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Breast Augmentation


If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or profile of your breasts, it may be time to consider breast augmentation surgery. With this procedure, board-certified Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole can create perfect balance between your breasts and frame while addressing issues such as:

  • Asymmetry
  • Cleavage
  • Inadequate volume

Types of Breast Implants

Every woman has a unique anatomical makeup and no single type of breast implant can ideally complement every frame. This is why board-certified Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole offers a range of choices, allowing the best option to be selected on a case-by-case basis. During your breast enhancement consultation, Dr. O’Toole will discuss the benefits and limitations of each implant type to help you select the right one for your specific needs.

To schedule your complementary breast augmentation consultation with Dr. O’Toole, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling (626) 671-1756 today.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled after they have been placed. This gives Dr. O’Toole the ability to completely customize their size for optimal contours. Because they are filled after placement, your breast implant incisions may be smaller – a factor that can reduce risks and postsurgical recovery periods. Saline implants are the only type available to women under the age of 22.

Saline is not an incredibly thick substance and these implants may be more prone to wrinkle or ripple over time. Other aesthetic issues such as double bubble and sagging may also be more common with saline implants, but these issues are reduced by choosing submuscular breast implant placement.

Saline implants are typically round in shape, allowing them to rotate without impacting symmetry.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone is thicker than saline, making silicone breast implants less likely to produce aesthetic imperfections. Particularly true of gummy bear breast implants, silicone tends to look and feel more like natural breast tissue – even when placed above chest muscles.

Because they are filled before they are placed, silicone breast implants may require a larger incision and mildly increase recovery time. This particular type of implant is only available to women over the age of 22.

Silicone implants come in both tear-drop and rounded shapes. Tear-drop implants have a textured surface, which may reduce risks for things such as capsular contracture.

Meeting Your Needs

Dr. O’Toole is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He strongly believes that each woman is entitled to the breast augmentation options best for their body and works individually with each patient to make sure that happens. Dr. O’Toole will take time to understand your desires and fully assess your frame before making recommendations for the type of breast implant best suited to meet your needs.

To schedule your breast enhancement consultation with our board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon, please contact us today. Dr. O’Toole provides free breast augmentation consultations for women living in Covina, Arcadia, Hollywood, and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Pasadena office.


Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants, colloquially known as “gummy bear implants,” are capable of producing natural looking and feeling breast augmentation results. Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole offers form stable implants along with other silicone and saline options, enabling him to provide you with the solution best suited to meet your specific needs.

During your breast enhancement consultation Dr. O’Toole will discuss all of your implant options and help you determine which type will give you the look you most desire.

If you are considering breast augmentation in or around Los Angeles, California, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or call our board-certified plastic surgeon at (626) 671-1756 to schedule your initial consultation today.

About Form Stable Breast Implants

Form stable breast implants contain thicker gel than that used in traditional silicone breast implants. This allows form stable breast implants to hold their shape for a much longer period of time and may help reduce the need for breast enhancement revision surgery.

This type of breast implant offers a firm yet naturally yielding feel – even when placed above the muscles in the chest. What’s more, the thicker gel is less likely to ripple or wrinkle, helping reduce aesthetic imperfections that often accompany subglandular breast implant placement.

What’s Right for Your Breast Enlargement

Form stable breast implants offer some advantages over other types of breast implants, but may not be right for every patient. The best way to learn which type of implant is right for you is through a comprehensive consultation with our board-certified Los Angeles breast surgeon.

There are a variety of breast augmentation options – including implant type – that will impact the final results of your procedure. Dr. O’Toole will discuss all of these with you during your breast enlargement consultation to help ensure your procedure provides you with the look and feel of your dreams.

To schedule your breast enhancement consultation with our board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon, please contact us today. Dr. O’Toole provides breast augmentation from our Pasadena location to women living in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and surrounding areas of California.


Breast Augmentation Incision Location

The location of your breast augmentation incisions will play a direct role in the final appearance of your procedure. Because every woman’s anatomy is slightly different, no single incision option is ideal in every case. This is why board-certified Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole offers a range of incision options for our breast augmentation patients.

To learn which incision option is right for your needs, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling (626) 671-1756 to schedule your free initial consultation. Dr. O’Toole welcomes patients from in and around the Los Angeles area at our AAAHC-certified plastic surgery center.

Breast Augmentation Incision Locations

The breast augmentation incision locations offered by Dr. O’Toole are:

  • Transaxillary – these incisions are made in the armpit and eliminate any risk of scarring on the breasts. Transaxillary incisions work best with saline breast implants that can be filled after placement
  • Periariolar – these incisions are made around the dark skin of the areola. This incision
  • Inframammary – these incisions are made underneath the breasts in the fold where breast tissue meets the chest. Inframammary incisions allow for implant placement both below and above the chest muscles, and is ideal for many of our patients

While transaxillary incisions are best for saline implants, silicone breast implants can be placed through either the inframammary or periariolar. Which type of breast implant is best for your body will be considered in addition to anatomical features to help determine which incision location will produce the results you desire.

If you are ready to schedule your free consultation with our board-certified Los Angeles breast surgeon, please call (626) 671-1756 today.


Breast Implant Placement Options

Breast implant placement is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your breast augmentation procedure. The option you choose will significantly impact many aspects of your procedure, including your recovery time and the way your results will look and feel.

There are two breast implant placement options:

  • Submuscular placement
  • Subglandular placement

Each option has several benefits and disadvantages. Pasadena breast implant surgeon Dr. O’Toole will review these with you in great detail during your initial consultation. He will listen carefully to your aesthetic goals and recommend the option that will best meet your needs.

Submuscular Placement

Submuscular placement positions your breast implant behind the chest muscle. This option is ideal for thin women with minimal natural breast tissue. Submuscular placement will also provide you with additional support for your implant, making it less likely that you will experience sagging down the road.

There are several important advantages to choosing submuscular placement:

  • More natural look and feel
  • Reduced risk of capsular contracture, a breast augmentation complication resulting in a hardening of the implants
  • Rippling will be less visible
  • Less likely to interfere with a mammogram

However, you should be aware that submuscular placement may limit the size of implant you can use. If you are looking for a dramatic increase in your breast size, this may not be the best option for you. You may also experience a slightly longer recovery period. Despite these drawbacks, Dr. O’Toole generally recommends submuscular placement for the majority of his patients.

Subglandular Placement

Subglandular placement involves placing your breast implant above the chest muscle, but underneath the breast tissue. This option is ideal for women who desire a more dramatic look. The subglandular placement method is easier to perform and results in a shorter recovery time.

Other advantages to subglandular placement include:

  • Can accommodate a larger implant size
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Produces sharply defined cleavage

There are some drawbacks to subglandular placement as well:

  • Rippling may be more visible
  • Greater risk of capsular contracture
  • Implants may be more visible, especially for women with minimal natural breast tissue
  • Greater interference with mammogram images
  • Greater risk of sagging over time

Los Angeles implant surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole will work closely with you to help you determine which breast implant placement option will be most beneficial based on your lifestyle, body type, and aesthetic goals.

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Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Dr. Martin O’Toole serves patients in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, California areas.

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