WHAT CAN IT DO? Enhances breasts shapewith saline or silicone implants
Breasts are universal symbol representing love, nourishment, nurturing, femininity and sexuality. Women who desire fuller and perkier breasts may choose to enhance their silhouette with a breast augmentation procedure. Whether you are looking for a natural looking breast augmentation or a more augmented look with improved cleavage, our surgeons at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation (breast enlargement) is a most common plastic surgery breast procedure in which the size of the breast is enhanced with an implant. This can help you feel better in your clothes, improve your cleavage, improve your body image, or improve your breast symmetry or balance. Implants may be placed under the chest muscle (pectoralis muscle) or directly behind the breast tissue. Your surgeon will counsel you on which option is best for you and describe all of the benefits and risks of each option.
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Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?
Any woman looking to enhance appearance of her breasts is a candidate for breast augmentation, however your surgeon will review your medical history and perform an exam to determine if this operation can be done safely and will achieve your desired look.
Breast Augmentation Consultation and Planning
Your surgeon will listen to your cosmetic goals, review your full medical history, and perform a breast exam and measurements. You may want to bring in a picture of breasts you find pleasing to show your surgeon, however, your surgeon will not be able to guarantee that your breast will look like the once in the picture. Every woman has unique anatomy that will determine ultimate result. Pictures will be taken during your consultation. Your surgeon will then discuss in details options that will help you achieve your desired look and explain any risks associated with procedure.
What types of breast implants are available?
There are several different implant manufacturers, the three that are most commonly used in the in the United States are Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. There are saline and silicone filled breast implants available. All implants including the saline once have a silicone shell. The new generation of silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel and are often referred to as a “gummy bear breast implants”. There are also anatomic or tear drop shaped breast implants that allow for a more natural appearance and may be better suited for very thin patients.
How is breast implant size selected?
Breast implants selection happens through a thorough discussion between the surgeon and the patient. Patient’s desired breast size is considered, but patient’s anatomy may be the driving force for the ultimate decision of implant size. Your surgeon will help make recommendations on the implants that would best enhance your breasts whether it is for a natural look or a more augmented appearance.
If you desire to increase your breast size by approximately one cup size, then you may need a 150-250cc implants based on your body shape. Your chest width, tissue thickness, laxity and body shape will determine what size of implant you may need. Not every patient may be able to accommodate very large implants, and your surgeon will guide you through the selection.
Can breast augmentation be done without implants?
Fat grafting or fat transfer from other areas of your body like abdomen or hips may be done to enhance the size and shape of your breasts.
Breast Augmentation Procedure Description
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in our outpatient surgery center and takes about 1 to 2 hours. Patient go home the same day.
There are several options for skin incision for breast augmentation including lower fold incision, around the nipple and areola or even through the arm pit. Not every patient is a candidate for each of these incision types and your surgeon will help select an incision that is best suited for you and the type of implant selected.
Implant pocket is then created either under the breast tissue and over the muscle or under the chest muscle. Implant sizers are often used and inflated to desired size. Patient is then sat up in surgery to see if the given implant size produces desired breast size and shape. Minor adjustments to be pocket may need to be made. After the sizers are removed, a very thorough sterile technique is followed and the implants are introduced using no touch method with the help of Keller Funnel (devise used for silicone implant placement). Incisions are then closed using all absorbable sutures and either skin glue or bandages are applied. No sutures need to be removed following this procedure.
After a short recovery you are sent home. Patients are asked to bring a comfortable post-operative bra with no underwire to be worn home. The bra helps with positioning of your implants and post-operative comfort.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
You will be scheduled for close follow up with your surgeon to monitor your healing. You will be instructed on breast implant massage and exercises that will begin a couple of days after surgery. You will be sore for about two weeks following your breast augmentation, and most patient are able to return to work in 1 to 2 weeks. Your surgeon will prescribe you oral pain medication that will help to alleviate the pain. If implants are placed under the muscle, muscle relaxants may also be prescribed to assist in reducing the discomfort. It is recommended that patients do not drive while taking their pain medications and are having pain. No heavy lifting more than a gallon of milk should be done for full 6 weeks. Wearing a soft supporting sports bra after your surgery will also help with some discomfort. Bras with underwire should not be worn for one year after the surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after surgery, but should avoid any bouncing activities, like elliptical training, for at least 4 weeks. Most patient are able to return to all normal activity and exercise at 6 weeks.
Breast Augmentation Results
Your breast will continue to change with time and will achieve their final shape and position approximately 2 months after your surgery.
Breast Augmentation Risks
Every surgery carries risks. Your surgeon will explain these risks during your consultation.
You can have fuller, more voluptuous breast that will add vivacity to your appearance with breast augmentation at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.
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