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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most frequently performed and most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S.1 Women seek out augmentation for a number of personal reasons, such as genetics (small breast size and asymmetrical breasts), weight fluctuation, changes in appearance and volume after pregnancy, aging, or general dissatisfaction with breast to body proportions. Whether you’d prefer to subtly or boldly enhance your look, the breast augmentation specialists at My Houston Surgeons offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic breast surgeries proven to leave women extremely satisfied.2 In addition to personalized treatment plans for breast implants, we offer the option to include a breast lift for those seeking to restore breast position and add volume.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

  • Improve your confidence
  • Enhance breasts that are too small 
  • Correct uneven (asymmetrical) breasts
  • Add volume and modest lift to sagging breasts post-pregnancy
  • Enhance cleavage 
  • Correct prior breast surgery or other genetic conditions

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What to Expect During Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

Patients have a variety of options when it comes to their implants, which is why it is important to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the best option for you. Breast implants vary by material, placement and the type of incisions needed. During your personalized breast augmentation consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your goals and review the options for your augmentation. Together with your surgeon, you will both come up with a treatment plan that will best help you reach your ideal breast aesthetic.

Implant Options

Round saline: These breast implants are inflated after placement and have a thin silicone shell and are filled with saline. Saline implants are more prone to rippling and may feel less natural in patients with less body fat and breast tissue.

Round silicone: These breast implants come prefilled and have a silicone shell that is filled with a thick silicone material. Silicone implants tend to have a more natural feel and look to them compared to saline.

Shaped silicone: Shaped silicone breast implants come prefilled and like their round counterparts they are filled with a thick silicone material. However they are textured and have a teardrop shape and are filled with a denser silicone filling that is form stable. These implants can help achieve a more natural appearing augmentation in select patients who understand the unique risks associated with textured implants.

Implant Placement

Submuscular: Breast implant placement is partially below the pectoralis muscle. This may give a more natural appearance in small breasted women, make rippling less noticeable and may have a reduced risk of capsular contracture compared to the subglandular placement.

Subglandular: Breast implant placement is directly below the breast gland. This method can work well for women desiring augmentation after children, small implant placement for shaping, and can have less initial discomfort. However, the perimeter of the implant may be more visible in thinner patients.

Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

In preparing for breast augmentation surgery, it is important that you:

    • Take any medications prescribed to you and fill prescriptions for post-surgery care
    • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding
    • Stop smoking six months prior to surgery
    • Arrange for transportation to and from our surgical center and care for at least 24 hours following your procedure

Breast Augmentation Recovery

It is normal when preparing for surgery to feel some anxiety, which is why the team at My Houston Surgeons will go out of their way to provide each patient with detailed information about each step of the process.

Breast augmentation surgery generally takes approximately one to two hours. Upon waking up, patients can expect to have surgical dressing covering their incisions, and wearing a post-surgical bra. This bra will need to be worn 24/7 for six weeks following surgery for optimal results. Some patients report tightness or achiness or in the breasts, but your surgeon will provide medication to alleviate this discomfort. There is no exact timeline for recovery after breast augmentation with implants as each woman’s body is unique. However, most patients see a full recovery and are able to resume normal activity in approximately six weeks, and many women feel ready to return to work after about a week.

My Houston Surgeons offers intraoperative nerve blocks performed with Exparel, an amazing long acting anesthetic, which reduces or eliminates the need for narcotic medication and mitigates any postoperative discomfort. We encourage patients to ease slowly back into light exercise and their normal daily routine, but refrain from strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, running or other rigorous workouts for the first 6 weeks.

Breast Augmentation Results

Every woman is different, so each patient’s results will vary. However, patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery can expect to see an increase in breast volume and some may see a moderate lift. Breast augmentation can also result in a more aesthetically pleasing shape and a more youthful appearance to the breasts.

