Small, disproportionate and asymmetrical breasts can be reshaped and enlarged with breast augmentation surgery to create a shapely, feminine figure using saline, silicone or cohesive gel breast implants.
Dr. Norris will work with you to achieve your cosmetic breast enhancement goals, taking into account your unique skin characteristics and anatomy, as well as your preferences with regard to implant size, material and placement.
The Procedure for Breast Augmentation in Houston TX
During your breast augmentation, you will be placed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Norris will make incisions in one of the four following agreed upon locations:
- Inframammary – along each breast fold
- Periareolar – around each areola (saline implants only)
Your breast implants may be placed either above, below or partially below your chest muscles depending on your preference and the amount of natural breast tissue already in place.
If, in addition to enlarging your breasts, you also wish to correct sagging or improve your nipple position Dr. Norris may recommend a breast lift along with implants.
Recovering From Breast Augmentation in Houston
Most patients require 3-5 days off work to recover from breast augmentation, however 2-3 weeks of downtime may be needed for patients who have physically strenuous jobs.
Oral pain medication may be needed for a few days following surgery, and patients who have their implants placed subglandularly (above the chest muscles) usually experience less discomfort than patients who have their implants placed submuscularly (below the chest muscles). The trade-off is that submuscular implant placement often results in a more natural look and decreases the likelihood that noticeable implant rippling will occur.
It is important to wait at least three weeks before resuming strenuous exercise and breast augmentation patients should not lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. for at least 1-2 weeks. Dr. Norris will provide you with customized post-operative instructions to help you achieve the best possible breast augmentation results and monitor your healing during follow-up visits.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Women elect breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Some feel their current breast size is disproportionate to their actual body size, while others have lost a significant amount of weight resulting in a loss of breast fullness or firmness. Ideal candidates for breast augmentation come in all shapes and sizes, but should possess good overall mental and physical health.
What size implant should I choose?
It may be difficult to determine which size is best for you based on cup size alone. The same size implant on one woman may look entirely different on you. Your surgeon will help you determine which size is best for you based on your body type and the amount of breast tissue you have.
What is the difference between silicone and saline breast implants?
Breast implants are filled with one of two substances: silicone or saline. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel that mimics the feel of human fat. Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution, usually during the surgical process. Silicone and saline implants pose similar risks, but may differ slightly in aesthetic outcome.
How will breast augmentation affect future mammograms?
Mammograms can be performed safely on women who have undergone breast augmentation. Just make sure to inform your mammogram technician prior to your mammogram. Your technician may require additional views during the screening process.
What are some of the risks associated with breast augmentation?
As with any procedure, there are risks involved in breast augmentation. Complications with breast augmentation are rare and most women are satisfied with their results. Complications may include bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring or asymmetry.
Do you have questions about breast augmentation in Houston? Contact our office in Houston to inquire about this procedure or schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Morgan Norris.