Today, women considering breast augmentation have more choices than ever when it comes to breast implants. At our practice, with offices in Houston and Webster, TX, our plastic surgeons take the time to help their patients understand all of their options. They make choosing breast implants an enjoyable, collaborative process between patient and doctor.
At Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we offer the latest breast implants in a wide selection of options for women from Pasadena, League City, and surrounding communities. To get started, request a consultation to meet with one of our plastic surgeons using our online form. Or call us at (281) 282-9555 and a member of our staff will help schedule an appointment.
We offer most breast augmentation patients a choice of saline or silicone implants. Both types of implant have a silicone elastomer outer covering, called the shell. Advantages of each type are described below.
Saline breast implants are surgically implanted under the breasts and then filled with a sterile saltwater solution through a valve. Advantages of saline implants include:
Silicone breast implants have the same type of silicone shell as saline breast implants but are pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel instead of being filled with saltwater after placement. Today's cohesive silicone gel is very different from the old-style silicone liquid that was used in silicone breast implants for approximately 30 years up to 1992. Today's gel is thick and will not run the way saline or old-style liquid silicone would run. The U.S. FDA approved the use of cohesive silicone gel implants in November 2006 because it determined through a series of studies that the implants were safe. The primary advantages of silicone breast implants, according to most women and plastic surgeons, include:
There is no doubt that if you feel a silicone breast implant and a saline breast implant at the same time, you will agree that silicone feels more like natural breast tissue. For this reason, many women want silicone breast implants. However, not all women are at risk for noticeable rippling, and not all saline implants will feel unnatural once they are in place on the chest wall. Many factors influence rippling and feel, including:
Your surgeon can help you understand how these issues will impact your specific results. We primarily use breast implants made by Mentor®, including Mentor Saline® and Mentor MemoryGel®. We also use Mentor MemoryShape® implants, which are filled with highly cohesive silicone and have a teardrop shape. All these options help you to customize your results. Your surgeon will consult with you to ensure your breast implant choice is the best fit for your goals. If you are unhappy with your current implants, be sure to ask your surgeon about elective breast implant exchange.
Many women find that choosing a new breast size is the most exciting part of preparing for breast augmentation. Making this choice can be stressful, as well, because it may involve more thought than you anticipated. With the help and guidance of your experienced surgeon, you can confidently choose the size that will provide the results you want. At your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your body type and aesthetic goals in order to recommend the breast implant size that is best for you.
We recommend not having a specific breast implant size in mind when you come in for your consultation. That's because breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) instead of bra cup sizes, which aren't standardized from one brand to another. The same size breast implants often don't provide the same results between women. It's better to bring in photos showing the results you'd like or show your surgeon cases from our online photo gallery.
Most women say that they want to look natural because they don't want anyone to know they've had surgery. Their choice of breast implant size may be conservative because of concerns over how they will be perceived by family, friends, or co-workers. But, not all breast augmentation patients are concerned about people knowing they've had surgery. Some women are not conservative; they know what they want and if it is a larger look, they know that is what they will have. After all, breast augmentation should be for your own happiness and satisfaction.
The rice test is valuable as a fast and easy way to approximate your appearance with various breast implant sizes. Just remember that it is only a general guide for sizing and should be considered mainly as a way to begin educating yourself and prepare for your breast implant consultation.
By giving yourself time to adjust to the potential new image and being realistic with your expectations, you are likely to be happy after surgery and not have regrets about your choice of size.
Once you have decided on your implant material and size, you have other choices to make, including:
When placing silicone implants during surgery, you can opt to have our surgeons use a device called the Keller Funnel, which enables them to use smaller incisions. The funnel also prevents contact with the implant—by your physician's gloves or your skin—making the procedure more sterile and potentially reducing the risk of capsular contracture. There is a small upcharge for this option.
Our breast augmentation patients can opt to have their implants inserted using the revolutionary Keller Funnel®, which offers numerous benefits, including:
Implants come in 2 shapes:
An implant's profile refers to how much it projects from the chest wall. The most common profile options are moderate, moderate plus, and high. It's important to choose a profile that produces results that look natural on your body.
The surface of the implant shell can be either smooth or textured. A textured shell is required for shaped implants because it keeps them from rotating within the implant pocket.
With Dr. Clayton Moliver and Dr. Fred Aguilar, our practice is the proud home of 2 of the top plastic surgeons in the Houston area. Their combined expertise has brought beautiful results to thousands of patients — all with a genuine, 1-on-1 approach.