Breast Augmentation Houston
Houston Breast Augmentation
The female breast is one of the defining characteristics of beauty, femininity, and sexuality of the human figure. Achieving an aesthetically pleasing shape and size of the breast is something most women have considered. According to ASPS, the breast augmentation has been the leading cosmetic procedure performed each year since 2006.
Women may choose to undergo breast enlargement surgery for various reasons. These personal reasons may center around breasts that are perceived to be under-developed, or because of differences in the sizes between the two breasts, or from changes after pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Besides the positive aesthetic outcomes of breast augmentation, data has shown that many patients enjoy substantial psychological benefits, including enhanced self-esteem after breast implants. Breast augmentation was developed here in Houston over forty years ago. The surgical techniques and breast implants themselves are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure.
Breast augmentation can:
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve the proportion of your body
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
- Restore breast volume lost after weight fluctuations, pregnancy or breast-feeding.
- Reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy or injury to the breast.
Breast augmentation alone, however, does not correct breasts with severe ptosis (sagging breasts). Dr. Bidros will examine you and discuss the possible need for a Breast Lift. If you want your breasts to have a youthful appearance, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. That is called an Augmentation Mastopexy.
A breast lift can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Dr. Bidros will assist you in making this decision.
Dr. Bidros recommends General Anesthesia, although the use of IV sedation and local anesthesia is an option. He will discuss your anesthesia options during your personal consultation.
Dr. Bidros will make an incision in an inconspicuous area to minimize visible scarring. This can be performed through an inframammary incision (under the breast), periareolar (around the areola), or through a transaxillary incision (armpit). Dr. Bidros will discuss these options with you during your personal consultation.
Incisions vary based on the type of implant (saline or silicone), breast implant size, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference.
BREAST IMPLANT CHOICES
Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when discussing this with Dr. Bidros. Implant type and size will be determined not just on your desired increase in size but more importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type.
Dr. Bidros has made this process easy for you. During your consultation, you will try on implants using our MENTOR® Volume Sizing System, which includes sizes ranging from 150 cc to 775 cc. This will give us a better idea of what you truly want in size and allow you to feel confident in your breast implant choice.
Saline implants have a silicone shell and are filled with a sterile salt water solution. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline, which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will deflate and the saline will be absorbed naturally.
Gel implants have a silicone shell and are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. After rigorous scientific review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on November 17, 2006 the use of silicone gel-filled breast implants breast augmentation in women ages 22 and older. What happens if you have a gel implant rupture? Watch a Mentor MemoryGel® and Sientra HSC Silicone Gel implant being cut in half.
PLACING THE BREAST IMPLANT
What implant placement is the right choice for you?
Women seeking breast augmentation will typically hear this question when consulting with their plastic surgeons. However, some may not realize that there are actually four different pockets to place the breast implant. Newer techniques have surfaced which provide more choices for our patients. Some surgeons only utilize a single technique for every patient, but Dr. Bidros knows that every woman is different. Dr. Bidros feels that patients should have an active role in determining what is best for them.
The four positions which breast implants can be placed are
- Sub-glandular pocket – directly under the breast tissue.
- The Sub-Fascial pocket – under the sheet of connective tissue under the breast, but over the pectoralis muscle.
- The Dual-Plane technique – the top of the implant sits under the muscle, but the bottom of the implant is within the breast tissue.
- The Sub-Muscular pocket – the implant is completely behind the muscle or its connective tissue.
Why so many techniques? Well, each option has advantages and disadvantages. We take in consideration the patient’s body type, breast shape, amount of existing breast tissue, skin thickness, athletic needs, concern about implant motion, and longevity. For example, if a patient has thin skin over the breast, a submuscular or dual plane would be optimal; if a patient has mild drooping of the breast, a subglandular or subfascial is more advantageous. And there are numerous factors to consider. That is why both experience and innovation are so important. Dr. Bidros will help you make this decision during your consultation.
The use of a Keller Funnel allows Dr. Bidros to implant the gel implant through a smaller incision, causing less trauma and bleeding. This results in less downtime and a less visible scar. The breast implant is not touched when using the Keller Funnel, therefore decreasing the risk of infection.
Dr. Bidros has seen great success with the Keller Funnel and feels that it is an innovative technique.
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. They typically appear high and swollen, but will settle in the appropriate position within a couple of weeks. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade.
WHY CHOOSE DR. RAFI BIDROS TO PERFORM YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Dr. Rafi Bidros is compassionate, highly skilled and trained on the latest techniques for the breast augmentation. He will combine his skill and training to provide you with a positive and safe surgery experience. He uses the highest quality saline and silicone breast implants, manufactured by Mentor and Sientra.
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