By far one of the most requested procedures, Dr. Houser and the staff of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus are experienced in the art and science of breast augmentation. The goal is not to simply make breasts look larger; Dr. Houser knows his job is to make several carefully discussed decisions with you first. Those choices will then become the basis for natural looking breasts that have the sustainable size, shape, position, and feel you’ve always wanted most.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Consider these questions:
- Are you disappointed with the size of your breasts?
- Would your body be more proportional with larger breasts?
- Are you bothered by asymmetry between your breasts?
- Do you want to replace breast volume that was lost due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging?
Any of these conditions may make you a good candidate for augmentation, especially if you are at a non-fluctuating weight and, ideally, if you are done having children. (However, many women are delighted to know that breastfeeding with augmented breasts is certainly possible.)
If you are seeking “perkier” breasts and would like to eliminate major sagging, augmentation alone is not the solution. You will likely benefit most from a breast lift, or in many cases, an augmentation and lift combined. Dr. Houser can help you determine the best choice. Visit our breast lift page to learn more.
Dr. Houser also welcomes patients who seek corrections or alterations to a prior augmentation. Sometimes patients desire a change to a different implant material or want their implants removed. Regardless of the reason, Dr. Houser is available to make adjustments to augmentations performed by other doctors.
How will Dr. Houser provide the most natural-looking size, shape, position, and feel for your body?
One of the first questions most patients have is whether to use silicone or saline implants. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Houser will discuss with you the two brands of implants he uses, Sientra® Implant and Ideal Implant ®, to help you decide the option that is right for you. No two women are the same; some will choose the look and feel of sterilized saline and some will choose what are commonly known as “gummy bear” implants for their cohesive cross-linked molecules of silicone. Each option is FDA-approved and with equal levels of safety and risk. Sientra® breast implants are only used by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and have the lowest rupture rate of any available implant.
For women who are conflicted between choosing saline or silicone implants, we are proud to offer the latest development in breast augmentation technology: Ideal Implant® Structured Breast Implants. The revolutionary Ideal Implant® is a saline implant that innovatively mimics the beautiful, natural looking and feeling effects of silicone. Ideal Implant® uses an advanced structure of chambers and implant shells that guarantees a smooth finish, free from the wrinkling or collapsing sometimes associated with traditional saline implants. These implants combine the natural feel of silicone with the peace of mind of saline, all while remaining structurally sound and visually beautiful.
Most patients are pleased to know that all implants have a very low failure rate—only about 1% each year. It’s important to consider that implants must be regularly monitored and you may eventually need to replace or remove your implants due to long-term changes in your body that can create asymmetry, scarring complications known as capsular contracture, or other reasons. As part of your research and before you meet with Dr. Houser, please visit this link for detailed information and a list of questions to bring along to your consultation.
The materials and surgical methods for these devices have advanced steadily, and today’s options allow for an amazing number of variations in order to give each woman the natural looking results she seeks for her body. (No more worrying about being spotted across the room as the one with the “boob job.”) Based on your anatomy and desired outcomes, Dr. Houser will not only teach you about implant material, but also explain the nuances of the size and profile of your implant. Five different profiles are available reflecting the width of the implant at its base and the distance at which it projects from your chest. Any issues with asymmetry between your breasts will also be addressed during consultation.
“I went to Dr. Houser for a breast augmentation and couldn’t be happier! I’m a nurse and he was recommended to me by a colleague. My results look natural and I would recommend Dr. Houser to anyone in a heartbeat!”
How will Dr. Houser insert my implants and what is recovery like?
Your procedure will be performed on-site in Dr. Houser’s accredited surgical suite, in the same convenient location of all your prior appointments. Year after year, Dr. Houser has accommodated out-of-town patients, and his staff is happy to help arrange for convenient hotel stays near the time of surgery.
After thousands of procedures, Dr. Houser finds that an incision under the breast or around the edge of the areola creates an optimal insertion point and provides the most discreet scarring. But incision location will also be determined by the patient’s preference and the size and shape of the implant. For the most precise and gentle delivery of silicone implants, Dr. Houser is proudly certified to use the Keller Funnel®2. The Keller Funnel allows a breast implant to be accurately inserted by the surgeon, without ever touching the implant. By using the Keller Funnel, there is a lower capsular contracture rate, a lower rate of infection, and less trauma on the implant, which is known to reduce rupture rates. This highly efficient delivery technique can also mean smaller incisions.
Depending on the individual’s health prior to surgery, including their level of success with smoking cessation, their age and their fitness level, recovery time will average around 1-2 weeks initially, and 3 months over the long-term. Many patients are able to resume light activity within 1-2 days. Wound healing usually takes 5-10 days, after which you may return to work. Additional healing will continue over the next 3 months. Dr. Houser will inform you of your expected recovery time during your consultation and post-operative appointments.
In many cases, patients may safely obtain other procedures during breast augmentation sedation. The “mommy makeover” package, which may include a tummy tuck and liposuction, is a common choice as well as a breast lift. If you’d like to reduce surgery fees and recovery time, be sure to discuss your options with Dr. Houser.
Among the many options today for cosmetic and plastic surgery, breast augmentation proves to be one of the most easily tailored procedures according to an individual woman’s body and desired results. This is why it continues to be one of Dr. Houser’s favorite surgical options to offer.
“I had a breast augmentation done, and I wouldn’t have done anything different. He did an amazing job and made me feel so comfortable. I’m healing SO well, and they look soooo natural!”