For many women, breast size and shape are an important part of their image and self-confidence. If you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, you may feel less confident than you want to, but there is a solution.
Breast augmentation with implants is a one-hour surgical procedure. Many patients feel well enough to go out to dinner the same night. For non-physical jobs, most patients who get a boob job can return to work in just two days.
There are 3 different types of breast implants:
Breast implant cohesivity refers to how much the silicone molecules are cross linked in a breast implant. The higher the cohesivity of the breast implant, the more the implant will want to maintain it’s shape. This means that for highly cohesive breast implants that when a patient stands up and gravity wants to pull the weight of the implant down, the breast implant will retain more of it’s shape, causing the appearance of more fullness at the top of the breast.
Highly cohesive silicone breast implants will have a more firm feel than regular silicone breast implants, and typically will cost a little bit more. During your consultation with our plastic surgeons, you will have the opportunity to see and feel silicone implants of different cohesivity so that you can pick the perfect implant for you.
Breast implants can be placed either above or under the pectoralis muscle. The advantages to placing the implants under the pectoralis muscle are as follows:
In select cases, the implants can be placed in front of the pectoralis muscle. This is a great option for patients who are body builders or power weight lifters who want to maintain 100% natural integrity to the pectoralis muscle. It is also beneficial in breast revision patients who have complications of excessive movement of the pectoralis after a prior boob job.
For patients who do not want implants, breast augmentation with fat can be a great option. Our plastic surgeons can liposuction unwanted fat from another part of the body and transfer it to the breast to increase the breast size. This method has the advantage of creating a permanent increase in size without the worry of having to change the implants down the line and without the worry of implant rupture.
There are some limitations to a fat transfer.
Our plastic surgeons can often combine a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, with your implants or fat. This combination is commonly performed in patients who have loose skin in the breast after pregnancy or weight loss.
Patients who require a breast lift as part of their boob job typically have their nipples sitting at or below their natural breast fold or have significant breast volume below their natural breast fold. At your consultation, our plastic surgeons will examine you and determine if a lift is required or if a breast augmentation can be performed without a lift.
Breast implant size is a critical decision in a Dallas breast augmentation surgery. While many surgeons insist on choosing the breast implant size for patients, It is our belief that patients should have the right to choose their breast implant size. The plastic surgeons at North Texas Plastic Surgery have developed a multi-step sizing system that empowers women to take control of the breast implant sizing process. The system is as follows:
Using our proven breast implant sizing method, you should be confident that you will have the perfect size after your Dallas breast augmentation.
Using the 3-Dimensional Crisalix imaging system, our plastic surgeons can show you what you will look like with various breast implant sizes, so that you can feel confident in the implant that you choose. For patients that are having a Virtual Consultation, our 3-dimensional imaging system can actually scan your breasts from home so you can see the new you without ever leaving the house!
Prior to your breast implant surgery, you will need to be smoke-free, nicotine-free, vape-free, marijuana-free, and recreational drug-free for 4 weeks. At your consultation, our team will review all of your medicines and any supplements that you are taking for potential interactions with anesthesia or wound healing. Any that might cause a problem will be discontinued.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll meet with your surgeon again to review the process and discuss any questions you might have. Your surgery will be performed in our fully accredited AAAASF office-based surgical facility.
Breast augmentations in Dallas are performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be totally asleep and will not feel a thing during the surgery. North Texas Plastic Surgery has a fantastic anesthesia team that works full time with aesthetic surgery patients, so they know exactly what to do to keep you comfortable throughout. Once the surgery is complete, your breasts will be placed in a surgical support bra. Finally, you’ll be moved to a recovery room while you awaken from the anesthesia.
The surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home on the same day, after a short recovery period. You’ll need to have someone drive you home, and you may need help doing certain things for the first 24 hours. Most people experience only minimal discomfort afterward, and while you may need some pain medication—and plenty of rest—for the first day or two, you’ll likely be back to normal the day after the boob job. Many patients find they are comfortable enough to go to dinner the same night as their breast enhancement. Most patients are able to return to non-physical jobs within 2 days of surgery, and can return to the gym for certain cardiovascular workouts 3 weeks post surgery. Return to weight lifting and yoga is recommended at 6 weeks post-surgery.
While breast implants should not be considered lifetime devices, there is no regular interval at which they must be changed. If you are happy with the results of your augmentation there is no need to change your breast implants.
Oftentimes, though breast implants themselves may be functioning perfectly, pregnancies, weight fluctuations, or the aging process can cause aesthetic changes in the breasts that may lead a patient to desire a change in implants. In fact, these life changes are a more common reason for breast implant exchange than is breast implant rupture.
Breast implants are very durable. In fact, two of the leading breast implant manufacturers, Allergan and Mentor provide 10-year warranties on their breast implants. Sientra takes it a step further and backs its implants with an industry-leading 20-year warranty!
However, it’s important to note that silicone implants in particular are one of the best-studied medical devices. Wide-ranging studies have shown that these implants are safe and effective, with a low risk of complications. There are no known long-term health effects. Augmentation comes with breast implant warranties from each manufacturer, which includes at least a 10-year limited warranty, and in some cases a 20-year warranty.
Breast implants do not need to be changed over any specific time period. If you are happy with the results and feeling well, there is no need to change the implants. Often people will change their breast implants over time as pregnancy, weight fluctuations or the natural aging process cause the appearance of the breasts to change.
Our team at North Texas Plastic Surgery performs thousands of breast augmentations in Dallas a year using the most advanced technology and techniques. Our surgeons empower women to choose the implant that is best fits their unique vision for their bodies and ensure that they will make the perfect decision using advanced 3-dimensional imaging technology.
Are you ready to see how breast augmentation can enhance your look and help you feel your best? If you’re in the Dallas area, contact us now for a consultation in either our Dallas, Southlake, Fort Worth, or Plano, TX offices.