According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation — known colloquially as a “boob job” — is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure. Almost 300,000 of these surgeries were performed in 2013, an increase from 2012, and those numbers are likely to stay strong for 2014.
At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, our plastic surgery professionals are highly skilled in breast augmentation, and now we have another option to tell you about: adjustable breast implants.
While there is computer imaging software available to give you an idea of what your body will look like once you have your breast implants done, it’s impossible to be 100 percent sure of what you are going to look like until the surgery is done and healing is complete.
For some women, the size isn’t quite what they expected. Maybe they wanted a little more, maybe a little less. In fact, current estimates suggest that nearly 40 percent of women return to the ER to correct a breast augmentation, generally because they want a larger size bust. But why go back under the knife?
With adjustable breast implants, you get six months to determine your perfect breast size. The way that it works is very simple (another advantage of this kind of augmentation). When you have your breast augmentation surgery, the implant — in this case saline — is placed just like a regular implant, but a small, removable “fill tube” is attached to the implant following surgery. This tube is discreet and is accessible by your surgeon via an injection through the skin. After approximately three months (and after all your initial post-operative care and healing is complete), you can return to your doctor’s office to talk about adjusting the size of your implants.
If you are already satisfied, the port can be easily removed during a routine office visit. But if you are not sure you are happy with the size of your augmentation, the doctor can make the adjustment (usually up to one cup size up or down) right here in our office. Your surgeon uses a needle to access the attached fill tube and injects more saline or can remove some, if that is your preference. You will then be able to “try out” that size and determine for yourself when you are satisfied.
Dr. Jeneby has performed many breast augmentation surgeries with these special kind of saline implants, so you can trust the expertise here at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas. Call us today, and come in for an appointment to see if adjustable breast implants are right for you.