Breast Augmentation Overview
Breast enlargement surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, can increase the fullness and projection of the breasts, improve the balance of the patient’s figure, and enhance the patient’s self-image and self-confidence. Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty, board-certified plastic surgeons, have received extensive training in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Collectively, the two have performed thousands of breast surgeries including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast implants, and breast reconstruction. By inserting an implant behind each breast, they are able to increase the bust line by one or more bra cup sizes in a tasteful way that improves the patient’s figure. This procedure can also surgically improve breast appearance or create the appearance of a healthy, full breast where one may be missing or disfigured due to trauma, heredity, or congenital abnormalities.
The best candidates for this procedure are women who want improvement, not perfection, in the way they look since breast augmentation can enhance their appearance and confidence. Patients should also be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations. Women who are ready to get more information about breast augmentation can schedule an initial consultation with the medical professionals at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute, a leader in West Texas breast augmentation. They’ll explain how the options for implant filler, size and shape are determined by the patient’s breast anatomy, their body type, and their desired increase in size.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"No More Old Saggy Body! - Lubbock, TX - Dr. Schmid was very courteous! He did an exellent job with my tummy tuck and he chose a great size of implant for my body.. He picked 400 ccs high profile silicone implants. I stayed overnight and the nurses at NorthStar were absolutely fantastic!! I couldn't have asked for better care!"- T. / RealSelf / Mar 17, 2011
"33 Yr Old 2 Breast Fed Children - Lubbock, TX - There is no surgeon better in my opinion. Dr. Schmid is amazing!"- J. / RealSelf / Aug 17, 2015
"Concave Chest Breast Augmentation - Dr. Schmid is the only doctor after 3 previous breast augmentations that was able to make my concave chest symmetrical. I had very little pain after the surgery which was unbelievable!! The staff is great and I felt that Dr. Schmid was very methodical with the thought he put into my surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Schmid!!!"- S. / Vitals / Dec 27, 2015
"11 Year Old Breast Implants, Needed Revision with a Lift. Lubbock, TX - I chose Dr. Schmid based on how many great things I had heard about him. I was told he was the best implant surgeon here in Lubbock. My first consultation went great. His staff was very friendly and made me feel at home. Dr. Schmid himself took time with me and explained in great detail what his opinion was and what he felt needed to be done to fix the implant rippling from my previous surgery 11 years earlier. From the first consultation to the day of surgery and even post-op, I was treated with great respect. I was nervous, but Dr. Schmid made me feel as though I was in good hands.The results of the revision surgery are amazing. I am glad I entrusted my revision surgery to him, and will only use him in the future if I decide to have any more cosmetic surgery."- J. / RealSelf / Jan 15, 2016
"I've had 4 breast augmentations by 4 different doctors. I have a concave chest and every doctor that performed surgery on me would promise good results and I was always disappointed until I went to Dr. Schmid. He was the only surgeon that made my implants look symmetrical and there was very little pain after surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Schmid!!"- S. / Healthgrades / Feb 25, 2016
Saline VS. Silicone
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and offer no risk to the patient in terms of extracapsular spread or silicone leakage. Saline implants are appealing to many because they generally cost less than silicone implants. In some patients, silicone may be a better option due to the rippling that may occur along the edges of the saline implant that can be visible in thin-chested women. Patients considering saline implants must be at least 18 years of age.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel substance that looks and feels similar to natural breast tissue. They are ideal for women who are thin-chested. Silicone implants are specially engineered so that if the shell should become compromised (a surface crack), the silicone will remain intact within the implant (known as cohesive gel implants). Silicone implant defects are rare and can only be found through an MRI, unlike saline implants which will deflate. Patients must be at least 22 years of age to receive silicone implants.
Breast Augmentation Product Information
- Saline: MENTOR® or Allergan (branded as Natrelle®)
- Silicone: Allergan (branded as Natrelle® Gel), Mentor (branded as MemoryGel®) and Sientra, known simply as Silicone Gel Breast Implants
An implant profile depicts the distance the breast will project forward from the chest wall. Implants are made in low, moderate, high and extra high profiles.
Breast implants come in two shapes. Round implants tend to offer more fullness on the top of the breast, while teardrop implants are touted to mimic the shape and look of natural breasts.
Breast implants are made with a smooth or textured surface. Round implants can be chosen with either surface, while teardrop implants are made with a textured surface only.
- Submammary (Subglandular): Under the mammary gland, over the muscle
- Subfascial (Retrofacial): Under the fascia of the muscle
- Dual Plane: Along two planes/layers
- Submuscular (Retromuscular): Mostly under the muscle
- Complete Submuscular (Full retromuscular): Completely under the muscle
- Inframammary: The incision is made in the breast crease where the breast meets the torso
- Periareolar: The incision is made just under and along the areola
- Transaxillary: The incision is made in the armpit
- Transumbilical: The incision is made in the belly button
Breast Augmentation During/After Surgery
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will need to rest for a couple of days, but will be encouraged to move around in order to promote circulation. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, it is normal to feel tightness in the chest area. Patients may resume their normal exercise routines within 4-6 weeks. It typically takes around 6 months for the breasts to fall into their final position. The result is a softer, natural looking breast appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Is Silicone Safe?
Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For reconstruction cases, they choose them 3 times more often.
Breast Aug or Lift?
Breast augmentation will help with size, but it will not correct sagging. If you are happy with the shape and laxity of your breasts, then implants alone may meet your cosmetic goals. If sagging is what is most bothersome to you, then you may be considered for a breast lift. During your consult, we will determine if you are better suited for breast augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two.
Risk of Rupture?
Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and regular check-ups, the risks for rupture are rare. If a saline implant does rupture, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate, becoming visibly noticeable. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.
How Long do They Last?
Most implants will last about 10 to 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.