Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Surgery in San Diego

A woman’s breast size, shape, and proportion play a significant role in how attractive, feminine, and confident she feels. But not every woman comes by the breasts she wants naturally. If you’re unhappy with your breasts because they’re too small, underdeveloped, oddly shaped, asymmetrical, or deflated due to aging, pregnancy or weight loss, breast augmentation may be right for you.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses breast implants to create fuller, rounder, and more symmetrical breasts. During the procedure, the breast implant is placed behind the natural breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle.  Although breast augmentation is sometimes referred to as “breast enlargement,” the procedure can do more than increase size. Breast augmentation can improve:

  • Breast size
  • Breast volume
  • Breast shape
  • Breast symmetry

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, Dr. Shumway specializes in breast augmentation, and he has helped renew the confidence of thousands of women by giving them beautiful new breasts they’re proud to show off. He can help you, too!

Dr. Shumway is the Founder and Director of Shumway Cosmetic Surgery located on the Scripps Memorial Hospital campus in La Jolla, California. He is the current President of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the former President of the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. With over 11 years of surgical training and 12 additional years of breast augmentation experience teaching the TUBA technique, Dr. Shumway is the premier cosmetic surgeon on the West Coast performing the TUBA procedure.

Breast implants: Silicone or saline?

When you opt for breast augmentation with implants (as opposed to fat transfer breast augmentation), you’ll need to choose between silicone and saline implants. Both are great options for achieving a full, beautiful bosom, though there are significant differences between them.

Silicone breast implants are made with an outer silicone shell filled with silicone gel. They come pre-filled in a range of sizes (based on the amount of gel in the implant). The consistency of the silicone gel results in a look and feel similar to that of the natural breast. Cohesive gel silicone implants are approved by the FDA.

Saline breast implants are also made with an outer silicone shell, but they are filled with saline (sterile salt water). This allows for smaller incisions and decreases the likelihood of scarring. Saline implants may be placed over or under the muscle and provide a nice round look to the breast.  

No breast scars with TUBA breast augmentation!

Every woman who opts for breast augmentation does so because she wants to feel beautiful both in and out of her favorite clothes.  But for some, the idea of even the tiniest incision scar left on or near the breast after the procedure is a deal-breaker. Trust us, we get it. If you’re going to take the time (and spend the money) to have breast augmentation, the last thing you want is to feel insecure about showing off your new breasts. That’s why we’re proud to offer the revolutionary TUBA procedure.


TUBA is an acronym for transumbilical breast augmentation, a perfectly safe and highly effective breast augmentation procedure wherein a saline breast implant is inserted through the navel, or belly button. Dr. Shumway is the premiere physician on the West Coast performing the TUBA procedure, and it’s the procedure of choice for the majority of Dr. Shumway’s breast augmentation patients.  

How TUBA works:

After making a small incision around the upper rim of the belly button, Dr. Shumway inserts a slender instrument to create a narrow tunnel through the subcutaneous fat up to the breast. He then uses inflatable tissue expanders to create and shape surgical pockets at the implant site. The deflated implants are rolled up and inserted into the surgical pockets via the same tunnel and filled with saline through soft plastic tubes. The revolutionary TUBA breast augmentation procedure is performed with IV sedation and has a number of benefits over traditional breast augmentation surgeries, including:

  • Quicker procedure (under two hours)
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Faster recovery (back to work in as few as three days!)
  • Less breast trauma
  • Lower risk of breast infection
  • No breast scars!

With all these benefits plus the skill and experience of a world-class cosmetic surgeon, it’s no wonder TUBA breast augmentation is one of our most popular procedures!

Breast augmentation at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla

No one wants to go into their breast augmentation surgery with fingers crossed. It’s too important a procedure to just hope for the best. That’s why it’s vital to choose a cosmetic surgeon who has the skill, experience, and reputation you can count on to give you the beautiful breasts you dream of. Let Dr. Shumway guide you through this process. He has performed countless breast augmentation surgeries and earned a solid reputation in the field of cosmetic surgery. You can count on Dr. Shumway’s keen artistic eye and skilled hand to make your beauty dreams a reality.

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