Surgical Technique

While breast augmentation continues to boast a top spot as one of the most performed plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., some women remain hesitant to move forward with this treatment due to concerns over the level of discomfort involved and the need to schedule an extended recovery period. They will be delighted to discover that Dr. Michael Ciaravino offers unique surgical techniques and specially-designed instruments that allow him to perform this surgery in a precise and gentle manner. This approach makes for a more pleasant surgical process overall, with a quicker recovery process and a superior outcome. There are many good reasons why thousands of women have chosen Dr. Ciaravino for their breast enhancement surgeries.

Benefits of Dr. Ciaravino’s Approach

Dr. Ciaravino specializes in breast enhancement procedures at his Houston clinic, Ciaravino Total Beauty. Because he performs hundreds of these procedures annually, he has ample experience in finding the most efficient and comfortable ways to achieve the results his patients want. These discoveries mean significant benefits for all the women that come to Dr. Ciaravino for breast surgery, including:

  • Small, well-hidden incisions that leave less noticeable scarring after surgery
  • Little or no bruising after your procedure
  • “No-touch” technique reduces infection risk from contamination of the implants
  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue means a more comfortable recovery process
  • The recovery period is shorter with fewer complication risks
  • No drainage tubes or wraps to worry about after surgery
  • Dissolvable sutures eliminate the need for stitch removal during recovery

Many surgeons offer breast augmentation in their practices, but not all processes are created equal. When you choose Dr. Ciaravino for your breast enhancement, you can rest assured the procedure will be as minimally-invasive and efficient as possible, providing you with the best surgical experience and the most comfortable recovery process.

Procedure Overview

Your breast augmentation procedure with Dr. Ciaravino will be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, ensuring you are comfortably asleep throughout your operation. He will create a small incision either in the natural crease underneath the breast or around the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola. When saline implants are used, the incisions needed are less than one inch long, which is half the size used by most surgeons. Silicone implants require a longer incision, but the instruments Dr. Ciaravino uses for inserting these implants minimize the length those incisions as well.

Once the incision is created, Dr. Ciaravino makes a space or pocket that allows for the insertion of the implant. This pocket may be positioned underneath the breast tissue and on top of the chest muscle (subglandular placement) or underneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement). Saline implants are filled with a sterile liquid once they are in the pocket. Silicone implants come prefilled, so they do not require filling after placement.

After he has placed the implants in their proper position, Dr. Ciaravino will ensure they are the correct size, shape and symmetry. Incisions are closed using tiny, dissolvable sutures that minimize scarring and do not require further attention after surgery. A small gauze dressing is applied over the incision, and a surgical bra is placed to hold the breasts in their position and increase your comfort level after surgery. The entire operation should take less than one hour to complete.

Key Features of Dr. Ciaravino’s Technique

There are a variety of features of Dr. Ciaravino’s techniques that are advantageous to our patients:

Choice of Sedation – Patients may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, depending on their personal preference, the extent of their procedure and Dr. Ciaravino’s recommendation. No matter which sedation is used, patients will be comfortably asleep throughout their procedure.

Precise System for Selecting Implant Size – In addition to vast experience that allows Dr. Ciaravino to recommend the best implant size for each patient, he uses the Vectra 3D system to help his patients “see” their results before the operation is performed. This three-dimensional imaging technology shows you what your new body contour will look like with a degree of precision, so you can visualize what you’ll look like post-surgery, and feel more confident of your implant choice.

Gentle Surgery with Less Bruising – Bruising is typically a common byproduct of surgery, which can increase discomfort and prolong the time it takes for you to see the full results of your procedure. By minimizing trauma to surrounding tissue, Dr. Ciaravino reduces bruising for a quicker recovery process.

Shorter Incisions – Dr. Ciaravino uses much shorter incisions than other surgeons which means a more comfortable recovery process and less scarring for his patients. You can feel comfortable both in and out of your clothing, with inconspicuous scarring that won’t affect your confidence level.

Faster Surgery – Since most procedures take less than one hour to complete, Dr. Ciaravino can minimize the amount of time you are under anesthesia. Less anesthesia also means fewer risks associated with the medication and a faster initial recovery period for patients.

Pain Medication around Implant – Dr. Ciaravino places pain medication around the implant during surgery that continues to work for the first couple of days afterward. This helps patients remain comfortable during the early part of recovery when it can be hardest to relax and get the necessary rest for a healthy healing process.

No Drainage Tubes – Surgeons frequently place drainage tubes inside the incision after breast augmentation to reduce fluid buildup and minimize infection risk. The tubes are typically left in for a day or two and can be very uncomfortable. Because Dr. Ciaravino uses other techniques for this purpose, he eliminates the need for uncomfortable drainage tubes after surgery.

Use of the Keller Funnel – The Keller funnel is a unique surgical tool that allows surgeons to place silicone breast implants with smaller incisions. The addition of the funnel also reduces contact with the implants, which in turn minimizes infection risk. Less trauma to the surrounding tissue also means a more comfortable recovery process. This tool also shortens the time of the operation to reduce anesthesia-related risks.

Dr. Ciaravino and his staff will be happy to go over these features with you in more detail at your initial consultation. We want every woman that comes to Ciaravino Total Beauty to feel comfortable with their decision to undergo breast enhancement. When you choose Ciaravino Total Beauty for your breast procedure, you can rest assured we are committed to the highest level of care and the best possible outcome.

Dr. Ciaravino performs hundreds of breast augmentation procedures every year with superior results and highly satisfied patients. To discuss your breast augmentation options, please contact Ciaravino Total Beauty at 713-627-1200 to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Ciaravino serves the Houston and Sugar Land, Texas area, and sees patients from across the country and around the globe.