Breast augmentation, clinically known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase the size of a woman’s breasts. The procedure involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone implants in the breast tissue. In exceptional cases, fat transfer technique may be used.
Nearly 4.5 million breast augmentation procedures were performed in the US between 1997 and 2012, according to ASAPS figures. It is currently the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US.
Breast augmentation is most commonly performed for the purpose of cosmetic enhancement of the breasts. A woman may want to have this surgery to make naturally small breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body, or may simply like to have more voluptuous breast appearance.
Sometimes breast implants may be used to improve symmetry between the breasts or as a part of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
One of the reasons behind the popularity of breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure is that it can be significantly customized to meet the unique needs of a woman. Breast implants are available in different types, including saline, silicone, and ultra-cohesive implants. Implant sizes are available from 120 cc to 960 cc, and the patient can also choose different shapes, profiles and texture.
Implant placement may be performed subgladularly or submuscularly, depending on the patient’s requirements. Incision location options will include inframammary, periareolar, transaxillary, or even a TUBA incision in a few cases. The surgeon will discuss various options with the patient during the initial consultation to make a customized surgical plan. Well practiced and judicious female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation surgery will usually be performed using general anesthesia and sedation. The surgeon will create incisions in inconspicuous locations as pre-determined during the surgical planning. The implant will be inserted through the incision and placed either in front of the pectoral muscle right behind the breast tissue, or below the pectoral muscle.
Once the implants are placed and adjusted into the desired position, the incisions will be carefully sutured with dissolvable or removable sutures. Drain tubes will also be placed beneath the skin in the incision areas. Following the surgery, the breasts will be covered with a gauze bandage for support. In a day or two, the bandage will be replaced with a special surgical bra. The patient will be required to wear the surgical bra full-time for the first few weeks.
During the recovery phase, it is important to follow the surgeon’s care instructions properly. The incision sites should be kept clean to minimize infection risks. Vigorous exercises or sudden movements can put strain in the incision sites, and should be avoided during the early healing phase of about three weeks.
The patient can usually return to her normal routine in about 10 to 14 days, but should continue with her follow-up appointments and precautions as instructed.
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 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.