About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that enlarges the breasts to result in a fuller appearance. It is generally known to be one of the most sought after cosmetic surgeries, providing women who are unhappy with their breast shape effective options for improvement. Using implants or fat from the patient's body, this enhancement surgery improves breast fullness and size, and results in a desirable and youthful outcome. Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Phi P. Nguyen is experienced in executing this treatment and performs numerous breast augmentations every year. During your consultation at MIA Plastic Surgery, Dr. Phi P. Nguyen will assess your concerns and desires and inform you of all of the options available, also customizing a surgical plan to attain your goals.
The choice to go through with cosmetic breast surgery is a personal one for our patients. If thinking about having this procedure, it is important you do it for yourself and nobody else. Patients should be healthy with breasts that are fully developed and of appropriate age to have implants. Individuals who are dissatisfied with the size of their breasts because they seem small or asymmetrical may benefit from this cosmetic breast treatment. In addition, if your breasts have been affected by aging, nursing, or weight loss, this procedure can bring them back to life with increased volume. It is also a welcomed option for women who workout with weights or have little to no original breast tissue.
About Breast Implants
During the initial consult, the correct implant will be selected based on your body frame as well as your cosmetic goal. Implants for augmentation come in an assortment of sizes and profiles, as well as shapes and textures — all of which are taken into consideration in order to reach the desired aesthetic goal. Today, the most commonly used implant types are saline or silicone, both widely chosen and approved by the FDA. It is important to mention that patients considering implants made with saline must be 18 years of age, while in order to receive treatment with silicone, patients must be a minimum of 22 years old. Other considerations include Gummy bear implants, as well as fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). Aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other distinct factors to consider:
Implant size is distinguished based on the number of CCs of silicone or saline used. To decide on the right amount, we measure how much original tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. During surgery, it is helpful for Dr. Phi P. Nguyen to temporarily place various implants to get an idea on the better fit.
Breast implants come in either a round or teardrop shape. Both shapes are commonly used; however, most of our patients go with a round implant. It often looks and feels more natural and adds fullness to the top of the breast that so many patients look for.
Breast implant profile equates to the projection. Meaning, this is what is visible from the side view. The most common projections include low to extra high ranges.
These options may be overwhelming, but determining the appropriate implant is actually quite easy once the patient's desires are discussed during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with our surgeon's experience, helps to ensure the right outcome is met.
Plan Your Procedure
Incision type, as well as implant placement location, are considerations that are generally made ahead of surgery. During surgery, an incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be slipped into its position. There are a couple of methods that may be chosen for implant placement. These include either submuscular placement (under the pec muscle), or submammary/subglandular placement (over the pec muscle). The reasoning as to where to place the implant and the type of incision are based on numerous factors. This includes the overall type and size of implant, as well as surgeon feedback. No matter where the incision is placed, scarring is generally unnoticeable. Implant placement is determined based on body type, implant size, and lifestyle.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient surgery using general anesthesia. Following the incision, the silicone or saline implant will be moved through the incision and deposited into a pouch surgical created, and then fitted into its proper position. Once the implant is in position, the incision is closed with sutures or surgical adhesives. All patients will be taken to a private recovery space and carefully monitored before being released. Patients will be sent home wearing a a recovery compression bra to assist with swelling. Within a few days, the bruising and swelling will start to slowly go away and the breasts will begin to feel normal as they fall into their new position. Patients can engage in normal activities within a few days; however, exercise should be avoided for roughly 6 – 8 weeks. Breast implant surgery results in beautiful outcomes that look and feel both normal and natural. This treatment can be life changing for many women, allowing them the chance to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Get the Look You Want
Breast enhancement surgery with implants is well sought out for so many reasons. This procedure is considered safe and produces exciting aesthetic results. With numerous available options, patients can create the bustline they have always dreamed of. Our Houston, TX aesthetic center is pleased to provide this proven surgery and we invite you to learn more. Call our patient coordinators to make your initial consultation.