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Breast Augmentation

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If you are searching for the best plastic surgeon in Austin, Texas, for breast augmentation, consider Synergy Plastic Surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are breast enhancement specialists who are known for providing full, feminine, natural-looking results. Breast enhancement can help renew your confidence and gain the freedom to wear clothes and bathing suits that showcase your figure.

If you have always wanted larger breasts, or if life changes, such as pregnancy or weight loss, have reduced the size of your breasts, our experienced plastic surgeons can help.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Every woman has her own personal reasons for scheduling a breast augmentation consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. These reasons often include:

  • Increasing the size of naturally small breasts
  • Restoring breast volume that was lost after having a baby or losing weight
  • Balancing the size of uneven breasts
  • Enhancing femininity and self-esteem

Augmentation With the Keller Funnel™

Our surgeons at Synergy Plastic Surgery are Keller Funnel certified. This FDA-approved device helps our surgeons insert silicone breast implants in the safest way using very small incisions. With the Keller Funnel, the implant is kept completely sterile, minimizing the chance of infection. This unique device allows for precise implant placement through much smaller incisions. It also minimizes your time in the operating room.

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Your Personalized Breast Augmentation

Your breast augmentation consultation at Synergy will be an exciting, informative, unhurried meeting with one of our breast augmentation specialists. Our plastic surgeons are known for their friendly and approachable personalities that put you at ease so you can openly discuss your aesthetic goals and ask questions. During this appointment, your surgeon will:

  • Talk with you about your concerns and cosmetic goals.
  • Perform a physical exam and carefully explain how they use this information to create a customized treatment plan that accounts for these physical details.
  • Review your breast implant options and recommend the best combination for your body and cosmetic goals.
  • Explain what happens during the surgery and help you understand your choices.
  • Help you develop realistic expectations about your results (what is possible and what’s not).

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Austin?

Breast augmentation prices in and around Austin, Texas, vary with implant type, placement, and other factors. For example, cohesive silicone gel breast implants cost more than saline implants. Breast augmentation does not have a set price tag because each procedure is completely customized to meet the specifications of the patient. You can read our related blog post to learn more about the factors that influence the cost of breast augmentation at our practice.

During your consultation, your doctor provides you with a written quote that reflects your specific surgery. For more information, visit our Pricing page.

Your Breast Implant Options

Whether you are seeking subtle results or a more dramatic transformation, our board-certified breast implant surgeons are here to guide you to the best breast implants Austin has to offer and help you achieve your vision.

You may have a specific implant size and type in mind because it looks good on someone you know. However, the same implant options can produce completely different results in 2 different women for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Body type
  • Condition of the breast skin
  • Amount of existing breast tissue

The Synergy
Difference

The Synergy Difference

  • Our doctors perform rapid recovery breast augmentation in Austin, Texas. Patients typically return to work in only a few days.
  • Our doctors use the Keller Funnel™ to minimize implant damage and incision length, and to prevent the implant from touching your skin or nipple during placement.
  • We offer breast implant sizing in our office using the Mentor® Volume Sizing System to help you visualize what breast implant size will look best on your body.
  • Dedicated consultation time is typically 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will always meet with a doctor during the visit.
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Are Silicone or Saline Implants Right for Me?

Both types of implant materials are FDA-approved and have their own advantages. The best choice of implant depends on the needs of the patient.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Surgeons fill these implants after they’re placed in the implant pocket they create. This allows them to use a very small incision. In the unlikely case of a shell defect, the saline filling is harmless and is naturally absorbed by the body.

Saline implants are generally a bit less expensive than silicone gel-filled implants, although the price can vary depending on a number of factors. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for use in patients 18 and older.

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Primary breast augmentation w/saline implants
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Primary breast augmentation w/saline implants
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Primary breast augmentation w/saline implants

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel. Highly cohesive silicone implants are sometimes called “gummy bear” implants because their gel filling has a consistency similar to the gummy candy. Many people believe silicone gel implants create a more natural-looking appearance and feel.

In case of a shell defect, the cohesive silicone filling remains inside the breast capsule until it is surgically removed. Silicone implants have been approved for use in patients 22 and older.

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Which Implant Profile Fits My Frame?

Implants come in 3 projections, or profiles: high, moderate, and low. Just as different-sized implants suit different women, each profile may be a better fit depending on a patient’s goals. You can “try on” implants of different sizes and profiles during your consultation.

Breast implant profiles

High-profile implants offer the most projection, which means they stick out farthest from the body. Because high-profile implants have a conical shape, they often look more proportionate on women with narrow frames.

Moderate-profile implants offer a medium amount of projection. Their rounded look can provide a significantly increased amount of breast volume, creating a fuller, natural-looking appearance for women with both narrow and wide frames.

Low-profile implants offer the least amount of projection but more fullness around the diameter of the breast. Low-profile implants offer a natural-looking result for patients with wide frames.

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Implants of different sizes. In order: 300cc, 405cc, 450cc
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Implants of different sizes. In order: 300cc, 405cc, 450cc
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Implants of different sizes. In order: 300cc, 405cc, 450cc

How Do I Choose the Right Size Breast Implant?

Instead of using bra cup sizes, breast implants are measured in volume by cubic centimeters (cc). As many women know, commercial bra sizes can vary greatly from brand to brand. Using cubic centimeters allows for a much more precise, reliable measurement. Having a desired cup size in mind is a good starting point, though.

Although it’s common for prospective patients to look to celebrities and other people as inspiration for their own breast augmentations, it’s important to remember that each body is unique. What looks good on one woman may look completely different on another woman of a different height, weight, or body type. We encourage our breast augmentation patients to take their time with this and other decisions related to their surgeries.

Read the following posts to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of implant sizing and how to choose the right implant size for you.

Not ready for a consultation? Schedule a breast implant “test drive!” This private, informative appointment with one of our patient coordinators will give you a chance to ask questions, feel each type of implant, and try on a variety of implant sizes.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Scarring is often a concern among cosmetic surgery patients. Though scars are inevitable in any surgery, the modern techniques we use at Synergy Plastic Surgery can greatly reduce scars’ appearance. Our surgeons are certified in the use of the Keller Funnel™, a device that enables them to safely insert implants using very small incisions. At your consultation, be sure to ask whether the Keller Funnel is appropriate for your surgery. Learn more about the different incision options below.

Breast Augmentation Incision Site Options

Inframammary incisions are made along the breast crease, where the breast meets the torso. Because this area is naturally concealed, an inframammary scar is well hidden in clothing and swimwear. The length of this type of incision depends on the specifics of the surgery, but is usually about 1 ¼ inch across resulting in a very favorable scar in most patients.

Periareolar incisions are made around the areola, which is the area of dark skin surrounding the nipple. Though this incision is made directly on the breast, the resulting scar often blends well with the darker skin of the areola, eventually fading enough to become nearly invisible. This incision is best suited for women with larger areolas, although it can also benefit women with smaller areolas who are receiving saline implants.

Transaxillary incisions are used less commonly and are made in the armpit. Many patients appreciate that this incision leaves the breast completely free of scars. However, because of its remote location, this incision provides the surgeon with less control and the scar can be quite visible in swimsuits and tank tops.

What Is the Best Placement for Breast Implants?

Breast implants can be placed either under or over the chest muscle (pectoralis). Most of our patients choose the submuscular placement (under the muscle) because it can achieve a highly natural look, especially if they have little breast tissue to start with. Submuscular placement can have a short recovery period, and this placement comes with a slightly lower risk of capsular contracture, a rare complication of breast augmentation.

Your doctor will guide you through each of these choices, providing the knowledge you need to feel confident in your decisions.

Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer

Fat transfer breast augmentation, also called natural breast augmentation, adds fullness to the breasts using the patient’s own body fat. During the procedure, the surgeon removes fat from one area of the body—usually the hips, thighs, or abdomen—using liposuction, then purifies and carefully injects it into the breasts.

This procedure may be a good choice if you:

  • Are looking for an alternative to breast implants
  • Will be happy with a modest increase in breast size (about 1 cup)
  • Want to enhance the results of implants (cleavage, upper pole)

View our related blog posts to learn more about how fat transfer can slim trouble areas and sculpt others and how to know whether fat grafting or breast augmentation using implants is right for you.

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Can I Combine Breast Enlargement With Other Procedures?

Our surgeons can give you a more comprehensive transformation by combining breast augmentation with other procedures. Popular choices include:

Combining breast and body procedures is often called a Mommy Makeover because it corrects the effects of pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding on the breasts and body.

Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift in Austin, TX?

Breast augmentation surgery may slightly elevate your breasts, but not to the same degree as a breast lift. Many women combine implants with breast lift surgery, especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding. One of the first issues our doctors consider when a patient comes in for a breast augmentation consultation is whether a breast lift is needed to complete the breast rejuvenation.

As experienced breast surgery specialists, our doctors explain to their patients why relying on breast implants to elevate sagging breasts isn’t recommended. Implants add volume to the breasts but may actually cause breasts with skin laxity to sag even more.

How Long Should I Take Off Work After Breast Augmentation?

Patients who follow our plastic surgeons’ postoperative instructions typically only need about 3 to 4 days off work. The advanced techniques our surgeons use help shorten the duration of recovery and minimize discomfort after breast augmentation. By using the Keller Funnel, our doctors can insert the implants through smaller incisions and minimize trauma to the tissue during the procedure. That means our patients usually have less bruising and soreness.

Recovery After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Here are a few milestones to note during your breast augmentation recovery timeline:

  • Incision care: Incisions typically heal in about 2 to 4 weeks. Until that time, make sure to keep them clean and dry and avoid wearing garments with underwires or materials that may irritate them.
  • Bruising and swelling: Most bruising and swelling subside within the first 2 weeks. However, you may have some minor residual swelling that lasts up to 6 months.
  • Pain management: Most people only need prescription pain medication for the first few days, then they comfortably transition to over-the-counter painkillers to help with any remaining soreness. One recovery tip we share with patients is to pick up their pain medication prescription ahead of time so they have them ready as soon as they arrive home from surgery. 
  • Exercise: Most people are ready to resume strenuous activities within 4 to 6 weeks of surgery, though your exercise timeline may vary. Light activity, such as walking, helps the healing process and may be done as soon as you feel ready. It’s also important to avoid exercises specifically targeting the chest muscles, such as pushups. Other muscle-building exercises should be fine.
  • The “drop and fluff” phase: Your implants will likely appear high and tight on the chest immediately after your surgery. It will take a couple of months for your implants to “drop and fluff,” which means they will settle into a more natural position and feel. We often recommend encouraging this process with gentle breast massages once or twice a day.  
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Breast Augmentation FAQ

Can breast augmentation correct asymmetrical breasts?

Absolutely. In fact, breast asymmetry is a common reason patients cite for undergoing the procedure. For these patients, our doctors use implants of different sizes, carefully measuring and evaluating to ensure accurate results.

How long do I need to sleep on my back after a breast augmentation?

Our doctors typically advise patients to sleep on their backs for a few weeks after surgery to ensure favorable healing and an attractive, symmetrical shape. For women who are accustomed to sleeping on their sides or stomachs, this adjustment can be challenging.

It’s a good idea to begin the practice several days before surgery in order to train your body. Many patients also find it more comfortable to support their limbs with pillows. This helps them fall asleep and also prevents them from shifting positions throughout the night. We offer tips to optimize your sleep after surgery in our related blog post.

Can I still breastfeed after getting breast implants?

In most cases, yes. If you are concerned about breastfeeding, incisions should be made where the breasts connect to the chest (inframammary incisions.) That said, plenty of patients with nipple incisions (periareolar) are able to breastfeed. Regardless of where the incisions are made, it’s definitely safe to breastfeed with implants, which will not affect the milk.

How long will it take for my breasts to look natural after breast augmentation?

It generally takes about 2 to 3 months for implants to soften and drop into a more natural-looking position. Most patients are thrilled with the results after 6 weeks, but your appearance will continue to improve. Massaging your implants for at least the first 3 to 6 months after surgery can help settle the implants sooner and keep the breast capsule open and soft.

Will I ever need new breast implants?

Both saline and silicone breast implants are more durable than ever. Still, they are not designed to last forever. Each patient’s situation must be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but implants generally are meant to last 10 to 15 years. If you’re thinking about replacing your implants, you’ll find more information on our breast augmentation revision page.

Is it better to have implants placed above or below the pectoral muscles?

Each woman is different, but most surgeons in the U.S. who use modern techniques would advise you to have a submuscular augmentation. Implants above the muscle are sometimes more visible, and studies show they may have a higher risk for capsular contracture.

Do breast implants interfere with mammograms?

Breast implants can make performing and reading mammograms more technically difficult. However, placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination. Additionally, breast augmentation surgery is so common that virtually all radiologists are experienced at reading mammograms for patients who have implants.

How important is a breast implant’s texture?

If you’ve been researching breast augmentation, you may know that breast implants are available with smooth or textured surfaces. Some patients and doctors prefer smooth implants because they feel a bit softer than their textured counterparts and move more freely within the breast capsule for a more natural effect. Textured implants do not move as freely because breast tissue adheres to the surface, which is a benefit for patients with teardrop-shaped implants as this can prevent them from rotating.

In the past, the medical community collectively believed that textured implants lowered a patient’s risk of capsular contracture, an uncommon complication that occurs when augmented breasts develop an excessive amount of scar tissue. However, today’s advanced techniques have allowed surgeons to lower the incidence of capsular contracture in other ways.

What are some things I can do to make my breast augmentation recuperation more comfortable?

Your doctor provides you with an extensive list of guidelines to ensure a successful surgery and recovery. However, there are some easy things you can do to ensure you’re as comfortable and prepared as possible:

  • Have your prescriptions filled prior to surgery. After your procedure, you likely won’t feel like going to the pharmacy and waiting for your order to be filled. Instead, have your prescriptions completed in advance so that you can go straight home after your procedure.
  • Stock up on comfortable clothing. Have plenty of button-up or zip-up tops to wear around the house for the first few days after your breast augmentation. You won’t be able to pull shirts on over your head during this time.
  • Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help with childcare, housekeeping, and errands for the first few days. Although you’ll be up and about fairly soon after surgery, you’ll need help with activities that require you to bend, lift heavy objects, or drive.

The number of options available for people considering breast augmentation can be overwhelming. Many decisions must be made prior to surgery. Though these choices are ultimately up to the patient, our surgeons are happy to offer their guidance and expertise during this important part of the process.

What’s the best age for breast enhancement surgery?

According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 85% of breast augmentation patients are between ages 20 and 54. This indicates that there isn’t really a “best age” to get breast enhancement surgery.

Each patient chooses to get breast implants for highly personal reasons at various ages. If you want silicone gel implants, they are approved by the FDA for patients age 22 or older. Saline-filled implants are approved for patients 18 and older. 

If you’re ready to find out how breast augmentation can improve your look, request a consultation online with one of our experienced plastic surgeons or call our office in Austin, Round Rock, or West Lake Hills at (512) 244-1439