Breast Augmentation



Breast Augmentation Houston TX

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure to enlarge a woman’s breasts. Female breasts often lose their fullness due to aging, post-pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. This leads to a situation where women have breasts that are too small and disproportionate to the rest of their body, or that have uneven size and shape. During breast augmentation surgery, plastic surgeons typically use implants to restore fullness and achieve the desired breast appearance. Most women who receive a breast augmentation procedure report a self-confidence boost that translates to an improved quality of life.

Breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States and Houston, Texas. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2018, more than 313,000 women had this plastic surgery, a 4% increase from the previous year. Furthermore, over 96% of patients who had this treatment reported satisfaction with the outcome of the procedure.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers augmentation breast surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. He offers augmentation surgery with the goal of giving women a fuller and more aesthetic breast appearance, but most importantly he prides himself and strives to deliver natural appearing results. 

Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of each patient are unique and goes out of the way to create an individualized treatment plan. More so, the surgeon utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired breast augmentation goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Is Breast Augmentation for me?

Breast augmentation – also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty – is a surgical procedure to improve the size, fullness, and shape of female breasts. You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have breasts that are sagging, elongated, flattened, asymmetrical, or lacking proper volume or cleavage
  • You clearly understand the risks as well as rewards of this procedure
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of your breast augmentation treatment
  • You are above the age of 18 (to receive saline implants), and above the age of 22 (to receive silicone implants)

During your first breast augmentation consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston cosmetic surgery center, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your breasts, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you in real time what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. For women who have drooping breasts, Dr. Arroyo may ask that you have a combined breast lift and augmentation surgery to alleviate your aesthetic concerns. If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask that you quit at least 4 weeks before the procedure. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that all patients ensure that they are doing this procedure strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked this of them.

Dr. Arroyo’s Breast Augmentation Approach

Dr. Christian Arroyo brings keen professionalism and a commitment to results to the operating table. Considered an expert in the field, he is highly trained and possesses surgical skills many of his peers have considered to be extraordinary. He has chosen to help the women of Houston by using these skills to perform high quality breast augmentation and a variety of other cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Arroyo performs breast augmentation in his in-office operating room or accredited healthcare facilities in Houston, TX. For breast augmentation your surgeon utilizes TIVA (total intravenous anesthesia) because of it’s clear advantages over general anesthesia. During this type of anesthesia, the patient is deeply sedated, but not intubated. There is no pain, no nausea and no vomiting during or after the procedure. This in turn allows for a much more pleasant experience and post operative recovery. He is also joined by a team of highly professional support staff who love what they do and are committed to patient safety and well-being. If you are looking for one of the best plastic surgeons in Houston for breast augmentation, get in touch with Dr. Arroyo’s office today.

Types of Breast Implants

Plastic surgeons typically use artificial implants to achieve the desired breast size and shape. There are 3 main types of implants available in the market today:

Saline implants

Saline breast implants are made up of a silicone pocket that contains saline (saltwater) solution. These are usually inserted into the body during the augmentation surgery and later filled with the salt water solution to suit the patient’s desired size increase. Incisions resulting from augmentation with saline implants are usually smaller. On the downside, saline implants are susceptible to rippling and sloshing.

Silicone implants

Women who are above the age of 22 can receive silicone gel implants. These constitute a silicone shell that contains a silicone gel solution. Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with the gel and thus require bigger incisions during the surgery. While they result in a more natural outcome, silicone implants tend to be more expensive compared to saline implants.

Gummy bear implants

Also referred to as form-stable implants, these are silicone shells that contain a thicker, cohesive silicone gel. Gummy bear implants have a tapered shape with a bigger projection at the bottom. They do not lose their shape even when the shell is broken. Furthermore, they tend to be firmer compared to traditional silicone implants. On the downside, placement of this type of implant requires a bigger skin incision.

Choosing the right Breast Implants

Choosing the perfect breast implant size is an important consideration for many Houston women who are prepping for augmentation breast surgery. There are several factors that come into play when making this decision.

  • Shape – implants may come in a ’round’ shape, which is great for enhancing the cleavage and fullness of the upper breast. Other implants that are tear-drop shaped tend to result in a breast shape that is wider at the bottom and tapers at the top.
  • Profile – this describes the thickness or amount of implant that sticks out from the chest. Implants are available in low, moderate, high, or ultra-high profiles.
  • Texture – this refers to the outer covering of the breast implant, which may be smooth or textured. Smooth implants allow the breast to move naturally within your body, while textured implants focus on keeping the breasts well-oriented. Due to safety concerns affecting some textured breast implants, Dr. Arroyo predominantly utilizes smooth implants in his breast augmentation Houston procedures.

For many women, choosing the best breast implant isn’t as easy as picking a bra. Factors such as the amount of breast tissue you have, your skin laxity, as well as your weight, height, chest diameter, and frame have to be considered. Dr. Arroyo understands that different women have varying preferences when it comes to breast size. He utilizes his massive experience performing breast augmentation procedures to help each patient make the right implant choice.

Incision Techniques & Scarring

The size and pattern of incision that Dr. Arroyo makes during your Houston breast augmentation will be influenced by the implant selected, as well as the goals of the surgery. The surgeon may make a cut in the underarm area, at the lower border of the nipple-areola complex, or under the breast itself.

