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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Basu Answers Houston Women’s Most-Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation

Woman With Breast Implants after Breast Augmentation with Dr. Basu in Houston

Breast augmentation has consistently been one of the top 5 most sought after aesthetic surgical procedures. Because so many women are interested in breast augmentation in Houston and elsewhere, it’s important to understand the different ways a surgeon can augment the breasts, the procedure’s associated costs, and how to choose the best breast surgeon for you.

In this post, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu answers real Houston women’s questions about breast augmentation in order to help women everywhere make informed decisions regarding plastic surgery.

1. How much are breast implants in Houston?

Performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation in Houston ranges from $7,000 to $9,000. Keep in mind that this price depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Your surgeon’s credentials. Typically, breast augmentation performed by a respected board-certified plastic surgeon will cost more than surgery performed by an uncertified surgeon. This is because a board-certified plastic surgeon will have advanced surgical skill, training, and expertise, as well as an eye for aesthetics.
  • Associated surgical fees. In addition to your surgery, the total cost of your breast augmentation will include other fees, including anesthesia, surgical facility costs, surgeon’s fees, post-procedure medications, and post-surgery garments.
  • Implant type. Another factor that will affect the cost of your breast augmentation is whether you opt for silicone or saline breast implants. Silicone gel implants (a.k.a. “gummy bear implants”) tend to be more expensive than saline-filled implants, but women often find that they feel more natural. While saline implants are filled with a sterile saline (salt water) solution, silicone implants have a highly viscous gel, making them softer, shapelier, and less likely to wrinkle.

2. Who is the best breast surgeon in Houston?

There is no one plastic surgeon who could rightfully be crowned the “best” breast surgeon in Houston; we are fortunate to have a number of highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeons who specialize in varied breast procedures and techniques. The best breast surgeon for you is one who has the proper:

  • Credentials and operating facility. He or she is a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who operates in a state-licensed, accredited facility.
  • Experience with your procedure. He or she has performed your desired breast procedure hundreds of times. (A great way to determine if a surgeon is able to provide the results you want is to view “before” photos of patients that look like you in his or her before & after gallery.)
  • Personality. You connect with and feel completely comfortable with him or her.

3. How long do breast implants last?

The FDA estimates that breast implants should last at least 10 years, but, depending on your implant type and brand, they may last longer. Because breast implants can subtly change shape and position over time—and to prevent implant rupture (a very rare occurrence)—we typically recommend patients change out their implants every 10 years. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or ultrasound screening, can help you and your surgeon determine when it’s time for you to replace your implants.

What type of breast implants last the longest?

The lifespan of your implants depends on a number of factors separate from your implants’ material. The best way to maximize the longevity of your implants is to choose a highly qualified plastic surgeon who will help you pick implants that you will enjoy for 10 or more years.

4. What’s the best way to get larger breasts without implants?

There are a number of techniques a plastic surgeon can employ to augment the breasts without using implants. Some of these include:

  • Fat transfer breast augmentation: This procedure involves harvesting fat from an area of your body with a little more “cushion,” such as the thighs, buttocks, or love handles, then purifying the fat cells and injecting them into your breasts. Patients who seek fat transfer breast augmentation like the soft, completely natural feel and subtle volume the procedure provides
  • Tummy tuck: A tummy tuck can help your breasts (and bottom!) appear larger by cinching your waistline. While liposuction spot-reduces stubborn fat on the body, a tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess belly skin. For women with loose skin, stretch marks, and/or exercise-resistant fat pockets, a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction for advanced torso contouring.
  • Breast lift: A breast lift may restore a perky shape to sagging or deflated breasts. While a breast lift alone does not add volume, it lifts breasts higher on the chest and re-shapes tissues for an elevated profile and round contour.

How much is fat transfer breast augmentation in Houston?

The cost of a fat transfer breast augmentation in Houston ranges from $10,000 to $15,000. The price range is fairly wide, as factors such as the number of harvest sites greatly affect pricing. You can receive more exact pricing during a personal consultation.

Looking for breast augmentation in Houston? Choose Dr. Bob Basu.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 16,000 cosmetic procedures performed, Dr. Bob Basu is a top choice for women seeking breast augmentation in Houston. Dr. Basu recently co-authored Cosmetic Breast Surgery, a seminal breast augmentation textbook on the latest augmentation, lift, reduction, and revision surgery techniques. His practice, Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, won “Best Mommy Makeover” and was a finalist in 5 other aesthetics categories in this year’s Houston Chronicle’s Best of the Best Awards. Schedule your breast augmentation consultation with us online or call (713) 799-2278.

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