Breast Augmentation

Farbod Esmailian | Plastic Surgery


Breast Augmentation Orange CountyBreast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure wherein saline or silicone breast implants are utilized to add volume and fullness to a woman’s breasts, or to enhance the symmetry and overall aesthetic appearance of the breasts. For the sixth year in a row, breast augmentation surgery has been the number one cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States, and more than 286,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in 2012 alone. Electing to have breast augmentation surgery can be a very personal and delicate decision, and a number of unique variables motivate individuals to undergo this surgical procedure.

Some women seek out breast augmentation surgery to resolve asymmetry of their breasts (breasts of different sizes), while others wish to restore lost breast volume after pregnancy or significant weight loss. The desire for larger breasts, or breasts that are more in proportion to one’s body contour, are some of the aesthetically-based motivating factors behind breast augmentation; however, breast augmentation surgery can also be fueled by reconstructive goals, as with women who have had a mastectomy (or double mastectomy).

At our plastic surgery practice, Dr. Farbod Esmailian M.D., is a double board certified surgeon who has worked with patients seeking some of the best breast augmentations in Orange County for a multitude of reasons, and with a wide variety of unique breast augmentation goals. Dr. Esmailian works closely with each of his patients to customize their breast augmentation surgery to meet their specific surgical objectives, and takes pride in not only meeting, but exceeding the expectations of all of his patients.


The determination of what constitutes desirable breast aesthetics is extremely subjective, and varies tremendously from patient to patient. For this reason, breast augmentation surgery has developed into a highly customizable procedure, and can be tailored to meet the specific goals of each patient. Some women even consider the areola reduction procedure in addition to a breast augmentation, due to pregnancy, breast feeding or naturally large breasts. Breast implants are offered in an extensive range of sizes, profiles, textures, and shapes, in order to create a variety of different looks.

The profile of a breast implant signifies the distance the implant will project from a patient’s body–lower profile breast implants create less prominent silhouettes than higher profile breast implants. Breast implant sizes are not measured in traditional bra sizes, but rather in cubic centimeters (cc’s), and are offered in sizes that range from approximately 120cc to 960cc.

Selecting the ideal implant type, size and profile for your augmentation surgery may feel overwhelming; however, these are not decisions you need to make on your own. Dr. Esmailian, and the professional team at FE Plastic Surgery, will guide you during your decision-making process, and will patiently and kindly answer your questions, address your concerns, and ensure that you are 100% comfortable with the implants you select for your breast augmentation surgery in the Orange County area.


Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia or IV sedation, and typically lasts 1-2 hours; however this varies depending up on the nature of the surgery, and whether additional procedures (i.e. breast lift) are being performed in conjunction with the breast augmentation.

There are two choices for the placement of breast implants during breast augmentation surgery:

  • Submuscular placement: under the chest muscle
  • Submammary or Subglandular placement: between the chest muscle and breast tissue

There are four primary choices for breast augmentation incisions:

  • Inframammary Incision: beneath the curve beneath the breast
  • Periareolar Incision: circling around the lower half of the areola
  • Transaxillary Incision: in the underarm area
  • Transumbilical or TUBA: in the navel area

Breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Esmailian will discuss the different incision and implant placement options for your breast surgery, and will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, body type, and breast augmentation goals.


You will be able to return home after your breast augmentation surgery, but you will be advised to arrange for someone to assist you for the first few days after your procedure. Discomfort levels after breast augmentation surgery are usually mild to moderate, and can be ameliorated with pain medication. Approximately seven days after your surgery, you will return to the office for a follow-up visit. At this point, your sutures will be removed, and Dr. Esmailian will ensure that your breasts are healing properly.

Additional follow-up appointments will be scheduled during two-week, six-week, and three-month intervals. The average recovery period for breast augmentation surgery is 2-4 weeks; however, this varies from patient to patient, and is dependent upon your body’s unique capacity to heal. Your initial breast augmentation results will be visible immediately after your procedure, and will continue to progress as swelling and bruising subside over the next few weeks.

Most patients find that they are able to return to work within 3-5 days after surgery, and are able to resume most activities within 1-2 weeks, as discomfort lessens and bruising stabilizes. However, you should refrain from any strenuous activities that could raise your blood pressure and pulse rate, or which require strenuous use of your arm and chest muscles.


Dr. Esmailian is a skillful and compassionate and is considered of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Orange County, and believes strongly in helping his patients make truly informed decisions about their surgery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Esmailian will take the time to thoroughly discuss your breast augmentation surgery, helping you to understand all of your surgical options, and assessing your current health and aesthetic goals.

If you would like more information about breast augmentation surgery, please contact our office. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Esmailian.