Breast Augmentation

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Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center offers both traditional breast augmentation and fat-transfer breast augmentation procedures to help you enhance the size and shape of your breasts. Our team of experienced professionals is led by a board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hendricks who specializes in providing personalized care throughout your journey. Whether you want to increase your bust size for cosmetic reasons or a medical condition, our Newport Beach breast augmentation team can help you achieve your desired results with minimal downtime and scarring.

Breast Augmentation at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center

Are you considering a breast augmentation? Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center is the premier cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatment destination. Led by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Hendricks, our experienced and knowledgeable team is dedicated to providing the best breast augmentation Newport Beach has to offer, and therefore helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Our practice offers a wide range of cosmetic procedures, and we are on a mission to provide you with the highest quality care and individualized treatment plans.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure used to increase or augment the size and shape of breasts. It typically involves placing silicone or saline implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles. The implants can be used to reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy, or to improve the size and shape of the breasts. In some cases, liposuction is also used to reduce fat from other areas of the body to improve the overall shape and proportionality of the breasts.

Many women consider adding implants to their breasts because they feel the size and shape do not match the rest of their bodies. Breast augmentation can help enhance your overall look and improve your self-confidence.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can enhance your quality of life, especially if you’re feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable with the size and shape of your breasts.

Breast augmentation has the following benefits:

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved body proportions for a more balanced silhouette
  • Fuller breasts that look and feel natural
  • Long-lasting results
  • A minimally invasive procedure with minimal scarring

Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?

If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, or if you want to improve your body proportions, then a breast augmentation may be right for you. However, speaking with your doctor to determine if this is the best option for you is crucial.

The following are some of the common concerns that can be addressed with breast augmentation:

  • Small or uneven breasts
  • Asymmetry between breasts or nipples
  • Lack of fullness in the upper pole of the breast
  • Changes to your breasts after weight loss or pregnancy
  • Age-related breast loss
  • Sagging breasts due to age or gravity

our patients say it best

Thank you for seeing me today with such short notice. I really appreciate all that you have done for me during this surgery. I can’t say I would have felt any more comfortable with anyone other surgeon EVER!!!! I am so happy with my breast augmentation results and appreciate the time you have dedicated to me and your availability…I was thinking about enlarging my breasts for years and years and years. I met Dr. Hendricks through my boyfriend, and I cannot express how happy and blessed I feel to have met him…I again went through most of my life with small breasts and I did like the way that I looked in t-shirts, bathing suits, or naked!!! I had always wanted to enhance my chest, and I am so happy that I waited for Dr. Hendricks.

Consultation and Preparation

At Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center, we aim to ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the process. During your consultation for breast augmentation Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Hendricks will discuss your cosmetic goals and medical history to determine if breast augmentation is right for you. He will also review any medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking, as these can affect the outcome of your surgery.

To prepare for your breast enlargement, following your doctor’s instructions is important. This may include quitting smoking, avoiding certain medications or supplements, limiting alcohol intake, and getting adequate rest. Additionally, you may be asked to wear a special surgical garment and a compression bra or garment for several weeks after the procedure.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgery, as you cannot drive yourself.

The Cost of Breast Augmentation

The cost of breast augmentation can vary depending on several factors, including the geographic location, the surgeon’s experience and reputation, the type of implants used, and the specific clinic or hospital where the procedure is performed. On average, the cost of breast augmentation in the United States can range from $5,000 to $10,000 or more. This estimate typically includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, facility fees, and the price of the implants.

It’s important to note that breast augmentation is generally considered an elective cosmetic procedure, which is often not covered by health insurance. Insurance providers typically view breast augmentation as a procedure performed for aesthetic purposes rather than for medical necessity. However, there may be certain situations where insurance coverage can be considered, such as breast reconstruction after mastectomy due to breast cancer. It’s always advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand their specific coverage policies and any potential exceptions that may apply.

Customizing Your Breast Augmentation

At Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand that every patient is unique. Dr. Hendricks will work with you to customize your breast augmentation procedure to achieve your desired outcome. He will discuss all the details with you, including implant type, size, and placement. Additionally, Dr. Hendricks may combine different techniques to achieve your best results.

