subpectoral implant placement.

This placement is ideal for women with minimal natural breast tissue, as placement under the muscle helps to conceal the outer ridges of the implant (therefore minimizing rippling or the implant showing through).

Subglandular implant placement may be useful for patients with severe tubular breast deformity; however, in the majority of these cases, Dr. Linder still performs the dual plane technique with the last sum medial muscle coverage just in case the patient experiences weight loss in the future, which would lead to visible implants.

The subglandular placement is often recommended for women with thick chest walls and thick pectoral muscles.

What Are My Breast Implant Options?

There was a time when implants were available in only saline or silicone filling materials. Beverly Hills breast implants are no longer so simple, as advancements have not increased the availability of particular breast implants but improved their safety, reliability, and ability to provide stunning results.

Breast implants (of any material) are available in a wide variety of size and shape options, depending on your natural breast tissue, physical build, and aesthetic desires.

Silicone implants are FDA approved for patients 22 years of age and older and are ideal for thin-chested women. These implants have stronger shells and produce a more natural appearance. There is a higher risk of capsular contracture and scar tissue formation, and due to the cohesive nature of the silicone filler, rupture can only be detected with an MRI.

  • Cohesive silicone implants: These implants consist of a thicker silicone gel that better maintains its shape (even if the case of an implant rupture). Cohesive silicone implants promote a smooth, natural silhouette with a soft and natural feel.
  • Gummy bear implants: These “teardrop” shaped implants mimic the shape and slope of a natural breast. Because these implants are sloped, they do not always provide as much upper pole fullness. Gummy bear implants consist of cohesive silicone gel (to maintain shape).
  • Extra-Full implants: The Natrelle INSPIRA™ is an extra-full profile highly cohesive silicone implant that provides the benefits of gummy bear implants while maintaining upper pole fullness.
  • MENTOR® MemoryGel® XTRA: These implants are filled with a proprietary silicone gel that is less prone to rippling and is softer and more natural than many other implants.

Saline implants are FDA approved for patients 18 years of age and older and are less expensive than silicone implants. Rupture is immediately noticeable without diagnostic testing, and any saline filler leakage can be safely absorbed by the body. They tend to produce a more visible and less natural look, particularly with subglandular placement. These implants are available in round or contoured shapes with various profiles.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used During Breast Augmentation?

Breast enlargement surgery at Brighton Surgery Center is performed under general anesthesia with Board-Certified Anesthesiologist. Laryngeal mask airways are used with the majority of patients. However, those who have a history of reflux or gastroesophageal disease are usually better candidates for endotracheal tube intubation.

What Is My Breast Augmentation Surgery Time Table?

Preoperative: Patient is started on an intravenous antibiotic.

Surgery: A primary augmentation takes 45 to 60 minutes.

Recovery Room: Patients are required by federal law to stay in the recovery room for at least an hour.

After Surgery: Patients are sent home with a bias wrap and gauze in place. No heavy lifting or raising the arms above the shoulders for 3 weeks.

Postoperative Visit: All dressings are removed, and an upper pole compression band is placed. This band allows the implant to maintain an inferior position and softening of the muscle so that there will only be natural occurrence over the next 4 to 6 weeks. Recommendation: The Dr. LinderBra™ uses a double clip zip mechanism, which allows easy placement with new gauze. It costs $49.95.

Day 7 Follow Up: Breasts are examined for bleeding, infection, and positioning of the implants.

Days 8 to 14: Changing the gauze will then occur twice a day for the next 7 days. Patients will do this at home.

Day 14 Follow Up: The upper pole band may or may not be discarded depending on the placement of the implant at the time. Sutures are removed. If there is any evidence of significant scabbing, patients are asked to return in 5 days for final suture removal.

Days 14 to 21: Light activities may be resumed. Incisions can get wet while showering.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Linder for My Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder - Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Stuart A. Linder, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California with over 20 years of experience performing breast enhancement surgeries. Dr. Linder prides himself on educating his patients throughout the breast enhancement process, beginning with the consultation and extending all the way to the last follow-up appointment. Women from all over the world come to Beverly Hills to see Dr. Linder and have him perform their breast augmentation. Whether this is your first breast augmentation or you had a complication with a previous breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Linder is there to help you achieve the enhanced, comfortable bust you have always wanted. Offering various implant selections and breast enlargement techniques, you are assured that your breast augmentation is precisely tailored to your needs and goals.

With his knowledge and experience from having placed thousands of breast implants, and authored The Beverly Hills Shape, Dr. Linder continues to contribute to discussions on plastic surgery via various media outlets.


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Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Linder understands that patients have many questions and concerns regarding their breast augmentation. To help explain many of these questions before undergoing augmentation mammoplasty, we have compiled a list of the most common questions asked by our patients. If you still have unanswered questions, please feel free to contact our office in Beverly Hills and our friendly staff will be happy to provide you more information.

  • Is Dr. Linder board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery?

    Yes, Dr. Linder has been a board-certified active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since March 27, 1999.

  • How much does breast augmentation cost in Beverly Hills?

    The cost of breast augmentation will vary per patient. Cost includes surgeon’s fee, operating room fees, implant cost, and anesthesia fees. In general, silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.

  • Where are breast augmentation surgeries performed?

    Dr. Linder performs most of his breast augmentation surgeries at the Summit Surgical Center in Beverly Hills, California. The surgery center is fully accredited and certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. , and Medicare. He also has privileges at the premier medical center Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and is an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 1997.

  • Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

    Ideal breast augmentation candidates do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results. The decision to undergo breast enhancement is a deeply personal choice that you need to make for yourself.

    Women who consider breast enlargement surgery often complain that their breasts:

    • Are sagging, flattened, elongated, or symmetrical
    • Lack adequate cleavage or volume
  • What is the difference between silicone implants and saline implants?

    Many women are unsure of whether or not they should choose silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel encased in a silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile saline saltwater.

    There are a lot of factors that go into implant choice (including your age—silicone implants are only FDA approved for women over the age of 22). During your consultation, Dr. Linder will discuss these factors and recommend either saline or silicone implants. Traditionally, Dr. Linder will suggest saline implants for younger women who are still looking to get pregnant and breastfeed. Dr. Linder believes that saline implants are safer and more convenient (since silicone implants require MRIs every three years). Women in their 30s and 40s who have already had children often choose silicone implants for their natural feel.

  • Should I get silicone or saline breast implants?

    During the consultation, it's important to listen to the patient's desires as well as consider the shape and lifestyle of the patient. Once these are understood, Dr. Linder and the patient can best determine which implant would best achieve the look and feel.

  • What are the brands of implants used at this facility?

    Dr. Linder prefers smooth, high-profile saline and silicone implants by Mentor® Corporation, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, or Sientra®. All three are FDA approved.

  • How can I know which size breast implant is right for me?

    There are multiple factors that go into determining implant size. Some of these factors include your current breast measurements, your breast characteristics, and the size of your chest wall. While we often recommend implants that will be in proportion with your body frame, your personal desires and goals will be taken into account.

  • How old should I be before considering breast augmentation?

    Dr. Linder does not like to and will not perform breast augmentation on teenagers under the age of 18. The only exception would be teenagers with severe congenital breast deformities (such as significant asymmetry or Poland’s Syndrome). Younger patients with severe breast deformities will need to provide sign-offs from their pediatrician and their parent or guardian.

  • Can breast implants be used to balance breast sizes?

    Breast asymmetry is a primary reason to undergo breast augmentation. Many of Dr. Linder’s patients come in looking for more balanced breasts, which is easily attainable with breast surgery.

  • What is the normal recovery time for a breast augmentation?

    In most cases, the normal recovery time for a breast augmentation is four to six weeks. Placing the implants under the muscle through the sub pectoral dual plane will usually take several weeks longer to heal than when its place subglandular (above the muscle). My patients are instructed not to do any heavy lifting for the first three weeks and should wear a sports bra for up to 30 days. They should also wear upper pole compression bands to bring the implants down to a normal level.

  • What types of medications will I be given after my breast augmentation?

    The types of prescribed medications depend on the patient. Patients are given one of two antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin or Keflex (not recommended for patients with penicillin allergies). To manage pain, Dr. Linder may prescribe Norco or Vicodin. For muscle spasms, patients may be prescribed Flexeril, and Zofran prevents nausea and vomiting.

  • Is there anything I can do to help minimize scarring after breast surgery?

    While breast augmentation scarring is most often concealed by clothing or bathing suits, there are ways that women can help to minimize the visibility of their scars.

    After breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Linder recommends that women:

    • Keep their incisions out of the sun. Avoid sun exposure for up to one year.
    • Keep incisions clean. Keeping the incisions clean for at least two to three weeks post-op will help to avoid infection.
    • Keep incisions dry. Incisions should be kept dry for at least 14 days. Avoid getting the incisions wet or sweating as this can lead to bacterial infections.
  • Will my breast implants affect mammogram tests?

    Breast implants will not prevent you from being able to get mammograms, but you will need to tell your technologist that you have implants before your mammogram. Your implants can make it more challenging for your doctor to see all of your breasts (since the X-rays used cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants). Traditionally, women with breast implants will need to have additional photos taken when the implants are pushed up against the chest wall.

  • Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

    The loss of breastfeeding is approximately 5 percent of elective cosmetic breast augmentations by board-certified plastic surgeons throughout the United States. However, the numbers increase to 12 percent to 15 percent if a breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexies) are involved.

  • Do I need to have my implants replaced in 10 years?

    Contrary to popular belief, breast implants do not need to be replaced every 10 years. If you are free from pain and happy with how your breasts look, there is likely no reason for breast revision; however, it is recommended to see a board-certified plastic surgeon if you have any concerns regarding the condition of your breast implants.

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