Finding the Perfect Fit with Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

If you’re considering breast augmentation (also known as breast enhancement, breast enlargement, breast implants, or a “boob job”), you’re not alone. Breast augmentation has been the most popular plastic surgery in recent years, and continues to grow in popularity. But the decision to get breast augmentation in Lubbock, or anywhere, is not an easy one. First, you have to be sure that you really want it, and, second, you have to decide how you want to do it. Here are some things to think about as you consider whether to get a breast enhancement and which breast implants are best for you.

What is the Right Size? Its Whatever You Think is the Right Size for You.

First, if you want breast implants, you have to be sure that you are getting them for you, not for anyone else, not even your partner. It’s your body and you have to live (literally!) with the results. You must be sure that you will like what you see when you look in the mirror each day.

Second, the question of size is a very personal one that is tied closely to your reasons for wanting implants. Some women have a naturally small bust line and may wish for a curvier or more traditionally feminine figure. Some women may have an asymmetry that’s always bothered them and which they wish to correct. Some women may have lost breast tissue from breast feeding, or may wish to counteract the effects of aging and gravity. No matter what your reason, however, the size you choose will impact how dramatic of a change you achieve.

What is the Right Implant Type?

Presently, there are three implant types. All breast implants have a silicone shell, their names are describing what’s inside the silicone shell.

    1. Saline. Saline is sterilized salt water. These implants consist of a silicone shell filled with saline. Depending on which implant brand you choose, they may come either pre-filled (requiring a larger incision) or empty, in which case they can be folded and inserted through a smaller incision. If a saline implant leaks (called a “rupture”),  the saline is safely absorbed into your body, and the rupture is immediately apparent by just observing your breast. That’s the benefit of saline. The downside is that they often behave essentially as water balloons. While you have the peace of mind of a natural substance inside, the saline generally doesn’t move or feel like natural breast tissue, and the implant can fold, causing a rippling effect.
    2. Silicone gel. Silicone gel implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. They come prefilled, so they required a larger incision. However, there are two things about silicone gel ruptures that make many women uncomfortable with these implant types. First, because of the thickness of silicone gel, when there is a rupture, the gel is a foreign substance that requires another surgery to remove, and is not safely absorbed by the body like saline. And because you cannot detect a rupture by looking at the breast, its known as a “silent rupture,” meaning it requires an MRI (typically not covered by insurance) to detect. In fact, the FDA recommends MRIs every 2-3 years for women with silicone gel implants to make sure the implant is intact, and many women don’t know this.
    3. IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the safety of silicone with the natural look and feel of silicone gel. It’s the only breast implant of its kind and was developed by a plastic surgeon in response to women’s concerns to have the benefits of saline and silicone gel without the drawbacks of either. Its saline-filled, however, the saline is contained within nested shells and separate chambers. This controls the movement of the saline, giving it a look and feel that is similar to a silicone gel implant. Also, because of these separate chambers, and because IDEAL IMPLANTS are never pre-filled, a surgeon can adjust the saline levels to achieve the optimal results. Plus, IDEAL IMPLANTS are only available to board-certified plastic surgeons, for greater peace of mind. For breast augmentation in Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley is one of the exclusive plastic surgeons offering the IDEAL IMPLANT and is one of the most experienced surgeons in the nation in the use of this implant.

Beyond the contents of a breast implant, they may also vary by shape (round or anatomical, also known as teardrop) and texture (smooth or textured). An article posted on the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons blog described these different qualities:

“Round implants give a full look to the upper pole of the breast and can potentially rotate in the envelope – though such a shift shouldn’t be visible. Anatomical implants (named because they resemble the natural teardrop-shaped slope of the breast) have a tapered top, so the fullness is more emphasized on the bottom pole of the breast. If these shift, however, the visible change can be more pronounced.

“The silicone shell itself may also be textured or smooth. A smooth implant is freer to subtly move in its pocket, which some women feel better mimics natural breast tissue. Textured implants more firmly anchor themselves once inserted, making it more difficult for them to rotate.”  However, as textured implants have recently been shown to have a correlation to a rare form of breast cancer, they are decreasing in use as a result.

