Breast Augmentation

Consultations offered at our four convenient locations in La Jolla, San Diego, Newport Beach and Beverly Hills

When you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, it can be difficult to feel attractive and feminine. You might wish nature had given you more, and often, pregnancy or weight loss can leave your breasts smaller than before. Breast augmentation in La Jolla has given San Diego women the natural-looking curves and fullness they desire to help them enjoy life with self-assured confidence.

Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is an exciting, but serious decision. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident about your choice of a plastic surgeon. Many women choose triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo because he strives to deliver the best breast augmentation San Diego has to offer and exceeds their expectations with natural-looking improvements. To learn more, request your consultation online or call our office at (858) 304-7082.

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The women who visit Dr. Chaffoo for breast augmentation have a variety of personal reasons for considering the procedure. Reasons for choosing this procedure often include one or more of the following:

  • Increasing the size of naturally small or underdeveloped breasts
  • Replacing breast volume lost due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
  • Achieving improved symmetry between uneven breasts
  • Attaining a more balanced figure

Once you’ve decided to go forward with breast augmentation, you will have some additional decisions to make. Dr. Chaffoo will help you through your breast implant options for personalized results. As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, he can offer patients the newest gummy bear implants, which received FDA approval in 2012. Dr. Chaffoo will support, inform, and guide you all the way, helping you make the right choice for your cosmetic goals, lifestyle, and body type.


While it can be challenging to take time out for surgery and recovery, having a single recovery period can help you make the most of your downtime.

Dr. Chaffoo can combine breast augmentation with other procedures such as liposuction to sculpt areas of stubborn fat. Another popular option for women who have lost weight or had children is a tummy tuck to remove excess fat and skin and tighten stretched abdominal muscles. At your private complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will review all of the options that can help you feel more feminine and confident.


Dr. Chaffoo evaluates your breasts and chest wall as part of a physical exam to ensure you are a good breast augmentation candidate. It’s normal for the breasts to have some asymmetry, a fact some women don’t realize. Asymmetry may involve a difference in the size, shape or width of either breast; nipple position; or 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 points out these imperfections to you during the initial consultation. He carefully measures the nipple position, nipple diameter, and position of the breast fold because there can be considerable variation from one breast to another and from one patient to another.

By carefully noting your existing breast anatomy, Dr. Chaffoo ensures you can have realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcome. Even though some asymmetries such as nipple position can be corrected during surgery, other asymmetries may remain after breast augmentation and would not have been noticed by the patient prior to surgery.

The position of the breast on the chest wall largely determines the amount of cleavage. In other words, if the breasts sit relatively close together, then creating cleavage is fairly easy. However, if the breasts sit farther apart on the chest wall with a relatively large sternum or breast bone, then there will be less cleavage. Breast augmentation enlarges breasts but doesn’t move their position on the chest wall.


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 crease just above where the breast connects to the chest wall (the inframammary fold), or along the lower edge of the nipple. He then creates a pocket for each breast implant.

The location of the implants is something you discuss with Dr. Chaffoo at your consultation. If you’re concerned about getting results that look and feel as natural as possible, Dr. Chaffoo recommends placing the implants under the chest muscles in most cases. In some cases, though, patients choose to have implants placed behind the existing breast tissue, but above the muscles.

Optimizing Results

As a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaffoo takes steps during the procedure that can help you achieve a more flattering breast size and contour, taking into consideration the goals you described during the consultation.

During the procedure, Dr. Chaffoo places sterile surgical sizers and he views the breasts from several angles (the operating table is placed at an incline) to determine the optimum implant size. Once he determines the optimal size, 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 aesthetic goals. He believes that taking these steps for his San Diego breast augmentation patients gives them the most accurate breast volume and shape.


For the most in-depth information about complications and an assessment of your specific risk profile with breast augmentation, be sure to ask Dr. Chaffoo plenty of questions during your consultation.

