Breast Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. In most cases, the procedure involves surgical placement of implants in the breast tissue, but in exceptional cases, fat grafting may also be used. Clinically called augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure provides highly satisfying outcomes in most cases, as long as it is performed by a reputed and experienced breast surgeon.
Dr. Paul Fortes is a leading plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation surgery and other procedures. Dr. Fortes may recommend breast augmentation for cosmetic purposes, or to correct the symmetry between breasts, or as a part of a reconstructive surgery. He receives patients from Houston and Katy, TX, and surrounding communities.
Breast Implant Candidacy
Women may seek breast implant plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. A typical candidate for this procedure may wish to:
- Make the breasts more proportionately sized to match with the rest of the body.
- Make differently sized or shaped breasts more symmetrical.
- Enhance breast aesthetics and femininity.
- Restore breast volume following a major weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
- Correct birth deformities in one or both breasts.
- Address micromastia or the condition of under-developed breasts.
A marvelous and motivated candidate will usually be a non-smoker or someone who is ready to quit smoking several weeks in advance, and having realistic expectations from the procedure.
The cosmetic surgeon will prepare a surgical plan in accordance with the patient’s overall condition and her personal aesthetic goals. Dr. Fortes provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Houston and Katy, TX, and nearby locations. During the consultation process, Dr. Fortes will discuss all aspects of the procedure.
General anesthesia is commonly used in case of breast augmentation surgery, along with IV sedation or inhaled sedatives. Even if the procedure may be performed as an outpatient surgery, the patient will spend a few hours at the surgical facility for immediate post-op recovery and reduction in the effects of general anesthesia.
The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing the incision in either the crease of the breast, the armpit, the circumference of the areola, or the armpit. In exceptional cases, a navel incision (TUBA) may also be used. An experienced surgeon will place the incisions in discreet locations to keep the scarring inconspicuous.
Positioning of Implants
In breast enlargement surgery, implants may be placed subglandularly or submuscularly. Subglandular placement implies positioning the implant directly behind the breast tissue and in front of the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement implies positioning the implant under the pectoral muscle.
Once the implants have been adjusted into the implant pocket, the incision will be sutured carefully. The breasts will be wrapped and supported with a bandage, and a surgical bra will be provided for the first several weeks.
Recovery in case of breast augmentation will require about 10 to 14 days before the patient is ready to return to work or resume regular activities at home. Vigorous activities and lifting of heavy weights should be avoided for about six to eight weeks. No, lifting up your couch or kitchen table right after this surgery is performed is not something you should be considering.