Breast augmentation is a substantial cosmetic surgery procedure, involving a few key steps. The surgeon may choose from different surgical techniques to perform this procedure, but the overall steps in the surgery will large remain unchanged in each case. The surgeon will customize the procedure to match with the specific goals of the patient.
At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast augmentation, and discuss the steps involved. Once the patient becomes familiar with the procedure, it will help to mitigate her pre-surgery anxiety. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.
The first step in the procedure will be to place the patient under anesthesia just before the surgery is set to begin. The procedure will typically involve general anesthesia, which will be administered by an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. The patient will feel no pain, and will remain unconscious throughout the surgery.
Following the procedure, the patient will experience mild side effects of anesthesia for a few hours, including nausea and grogginess. After a few hours of observation, she can return home with a responsible driver. She should also ideally have someone to stay with her for aftercare for at least a day or two.
Placing the Incisions
Following anesthesia, the surgeon will create inconspicuous incisions in pre-determined sites, which could be under the breast crease, around the areola border, in the underarm area, or around the navel in a few cases. A skilled surgeon will be able to minimize subsequent scarring by placing the incisions discreetly.
The location and size of incisions will be determined during the surgical planning in advance. The surgeon will assess the patient’s breast anatomy, her personal cosmetic goals, and the type and size of implants chosen to determine the incision plan. Patient will be involved in the decision process and plan for breast augmentation plastic surgery.
The breast implants may be placed in front of the pectoral muscle right behind the breast tissue, or in front of the pectoral muscle. The placement position of implants will be determined after evaluating the patient’s breast anatomy the size of the chosen implants. The advantages and limitations of both placement options will be discussed with the patient beforehand.
Once the implants are adjusted and placed into the desired position, the incisions will be closed with traditional or absorbable sutures. The surgeon will place temporary drainage tubes under the skin in the incision sites. The patient will be required to keep the incision site clean and dry to mitigate the risk of infection.
Bandages and Surgical Bra
The surgeon will cover the incisions with gauze bandage to protect the wound. In a few days, the bandages will be replaced with a surgical bra to help ensure that the breasts acquire their new shape. Hard working and astute female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and communities across the region for breast augmentation.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.