BREAST AUGMENTATION

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Breast Augmentation San Antonio, TX

As a leading plastic surgeon in her field, Dr. Elizabeth Harris has been helping women in San Antonio, TX with breast augmentation for over 20 years. This breast procedure is meant to increase the size of breasts with implants or the transfer of fat. Breast augmentation is often the right procedure for patients that have seen breast sag due to pregnancy, aging, weight changes, and hormonal fluctuations.

Breast augmentation alone cannot fully restore the shape of the breasts. For those women who would like to increase the size of their breasts as well as restore a firm, more upright position, a breast augmentation in combination with breast lift surgery can improve body contours and revitalize their appearance. This procedure is called breast lift and augmentation surgery.

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Breast Augmentation Evaluation

Patients have various choices relating to breast augmentation.  Patients get to choose the implant size as well as silicone vs. saline.  Dr. Harris spends time with each patient choosing the implant that would look natural and proportionate.  Patients are encouraged to be very involved with the selection process.

Choosing Your Breast Augmentation Size

One of the most important decisions of breast augmentation surgery is the size of the implant. Dr. Harris encourages each patient to describe her goals and expectations of the surgery. After this information is given, the patient then tries on various sizers which give additional suggestion as to the patient’s desired size.

After breast and chest measurements are taken during the examination, the patient’s implant size is chosen. The patient is shown what implants sizes are available and the final decision is made according to the patient’s goals. Dr. Harris’ patients can rest comfortably the night before knowing the size of the implant will be the size that was chosen in the office prior to surgery.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

The surgery is done under general anesthesia by a board-certified doctor of anesthesia in a fully accredited outpatient hospital facility.

The primary incisions are under the arm (endoscopic axillary), lower nipple, or inframammary crease. Some patient might require a mastopexy or a breast lift and this incision resembles a “lollipop” circumferentially around the nipple and extending down vertically at the base of the nipple towards the inframammary crease. This incision is used primarily on breasts that demonstrate extreme sagging and downward positioning of the nipple.

The benefits and trade-offs of each of the incisions; axillary, inframammary, or nipple, are described to each patient and the patient is allowed to make the decision herself as to her preferred incision if she is a candidate for this procedure.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Once the procedure is performed, it will be time to focus on the recovery period. Shortly after the procedure, Dr. Elizabeth Harris will have all your follow-up appointments scheduled as part of your recovery.

Attending follow-up appointments is important to ensure your healing properly. They’re also a great time to raise any questions or concerns you may have. Typically, follow-up appointments are scheduled at the one-week post-surgery mark, then three weeks, six weeks, and three months.

Breast Augmentation Pricing

Dr. Elizabeth Harris fully customizes every procedure to meet the patient’s individual needs, which is determined in the initial consultation. Due to the personalized nature of breast augmentation surgery, pricing will vary. Whether or not a breast lift is also needed, is another major factor in pricing.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Details

  • Recovery Time: Take one week off work with no heavy lifting or high intensity exercise for 6 weeks
  • When is post-op follow-up? 1 week, 3 week, 6 weeks, and 3 months
  • Procedure Location: Fully accredited outpatient surgery center
  • Surgery Prep: Mammogram for people age 30+
  • Possible Scars: Usually under base of breast in inframammary process

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

When a woman considers getting breast implants, she must first make a decision about breast implant types. There are two kinds of implants that are generally available in any part of the world. Silicone implants were the first invented and, for a time, were the dominant product on the market. Since the 1990’s, however, saline implants have risen in popularity.

The Saline vs. Silicone Debate

Since their invention in the 1960’s, silicone implants have been very popular. Men and women were impressed by the way that silicone implants more closely resembled human flesh in the way that they felt.

However, in the 1990’s certain concerns arose as to the safety of these implants. Like any device, breast implants sometimes fail. One of the most common failures involves a rupture of the material containing the silicone in whichever shape has been chosen. When this occurs, the substance inside a breast implant can leak into tissue of a woman’s body. Some implant patients claimed that there was a connection between their failed implants and various diseases that they had contracted.

