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Breast Implant Procedure Steps

Breast Implant Procedure Steps | Houston Plastic SurgeryBreast implant surgery ranks among the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. Customizability is one of the unique advantages of this procedure, which allows the surgeon to tailor the results according to the patient’s needs.

But the steps involved in breast implant surgery do not change in a significant way even when different surgical techniques are used.  

At the time of pre-operative consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss the overall procedure steps. A patient will have more confidence about the procedure when she knows what to expect in the surgery room. Board certified and dependable plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides breast implant surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations across the horizon.


Administering of Anesthesia

The surgeon will mostly recommend general anesthesia to perform breast implant plastic surgery. This will require the involvement of an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist, who will be present throughout in the operating room to monitor the patient’s response. The patient will remain fully unconscious for the duration of the surgery. Once the surgery is over, she will be brought out of anesthesia.

After the surgery, the patient will be moved to an observation area for recovery from the effects of anesthesia. Thereafter, most patients will be in a position to return home assisted by someone responsible to drive them back home.


Placing the Incisions

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will create incisions in discreet, pre-determined sites. The incisions are usually placed in areas such as below the breast crease, in the armpit, around the areola border, or in exceptional cases, in the navel area.

The goal of the surgeon will be to minimize the incisions to make the surgery less invasive and to reduce post-op scarring. However, the size and location of incisions will also depend on the implant size and the patient’s unique breast anatomy. Accomplished and steady cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast implants.


Placing the Implants

The surgeon may place the implants in front of the pectoral muscle and right behind the breast tissue, which is called subglandular placement. Alternatively, the implants may be placed under the pectoral muscle, which is known as submuscular placement. Planning for implant placement will be done in advance in consultation with the patient.


Closing the Wounds

Wound closure will be preformed once the surgeon has placed the implants in the breast pockets and adjusted them into desired position. Dissolvable or removable sutures may be used for this purpose. Traditional sutures will be removed in about one week after the surgery, while dissolvable sutures will get absorbed on their own around this time.


Placing Bandages and Drains

Once the incisions are closed and the surgery is over, the treated sites in the breasts will be covered with a gauze bandage for support. In some time, the bandage will be removed and replaced with a special surgical bra, which will have to be worn for several weeks. The surgeon will place drain tubes below the skin to collect excess fluid. These tubes may be removed along with the sutures in about a week or 10 days.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

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