Orange County Breast AugmentationAlso known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts (breast enlargement) or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy (breast enhancement).

The Procedure

Breast augmentation or breast implant surgery is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. The popularity of breast augmentation or breast enlargement surgery is due to tremendous satisfaction the patient receives after they have had this surgery done. It will enhance patient’s self esteem and allows women to have more self confidence. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis using a general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about one hour.

Dr. Tavoussi’s technique requires an incision under the lower portion of the areola (the darker area around your nipple). After the incision is made, a pocket is created under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. Majority of patients request the breast implants to be placed under the muscle and this is Dr. Tavoussi’s preferred technique as it produces a more natural look and a smooth transition from shoulders to the nipple area. Sizers are next placed to assess the shape and expand the pockets. The implant is securely positioned in the pocket, and small sutures are used to close the incision. All sutures are dissolved and therefore there is no need for suture removal.

Trans Umbilical Breast Augmentation ( TUBA)

A small incision is made around the umbilicus and a pocket is developed under pectoralis muscle. The implants are then passed through this incision and into the pocket. Therefore there is NO SCAR on the breast itself.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, Dr. Tavoussi will determine what type of breast procedure is best for you. He will discuss the type of implants that are available and the differences between them and postoperative expectations. You will be given a bra to wear and different size implants will be tried so that you can decide what size would best fit your body and fulfill your expectations. The sizing is very important aspect of the consultation as one of the most frequent reason patients undergo second surgery is that they are not happy with size of the breasts after the initial surgery.

We have had a number of patients that had breast augmentation done in other places, who had their implants replaced with a larger size implants. These patients had their surgeon determine their sizes. Although, we as surgeons can evaluate your body and determine the best breast implants size for you, it seems that majority of patients may have a different opinion about the size that they expect or desire to be. We, therefore, allow patients to determine their sizes by placing different sizers in their bra until they are fully satisfied with their choice BUT Dr. Tavoussi will inform you of the consequence of your choice if it is well above what your body can handle. These will include eventual droopiness of the breasts as well as neck and shoulder pain.

Before and After Photographs

You will also be able to see the Before & After Pictures of Breast Augmentation surgery of Dr. Tavoussi’s patients. These will be patients who have had breast augmentation with saline or silicone at least 6-12 months before. Long term results will also be included that is about 5 years out. There will be patients who have become pregnant after breast augmentation as well as those that have breast fed after implantation. Even though, the result may differ for different patients depending on their body type or breast anatomy, it will give you more information so that you will be able to make a wiser choice. The risks, benefits and alternative treatments as well as the differences between saline and silicone gel implants will be discussed.

Mammograms and Preoperative Tests

Once, you decide to have surgery and have chosen the breast implant size, preoperative laboratory studies are done. This usually entails a mammogram and a simple blood test if you do not have underlying medical conditions. Although we recommend a preoperative mammogram, but you will have the final decision as whether obtain one or not. We strongly recommend a mammogram if you have a positive history of breast cancer in a close relative regardless of your age. A booklet from the manufacturer giving a more detail descriptions and statistics as well as all the consent forms, preoperative and post operative instructions are given to you to  take home and read. You will have an ample opportunity to ask further questions until the day of surgery.

Your preoperative pictures are taken.You will have to bring some of the paper work back with you and again these will be discussed with you by Dr. Tavoussi and the final size is confirmed with you. You will meet the anesthesiologist and the operating room nurse as well. The surgery will take any were from 1-1.5 hours. You will have a breast band over the top of breasts for a week and after that you will be given a special bra to wear. You are not allowed to wear a bra with under wire for three months. We will ask you to perform gentle arm raising exercises on the night of surgery which will help you recover faster. Dr.  Tavoussi will usually see you the next day as well as one week, one month, 3 months, 6 month and one year after your operation.


You will be given adequate pain medication as well as antibiotics and sleep medications. You will be asked to take multivitamin, vitamin C, Zinc supplement and Arnica Montana X 30 which is a homeopathic product that is believed to reduce swelling and bruising, at least one week prior to your surgery and to continue one week after. You may choose to have a pain pump which is an external device filled with numbing medicine such as lidocain or Marcain. This will deliver the medication continuously through a fine catheter into the wound and therefore patient will be virtually pain-free or needs less pain medication for the first 3 to 4 days after surgery

Post Operative Period

The post operative period is usually smooth and varies from patient to patient. Generally, the most uncomfortable period is the first day after surgery which requires more pain medication than subsequent days. Majority of patients go back to work one week after breast implant surgery. This of course, depends on the type of work the patient performs. Those with strenuous activities may need to take more time off of work. If you have any questions and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tavoussi, please call 866-503-3223.

Good luck and have a happy outcome

Where will my surgery be performed?

Your Breast Lift procedure will be performed in Pacifica Outpatient Surgery Center which is located next to our clinic. The environment at OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique caters to the comfort and security of our clients, from the accommodating reception area to our modern surgical office. Utilizing only the very best technology in the field of cosmetic surgery, all equipments and tools our staff and doctors use are state-of-the-art. Have a look at other Breast Augmentation overview topic and detail to learn more about Breast Lift answers to your most probable questions regarding Breast Lift.

  • “I just wanted to send a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Tavoussi, Erica and all of the staff at the OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique for the outstanding level of care and professionalism I received! Starting with the very first time I called, through my consultation, my surgery and during the full life cycle of care & aftercare, I cannot express how impressed (and grateful) I am to all of you! Working myself in the healthcare industry, I can honestly say that your services and staff have truly ‘set-the- bar’ for other cosmetic clinics in North America.

    After only been two weeks my surgery and I feel (and look) amazing! I firmly believe this is mostly due to the education, knowledge, advice and care you all gave to me before, during and after my surgery. Dr. Tavoussi you’re not only a truly gifted surgeon but also an “artist.” I look in the mirror at the “new me” and I feel blessed to have found you. Thank you so very much for taking the time and care and for always making me feel as if I weren’t just a number but more like family. Your clinic is not only outstanding in the medical side of things, but is modern, clean, comfortable and filled with staff that I can only describe as ‘professionals who are made of class.’ Thank you all for everything!!”

    Michele T.
    Breast Augmentaion & Sculpting
    May 2007
  • “Everyone at OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinic was professional, knowledgeable & above all, supportive. I felt safe and confident that my procedure was being performed by capable hands. I received excellent care, and am extremely impressed with the results of my surgery. Great job, and all the best in the future. Thank you”

    Breast Augmentation
    June 2007
  • Dr. Tavoussi you are a sweetheart – you are just the best. Words cannot describe how thankful I am (THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND MORE THANKS). The best clinic in Orange County and I am thankful to find it, I made the best choice when I met you guys after years of research and wishing to be in safe hands and finally it’s done. I look and feel great thanks to you.I look at my self in the mirror and there it is – my wish has come true. I love what you have done. Special thanks to Lori, nurses, and office staff (truly amazing team) all the best. Thanks.”

    L. R.
    Breast Augmentation
    May 2008