Basics of Breast Augmentation

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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.

Reasons to Choose Breast Augmentation

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:

  • Breasts that are disproportionately small in relation to the rest of the body features
  • Breasts that have lost volume through pregnancy, breastfeeding or the aging process
  • Breasts that are asymmetrical regarding size and shape
  • Breasts that do not have sufficient upper pole fullness to create sensuous cleavage
  • Women who want additional volume in the breasts to make them feel more feminine or attractive

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.

Options in Breast Augmentation

When deciding to undergo breast augmentation, there are several issues to consider, including:

Breast Implant Options

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.

Implant Size and Shape

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.

Incision Location

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.

Procedure Basics

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.

Making the Right Choice

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.