Breast Augmentation in Houston, TX
With expert breast augmentation in Houston, Dr. Chris Livingston can help patients achieve their body goals. If you’re looking to increase breast size and improve contours, augmentation surgery can help you enjoy the appearance you’ve always wanted. Implant surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, helps balance breast proportion with your body type, flatter and improve your figure, and increase self-esteem – so you look and feel your absolute best, no matter what you’re wearing.
To learn more about breast augmentation in Houston or to discuss your different options, request a consultation today.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?
Deciding whether breast implants are appropriate for you requires careful consideration and conversation with an aesthetic specialist. Augmentation surgery is generally recommended for patients who want to achieve improved breast volume and shape – whether they’ve always wanted larger breasts or have experienced body changes due to aging and pregnancy have created deflated-looking tissue.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, note what determines a suitable candidate:
- Realistic in expectations and goals
- In good physical health
- Want to increase the volume and enhance the fullness of their breasts
- Want to correct congenital deformities, trauma, or mastectomy results
If you’re experiencing loose skin in addition to a loss of breast volume, Dr. Livingston will be able to utilize breast lift surgery (“mastopexy”) with implants to provide a rejuvenated appearance – a higher position on the chest wall and improved volume.
Planning Your Breast Implant Surgery at Dr. Livingston’s Office
If you would like to achieve a proportionate figure, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher K. Livingston — our Houston breast augmentation specialist. Our team at Livingston Plastic Surgery helps you begin your transformation with an in-depth conversation about your goals and expectations. We are happy to address any and all patient questions to better understand what’s motived them to pursue treatment and how we can ensure they love their new look.
If you are displeased with the size, shape, or position of your breasts, due to any number of factors such as underdevelopment, pregnancy, extreme weight loss, heredity, trauma, and breast cancer, breast enhancement may be an ideal procedure for you.
Breast augmentation is routinely performed to meet the following goals:
- Increase volume and fullness
- Correct congenital deformities, trauma, or mastectomy results
- Provide a more proportionate figure
- Potentially improve confidence and self-image
Choosing Your Perfect Implant Type
There are multiple implants available to cosmetic patients, including silicone and saline implants – but even within these main types, there are options to choose from. Saline implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 or older, and silicone implants are FDA-approved for those over the age of 22. The difference between the two is the substance inside the prosthetic shell. We further customize your treatment plan by choosing a shape: round or tear-drop (anatomical) and projection. Shape and volume will impact projection, and Dr. Livingston will discuss every consideration about implant types during your consultation.
Saline Breast Implants
Dr. Livingston will insert the silicone implant while they are empty and add the saline solution after they are in position. This process allows for a smaller incision, which many patients prefer. Saline tends to be firmer than silicone, but patients may choose this implant type for the inconspicuous incision size and the ability to easily detect any issues, should they occur; if the implant deflates, this will become apparent so patients can seek care as soon as possible. Rupture in silicone implants is harder to detect, as they will not deflate, like silicone.
Patients who have a moderate amount of existing breast tissue may also experience the most natural-looking results with saline, as the tissue disguises the edges of the implant shell.
Silicone Breast Implants
These implants have a silicone shell with a silicone gel core. Dr. Livingston will insert this implant pre-filled using a slightly larger incision than with its saline counterpart. Patients report a highly natural feel with this implant type. Because rippling of the implant does not occur with silicone, patients who are thin and do not have as much tissue covering the implant can be sure their results will look as natural as possible. Ruptures are rare but difficult to detect, so the FDA recommends patients have an MRI every two years to check for ruptures.
Silicone implants have a round or teardrop shapes to create patients’ desired effect. Round implants come in a textured or smooth surface, while teardrop implants are textured surfaces only. Teardrop implants have less volume on the top and are considered closer to the natural breast shape. If you’re unsure which is right for you, ask Dr. Livingston what results you can expect.
Gummy Bear Implants
Also known as form stable implants, these silicone implants have the same consistency as their namesake candy. They are made from a highly cohesive gel which holds its shape and creates no leakage if a rupture occurs; they are available in a teardrop or round shapes.
Your Houston Breast Augmentation Procedure
Following your consultation, you and Dr. Livingston will make the final decisions regarding implant type and size that are best suited to reach your aesthetic objectives. Before heading into surgery, you will have a clear and complete understanding of what to expect the day of surgery.
After administering general anesthesia, Dr. Livingston creates small incisions where the breast implants will be inserted. Depending on patients’ goals and preferences, incisions can be placed under the arm (transaxillary), under the breast (inframammary), or around the areola (periareolar); scars typically reside in inconspicuous places, allowing for natural-looking results.
Dr. Livingston then creates a pocket either behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or behind the pectoral muscle (submuscular), so he can position and insert the breast implants for idea symmetry. Afterward, he closes the incisions with sutures and wraps the treatment area in a compression bandage.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
By increasing breast size by one or more cup sizes, results will be noticeable immediately following surgery. Discomfort may be experienced within the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery, and pain medication may be required.
Although patients can go back to work after a few days following the removal of the dressings, swelling from the procedure will usually subside within two to four weeks. Physical activity (exercise) may also be resumed three to four weeks after surgery.
Choose Dr. Chris Livingston as Your Houston Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Dr. Livingston is a respected surgeon in the plastic and reconstructive surgery field; he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He is also the Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston – the Division of Plastic Surgery and Department of Otolaryngology and a plastic surgery consultant for cosmetic procedures at WebMD.com.
Our implant surgeon and his team welcome you into their office to experience the life-changing effects of expert augmentation treatment. Dr. Livingston and his team are committed to achieving superior results and creating an exceptional patient experience.
Feel free to browse our Houston breast augmentation before and after photos and watch Dr. Livingston’s plastic surgery video clips in the media gallery. For breast augmentation costs contact plastic surgeon, Dr. Livingston, at (281) 501-1812.