Breast Augmentation Houston

 


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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; thus making breast augmentation one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed each year.

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 balance of your figure
  • Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
  • Restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.
  • Implants also may be used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.

Breast augmentation alone, however, does not correct severely-drooping breasts. Dr. Bidros will examine you and discuss the possible need for a Breast Lift. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, 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.

Procedural Steps:

ANESTHESIA

Dr. Bidros typically recommends General Anesthesia, although the use of IV sedation and local medication is an option.  He will discuss your anesthesia options during your consultation.

THE INCISION

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.

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IMPLANT CHOICE

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.

We have made this process easy for you. When you come in, we recommend that you try on the different implants with in bras that we provide for you. This will give us a better idea of what you truly want and allow you to see how the implants appear under clothing.  We also offer photo imaging to give you a visual of what a breast augmentation will look like on you.

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.

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PLACING THE 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

  1. Sub-glandular pocket – directly under the breast tissue.
  2. The Sub-Fascial pocket – under the sheet of connective tissue under the breast, but over the pectoralis muscle.
  3. The Dual-Plane technique – the top of the implant sits under the muscle, but the bottom of the implant is within the breast tissue.
  4. 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.

Placing a gel implant using the Keller Funnel

The use of a Keller Funnel allows Dr. Bidros to implant a 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.

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SEE THE RESULTS

The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. They typically appear high 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.

Breast Augmentation Packages

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Contact us to schedule your personal consultation 713-405-1211 or email any questions to info@bidros.com

Frequently Asked Questions – Breast Augmentation

Q: Can I breastfeed following a breast augmentation?

Assuming you were able to breast-feed prior to your breast augmentation, you should have no problems. Your milk ducts are not affected during the breast augmentation procedure.

Q: How long is the recovery for breast augmentation?

You will recover in the comfort of your own home following your surgery and return to our Houston office the next day. Our patients return to work in 5-7 days and resume strenuous physical activities in 4-6 weeks.

Q: What if I need a breast lift? Can I combine the two procedures?

Yes. It will be determined during your consultation if a breast lift, breast augmentation or the combination of both is best for you.

Q: Will I lose nipple sensation after the breast augmentation?

The loss of nipple sensation is uncommon, however if you lose nipple sensation following your surgery, it will gradually return over time.

Q: Do I have to replace my implants every 10 years?

This is a frequently asked question and the answer is no. You do not have to replace your implants every 10 years. Replace your implants if you are unhappy with the size, if ptosis (sagging) occurs or if you have an implant rupture.

Keep in mind that breast implants are not intended to last a lifetime, therefore plan to have them replaced at some point in your lifetime.

Most of the implant manufacturers offer an implant warranty program – if an implant rupture occurs within 10 years, they will assist with costs associated with your surgery. Most offer a lifetime warranty program – if you have an implant rupture at anytime, they will provide new implants. View MENTOR and Sientra’s warranty programs.

MENTOR – http://www.mentorwwllc.com/global-us/WarrantyInformation.aspx

Sientra’s – http://www.sientra.com/FeelGood/BreastImplantWarranty

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Rafi S. Bidros, MD specializes in cosmetic surgical procedures of the face, body and breast, as well as many non-invasive procedures.

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