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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation in North Dallas by Dr. Bryan Armijo

Feeling at home in your own body is integral to personal happiness and fulfillment. Whether you’ve always wanted an hourglass figure, or your breasts have changed over time, breast augmentation can help you achieve your preferred shape. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo, a member of the prestigious Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, provides many options to achieve each individual patient’s desired breast enhancement. Whether you’re seeking a subtle change or a total transformation, Dr. Armijo listens to your goals and guides you throughout the treatment process.

About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation improves the appearance of the breasts by adding volume and projection. An expertly performed breast augmentation creates harmony with the rest of the patient’s features and gives the breasts their desired shape. Dr. Armijo carefully personalizes every breast augmentation he performs to create the best results for each individual patient. If you have any concerns about this procedure, please feel free to let him know during your consultation, and he will be happy to address them. You’re also encouraged to bring pictures depicting which breast shapes you like (and dislike) to your initial consultation; this way, Dr. Armijo will be able to better visualize the exact results you desire.

Dr. Armijo offers both saline and silicone implants for breast augmentation surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Armijo will explain the look, feel and safety profiles of each type of implant available, and together with the patient, formulate a surgical plan that will best fit the individual patient’s needs and desired look.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation can be helpful at many different stages of life. Younger women often seek this procedure to enlarge naturally small breasts and create a more hourglass figure. Mothers frequently turn to breast augmentation after they’re done having children, in order to restore breast volume that was lost during breastfeeding. Mature women may pursue breast augmentation to give their breasts a rounder shape, as the top of the breasts tend to flatten slightly after menopause. Dr. Armijo understands the role breast enhancement plays in cultivating and restoring a strong sense of femininity, and he’s committed to helping his patients fully realize their goals with care and compassion.

To be an excellent candidate for breast augmentation surgery, you’ll need to be in good overall health and be a non-smoker. Giving up smoking at least four weeks before and after surgery is required, as smoking limits the amount of oxygen available in the blood, impeding healing. Smoking also compromises cardiovascular health, making surgery riskier.

Based on current breast screening guidelines, Dr. Armijo recommends that patients over age 40 have a baseline mammogram before proceeding with any type of breast surgery.

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How is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Breast augmentation is performed while the patient is under general sedation. Before inserting implants into the breast pocket, Dr. Armijo makes an incision inside the inframammary fold of each breast (this is the crease just below the breast). Using this incision location ensures that any resulting scar is hidden by curvature of the breasts. Then, Dr. Armijo typically places the implants below the pectoral muscles; this “under the muscle” placement technique helps keep capsular contracture rates low.

What to Expect During Recovery

For most women, recovery from breast augmentation surgery takes approximately seven to ten days. Although each patient heals differently, you should plan to take at least a week off work to give yourself time to rest and heal. Breast augmentation recovery can be managed comfortably with pain medication (which Dr. Armijo will provide), but it’s important to avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks after surgery. Dr. Armijo will let you know when it’s safe to resume normal lifting and exercise. You’ll also be asked to wear a special surgical bra for at least two weeks after your surgery. This bra will help you heal faster and ensure that your breasts take on the right shape and position.

Though healing after breast augmentation is relatively quick, it’s important to be aware that the results of this procedure may take some time to fully “settle.” Over the six months following your procedure, your implants will gradually reach their final position. You therefore shouldn’t worry if your breasts look a bit higher than you expected at first; this is normal and nothing to worry about.

Arrange a Breast Augmentation Consultation in Dallas

Choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is of paramount importance—no matter what procedure you hope to have. As one of the leading experts in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery in Dallas, Dr. Armijo can help you achieve the shape you want in a caring, professional setting. To begin the consultation process, you may contact Dr. Armijo’s office online or by phone. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you realize your cosmetic goals.

BREAST Augmentation FAQs

What is the benefit of using the Keller Funnel in the breast augmentation procedure?

The Keller Funnel permits the surgeon to use the no-touch sterile method. It minimizes the risk of a painful condition known as capsular contracture, as well as implant contamination, which can cause infection.

