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Best Breast Augmentation Surgeons In Portland Or

Breast augmentation is a procedure that enlarges the size of the breast with implants. Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. They are placed behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. The procedure generally lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia.

Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy, weight loss, or surgery. It is common for women after childbirth and breastfeeding to have loss of breast tissue or deflated breasts. A breast augmentation will correct the deflated breasts. After surgery, the patient’s bustline may be increased by one or more cup sizes depending on their desired aesthetic outcome. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift, or tummy tuck, as part of a Mommy Makeover surgery, for more satisfying results.

Breast implants are not “one size fits all”; there are different options depending on the patient’s body type, physique, and personal preference.

Breast augmentation patients have the option to choose their preferred implant, incision location, and implant placement. Below is a brief description of each. These will be explained in more detail during your consultation with Dr. Lopez, with your consultation customized to your goals and anatomy, based on an examination by Dr. Lopez.

At Aesthetic Laser Center, we offer both saline and silicone implants and only use FDA approved breast implants. A saline implant is a silicone shell that is inserted (using the No Touch technique) into the breast pocket empty and then filled with sterile saline solution. A silicone implant is also a silicone shell but is prefilled with a soft silicone gel. Both options are safe and offer natural-looking results. The type chosen for an individual case depends on the patient’s physique, medical history, and personal preference.

Smooth or Textured

The exterior of the breast implant can be smooth, so the implant moves naturally in the pocket or textured, which adheres to the breast tissue slightly, like velcro.


Saline and silicone implants come in either a round or anatomic or teardrop breast implant. A round implant is just that, with a round base, and choice of projection ranging from low, moderate, moderate plus, and high. The anatomic breast implants have a textured exterior surface and are sloped; the teardrop implant is closer to the anatomical shape of a breast, with more projection at the base and less at the top of the breast (near the clavicle.)


The size of implants ranges from 100cc to 900cc. Implants are accurately measured in cubic centimeters; they are not measured by cup size because cup size varies between stores. The implants Dr. Lopez uses are all FDA approved and sterile.

What Happens During Evaluation for Breast Enhancement?

  • Evaluation of overall health
  • Detailed examination of the breast and chest to identify any asymmetry which needs to be corrected
  • A thorough discussion of all breast implant types, including:
    • Teardrop breast implants
    • Anatomic breast implants
    • Silicone gel breast implants
    • Textured breast implants
    • High profile breast implants
    • And more
  • Selection of the right breast implant to enhance your bust line using chest wall measurements, evaluation of the skin thickness and breast volume.

How Should I Prepare for Breast Augmentation?

  • Mammogram prior to surgery as needed
  • Must stop smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery
  • Must stop all blood thinning agents such as aspirin or vitamin E

How Does Breast Augmentation Work?

pexels felipe hueb 2433603Our surgeons place a variety of breast implants, using different techniques, as he believes breast augmentation is as much an art as it is a science and the operation must be uniquely tailored to your needs.

Options for breast implant placement include:

  • Behind the muscle
  • In front of the muscle
  • Dual plane – partly behind the muscle and partly behind the breast tissue

At our breast augmentation practice, implants may be placed through three different types of incision:

  • A small incision in the armpit (using an endoscope)
  • The fold of the breast
  • Around the nipple

Breast Augmentation surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis.

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