The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
121 Vision Park Boulevard, Suite 100
Shenandoah, TX 77384
Phone: (281) 853-5308
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Women considering breast augmentation in The Woodlands, TX, between Conroe and Spring, want breast implants for a variety of reasons. Some want to enhance naturally small breasts, while others seek to restore fullness lost after weight loss or having children. For many women, having fuller, more feminine breasts can improve self-confidence and quality of life. One thing all of our breast augmentation patients have in common is the desire for exceptional results and a safe, personalized procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Gill uses his experience and training to create beautiful results that look natural and exceed patients’ expectations.
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How to Choose Breast Implants
Choosing breast implants involves considering both your personal preference and the physical characteristics of your body. We can customize breast augmentation procedures based on these factors because we offer the widest variety of breast implant options in our community. At The Gill Center in The Woodlands, your breast augmentation procedure is tailored to your body and your lifestyle, and choosing the right implants is a big part of that. There are several factors to consider before selecting your implants. These include:
What is the best breast implant material?
There is no definite “best” fill material for breast implants because the choice depends on the patient’s anatomy and personal preferences. Here are the choices we offer at The Gill Center:
- Saline implants are the most affordable option. These implants are rolled up, inserted into the breast through a tiny incision, and filled with harmless saltwater. They do not feel as natural as silicone and can ripple and slosh. We offer a complete range of available implants and profiles.
- Silicone gel implants are available for breast augmentation patients who are at least 22. This is the most popular choice because they give the breast a natural look and feel. You can choose from the different degrees of cohesiveness depending on the look and feel you prefer. “Gummy bear” implants, for example, are the most cohesive and feel a bit firmer than less cohesive implants. We offer silicone gel implants with 3 different levels of cohesiveness and 6 different profiles.
- IDEAL IMPLANT® is an alternative to silicone implants for patients who want saline with a more natural look and feel. These implants are more expensive than regular saline implants.
What are IDEAL IMPLANT breast implants?
The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline-filled implant that includes a unique structure, with several inner shells called “baffles” that add support to the implant. Dr. Gill offers this unique saline implant as part of his commitment to providing the largest selection of implants in the area. It is a great implant for the right patient but is limited because it doesn’t come in different profiles. Dr. Gill can discuss if this might be the right implant for you during your consultation.
How do I choose my breast implant size?
Choosing the size of your implants can be both exciting and overwhelming. Dr. Gill can help you make a decision after listening closely to you describe how you want to look and taking measurements of your chest wall. One thing to keep in mind is that the size implants that you think look great on a friend or family member may not be right for you because each woman’s body is different.
How do you determine breast implant profile?
When choosing an implant profile, Dr. Gill accounts for the width of your natural breasts and the breast shape you hope to attain. The breast implant profile, also known as “projection,” specifies how far the implants (and therefore the breasts) will protrude from the chest wall. Implant profiles generally range as follows:
- High profile provides the most projection and the narrowest base. This profile enables women with a small breast diameter to have higher volume implants.
- Moderate profile offers moderate projection and volume for nicely proportioned, natural-looking breasts.
- Low profile covers more of the chest and provides the least amount of projection. This profile increases volume more in the cleavage and upper breast areas. These are best for women with wider chests.
Depending on the implant manufacturer, profiles may be broken down into more categories such as “moderate plus” and “extra high” profile. Dr. Gill will help you choose the profile that works with your body to provide the breast size and shape you want.
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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in The Woodlands?
In The Woodlands, Conroe, and Spring, breast augmentation can range from $7,000 to $8,000. The cost of breast augmentation surgery depends on several factors, including the type of implants you choose, the plastic surgeon’s training and experience, and the location of the practice. We will provide you with a customized price quote at your consultation. Cost is something that virtually all patients need to consider but choosing a surgeon based on price alone can lead to additional expenses in the long run if you’re not happy with the results.
How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
Besides the choice of implants, you also have options involving where Dr. Gill makes the incisions and whether you want the implants placed in front of or behind the chest muscle. Dr. Gill helps patients make these decisions by carefully explaining how different choices will influence the results and how their lifestyles factor into the decision.
Breast Implant Incision Options
There are 3 primary incision locations for breast augmentation:
Inframammary: This is the option commonly preferred by patients. Dr. Gill makes a short incision at the base of the breast, just above the crease where it connects to the torso. About 95 percent of our patients choose inframammary incision because it involves the least risk and allows direct access to the breast pocket.
Transaxillary: Made in the armpit, this incision also doesn’t result in any scarring on the breast. However, it doesn’t provide a direct view of the implant pocket and the results are less predictable.
Periareolar: Making an incision along the lower edge of the areola has the benefit of being well camouflaged after it heals. The drawbacks of periareolar incisions include the risk of losing nipple sensitivity, particularly in women with smaller areolas. There is also a risk of breastfeeding challenges in the future, as the milk ducts can be affected by this type of incision.
Breast Implant Placement
In general, the 2 choices are in front of the muscle (subglandular) or behind the muscle (submuscular). A subglandular placement may be the right approach for some patients, but Dr. Gill prefers submuscular placement because it’s safer. There is less risk of capsular contracture, infection, sensation change, and milk duct damage. Breast implants behind the muscle also don’t interfere with mammograms.
Does Fat Transfer Work for Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation using unwanted fat from another area of the body is an increasingly popular option, but it is most suitable for patients who want only a modest increase in breast size.
