Breast Augmentation

Whether you have always had smaller breasts or have lost volume due to weight loss or childbirth, you may be considering breast augmentation to enhance your figure. Women from San Jose, Los Gatos, and Palo Alto, California, choose breast augmentation at Reveal Plastic Surgery where board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Benjamin Maser and Dr. Steven J. Bates prioritize safety, precision, and natural-looking results.

Breast Augmentation
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Why Do Women Get Breast Implants?

Women choose breast augmentation for various personal reasons. These may include:

  • Enlarging naturally small breasts
  • Restoring breast volume that decreased after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding
  • Improving symmetry between breasts of different sizes
  • Enhancing a sense of femininity
  • Boosting self-confidence

Good candidates for breast augmentation are at least 18 years old (22 for silicone implants), in good health, and have realistic expectations about their results. Breast augmentation is not a good choice for women who want the surgery to please someone else. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should delay breast augmentation until their breasts and body have had time to readjust as much as possible.

Choosing Your Breast Implants

Patients often arrive at their consultation with a specific implant size in mind because they like how they look on a friend or family member. Your body shape and size are unique, however, and the same size of implants that look great on someone else may not be the right fit for you.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons will work closely with you to select breast implants that will produce the most flattering results. Patients especially love our Vectra® 3D imaging system, which enables you to “try on” different sizes of implants to envision your potential results.

Our practice offers a wide range of implant options, including Natrelle® cohesive silicone gel and saline-filled implants. Silicone gel implants, including highly cohesive “gummy bear” implants, look and feel like natural breast tissue and are a popular option. Patients who choose Natrelle implants often report high levels of satisfaction with their results, citing improved confidence and overall satisfaction with their breast augmentation outcomes.

The Natrelle Perks Program

Allergan’s Natrelle Perks program enhances the breast augmentation experience by providing valuable resources, support, and rewards to Allē members who receive a breast augmentation with Natrelle silicone gel breast implants.

These perks include:

  • Exclusive rewards and discounts on breast augmentation-related products and services
  • Access to resources and personalized information
  • Expert guidance and advice throughout your breast augmentation journey
  • Connecting with other patients to share stories and experiences

Learn more about the Natrelle Perks Program.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Instead of breast implants, some patients opt for fat transfer to provide a subtle increase in breast size. Fat transfer can also enhance breast augmentation results by concealing the edge of the implants and adding fullness to the upper breast and cleavage area. When used on its own, fat transfer can increase the breasts by about one cup size. The patient will need enough excess fat (usually from the thighs or abdomen) to be used for this procedure.

“There are a lot of choices in cosmetic surgery clinics and I am blessed to have found Reveal.”

Rebecca T. 5-Star Google review

“I am very happy with my breast augmentation results from Dr. Bates and everyone on the Reveal team was great. Donna was great in getting back to me with all my questions. My nurse Shelly was so sweet and awesome in helping my mom who picked me up and noted the aftercare instructions. This place was highly recommended to me for a reason.”

Kaitlin G., 5-Star Google review

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in San Jose, CA?

Breast augmentation is a highly customized surgery, so it’s not possible to provide an exact quote over the internet. The prices at Reveal Plastic Surgery are competitive with other highly qualified plastic surgeons in the area. Cost is determined by the implants used, the surgical approach, and the patient’s anatomy. During your consultation with Dr. Maser or Dr. Bates, you will receive a written quote that’s customized to reflect your surgical preferences.

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What To Expect at Your Consultation

Successful breast augmentation results begin with your initial consultation. Having an honest, open discussion with your surgeon about why you’re considering breast augmentation and what you wish to achieve establishes a trusting relationship. This mutual respect and understanding leads to a smoother surgical journey and superior results.

Our plastic surgeons take great pride in their patient care and thoroughness. They take the time needed to understand your concerns, educate you about the procedure, and talk through your options, including incision locations and implant placement choices, so you know exactly what to expect before surgery.

Your surgeon also conducts a physical exam that includes a detailed assessment of the size, shape, and symmetry of your breasts, and the quality of the breast skin. Based on your goals, anatomy, and personal preferences, your surgeon creates a customized surgical plan to meet your unique needs. You’ll also have a chance to review real patient before and after photos, which can help you communicate your own goals.

It’s normal to be a bit nervous before your consultation, but our supportive and friendly team will quickly ease your nerves. We’ll provide detailed instructions for you to follow before your surgery, including pre-operative guidelines and what to expect during your recovery. Feel free to ask us questions at any time.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Dr. Bates and Dr. Maser offer several incision options to accommodate breast augmentation patients with different needs and goals. The 3 most common incisions are:

Periareolar: This incision traces the border of the areola, which is the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Once healed, the resulting scar blends with the natural border of the areola.