For example, he may use fat transfer in addition to implants to give you a natural-looking augmentation. He may also use liposuction to remove fat from other areas of your body to sculpt and contour your breasts.

Determining Your Breast Implant Size

When choosing the size of your breast implants, it is important to consider body shape and proportions. Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs) rather than cup size. The implant size will affect the volume you have in your breasts.

A larger implant may increase your cup size, but it is essential to remember that a larger implant may not be the best option for you. Dr. Hendricks will work with you to select an implant size that will give you natural-looking, symmetrical results.

types of implants

Silicone vs. Saline

Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, which offers a more natural look and feel than saline implants. Saline breast implants are filled with a saltwater solution and may give you a more defined shape.

Teardrop vs. Round

Teardrop breast implants are shaped to mimic the natural shape of a breast, with more volume at the bottom than the top. These implants provide a more natural-looking result than round implants, which are shaped like a dome. Round implants may be a better option for patients who want to increase their cup size or enhance their cleavage.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer breast augmentation is an innovative technique that uses your own fat to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. The procedure involves liposuction to remove fat from other parts of your body, such as your abdomen or flanks. Dr. Hendricks then processes the fat and injects it into your breasts to give you natural-looking results.

High, Moderate, and Low Profile

High-profile implants are narrower and taller than others. They provide more volume in a smaller area, which may help to enhance projection or cleavage. Moderate-profile implants are broader and flatter than high-profile implants, while low-profile implants are even wider and flatter. Low-profile implants provide the most natural-looking results.

Smooth vs. Textured

Smooth implants have a slippery surface, while textured implants are designed with a rougher texture. The textured surface helps the implant stay in place better than a smooth implant. Smooth implants are more likely to move from their original position, so they may require more frequent adjustments than textured implants.

Breast Implant Placement

There are different options for breast implant placement. Dr. Hendricks will discuss these options and explain which placement would be best for your body type. The placement will affect the appearance and feel of your breasts, so it is essential to consider all the options carefully.

Subglandular Placement

Subglandular placement is best for patients who have enough natural breast tissue for the implants to rest on top of. This will give you a more natural-looking result without affecting the feeling of your breasts.

Submuscular Placement

Submuscular placement is a popular choice because it helps to reduce the appearance of rippling and supports your breasts. The implants are placed beneath your chest muscle, which helps to give you a more natural-looking result. This placement may also help to reduce the risk of complications over time.

Subfascial Placement

Subfascial placement is an advanced technique that involves placing the implants underneath layers of connective tissue. This method helps to reduce sagging and gives you a smoother, more natural-looking result. It also helps to reduce the risk of complications, such as capsular contracture or implant movement.

Breast Implant Incisions

Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center offers multiple incision options to fit your needs. We understand that the location of the incisions is an important decision, so we will discuss all the options and explain why specific incisions may benefit you.


The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit and allows us to place the implants without an incision on the breast. This incision is hidden from view and offers minimal scarring. It is an excellent option for patients who want to avoid visible scars.


The areolar incision is made around the areola's circumference (pigmented area around the nipple). This method offers excellent visibility and can create a more natural-looking result. It is also one of the least visible incisions and offers minimal scarring after healing.


The inframammary incision is made in the crease of your breast, just beneath the nipple. This method gives us more control when placing the implants and creates a more natural-looking result. It also offers excellent visibility for the precise placement of the implants. The inframammary incision is one of the most popular options for breast augmentation because it offers minimal scarring.

Trans-umbilical breast augmentation (TUBA)

Trans-umbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) is a relatively new technique that involves placing the implants through an incision in the belly button. This method offers minimal scarring and a more natural-looking result. It is also less invasive than other options, which can help to reduce the risk of complications. This incision method is best for patients who want to avoid visible scarring and need a more precise placement of their implants.

Implant Shape and Feel

When it comes to breast implants, there are different shapes and textures available, each offering distinct benefits in terms of feel and appearance.

Smooth breast implants are known for their softness and natural feel. They have a lower chance of causing rippling, and the outer shell is typically thinner than other implant types.

Textured breast implants, on the other hand, are designed to adhere to the surrounding tissue, reducing the risk of implant movement within the breast pocket. The textured surface helps maintain the position of the implant and provides added stability.

