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What is breast augmentation?

Whether the cause is from aging, pregnancy, genetics or massive weight loss, when the breasts deflate and lose their shape it can cause deep dissatisfaction with one’s image. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to help increase a woman’s cup size, giving her a wealth of new wardrobe options as well as a boost in self-esteem.

Who is the best candidate for a breast enhancement procedure?

If you are a woman over 18 who is unhappy with the size and shape of her breasts, why not consult Dr. Zampell to find out if a breast augmentation procedure is right for your needs? Good candidates are at a healthy weight for their frame, are free from significant medical issues, and are realistic in what they hope to achieve with their surgery.

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What are the different types of breast augmentation performed?

Implants—Enhancement can be accomplished using either saline or silicone implants. An incision will be made either within the breast crease, around the areola, or in an inverted T-shape around the nipple and down to the inframammary fold when combined with a breast lift. The choice of implants and the location of the incision will be decided upon by you and Dr. Zampell during your private consultation in Beverly Hills.

Autologous breast augmentation—Dr. Zampell can perform breast augmentation using tissue taken from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. Autologous tissue can be used in a similar way to a breast implant, placed underneath the breast mound to augment the natural breast. For women who have experienced complications with implant augmentation, they may be candidates for implant removal and replacement with their own tissue for augmentation. A realistic breast mound is created, and the donor area is beneficially slimmed.

Natural enhancement with fat transfer—Fat can be harvested from an area of the body where it is unwelcome, such as the hips, thighs, belly or waist, and then purified and sterilized for injection into the chest. A natural breast augmentation can be stunning and elegant, but it typically only increases the bust size by a single cup.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

  • A fuller, perkier breast profile
  • A more proportionate, balanced physique
  • Improved symmetry in the breasts
  • Restoration of breasts after cancer
  • Improved satisfaction with one’s appearance
  • A better fit in swimwear and eveningwear
  • Customized procedure with a wide range of implants available
  • Option for autologous breast enhancement using your own tissue

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What will my recovery be like?

Healing will differ for each patient based on your personal response to surgery, but in general you will enjoy an expedited recovery thanks to Dr. Zampell’s industrious and conservative techniques. Swelling, bruising, tenderness and discoloration are to be expected with breast augmentation surgery, but Dr. Zampell will provide recuperation tips as well as pain medication prescriptions.

You will need to refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous activity for several weeks, so it may be prudent to hire a helper to assist with household chores or childcare. A compression garment may be worn temporarily to help reduce swelling and keep your new breast shape looking fabulous.

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Am I a candidate for a natural breast augmentation procedure in Beverly Hills?

Women who make good candidates for natural breast augmentation might have some or all of the following qualities:

  • They desire fuller, larger breasts
  • If they desire autologous breast enhancement, they have enough donor fat in the thighs, belly or back 
  • They suffer from asymmetry in the breasts
  • They are looking to reconstruct the breasts after cancer
  • They are healthy, mentally and physically
  • They are non-smokers
  • They are realistic in their expectations for their results

How long does a natural breast augmentation procedure take?

The length of your procedure will depend on the method of augmentation that you choose. The treatment time for breast augmentation with implants takes on average up to two hours, whereas with a natural breast enhancement procedure using autologous fat, up to four hours may be required, as the surgeon needs time to extract fat using liposuction and carefully place it in the chest area.

Can breast augmentation be combined with any other procedures?

Breast augmentation is a procedure to create fuller, more youthful breast mounds that are more proportionate to your figure and offer you a more feminine aesthetic. The procedure however cannot address breast ptosis, so it is often well combined with a breast lift procedure, which adjusts the angle and projection of the breasts while also repositioning the nipples. Breast augmentation may also be a major component of a mommy makeover procedure performed after pregnancy to help reshape and rejuvenate the entire physique. 

Does breast augmentation increase the risk of breast cancer?

This is a common question about women seeking natural breast enhancement, whether with implants or with autologous tissue. Rest assured, many studies show that breast implants do not significantly increase your risk of getting breast cancer, nor do they impair detection of cancerous tumors. Women with implants who get breast cancer have the same chance at remission as women who have not undergone surgery.

How long until I can exercise?

Gentle, light walks are recommended as soon as possible to help promote healthy circulation and reduce the risk of blood clotting. You should take care to avoid rigorous physical exertion however for at least six weeks following your procedure. Heavy lifting or aerobic activities can cause your breast implants to migrate, and may also cause your incisions to heal poorly, altering the appearance of your scars for the worse.

What is the effect of pregnancy on my breast augmentation outcomes?

If possible, it’s best to undergo breast augmentation surgery after you are finished having children. The weight fluctuations, hormonal shifts and loose skin that come with childbearing may negatively affect the outcome of your surgery. That being said, minor changes in the appearance of your breast implants after pregnancy can be adjusted through a breast lift procedure, or a fat transfer treatment using your own autologous fat.

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Why choose Dr. Zampell in Beverly Hills?

Dr. Zampell has dedicated her career to delivering exceptional breast surgery results, whether it’s creating cosmetic outcomes that enhance your natural beauty and femininity or reconstructing the breasts after cancer for an improved sense of dignity and self-confidence.

After graduating with honors from Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Zampell achieved several important career milestones, including the pursuit of a plastic surgery residency at New York University, and the completion of an elite fellowship in microsurgery at University of California Los Angeles.

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