Small breasts can throw off the proportions of your entire body and make you feel self-conscious in feminine, revealing clothing.
To help you achieve a fuller bustline and increase your self-confidence, Dr. Bruce Hermann can perform a custom breast augmentation.
How can breast augmentation at our Denton, TX, practice benefit you?
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Breast Augmentation Is Recommended for Patients Who:
Have Naturally Small Breasts
Are you a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
Patients Should Be Healthy with Realistic Expectations
Good candidates for breast augmentation are in good overall health and do not smoke, as smoking can hinder recovery. Dr. Hermann will also assess whether augmentation can realistically address your concerns. In some cases, he may recommend an alternative procedure, such as a breast lift.
To qualify for this treatment, it is essential that:
- Your breasts are fully developed
- You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are able to take sufficient time off for recovery
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Enhance Your Figure and Your Self-Esteem with Breast Augmentation
If you are self-conscious about a small or disproportionate bustline, a breast augmentation can help you achieve your desired size and shape and enhance your overall appearance. At the North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery Center in Denton, TX, we offer several forms of breast surgery. Dr. Bruce Hermann is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who is exceptionally qualified to perform safe breast augmentations with stunning, natural-looking results. He trained with world-renowned cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeon Dennis C. Hammond. Under his tutelage, Dr. Hermann mastered the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.
Planning Your Treatment
The first step toward an enhanced bustline is the initial consultation. Dr. Hermann will first sit down with you to discuss your goals and desires. He can also help you understand what you can reasonably expect from augmentation surgery and assess your candidacy for the procedure.
If Dr. Hermann determines an augmentation is right for you, he will discuss the differences between silicone and saline implants. He can also describe the available placement techniques, including the type and location of incisions he will make, as well as the anticipated scarring.
Using our advanced BodyLogic® system, Dr. Hermann can then give you a preview of the results you might anticipate. He can show you how different implant sizes, shapes, and profiles will look on you, so that you can pick the implant that will provide the effect you desire.
A breast augmentation from Dr. Hermann can enhance your bustline to give you the curvy, feminine figure you desire.
How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation
Before the day of your surgery, you will be provided with a detailed list of pre- and post-operative instructions. These recommendations will be tailored to your specific needs and should be followed closely to ensure a comfortable and successful recovery.
There are a few general guidelines that will help prepare you for your breast augmentation procedure. Before your surgery:
- Stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, for 10 days prior to your procedure. These drugs can make the surgery more dangerous and increase your risk for bleeding.
- Do not smoke for a full two months before your breast augmentation procedure. Tobacco use impedes the body’s natural healing process.
- Go to the pharmacy and pick up all prescription medications in advance so you will not have to run errands the day of your procedure.
- Arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drive you to and from our office the day of your procedure. They should also be able to stay with you for the first one to three days as you begin the recovery process.
- Plan to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that can be removed and replaced easily.
What to Expect during Surgery:
A Closer Look at the Breast Augmentation Procedure
If you are considering breast augmentation at our Denton, TX, plastic surgery practice, it is important to know exactly what to expect on the day of your procedure. During breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Hermann will first administer general anesthesia, then he will create the incisions in a discreet area, place the implants, and suture the incisions closed. This procedure typically takes between one and a half to two hours to complete. As with all of Dr. Hermann's procedures, he will personally perform all steps of your augmentation, from start to finish.
Placing Breast Implants: Step-by-Step
Your treatment will be designed to meet your unique needs and personal aesthetic goals. However, breast augmentation at our practice involves several general steps:
Before beginning your breast augmentation procedure, general anesthesia is administered for your comfort. Under this type of sedation, patients will be completely unaware of their surroundings and will not remember anything from the procedure.
Knowing what to expect during every stage of breast augmentation surgery can help patients feel informed and confident in their decision.
General anesthesia temporarily affects cognitive ability and motor skills. Therefore, patients must arrange for a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
Creating the Incisions
To begin the procedure, Dr. Hermann will create an incision in the crease of the breast, the armpit, or around the areola. The type of incision made will depend on the specific techniques used during your procedure. Dr. Hermann strategically places incisions to minimize post-surgical scarring.
Placing the Implants
Once the incisions have been made, the implants will be placed. Breast implants can either be placed above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below the pectoral muscle (submuscular). Dr. Hermann will discuss your placement options with you in detail during your initial consultation. The type of placement recommended will be based on your personal preferences, whether you choose saline or silicone implants, and your unique body type.
Closing the Incisions
After the implants are successfully positioned within the breast pockets, the incisions will be closed with surgical sutures. Dr. Hermann may use absorbable stitches, which dissolve on their own during the healing period. If traditional stitches are used, they will be removed in approximately seven to 10 days. During the recovery period, it is important to keep the incisions clean and dry to minimize the risk of post-operative complications.
Once the breast augmentation procedure is complete, the treatment site will be dressed with gauze bandages. You will also be fitted with a compression bra, which will help support the healing tissues and reduce inflammation and discomfort. In some cases, drainage tubes will be placed and removed within a few days.
Understanding Breast Augmentation Recovery
Most patients are able to return home the same day as their surgery, but a full recovery after breast augmentation typically takes about four to six weeks. During this time, most patients experience minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Hermann is a highly skilled plastic surgeon in Denton, TX, who routinely performs breast augmentation surgery. He uses advanced techniques to minimize post-operative discomfort for a smoother, easier recovery. Before your procedure, we can give you detailed information about recovering from breast augmentation. However, there are some general guidelines about what you can expect throughout the recovery process
Following Your Visit
Immediately following your breast augmentation procedure, you should go home and rest. Be sure to closely follow the post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Hermann. It is important to avoid strenuous activity, such as exercise and heavy lifting, as elevating the heart rate can lead to increased bleeding, swelling, and inflammation.