Inframammary: This incision is made along the crease beneath the breast. With proper postoperative care, these scars fade significantly and are well-hidden in clothing and most swimwear.

Transaxillary: This incision is made in a natural crease in the armpit. Although this incision is appealing because it doesn’t leave a scar on the breast, it’s usually more appropriate for women who have chosen saline implants.


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Locations of transaxillary, periareolar, and inframammary incisions Locations of transaxillary, periareolar, and inframammary incisions

Breast Implant Placement Options

Our surgeons typically use one of the following placement options for breast implants, each with its own advantages and considerations:

  • Subglandular placement is over the chest muscle and beneath the breast gland.
  • Submuscular placement is beneath the chest muscle.

In general, submuscular placement is ideal for women who have very little natural breast tissue because the additional mass of muscle provides more coverage for the implant. However, the best option for you depends on several factors, and your surgeon will help you decide during your consultation.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Our surgeons provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your breast augmentation procedure. These typically include guidelines for fasting, what medications to avoid to decrease bleeding risk, and when to stop using nicotine if you smoke or vape.

Besides following these instructions, other ways to prepare before surgery include:

  • Arranging transportation to and from our fully accredited cosmetic surgery facility in San Jose
  • Ensuring you have a reliable support system to help out during recovery
  • Preparing a comfortable “nest” with pillows, blankets and easy access to water, medications, electronic devices, and anything else you’ll want during your recovery
  • Stocking up on supplies you’ll need during recovery and filling prescriptions
  • Arranging for time off work
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated

It’s also helpful to jot down any questions you may have about the post-op instructions that you can ask your surgeon before your operation.

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What To Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery

After surgery, you will need to rest for the first 24 to 48 hours. Your breasts will be swollen and may feel tender or sore. Dr. Maser and Dr. Bates will provide you with detailed guidelines to help you recover properly after surgery.

Even though each patient heals at their own pace, here’s a general timeline:

Immediately after surgery: You’ll likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the chest area. You’ll wear a supportive surgical bra home.

3 to 5 days: Any discomfort you experience begins to subside

5 to 7 days: You can return to school or a job that doesn’t involve lifting

1 to 2 weeks: Continue sleeping with the chest elevated

2 weeks: At this point, most patients can resume low-impact exercise

3 to 4 weeks: Residual swelling and bruising resolves

6 to 8 weeks: No more exercise restrictions

6 to 12 weeks: Implants settle (drop and fluff)

Dr. Maser, Dr. Bates, and all of the staff at Reveal Plastic Surgery are available every step of the way and will ensure your recovery is as smooth and worry-free as possible. It’s essential that you closely follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions, including wearing supportive bras and caring for your incisions.

Our Plastic Surgeons

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have decades of combined experience performing cosmetic procedures for the face, breasts, and body. Their expertise, superior care, and impressive outcomes draw patients from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Their caring, down-to-earth personalities cultivate lasting doctor-patient relationships.

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Breast Augmentation FAQ

Will I Need Surgical Drains After My Breast Augmentation?

No. Although surgical drains are often a part of other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a Tummy tuck, they are not necessary after breast augmentation.

How Do I Know Whether I Need a Breast Lift or Augmentation?

This is a common question for women who know they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts but are unsure how to change them. Breast augmentation makes the breasts larger, but it does not help with sagging tissue. If a patient’s breasts are sagging so that the nipples point downward, she may want to consider Breast lift or a combination lift-augmentation. Dr. Bates and Dr. Maser commonly perform these options as part of a complete, mommy makeover which also includes body contouring components.

Will I Be Able To Breastfeed With Implants?

Many patients are pleased to learn that breastfeeding is still possible with breast implants. If you’d like to have children in the future, talk to your surgeon about your options during your consultation. There are techniques he can use during surgery to increase your chances of successful breastfeeding in the future.

What Are the Potential Risks of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a common procedure with high levels of patient satisfaction. However, like any surgery, it does carry the potential for complications. These include infection, excessive bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia. Other complications specific to breast augmentation include implant leakage or displacement and the development of excessive scar tissue, called capsular contracture. Implant complications are uncommon and generally not physically harmful. They may be corrected with revisionary surgery.

How Long Will My Implants Last?

Although breast implants can last for many years, they may weaken over time and can become more prone to complications. Their longevity may depend on many factors, but most implants last about 10 to 20 years before they should be replaced or removed. Your surgeon can help you determine when it might be time to undergo revisionary surgery.

Why Choose Reveal Plastic Surgery

Choosing our practice for your breast augmentation ensures you get expert care from one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Maser and Dr. Bates combine excellent surgical skill with a personable bedside manner that our patients appreciate.

To meet with Dr. Maser or Dr. Bates, our board-certified plastic surgeons in San Jose, and find out how breast augmentation can enhance your look, request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form or call our office at (408) 356-4241 for an appointment.

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