The procedure begins with liposuction to take excess fat from a designated spot, usually the tummy, hips, back, thighs, or buttocks. The collected fat is then purified and re-injected into the breasts using a small cannula or specialized syringe. Breasts augmented with fat begin to heal within 1 to 3 days, but bruising and swelling at both the liposuction and injection sites are common. These issues should resolve within 1 to 2 weeks.
Fat transfer breast augmentation offers natural-looking results and body contouring, moderately increasing the size of the breasts while reducing unwanted fat deposits.
“Hands down the best experience! I went to multiple consultations before deciding which doctor I wanted to go with for a breast augmentation, and after I visited Dr. Paul Gill, I knew he was the doctor I would choose! He is very knowledgeable and professional, and his staff is so friendly and so sweet.”
Can I Combine Breast Augmentation With Other Procedures?
In some cases, Dr. Gill may recommend combining a breast lift with implants to elevate sagging breast tissue. Women who want comprehensive body contouring often combine breast augmentation with liposuction and a tummy tuck to firm and slim the midsection. This combination of breast enhancement surgery with body shaping surgeries is called a mommy makeover.
How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Women can prepare for a healthy and uneventful recovery by following a few simple guidelines. Most breast augmentation specialists advise women to take the following steps before surgery:
- Stop smoking.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Complete all required blood work and health screenings.
- Check with your doctor about how to handle your regular daily medications, if any.
- Avoid taking medications like aspirin that can increase bleeding.
- Set up a recovery space at home.
- Have a friend or family member drive you home from surgery.
Dr. Gill will give you more complete pre-surgical and recovery instructions before your surgery. Be sure to follow those instructions to ease your recovery and protect your results.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Each patient recovers at her own pace but Dr. Gill uses techniques that are designed to help you get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. He wants patients to begin walking within the first 24 hours following the surgery and prescribes medication to help manage discomfort. Most women can return to non-strenuous work within a week. It is normal to have bruising and swelling, and these resolve on their own over the initial days and weeks following your surgery. It can take several months for your implants to settle into their final location.
We provide detailed post-op instructions that should be closely followed. These cover everything from activity restriction timelines to what type of bra to wear. Dr. Gill will be there to monitor your healing and answer your questions at every step of the way.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How should I sleep after breast augmentation surgery?
Sleeping after getting breast implants can be a big adjustment for some patients. It’s important to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated. This position helps reduce swelling, minimizes the build-up of fluid, and enhances circulation. It also keeps the breasts in a more natural position as they heal. Usually, patients can resume sleeping on their sides after about 2 weeks.
What should I avoid after breast enhancement surgery?
Besides not sleeping on your stomach, there are other things to avoid after getting implants. For example, you should not take aspirin-type medication because it can increase bleeding. Pushing or pulling anything is another no-no. Many women want to know how long they have to wait before resuming exercise. For runners, Dr. Gill believes that patients can begin some light jogging 2 weeks after the procedure. He recommends avoiding heavy lifting, playing any sport, and exercises targeting the upper arms or pectoral muscles for 6 weeks.
What type of bra should I wear after breast augmentation surgery?
Dr. Gill initially wraps compression bandages around the breasts to help the healing process. After they’re removed, you may want to wear a post-surgical bra or a sports bra that doesn’t have an underwire. Even though it’s exciting to shop for new bras, you should wait until the swelling has resolved and the breasts have settled. You may also want to get a professional bra fitting to ensure the correct fit and support.
How long does the pain last after a breast augmentation?
The post-op experience for each patient varies. Some women are more sensitive to pain or discomfort than others, and patients who get implants under the muscle may have a little more soreness compared to patients who get implants above the muscle. You may still have some minimal discomfort 4 weeks or so after the procedure. That’s normal, but Dr. Gill encourages patients to contact him if they have concerns.
When should I start massaging after breast augmentation?
Dr. Gill recommends beginning breast massage after your first post-op visit, which usually occurs 4 to 7 days after the surgery. Massaging the breasts earlier than that can increase tension on the incisions, making it more difficult for the wounds to heal. It will also increase the patient’s soreness, and Dr. Gill wants his patients to stop taking pain medication as quickly and safely as possible. Finally, early massage can increase the risk of bleeding and lead to complications.
Will I have a scar after my breast augmentation surgery?
As with any surgery, breast augmentation will leave a slight scar. However, Dr. Gill places the incision in a well-hidden location, and over time, the scar will fade in color and flatten so that it is nearly imperceptible.
When will I see my final breast augmentation results after the surgery?
Your augmented breasts will look larger immediately after the surgery, although it may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside completely. After breast augmentation, some women also notice that their breasts feel hard and like they’re sitting higher on the chest than normal. This is due to a tight chest muscle. As the muscle begins to relax about a week after surgery, breast implants will begin to drop. The muscles should fully relax 2 to 3 months after surgery, allowing breasts to settle fully into their final position.
How long will my breast implants last?
Your breast implants don’t have a cut-and-dried expiration date, but you can expect your implants to last for about 10 years. Although, if you’re not experiencing any issues with your implants and you still feel comfortable with them, there’s no reason to replace them after 10 years. You can read more about deciding to replace or remove breast implants in our related blog post.
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Women considering breast augmentation travel to the Gill Center for Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands to have Dr. Gill perform their procedures. He’s a board-certified plastic surgeon with the experience, training, and bedside manner that sets him apart from most other surgeons. Request a consultation using the online form to meet privately with Dr. Gill or call our office at (281) 853-5308 to schedule an appointment.
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