All About Breast Augmentation

Many women in La Jolla and San Diego who are considering breast augmentation want to know the specifics about what to expect during the complimentary consultation and the day of surgery. Dr. Richard Chaffoo is a highly qualified and experienced triple board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement surgery. He takes the time up front to reassure his patients and answer all of their questions so they feel comfortable and confident that their breast augmentation procedure will give them the enhancements they envision for themselves.

Request Your Complimentary Consultation

Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is an exciting, but serious decision. It's important to feel comfortable and confident about your choice of plastic surgeon. Many women choose triple board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo because he focuses on their desires and strives to exceed their expectations with natural looking improvements. To learn more, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call our office at (858) 997-0096.

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Dr. Chaffoo

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • Your Breast Enlargement Consultation

    Your initial complimentary consultation with Dr. Chaffoo is a time to share your goals, ask questions, and have your concerns addressed. During this visit he will:

    To help his San Diego and La Jolla patients choose the breast implants that will provide the results they want, Dr. Chaffoo provides implant "sizers." You will be given the opportunity to see how you look by placing various sizes of these saline and silicone implants in your bra. We recommend that you wear or bring along a form fitting shirt to this appointment.

    Your Natural Imperfections

    During your physical examination, Dr. Chaffoo will evaluate your breasts and chest wall to ensure you are a candidate. Remember that it is normal for the breasts to have some asymmetry. This may involve a difference in the size, shape or width of either breast, position of the nipple and differences in breast volume. Furthermore, there may be differences within the chest wall including mild scoliosis or curvature of the spine and variations in the shape of the sternum or breastbone, called pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum.

    Dr. Chaffoo will point these imperfections out to you during the initial complimentary consultation. Careful measurements will be made of the nipple position, nipple diameter and position of the breast fold as there is considerable variation from one breast to another and from one patient to another.

    It is important to carefully note your existing breast anatomy so that you can have realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery. While some asymmetries such as nipple position can be corrected during surgery, many of the other asymmetries will remain after breast augmentation and would not have been noticed by the patient prior to surgery.

    The amount of cleavage is determined in large part by the position of the breast on the chest wall. In other words, if the breasts sit relatively close together, then cleavage can be easily created. However, if the breasts sit relatively farther apart on the chest wall with a relatively large sternum or breast bone, then the amount of cleavage will of course be less. Breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, but not move their position on the chest wall.

    Breast Augmentation Surgery

    Dr. Chaffoo performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. He typically places the incisions along the breast crease or around the nipples and then creates a pocket for each breast implant. Often the most natural looking results are achieved by placing the implants under the chest muscles; however, in certain cases the implants are placed between the breast tissue and the chest muscles.

    There are steps a skilled plastic surgeon can take during surgery to help a patient achieve a more flattering breast size and contour, while also adhering to the objectives discussed during the complimentary consultation. At the time of surgery, Dr. Chaffoo places sterile surgical sizers intra-operatively and the operating table is placed in various positions, both flat and at an incline. The breasts are then examined from several angles to determine the optimum implant size. Once the optimal size is determined, the sterile surgical sizers are removed and replaced with the permanent implant. The sizers help Dr. Chaffoo confirm that the desired breast implant size will achieve the patient's objectives.

    Dr. Chaffoo believes that taking these steps for his breast augmentation patients gives them the most accurate breast volume and shape. In addition, he has an extensive gallery of breast enlargement photos that show real patient results. He encourages you to review the cases in his photo gallery and even bring pictures of models from the Internet or magazines with you during the complimentary consultation to help communicate your desired breast size and shape. The extra effort that goes into the planning of your breast augmentation is part of the process that allows you to achieve your aesthetic goals.