Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size of a woman’s breast through surgical placement of implants. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, more than 4.5 million breast augmentation surgeries have been performed between 1997 and 2012 in the US. At present, breast augmentation is the second most popular aesthetic surgery procedure in the country after liposuction.
Breast augmentation should only be performed a plastic surgeon with a proven track record of success with breast surgery procedures. The team of eminent plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery is equipped to provide breast augmentation using cutting edge surgical techniques. The center receives patients from Houston TX, and surrounding communities.
Need for Breast Augmentation
Patients may choose breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure or one or more of the following reasons:
- Need to increase the breast size to make them more proportionate with the rest of the body
- Improve the symmetry between the breasts
- Create more voluptuous looking breasts to enhance aesthetic appeal
- Address loss of breast volume that may occur following a pregnancy or major weight loss
- Correct birth defects in one or both breasts
- Require breast reconstruction following a mastectomy
One of the key reasons behind the popularity of breast augmentation surgery is that the procedure can be significantly customized to suit the specific needs of a patient. Experienced cosmetic surgeons at ACPS provide this procedure to patients in Houston TX, and other areas.
Types of Implants
Breast implants approved by the FDA include saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants. Ultra cohesive silicone implants, called gummy bear implants, are also becoming popular nowadays. Patients will also have as choice between various sizes, shapes, profiles, and textures of implants.
Placement of Implants
Implants may be placed subglandularly or submuscularly. For such placement, the breast pocket will be created surgically below the pectoral muscle, or in front of the pectoral muscle, behind the breast tissue.
The surgeon may place the incision discreetly below the breast crease at the base of the breasts, under the arms, along the lower half of the areola border, or even around the navel in exceptional cases.
The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing an incision in a discreet location as decided during the pre-op treatment planning. Through the incision, the surgeon will create a breast pocket to accommodate the implant in the desired position as already planned. The implant will be inserted through the incision and adjusted correctly into the breast pocket.
Once the implant placement is complete, the incisions will be closed with traditional or absorbable sutures. The procedure is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Most patients will be able to return home the same day after surgery.
Mild pain and soreness in the incision site will remain in the first week, which can be addressed with prescribed pain medications. In about 10 to 14 days, the patient should be in a position to return to their normal routine or go back to work.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.