How are Breast Implants Put In?

How the implant is inserted is largely dependent on what implant type and size you have selected, along with how much natural breast tissue you already have. These matters will be worked out during your pre-procedure consultations with your doctor. The methods of inserting the implant combine 1) where the incision is made and 2) where the implant is placed within the breast.

The most common incision locations are:

  • Inframammary: at the base of the breast, just below the crease
  • Periareolar: on the lower border of the areola (the dark area around your nipple)
  • Transaxillary: through the armpit

As far as placement within the breast, there are also two general locations (with certain variations based on a woman’s body and consultation with her doctor).

  • Subglandular or submammary (in front of the pectoral muscle, immediately behind the breast tissue): this used to be the standard placement of implants, however, it is less common because the implant is easier to feel, and it’s closer to the surface. It’s also not advisable for women with little or no natural breast tissue as it will general result in a less natural result. This is now primarily used for women who are very physically active in sports that impact the pectoral muscle, such as body builders.
  • Submuscular (beneath the pectoral muscle): this is now the more common method and generally provides a more natural result. Despite its name, with this method, the upper part of the implant is generally placed under the muscle, while the lower part may be over the muscle.

Get the Results you Want with Your Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

Are you considering breast augmentation in Lubbock? If so, you’re lucky to have a nationally-recognized, world-class surgeon right here in West Texas.  Dr. Jane Rowley offers her patients an unmatched depth of experience and a woman’s perspective. With over two decades of practice, there is no plastic surgeon in Lubbock with more experience, training, and skill, than Dr. Rowley. Call today for your no-obligation consultation.

What to Know When Considering Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

For women in Lubbock, plastic surgery options can vary from a tummy tuck to a facelift. But the top requested plastic surgery across the nation is breast enhancement. As women age, and after having children, breasts can lose volume and their youthful shape. Perhaps you were born with smaller breasts that feel out of proportion with your body or otherwise cause self-consciousness. Before making a final decision about getting a breast augmentation in Lubbock, you will need to make several important choices. One choice with breast implants is which implant material you will choose.

Breast Augmentation in Lubbock: Silicone or Saline?

First, it’s important to note that all breast implants approved by the FDA for use are constructed of a silicone shell.  The difference, then, between silicone or saline implants is what the silicone shell is filled with, either silicone gel or saline (sterilized water and salt). We’ll discuss the basic pros and cons of each below.

The Pros and Cons of Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel is more similar to breast tissue that traditional saline implants in terms of its feel and viscosity.  This means a silicone gel implant will sit, feel, and move more like a natural breast than the typical saline implants. Because of this, these implants have a lower risk of showing rippling in the tissue around the implant.

Silicone implants, however, come pre-filled, meaning they require a larger incision than saline. Also, they have a risk of “silent rupture.” This is when the implant fails and silicone gel leaks into the surrounding tissue. These ruptures can only be detected by a costly MRI (typically not covered by insurance) and the FDA recommends a woman with silicone implants have an MRI every few years. If a rupture occurs, the implant and silicone gel must be surgically removed. This greatly increases the long term cost.

Why Women Choose Saline

Where silicone implants come pre-filled, saline implants are filled and adjusted during surgery. Since the implant is inserted empty, it requires a smaller incision. If there is a rupture with a saline implant, you can tell just by looking in the mirror and seeing the decrease in breast size. The saline, however, is harmless and will be absorbed by your body, posing no health risk. Typical saline implants have a tendency ripple, which can be visible in the enhanced breast. Also, as said above, they do not generally feel as natural as silicone gel implants.

The Best of Both Worlds: Structured Implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT

Dr. Jane Rowley is proud to offer her patients the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant that gives the benefit of a more natural appearing implant without the concerns of the possibility of a silicone leak. While the IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, the implant is structured with chambers to control the movement of the saline. The result is a saline-filled implant that has a look and feel that is more like a natural breast or silicone implant.

