Angela Champion, M.D.

Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

714-422-3199

1310 W Stewart Drive, Suite 605 Orange, CA 92868

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Category: Breast Procedures

Can I have a “Mommy Makeover”?

spl112442_001-ali-landry-239x300 Can I have a "Mommy Makeover"? Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyMany people have a general idea of what a “Mommy Makeover” is just from the clever name that was derived from the commonality of the procedure.  Basically it makes mommy over, right?  Yes!  Moms can get their pre-baby body back with a breast procedure and tummy procedure performed at the same time!  Doing it at once, saves on recovery time so mom can get back to being a mom!  Just a side note, but one thing you may not know is that you really don’t have to be a mom to have a “Mommy Makeover”.

Although it is mostly moms who want this procedure, weight loss patients can also benefit from it because of the breast deflation and loose skin associated from weight loss.  With that said & focusing on moms, “Mommy Makeovers” are  a popular procedure with a high satisfaction rate.  After babies and nursing, you lose the volume you once had in your breasts and they become deflated, droopy and you may even have stretch marks.

Carrying your baby for all those months can loosen your stomach muscles and stretch out your skin resulting in possible stretch marks and loose skin that unfortunately, no amount of exercise will get rid of.  Do you still have that pooch even though you do thousands of sit ups and eat right?  That is most likely because your abdominal muscles have loosened up and need to get tightened up again, but that can be better determined at your exam.  If you are done with babies and are ready to get your body back to pre-baby shape, interested in learning more about the procedure and most importantly, which procedures would benefit you the most, you may want to consider a “Mommy Makeover” with Dr. Angela Champion.

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

images-2 What is a Breast Augmentation? Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyBreast Augmentation

When you think of a breast augmentation, some people automatically think of very large, voluminous breasts.  While you can achieve that, there are many women walking around who have had a breast augmentation and you would never know because they look so natural.  This procedure is one of the most gratifying procedures and is the most requested procedure by women today! Not only does it increase the volume and fullness of your breasts, it can also enhance your self-image and confidence!

 

Silicone gel or saline implants are typically placed under the muscle through an incision which is well-hidden in an area like the breast fold, under the areola or in your under arm. This procedure can take about an hour to an hour and a half under general anesthesia (you are asleep). Over the next several weeks, continue to follow your post-op instructions and you should notice your swelling resolving, your implants dropping, your breasts softening and looking more and more like the breasts you envisioned.  There are activity restrictions that your surgeon will discuss with you but you can typically return to most, if not all, of your normal activity within 4-6 weeks or sooner depending on how you heal.  Be sure to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Champion, for your consultation to learn if you are a good candidate for this procedure!

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

What is the best breast implant for me?

images-2-copy-3 What is the best breast implant for me? Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountySilicone or saline?  High profile or Moderate profile?  It can be confusing so here is some information about implants that will hopefully be helpful in your decision making process.  Both are FDA approved and good implants.  Both can have a lifespan of 10-15-20 years or more but they are not lifelong devices.  With the expectation of living a long, healthy, happy life, you will most likely have another surgery at some point and switch them out due to reasons such as pregnancy, life changes or possibly implant deflation or rupture.

 

Deciding between silicone or saline breast augmentation can be difficult but shouldn’t be something to lose sleep over.  If you are not quite sure about the new cohesive silicone gel implant even after your consultation, saline is definitely an acceptable choice.  They will both give you the desired result of enhancement which is typically the goal of a breast augmentation.  breast-augmentation-new-jersey-300x198 What is the best breast implant for me? Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyA saline implant is a silicone shell filled with saline water.  If it deflates, your breast will go flat and saline will absorb into your body.  A silicone implant is the same silicone shell filled with a cohesive gel so if it were to rupture, you will not notice a change in your breast size but may possibly feel a hardening of your breast.  If you are concerned after for example, a trauma, go see your surgeon and an MRI can be ordered to help determine if you do indeed have a rupture.  In both cases, you will need to have your implants replaced sooner than later.  One other important thing to consider, if you do not have a lot of your own breast tissue to help camouflage the implant, silicone gel may be a better choice because it does feel more like a real breast than the saline.

Depending on your expectations and chest measurements, your surgeon can help determine which profile would be best for you.  Size of implant can also be determined based on your expectations and what your body can realistically accommodate.  Your consultation with Dr. Champion is going to be very helpful in your decision making process, as implants are discussed in depth and you can also touch and feel them so you have a better understanding of what will be in your body.  Remember, whichever implant you decide on, they are both good implants and will give you fuller breasts that you can enjoy for years to come!

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

 

Why is Breast Augmentation SO Popular?

BREAST-AUGMENTATION-SCOTTSDALE-227x300 Why is Breast Augmentation SO Popular? Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyThe American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) recently released their 2014 stats stating that Breast Augmentation Reigns Supreme! But WHY? Why is it so popular? In 2014, there were approximately 286,254 breast augmentation procedures done making it the #1 cosmetic procedure in the US with nearly 1.7 million cosmetic procedures total. WOW!! A majority of women (86%) start researching breast enhancement as a result of feeling self-conscious for many reasons, some of them being because they are simply smaller than they would like, their breasts are asymmetric, they are deflated from having kids/weight loss/genetics or they feel droopy!

