A breast augmentation can help increase confidence by enhancing the shape and size of the breasts. Dr. Layton of Layton Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specializes in breast augmentation procedures, offering this service to residents of Houston, Sugar Land and Kerrville, TX.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also commonly referred to as a “boob job,” is a breast enlargement technique that uses implants to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. The breast augmentation procedure is highly customizable, allowing patients to achieve a range of cosmetic goals with this treatment. Dr. Layton has performed hundreds of breast augmentation procedures throughout his career, so he has the expertise necessary to produce optimal and natural-looking results.
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.
What Types of Breast Implants Are There?
There are a number of different sizes, materials, and placements of implants that you will have to choose from. 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. However, subglandular implants may be appropriate in some cases. At Layton Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we offer the following types of implants:
Saline — 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 salt water solution, and you will notice a decrease in breast size.
Silicone — 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, the gel may escape and cause health problems in the breasts. For this reason, it is necessary to have regular visits with Dr. Layton to ensure that the implants are functioning properly after your procedure.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal is commonly performed as part of a breast revision treatment. A breast revision procedure is for patients who have had a previous breast surgery that resulted in unfavorable results—or, due to time or unforeseen events, need repair or implant replacement. This is a broad category that includes ruptured implants, capsular contracture, asymmetry, bottoming out, exchanging implants, as well as general unsatisfactory results. Through extensive experience, Dr. Layton has gained the knowledge necessary to tackle even the most difficult breast problems.
What is a Breast Augmentation with Lift?
Some patients have saggy or excessive skin around the breasts or have lost volume in the breasts. In patients with sagging breasts, taking away the skin and putting the nipple back to its proper position may not be enough. A breast lift alone may cause the breast to look smaller because it no longer has all the excess skin. Another common problem is the lack of upper breast fullness—even with a breast lift. All of the breast volume is on the lower portion of the breast and the upper part of the chest is flat. In these cases, breast implants with a lift may be the best solution.
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.
What Happens During the Breast Augmentation Procedure?
During the breast augmentation procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. Incision options include:
- Under the breast crease (inframammary incision)
- Under the armpit (trans-axillary incision)
- Around the areola/nipple (periareolar incision)
Through these incisions, your desired breast implant will be placed into the chest in the location discussed during your consultation. The placement, size, and shape of the breast implants are then evaluated to make sure that they match the patient’s treatment goals. Finally, a single stitch is used to closed the incision. A sterile-strip is placed over the stitch and remains for two weeks.
How is Recovery After a Breast Augmentation?
It is common for patients to experience tightness and pressure in their chest following surgery, and it is normal for the breasts to be higher on the chest wall for a period of time after surgery. Implants will fall naturally as the tissue relaxes and stretches to accommodate the implants. Dr. Layton does not use a wrap or a brazier after surgery so that gravity will allow the implants to settle in the appropriate, natural position. Yearly exams following breast augmentation are recommended to ensure the integrity of the implant and that no concerns exist. Patients may need to take time off of work and other activities for about a week to ensure a smooth recovery.
Will a Breast Augmentation Affect Pregnancy?
Waiting until after childbirth is not necessary for a breast augmentation. Pregnancy may affect the breast tissue, depending on the extent of the breast tissue swelling, but that does not affect the placement of the implant. 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.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Layton and begin planning your breast augmentation procedure. At Layton Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we offer breast augmentation and other breast surgeries to patients living in and around Houston, Kerrville and San Antonio, TX.