What Is Breast Augmentation?
Women in Houston, TX look to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales for breast augmentation, which is a surgical procedure designed to enlarge a woman’s breasts. This procedure can help make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body, and can even out breasts that are different sizes and shapes. A breast augmentation can also enlarge and reshape breasts that have lost their fullness or shape due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding or age. Dr. Morales also performs this procedure for reconstructive purposes on patients who have undergone a mastectomy, or who have a congenital breast deformity.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Two months ago I had a tummy tuck, lip and a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. He is a phenomenal surgeon and his staff is amazing! I highly recommend him and there is no one else I would let do any future surgeries on me other than Dr. Morales!"- K.D. / Google / Aug 14, 2020
"I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. I'm currently one month post op and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr Morales is an amazing skilled surgeon! I personally appreciate that not only is his knowledge in the industry top notch to include his staff are most helpful the entire practice but that they really puts their patients first and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Dr. Morales takes his time with his patients, he is kind and soft spoken, and allows you the patient to be the ones to ask the questions you need answers too. I did a lot of research in the Houston, TX area for a plastic surgeon that I felt I could trust. I am very pleased to have him as a doctor. I would really recommend him to anyone seeking to have a procedure. Dr. Morales and his staff also conduct a you tube video blog on some of the procedures he does. Check them out. You'd be surprised at what you learn prior to having a procedure done. Thanks for the ultimate 43thd birthday gift! Dr. Morales and Staff! You all are amazing!"- B.C. / Google / Aug 13, 2020
"I was recommended to Dr.Morales by my sister and I can not say great enough things about how amazing him and all of his staff are. He made me love my body and I am so happy with my results from my breast augmentation, I am only at 2 months post-op and already loving my results. I will be recommending him to everyone that I know. I feel super confident now and that is because he takes the time to listen closely to what you are wanting. Thank you Dr. Morales and all your staff for making this journey stress free and being super attentive. He is the best surgeon, you won’t have any regrets by going to him, I 100% recommend!"- A.A. / Google / Jan 07, 2022
"I was recommended to Dr.Morales by my sister and I can not say great enough things about how amazing him and all of his staff are. He made me love my body and I am so happy with my results from my breast augmentation, I am only at 2 months post-op and already loving my results. I will be recommending him to everyone that I know. I feel super confident now and that is because he takes the time to listen closely to what you are wanting. Thank you Dr. Morales and all your staff for making this journey stress free and being super attentive. He is the best surgeon, you won’t have any regrets by going to him, I 100% recommend!"- A.A. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
"I had surgery with Dr Morales on 4/14/22 after losing 80lbs. My procedures include: extended tummy tuck with muscle repair, lipo to back, braline, flanks and my neck. I had a Bbl, and a breast augmentation; silicone implants. I knew right away during my consultation I didn’t want any other physician doing my procedure! He was thorough when examining me, and after I expressed concerns, he was very honest with me about procedures I did not need, and that’s what I love about him. Instead of just taking my money, he explained the why’s, and ultimately that’s something rare to find. His knowledge in all procedures, his bedside manner and great staff made me feel super comfortable from A-Z. Scheduling my procedure was a breeze. Linda, his patient coordinator, was very patient with me when scheduling my procedure, and was very prompt in responding to my emails. I went in for my pre-op appt about 2 weeks prior to my surgery. I saw his staff member Yaritza, who explained what I could expect post surgery, and was even given a bag of post surgery goodies! She was very patient with me when taking my pictures, as this was something that made me very shy. I was sized again for my breast implants to help me decide on my size. He came in with his assistant Claudia to reassure me about my size, discuss my procedure again in more detail and to let me know I was not alone. Going into the surgery center was a breeze! Instead of feeling anxious, I felt so comfortable. I was greeted by young lady named Christine who took my vitals and walked me Into one of the recovery rooms. She was very very sweet. I then saw the nurse Becky who started my iv. She was very knowledgeable and quick. I was seen by dr morales prior to my surgery to confirm all procedures, and have him mark me all up. :) I walked into the OR, and everyone greeted me in. The anesthesiologist was amazing, and heard my concerns about previous anesthesia. Post op days were not as bad as I thought! This was huge for me, as I am a mother of 4 and always on the go! Soreness here and there, but nothing I could not handle. Anytime I had questions, his assistant Claudia was quick to put me at ease!! She answered every message! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I went in for a one week post op, and was seen very quickly after checking in! I was greeted by an assistant named JJ who removed my drain. Very painless and she talked me through the entire thing. She stepped out, and during this time I was seen by His assistant Yaritza, same young lady who did my pre op consent appt. She wanted to say hello, ask how I was feeling, and instructed me on implant massages. Shortly after, the Dr came in with his assistant Avilene and Claudia. He explained what I was cleared to do and explained what he saw during the procedure. I was again, given a bag a post op supplies that I begin to use after week 1. Linda also stopped by to say hello! :) I return in 2 weeks and all I can say is HE IS AMAZING! Definitely, definitely recommend Dr Morales and his entire staff! They make you feel comfortable, at ease, and treat you like friends. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for my surgery needs! I hope they get a chance to read this, because they have all been superb."- L.P. / Google / Apr 21, 2022
Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve. Patients should be in good overall health and have no medical conditions that would negatively affect their healing or increase the risks of surgery. Dr. Morales will perform a complete evaluation during a consultation to determine if you are an eligible candidate for this life-changing procedure.
