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Breast Augmentation The Woodlands

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgery used to increase the size and projection of the breasts.

Some of the reasons why women undergo this procedure include enhancement of breast size and projection to achieve better balance with the rest of the body, correction of significant asymmetry, and correction of breast-volume loss due to weight loss or pregnancy.

Types of Breast Implants

Silicone implants – These consist of a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel. They are pre-filled with silicone to the desired specifications before surgery. If an implant filled with silicone leaks, the gel will either stay in the shell or leak into the breast implant pocket.

Saline implants – These consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saline solution. The implants are inserted empty into the breast pocket and then filled during the procedure to the desired specifications. If a saline implant leaks, the saline is harmlessly absorbed into the body.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Patients who are 18 years or older are eligible for saline implants. The FDA has deemed that patients 22 and older are eligible for silicone implants.

The best candidates are:

  • In overall good health
  • At a healthy and stable weight
  • Non-smokers
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding

Preparing for the Surgery

You will receive a set of instructions from Dr. Gill based on the exact details of your procedure. There are also general instructions given to every patient:

  • Smoking is strictly off limits for a specified time before the surgery.
  • Very little food and alcohol can be consumed the night before the surgery.
  • Wearing a comfortable and warm dress will help you relax.
  • Having someone to drive you home after the surgery may be required depending on a variety of factors.

The Procedure

Breast-augmentation surgery is typically performed with general anesthesia, which results in the patient being asleep for the duration of the procedure. Local anesthesia with IV sedation may be another option depending on the specifics of the case.

During the surgery, incisions are created to allow Dr. Gill access to the region. Incisions can be made in the armpit (transaxillary), around the areola (periareolar), or beneath the breast fold (inframammary).

Once incisions are made, a small pocket is created to make room for the implant. After the implants are carefully positioned, the incisions are closed and bandaged. The entire procedure lasts up to two hours, and patients can return home afterward.

Individual results may vary
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The Recovery Process

The recovery time for breast augmentation tends to vary with each case. The average recovery time ranges from four to six weeks, with many patients feeling a lot better after a week. Taking time off from work will be necessary.

Doctors recommend sticking to light activities and avoiding strenuous activities until fully healed. It will be necessary to wear a supportive bra without underwire for a time in order to allow the tissues to heal.

Contact Us for a Consultation

If you are curious about breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill to learn more. He will be able to answer all of your questions and alleviate any doubts you may have.

RealSelf Q&A with Paul S. Gill, MD