Each breast implant type has its own safety profile with unique physical characteristics that affect the chance of a rupture or other complications. Studies show that cohesive gel breast implants, now offered by Dr. Chaffoo, may have a lowered risk of complications. Ask Dr. Chaffoo about these implants. There are other more general risks that can be associated with surgery of any kind. Dr. Chaffoo will discuss these with you fully during your consultation. Patients should be aware of the following possible complications:

  • Infection is uncommon and can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Capsular contracture is one of the more common breast augmentation complications. When it occurs, excessive scar tissue develops and squeezes the implant, causing the breast to become hard, visibly unbalanced, and, in some cases, uncomfortable.
  • Loss of sensation is usually temporary and restricted to the nipple and skin.
  • Scarring can be concealed and minimized by a skilled surgeon, but the result depends on many factors, such as incision method and an individual patient’s skin type.
  • Wrinkling is more common with saline implants. The implant may appear to have a wrinkled texture on the lower portion of the breast when viewed from certain angles.
  • Asymmetry is usually not obvious, as the human body is not perfectly symmetrical. As the implants settle into place following surgery, one may rest slightly higher or lower than the other. Calcium deposits can develop several years after surgery and may make mammograms more difficult to read.


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

  • Obtains a complete medical history and performs a physical exam
  • Reviews breast implant options
  • Discusses the procedure’s risks and the recovery process
  • Determines whether you would benefit from a breast lift instead of, or in addition to, breast augmentation

To help his 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 wearing or bringing along a form-fitting shirt to the consultation.

Dr. Chaffoo also encourages you to review his extensive gallery of breast augmentation photos, showing real patient results, prior to your consultation. You can then share your favorite cases with him and even bring with you pictures of models from the internet or magazines 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.

Prevention & Recovery After Breast Augmentation

In addition to these guidelines, be sure to follow all of Dr. Chaffoo’s post-surgical instructions very carefully. By being a good patient, you are actively participating in the success of your breast augmentation. You can go a long way toward preventing complications by following Dr. Chaffoo’s recovery instructions, which may include:

  • Give yourself ample time to recover.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to rest, sleep, and relax as much as you need.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke for at least 2 weeks.
  • Don’t drive for about the first week.
  • Take antibiotics if they are prescribed.
  • Sleep on your back for the first week.
  • Wear a support bra, if one is given to you, for about a month.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, raising your arms above your head, or strenuous exercise for about 3 weeks.

Breast Augmentation Cost

Breast Augmentation cost commonly ranges between $7,500 and $10,000. Variances occur due to the patient’s unique circumstances such as surgical method, implant type, current anatomy, anesthesia, medications, and other factors. The skill of your surgeon also plays a significant role. In that wise, plastic surgery is no different than any field, your surgeon’s expertise is reflected in the breast augmentation cost.

To receive an accurate assessment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaffoo. There you can receive a thorough examination and your surgeon will be able to discuss your questions and the best methods for preceding with a breast augmentation. From there you will receive a complete price estimate for your breast augmentation and can proceed with scheduling your surgery.

Breast Implant Options

If you are considering breast augmentation, you have many options when it comes to breast implants. San Diego and La Jolla women can trust triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo to share his experience and honest advice in helping them choose the right implants for their goals.

To find out more about breast augmentation, request your cosmetic Consultation online with Dr. Chaffoo or call his office at (858) 304-7090.

Implant Material

The patients who visit Dr. Chaffoo for breast augmentation from San Diego and La Jolla can choose saline or silicone breast implants. Both types are FDA approved and each has its own benefits.

Saline implants are filled after they are inserted and therefore require very small incisions. The volume can be adjusted after the implants are placed, making them a flexible option. However, this type of implant is more likely to show wrinkling and rippling.

Silicone implants provide a soft, doughy texture that most patients say feels more like natural breast tissue. Dr. Chaffoo is proud to offer cohesive gel implants, which are often called “gummy bear” implants. These are the only 5th generation silicone gel implants approved by the FDA.

This line provides an expanded selection of sizes and shapes, and studies have indicated that these implants may provide a superior level of safety and lower incidence of complications. You may even be the perfect candidate for a surgical technique that was developed in Europe which uses your own breast tissue as a natural breast implant to lift and reshape without increasing either volume or cup size.