How do you choose the best profile, style, and implant size for me?

Dr. Armijo listens to your cosmetic goals and reviews any pictures depicting breast shapes you may want to show as examples. With your input, he assesses your body type and cosmetic goals. Then, he creates a surgical plan with the best implant option, tailored specifically for you.

How should I prepare for my virtual consultation?

To get the most out of your virtual consultation, you should do some things before we talk:

  • Have your complete medical history available. We may ask you to provide your records to us electronically, while following HIPAA guidelines.
  • Detail your goals and why you want breast surgery. We find pictures helpful.
  • We need to know any history of breast cancer in your family.
  • Come with a prepared list of questions about our practice and Dr. Armijo, and what the surgery will entail.
  • Ask what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. We’ll provide detailed instructions for how to prepare for surgery and what steps to take when you go home to heal.
  • Expect to leave the consultation with realistic expectations, and don’t ask your surgeon to do the impossible.

Will I have cleavage? Can Dr. Armijo place my breasts higher on my chest?

The goal of breast augmentation surgery is to enhance breast size and improve projection, not to create cleavage. If your breasts naturally sit farther apart on your chest, that will continue to be the case after your breast enhancement. You may notice some improvement, but there is no guarantee. If your breasts are naturally close together with prominent cleavage, you will continue to have prominent cleavage after your breast augmentation.

The muscle fibers don’t support sub-glandular implants, or those situated above the chest muscles. After surgery, they should be close to where they are supposed to sit.

How do I know if I will need to combine a breast lift with implants?

You can do a simple test in the mirror. Examine your nipple location in relation to your breast crease (bottom of the breast mound at the upper abdomen). If your nipples fall below the crease, you should consider a breast lift. Most women over 40 would benefit from a breast lift.

What is the recovery like? When can I start exercising?

Despite some discomfort, your recovery will be highly tolerable. Your implants will need to “drop and fluff” into their permanent position, which may take a few days to a couple of weeks. We don’t recommend any high-impact exercise for four to six weeks, though light walks around the block are OK after your first day back home.

What is the “no-touch” technique?

A “no-touch” breast augmentation aims to reduce contact with silicone breast implants inserted during surgery. This method employs a cone-shaped device called a Keller Funnel to minimize the risk of post-surgical complications like infection and capsular contraction.

What type of breast implant looks and feels the most natural?

If your goal is to have a more natural feel and appearance, most surgeons recommend choosing silicone implants instead of saline ones. The silicone gel texture is similar to breast tissue. If you have sufficient breast tissue to cover the implants, the results will be similar if comparing silicone gel implants and saline implants.

Will my nipples lose sensation?

All surgeries come with some level of risk. Losing nipple sensation is a potential complication after breast augmentation, but only occurs with 5% of women who have the operation.

Will I have drains after breast augmentation?

Most of Dr. Armijo’s breast augmentation patients won’t have drain tubes to deal with. Revisions, breast lifts, and reductions will frequently require surgical drains.

Will I need to return to have my sutures removed after breast augmentation?

Dr. Armijo often places sutures under the skin, which will not need removing. In cases where he uses sutures above the skin, you’ll need to come in to get them removed about seven to 14 days after surgery.

How long will I be out of work?

You should plan to take at least one week off from work after breast surgery, and two weeks off if your job involves heavy lifting or strenuous activity.

How long before I can exercise?

We advise our patients to avoid strenuous activity, including working out, for four to six weeks. That includes jogging or any impactful workout that puts a strain on your breasts.

What are the most common complications of breast augmentation?

Capsular contraction is the most prevalent complication with breast augmentation, followed by implants failing to settle into place. In these cases, the breast tissue falls below the implant – a scenario called a “double bubble.”

How do I ensure I get the size that I want?

