About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation involves increasing the size and enhancing the shape of the breasts with implants. The procedure involves placing implants, typically filled with saline or silicone gel, behind the breast tissue or the chest muscle. 

  • Average Cost: $10,500 to $11,500
  • Typical Recovery Period: Four to Six Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Relatively Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, or IV Sedation

Transaxillary breast augmentation surgery: virtually scarless.

Dr. Graw performs the most advanced breast augmentation techniques in Palo Alto, including being fully experienced in the transaxillary approach, which is achieved with incisions in the underarm, rather than in the breast crease, for a virtually scarless augmentation.

Types of breast implants

Breast augmentation can be performed with two basic types of implants, saline or silicone. Both types have a silicone shell.

Saline implants

Saline implants are far more natural in weight and feel than they were in the past. These implants have an advantage, as they are filled after being placed, allowing for ultimate customization. The latest developments in aesthetic technology have led to the development of saline implants with a series of silicone shells nestled in a series, controlling the movement of the saline solution for a more natural feel and weight. 

Advantages of saline implants

One of the reasons many women choose saline implants is that if ruptured (which is rare), the saline solution is absorbed by the body. For women who have concerns regarding silicone and the body, these implants are a beautiful alternative. 

Silicone implants

Silicone implants are considered to have a more natural feel, and both small and medium-sized implants can be placed with the transaxillary (through the underarm) technique. For larger implants, an incision is placed in the breast crease, and the implants placed beneath the chest muscles to create a smooth, long-lasting and natural-looking result.

Benefits of silicone implants

Silicone implants mimic the density of natural breast tissue, and when put in place by a world-class plastic surgeon, can create an appearance that cannot be identified as being achieved with surgery. Creating a superior result requires determining the ideal shape, size, and projection for the implants for beautiful balance and harmony between the breasts and the rest of the body.


Virtually scarless breast augmentation technique

These implants can be placed with the most advanced technique, called “transaxillary,” through smaller incisions hidden in the armpit crease. Dr. Graw is fully experienced in this technique, and one of the few Palo Alto plastic surgeons who regularly performs this advanced breast augmentation surgery.

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Fat transfer–using your own tissue for augmentation!

Dr. Graw is a big fan of using your own tissue for augmentation if you are a good candidate. The main advantages of fat transfer are as follows:

  • No implants
  • 1-cm incisions
  • Using your own tissue allows for your breasts to grow or decrease with your body, depending on the rest of your body’s state
  • Areas from which fat is harvested benefit from Dr. Graw’s specialized liposculpting techniques

Breast augmentation – it’s more than cosmetic.

Dr. Graw performs custom breast augmentations in Palo Alto, which is more than a cosmetic procedure. This procedure can be performed to resolve an array of breast issues, including:

  • Small breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts 
  • Tuberous breasts
  • Breasts that have lost volume due to weight loss
  • Breasts that have lost volume after breastfeeding
  • Any unusual shape or size
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The procedure 

Breast augmentation requires an incision point through which the implant is placed. Most plastic surgeons take the most straightforward approach, placing incisions in the breast crease. While this approach allows for full access to the breast structure and may be correct for some women, in many cases, the incision can be placed in the armpit for a virtually scarless outcome. 

Achieve Superior Results in Breast Augmentation servicing Palo Alto, Menlo Park, & Atherton:

To create the most attractive, natural-looking outcome, breast augmentation, Dr. Graw goes through these steps:

  • A discussion with you about your aesthetic vision for your body.
  • Measuring chest width, natural breast width, and the frame to determine the ideal volume, size, and projection.
  • A complete discussion regarding your options in implants, either saline or silicone.
  • A surgical plan is discussed, such as implant placement, which can be behind the breast tissue, behind the chest muscle, or a combination approach.
  • A discussion with regard to whether combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift would be ideal for your situation.
  • Discuss what to expect in recovery time, discomfort, and any other issues of concern.
  • A custom surgical plan crafted to reflect your unique aesthetic needs.
  • Surgery date scheduled.

    Timeline to breast augmentation recovery

    Week one

    You will need to sleep on your back. No heavy lifting or raising your arms above your head. You will have prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable in the initial stages, but this is a brief period, after which just Tylenol should suffice. You will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Graw in the first week, to ensure your recovery is proceeding well. Follow all aftercare instructions, and get help from a friend or family member if you have small children – you can’t lift them for 4 weeks.

    Week two

    Most people return to work within a few days, but if you typically engage in vigorous physical exercise, sports, or other activities, you must alter your lifestyle to allow the incisions fully heal. Dr. Graw will give you permission to return to yoga, lifting weights, or other exercise, but regular walks can help speed healing.

    Week three

    Your breast implants will be settling into place. Your breasts may still feel firm, but any bruising has usually faded. You can return to cycling and lower body workouts but avoid any activity that causes your new breasts to bounce.

    Week six

    Your breasts now feel softer, look attractive, and the nipples are settling into the right location, centered on the breast mound. Some asymmetries could remain but are fading quickly. You can return to sports, jogging, running, and upper body workouts without worry, once given the okay by Dr. Graw. 

    Week eight

    Your breasts are starting to achieve their final look, are softer, and you are likely able to finally go bra shopping! 

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    Why choose Dr. Graw for your Breast Augmentation in Palo Alto?

    Dr. Graw pursued an education at some of the nation’s most revered universities, including the Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. And she further enhanced her skills under the tutelage of world-class plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills, CA. Her experience, knowledge, and personal touch transcend expectations.

    And, as a mother of two young children, she understands the challenges women face after pregnancy and breastfeeding or with age-related breast changes.

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