Round breast implants are a popular choice for many patients. They allow for greater freedom of movement within the breast pocket, resulting in more natural-looking breast movement. Round implants can create a full and natural breast appearance, yielding beautiful results.

Anatomically-shaped implants, resembling a teardrop, offer unique advantages. They are typically textured to minimize the risk of rotation within the breast pocket, ensuring a natural appearance. These implants are particularly suitable for patients seeking a fuller look at the bottom of the breast with a gradual taper towards the top, mimicking the shape of natural breasts. They can also be an excellent option for individuals with low breast volume, providing a fuller and more sculpted appearance.

Dr. Hendricks will carefully evaluate your individual needs and goals, considering your body type, to recommend the most suitable implant shape and feel. Through comprehensive discussions and presentations of various implant options, Dr. Hendricks will ensure you have a thorough understanding of the potential benefits, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your desires. Your ultimate choice will be based on the ideal options for your unique circumstances, guided by Dr. Hendricks’ expertise and dedication to achieving the best possible outcome.

Combining breast augmentation with breast lift

Combining breast augmentation and a breast lift can help create a more natural-looking result while addressing sagging skin. Combining these procedures allows you to achieve a fuller, perkier look with less downtime. This is an ideal option for patients who want to address sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Combining these procedures can also help you achieve your desired look in fewer visits and with a shorter recovery time.

Dr. Hendricks’s Technique

At Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center, breast augmentation is one of our specialties, and we take pride in our personalized approach. Dr. Hendricks is experienced in the latest techniques and technologies to help you achieve your desired results.

Dr. Hendricks may use general anesthesia or local numbing agents during the procedure, depending on your needs. The process typically takes one to three hours, depending on your needs and technique. Dr. Hendricks focuses on providing a natural-looking result that meets your aesthetic goals. We are committed to making sure you have a positive experience every step of the way.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

After your procedure, during your breast augmentation recovery period, you can expect a recovery period of one to two weeks. During this time, you should plan for downtime to allow your body to heal. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the first few days after surgery, but this should improve over time. You should not do any strenuous activities, such as exercise and heavy lifting, for at least a few weeks after surgery.

You should practice good incision care to help promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. This includes keeping the incisions clean and dry and avoiding activities that may cause them to become irritated. Follow your aftercare instructions closely for the best outcome.

Breast Augmentation Scars

Dr. Hendricks, a skilled plastic surgeon, prioritizes the careful placement of incisions and the use of advanced techniques to minimize breast augmentation scars. With expertise in the field, Dr. Hendricks ensures that incisions are strategically hidden in discreet locations, such as within natural breast folds or around the areola, allowing scars to be easily concealed.

During the procedure, Dr. Hendricks employs precise incisions and meticulous suturing techniques to minimize scarring. By utilizing advanced surgical instruments and technologies, Dr. Hendricks aims to achieve optimal precision, resulting in reduced scarring. Additionally, Dr. Hendricks provides personalized post-operative care instructions, including proper wound care and recommendations for scar treatment options, further promoting the fading and discreetness of scars.

Although initially noticeable, breast augmentation scars typically fade over time. Initially appearing red or raised, the scars gradually lighten in color and blend with the surrounding skin tone as the healing process progresses. Dr. Hendricks assures patients that with proper care and time, most breast augmentation scars become significantly less noticeable, allowing individuals to confidently wear swimwear or low-cut clothing without concern.

Fat Transfer Recovery

If you opt for fat transfer breast augmentation, you can expect a different recovery timeline than traditional implants. This procedure requires liposuction to harvest the fat, which can need a longer recovery time. After your surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising, but this should improve over time. You may also experience some discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medication.

Why choose Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center?

At Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center, we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality breast augmentation Newport Beach patients can trust, including care and results. We are proud to be recognized as one of the top providers of breast augmentation in the area and have been featured in local media for our work. Dr. Hendricks has extensive experience and is committed to providing personalized care throughout your journey.

breast augmentation frequently asked questions

The most natural-looking breast augmentation involves silicone or saline breast implants, which are placed either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. The choice of implant size, shape, placement, and incision location can contribute to achieving a more natural-looking outcome.

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