  • Inframammary incision – Dr. Arroyo’s preferred incision. With this approach, the surgeon will create a 1″ – 2″ incision on the underside of the breast close to the rib cage crease. This helps minimize scarring and keep it well hidden by the overlying breast. When this kind of incision is utilized, there’s a very low risk of capsular contracture or sensory changes in the nipple-areola complex after recovery.
  • Periareolar incision – with this approach, the surgeon will create a tiny incision around the skin color line of the areola in order to keep the resulting scar concealed. In some cases, this incision is accompanied by another vertical scar going down to the breast crease when a breast lift also needs to be performed.
  • Transaxillary incision – with this approach, Dr. Arroyo will position the required incision in the armpit area, and use a special endoscope device to place the implant below the breast tissue. This type of (small) incision is typically common with unfilled saline implants. One of the major drawbacks of this approach is that it increases the risk of implant malposition. Furthermore, this incision cannot be used when a breast lift is also required.

The majority of Houston breast implants patients prefer to have their augmentation incision placed under the breast or under the arm because it eliminates all anxiety associated with scarring after the procedure. When using an inframammary or trans axillary incision, Dr. Arroyo utilizes advanced surgical techniques to make sure the resulting scar is minimal and well concealed from sight.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his breast augmentation patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

How is Breast Augmentation Performed

Dr. Arroyo begins West Houston breast augmentation procedures by sedating the patient in order to make sure that they are comfortable throughout the surgery. The surgeon will then make an incision around the areola, along the breast crease, or within the armpit. From there, Dr. Arroyo will create a breast pocket within the chest, either underneath the pectoral muscle or above it depending on each patient’s body, native breast tissue and individual goals. The next step is to insert the selected implant, close the incisions, and place gauze or bandaging over the incision placements in order to control any oozing that may occur. This procedure takes about 2 hours to complete. Once you are out of surgery, the surgeon’s team will monitor your progress then allow you to go home so you can continue with recovery there. It is important that you have made prior arrangements for someone to drive you home and help out with chores over the first few days of recovery.

Recovery After Your Breast Augmentation in Houston

Recovery after breast augmentation in West Houston TX varies from one patient to the other, usually depending on the size and type of implant, the type of incision selected, as well as the patient’s overall healing ability. Dr. Arroyo encourages his breast implants patients to get up and move around as soon as they are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and pain for a couple of days. The surgeon will administer medication to increase your comfort level during recovery. Notably, most women feel just fine after a week. Full recovery – however – takes place in 6-8 weeks. You will be asked to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activities during this time, and until you get a green light from the surgeon. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s instructions throughout the recovery process in order to ensure a speedy, uninterrupted recovery. If you have any questions or are worried about anything during this healing process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will be available to provide the support you need.

Plan Your Procedure
in Houston, Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs breast augmentation in his AAAASF certified in-office operating room, supported by a highly qualified nursing staff. For plastic surgery prices, Houston can vary dramatically depending on the type and nature of the procedure. Particularly, the cost of breast augmentation in Houston, Texas is influenced by the implant type, implant placement, incision type, and extensiveness of the procedure. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover breast augmentation because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing. Make sure to set aside at least 2 weeks from work so you can focus on recovery.

Breast Augmentation Houston FAQ

Saline vs. silicone implants

One of the key decisions breast augmentation patients have to make is whether to choose saline or silicone implants. Saline implants are inserted as empty silicone shells then filled with a sterile salt water solution later. This means a smaller incision is needed when surgically placing the implant in the breast pocket. Silicone implants – which are more common – come pre-filled with a silicone gel and thus require a larger incision. Silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline implants which is why most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients prefer them. While a saline implant will appear deflated if it ruptures, silicone implant ruptures are hard to notice. Dr. Arroyo recommends that women who receive a silicone implant undergo periodic imaging scans (MRI) to check for anomalies. FDA regulations allow saline implants for women aged 18 and above, and silicone implants for women who are 22 or older.

Will my implants leak?

It is normal to be concerned about your implant leaking. In the past, this used to be a prevalent problem. However, today’s technological advancements have enabled the development of silicone-based shells that are safer and more effective. This means that the risk of complications such as rupture and leakage has reduced significantly. Nonetheless, Dr. Arroyo will ask you to get in touch if at all you are concerned about your implants or experiencing strange sensations.

How long do breast implants last?

Modern breast implants can last up to 15 years, sometimes even more. There is no need to have the implant removed unless there are signs of leaking, rippling, deformity, or other complications. However, Dr. Arroyo recommends periodic checkups in order to ascertain that the implants are intact and not damaged. In the unlikely event that there is a rupture or leakage, breast implants come with a manufacturer warranty of up to 10 years.

Natural breast tissue or fat transfer vs. breast implants

Most breast augmentation candidates have implant-based augmentation procedures. However, women with enough extra fat in other parts of their body can opt to have tissue-based augmentation. This tends to be a safer approach because there is no foreign body involved in the augmentation. Nonetheless, fat transfer may not lead to a satisfactory outcome when compared to artificial implants.

Breast augmentation vs breast lift

Breast augmentation plastic surgery aims to enlarge the size of female breasts while breast lift procedures remove excess skin to give sagging breasts a perkier appearance. During your initial consultation visit with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will examine your breasts and let you know which procedure is best suited to meet your goals. In some cases, the surgeon will recommend a combined breast lift and augmentation treatment in order to lift the breasts while also improving their shape and volume.

Who is a poor candidate for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation can be performed on most adult women who are in good physical and mental health. However, this surgery may not be appropriate for women who:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have breast cancer or abnormal mammograms
  • Are ill or are battling an infection
  • Have unrealistic expectations about the outcome of the treatment

Make sure to be very honest with Dr. Arroyo during your Houston breast augmentation consultation. Even if this procedure is not suited for you, the surgeon will recommend alternative procedures or approaches to give you the aesthetic result that you desire.