Breast Augmentation by Dr. Michael K. Lee

Patients in and beyond Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest wanting breast augmentation select Dr. Michael K. Lee as their plastic surgeon because they know they will experience dedicated concierge care and stunning yet natural-looking outcomes. Breast augmentation is often performed with a breast lift in order to maximize results and provide comprehensive improvement.

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Why choose Dr. Michael K. Lee?

Dr. Lee is a double-board-certified aesthetic expert who grew up in the picturesque state of Hawaii, where he received his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. After pursuing additional advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Lee completed a demanding Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is the honored recipient of the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

In terms of his treatment approach and philosophy, Dr. Lee insists on personalized, concierge care for every patient, actively listening to their concerns in order to create a one-of-a-kind treatment plan. Dr. Lee chose the profession of plastic surgery because he was attracted to the art of precision and mastering complex technical procedures; however, what he loves most about his profession is his ability to create meaningful changes in his patients' lives, enhancing their confidence, peace of mind, and self-image.

What is breast augmentation?

Patients pursue breast augmentation to increase breast fullness, shape, and projection. Performed under general anesthesia involves making an incision in the breast tissue, creating a capsule for the implant, and inserting it either above or below the chest muscle. Breast augmentation is often matched with a breast lift to address breast size and ptosis after aging or pregnancy.

Dr. Lee has used breast augmentation in Mission Viejo to address a range of concerns, including small or underdeveloped breasts, asymmetry or imbalances between the breasts, and loss of breast volume due to weight loss. 

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Implant types

Breast augmentation is achievable with a variety of implant types, including saline, silicone, and cohesive gel implants. The choice of implant type will depend on the patient's individual goals and preferences, as well as their anatomy and existing breast tissue.

Dr. Lee will help consult with you to determine which is best suited for your breast augmentation procedure near Ladera Ranch.

Saline implants

These devices are filled with sterile saltwater solution after they are placed in the breast pocket. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be adjusted to achieve the desired level of fullness. These implants are typically less expensive than silicone implants and may be a good choice for patients with adequate breast tissue.

Silicone implants

Silicone implants are made with a cohesive silicone gel that is comparable to the look and feel of natural breast tissue. They are available in a range of sizes and shapes and may be ideal for patients with thin or insufficient breast tissue. Silicone implants can be more pricey than saline implants but are often preferred for their natural look and feel.

Cohesive gel implants

Cohesive gel implants, also called "gummy bears," are made with a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains its shape even if the implant shell is damaged. They are highly versatile and can be a good option for patients who want a natural-looking result with minimal risk of implant rupture or leakage.

Incision types

There are three main types of incisions that are commonly used for patients receiving breast augmentation near Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch by Dr. Lee. He customizes each procedure to the individual and will discuss your options in detail during your private consultation.

Inframammary incision

The inframammary incision is conceived in the fold beneath the breast. It is the most common type of incision used for breast augmentation and allows for easy access to the breast pocket. It also typically results in minimal scarring that is easily concealed by clothing or a bra.

Periareolar incision

The periareolar incision encircles the areola. It may be a good choice for those who want to minimize scarring, as the incision is easily concealed by the natural color and texture of the areola. However, it can increase the risk of damage to the milk ducts and nerves in the breast.

Transaxillary incision

The transaxillary incision is created within the armpit and allows for the implant to be inserted through a tunnel that is created beneath the skin. It may work for patients who want to minimize scarring on the breast, but it can be more difficult to accomplish precise placement of the implant.

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What are the advantages of breast augmentation?

Patients looking for breast augmentation near Lake Forest or Ladera Ranch can experience the following advantages:

  • Fuller, rounder breasts
  • A more balanced, youthful physique
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • A better fit in swimwear and clothing
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Customized, long-lasting results
  • A natural-looking outcome
  • Minimal scarring
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What is the expected recovery for breast augmentation patients near Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch?

After your breast augmentation in Mission Viejo, Dr. Lee will provide a detailed aftercare plan with instructions for incision care, bathing, sleeping, resuming exercise, and returning to work. He will offer the appropriate prescription pain medications and a compression garment that is worn to reduce postoperative swelling.

During the first few weeks post-op, patients should refrain from any activities that could put a strain on the breasts, such as lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous exercise. They should also avoid sleeping on their stomach or side and sleep with their upper body elevated to help reduce swelling.

It is important for patients to follow Dr. Lee's postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a safe and successful recovery and achieve the desired results. With proper care and maintenance, patients can expect to see the full breast augmentation results within several months of the procedure.

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