There are many reasons why you may desire a change in your breast shape and size, such as restoring them after having children, correcting a deformity, or having a more proportional body frame. At Lift Plastic Surgery, Shitel Patel, MD, and Jacqueline Wegge, MD, offer breast augmentation services to patients in Houston and Webster, Texas, that provides natural-looking enhancement. If you’d like to explore breast augmentation, please call or use the online booking form to schedule a consultation today.
Breast augmentation is a technique designed to enhance your breasts with implants, creating a natural profile that expands and lifts at the same time. There are many reasons women seek breast augmentation, including:
The implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, and are carefully chosen depending on your goals. Breast implants come in two general categories, saline and silicone.
Both saline and silicone implants have been shown to be equally safe for placement by the FDA.
Drs. Patel and Wegge can place your implants above or below your pectoralis muscle. In most situations, they place them under the muscle because studies have shown a reduced risk for capsular contracture in this position. In addition, the increased tissue over the implant tends to camouflage it more effectively.
During surgery, your doctor makes a small incision in the crease under your breast or along your areola, which is the colored ring of skin surrounding your nipple. Your surgeon then usually lifts your breast tissue and pectoralis muscle to create a pocket for the implant. Once the pocket is irrigated, they place the implants.
At this point, your doctor has you sit up to make sure that everything looks symmetrical and to ensure the implant size is appropriate. Once everything checks out, your surgeon closes the incisions with dissolving sutures and covers the area with tape and skin glue.
Once you’re outfitted with a soft surgical bra, you’re free to go home.
Following surgery, you should expect some discomfort, particularly in your pectoralis muscle, which will have muscle soreness like after a workout. You’re able to shower the day after your surgery, but must continue to wear a soft supportive bra without underwire at all other times for the first month following surgery.
After four weeks, you can change to a normal bra as long as your incisions are well healed. Drs. Patel and Wegge also recommend that you avoid all vigorous exercise or activity for the first four to six weeks after surgery, and you should limit how often you lift your arms above your head.
Immediately after surgery, your breast implants generally appear “high and tight.” This is because your tissues, especially the pectoralis muscle, need to stretch to accommodate the new implant. In one to three months, your shape rounds out as the swelling goes down and your implants drop and settle.
If you’d like to learn more about how a breast augmentation can enhance your figure, call Lift Plastic Surgery, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.