While the evidence regarding these connections remained unconfirmed, many prospective patients became interested in the possibility of saline implants. As a consequence of the controversy, saline implants surged in popularity. Until then, these breast implant types had been relatively rare. Today, each type of implant is widely available.

Silicone Implants

Two Texas doctors, named Cronin and Gerow, invented silicone implants in 1961. The implant was simply a pocket filled with silicone gel. They performed the first actual implant of the device in 1962.

Implants made from silicone gained popularity quickly. Many people prefer these types of implants for their natural appearance. Doctors can implant the pockets of silicone gel in various ways. They can put them under the chest muscles or above them.

Silicone implants came under fire for alleged complications caused by ruptures. However, in 2006, the FDA re-approved these implants due to the lack of any discernible connection between them and various ailments. In fact, the FDA was unable to find any problems caused by silicone gel implants in regard to cancer, autoimmune illnesses, or breastfeeding.

Saline Implants

In 1965, a French surgeon discovered that saline was a viable alternative to silicone implants. The significant difference between saline implants and those made from silicone is the contents. The saline is a liquid and thus has a different feel to it. However, it remained in second-place, behind silicone, as a choice for breast implants. Some patients did not like the way that the product was prone to problems such as wrinkling.

After the beginning of the silicone controversy in the 1990’s, saline became the only available implant until the FDA approved silicone again. One advantage to saline is the way that it can be inserted with fewer and smaller incisions. After placing an empty bag inside the breast tissue or in the chest muscles, surgeons can inflate the bag by passing saline fluid through a tube.

Another advantage to saline is the lack of concern about ruptures. While the saline solution would be a nuisance if it leaked from the implant, there is no question about any negative health effect since the implant holds nothing foreign to the human body. Since the re-approval of silicone, saline has continued to be a competitive choice among implants.

Doctors and Patients

Some physicians encourage certain breast implant types over others. It is important for a patient to consult with a physician and feel comfortable with the choice that they will make together about an implant. If both doctor and patient are open and honest about the options, each of them is likely to be happy with the results.

Breast Augmentation Patient Reviews

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“I had the privilege to be given a breast augmentation by Dr. Elizabeth Harris. She and her staff at her office and her anesthesiologist are absolutely phenomenal and i was in absolutely no pain. The anesthesia is time released thru the following day and made the recovery process and healing for me painless and i also healed extremely quick.” – Carly Foster 10/17/18

Breast Augmentation FAQs

What is the benefit of breast augmentation?

By lifting sagging breasts and restoring curves, a breast lift can make your body appear more youthful.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

For the longest time, silicone implants were the only option available, but in the 1990s, saline implants began rising in popularity. What is the difference between the two?

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are popular because of their more natural look and feel. In essence, they’re pockets filled with silicone gel and can be inserted into the breast a number of different ways.

Saline Implants

Typically more affordable than silicone implants, saline implants are more adjustable and usually result in a shorter scar for the patient. However, because saline is a liquid, saline implants have a different feel than silicone implants.

At the end of the day, the question of what type of implants to get comes down to personal preference.

Can you have both a breast lift and breast augmentation at the same time?

A breast lift, which on its own takes over two hours to perform, is typically done at the same time a breast augmentation procedure is performed. If your breasts sag but you would rather avoid the scars of mastopexy, please set a consultation to speak with us about an alternative surgery.

Are breast implants safe?

Breast implants are considered to be very safe. Saline is the safest of the two choices because if there a rupture, the saline is safely absorbed by surrounding tissues. Silicone ruptures will generally need to be treated with surgery. Scarring, temporary bruising, swelling, and a loss of feeling in the breasts or nipples are also possible.

Can you breastfeed with implants?

Most women are still able to breast feed after the surgery because the milk ducts are left unharmed during the procedure. There is no guarantee that women can breast feed after the surgery as some women find it difficult even without any breast surgery history.