Breast Enhancement in San Francisco

Young woman with enhanced breasts

Today, breast enhancement in San Francisco is becoming increasingly popular with extraordinary results. The Golden Gate region has hundreds of board-certified surgeons, able to perform breast implants, or augmentations, for clients ready for a change. While breast surgeries are on the increase in the USA, there are other countries where more implants are surgically performed per capita. Two of these countries are Brazil and Argentina.

Reasons for Surgery

Many think the reason behind women wanting to increase their breast size is so that they will be more appealing to men, especially at the beach in a swimsuit. However, there are other reasons women want to enlarge their breasts, including:

  • Gaining self-esteem and confidence
  • Returning to a youthful body, especially after pregnancies
  • Having sizable breasts for those who were once flat-chested
  • More clothing options
  • Better proportioned figure

When a woman decides to have surgery to increase breast size, often friends and family do not understand. Some of the misunderstanding may come out of fear for the woman's safety. Just how safe is the procedure? As a woman reads up on the surgery, consults with her surgeon, and has her questions answered, then she can feel more confident about the decision to have surgery, and share the information she has learned with her friends.


What about all the terms that are used when talking about increasing breast size? These include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast implants
  • Breast enhancement
  • Augmentation mammoplasty

All of the above are used interchangeably. They all mean having a surgical procedure to increase breast size.

Types of Implants

Breast augmentation surgery can be performed with incisions under the breast, in the armpit, and at the edge of the areola.

There are two major types of implants:

  • Saline-filled - shells that are either pre-filled or filled with saline during surgery
  • Silicone gel-filled - shells filled with silicone gel

In the 1990s there was a recall by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on silicone-filled implants. Women who had them implanted were having trouble with leakage. In November 2006, the FDA approved silicone breast implants; since then they have been used more frequently in surgeries although caution is still prevalent.

There are more choices with saline breast implants, an offering of different shapes and sizes. These include:

  • A smooth round implant
  • A textured round implant
  • A textured anatomic or tear dropped shaped implant

The most popular implant chosen is the smooth round implant.

Breast Enhancement Surgery

Out-patient breast surgery can be performed in the San Francisco's doctor's office or at the local hospital. Anesthesia is given so the patient is asleep during the whole surgery. Generally, it takes one to two hours to complete the procedure. Scars can take months, or up to one year to heal. Soreness, bruising, and tenderness are often experienced after surgery.


The cost ranges between $2,500 and $12,000 for breast augmentation, with $3,400 being the average in the area. Some women have gone to doctors who are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. While they may have paid less for their implants, a number of these women were not satisfied with the outcome, or had painful problems post surgery.


Are there risks involved with having implants surgically placed? Yes, there are risks, as there are with most surgeries.

Some of them include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Decreased sensitivity in nipples
  • Increased sensitivity in nipples
  • Capsular contracture - scar tissue forming
  • Deflation or rupture
  • Calcium deposits
  • Hematoma
  • Shifting of the implant
  • Additional surgery to remove implants

Having breast implants does not increase the risk of cancer and the option to breastfeed a baby is still attainable.

Surgeons Performing Breast Enhancement in San Francisco

While many botched surgeries have happened in the past and there are plenty of horror stories to go around, many risks can be avoided by going to a certified plastic surgeon who has performed prior procedures with great success rates. Many recommended doctors perform breast enhancement in San Francisco and have a host of satisfied patients.

You can find them at the link above (for certified surgeons) or visit these doctors listed below at their individual websites:

  • Leonard W. Gray, M.D., F.A.C.S.

450 Sutter Street, Suite 2303, San Francisco, California 94108. Visit his website to learn more and see photos of his work.

  • Karen M Horton, M.D.

2100 Webster Street, Suite 506 San Francisco, California 94115. Dr. Horton's expertise includes breast augmentation.

Before and After Surgery

Have a consultation with a doctor before signing up for surgery. Make sure you feel comfortable talking to the doctor and that all of your questions are answered. It is important to feel that the doctor understands your requests and expectations, desiring to give you the look you want to achieve. Doctors want you to feel empowered about your decision to pursue breast augmentation.

Follow-up to surgery is important, too. You will want to have time to discuss with your doctor how the surgery progressed and tips on recovery, when you can return to work and exercise, when it is safe to drive again, and what to expect in the months to come.

Enjoy Your New Look

The next time you are walking around Baker Beach or the boardwalk of Fisherman's Wharf, chances are that there will be a few women present who have had breast surgery performed by one of the surgeons in the San Francisco area. Like them, you can enjoy your new look with pride and confidence.

Breast Enhancement in San Francisco