After having the procedure, only 13% felt self-conscious. That is a remarkable drop, wouldn’t you say?? OK, just one more statistic, but you will love it. Did you know that 98% of women are satisfied with their breast augmentation results and on a scale of 1 to 10, gave it a perfect 10 reporting that their results met or exceeded their expectations? OUTSTANDING, right!?! We, as women, all have our own reasons for having a breast augmentation whether it’s to return fullness & volume to where it was (or never was) or because we feel disproportionate and want our body to be more balanced. What’s wrong with wanting to be happy & confident when we look in the mirror?! Nothing. Whatever your reason, Dr. Angela Champion is here to help answer any questions or concerns you may have and because she is a woman, she understands how we think & what we want.

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

October is “PINKtober” in our office!!

images-23-300x150 October is "PINKtober" in our office!! Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and definitely time to celebrate!! According to the FDA, there are almost 40 million mammograms done each day in the United States…WOW, who knew?? Thanks, in part, to this Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, deaths due to breast cancer has decreased to 34% since 1990! We are getting there because as of January 1, 2014, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer SURVIVORS in the United States and over 6 million world wide!! That is pretty awesome and some really great news because it shows progress to getting to a 100% survival rate!! Let’s keep up the good work!!

 

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

Choosing Your Breast Augmentation Surgeon

body-13 Choosing Your Breast Augmentation Surgeon Newport Beach Female Plastic Surgeon | Orange CountyFor most women, breasts are more than just a food source for their babies; they are a symbol of their femininity. Whether you not happy with their size or their shape, if you are not happy with your breasts, you may be feeling self conscious about them. There is a solution that could improve the size and shape of your breasts and restore your confidence: A breast augmentation.

While there are many surgeons who specialize in breast augmentation, it is essential that you choose the right one for your specific needs, just like you need to choose the right type of breast implant for you. Unfortunately, there are surgeons who are not as experienced as they claim, who have not received the proper training, and do not use the right techniques. Having such a surgeon perform your breast augmentation surgery could lead to disastrous and even life-threatening results.

How can you avoid choosing a sub-par surgeon to perform your breast augmentation and instead choose someone who is highly qualified? Here are some important tips that will help you find the best plastic surgeon for your specific needs and who will provide you with the results that you desire.

Only Use a Board Certified Surgeon

The first and most important thing to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation is to make sure that he or she is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In order to become certified, surgeons are required to undergo at least three years of general surgery training and two years of plastic surgery training. They must also pass comprehensive written and oral exams, and they are required to adhere to a very strict code of medical ethics.

It is because of the rigorous training and experience that plastic surgeons must undergo in order to become board certified that makes them the best in their field. To find out if a surgeon you are considering using is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, check on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website to see if he or she is registered.

Understand that a Cosmetic Surgeon is Different than a Plastic Surgeon

Though these two titles are often interchanged, they are not the same. A board certified cosmetic surgeon can be any medical professional who specializes in surgery, including, ENTs, Dermatologists, and Ob-Gyns. With that said, would you want to have an Ob-gyn perform your breast augmentation? Make sure that you choose a surgeon who is board in plastic surgery.

Research the Surgeon’s Record

It is vital to do a background check on the surgeon you are considering for your breast augmentation, or any surgery for that matter. Though a surgeon may be board certified, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he has a clean record.

Investigate the surgeon’s history. Have any medical malpractice suits been filed against him or her? Have any complaints been registered against the surgeon? If you find anything disconcerting on the surgeon’s record, move to the next one. The last thing you want is to potentially have a botched job or be the next patient that files a medical malpractice suit against the surgeon.

Have a Full Consultation

Prior to selecting your surgeon, you should have an initial and full consultation with the person you are considering using. The consultation should be thorough. The surgeon should spend a significant amount of time explaining the details of the procedure. He or she should also welcome any questions and answer them. He or she should make you feel comfortable and give you peace of mind regarding any concerns that you might have. Your surgeon should be willing to meet with you at least one time, if not more, before the surgery to ensure that you fully understand the procedure.

Assess Before and After Photos

Before and after photos of past patients can give you a really good idea about how your surgery will turn out. Ask to see a collection of photos and take your time examining them. Ask the surgeon any questions that that are lingering in your mind about anything you see in the photographs.

A breast augmentation can have a huge impact on the way that you look and feel about yourself. You want to make sure that you choose the best man or woman for the job. In addition to these tips, you’ll also want to make sure that you feel completely comfortable and confident in your board certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best results and the most positive experience.

To learn more about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Angela Champion, M.D. contact us at 949.640.4005. Taking new patients from in and around Newport Beach | Orange County CA.

Angela Champion, M.D.