Breast Augmentation Surgery

q5iZEjBzWueW1Q-aeLj_7bPuVXGjGh8oAc8ubp-zNUQAccording to the data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast augmentation procedures performed in the US from 1997 to 2012 was close to 4.5 million. At present, breast augmentation ranks as the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the country. Pre-surgery preparation is an important part of the procedure, and significantly contributes to the final outcome.

Dr. Paul Fortes will guide the patient for a proper preparation prior to the procedure, and will educate her on all aspects of breast augmentation. One of the first goals of Dr. Fortes is to help the patient be well-informed and well-prepared for the surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fortes provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.

Assessment of Cosmetic Goals

As a first step, a woman should carefully assess what about her breasts is bothering her and why she wants to undergo breast augmentation. She should clearly communicate on these aspects with the surgeon at the time of personal consultation. The patient should have confidence in herself for this procedure, and should not choose it under the influence of someone else.

Online Forums and Websites 

Once the patient is clear about her plastic surgery goals, she should review the surgeon’s website prior to visiting their office for a consultation. She may also connect with other women via Internet forums and websites where she can gain some insights about breast augmentation from others who may have already received this surgery.

With some kind of community support, she will be in a better position to discover whether breast augmentation is the best choice for her. With this confidence, she will be able to have a more productive and engaging consultation with the surgeon.

Meeting Candidacy Requisites

The surgeon will determine the patient’s candidacy before recommending her for breast augmentation. The patient should focus on maintaining a balanced diet and a good fitness regimen, and have a stable body weight. She should not have any foreseeable plans to undergo a pregnancy or weight loss surgery.

The patient should review breast augmentation before and after pictures on the surgeon’s website or request for these photos during the initial consultation. She should also preferably have a detailed list of questions ready for the surgeon to clear her concerns and doubts about the procedure and the surgeon’s practice.

Prior to the Surgery

Before the procedure, the patient may follow these preparatory steps:

  • Stop the use of blood thinners and NSAIDs as well as certain vitamins and herbal supplements for about two weeks as per the surgeon’s advice.
  • If necessary, adjust the schedule of prescription medications in consultation with the doctor.
  • Quit smoking for a few weeks as per surgeon’s advice.
  • Arrange for transportation and aftercare to help ensure a more comfortable immediately post-op phase.
  • Apply for leave from work in advance for at least one week.

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

Questions to Ask Before Plastic Surgery

PnIK_SkfNp-xj_xU8L0CQibJbqAETApBAiTwwvHt4nUBefore a patient decides to go ahead with a major cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation, it is important for a patient to obtain answers to vital questions such as how the procedure will be performed, what are the potential risks, how long it will take to recover, and how much it will cost.

The patient should also know about the surgeon’s qualifications and feel confident about her choice.

The patient should preferably prepare a list of questions beforehand, and carry it along to the office of the surgeon at the time of breast augmentation consultation. This will ensure that none of the important doubts or concerns is left unanswered. Dr. Paul Fortes is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.

Solid Rapport and Trust

A relationship of trust and open communication and a decent rapport between the surgeon and the patient will lead to better results in procedures such as breast augmentation plastic surgery. It is a personal journey for a patient to go through such a major procedure, and she should feel free and comfortable with the surgeon to clear all her doubts and concerns.

The surgeon will make every effort to put the patient at ease, and help her develop a positive mindset and realistic expectations. Many surgeons also prefer to show breast augmentation before and after images as well as present testimonials of past patients who have undergone the same surgery with successful results.

Some of the key questions that the patient may ask at the time breast augmentation consultation include:

  • How long have you trained in the area of plastic surgery, and how many years of actual surgical experience do you have?
  • Have you perform breast surgery procedures previously, and what is your patient satisfaction rate?
  • Would you advise general anesthesia or local anesthesia in my case for breast augmentation?
  • Which surgical venue would you recommend for performing my breast surgery?
  • Do you think I have reasonable aesthetic expectations from this procedure?
  • What is the estimated duration of this surgery?
  • Which type of breast implants would be more suitable for me?
  • Are there any risks and complications that I should be aware of?
  • How long do breast implants last for an average patient?
  • If I am dissatisfied with the outcome, would you perform a revision or corrective surgery?
  • How much downtime would be involved after the surgery?
  • For how long should I arrange some aftercare?
  • Will it be possible for me to breastfeed in the future?
  • What degree of visible scarring is expected after the healing is completed?
  • How much will the breast augmentation surgery cost me, including pre- and post-surgical costs?
  • How can I contact you in case of an emergency?

Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

Breast Implant Surgery 

cover upPre-surgical consultation constitutes the foundation for any major procedure such as breast implant cosmetic surgery. The patient should actively engage in the consultation process in order to help the surgeon customize the surgical plan as per the patient’s unique requirements. It is also important to carefully comprehend the surgeon’s instructions during the consultation.

Patients should feel free to ask questions and clear all their concerns and doubts with the surgeon. They should use the consultation opportunity to improve their knowledge and feel more confident about breast augmentation. Dr. Paul Fortes is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implants to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.

Determining Candidacy

The overall health status of the patient will be evaluated and the surgeon will go through her medical records to determine her fitness for surgery and anesthesia. In some cases, the surgeon may order specialized mammograms. The skin quality and elasticity in the breast area will be assessed along with a review of the overall breast anatomy.

Important Decisions

Some of the important decisions with regard to the selection of breast implant type and size, the choice of surgical technique, location of incisions, implant placement, and whether the procedure will be performed alone or combined with breast lift will be made at the time of breast implant plastic surgery.

Implant Choice

One of the key decisions that will influence the final outcome of the surgery will be the type and size of implants. The surgeon will educate the patient about the pros and cons of different types of implants, and the most appropriate sizes, profiles and shapes to meet the patient’s personal aesthetic needs.

Implant Placement

The surgeon can place the implants below the pectoral muscle, or in front of the pectoral muscle and behind the tissue. The benefits and limitations of both options will be informed to the patient and the most effective choice will be made in accordance with the patient’s breast anatomy and her personal goals.

Incision Location

Breast implant surgery can be performed by placing incisions below the breast crease, around the border of the areolas or in the underarm area. In a few cases, a TUBA incision may be placed in the navel area. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas.

Developing Expectations

At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will encourage the patient to review as many before and after images as possible. These images pertain to previous patients who have received breast augmentation already. The new patient will have a clearer idea of what to expect and what not to expect from the procedure.

Pre-operative Instructions

The surgeon will provide detailed instructions during the initial consultation to help the patient have a safe surgery and recovery. The patient will be required to give up smoking for a specific time period. A few prescription and non-prescription drugs may be temporarily stopped or their schedules may be altered in consultation with the doctor.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

Breast Implants

Types of Breast ImplantsBreast augmentation is one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures, which is also a reason behind its growing popularity. Different types, sizes, shapes, and profiles are breast implants are available today, which can be selected appropriately to customize the procedure according to the patient’s unique anatomical and cosmetic requirements.

At the time of pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss various implant options with the patient and help her make the best selection. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides breast implant surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.

Making a Careful Choice

The type and size of the breast implants chosen should be such that they give a more natural and proportionate appearance. The amount of skin available in the breast area is another key consideration. For instance, the patient should avoid choosing excessively large sized implants when less skin is available. This will minimize the risk of post-surgical implant misshaping or rippling.

Implant Categories

Two major categories of breast implants used in breast augmentation plastic surgery include saline implants and silicone gel implants. The surgeon will discuss the advantages and limitations of each along with their costs, and help the patient to make the right choice.

Saline Implants

The FDA had originally approved saline implants, and they still continue to be a product of choice for many patients. Women above the age of 18 are eligible for these implants, which have a sterile saline fluid filled in their core. The implants provide a natural feel, firmness and shape fo the breasts.

The saline solution can be filled in the implant after the deflated implant is placed in the breast tissue. This allows for a smaller incision to insert the implant. Saline implants are totally safe because in the event of a leakage, the biocompatible saline solution will be naturally absorbed by the body.

Silicone Implants

Over the years, silicone implants have become more popular than saline because of their superior aesthetic appeal and natural touch and feel. The soft silicone gel core in these implants can mimic the natural breast tissue.

Women above the age of 21 are eligible to use these implants, as per FDA regulations. Each year thousands of American women benefit from silicone implants to enhance their breast appearance. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

Ultra Cohesive Implants

Ultra cohesive silicone implants, also known as form stable implants or Gummy Bear implants, are the latest qualities to be approved by the FDA. These highly viscous silicone gel implants can maintain shape and form even under pressure. High density of the silicone gel also ensures that the gel will not leak out to other areas in the body if the implant is damaged.

Implant sizes are available from 120 cc to 960 cc, and they are usually available in round and anatomical shapes. The surface of the implants may be plain or textured as required.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.