Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Surgery (Saline/Silicone/Ideal Implants or Fat Transfer) – The Woodlands, TX*

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About Breast Augmentation

Full, youthful breasts are one of the noted hallmarks of the female form, which is the reason many women choose breast augmentation with Houston and The Woodlands, TX double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gill. Breast augmentation will enlarge your breast size and enhance your overall body proportions through the placement of implants to add size and fullness. This breast plastic surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the United States and at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. When you have a consultation at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Gill will evaluate your breast proportions, ask about your aesthetic goals, and inform you of all of the choices available. Then, he will customize a treatment plan based only on you, but the outcome is generally the same — to provide you with fuller breasts and an improved self-confidence. In order to undergo this procedure with Dr. Gill, you should be making the decision to have surgery independent of anyone else and be able to weigh the inherent benefits and risks. You should also be a healthy nonsmoker. Among the decisions you will make in your consultation with Dr. Gill is the type of implant to use for your breast augmentation. Saline implants are the least expensive option and are filled during your surgery. Silicone implants, while more expensive, are lighter and have a consistency that feels very much like your existing breast tissue. We also offer the Ideal Implant, which is a newer type of implant called a structured saline implant. If you think you might want to use your own fat to fill out your breasts, you can also inquire about a fat transfer with your own autologous tissue.

Your private, one-on-one consultation will include a discussion about implant size, shape, placement, texture, and location of your incisions. Once you have discussed these options with Dr. Gill, you will be ready to move forward with scheduling your breast augmentation.

Implant Options

During your initial consultation with Dr. Gill, the appropriate implant will be selected based on your body size and shape, as well as your cosmetic goal. Implants for augmentation are made in an assortment of shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures — each of which is considered carefully in order to reach the wanted aesthetic goal. Still, the most commonly used implant types are silicone or saline, both widely popular and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to the type of implant used, there are other distinct factors to decide. The Ideal Implant is a new class of implants called structured saline implants. Compared to traditional saline implants, which have a single-layered outer shell, these have multiple shells or layers, providing a more natural look and feel compared to the traditional saline implants. This is a game changer for breast augmentation in many ways:

  • Looks and feels the same as a traditional silicone cohesive gel implant
  • Will not wrinkle, fold, or ripple under the breast skin with layered shells
  • If ruptured, it will deflate immediately and release the same saline fluid used in an IV, which is safe to absorb in the body
  • Fewer MRIs to test the implants

Please call us today to come in for a consultation and do your own side-by-side comparison of the implants we offer at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.

Implant Size

Breast implant size is distinguished based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To decide on the right volume, Dr. Gill will measure how much native breast tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. In the operating room, it is normal for Dr. Gill to temporarily switch out various implants to get a better idea on a suitable fit.

Implant Shape

Implants come in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are widely used; however, most of our patients go with a round implant. It generally looks and feels more natural while adding a fullness to the top of the breast that so many patients look for.

Implant Profile

Implant profile equates to how far out the implant looks (projection). In other words, this is what is visible from the side angle. Most projections include low to extra high ranges.

Making Your Implant Choice

We understand all of the considerations may be overwhelming, but determining the appropriate implant is somewhat easy once the patient's desires are understood during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with the experience of Dr. Gill help to ensure the anticipated outcome is met.

Ideal Candidates

The decision to go through with cosmetic breast surgery is personal. If you are thinking about having this procedure, it is essential you do it for yourself and nobody else. You should be healthy with breasts that are fully developed and be the proper age to have implants. If you are unhappy with the size of your chest because they seem small or asymmetrical, you could benefit from this cosmetic breast treatment. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to aging, nursing, or weight loss, this procedure can give them life with increased shape and fullness. It is a welcomed option if you work out with weights or have little to no original breast mass.

Surgical Technique

Breast augmentation is performed while you are under a general anesthesia for 1 – 2 hours. After Dr. Gill has made the surgical incisions (below the breast, at the nipple, underarm, or navel), he will place the breast implant in a breast pocket, which is created either above or below the chest muscle. Once the implant is centered below the nipple, Dr. Gill will close the incisions with sutures and cover them with an adhesive or tape.

What to Expect

After surgery, you will be taken to a private recovery room and carefully monitored prior to being released. Any pain will be managed with prescription medication and you will be expected to walk some within the first 24-hour period after surgery. You can expect to be instructed to continue wearing a special recovery bra to help reduce swelling for up to two weeks. Several days after surgery, the bruising and swelling will begin to slowly go away, and the breasts will start to look and feel normal as they settle into their new position.

Patients can engage in everyday activities within a few days; however, physical exertion, such as exercise, should be delayed for roughly a couple of months. Breast implant surgery results in gorgeous outcomes that will feel and appear both normal and natural. This procedure oftentimes can be a life changer for many women, offering them the opportunity to feel more comfortable in their own skin. You will also need to schedule follow-up exams with Dr. Gill and may require future surgery as implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan might include implants, a lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the breasts, while implants enhance the shape and size. In your consultation with Dr. Gill, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your treatment options. An augmentation and lift are usually included in a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.

Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you might want to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, talk to Dr. Gill during your consultation. It's usually possible to breastfeed after augmentation surgery with the right placement and technique. Breastfeeding and pregnancy can affect your results, which is why it is better to wait until your family is complete to get breast surgery.

Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide that you would like to remove or replace your implants. Should this happen, Dr. Gill can perform breast revision surgery. In revision surgery, your old implants will be either replaced with different implants or removed. If you want to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift because larger implants may stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology to learn more about your options.

Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is investigating a link between implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer; it is a cancer of the immune system. According to WHO (World Health Organization), implant-related ALCL is very rare and if caught early, it's highly treatable. Dr. Gill encourages all patients with implants to get frequent screenings for breast cancer. You should contact The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology if you see or feel any concerns, like swelling.

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Average Cost  
$5,500 - $6,500
Recovery Time  
3 - 5 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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What's Your Ideal Image?

Breast enhancement surgery with implants is well sought out for many excellent reasons. This procedure creates exciting aesthetic results. With numerous available considerations, you can create the bustline you have always wanted. The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is pleased to offer this proven surgery and we welcome you to learn more. Contact The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in The Woodlands, TX to make your initial consultation with Dr. Paul Gill. He is happy to discuss your options for breast augmentation in the North Houston, TX area, as well as other cosmetic breast procedures.

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