A balanced, natural physique is our number one request. At Cosmetic Surgery Center of Austin, our patients needs come first. Whether you just had a baby or maybe you want to show off that new bikini top, you are in good hands with Dr. Mosier. With over 20 years of experience, he can give you the womanly curves you’ve always wanted.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is Dr. Mosier’s specialty. He has conducted 100’s of successful procedures, always leaving a smile on on your face. Breast Augmentation, or Breast Enlargement is achieved through the use of saline or silicone implants. After the procedure, women notice a more natural and shapely look they’ve always desired.
How does the Procedure work?
During a breast augmentation consultation, there are several aspects of their upcoming surgery to consider. In addition to options like breast implant size, patients will be presented with the decision of which incision site should be used for inserting the breast implants.
There are typically four different incisions that can be used for breast augmentation:
- Under the breast (inframammary)
- Under or above the nipple (periareolar)
- Armpit (axillary)
- Belly button (umbilical or TUBA)
The inframammary incision is by far the most common approach for breast augmentation, and this is the approach I prefer. This technique allows easy access to the muscle and tissue beneath the breast. The scar is concealed near or preferably in the lower breast fold (inframammary fold). The pectoralis muscle may be repositioned in the appropriate plane more easily through this approach.
The nipple incision (periareolar) allows access to the underlying breast and muscle. This incision site is typically the most concealed of all techniques, but there have been recent studies that have shown that there is a slightly higher risk of infection through this approach. There is also a slightly higher chance of loss of nipple sensation when the nipple approach is used.
Although the axillary and umbilical approaches result in acceptable scars, these approaches are primarily used for saline implant augmentation. Because of the blunt dissection with these techniques, it is harder to place the breast implant in an exact pocket and location. There is a risk over time that the implant(s) may migrate towards the armpit or belly button since these planes are opened when these approaches are used. These incisions are used less frequently now because of the recent popularity of silicone cohesive gel-filled implants.
Am I a good candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Some women notice stunted development which can lead to low self-esteem. Maybe you want to feel better in clothing, look better in bathing suits, or experience a refreshing breast lift after pregnancy. These are very common pains we hear at Cosmetic Surgery Center of Austin.
Good news: If you’re looking to improve the size, shape and proportions of your breasts, you are a great candidate for breast augmentation.
There are two main types of breast implants at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Austin.
Saline Breast Implants are encased in a shell which is solid silicone. They are inserted through small incisions. Small incisions are made and placed in surgical pocket, deflated. Once Dr. Mosier prepares the surgical pocket, he will inflate the implant. This type of implant is only used 5% of the time due to patient preference to the more naturally feeling and looking silicone breast implants.
Silicone Implants are comprised of thick gel which feels like human fat. There are different thickness or cohesivity of the gels and Dr. Mosier will make recommendations of the right type of gel for your skin and breast type. Silicone breast implants typically have a very natural look and feel. Silicone implants are the most popular implant used at Cosmetic Surgery Center of Austin.
We are proud to use both Allergan and Mentor breast implants.
What Size Implant Should I choose?
The primary goal of breast augmentation is to gain more volume in the breasts, while maintaining a natural, proportional appearance. Most women wish to undergo the enhancement procedure because they want to feel better about the way they look in clothes or a bathing suit. One of the most common questions I hear is what size breast implants they should choose. To help determine the size to reach a patient’s aesthetic goals, I consider several factors.
The desired size, shape and contour of the implants are chosen based on the patient’s breast dimensions, skin and muscle laxity, and aesthetic goals. The height, width, projection, and drooping of the breasts are all examined carefully. For example, a young patient may have a tighter skin envelope and muscle pocket; whereas an older, post-pregnancy patient may have a looser skin envelope and muscle pocket with loss of volume, particularly in the upper poles of the breasts. While these types of patients may have similar goals, they require differing implant sizes and shapes.
Another factor that affects the selection of breast implants is symmetry. It is not uncommon for a patient’s breasts to be uneven. When this problem occurs, the patient may need two different sizes of implants to achieve a balanced aesthetic result. Occasionally, additional procedures might be necessary to correct this asymmetry.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
Like any surgery, it is important for breast augmentation patients to know what the recovery process entails. This allows them to plan accordingly and better understand their limitations as their body heals. Although everyone heals differently, patients can expect similar progress throughout the recovery process.
I typically tell patients they will need three to five days off work after surgery. To minimize any pain or discomfort, oral medication can be taken. Most patients feel comfortable enough to quit taking the muscle relaxants and pain medication about two weeks after surgery.
At one week patients should be able to lift less than 10 pounds, at two weeks less than 20 pounds and at three weeks less than 30 pounds. Most patients can begin fast walking at two weeks, lower body exercise and jogging at three weeks (with proper bra support), and running with minimal limitations at four weeks. I tell my patients to avoid isolated chest exercises and pectoralis strengthening for at least three months after the surgery.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast Augmentation can cost between $6,000 and $7,500 depending on the type of implant you desire. A breast lift adds more time and therefore more cost to the surgery. Think of it as a sensible investment toward a happier and healthy life. Finally look better in clothing and boost your self-esteem. If this procedure is out of your price range, we offer Care Credit Financing with small monthly payments. We don’t want cost to hold you back from a natural and elegant look you’ve dreamt about. Contact Us Today to See if Breast Augmentation is Right for You.
Statistics about Breast Augmentation
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery published the following findings in a report “Breasts: From A to D – An Evolution of Breast Size, Enhancement and Attitude”.
- 31% of breast implants used now for augmentation surgeries are saline and 69% are silicone.
- The number of breast augmentation surgeries performed in the U.S. increased 213% from 1997 to 2011, from 101, 176 to 316,848.
- The average woman who undergoes a breast enlargement is in her mid-30’s, is married or in a long-term relationship, and has received some college education.
- Top reasons that women choose to have a breast augmentation:
- 91% – to look better naked
- 84% – to look better in clothes
- 84% – they want larger breasts
- 81% – to feel better about herself
- 79% – to feel more confident
- 74% – to feel less self-conscious
- Since 1997, the average breast size has increased from a 34B to a 36C.
- The average breast implant size is a C cup.
- 92% of women who had the procedure would recommend it to their friends.