Breast augmentation (also known as breast implants or, colloquially, as boob augmentation) is a surgical procedure to enhance the shape, size, or fullness of your breasts. It’s one of the most popular procedures today. Dr. Do performs breast augmentation surgery at a state-of-the-art, on-site surgical center at Aesthetic Surgery Institute in Houston, TX.
You deserve to look and feel your best. If you’re unhappy with the look of your breasts, it can negatively impact your confidence and make you feel self-conscious during intimate moments. Whether you want to rejuvenate your breasts after pregnancy, enhance the fullness or shape of your breasts, or you’re a breast cancer survivor, breast augmentation may be your solution.
Breast augmentation surgery can:
In the United States, silicone and saline implants are approved for use in breast augmentation procedures. Which type of implant is best for you will depend on your aesthetic goals. There’s no right or wrong choice, but each implant has its advantages and drawbacks. At Aesthetic Surgery Institute, our goal is to help you achieve a natural looking breast augmentation.
There are several factors to consider when deciding on incision type and placement, including your build and body shape, the symmetry of your breasts and distance between them, the width of your chest, and how elastic (stretchy) your skin is. Dr. Do will discuss all your options with you and help you decide on the best placement and incision type, based on your goals.
The two most common incision types are inframammary and periareolar.
Implants are either placed under the muscle (submuscular) or over the muscle and under the breast glands (subglandular). Where the surgeon places your implants will depend on how thick your breast tissue is and how well your tissue and skin will conceal the breast implant.
Breast augmentation is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t be required to stay in the hospital overnight. You go home the same day.
Depending on which procedures you’re having done (e.g., breast augmentation plus breast lift or breast augmentation only), surgery can take 1-2 hours. You’ll be under IV sedation throughout the procedure, so you won’t remember anything from the surgery.
Before the procedure Dr. Do will use a marker to draw incision lines on your body, so you’ll know what to expect. When you’re ready for surgery, our board-certified anesthesiologist will put you safely to sleep. Dr. Do will then make the incisions, place the implants, and perform any other procedures you request (such as a breast lift).
Once he has completed placing the implants, Dr. Do will close the incisions with stitches. He may also use surgical tape for additional support. The surgical team will place gauze bandaging over your breasts to help with healing.
After surgery, it’s normal to have soreness and swelling. Your breasts will be tender, and you might have temporary changes in sensation. You should be able to return to work within a few days to a week after the procedure, depending on your occupation.
You’ll likely be sore for a few weeks, and you’ll need to wear a supportive post-surgical bra 24 hours a day. It usually takes from 3 to 5 weeks for the swelling to completely disappear. By 6 weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities.
It’s important to choose a skilled surgeon for your procedure. Dr. Do is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with 15 years of experience. He is committed to safely creating beautiful results for his patients. Dr. Do is a member of many professional associations, including the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons.
Dr. Do and his experienced team at Aesthetic Surgery Institute are your partners in care—from your initial consultation through your follow-up.
Breast augmentation surgery typically costs between $4,000 and $7,000, but it will highly depend on which procedures you choose.
Breast augmentation cost should not be a barrier to getting the breasts you want and deserve. That’s why Aesthetic Surgery Institute offers financing to those who qualify. You may be able to finance your breast augmentation surgery for as little as $90 per month. Contact us to learn more.
Women ages 18 and older in good health are candidates for breast augmentation. Saline implants are approved for patients age 18 and older; silicone implants are approved for patients age 22 and older. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Do to learn whether you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Dr. Do performs breast augmentations on-site at Aesthetic Surgery Institute’s state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center.
Yes, our board-certified anesthesiologist will put you safely to sleep with IV sedation. You will be completely asleep during surgery and won’t remember anything from the procedure.
Incisions can range from one to a few inches. The size of the incision depends on which method the surgeon uses. Breast lift surgery has the largest incision due to the nature of the surgery.
Incisions made under the breast (inframammary) may leave a scar; incisions made along the areola (periareolar) are usually hidden by the lines and ridges of your nipple; incisions made under the armpit (transaxillary) leave no scars on the breasts.
Most patients have some change in nipple sensitivity after surgery. This is from the swelling and usually goes away.
You can expect to have some pain and tenderness in the days and weeks after surgery. Dr. Do will prescribe pain medication, if needed, but pain is usually managed well with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Dr. Do may recommend that you avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil or Motrin after surgery, because these can increase your risk of bleeding.
For most people it takes 5-6 weeks for the swelling to completely go away and to heal completely. After this you should be able to resume all normal activities, including all types of exercise.
You may find the idea of going without a bra uncomfortable, but women who avoid wearing a bra for at least 6 weeks after surgery often have the best results. This is because not restraining the breasts allows them to settle into the most natural position.
You can and should start walking immediately after surgery—this can help prevent blood clots. You won’t be able to resume strenuous activities like heavy lifting or CrossFit until you’re completely healed, around 6 weeks after surgery.
Having multiple procedures done in the same surgery (such as a breast lift with breast implant placement) can save time and money. You’ll also have just one recovery and will need to take less time off from work. But there’s a limit to how many procedures can be safely done at once. If your goal is to have multiple procedures, Dr. Do will counsel you on whether it’s safe for you to do multiple procedures in one surgery.
Submerging the breasts in water can increase your risk of infection, so Dr. Do recommends waiting 4 weeks before swimming or taking a bath. You can still shower as usual.
In most cases, having breast implants won’t interfere with your ability to breastfeed. But it depends on which type of incision you have and where the implants are placed. An incision around the areola (periareolar) may interfere with the signals that trigger the milk letdown reflex; this can affect your milk supply. Dr. Do will explain the risks associated with any surgery you’re considering so you can make the best decision for your needs and goals.
Ready to look and feel your best and get the breasts you’ve always dreamed of? Call Aesthetic Surgery Institute today at (713) 892-5476 to schedule a free evaluation with Dr. Do.
After surgery, you should expect to have some soreness, swelling, and possibly some temporary changes in sensation. You can expect to return to work within a few days to a week after your procedure, depending on your occupation. Soreness will likely last for a few weeks, though. You will need to wear a special, supportive post-surgical bra 24 hours a day.
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