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The goal of breast augmentation is to enhance and improve breast contours*. Breast augmentation at Plastic Surgery Specialists in Marin County is highly individualized to complement your unique body type and augmentation goals*. Our specialists bring to the procedure the artistry required to help you choose the right size and shape implants for your body. Plastic Surgery Specialists was one of the first practices to offer Allergan Natrelle® 410 and Sientra® breast implants in Marin County. Also known as “gummy bear” implants, these implants feature a teardrop shape and form-stable cohesive silicone gel. Dr. Stanley G. Poulos and Dr. Yngvar A. Hvistendahl are proud to offer the latest options for patients seeking beautiful, natural-looking breasts at our center of excellence*.

*Results May Vary

Discover why patients visit our specialists for breast augmentation from San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Rosa, and beyond. We invite you to request a consultation online, or call us at (415) 925-2880 to schedule an appointment.

Good Candidates

Healthy women wishing to enhance the size and shape of their breasts are potential candidates for breast augmentation*. The procedure is ideal for women who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or weight loss. Candidates should be healthy enough to have surgery and understand that there is always a risk of complications that could require additional surgery in the future, potentially to remove or replace implants in a revisionary procedure.

Candidates for natural breast augmentation using their own fat rather than implants should understand that this process, while carrying lower risk, is generally best for women who want to increase their breast volume by only a cup size or 2*.

Plastic Surgery Specialists offers all breast augmentation patients the advantage of our state-of-the-art VECTRA® 3D imaging system, which allows women to see images of how they will look with implants even before they decide to have the surgery*.

Before & After Photos

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The Procedure

Traditional breast augmentation is a relatively simple plastic surgery procedure with only a few steps. It does, however, call for preparation. First, it is important to decide which breast implants are right for you. There are 2 main types of breast implants: saline and silicone. After choosing your breast implant, you and your surgeon can determine the best incision placement for you. Choices include inframammary, transaxillary, or periareolar incisions. Each incision type is made in an inconspicuous area that can be easily hidden. During the procedure, you surgeon inserts your implant through the incision and closes it with sutures.

Natural breast augmentation collects fat for the augmentation from your body via liposuction. This procedure offers the added benefit of improving contours in the area of the body (stomach, hips, or thighs) from which the fat is removed*. The fat cells are enriched and then injected into the breasts. This procedure takes longer, but many appreciate the natural look and feel that results, as well as the slimming effects of liposuction*.

*Results May Vary

Center of Excellence

  • Over 40,000 procedures performed
  • Over 40 years of combined experience

Our experienced team of surgeons combine an aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires*. This combination of talent is a hallmark of a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.

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After Your Procedure

At our Marin County surgical center, breast augmentation using implants usually requires general anesthesia and takes 1 to 2 hours to complete*. After you go home, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days.

The natural breast augmentation procedure is generally an all-day affair, because it includes liposuction and fat cell enrichment before the fat injection can begin*. Breast enlargement via fat injection is virtually pain free and requires no general anesthesia, nor is there any hospital recovery time*.

You can see results of both implants and fat transfer right away*. Costs can vary for each individual, but we are proud to offer affordable plastic surgery for all our patients from Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, and other nearby communities.

For more information on how breast augmentation is performed, please visit our Education Center. You can also learn about common complementary procedures, including breast lift and Mommy Makeover surgeries.

*Results May Vary


Breast Augmentation FAQ ModelExciting as it is to get breast implants, it’s important to understand the procedure and know what to expect before undergoing breast augmentation. In Marin County, just north of San Francisco, our board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic breast enhancement. Here, they provide answers to some of the questions they hear most frequently, in hopes it will help you to prepare for your breast augmentation. Women from cities like Fairfax, Belvedere, Santa Rosa, and Napa trust Dr. Stanley G. Poulos and Dr. Hvistendahl as the leading breast enhancement surgeons in the North Bay Area.

What size of implant should I have?

Choosing the size of implants is probably the most personal choice you’ll make when considering breast augmentation. At the same time, our surgeons’ expertise and experience is a valuable asset in helping guide your choice. Choosing an implant suitable for your tissue characteristics is the most important factor. A patient with paper-thin skin and no soft tissue coverage cannot tolerate the same sized implants as someone with a C-cup breast and elastic skin*. We’ll discuss your preferred cup size and explain how it’s converted to an implant volume. Before-and-after pictures of real patients are a great way to narrow your choices and help us understand your expectations*. We’ll take the time to help you choose what is right for you.

What is the cost of breast augmentation?

In the San Francisco Bay area, breast augmentation costs vary based on a number of factors. Plastic Surgery Specialists offers affordable options while providing the highest standard of care.

What’s the best way to see what I would look like with breast implants?

Our Greenbrae clinic is one of the few practices to offer the VECTRA® 3D imaging system, which allows patients to preview what their breasts may look like with implants of different shapes and sizes*. This can be even more helpful than traditional implant sizers, which only give you an idea of size, rather than what your actual breasts will look like.

Do you offer natural breast augmentation?

Some women want to enhance their breast size without breast implants. Those patients can benefit from fat transfer breast augmentation, a procedure which involves taking fat tissue from one area of your body, purifying and enriching it, and then re-injecting it into your breasts*. We use liposuction to harvest the fat, which is also an attractive feature of natural breast augmentation for many patients*. Suitable candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation desire only a modest increase in breast size — not more than 1 cup size.

Are there potential problems after getting breast implants?

Every elective surgical and non-surgical procedure carries some risk. The most common issue with breast implants is the tendency of the body to form scar tissue around the implant*. We call this scar tissue a capsule, and the thickening process a capsular contracture. Research shows that modern implants remain soft in more than 90% of women who get breast augmentation. Even those who develop some capsular contracture do not require revision surgery in most cases. However, somewhere around 3 to 5% of patients will develop significant firmness*. The vast majority of these can be corrected by secondary operation, which removes the scar tissue and replaces the implants*.

Is there any relationship between implants and breast cancer?

There is no relationship between implants and cancer. Rarely, a leaking silicone implant can result in a lump which could be confused for breast mass. Studies have shown that patients who developed breast cancer with implants usually present at an earlier stage because they are used to frequent examinations and mammograms.

For more information on breast augmentation, please visit our Education Center.

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