Breast enhancement cosmetic surgery procedure involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants to increase the size and volume of a woman’s breasts. In a few cases nowadays, fat transfer may be used instead of implants. Breast enhancement has remained one of the most popular surgeries in recent years, with the ASAPS reporting nearly 4.5 million procedures carried out between 1997 and 2012 in the US.
Need for Breast Enhancement
Augmentation mammoplasty, which is the clinical name of breast enhancement, is primarily performed for cosmetic purposes. If the woman is unhappy with the naturally small or under-developed size of her breasts, or simply wishes to achieve a more pronounced breast appearance, breast enhancement may be recommended.
In a few cases, it may be a necessary procedure to correct asymmetrical breasts or to perform breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) is a premier practice, led by experienced plastic surgeons, which provides this procedure to patients in Houston TX, and surrounding communities.
Breast enhancement is more popular today because the plastic surgery procedure can be customized to meet the unique aesthetic needs of a patient. The patient will have multiple choices for the type, size, profile, shape, and texture of breast implants. The implant may be placed below the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue, as needed.
Incisions to perform the surgery may be placed in the armpit, around the areola, or in the breast crease as suitable. Experienced cosmetic surgeons will engage with the patient at the surgical planning stage to determine the best treatment approaches. ACPS receives patients from Houston TX, and nearby areas for breast enhancement and other procedures.
Breast enhancement is usually performed as an outpatient surgery, using general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgeon will begin the procedure by placing the incision discreetly in the pre-determined location. A breast pocket will be created through the incision to accommodate the implant. The implant will be placed submuscularly or subglandularly as required.
Once the implant is adjusted properly into its position, the surgeon will close the incision with sutures. The incision area will be initially wrapped in bandages, and a special surgical bra will be provided for extra support. The patient will be required to wear the bra for several weeks to support the healing process. The surgeon may also place drainage tubes beneath the skin to collect excess fluid and reduce the risk of infection.
After the procedure, the patient will be moved to a recovery area where she will remain under observation for a few hours. Once the effect of general anesthesia has subsided, she may return home escorted by someone to drive her to the home.
In the first week, patients may experience mild pain and discomfort, which can be addressed with pain medications. Slow walking and light activities can be started in the first week. Most patients can return to their regular activity or workplace in about 10 to 14 days.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.