Breast Augmentation Houston
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Breast augmentation can give women a more proportionate figure; helping them to feel more confident about their appearance.
There are two methods of breast augmentation, implant-based and fat-grafting. Choosing which method depends solely on the desired outcome of the patient, as each method has its advantages.
Patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different reasons, including but not limited to, breast asymmetry, reduced breast size after pregnancy, or to correct a congenital defect.
Breast Augmentation Considerations
During your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, you will start with discussing your desired volume change, shape, and feel. With these goals in mind you will choose either implant-based or fat-grafting augmentation.
Implant-based breast augmentation allows the patient a variety of choices. It is ideal for patients who desire significant volume change and patients who do not have enough body fat to transfer.
The following are considerations when choosing the right breast implant for you:
- Implant material (silicone gel or saline breast implants)
- Implant size
- Implant shape (round or teardrop breast implants)
- Implant position (above or below the pectoralis muscle)
- Implant incision method
Fat-grafting to the Breast
Fat transfer to the breast is a process in which fat is removed from other areas of the body via liposuction and injected into the breasts. It is ideal for patients who desire a small volume change and only want enhancement from natural tissue. The maximum final volume increase from fat grafting is approximately one cup size (150cc in each breast).
At your consultation, Dr. Sato will help you understand all of your options and she will make recommendations that take your body type into consideration.
Over time, the effects of gravity in combination with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity, take a toll on the appearance of a woman’s breast. Weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can also cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness. A mastopexy (breast lift), is performed to return youthful shape and lift (including reduction in the size of the areola) to the sagging breast. A breast lift can be performed in combination with breast augmentation for more satisfying results.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
You may be a candidate for breast implants if you are healthy and over the age of 18. If you are pregnant or a new mother, you should not have a breast augmentation procedure until after you are no longer breastfeeding.
What are the different types of breast implants?
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are safe and each offers its own advantages. We will help you decide which type of implant is right for you.
What happens during breast augmentation?
There is more than one technique for inserting breast implants. The incisions may be made under the fold of the breast, around the areola that surrounds the nipple, or under the arm. In all of these locations the scars are largely hidden.
The implants are placed under the tissue of the breast, either behind or in front of the chest muscles. As with the other features of a breast augmentation, the choice of technique is patient-specific.
The procedure takes 1-2 hours and can be performed under a local anesthetic and IV sedation in our in-office surgical facility.
Standard liposuction is performed on body areas with excess fat (abdomen, love handles, etc.). The fat is processed and injected into the breasts via 2-3 small incisions along the inframammary fold. Approximately 30-50% of original injected fat volume is lost in the first 6 post-operative months. Results remain stable after this time point.
What can I expect while recovering from breast augmentation surgery?
Patients will experience soreness for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. Most women return to work 3-5 days after a breast augmentation.
Bandages can be removed after a few days and replaced with a soft bra that will be worn for several weeks until the incisions have healed, which can take 4-6 weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided until the incisions have healed.
The results of a breast augmentation are immediate but the implants will continue to “settle” for a few months into their final position.
Are you interested in breast augmentation in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.