Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to improve the size and shape of the breasts. The surgery is also referred to as breast enlargement, breast enhancement and sometimes even a boob job. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 300,000 women a year undergo breast augmentation, making it one of the most performed plastic surgery procedures today. The tremendous popularity is due in large part to the very high rate of patient satisfaction, due to our ability to tailor augmentation to the unique body proportions and desired results of each woman who comes into our office. After breast implant surgery, most of our patients are thrilled with their new appearance and improved self-esteem.
Women make a choice to undergo breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. For some, they have never been fully satisfied with the size of their breasts, and they make the decision to add the curves they always wanted. Others may discover the shape of their breasts changing over time, and opt for breast augmentation to restore a perky, youthful body contour. Specifically, breast augmentation can address the following concerns:
Dr. Ciaravino will listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals to determine whether breast augmentation is the right choice for you. In some cases, he may recommend this procedure in combination with a breast lift to achieve the best possible results. The lift can be performed at the same time as the augmentation, and provided enhancement for breasts that have begun to droop or sag over time. You will also discuss possible risks of the procedure, so you can be fully prepared for your surgery.
When deciding to undergo breast augmentation, there are several issues to consider, including:
Most breast implants are made of a silicone shell filled with either saline (sterile salt water) or silicone gel. While women from all age groups are eligible for breast augmentation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stipulates that potential patients must be 18 years or older for saline breast implants and at least 22 years old for silicone breast implants. Both types of implants have their potential benefits and drawbacks, so there is no one right implant for every woman. Dr. Ciaravino will help you choose the best implants for you based on the amount of breast tissue you currently have and the results you hope to achieve.
Implants come in both round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes, as well as a wide range of sizes. The array of options allows us to fully customize your procedure to your body to achieve beautiful and natural results. Dr. Ciaravino will help you choose the size and shape of your implant to produce the precise results you want. Keep in mind bigger implants do not always yield the best result, but he will ensure you receive the fullness you desire while maintaining a natural, proportionate appearance.
Incisions for breast implants can be made underneath the breast along the crease or within the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola. No matter which incision placement is used, Dr. Ciaravino has perfected his surgical techniques to minimize the size of the incisions and the residual scarring. His gentle processes also ensure a quicker, more comfortable recovery for most of his patients. Implant Placement Implants may be positioned on top of the pectoral (chest) muscle underneath the breast tissue, known as subglandular placement. A pocket for the implants can also be made underneath the breast tissue and a portion of the pectoral muscle, which is referred to as submuscular placement. Like other choices in breast augmentation, the decision between subglandular and submuscular positioning will depend on different factors, including the natural breast tissue a patient has, the type of implant used and her personal preference.
Dr. Ciaravino and his staff will discuss all these variables with you at your consultation to ensure you are entirely comfortable and well-informed going into your surgery. He also provides Vectra 3D imaging to help his patients “see” their results before the procedure takes place. With his extensive experience in breast enhancement procedures, he is extremely well-qualified to help you make all the decisions necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Ciaravino performs breast augmentation on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia or IV sedation. During the surgery, he will carefully create incisions so that visible scarring afterward will be minimal. Through the incision, Dr. Ciaravino creates a small pocket in which the implant will be placed. Silicone implants come prefilled, so they are set into the pocket and left there, while saline implants are filled with the sterile liquid once they are in place.
No matter which implant is used, Dr. Ciaravino employs gentler surgical techniques that result in less trauma to surrounding skin and tissue, ensuring your recovery period is as brief and comfortable as possible. His procedures do not involve drains, and dissolvable sutures are used to close incisions, so there is no need to remove stitches after the operation. Most breast augmentations take only about one hour to complete.
When it comes to breast augmentation, you cannot be too careful when it comes to choosing an experienced, highly-skilled plastic surgeon to perform your procedure and achieve the best possible results. Dr. Ciaravino performs hundreds of breast enhancement surgeries every year, giving him the expertise and experience necessary to produce a natural, beautiful outcome for all his patients. He and his staff will take ample time with you to ensure you are comfortable with your decision and feel well cared for throughout the process. If you are interested in breast augmentation and you are in the Houston or Sugar Land, Texas area, please contact Ciaravino Total Beauty at 713-627-1200 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
The physician took the time to understand what I wanted out of the surgery and he is very knowledgeable and professional. The Staff is kind and supportive and the office is clean and comfortable. My overall experience was wonderful and I will highly recommend ya’ll to everyone! The doctor took the time to listen to what I wanted from the procedure and worked with me to find the perfect size. The doctor explained why the size would be perfect based on my chest cavity and it was perfectly correct!
The staff and Dr. Ciaravino are very friendly and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure. Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional. I did not have to wait very long and answered all of my questions. Dr. Ciaravino’s expertise and advise was greatly appreciated and very happy with the results!