Patients benefit from smaller incisions, no silicone risk, and a lower rate of rupture.  This choice is increasingly living up to its name for more and more women and surgeons around the country, in some practices now making up over 95% of the implants they use.

Whether you choose a silicone gel or saline breast implant, the decision is personal. It should be carefully made after a thorough discussion with your doctor. If you are looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to breast augmentation in Lubbock, plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley is the only surgeon in Lubbock that offers her patients the IDEAL IMPLANT option.

What About a Breast Lift?

As noted, breast procedures are among the most requested plastic surgery options. Women want to feel good about how they look. And, when you feel confidence in your appearance, you can have feel confidence in you. But plastic surgery isn’t just to give you a bigger bust size. If you are happy with your breast size but not with the effects of pregnancy, nursing, or aging, you may want to consider a procedure that will simply give you a more shapely appearance.

A breast lift will take a sagging breast and raise it to a more youthful position. Your breast lift will not change your size, but will firm up the breast tissue, reposition the nipple, and give your breast a symmetrical shape. In effect, it can reverse some of the toll taken on your body by time, gravity, and possibly motherhood.

Can I Do Both?

A breast augmentation and a breast lift can work very well in tandem with each other in a single surgery. Excess skin is removed in the lift, repositioning your breast tissue and nipple for a more youthful shape, while an implant then adds volume and size. The results of the two procedures can be dramatic on the right patient. Ask your doctor what your options are for a combined procedure.

For breast lifts and breast augmentation in Lubbock, the leading plastic surgeon with extensive breast plastic surgery experience is Dr. Jane Rowley. She carefully and thoroughly talks with her patients to know their expectations and cosmetic goals as she makes an individual surgical plan for each person.  Schedule your no-obligation consultation today.

Breast Augmentation in Lubbock and Other Breast Procedures that Build Confidence

Confidence is one of the most attractive qualities a person can have. People who have a healthy love for themselves have a way of drawing others in and enjoying those relationships more. Of course, confidence is more than just skin-deep; but there’s no denying that feeling good about how you look has a significant impact on how you think of yourself as a whole. If your breasts cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, several options can help, including breast augmentation in Lubbock. Whether you feel your breasts are too big, too small, or any size in between, plastic surgery can boost your confidence and enhance your inner and outer beauty.

Why Breast Augmentation?

Celebrities are not the only ones getting breast implants. Women of many different backgrounds, ages, sizes, and shapes choose breast augmentation as a way to add volume to their breasts. Some are mothers who want to restore the look of their breasts that have changed after pregnancy. Others feel uncomfortable with their asymmetrical breasts. Many women are unhappy with the size of their bust because it seems out of proportion with the rest of their bodies. All of these concerns can be addressed with breast augmentation in Lubbock. Other benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • Overall safety of the procedure. Breast augmentation is a safe, routine surgery with low risk of complications for healthy patients.
  • Variety of options. Patients can choose from a variety of implant shapes and sizes to fit their personal preferences. Implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel.
  • Quick recovery. You’ll only need two or three days to recover from breast augmentation surgery. After four-to-six weeks, most women get the green light from their doctors to resume full physical activity.
  • High rate of patient satisfaction. According to RealSelf, 97 percent of women with breast implants find the surgery to be “worth it.” Breast augmentation in Lubbock has many physical, emotional, and social benefits.

Breast Reduction

Women who feel burdened by their breasts can find relief with breast reduction surgery. Overly large breasts often cause neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as other health issues. Even if there are no related health problems, women often get tired of the unwanted stares and attention to their chests. It can also be challenging to find clothes that fit well. All of these downsides contribute to problems with self-esteem and lower quality of life. Talk to your doctor if you feel your large breasts are getting in the way of the life you want to live. Here’s how the surgery works:

  • Extra skin and fat are removed through incisions made on the breast and around the areola. The type of incision you get depends on how much tissue needs to go.
  • The breasts are lifted and the nipple and areola are moved up to a position that fits the new shape of the breast. The areola is often made smaller as well.
  • Immediately after surgery, patients enjoy the results of having a heavy weight lifted from their chests. Complete healing takes up to six weeks, but you can go back to work after 10-14 days. Scars will be noticeable but usually fade well over time.