Saline VS. Silicone
History of Gel Implants
Both saline and silicone implants have been used since the 1960s. From 1968 to 1992, they were the most popular types of implants due to their extraordinarily natural look and feel. From 1992 to 2006, saline implants were the only option available to women in the United States seeking a breast augmentation. Throughout that time, silicone gel remained the top choice for women in Europe, South America, and Canada. In 2006, the FDA lifted the restriction on silicone gel breast implants after it was presented with substantial evidence that silicone gel implants did not cause autoimmune diseases.
Implant Contents and Shells
Implants are named according to what fills them. In other words, saline implants are filled with saline, and silicone implants are filled with liquid silicone gel. Regardless of what breast implants are filled with, they all have a solid silicone shell.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone implants look and feel so soft and natural that they typically cannot be distinguished from breasts without implants. They also have a lower rate of rippling and wrinkling. Silicone implants are typically used on thin women with modest breast tissue to reduce the risk of rippling and downward displacement due to gravity. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants require a longer scar, and can rupture without being detected. Women would have to undergo an MRI to detect the rupture. They also cost about $1,000 more than saline implants. In addition, women must be 22 years of age to have silicone implants.
Anatomic Silicone Implants
The FDA approved the first anatomic silicone gel breast implants in March 2012, and released them to the US market. These implants are designed to resemble the shape, weight and feel of a natural breast. Anatomic silicone breast implants are filled with a form-stable cohesive silicone gel that can retain its shape through distortion. The quality of the cohesive silicone gives patients peace of mind in regards to a possible implant rupture.
Saline implants have a lower rate of revision surgery than silicone gel implants. Saline implants require smaller scars, are the less expensive implant option, and do not require an MRI to detect a rupture. However, if a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution is absorbed into the body, resulting in an obviously smaller breast. Unlike silicone implants, saline implants are heavier, and have a higher rate of downward displacement.
Breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour to complete, and is usually performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the incisions can be placed around the areolae, under the breast, in the axilla (underarm), or even around the belly button. The recovery period is usually short. A few days after surgery, bandages can be removed. After surgery, patients are required to wear a support bra or compression bandage to help support and position the breasts. The breast will feel tight as the skin and muscle adjusts to the new breast size. Swelling is common and usually begins to fade within a few weeks.
The cost for a breast augmentation varies depending on whether the patient chooses silicone or saline implants. The cost for saline implants starts at $4,600 while silicone implants generally cost about $1,000 more than saline implants, starting at $5,600.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Best Incision Placement?
The incision placement will depend upon each patient’s circumstances, and will be decided in your consultation with Dr. Morales. The inframammary approach is typically faster, safer to perform, and associated with fewer complications with future breastfeeding. The periareolar placement involves a less visible scar, but is associated with widening of the scar, and increases breastfeeding complications. The axillary approach is technically more difficult, takes longer to perform, and has a higher risk of complications of bleeding.
Combine with Other Procedures?
Breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift and body contouring procedures such as liposuction, buttock fat grafting, and tummy tuck. When all of these procedures are done at once, it is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.”
When Can I Go Back To Work?
Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard breast augmentation is one week.
When Can I Exercise?
The average return to routine exercise is no sooner than two months. Because the implants are placed partially under the muscle, the implants need a few months to settle into position.
When Can I Go Bra Shopping?
Dr. Morales recommends bra shopping should be deferred until 2 months after surgery. As the breast shape accustoms to the implants, the fit may change if patients try to buy bras too soon.
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