During your consultation, Dr. Armijo will consult with you on your cosmetic goals. He will advise against going too large for your body type and frame. Before your consultation, you can cut the feet off a pair of pantyhose and fill them with rice. Place the rice-filled hose inside your bra cups while modeling outfits in the mirror. Add and subtract rice until you reach your ideal size. The amount of rice inside the hose will give you some indication of what size implant you should consider.

Will I have scars?

All surgery has some scarring risk, but Dr. Armijo takes care to place incisions in discreet locations like in the armpit or beneath the breast crease.

Can an implant break? How would I know if it did?

Saline implants can rupture and deflate. Saline implants may break, but not leak. If either happens, a breast augmentation revision will be necessary to replace the ruptured implant.

Can I still get mammograms with breast implants?

Yes. Mammograms are the best way to detect early signs of breast cancer, and we suggest continuing to have them after augmentation surgery. You will need to inform the technician you have implants to allow them to make the necessary adjustments, which may include more pictures from different vantage points.

My breasts feel tight after surgery. Will I hurt something if I move?

Swelling and tightness are normal after breast enhancement surgery. The levels vary in degree with each patient. Pushing too hard with activity may increase the swelling and tightness, so it’s best to take it easy and limit your movement to light walks for several days.

Do I need to wear a bra after breast augmentation?

After your surgery, we’ll give you a compression garment to wear for the next several days. The compression will support your incisions and implants as you heal. Don’t wear any underwire bras after surgery. Dr. Armijo may allow you to wear a sports bra during recovery.

What kind of anesthesia does Dr. Armijo use to perform breast surgery?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. You will go home the same day after you come out of the anesthesia, so make sure you have a responsible adult with you at the surgery center to take you home.

Does someone have to stay with me after surgery?

We suggest you have a responsible adult with you for at least 24 hours after surgery to help you around the house.

Will I need to get my breast implants replaced in the future?

If you have your augmentation done with a board-certified plastic surgeon, you should enjoy long-lasting results. However, implants aren’t lifetime devices, and many women opt to replace or remove them after their life enters another phase. But you can expect today’s implants to last at least 10 years or longer before thinking about having them replaced.

How do I choose the best breast augmentation surgeon?

Vetting surgeons for your breast surgery should start with certification. Is your surgeon a plastic surgeon? Many surgeons only deal with the cosmetic part of breast augmentation, and ignore the reconstructive aspect of this surgery. Are they board-certified in plastic surgery? Maintaining board certification requires a plastic surgeon to stay on the cutting edge of breast surgery techniques and technologies and operate under the highest ethical standards in medicine.

Do Breast Implants Increase The Risk Of Breast Cancer?

This is a very frequently asked question regarding breast augmentation— and for a good reason. Numerous studies have concluded that there is no increase in the chance of contracting breast cancer associated with breast implants. Furthermore, detecting any breast cancer is not hindered by implants, and any patient who may get breast cancer has the same chances as a non-implant patient as obtaining full remission.

Will Pregnancy Influence My Implants?

Pregnancy will change the shape, position, and size of breasts with or without implants. Implants during breastfeeding are safe for both the mother and baby. Many new mothers often choose a breast revision procedure, such as a breast lift in a full mommy-makeover, to help restore their post-pregnancy physique to its pre-motherhood glory. 

My Breasts Beginning to Sag – Is Augmentation the Correct Procedure For Me?

Sagging breasts, a condition known as “ptosis,” occurs due to pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and age. While breast implants change the breasts’ size and shape, a breast lift is often a more effective procedure in repositioning the breasts higher on the chest.

Will I Experience a Change in Nipple Sensation following Breast Augmentation?

Yes, this is likely. Most women who undergo breast augmentation experience reduced nipple and areola sensation for 6-12 months following the operation. For most women, full sensation is typically restored; however, approximately 15% of women experience a permanent change in nipple and breast sensation.

How Much do Breast Implants Cost in Dallas?

There are many factors to consider when considering the cost of breast augmentation. The type of implant, the complexity of the procedure, and more all contribute to the cost. We will provide you with a detailed cost breakdown during your consultation.