Breast Augmentation (Saline/Silicone Implants or Fat Transfer) – Dallas, TX

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About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure that reshapes the breasts to create a fuller look. It is generally known to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, providing women who dislike their breast appearance an effective opportunity for improvement. With the help of implants or a fat transfer, this enhancement surgery corrects breast shape and size, resulting in a beautiful and natural outcome. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe is experienced in implementing this treatment and performs numerous breast augmentations every year. When you have your consultation at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dauwe will assess your aesthetic concerns and inform you on all of your options. Call our Dallas, TX office today so we can create a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Implant Options

During your initial consultation with Dr. Dauwe, the appropriate implant will be selected based on your body size and shape, as well as your aesthetic goals. Implants for augmentation are made in an assortment of shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures — each of which are considered carefully in order to reach the desired result. Still, the most commonly used implant types are silicone or saline, both widely popular and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other considerations include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). In addition to the type of implant used, there are other distinct factors to decide.

Size

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

Shape

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

Profile

Implant profile equates to how far out the implant projects from your chest wall (projection). In other words, this is what is visible from the side angle. Profiles range from low to extra high.

Making Your Choices

We understand all of the considerations may be overwhelming, but picking the appropriate implant is somewhat simplified once given the opportunity to go over the important points with Dr. Dauwe. Dr. Dauwe will give you a range of implants that are suitable for your soft tissues, and your goals will guide further guide the implant you choose. These considerations, coupled with the knowledge of Dr. Dauwe, help to ensure the anticipated outcome is met.

Ideal Candidates

The decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a personal one. 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 shape of your breasts because they seem deflated, you could benefit from this cosmetic surgery. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to aging, nursing, or weight loss, this treatment can give them life with increased shape and fullness. It is an option for those who are extremely fit or have little to no original breast mass.

Surgical Technique

Incision placement, as well as implant location, are decisions that are generally made ahead of surgery. During breast augmentation, the chosen incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be placed into its position. There are three techniques that may be chosen for implant placement. These are either under the pectoral muscle (subpectoral), in front of the muscle and behind the breast tissue (subglandular), or in front of the muscle, but under the connective tissue lining of the muscle (subfascial). The incision location depends entirely on your personal desires. 

Implant Incisions and Scarring
Breast augmentation can be performed through the fold beneath your breast (IMF incision), through your armpit (Trans-Axillary), or along the bottom of your areola (Peri-areolar). This decision can be refined by a discussion of the pros and cons with Dr. Dauwe, but ultimately, scar location should be determined by your preference. We will apply our multi-modal scar management protocol to keep your scars as discreet as possible.

Fat Transfer
Breast augmentation can also be performed with fat transfer after liposuction. Liposuction is performed on your trunk or thighs, and this fat is transferred to your breasts. While this technique provides the most natural result, it is limited in the size of breast that can be achieved. The benefit of this technique is enhancement of body shape from the liposuction.

What to Expect

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. Following the incision, the breast implant will be placed through the incision into a surgically created pocket. Once the implant is in position, the incision is carefully secured with several layers of sutures. Each patient will be taken to a private recovery space and observed prior to being released to home. Our system allows patients to recover from their breast augmentation in 24 hours. Our technique adjusts every step of the process and is aimed at reducing nausea, pain after surgery, immobility, and stiffness. This surgery results in gorgeous outcomes that 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your cost for breast augmentation will vary depending on your choices and whether you are getting any other surgeries. As soon as your treatment plan is made, Dr. Dauwe will go over estimated costs, as well as financing options.

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan might include implants, a lift, or both. Breast lift surgery or mastopexy removes loose skin and raises the breasts, while implants enhance the shape and size. In your consultation with Dr. Dauwe, 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 combine Implants and Fat Transfer?
Absolutely. This is called a composite breast augmentation and can lead to excellent natural results.

Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you are considering building your family and breastfeeding after augmentation surgery, speak with Dr. Dauwe during your consultation. While it is possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery, the right technique and incision placement must be used to minimize the impact on breast function. Breastfeeding and pregnancy result in changes in your breast size and can affect your results, which is why it is better to wait until your family is complete before you consider 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. Dauwe offers 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 want to consider a breast lift to tighten and tailor the loose skin in the absence of the implant. For any concerns or questions after your augmentation, schedule a consultation at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery 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. Dauwe encourages all patients with implants to get frequent screenings for breast cancer. Please discuss this with Dr. Dauwe at your consultation. He welcomes these questions and is focused on giving you the information you need to make an educated decision.

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Recovery Time  
3 – 6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Get the Look You Want

Breast enhancement surgery with implants is well sought out for many excellent reasons. It is considered safe and creates gorgeous aesthetic results. With numerous considerations, you can attain the look you have always wanted. Dr. Dauwe is pleased to offer this surgery and we welcome you to learn more. Contact Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to make your initial consultation.

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