Breast augmentation in Houston, often called a boob job in popular culture, is a common cosmetic procedure that women undergo every day. With 299,715 breast augmentations reported in 2019 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is one of the most popular plastic surgery in the United States.
The distribution of breast augmentation surgeries among women of all ages indicates that it can restore confidence in patients of all ages. Women 20-29, for example, underwent 85,492 breast augmentations while women aged 30-39 saw 111,858 augmentation procedures. Women 40-54 ordered another 86,555 procedures, and those 55 and over were numbered at 7477 procedures. With this breast surgery maintaining its popularity and offering such a stark change, women should read further to learn how it works.
What is the Process for Breast Augmentation?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a breast augmentation starts with an incision under the breast, under the arm, and around the nipple. Breast tissue and muscles are separated to prevent damage, creating a pocket or space underneath the breast to insert an implant to make your breast larger..
The incision is closed precisely so that the scar, in most cases, is barely visible. Antibiotics and pain medication may also be prescribed to soothe patients and prevent infection. Dr. Layton can answer any further questions about the procedure to help a patient in Houston understand their breast augmentation options.
How do Patients Choose the Appropriate Size?
Choosing the proper size for a breast augmentation in Houston is the most important part of the process. With the prevailing wisdom of Board-Certified Dr. Ernest Layton, women can spend time with him discussing the exact size of their implants.
There is no guesswork involved, and patients have time to consider which size is appropriate. With Dr. Layton, you will be given the opportunity to try on sample implants close to the exact size that will be used in the procedure. This means that in general, breast augmentation is a versatile option for any potential patient in Houston.
Which Implants are Most Effective?
During your consultation, you and Dr. Layton can review your cosmetic goals to determine the best fit for you. Dr. Layton usually prefers the submuscular placement of the implants to provide more support around the implant. Today’s implant choices are saline and silicone. Most choose silicone because for their improved look and feel. Both types of implants are safe and FDA approved.
Saline vs Silicone Implants
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. A benefit of saline implants is that they can be inserted into the breasts empty, then filled with saline once they are in place. This enables Dr. Layton to use a smaller incision and minimize scarring. In the event that a saline implant ruptures, the body will gradually absorb and expel the saltwater solution, and you will notice a decrease in breast size.
Silicone implants come pre-filled with a smooth, silicone gel. Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants but require a larger incision. If a silicone implant ruptures, which with the current technology is an unlikely occurrence, the gel is not absorbed into the body and you may not even be able to detect the rupture. For this reason, it is necessary to have regular visits with Dr. Layton to ensure that the implants are functioning properly after your procedure.
Is There a Scarless Breast Lift Procedure?
The scars from breast augmentation are visible and usually permanent. However, each person scars differently and scars can fade over time. Dr. Layton always tries to make the incision in the most inconspicuous area with the least potential of permanent scarring. If you are looking to eliminate scarring completely, you may want to consider a less-invasive alternative, such as BodyTite™, that can provide a scarless breast lift experience.
Will a Breast Augmentation Affect Pregnancy?
Waiting until after childbirth is not necessary for a breast augmentation. The breast tissue enlargement occurs whether or not an implant is in place and may or may not impact the appearance of the breasts. The architecture of the natural breast (glands, ducts and nipple) should not be disturbed by an implant, so patients will still have the ability to breastfeed after receiving implants. In addition, nothing in implants has been shown to be deleterious to breast milk. Dr. Layton can help anyone in Houston considering childbirth determine if breast augmentation will be right for them.
The Recovery Process
Recovery begins the moment the surgery ends. Patients will wait in the recovery room and be discharged the same day. Ask a friend or loved one to drive the patient home and stay with them during their recovery.
Follow up with the doctor to ensure that everything is healing properly. The first few days will be the most difficult as patients should avoid straining their chest area, reduce physical activity, and move their arms as little as possible. Dr. Layton will be sure to explain the best recovery strategy, to minimize the side effects associated with a breast augmentation procedure.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost of your breast augmentation can range from $5,500 to $7,400 and will depend on the types of implants chosen, as well as the techniques involved in your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Layton will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that matches your specific needs. At this point, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of your treatment. We also offer financing services to help make this and other treatments more affordable.
Contact Us for More Information on a Breast Augmentation in Houston
Contact Layton Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today for a consultation. With leading-edge cosmetic plastic surgery and treatments available, we help patients find the best versions of themselves. Breast augmentation in Houston can change your life, improve your confidence, or begin the mommy makeover you deserve.