Breast Augmentation Houston
Breast Augmentation (also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty) can enhance breast size, fullness, and projection, or can improve breast asymmetry. Studies have also shown 85% or more of patients have increased self-confidence and an improved body image.
We want you to make an informed decision about your breast augmentation and be satisfied with your results. Our job is to understand your expectations, provide you with the latest information and offer you the safest techniques to get your desired results.
How is the surgery performed?
Breast augmentation can be performed by surgically placing an implant either under the chest muscle (pectoralis muscle) or under the breast gland. Incisions can be placed under the breast, or around the areola, and are designed to conceal the scar.
Women with excess skin and small breast volume may require a breast lift (mastopexy) in addition to an augmentation to lift sagging breasts.
Types of Breast Implants
FDA approved implants include silicone gel and saline filled implants.
Breast implants come in natural (tear drop) and round shapes, which can have a different appearance depending on your body habitus. Implant selection will be based on your body type and overall desired look.
Silicone gel implants are safe, and are now made with a cohesive gel, which does not “leak” like the earlier generation implants.
How to prepare for surgery
Patients will be asked to refrain from taking herbal remedies, aspirin or other blood thinning medications 2 weeks before surgery. Patients are also asked to refrain from smoking 3 weeks before and after surgery, as smoking can increase your risk for wound complications and delay healing.
What to expect during surgery?
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital operating room, and is completed in about one to two hours. Patients are typically released home the same day of surgery.
The surgical incisions are closed with internal absorbable sutures, so no sutures will need to be removed.
You will be placed in a dressing after surgery, and be changed into a soft bra the next day during your first post-operative visit.
What to expect after surgery?
Patients will most commonly experience pain, swelling, and fatigue for a few days after the procedure. Medication for pain and a muscle relaxant will help control the discomfort. Breast tenderness, swelling and sensitivity can last several weeks after surgery. If implants are placed under the muscle, you will notice the implants tend to appear higher on your chest wall. They will begin to settle into place after a few weeks.
Most patients can resume driving and return to work after one week.
Light exercise can begin at 2 weeks. Patients are limited from heavy exercise for about 4-6 weeks.
Early in your recovery your scar will appear to have pink hue for several months but will continue to fade and lighten over the next months.
- Bleeding (hematoma) or fluid collection (seroma)
- Wound healing problems
- Need for revisional surgery
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Breast capsular contracture
- Firm scar tissue around the implant which may cause the breasts to feel hard and painful
- Implant Failure (rupture or leakage), may be silent and only detected with imaging modalities
- Visible implant rippling
- Risks of general anesthesia
- Blood clot formation (Deep vein thrombosis or cardiac and pulmonary).
Alternatives to Surgery
Women can augment their look with padded bras or external prosthesis.
- The cost of surgery will depend on the implant type, as well as additional procedures that may be required to optimize your result. Additional factors such as body habitus and operative time may affect the cost as well. After consultation, a personalized quote will be given to you, including the surgeon, hospital and anesthesia fees.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.
- What type of implant is right for me?
- How much does breast augmentation cost?
- Are breast implants safe?
- How Long do Implants Last:
- Will I be able to breast feed after breast augmentation?
You have several options for breast implants including gel or saline filled, smooth or textured surfaces, and round or natural (tear drop) shapes. Implants come in a variety of sizes as well. Silicone gel implants are available for women over the age of 22 years or any patient undergoing breast reconstruction.
During the consultation, you will be allowed to try on different breast implants sizes to simulate the augmented look. Dr. Carpin will help you select an implant to best fit your desired overall look and feel.
The cost of surgery will depend on the implant type, as well as additional procedures that may be required to optimize your result. Additional factors such as body habitus and operative time may affect the cost as well. After consultation, a personalized quote will be given to you, including the surgeon, hospital and anesthesia fees. Additional costs for mammograms or prescription medications can also be expected.
We accept several methods of payment (cash, check, credit card) as well as financing through CareCredit ®
There may be complications with breast implants, but rigorous scientific research has shown that they do not impair breast health. Additional scientific research by the Institute of Medicine has found no direct link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.
There is a very rare association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
Implants can last very long.
Most breast implants come with a limited lifetime warranty from the implant manufacturer if there is damage or failure of the implant.
The ability to breast-feed varies from women to women, and most of the time breast augmentation will not interfere with breast-feeding. If there is any concern, it is recommended to wait until you complete your pregnancy and lactation before breast augmentation. Certain procedures can increase the risk for damage to the breast lactation glands, and this can be discussed during your consultation.
Studies published have found no evidence of leakage of silicone into breast milk and no differences of silicone levels found in milk from mothers with implants versus without.