Other Choices

One of the most exciting aspects of breast augmentation is the degree of customization now possible. For many years, patients’ choices were essentially limited to the size of the implants they wanted. That’s no longer true. Dr. Chaffoo can help you make informed decisions so you choose implants that match your personal aesthetic preferences. Your breast implant options include:


This is a highly personal choice. Most of Dr. Chaffoo’s patients want results that look natural, which means that the size of the breasts is in harmony with their bodies’ frames. It’s best not to have a specific size in mind that’s based on the results a friend or family member achieved because the same size implants usually don’t look the same on different patients. Dr. Chaffoo accounts for your existing breast tissue when determining implant size or fill volume (cc), helping you get the increased size that you want. Because bra cup size is not fully standardized, it’s not a reliable measure of breast size.


Round implants tend to produce the best results for patients who desire enhanced cleavage and more fullness in the upper areas of the breasts. Recent studies have demonstrated that there is no advantage to the use of anatomic or “teardrop” shaped silicone implants over round implants. Round implants assume a teardrop shape when a patient is upright. Anatomic implants are also more expensive than round implants, and they have a higher rate of malposition, requiring revisionary surgery to correct the malrotation. A recent peer-reviewed journal article asked a group of board-certified plastic surgeons to review the photos of patients who had undergone breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants and indicate whether the implants were teardrop-shaped or round. The conclusion of this study was that none of the surgeons could accurately determine which patients had anatomic implants versus round implants, as they look quite similar in appearance.


The silicone exterior of breast implants may be smooth or textured. Dr. Chaffoo utilizes only smooth surfaced breast implants for all of his patients. There is some evidence that textured surface breast implants may be associated with a rare form of lymphoma, and this is the reason Dr. Chaffoo only uses smoothed surface implants to maximize patient safety. This rare form of lymphoma has not been reported in patients who have only undergone breast augmentation with smooth surfaced breast implants.


An implant’s profile and size should be considered together. When we talk about the profile of an implant, we’re discussing its width and how much it projects from the chest. Wider implants have lower profiles (meaning they will be less noticeable when seen from the side.) Each implant size comes with different profiles, typically categorized as low, moderate, moderate plus, and high.


Getting the appropriate implant diameter is important because it helps ensure the implants are in harmony with your body’s frame. The correct diameter fits your chest’s width and reduces the chances that your breasts will extend too far out into your armpits.

Your Safety Satisfaction

Regardless of which implants you choose, you can be assured that Dr. Chaffoo has the training and experience to help you safely achieve the natural and lasting results that you desire.

Dr. Chaffoo carefully chooses the implants he offers, selecting only products with superior warranties, longevity, and outstanding safety records. With all of the knowledge gained during your breast augmentation consultation, you will understand your options and be in a position to make an informed decision.

Patient safety is a priority to Dr. Chaffoo for all of his patients. He only uses board certified MD anesthesiologists to administer your anesthesia. In fact, the anesthesia group which Dr. Chaffoo chooses provides anesthesia to Scripps Memorial Hospital and most other private hospitals within San Diego county. In addition, Dr. Chaffoo does not perform this procedure in his office clinic but prefers the safety and sterility of a fully certified and licensed outpatient surgery center in the area which is under the direction of his board certified anesthesiologists’ team members.

You deserve the best care and results. Dr. Chaffoo demands the best — from himself and from his staff — so that your expectations will be exceeded. Dr. Chaffoo is a featured Breast Implants specialist on


What Are the Risks of Getting a Breast Augmentation?

Some complications occur with cosmetic surgery, but difficulties with breast augmentation are rare when performed by an experienced triple board-certified surgeon such as Dr. Richard Chaffoo. Some side effects after your procedure include bruising, swelling, and minor pain and discomfort while you are healing.

How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

he price of your breast augmentation procedure is uniquely tailored to the treatment plan created and determined by Dr. Chaffoo. Some price factors include the type of implants, surgical approach, and other added procedures, among other considerations. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will discuss your surgical plan and discuss your overall cost.

Does My Insurance Cover the Cost of My Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is typically considered an elective procedure and is not generally covered under medical insurance. However, it is best to discuss your coverage options with your healthcare provider. If necessary, Dr. Chaffoo’s dedicated staff will work with your insurance company and keep you apprised of your overall costs. However, if your insurance does not cover your expense, payment and financing options are available for your convenience.