Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. The procedure uses implants inserted into the breasts to enhance their size, shape, and overall appearance. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Payne specializes in breast augmentation and has provided numerous patients with outstanding results at The Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Center in Houston.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation or breast enhancement is a surgical procedure to enlarge the breasts. Breast augmentation creates a fuller appearance, and it can give a boost of confidence that you have been wanting.
Breast augmentation can help make the body look more proportionate and enhance the appearance of the body’s natural contours. Dr. Payne will help guide you through the process of deciding the technique and type of implant used for surgery and help you find the right implant for you.
What to Expect During the Consultation
When you come to our Houston office for your consultation with Dr. Payne, you will be greeted by one of our staff members who will check you in. It is important to ensure you have completed all office paperwork including your complete medical history.
One of our highly trained medical assistants will take you into one of the exam rooms to begin your consultation. During your consultation with Dr. Payne, he will go over all of your options and the different techniques to enhance the appearance of your breast. He will answer any and all of your questions.
Once your exam is completed with Dr. Payne, you will be able to take a glimpse at what your breast will appear to be after surgery. You will also meet with our patient care coordinator who will go over the cost of surgery and answer any lingering questions you may have.
Our goal at The Houston Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Center Houston is to ensure we give the best and informative consultation. Our goal is to take care of you, the patient, in any way possible.
What Types of Breast Implants are There?
There are typically two different options for breast implants. There are specific differences and benefits that each implant offers. These can be discussed in further detail during the consultation process.
Saline: Saline breast implants are one of the most commonly used for breast augmentation. This involves filing a silicone implant with saline to the desired amount or size of breasts. Saline is less problematic if it were to rupture because it will simply absorb into the body safely.
Silicone: Silicone is also a popular choice and the newer silicone gel implants are less likely to cause issues than their previous counterparts. Silicone is a more natural feeling option and many women like the way it looks and feels.
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Different Types of Breast Augmentation
Typical breast augmentation involves placing an implant in the breast. With the advancement of technique and knowledge, patients are now able to transfer fat to the breast to enlarge the breast.
Dr. Payne will advise what he feels will be the best option for you to achieve your goal with the appearance of your breast. Below is a more in-depth description of what options there are for you.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation?
After surgery, we recommend no strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the first two to three weeks. The third week and on you may do light walking to help blood flow. You will experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.
You will be required to wear a post-surgical compression bra with bandages around the incisions for a few weeks. For most, it can typically take until you are three months before you feel comfortable wearing a regular bra.
Will I Have Scars After My Breast Augmentation?
For this particular surgery, the incision is typically made in the inframammary fold or the breast fold. Sometimes, the incision can be made peri-areolar or around the areola. Dr. Payne will discuss where he believes the incision would appear best on you.
Once you are healed, you may have minor scarring as the incision area begins to heal. Most scars fade and are hardly noticeable. The use of anti-scar cream is helpful to minimize healing time. Most patients heal very well and with minimal scarring.
When Can I Resume My Normal Activities?
You may shower the next day after your breast augmentation. Typically we will see you in the clinic the next day after surgery to remove dressings. You may return to work shortly after surgery, but some patients prefer to take a week off to rest and recuperate from surgery. It will take some time for the swelling to resolve.
It takes roughly three months for the implants to settle into the pocket that houses the pocket to settle. At three months, you will be able to really see what the new you looks like.
Breast Augmentation Risks
As with any surgery, there are some risks with breast augmentation surgery. The most common risks are infection and scarring. Rarely do hematoma or blood clot form around the surgery site.
You will likely see bruising which is normal from undergoing breast surgery. The late problems seen with implants are capsular contracture which is where a tight scar forms around the implant. In this uncommon problem, the capsular contracture can be seen three to 10 years after the initial surgery. Dr. Payne uses best practice guidelines to prevent capsular formation during surgery and postop management.
BIA-ALCL is short for Breast Implant Acquired- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. This is a treatable type of lymphoma that is very rare that can develop around breast implants. The risk of association between breast implants and ALCL is extremely low according to recent data available. Currently, no smooth surface implants are associated with the BIA-ALCL. Research regarding this can be found at Www.PlasticSurgery.org.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact The Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Center in Houston today to schedule a consultation for your breast augmentation with Dr. Payne. He can guide you through the process, help you determine the right size and shape of implant, and provide you with beautiful and natural-looking results.