Dr Michael Ciaravino is a Magnificent Surgeon!! Honest, knowledgeable, caring with excellent bedside manners. I have been his patient for several years and I will never go to another doctor. I am so happy with my recent Breast Augmentation! My recovery has been easy, and I feel great ! Thanks to Dr. Ciaravino and his Amazing Team who made my experience be a terrific one ! I can’t say enough good things about the amazing Ciaravino Girls ! Thank you beautiful ladies for being there for me.
I was extremely nervous about scheduling Breast Augmentation/Liposuction surgery without visiting the facility due to me living abroad. Upon my arrival to Texas, I was able to visit the office for a consult/pre-op. The moment I walked in I was greeted by the receptionist and amazed by the chic yet calming decor. This was very much needed since I walked in with butterflies in my stomach. The nurse/patient coordinator was very attentive and assured me of the smooth process. She was definitely right. Dr.Caravino is amazing he was able to give me a very natural yet sexy look. I’m so very thankful and planning another visit soon. Thanks again to Dr. Caravino for giving me my pre-mom body back and thank you to his staff for being just as amazing.
Very professional staff. The doctor made every visit comforting and he’s clearly great at what he does. Love the end results, 2 days after the procedure I was feeling great! No pain, no bruising, everything was awesome!
EVERYTHING! The look, the ease of transitioning back to “normal”, the care….EVERYTHING! The doctor and staff are AMAZING! He and his staff were very attentive to my questions and needs and always made me feel at ease. I have already referred three people to him!
Dr Ciaravino and his staff exceeded my expectations. I have several of my friends whose gone to him for augmentations and recommended him. I couldn’t be more pleased!! From the scheduling over the phone for the consultation to the post-op appointment, choosing this practice is by far the best decision I made for myself. I can’t express how highly I will recommend to anyone looking for a change, I actually already have passed on his information to a couple ladies. The results are more than I imagined and I only had my surgery Nov 15, 2017 (2 weeks ago). I never had to take any of my pain medicine which as my first surgery ever I didn’t expect it to be so perfect! Thank you again to you Dr Ciaravino and his lovely beautiful staff for making me feel comfortable before and after. Look forward to seeing you guys in 3 months.
Information was explained clear and concise. I felt prepared in every aspect on what to expect and how to handle myself during the recovery process. The recovery went as explained and I had minimal discomfort. I am loving my results, the whole process was wonderful!
The accessibility of the staff after my procedure to answer questions I had was phenomenal. The results are amazing, I couldn’t be happier! The staff and Dr. C are all very knowledgable and very helpful. Dr. C did a fantastic job with my procedure and I am excited to see the final results once I am completely healed.
The staff was very friendly and helpful through the entire process. My results are exactly what I wanted and asked for as far as size and shape with a more natural look.
Doctor Ciaravino gave me exactly what I wanted. I love the way my breasts look. His assistants were very knowledgeable, helpful and extremely nice! I love the way my breasts look. I wanted natural and that’s what Doctor Ciaravino gave me.
Dr C’s office and staff are first class. Always kind, helpful and considerate. Each time I go in, it feels like going to see friends! I had abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. I love my body! Could not ask for better results!
From the first consultation to my last post-op app I have been so happy with everything. Dr Ciaravino and his staff have always made me feel super comfortable. I will be going back for any cosmetic procedures I need in the future!
Friendly staff and environment. Dr. Ciaravino was very thorough about explaining the risks and possible complications of the surgery and how to prevent them. Other than what I had researched about him prior to my consultation, I knew he’d be the perfect doctor to perform my surgery because of his bedside manner skills! Down to earth and doesn’t make you feel like a number. He addresses your concerns and took the time to explain my questions.
Everyone from the CSM to the nurse who has been on staff for 8 years. Everyone made my husband and I feel very welcomed and comfortable. Didn’t feel pressured and the staff was very informative!
Nadia helped explain every single thing I would need to know in such detail, I felt that I knew exactly what I was getting into. She is so sweet and kind I was nervous and she helped calm my nerves and make me feel right at home. By the time the surgeon entered the room, I had most of my questions answered so I felt fully ready and excited. Nadia is the BEST.
Dr. C, you and your staff are great!! You all made the whole process practically painless. I am very impressed with the results…You are so professional and at the same time so compassionate and caring, another happy patient!!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about every single person I encountered at this office. You are all thorough, kind, conscientious, and beautiful inside and out!
I have always been a bit apprehensive about having breast augmentation. Although I wanted one, I had a fear that they would turn out too big and look unnatural. Dr. Ciaravino listened to my concerns and truly did a beautiful job. He is truly an artist with his ability and truly did a beautiful job.
Just wanted to let y’all know that I think that Dr. Ciaravino is by far the most talented doc around. I had my surgery on Monday and haven’t had a pain killer since Tuesday morning. Not even a Tylenol. There was no bruising or swelling at all. I am just amazed at how simple and painless the whole thing was. I attribute this to Dr. Ciaravino’s talent and gentleness.