Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that uses breast implants to improve the size, shape, volume, and symmetry of the breasts. Many women who undergo breast augmentation often do so to feel more comfortable and confident in their own body. Whether it’s due to a smaller than desired bust size, breast asymmetry, or volume loss due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations, breast augmentation is one of the most popular and growing cosmetic procedures in the U.S.
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How much does breast augmentation cost?
The breast augmentation cost in Houston may vary between ,500 – ,000. The final cost of the breast augmentation surgery depends on the following factors:
- Type of breast implant
- Incision technique
- Surgeon’s experience & skill
- Anesthesia & surgical facility
- Duration of the surgery
Breast augmentation is not covered under health insurance, unless deemed medically necessary, such as in cases for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. We accept cash payments, , and all major credit cards. Likewise, we also provide various options to help further patients cover their surgery cost.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can provide women with an improvement in their breast size and shape, by using breast implants to augment or reconstruct the breasts. Breast implants are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials. Women who opt for breast augmentation can expect to see an improvement in:
- Body proportion and breast symmetry
- Restored fullness, projection, and shape of the breasts
- Enhanced confidence and body image
Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation
During your consultation, you will get a formal evaluation by one of our surgeons to determine if this procedure is right for you. Ideal candidates for breast augmentation can be:
- Healthy women, who are at their ideal body weight, with a BMI less than 30
- Have fully developed breasts, with a desire to improve size, shape, or volume
- Non-smokers, and are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Must be over the age of 18 for saline, and over 22 for silicone implants
Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is generally a quick and safe procedure for healthy patients, but there are some risks involved, just like in any other surgery. It is important to choose a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon to decrease your risks and chance of complications. Possible risks and complications associated with breast augmentation can include breast pain, bleeding, infection, poor scarring, capsular contracture, bottoming out, asymmetry, and nipple sensation changes.
Types of Breast Implants
- Saline Implants – Saline breast implants come in empty elastomer silicone shells until a sterile saline solution fills them out. These implants can be filled with different amounts of saline, allowing for more control and precision. Women may also prefer saline implants due to the lower cost, smaller incision sites, and easy leak detection. Some disadvantages, however, include a less natural look, stiffer feel, and an increase in rippling, compared to silicone implants.
- Silicone Implants – Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with a viscous silicone gel, encased within an elastomeric silicone shell. Many patients opt for this type of implant due to the softer look and feel, which mimics real breast tissue. The latest silicone implants are designed to stay more in place after a rupture, often making it harder to detect a leak. Patients choosing this type of implant are recommended to get a periodic MRI evaluation, to ensure the implants remain intact. Currently, silicone implants are only FDA-approved for women aged 22 and above.
- “Gummy Bear” Cohesive Silicone Implants – is a term used to describe a cohesive silicone gel that retains its shape when cut in half, or if a rupture occurs. Due to the additional firmness, there’s less wrinkling or rippling, which can be a problem for some when smooth implants are used. These types of implants are textured and often used in breast reconstruction, due to their anatomical shape to enhance the natural slope of the breast.
Breast Implant Shape Options
- Round Implants – Round implants are the most common implant shape used for breast augmentation. They have a symmetrical sphere shape, with the exact amount of fullness in the upper pole and lower part of the breasts. Patients can still achieve a natural look, based on the chosen implant profile, placement, and size.
- Teardrop Implants – Anatomical implants, also commonly referred to as “teardrop” shaped implants, provide more volume at the base, mirroring the natural slope of the breast. These contoured implants are well suited for patients who are seeking a very natural breast enhancement, or in patients who have very little breast tissue.
Types of Breast Implant Textures
- Smooth Implants – Smooth implants are most commonly used in breast augmentation, due to its thinner shell and a wider range of options for different profiles and firmness.
- Textured Implants – Textured implants are designed to prevent them from rotating around the breast pocket. The rough texture on the outer implant makes it easier to adhere to the breast tissue, keeping them in place.
Breast Implant Placement Options
- Sub-muscular – A sub-muscular placement involves putting the implants underneath the pectoral muscle. When placed under the muscle, the patient may take slightly longer to recover and experience a little more post-operative pain. Women who do not have much breast tissue, or prefer a more “natural” look, should consider this placement for a more natural contour.
- Sub-glandular – Sub-glandular or sub-mammary placement involves positioning the implant above the muscle, just underneath the breast tissue. This method is associated with less pain and shorter recovery time since only the skin and fat are disturbed during the procedure. However, there is a higher likelihood that the implants will be palpable and visible, and an increased risk of capsular contracture.
Types of Breast Augmentation Incision Techniques
The method of insertion and placement of breast implants can be determined by your breast anatomy, type of implant, surgeon’s skill, and other varying factors. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss which incision technique may be most suitable for you.
The three most common incisions:
- Inframammary Incision – Inframammary (IMF) incisions are made along the natural crease of the breast, where the base of the breast meets the chest. This incision is one of the most commonly used in breast augmentations, and allow precise implant placement.
- Periareolar Incision– Periareolar incisions create a semi-circle incision around the outer border of the areola. Scars are usually well camouflaged by the natural lines and ridges once healed.
- Transaxillary Incision – Transaxillary (armpit or axilla) incisions are placed through the armpit, where it can easily blend within the natural creases of the skin. This incision leaves no scars on the breasts, allowing for the most hidden scar possible. This method will usually take an hour longer due to the increased expertise and precision needed to perform this technique. .
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Prepared patients are the best patients. Before going under the knife, your doctor should evaluate your overall health condition and recommend the surgical techniques that are best for your breast type and skin tone. A detailed medical history will be required, including information on what types of medications or supplements you can take, in addition to whether or not you smoke. It would also help to make personal arrangements on the day of the surgery.
Before your scheduled breast augmentation surgery, make sure to observe the following:
- Smokers must cease their habit in the weeks before surgery.
- Ensure Dr. Hsu and Dr. Roehl are aware of any medications and supplements you are currently prescribed to.
- Maintain a healthy exercise regiment.
- Refrain from drinking or eating after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Wash your surgical areas with antimicrobial soap. It is important not to apply any makeup, moisturizers, oil, creams, lotions, deodorant, and nail polish.
- Do not swallow more than a sip of water on the morning of your surgery.
On the day of your breast augmentation surgery, our plastic surgery team will help you get through the entire procedure. You will be administered with general anesthesia to maintain a painless and comfortable surgery.
Based on your chosen breast augmentation technique, an incision on either your breast or axilla (armpit) will be made, to create a breast pocket for your implant. With our No-Touch technique, silicone implants are first soaked in a triple antibiotic solution, before being inserted into the pocket with the use of a Keller Funnel, for the best protection against infection and capsular contracture. Once the surgery is complete, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages and skin adhesives, and then covered with a surgical support bra to prevent strain on your breasts.
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Breast Augmentation Recovery
After your breast augmentation surgery is complete, you can go home that same day. It is vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, to reduce complications and ensure the most comfortable recovery. During your initial recovery, you may experience fatigue and soreness for several days, that may last up to several weeks. It is also normal to have bruising, swelling, and tightness in your chest area, as your skin adjusts to your new breast size. Experiencing diminished sensation in your breasts and nipples during this period is also normal.
Most patients can return to work within a few days after their procedure but must limit or avoid specific activities. Patients should avoid lifting objects more than 10 pounds, exercising, and other strenuous activities for about four to six weeks, or until they are cleared to resume regular activity. Your surgeon may also recommend specific massages or post-operative bras, to help your body heal and achieve the best possible result.
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Breast Augmentation FAQs
How long will the implants take to “drop” in place?
After breast augmentation, implants may look high during the first few weeks. Typically, it takes around three months before breast implants “drop” into their natural position. During this period, your surgeon may advise you to massage your implants to have them drop down sooner.
How to know which type of implant is appropriate for me?
Choosing the right type of implant should be aligned with your aesthetic goals and preferences. Some factors include your age, breast anatomy, and desired look.
It is best to consult with your board-certified plastic surgeon to identify which implant size and shape is best for you.
Can I still breastfeed after the procedure?
Most patients will be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery, but it cannot be guaranteed. It is important to discuss this with your surgeon during your initial consultation, as specific implant placements and incisions may slightly lower or increase your risk of being able to breastfeed.
How long do I have to wait after pregnancy, or breastfeeding, to have a breast augmentation?
After pregnancy, it is recommended to wait at least 3-6 months before undergoing breast augmentation, to ensure lactation is complete. Women who are currently breastfeeding are also advised to wait at least 3-6 months, to reduce the risk of infection and also produce a more accurate result.
When is the best time to have breast augmentation?
Women who wish to undergo a breast augmentation need to be an adult of at least 18 years of age for saline implants, and 22 years of age for silicone implants. Their breasts should also be done developing, as some women continue to develop until their late teens to early 20’s, which can affect their result if done too prematurely.
Will there be changes in my nipple sensitivity?
Loss of nipple sensitivity is one of the complications common after a breast augmentation. It can be a partial or complete loss of sensation, depending on the technique used during the surgery. Temporary loss of nipples sensitivity may take about three to six months to return.
Will breast augmentation leave me with noticeable scars?
Our patients aggressively begin scar therapy at two to three weeks after surgery. Depending on your ethnicity and incision placement, however, scars may be more apparent in some patients. Incisions are strategically placed to be well hidden, and with time will eventually become unnoticeable.
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