Breast Augmentation

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While it may sound straightforward and standard, a breast augmentation comes in all shapes, sizes, and variations. Each and every patient has different anatomy and different goals. Some patients want a noticeable change while others want a more subtle, natural look. Whatever your goal may be, Dr. Rodriguez will create a customized plan for your breast augmentation to help feel more confident and proportionate.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the size of the breast using an implant. Breast implants come in 2 different forms: silicone and saline.

Saline

Saline implants have a soft silicone shell that is filled up with sterile saltwater solution (saline) during surgery. Saline implants are typically less expensive compared to silicone implants. The downside to a saline implant is that it can be more likely to have visible rippling and feels less natural than a silicone implant. If the implant breaks or ruptures, the saline will leak out of the shell and be absorbed by your body. The saline is the same solution that is given to you through an IV for hydration or medication administration, so it is absorbed safely with no harm to your body.

Silicone

Silicone implants have a soft silicone shell that is filled with silicone. Silicone implants feel softer and more natural compared to saline implants. “Gummy bear” is the non-scientific term for a particular type of silicone implant that is highly cohesive or “form-stable.” This means that the silicone gel “sticks together” and holds its shape quite well, even if the implant shell is broken. These implants ripple less and are a bit more firm than traditional silicone implants.

How is a Breast Augmentationperformed?

Breast augmentation surgery is done under general anesthesia. An incision in the skin is made so that the implant can be inserted. Dr. Rodriguez typically places the incision at the crease under the breast, called the inframammary fold (IMF). This incision allows Dr. Rodriguez to adequately see your internal breast anatomy during surgery and reduces the risk of the implant being contaminated by bacteria. Other incision options include in the armpit (trans-axillary), in the areola (periareolar), and in the belly button (trans-umbilical).

The implant is placed under the breast tissue, either above or below the chest muscle called the pectoralis major muscle. Dr. Rodriguez will advise you on which location would be best for your breast implant, based on your goals for surgery and your lifestyle. To reduce the risk of Capsular Contracture, Dr. Rodriguez uses a Keller funnel to place the breast implant. This is a soft device in the shape of a funnel that allows the implant to be inserted with minimal manipulation and helps to avoid contact with your skin and the bacteria that is naturally present on your skin.

The incision is closed with dissolvable stitches and a wrap is placed around your chest. Unless your breast augmentation is combined with other breast procedures, you can go home the same day as your surgery.

Breast augmentation is frequently combined with other procedures. Adding Fat Grafting to the upper part of the breast and the cleavage lines is a great option to enhance the overall look of a breast augmentation.

As part of a Mommy Makeover, Breast Augmentation can often be combined with a Breast Lift, Abdominoplasty, and/or Liposuction.

am i a goodcandidate?

You may be a candidate for a breast augmentation by Dr. Rodriguez if you are a woman in the Houston area and you:

  • RFeel your breasts are too small for your body
  • RFeel your breasts are disproportionate
  • RDesire more cleavage
  • RHave realistic expectations for this procedure
  • RAre self-conscious about the size of your breasts
  • RAre a non-smoker and do not use any nicotine
  • RHave good control of all health conditions

breast augmentationrecovery

A breast augmentation surgery takes 1-2 hours in most cases. You will have a wrap dressing placed around your chest during surgery and will switch to a supportive, soft sports bra at your first follow-up appointment. You should not wear an underwire bra until cleared by Dr. Rodriguez. Most patients can return to work by 2 weeks after surgery and can start exercising again 6 weeks after surgery.

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Right after surgery, the breast implants will sit higher up on the chest since the tissues are tight and not accustomed to the increase in volume. Over time, they will settle as the tissues relax.

Scar therapy is recommended to optimize the appearance of the scar under the breast. Typically, it fades nicely and is relatively hidden in the crease under the breast.

contact Ustoday

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about a Breast Augmentation. Our skilled team is dedicated to providing excellent cosmetic services to Houston and the surrounding area. We’re here to help you achieve a look that will help you feel more comfortable in your body.

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