Am I A Candidate For Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Every woman is different and has unique desires concerning her body shape and goals. As such, our surgeons spend time talking to you about your specific goals in order to customize a treatment plan that will help you achieve them. Some patients have significant enough breast droop for which an augmentation alone will not provide an aesthetically desirable result. In these cases a mastopexy (breast lift) will be recommended along with your augmentation.

Ideal candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations.

Why Choose My Houston Surgeons For Breast Augmentation in Houston?

Patients choose us for our renown in the Houston area as the top breast augmentation specialists with the meticulous surgical skill and artistic vision to consistently deliver natural-looking and beautiful results.

For optimal patient convenience and peace of mind, My Houston Surgeons perform most of our plastic surgery procedures at our state-of-the-art, fully accredited (AAASF) operating room at our Houston medical suite. Patient safety and comfort are critically important, and My Houston Surgeons and our dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure each patient has an ideal outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

Is a hospital stay required?

No. Patients can typically expect to go home the same day as the procedure, and a hospital stay is not necessary. Patients should plan to have a ride to and from the procedure, and someone to stay with them for at least 24 hours following the surgery.

How do I know which size implants to choose?

Choosing the right breast implant size and shape is a key part of the process. The right breast implant size comes down to each patient’s unique cosmetic goals, body type, and existing natural breast tissue. During your consultation, your surgeon will listen to your desires and aesthetic preferences, and offer implant choices based on the results you are looking to achieve. The team at My Houston Surgeons are proud to offer patients an artistic vision honed over years of practice and her proven ability to help patients attain natural-looking results.

Will an increase in cup size also add lift to my breasts?

Breast augmentation surgery is an effective way to add volume to the breasts, enhance the shape and correct asymmetry, but it is limited in how much lift it can provide to the breasts. For patients looking for moderate to dramatic lift, or to dramatically lift the placement of the nipple and areolar complex, breast augmentation alone may not be enough to elevate the nipple to the proper position. Patients with significantly sagging breast tissue, excess skin, or a lower than ideal nipple placement can consider undergoing a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation to address these common issues. The breast lift in addition to breast augmentation with implants can restore a more youthful overall appearance to the breasts, and is an optimal choice for patients undergoing a mommy makeover.

Will I have scarring after breast augmentation?

Using the most advanced surgical techniques, your surgeon will minimize scarring as much as possible and works to hide necessary scars by camouflaging them in the natural folds of the skin. Most patients report minimal scarring if it is visible at all, especially with incisions made around the areola or under the breast in the inframammary crease. Also, by utilizing a sterile funnel, we are able to insert a breast implant through a much smaller incision with a no touch technique. Patients who have struggled with scarring can rest assured that the doctors at My Houston Surgeons will use clinically proven techniques such as taping, silicone treatment and scar massage along with laser treatments if needed to reduce the appearance of scars.

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

While all surgical procedures carry some risk of complications and side effects, breast augmentation is considered safe for patients in generally good health and with realistic expectations.3 Possible complications with breast augmentation surgery include infection, bleeding, swelling, and changes in sensation.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery?

Most women can still breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery, as the surgery and implant placement doesn’t involve the areas of the breast involved in milk production.4

How many followup appointments should I expect?

Followup appointments give patients the opportunity to voice any questions or concerns about the recovery process, and allow the surgeon to ensure positive healing and overall health. Patients can expect one followup appointment one week after the procedure, another at two weeks, then 6 weeks. Appointments continue up to a year after that every 3 months.

Contact Us for Breast Augmentation In Houston

Our surgeons, along with the supporting staff at the practice, provide full support and care for patients right from their initial consultation stage through recovery. Contact us today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation in Houston, TX.

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References
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics. Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2018/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2018.pdf
2 Science Daily. ‘Fantastic four’ of breast procedures leave women extremely satisfied, study finds. Available at:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081008114404.htm

3 Mayo Clinic. Breast implants: Saline vs. silicone. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/breast-implants/art-20045957
4 Schiff, M, et al. The impact of cosmetic breast implants on breastfeeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Breastfeeding Journal 2014; 9: 17.10.1186/1746-4358-9-17