Silicone and Saline Breast Implants
Serving clients near Mansfield, Arlington, Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas
Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center provides saline breast augmentation and silicone gel breast augmentation to clients from Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Dallas, Fort Worth and the greater DFW Metroplex. Today, breast augmentation, commonly referred as breast aug, breast enlargement, breast enhancement, or boob job allows you to experience a wonderful transformation in how you look and feel about yourself, to help you achieve self-confidence, and the ability to look your best.
Are you a breast augmentation candidate?
Basically, women have two choices for breast augmentation with either saline breast implants or silicone gel breast implants. Breast augmentation with saline implants are intended for females who are at least 18 years old. However, women who choose breast augmentation with silicone implants must be at least 22 years old. Our choice in silicone gel-filled implants feature a unique cohesive gel that holds together uniformly while resembling the natural look and feel of breast tissue.
To better simplify the philosophy of breast augmentation, there are three basic candidates requesting breast augmentation cosmetic surgery in our office. Which one are you?
First, is a female between age 18 to 30’s with developmentally small breasts (A-cup or small B-cup) who simply needs added volume. Their most commonly requested size is a “36 full C-cup”. They are extremely happy following primary breast augmentation and experience a wonderful transformation that improves self-confidence and total body image.
Second, is a female between age late 20’s to 40’s with one or several children and experienced postpartum deflation following pregnancy and breast-feeding. As a consequence, her breasts now appear flat, flabby, and deflated. These female clients are also extremely happy following primary breast augmentation, but may also need a mastopexy / breast lift or combined mastopexy augmentation as a combination procedure with both breast lift plus breast augmentation. This determination will be made on an individual basis.
Third, is a female patient who has breast implants but is now requesting revision breast cosmetic surgery due to breast asymmetry, breast capsular contraction with hardening of the implant, painful breast, ruptured breast implants or skin rippling. These candidates commonly request implant exchange from saline to silicone gel, implant removal, breast lift, or other complex breast procedure.
What are the expectations during my breast consultation?
During your consultation, you will meet privately and exclusively with Dr. Michael Thornton where you will collectively share in the decision making process about your personal needs, desires, and expectations. Although well qualified, we choose not use patient coordinators, nurse practitioners, or physicians assistants to perform your consultation. Next, we will have you try on our various implant sizers to give you an approximation on how you will look following breast augmentation. For your safety, Dr. Michael Thornton only chooses breast implants approved by the FDA from either Allergan or Mentor, as the choice is ultimately yours.
Where will my breast augmentation surgery take place?
All breast augmentation, mastopexy, breast reduction and breast revision procedures are performed under general anesthesia at Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, a AAAHC certified out-patient surgery center, located in Mansfield, Texas. On average, a primary breast augmentation procedure will take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending upon the complexity of the case. Furthermore, all breast augmentation procedures are performed using general anesthesia as provided by board-certified anesthesiologists and certified anesthesia providers. Dr. Thornton does not perform or believe in performing ‘awake’ breast augmentation procedures.
What are the steps in my breast augmentation procedure?
Following admission to the surgery center you will introduced to the preoperative nurses who will complete your paper work, review the consent, and start an IV. You will be happily greeted by Dr. Michael Thornton who will complete your chart and review the surgery details and introduce you to the operating room staff and anesthesia team who will be taking care of you. The anesthesia providers will place you under general anesthesia and Dr. Thornton will begin your surgery. The majority of the time, Dr. Thornton will make precise incisions along the infra-mammary crease (the natural crease below your breast where your bra rests upon). The incisions will vary in size from 4cm to 5 cm based upon the size of the implant. Unless otherwise specified, Dr. Thornton will place your implants under the muscle (sub pectoral) and release the muscle attachments called a “dual plane”. This under muscle and dual plane placement provides a long-lasting appearance with good forward projection along with softening and natural rounding of the lower portion of the breast. Drainage tubes are not placed at the time of surgery.
Dr. Thornton uses a Keller Funnel for all silicone breast implant procedures and follows standard protocols for antibiotic irrigation or washing of the breast pocket and breast implant prior to placement. The Keller Funnel is a plastic sleeve that allows placement of silicone gel breast implants into the breast pocket with minimal exposure to skin contamination or the potential of cracking the silicone gel shell or implant. Because of Dr. Michael Thornton’s expertise in the use of the Keller Funnel, he has met specific criteria and educational requirements to display “The Keller Funnel Certification Seal” and “Keller Funnel Partner in Education Advocate Seal”.
Finally, following placement of each breast implant, Dr. Thornton will close the incisions in multiple layers of absorbable sutures; therefore, no stitches will have to be removed in the office. Your final incisions will be covered with a water-proof glue called, Dermabond, and finally covered with brown Micropore tape that you will leave in place for approximately 2 weeks. A complimentary soft cotton bra will be provided at the end of your surgery.
What is my expected breast augmentation recovery?
Following your breast augmentation procedure, you will recover at the surgery center until you are safe to be discharged and go home with an appropriate care giver. You will be provided with post operative instructions, narcotic pain medication, muscle relaxation medication, antibiotics, and nausea medication. You may take a shower the next morning. It is normal to experience pain at the pectoral muscles for the first 7 days. However, after 7 – 10 days, you will begin feeling less sore and begin to perform minimal activities. Dr. Thornton will demonstrate and you may begin breast massage exercises at 2 week interval. Dr. Thornton will monitor your progress weekly to monthly for the first 6 months and at 12 months. Surgery photographs will be taken at 3 – 4 months following breast augmentation as this is the average time where you will begin to notice the most optimal appearance. Results will vary from one patient to the other and patients are expected to have realistic expectations following breast augmentation.