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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Dallas, Texas. The results are predictable and satisfying, while the recovery period is relatively short. Besides increasing the size of the breasts, breast augmentation can balance breast asymmetry, enhance figure proportions, and help your clothes fit better.
Women who pursue breast enhancement surgery are frequently dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. For some women, the issue is lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If your breasts also sag significantly, you may need a combination breast lift/breast augmentation in order to achieve the results you want.
Women getting breast implants have several decisions to make – more than just the type of implant and size. There are also considerations with regard to shape and projection (how much of the breast extends out from the chest when in profile). Dr. Beale does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to plastic surgery, so he will work in collaboration with you to determine the best implant and surgical technique for you.
The first important decision you must make relates to the size and shape of the implants. During your consultation, Dr. Beale will conduct a physical examination and ask you a number of questions about how you would like your breasts to look. You will have the opportunity to see and handle different implants firsthand to help you choose the size and “feel” that you prefer. (Read more about the differences between silicone and saline below.)
Implants come in round shapes and teardrop shapes. Teardrop is fuller at the bottom than at the top and is considered to be more like the natural breast. Round implants provide more cleavage, however. Dr. Beale will make recommendations based on his many years of experience providing successful breast augmentations. Your unique anatomy must be taken into account. For example, your height, the width of your chest, and the proportions of your body as a whole should be considered when choosing the size and shape of your implants.
Types of Breast Implants
The second important decision about your implants is the type. Both silicone and saline implants are safe and effective. It is simply a matter of preference. Women between the ages of 18 and 21 are only FDA-approved for saline breast implants, while women over the age of 21 have the option of both saline and silicone breast implants.
What are the differences?
- Silicone implants have a more natural feel and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, not just round. They are less prone to rippling than saline and are filled prior to insertion, which means they may require a slightly larger incision. Silicone implants, through their variety of profiles and sizes, can offer each patient a personalized result, making them the most popular.
- Gummy bear implants are actually a type of silicone implant that is “cohesive.” This means that the silicone is less runny or more viscous and will hold its shape within its shell without movement. Gummy bear implants can offer a very natural look after breast augmentation.
- Saline implants tend to feel firmer than silicone implants, but offer a smaller incision because they are filled after they are inserted. Some women find comfort in the fact that if saline implants rupture or leak, you can tell quickly and take care of the problem.
Breast Augmentation Incisions
The third major decision is choosing one of the three types of surgical incisions used in the procedure. An incision can be made in the inframammary fold (the crease at the bottom of the breast), around the areola (nipple), or in the armpit. Dr. Beale is skilled in each technique and will work with you to decide on the incision that works best for you. Your anatomy and the type of implant you choose may affect your incision choice.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
The fourth and final major decision you must make is whether the implants are placed above or below the chest muscles (pectoralis major). In most cases, submuscular (under the muscle) placement is preferable. If the implant is placed over the muscle (subglandular placement), more of the implant is felt. For this reason, silicone implants are preferable in that case since they have a more natural feel.
The surgery itself takes about an hour and is performed in a hospital or surgery center, generally under general anesthesia. Breast augmentation can easily be combined with other procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or a breast lift.
You can go home within hours of your surgery.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation
All sutures used in breast augmentation are placed below the skin and will dissolve on their own, so they do not have to be removed. We provide you with a special bra for comfort and support, which you must wear for a period of time after your surgery.
You should limit activity for 48 hours to reduce any discomfort, but you will be given medications to control any pain you experience. You can shower the morning after surgery and resume all normal activities within a few days, with the exception of strenuous activities (especially any exercises involving the chest).
Some bruising and swelling is to be expected, but this will go away within a few weeks. We will ask you to be careful during sleep and will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions. You will see Dr. Beale for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation – Dallas
How is my breast augmentation planned?
