Breast Augmentation Riverside

Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, uses breast implants to increase the size of the breasts at the same time that the surgeon reshapes the breast. This procedure is usually adopted by women with small breasts, women who have an asymmetry between the breasts or women who have lost volume after pregnancy and/or nursing.

Procedure for Breast Implants

Breast augmentation surgery generally lasts between 1 and 3 hours at our Redlands, CA plastic surgery office and can be conducted on either an inpatient or outpatient basis using either a general or local anesthetic coupled with sedation. There are three different types of incisions used to cut into the breast – each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:

  • Trans-axillary approach, where an incision is made through the armpit.
  • Infra-mammary approach, where an incision is made in the natural crease under the breast.
  • Peri-areolar approach, where the incision is made at the juncture between the areola (dark skin around the nipple) and the natural skin.

Regardless of the approach, once the incision is made, Inland Empire plastic surgeon Dr. Rau gently pulls the skin away from the muscle and soft tissue and creates a pocket either in or below the pectoralis major or between the muscle and the breast gland tissue. A breast implant made of a silicone outer shell is inserted into the pocket and centered beneath the nipple. The breast implant is slowly filled with a saline solution until the desired size is reached. Dr. Rau closes the incision with sutures and the area may be draped with bandages. Drainage tubes may be inserted to help remove excess liquid over the next 1 to 2 days. The breast implant surgery generally lasts between 1 and 3 hours.

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The reason why I chose Redlands Plastic Surgery and Dr. Todd Rau for my breast augmentation and breast lift was because he truly took the time to listen, address, and advise me with all the information I needed for surgery and to change my appearance in the way I desired. He guided me in the right direction. There was no pressure but rather confidence in allowing me to choose when I was ready for my surgery. It took me almost 6 months, and getting other surgeons opinions before I realized that Dr. Todd Rau and his staff were the most professional, most comforting, most understanding, most knowledgeable in plastic surgery. Not only was he local, but his prices were extremely affordable with many options in order to help finance if that is what I decided to do. His staff is ALWAYS professional and friendly. They greet you with a smile and leave with a smile.

I recommend everyone I know to Dr. Todd Rau because I 100% trust him and his staff. I am extremely happy with my surgery and I am so glad I trusted myself and chose the best surgeon around. Thank you so much for all you have done to make me look and feel beautiful.


Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery

There is the possibility of infection following any surgery. Inland Empire plastic surgeon Dr. Rau will likely prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection in addition to any pain medication. Bruising and swelling are common following breast augmentation surgery, particularly around the nipple area, and will subside slowly over 3 to 5 weeks. Patients may be required to wear a surgical bra for a while to support the breasts during recovery. Patients are encouraged to get up within the first 24 to 48 hours. Stitches are removed in 7 to 10 days and normal activity is resumed in roughly 2 weeks. However, strenuous activity and direct stimulation of the breasts are discouraged for up to 4 weeks.

Scars from breast augmentation surgery are permanent, but are usually placed as inconspicuously as possible. They do fade over a period of 6 to 9 months. Patients may experience a change in nipple sensation. Breast implants may also make performing and reading mammograms more difficult. Pregnancy can affect the long-term stability of breast implants. Be sure to discuss all the alternative surgical options with Redlands plastic surgeon Dr. Rau to make the best choice for you.