Breast Augmentation Specialist

Thomas Vecchione, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Vecchione Plastic Surgery

Thomas Vecchione, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Banker's Hill, San Diego, CA

Dr. Vecchione is skilled in state-of-the-art techniques for breast augmentation, helping women from San Diego and throughout Southern California feel more attractive and more confident at every age.

Breast Augmentation Q & A

What are the reasons for breast augmentation?

Women can decide to have their breasts augmented for many reasons, including:

  • to enhance the appearance of the bust area, especially if you believe your breasts are too small or one breast is smaller than the other

  • to make up for a reduction in size following pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • to improve self-confidence and the way you feel about yourself and the way you look

  • to reconstruct the breast area following surgery or trauma

How is breast augmentation performed?

Breast augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia in most cases. Once you've been anesthetized, an incision will be made in one of three areas:

  • around the nipple

  • in the fold beneath the breast

  • under your arm

A pocket will be created behind the nipple, either behind or in front of the primary chest muscle. Once the pocket is made, the implant will be inserted into the pocket and centered behind the nipple. If you've chosen saline implants, they will be filled with the saline solution once they're in place. Silicone implants are inserted already filled with gel. Once the implants are in place and their position has been visually confirmed, the incisions will be closed and bandaged. You'll be moved to a recovery area where you'll be monitored for several hours before returning home.

What will I feel like afterward?

Following your procedure, you'll feel sore for a few weeks, and you'll also have some swelling and bruising that will decrease over time. Wearing a compression bandage or a form-fitting sports bra can provide added support that can help speed healing, and it can also help ensure the implants remain properly positioned as the pocket areas heal. You'll need to avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks.