Southlake Plastic Surgery’s Guide to Breast Implants Near You in Dallas
If you want to feel more confident in your clothes, bathing suit, or even your birthday suit, breast implants may offer the boost in confidence you have been seeking.
Regarded as one of the most popular and successful plastic surgery procedures, Southlake Plastic Surgery provides breast implants near you in Dallas and Ft. Worth to patients who wish to feel more comfortable in their skin.
Whether you have underdeveloped breasts, asymmetrical breasts, or breasts with an uneven or bothersome shape, especially following pregnancy and nursing, we can help you achieve the look you desire with breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Keep reading to learn what to expect when you come to Southlake Plastic Surgery for one of our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
Questions to ask yourself before receiving breast implants near you in Dallas and Ft. Worth
As with all elective surgeries, it is very important to consider all aspects of the preparation, procedure, and recovery when discussing breast augmentation. Here are some key questions to ask yourself when determining if breast implants are right for you.
Why do I want to have breast implants?
Are you looking to enhance your appearance and give yourself a little more self-esteem, or do you want your life to change? If your answer is the latter, you might set yourself up for disappointment.
Breast implants have helped our patients enhance their looks and feel more confident. It is important that you discuss your goals with your surgeon and set realistic expectations to help you get the most out of your breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth .
If you are self-conscious of the way your chest looks in clothes, or you feel disproportionate, breast implants are an amazing way to balance out your frame and help your clothes fit and feel better.
Am I a suitable candidate for breast implant surgery?
Thanks to our years of experience providing breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth, we have helped patients from all walks of life achieve their ideal shape. That said, it is important to remember that getting breast implants is a major surgery which comes with all the normal risks and precautions associated with any other type of operation.
We find that the best candidates for breast implants are very healthy adults with fully developed breasts, whose bodies can handle the surgery and recovery period.
Any surgical procedure is riskier for patients who smoke. Ideal candidates for breast implants are non-smokers, or must be willing to quit for at least one month before and one month after the surgery.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should wait until they finish breastfeeding for at least six months before coming to Southlake Plastic Surgery for breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Other reasons you may not be a candidate for breast implant surgery could include:
- You have breast cancer or an abnormal mammogram
- You have an infection or illness
- You have unrealistic expectations
Aside from the aforementioned points, many people ask about their candidacy because they are not sure whether breast implants will be the best solution for their goals. If you aren’t sure what procedure you need, but simply have an end goal in mind, our expert surgeons can help you realize these goals by translating your wants, needs, and dreams into reality with a carefully crafted, individualized treatment plan.
What size would I like to be?
You likely have an image of the perfect size breasts for your body in mind, but it’s difficult to translate this from your mind to your surgeon.
We suggest doing plenty of research, including studying before & after pictures. This may help you find photos you like, along with breasts you think are too big, too small, or do not match your desired shape. This will help Dr. Mason and Dr. Wan get on the same page with your own goals and desires.
Reflect on your lifestyle and body type to determine what cup size best suits you. You probably want to look natural, with no one guessing that you have enhanced your breasts. Some athletes or exercise enthusiasts find that oversized breast implants impede their activities.
We have many before and after photos of women who have had breast implant surgery in our online surgical gallery. It is often helpful to find photos that match your body type when choosing the implant size that will best enhance your figure.
The benefits of silicone implants
- Hold their shape well over time (especially gummy bear implants)
- Several styles of implants
- Less risk of rippling
- Feel most natural
Potential drawbacks of silicone implants
- Hard to detect a rupture; must be verified with an MRI
- Recipients must be 22 or older in order to meet the implant manufacturer’s warranty requirements
- Only available in predetermined sizes
Saline implants, on the other hand, comprise a silicone outer shell. Your surgeon inserts the deflated shell and then once placed, he or she fills the shell with sterile salt water saline to your desired size.
The ‘pros’ of saline implants
- Require only small incisions
- Immediately noticeable ruptures or deflation
- Customizable sizing; ideal for correcting asymmetrical breasts
- Patients can be 18 or older
Potential drawbacks of silicone implants
- Higher risk of rippling (AKA a visible implant)
- Slightly higher risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue forms around the implant and squeezes it, causing pain)
- Feel firm and less natural to the touch
We consider both silicone and saline implants extremely safe and effective. Each offers long-lasting results (at least 10 years) before removal or replacement becomes necessary. The cost for breast implant surgery with either silicone or saline implants depends on the type of implant inserted. Typically, saline implants cost considerably less.
How to prepare for breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth with Dr. Mason or Dr. Wan
As with other medical procedures and surgeries, there are certain steps required to safely and properly prepare patients for breast implant surgery.
Pre-Blood Work & Testing
We may require a blood screening to determine that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We ensure that your electrolytes, hemoglobin, blood clotting abilities, and more are all at healthy levels.
We require patients over the age of 50 seeking breast implants to undergo an electrocardiogram (EKG) to ensure their heart is well functioning.
2 to 4 Weeks Before Surgery
- Refrain from smoking for at least 4 weeks
- Avoid alcohol, which inhibits the healing process and drink plenty of water instead as much as possible
- Do not take blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen, Advil, aspirin, or Motrin
- Avoid herbal supplements that thin blood and interfere with anesthesia (e.g. St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, ginseng, and garlic)
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital
- Plan for a caretaker for at least 24 hours after surgery
- Arrange for pet or child care if necessary
The Night Before Surgery
- Bathe & wash yourself with antibacterial soap
- Stop eating or drinking (including sips of water) at least 8 hours before surgery
- Get a good night’s sleep
Our process for inserting breast implants near you in Dallas and Ft. Worth
On the day of surgery, it is important that you arrive at the surgical center in loose clothing, preferably with a shirt that buttons or zips up. Nurses will help you into a gown, get an IV started, and help get you ready to receive your breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Here’s what to expect after we prep you for surgery:
Our board-certified anesthesiologist at Southlake Plastic Surgery administers general anesthesia for your surgery in our AAAASF-accredited surgical facility (the gold standard for ambulatory surgery centers). In the proper facility with experienced, licensed physicians, general anesthesia is very safe for healthy patients.
There are several options for incisions when receiving breast implants. Your surgeon will present these options in full detail during your initial consultation.
Currently, there are three options available for breast implant incisions: inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary.
Inframammary incisions, also called “crease incisions,” are the most common breast implant incision. The surgeon creates an opening in the inframammary fold beneath the breast to insert the implant through. Since most breast sizes conceal this crease, this approach almost entirely conceals the appearance of scarring. Silicone implants are most commonly inserted with this incision. This is the preferred option for incisions since they offer the lowest risk of infection. The same incisions can also be used for future surgeries if needed.
Periareolar incisions are an approach that places the surgical incision in a semicircle on the lower half of the nipple. There are also options for areolar incision that involves an incision around the entire nipple. Because the nipple is usually darker and more textured than the rest of the breast, this is also a good option for concealing scars. However, for patients who have trouble with scarring, these incisions may appear more visible.
The transaxillary incisions method was used with saline implant insertion. There can be more scarring because of the location of the incision—the arm moves a lot, and if the scar cannot always remain hidden in sleeveless shirts or bathing suits. This approach involves creating a small opening in the armpit and forming a pocket in the chest wall for each implant. The surgeon then fills the implant with saline to your desired size after we place it.
Insertion & Placement
After they create the incision, your surgeon will position the implant in your breast, either beneath your chest muscle or between the muscle and breast tissue.
The type of implant, degree of enhancement, and your body type will help you and your surgeon determine which implant placement is best for you. The two major factors affected by implant placement include recovery time and implant movement.
We place most implants “under” the pectoral muscle; in actuality, it is placed partially under the muscle, but the bottom of the implant can be felt under the skin. Many prefer this placement in order to avoid occlusion of the breast tissue when viewing mammograms.
We close the incisions with layered sutures in your breast tissue and then with additional sutures or adhesive to close the skin.
Patients concerned with scarring can take some measures to have a better quality and less noticeable scar by refraining from smoking before & after surgery, avoiding alcohol while the wound is healing, eating a diet with plenty of protein to sustain the skin’s building blocks while healing, adequately hydrate, and following post-op instructions very carefully.
Additionally, Southlake Plastic Surgery patients enjoy complimentary scar care products like Biocorneum silicone gel and a laser scar treatment with one of our advanced laser resurfacing devices.
Enjoy The Results
Most breast implant surgeries take approximately an hour, and you can go home the same day once you’ve recovered from the anesthesia—with a ride from a friend or family member, of course.
Though we will bandage you and require you to wear a surgical bra, you will notice the change in size right away. In the following weeks and months as the swelling subsides and the skin stretches, however, you will see the ultimate results of the procedure. Your breasts will “drop” into place as the muscles relax around the new implant and the skin will soften into a natural shape and texture.
Your surgeon may recommend that you wear a bandeau for a period of time to help shape your breasts, especially if the reason for your surgery was to fix asymmetry or very undersized breasts.
Will my breast implants look the same for life?
We, and the FDA, do not consider breast implants to be lifetime devices. Changes in weight, hormonal factors, aging, and gravity will have effects on your breasts and breast implants over time.
We highly recommend you schedule annual mammograms to evaluate the health of your breasts and to ensure the integrity of your breast implant. If you notice significant changes, contact your plastic surgeon, and he or she can order an MRI to further assess the breast implant.
When it’s time to replace your implants, typically after about 7 to 10 years, you do not have to stick to the same type, size, and shape you had before. We can also always pair new implants with a breast lift to enhance your figure and help your breasts look more youthful.
If you do not have any issues with your implants, even if it’s been more than 10 years, there is no need to replace your implants.
Why come to Southlake Plastic Surgery for breast implants near you in Dallas and Ft. Worth?
Southlake Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality breast implants near you in Dallas and surrounding areas.
Our expert team of talented aesthetic professionals are here to help you look and feel your best.
Additionally, our plastic surgery center in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area is headed by our medical director and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mark Mason. He has been helping patients for over 20 years and holds surgical privileges at several hospitals in the Dallas area.
We use the latest research to help our patients determine the best size and shape breast implants for them. There are several types of breast implant options available for you to choose from at Southlake.
Together, we will discuss your goals and lifestyle to determine whether silicone or saline implants will be best for you.
Turn to Southlake Plastic Surgery for breast implants near you in Dallas and Ft. Worth
If you feel dissatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts, we can help with breast implants in Dallas and Ft. Worth!
Contact us to learn about your options and schedule a breast implant consultation to determine the best course of action to treat your concerns.
We are also a fully operational med spa, offering non-surgical options for other aesthetic concerns you may have.