Breast Augmentation in Houston, League City & Clear Lake, TX
Breast Augmentation (also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty) by Dr. Kimberly Carpin serving Houston, League City and Clear Lake, TX, can enhance breast size, fullness, and projection, or can improve breast asymmetry. Many patients benefit from a boost in self-confidence and improved body image.
We want you to make an informed decision about your breast augmentation and be satisfied with your results. Dr. Carpin will provide you with a fully customized breast evaluation to help you select your perfect breast implants.
What types of breast implants are safe?
FDA approved breast implants include silicone gel and saline-filled breast implants. Breast implants come in natural (teardrop) 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.
Breast implants external shell can be smooth or textured. Textured implants tend to move less in the breast pocket, which is important for tear dropped implants to reduce rotation.
Breast augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation is performed in the hospital, and patients are placed under a heavy sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about one hour. The incision is typically concealed under the breast or around the areola. The breast implant is then placed carefully in a surgically created pocket under the chest muscle or breast gland. The incisions are closed with sutures. Numbing medication placed during surgery helps decrease the discomfort after surgery. 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. The patient is free to go home shortly after the breast augmentation surgery.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Patients will most commonly experience discomfort, swelling, and fatigue for a few days after the breast augmentation 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.
Breast Augmentation Results
Breast augmentation surgery includes increased breast volume, slight breast lift, and breast implants measured to fit your chest and body proportion, giving you a naturally beautiful result.
Breast Augmentation Cost
The cost for breast augmentation surgery varies, on average between $5,000-$5,900. The cost of surgery will depend on the implant type, as well as additional procedures that may be required to optimize your result. After consultation, a personalized quote will be given to you, including the surgeon, hospital and anesthesia fees.
Risk of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is safe and well tolerated. The most common risks after surgery are breast pain and swelling.
Patients with breast implants are at risk for breast capsular contracture, which occurs when thick scar tissue forms around the breast implant and becomes painful and hard. Additional risks will be discussed during the consultation.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
You have several options for breast implants including gel or saline filled, smooth or textured surfaces, and round or natural (teardrop) 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 your consultation, Dr. Carpin will measure your body to help you choose the volume and size of breast implant needed to achieve your desired look. You will be allowed to try on different breast implants sizes to simulate the augmented look.
Yes, they are safe. 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.
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.