Immediately After Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is a fairly straightforward outpatient procedure, so you will likely return home the same day as your surgery. Expect some soreness in your breast area, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours. Bruising, swelling, and tightness in your breast is also normal, but should start to subside within three to 10 days. The gauze dressing and pressure garment Dr. Hermann places after surgery will help control swelling.
Following a few simple tips can further minimize potential risks and make your recovery even smoother:
- Get lots of rest. You can walk and move around but avoid any type of vigorous exercise.
- Wait until the day after surgery to take a shower.
- Take the pain medication Dr. Hermann prescribed for as long as you need it—typically two to three days—but discontinue it as soon as you comfortably can.
- Continue to wear your support garment as instructed.
- If Dr. Hermann prescribed an antibiotic, take it as directed for the full regimen.
Following all post-operative instruction from Dr. Hermann and our staff at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery can help ensure an easy and relaxed recovery process.
The Next Few Weeks
Final healing takes an average of four to six weeks, but most patients resume normal activities in about three to five days and return to work in about five to seven days. During the entire healing period, take special care of yourself and closely monitor the surgical area. In addition, you should:
- Continue to avoid vigorous exercise or heavy work activities for about four weeks after surgery to minimize the risk of bleeding at the surgical site.
- Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments. The first one will be a few days after surgery so Dr. Hermann can check your progress. He will remove your sutures at a subsequent appointment.
- Wear your compression garment and a well-fitting support bra for as long as the doctor recommends. This is an important step to encourage proper contouring.
Once your scars have healed, you can apply cortisone cream to your scars to help reduce their size and make them less visible. Some surgeons believe that vitamin E supplements can also help reduce scar tissue, but you should first discuss dosages with Dr. Hermann. He can give you further directions on the best way to maximize your results.
When to Call the Doctor
As you heal, pay close attention to your surgical site and to the way you feel. Call Dr. Hermann's Denton office if you experience:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Increased swelling or pain
In general, if you notice anything about your healing that seems abnormal, contact our office right away.
Our Team Is Here for You
Breast augmentation has a low rate of complications and a relatively short recovery period. Following all post-operative instruction from Dr. Hermann and our staff at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery can help ensure an easy and relaxed recovery process. For more information about recovering after breast augmentation surgery, call (940) 387-4900 or send us a message online.
Weighing Benefits and Risks
- Better-fitting clothing
- Confidence to wear a broader range of outfits
- A more proportional figure
- Improved body image and self-esteem
Like all surgical procedures, there are certain risks involved with breast augmentation. Some of these include:
Any time a foreign object is placed in the body, scar tissue forms around it. This scar tissue, called a capsule, naturally forms around the implant following breast augmentation. However, in some cases, this capsule contracts and hardens, resulting in discomfort and a distorted appearance. The only way to fully address capsular contracture is to undergo a capsulectomy, a procedure in which the entire implant and associated scar tissue is removed.
If the breast implant becomes folded or wrinkled, it can cause a rippling appearance on the surface of the breast. Should this occur, your surgeon may recommend replacing your existing implants with either silicone-gel or smooth-surface alternatives.
As with all surgical treatments, infection is a possible complication. If you run a fever or notice redness, inflammation, or tenderness, you could have an infection. Depending on the cause of infection, your surgeon may prescribe a round of oral antibiotics or recommend removing the implant until the infection is under control.
When a saline implant ruptures, it is immediately noticeable and the saline is simply absorbed into the body. If a silicone implant ruptures, it is not always evident right away. However, patients may develop symptoms such as pain, swelling, or changes in the shape of the breast. Revision surgery is necessary to correct these issues.
Numb or Sensitive Nipples
Some degree of numbness or sensitivity is to be expected following breast augmentation. In most cases, these side effects diminish within a few months. However, it is possible for patients to experience prolonged sensitivity or numbness. Some individuals state that they experienced these issues for up to five years after treatment.
Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy
Many patients decide to pursue this procedure after having a baby to restore their breasts to their original shape and form. It is also important to note that most women will still be able to breastfeed successfully following breast augmentation. In some cases, however, implants can contribute to inadequate breast milk production. To minimize this risk, choose a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in breast procedures.
Why Choose Our Practice?
As a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hermann has the education, experience, and skills to help you achieve the results you desire. At North Texas Breast and Plastic Surgery Center, we have invested in state-of-the-art technology, including the advanced BodyLogic system, to provide more predictable and aesthetically pleasing results.
Flexible Financing Options
Although breast augmentation is not covered by insurance, we offer several options to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses. We firmly believe that financial concerns should not keep you from becoming the person you want to be. Our staff can help you arrange a flexible payment plan through CareCredit® or United Medical Credit. We also accept cash and all major credit cards. During an initial consultation at our practice, our team can help you determine a personalized payment plan to fit your needs and budget.
North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery
Dr. Bruce Hermann has trained under world-renowned plastic surgeons and implements the BodyLogic™ system to achieve optimal surgical outcomes. We accept financing so every patient can access our advanced treatments:
- United Medical Credit
"Dr. Hermann is one of the finest plastic surgeons in the city of Denton. Dr. Hermann recently removed my breast implants and gave me a beautiful lift."Kathy