Consider Breast Augmentation in Houston, TX
Breast augmentation, medically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and shape of women’s breasts via the use of either saline or silicone gel implants. Women choose this procedure for a variety of reasons:
- They feel their breast size is too small.
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman’s bust line by one or more bra cup sizes.
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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Implants
The terms breast augmentation and breast implants can be used interchangeably. Breast augmentation is simply the name of the surgical procedure to place breast implants.
The Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation in Houston
Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Texas Center for Breast & Body.
The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are interested in increasing the size or improving the symmetry of their breasts. Breast augmentation can help resolve sagging breasts, lost breast volume and disproportionate breasts. Candidates for Houston breast implants should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for the outcome.
Types of Breast Implants
There are three types of breast implants: gummy bear form stable implants, silicone gel filled, and saline filled.
- Gummy bear implants (so-called because they have the consistency of gummy bear candy) are the most recent development of implant. They are form stable, meaning they retain their shape. This feature is very desirable and beneficial to many patients. In addition, the gel is cohesive, meaning if the shell breaks, the gel stays put.
- Gel filled implants are filled with a less firm gel than the gummy bear but still cohesive to make them just as safe. They feel more natural than gummy bear implants and are the implant of choice for most patients.
- Saline filled implants are filled at the time of the surgery with a saline solution. They are not as natural feeling as gel and rupture more often. Dr. Schusterman does not recommend use of these implants in most patients.
Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is relatively straightforward. However, as with any operation, there are risks and specific complications that may be associated with breast augmentation surgery. Some of these risks include a one percent chance of developing a hematoma.
While the majority of women do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with Texas Center for Breast & Body to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation before committing to the procedure.
Planning Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
In your initial consultation, Texas Center for Breast & Body in Houston, Texas, can evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, Texas Center for Breast & Body may also recommend a breast lift.
Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with Texas Center for Breast & Body. We can be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. You may want to ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s insert that comes with the implant we can use so you are fully informed about it. And, be sure to tell us if you smoke and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins or other drugs.
Texas Center for Breast & Body can also explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery can be performed and the costs involved. Because most insurance companies do not consider breast augmentation to be medically necessary, carriers generally do not cover the cost of this procedure.
If money is an issue, financing is available.
Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
Texas Center for Breast & Body in Houston can give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
Your surgery can be done in the state-of-the-art Texas Center for Breast & Body Surgery Center, located nearby. The center is designed to provide you with personalizing care by friendly, thoughtful and experienced staff. Its ambulatory care concept offers you the advantages of reduced cost, easy access and a brief stay in a pleasant environment.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia so you’ll sleep through the entire operation. The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and our evaluation. Texas Center for Breast & Body can also discuss the pros and cons for the incision site specifically suited for you. Every effort can be made to assure the incision is placed so resulting scars be as inconspicuous as possible.
The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
Placement of Your Houston Breast Implants
Working through the incision, Houston-based Texas Center for Breast & Body lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either underneath your chest wall muscle (Sub-muscular Placement) or directly behind the breast tissue (Sub-glandular Placement). The breast implants are then centered beneath your nipples.
The breast implant is placed behind the chest wall muscle (pectoral muscle). This placement feels and looks more “natural” because the implant is further away from the skin. It may require a longer surgery and recovery period, but typically results in less capsular contracture (scar tissue formation) and easier imaging of the breast with mammography.
A sub-glandular placement for the breast implant behind the breast tissue offers shorter surgery times, less pain and discomfort and a briefer recovery, since muscles are left intact and only skin and fat are cut. Larger implants may also be used. This placement may result in more palpable implants, more capsular contracture and more difficult imaging of the breast with mammography. Keep in mind the only thing supporting the implant is the skin and breast tissue.
Texas Center for Breast & Body can discuss the pros and cons of the two possible implant placement sites and recommend the site that best meets your needs.
Also, you should be aware breast implants in Houston don’t always last forever. They often require a future operation to remove and replace the original implant.
After Breast Augmentation Surgery in Houston, Texas
You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Be sure you have another adult to drive you home and help you for several days after the surgery. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by Doctor Schusterman.
Within several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, be removed, and you may be given a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by Dr. Schusterman. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this subside as bruising fades.
Absorbable suture material is used to close the incision. Your own body enzymes dissolve the suture material in about 60 to 90 days. A small piece of the suture may extend out at each end of the incision. These ends be trimmed 1 week after surgery and after that, no suture material can be visible, but the swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear.
Getting Back to Normal
You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job. You receive a list of limited activities you can resume immediately following your Houston breast augmentation and you can shower as soon as the following day.
Follow Doctor Schusterman’s advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities. Your breasts probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks so you should avoid much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually three to four weeks after surgery.
Your scars be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars begin to fade, although they never disappear completely. Breast implants may be higher than desired but should drop into place after several days.
Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician should use a special technique to assure you get a reliable reading, as discussed earlier.
Your New Look After Breast Augmentation
For many women, the result of breast augmentation can be satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance.
Regular examination by Dr. Schusterman and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals help assure any complications if they occur, can be detected early and treated.
Your decision to have breast augmentation in Houston, TX, is a highly personal one not everyone understands. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you’ve met your goals, then your surgery is a success.
If Breast Augmentation / Breast Enlargement Surgery interests you and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.