Breast augmentation remains the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, and women decide to get their breasts done for a variety of different reasons. While each breast augmentation done in Houston is unique, I see many commonalities between them. Let’s explore the most common reasons women choose to have this surgery.
- Asymmetry: Most women have breasts that are at least a bit asymmetrical. If you’ve researched the condition at any length, you may have come across the “sisters, not twins” comparison. Which means: A pair of breasts isn’t an identical match, but rather a close resemblance. However, for some women, asymmetry is more pronounced and responsible for feelings of self-consciousness in swimwear or during intimacy. Breast augmentation uses implants to correct the asymmetry, often using a smaller implant in the larger breast and vice versa, to create 2 breasts that are much closer to being “twins” than they previously were. You can learn more about my special technique for treating breast asymmetry here.
- Disproportionately small breasts: While “small breasts” can be subjective, many women who pursue breast augmentation do so because they feel their breasts don’t match the proportions of their bodies. One of the most important ways to ensure natural-looking results is by evaluating the patient’s natural measurements and sizing her implants appropriately. This approach respects the uniqueness of each woman’s body and ensures an outcome that complements her curves rather than competing with them. We also encourage patients to select their favorite after pics from Dr. Basu’s extensive before/after gallery – these can become a patient’s “Wish pics”.
- Changes after pregnancy or weight loss: Pregnancy and significant weight loss can affect the body in similar ways. Patients with either of these common aesthetic concerns usually want to correct the presence of sagging, empty skin that results from losing a large volume of tissue rather quickly. Although loose skin can happen at different sites throughout the body, it can be especially upsetting when it happens in the breasts, resulting in pronounced sagginess and an empty or “deflated” appearance. The addition of implants can help Houston women tremendously by improving the size, shape, and volume of their breasts. Often, a breast lift is added to this procedure to further reduce sagging.
- Overall confidence: Although this can be applied to any of the reasons cited above, improving your personal confidence and self-image is reason enough to undergo breast enhancement. For most people, the final decision comes down to how they’ll feel in the months and years after surgery. It’s not always about balancing out your body’s proportions or undoing the changes caused by pregnancy. Sometimes, it’s just about feeling your best—however that looks to you.
- Reconstruction after mastectomy: A mastectomy, whether to treat or prevent breast cancer, has a profound effect on a woman’s body. The decision to reconstruct the breasts after surgery is completely up to the woman, and many choose not to. However, for those who do, it’s vitally important to choose a technique that restores your curves in a way that feels comfortable and natural. Breast reconstruction is a very specialized procedure that can be performed with implants, like a breast augmentation, or with tissue taken from another area of the body. The surgery can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or at a later date, depending on the patient’s preferences and medical condition.
The decision to undergo breast augmentation is an important one, and, as with any cosmetic procedure, your reasons for going forward are your own. Regardless of what you choose to do, I want you to feel comfortable with your decision. Please browse my before-and-after gallery of real breast augmentation patients to visualize the results that are possible for you.
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