Every single one of Dr. Beale’s breast augmentations are personalized for the patient, which means that he considers a variety of different factors when planning each procedure. Some of the things that Dr. Beale uses to plan each breast augmentation in Dallas are:
- Chest width
- The patient’s frame
- The patient’s lifestyle and personality
- The patient’s career
- The patient’s recovery
- Natural breast tissue
How do I pick the right surgeon for my breast augmentation in Dallas?
There are so many different factors that can decide on your breast augmentation outcomes, but what be the most important one is your choice of surgeon. These are just some criteria you should consider when looking for the right surgeon for your breast augmentation in Dallas:
- Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Has extensive experience performing breast augmentation
- Has extensive training with plastic surgery and breast augmentation
- Performs breast augmentations with great frequency
- Is willing to show you extensive collection of breast augmentation before and after photos
- Has hospital privileges
- Has a medical staff that is professional and compassionate
Should I care about what brand of implant my plastic surgeon uses?
You and your surgeon will choose the best kind of implant to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, but Dr. Beale makes sure that he will only choose from the most reputable and reliable brands of breast implants.
How do I know if I need a breast implant in addition to my breast augmentation in Dallas?
If you feel like you need to correct substantial breast sagging in addition to a lack of breast volume, you may need to pair your breast augmentation in Dallas with a breast lift. Many of our patients whose breasts have been affected by aging, pregnancy, and breastfeeding suffer not just from volume loss, but sagging, also.
Breast sagging often indicates a loss in skin elasticity, and placing heavy implants in skin with compromised elasticity might actually worsen the sagging. To make sure our patients get the very best outcomes, a combination procedure like this might be necessary.
How often will I need to replace my breast implants?
There’s a common misconception that almost all women with a breast augmentation will require a breast implant exchange every 10 years or so; in reality, many modern implants are durable enough to last for longer. The only times you’ll need to exchange your implant is if you want a different look, or in a rare occasion, the implant fails and needs to be replaced with another device. If you’re happy with how your implants look, feel, and move, and there’s no problem with how the device works then there’s no need to have them replaced.
If you’re eager to lower the chances of an implant exchange or a revision breast augmentation in Dallas, you should choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with the breast augmentation.
What will happen to my breast augmentation results if I get pregnant?
Pregnancy, lactation, and breastfeeding all bring about changes to the breast tissue. If you have breast implants and you get pregnant, the changes in your breast tissue might lead to an irregular breast shape and implant malposition.
It’s why many plastic surgeons recommend that patients wait until they’re completely done having children to get their breast augmentation. Of course, it’s not impossible to maintain your breast augmentation in Dallas, even after pregnancy; if you notice that your outcomes have changed, you can have another procedure to fix your results.
Will breast augmentation prevent me from breastfeeding?
Breast augmentation typically involves manipulation of the nipple tissues. It’s highly unlikely that a breast augmentation will prevent you from breastfeeding, although in some cases the procedure can interfere with how much milk they can produce. If you’re concerned about how breast augmentation can affect your ability to breastfeed, talk to your surgeon.
Am I going to lose feeling in my nipples after a breast augmentation?
Because a breast augmentation sometimes results in the pulling or cutting of certain nerves in the nipple, some patients experience numbness or even hypersensitivity in the nipples after their procedure. This side effect is typically temporary, with a majority of patients regaining normal feeling after a year, and with a small percentage losing feeling long term.
When will I see the full results of my breast augmentation?
You should be able to see your full results when your implants have softened and settled. During the initial stages of your recovery, it might feel as if your implants are riding in a higher position or hardened. It will take some time for your skin and breast tissues to relax and for your implants to settle down into the breast implant pocket. The swelling in your tissues and its tightness should dissipate completely after 3-6 months, but depending on the patient’s anatomy it might take longer. To get a better idea on when your full results should emerge, talk to your surgeon.
Call 972-566-3001 for a consultation with Dr. Beale, to discuss breast augmentation to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts.
Call us for an appointment to discuss breast augmentation to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts.