Dr. Michael Halls is well-known throughout the San Diego area as a breast enhancement specialist and leader in breast surgery. With over 25 years in active practice as a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Halls offers a full range of cosmetic breast enhancement procedures as well as the most innovative techniques in reconstructive breast surgery for beautiful, natural-looking results. Please contact us online or call La Jolla Breast Institute today at (858) 458-0100 to schedule your breast enhancement consultation.
Why Choose Dr. Halls
Dr. Halls graduated Cum Laude from the University of Western Ontario in Canada as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. This is an honor granted to only a small percentage of the most elite medical students. He went on to complete seven additional years of training in plastic surgery residency and fellowships, including two years at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
In addition to holding board certifications in plastic surgery in both the United States and Canada, Dr. Halls is actively involved with a number of breast and plastic surgery societies, and has published multiple papers in respected journals and texts over the past three decades. In the San Diego area, Dr. Halls is the co-founder and chairman of Doctors Offering Charitable Services (DOCS). He also served as former Chief of Surgery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
At La Jolla Breast Institute, you will be welcomed into a relaxed, comfortable environment. Our welcoming approach and commitment to patient education help you to make informed decisions and feel confident about your plastic surgery options. Dr. Halls and all of the staff at La Jolla Breast Institute are focused on a patient-first philosophy that provides outstanding quality care.
About Combining Procedures
Many women hope that breast implants will help their breasts look perky and full after surgery. While a breast augmentation does give you larger breasts, breast implants alone won’t change the placement or position of your existing breasts. And, while a breast lift can adjust and even out your natural breasts, a lift will not increase your cup size. Combining these separate but complementary procedures in a single surgery can create the full, uplifted look that so many women hope for following breast enhancement.
With breast augmentation surgery, clinically referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, implants are inserted behind the breast tissue in order to increase cup size and give the breasts a fuller, curvier look. If you choose to include a breast lift with your augmentation surgery, Dr. Halls will also lift and reshape your breasts, and remove fatty deposits and glandular tissue as needed to give you higher, firmer breasts and a younger-looking silhouette. He may also adjust the size and placement of your nipples and areolas and correct any unevenness.
While breast augmentation and breast lifts are separate procedures, there are benefits to scheduling both together at the same time. If both surgeries are performed at once, you can enjoy a single recovery period for both the lift and augmentation, and your final results can reflect the best of both breast enhancement procedures: a larger cup size plus firmer, higher breasts. Dr. Halls will explain more about the advantages of combining procedures during your consultation.
Visiting our patient photo gallery to see real women before and after undergoing a combination breast augmentation and lift can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect from your own surgery. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about the different types of breast enhancement in our Breast Lift FAQs and Breast Augmentation FAQs.
The cost of combining a breast augmentation and lift varies depending on the approach Dr. Halls takes during surgery, but typically costs slightly more than either surgery performed alone. The charges that are associated with your breast enhancement include Dr. Halls’ surgical fee, the cost for the surgical facility, and anesthesiologist fees. After your consultation Dr. Halls’ staff will discuss surgical costs with you, including information about procedures that may be allowed by your insurance plan or are self-pay, so you can make an informed decision before moving forward.
Recovery & Results
After your combination breast augmentation and lift, you can expect to see an immediate change in your figure that should only improve as your recovery continues. Dr. Halls may ask you to wear an elastic bandage or special bra to support your breasts in their new position and help you feel more comfortable during the early stages of recovery.
Over the course of several months, your swelling will dissipate and you can expect the appearance of scarring to fade as your new implants settle into position. You will also be provided with detailed post-operative care instructions and given a date for your first follow-up appointment.
When a breast lift is included with your breast augmentation, you’ll gain extra volume as your existing breast tissue is lifted and reshaped in a way that perfectly complements your implants. Breasts should look higher and fuller, giving you a profile that’s uplifted and more curvaceous all at the same time.