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Breast Augmentation in Houston, TX


Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery, with countless women having their breasts enlarged every year. With the help of medical-grade breast implants or a fat transfer, Luminary Plastic Surgery can enhance your breast shape, size, and symmetry for a more proportional and aesthetically pleasing look.

If you're dissatisfied with your breasts, breast augmentation is an excellent way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. During your consultation in Houston, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion can listen to your concerns and goals while educating you about your options. Read the details of breast augmentation below or call our team to set up an appointment.


During your consultation with Dr. Couvillion, we choose your breast implants based on your body size and shape. Implants are made in different shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures — all of which are considered to achieve your aesthetic goals. Implant options include silicone or saline, both widely popular and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients considering saline implants must be at least 18 years old, while patients must be at least 22 years old for silicone. Other options include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant or a fat transfer. In addition to the type of implant used, there are other important factors to discuss.


Breast implant size is determined based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To decide on the appropriate volume, Dr. Couvillion will assess your natural breast tissue and body frame. Going too large may cause complications like bottoming out, rippling, and unnatural results. In the operating room, it is normal for Dr. Couvillion to switch out implants to get a more suitable fit.


Breast implants are made in either a teardrop or round shape. While both shapes are widely used in breast augmentation patients, a large majority of women decide to get round implants. These implants add natural fullness to the upper breast while providing a nice curve to the lower breast.


Implant profile refers to how far the implants project from your chest. In other words, the breast profile is what someone sees when looking at your breasts from the side. Projection varies by implant brand, but there are multiple options. A personalized discussion with Dr. Couvillion will determine which is right for you.


We understand all these breast implant options may seem overwhelming at first. Dr. Couvillion strives to make this process as simple and understandable as possible. Whether we decide to perform a breast augmentation through implants or fat transfer surgery, our team can help guide you through this journey and make this an exciting experience. 


The decision to have breast augmentation is personal. If you're contemplating surgery, it's important to do it for the right reasons. The best candidates for this procedure are seeking improvements rather than perfection. If you're unhappy with the size of your breasts because they appear small or asymmetrical, you could benefit from breast augmentation. Patients can also get surgery if their breast appearance changed due to recent weight loss of pregnancy. Patients should also be at an appropriate age and in good general health. 


Dr. Couvillion may employ one of two techniques for placing your breast implants. We may create incisions under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. We then insert the implants based on the implant type and size. Regardless of where we place the incision, they are normally hidden in natural lines on the body. Our staff can provide you with recovery instructions — so any scars slowly fade away over time. 


Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia. A silicone or saline implant is inserted through the incision and placed into a special pocket during surgery. We then close the incision carefully with sutures. Patients are taken into a recovery room and monitored before being released.

You should arrange for someone to drive you home. They can provide you with additional support while you heal from breast augmentation. You may be instructed to wear a compression garment to reduce side effects like swelling. As swelling and inflammation decline, your new breasts will begin to look and feel normal.

Patients can return to everyday activities within the first week after breast augmentation. However, strenuous exercises should be avoided for several months. Our clinic can provide you with more detailed information about recovery during your initial assessment. 


How much does breast augmentation cost?
The total cost for breast augmentation surgery varies based on your implant choices and whether you are getting any other procedures at the same time. Once your treatment plan is created, Dr. Couvillion can review estimated costs and financing options. To make sure you are happy with your results, it's better to focus on quality over cost.

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your treatment plan might include implants, a breast lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the position of the breasts, while implants enhance breast shape and size. Our team can listen to your concerns and goals before discussing the best 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?
Talk to Dr. Couvillion if you you're interested in breastfeeding after breast augmentation. In general, incisions in the fold under the breast don't cut into the breast tissue or glands, which means breastfeeding may not be affected.

Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide at some point that you want to remove or replace your implants. Dr. Couvillion does offer breast revision surgery if this is the case. If your implants are removed, you might need to have a breast lift to keep your breast appearance perky and full. For any concerns or questions, schedule a consultation at Luminary Plastic Surgery.

Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is still investigating a possible link between breast implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer, but it is a cancer of the immune system. According to WHO (World Health Organization), breast implant-related ALCL is very rare and if caught early, is highly treatable. Dr. Couvillion encourages all patients with breast implants to get annual screenings for breast cancer. 


Breast augmentation is not only safe and effective but can produce some exciting results. Whether you want to restore volume to breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding, or you've always had naturally small breast tissue, contact Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Ryan Couvillion is proud to offer this proven procedure for women in our area. Our team has extensive experience in all areas of plastic surgery.

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