Breast Reconstruction

Cancer patients who undergo breast surgery as part of their treatment may want to pursue their options for breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure often involves the placement of breast implants and a breast lift. The goal is to rebuild the shape of the breasts to help women feel better about their bodies. If you are having a surgical cancer treatment such as a lumpectomy or mastectomy, talk to your doctors about the timing of breast reconstruction surgery. Some women have the procedures at the same time; others delay reconstruction until after they’ve had more time to heal.

Do It For You

One of the most important things when considering any cosmetic breast procedure is that you should do it for you, and no one else. Disconnect from other people’s opinions and focus on what the surgery could do for you. Will it improve your self-confidence? Will you feel better about your body in and out of clothes? Will it help you feel like yourself again? You need to be willing to ask yourself the hard questions when it comes to making any permanent changes to your body. Talk to your doctor about your hopes and expectations for results from these procedures:

  • Enlarging the breasts with breast augmentation in Lubbock
  • Breast reduction to make the breasts smaller and more proportionate with the rest of the body
  • Breast reconstruction for cancer patients who need reshaping or rebuilding of the breasts due to treatment surgery

Confidence comes from within. It’s about loving yourself and feeling comfortable with who you are. When you feel good about the way you look, it gives you the freedom to focus on the things you care about most. For more information or a no-obligation consultation, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today.

A Guide to Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

How a woman feels about her breasts can have a great impact on the way she feels about herself. Adding volume to the breasts allows many women to feel more satisfied with their appearance, which has a positive effect on their confidence. Whether you have just begun looking into breast augmentation in Lubbock or have been thinking about it for a long time, it is important to have clear expectations about the entire process before you decide to go through with it.   

Choosing the Right Implant

Understanding the differences between the various types of breast implants is key when deciding which one is right for you. Below are some of the main factors that may impact your decision.

Saline Implants

  • Filled with sterile salt water (saline)
  • Body safely absorbs saline in case of rupture
  • Implant rupture is easily detectable by just looking in the mirror
  • Feel similar to a water balloon; no real structure
  • Can be susceptible to wrinkling or rippling
  • FDA-approved for women 18 and older

Silicone Gel Implants

  • Filled with silicone gel
  • If the implant leaks, the body cannot absorb the silicone
  • Potential for “silent rupture” – undetectable without an MRI
  • Known for their natural feel and look
  • FDA-approved for women 22 and older

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant

Advancements in technology have led to new options for women considering breast augmentation in Lubbock. The new IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline-filled implant with a structure that makes enhanced breasts feel and look natural. It’s an option that deserves a closer look for women who do not want to have to choose between the security of saline or the beauty of silicone. Other benefits include:

  • Lower capsule contraction risk than silicone gel implants
  • Rupture is easily detected
  • No MRIs necessary for future monitoring
  • Shorter incision length than silicone gel implants

What Does the Surgery Involve?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery that typically takes about an hour. While you’re asleep under general anesthesia, your plastic surgeon will insert the implant you have chosen through an incision approximately two inches long. The crease of your breast will hide the future scar, so it will not be easily visible. The risk of complications is very low and any pain after your surgery can be managed through muscle relaxants or other pain relief medication.

 What to Expect During Recovery

Some soreness in your chest may occur after your breast augmentation in Lubbock. A support bra should be worn during the first week. Most patients return to work within 2-3 days of surgery and to full activity by 4-6 weeks. Be careful to refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous activity as you allow your body to heal.

There is no reason to let pregnancy, age, or genetics determine how happy you are with your breasts. Some of the important things you should consider when researching breast augmentation in Lubbock include:

  • Differences between various types of implants
  • Your personal expectations for results
  • Understanding of the surgery and what it includes
  • The timetable for recovery

If you are interested in enhancing your breasts through cosmetic surgery, call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.