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Professional Breast Surgery in Houston, TX

Breast surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the US. The reasons behind having this surgery are just as varied as the types of procedures that can be chosen. Dr. Leo Lapuerta has over two decades of experience with breast surgery, providing outstanding results for his patients.

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  • Jan 28, 2021
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What is Breast Surgery?

Breast surgery is any procedure performed on the breast, usually altering size, shape, or positioning. Both men and women have breast surgery for different reasons. You may choose this surgery for cosmetic reasons, to improve the way you look or feel about your appearance.

Breast surgery may be a medical procedure, done to improve your health. Some people have breast reduction surgery to relieve back pain while others have part of a breast or the entire breast removed due to cancer.

Types of Breast Surgery Procedures

Breast surgery can be divided up into several procedures. Cosmetic surgeries of the breast include:

  • Breast augmentation: This is the best-known procedure to enhance the appearance of the breast. It increases the size of the breast and can change the shape. A breast lift is often included.
  • Breast reconstruction: This procedure is often performed after breast cancer where part or all of the breast has been removed.
  • Breast reduction: With this surgery, the size of the breast is reduced. It may be done for medical or cosmetic reasons.

Along with cosmetic surgery, medical procedures may be performed on the breast. For instance, a lumpectomy removes a lump due to breast cancer. A mastectomy involves removing the entire breast.

When is Breast Surgery Necessary?

Breast surgery is necessary when a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer and other treatments aren’t effective. Surgery on the breasts may also become necessary if you are suffering from significant back pain and need to have your breast size reduced.

Surgery is necessary if you want to change the size or shape of your breasts for cosmetic reasons. Breast surgery is the only way to have a permanent change in the appearance of your breasts. Men may also need a surgery called gynecomastia to reduce the size of their breasts and create a more masculine chest.

What Happens Before Breast Surgery?

Before you have breast surgery, you will need to meet with your doctor in a consultation. They will ask you questions, such as why you want surgery, what you hope to achieve with surgery, and other medical concerns. They will perform an exam to determine if you are healthy and a good candidate for breast surgery.

The doctor will discuss any steps to take to prepare for surgery. They may have you stop taking medications like aspirin and other prescription medications. You may need a blood test and begin taking vitamins, if recommended. You will need to stop smoking or using nicotine and avoid alcohol until after your recovery.

The doctor will measure your breasts and take photos for before and after images. This is also the time when you can ask questions about the surgery and recovery process.

How Long to Heal from Breast Surgery?

Healing time after breast surgery depends on the procedure you are having. Recovery will take at least one week and up to six weeks or even longer for a breast augmentation. You can expect to be sore for several weeks even as the pain lessens.

The doctor will have you wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling. They will also give you restrictions, such as not lifting or engaging in heavy exercise.

Best Scar Treatment After Breast Surgery

You can expect to have scars after breast surgery, but you can minimize them with the right treatment. After the incision has closed, you’ll want to begin applying a scar treatment. The best products include silicone as the main ingredient. Massage the scar as you apply the gel, which will help keep the scar soft and flatter.

If you follow your doctor’s instructions, the breast surgery scars will fade in time. It will take some time for them to become less noticeable, but they shouldn’t be as visible if you maintain proper care.

How Much Does Breast Surgery Cost?

The cost of breast surgery varies, depending on the procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a breast lift costs an average of around $5000. The average cost of a breast reduction is slightly higher at almost $6000. Breast augmentation is a little lower at $4500.

None of these prices include the cost of anesthesia, the use of the operating room, or other expenses. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta, he will discuss pricing based on your goals.

Houston, TX – Professional Breast Surgery Near Me

If you’re considering breast surgery to change the look of your breasts, Dr. Lapuerta has a clinic near you where he provides surgery for breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift. Patients are treated in an outpatient setting at a private surgical facility. This facility meets the standards for outpatient safety with AAAASF accreditation.

Why Choose Dr. Leo Lapuerta for Breast Surgery in Texas?

Dr. Lapuerta is a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon who continues to learn the latest in techniques and procedures to help his patients achieve their goals. He has more than 20 years of experience and has performed over 20,000 procedures with many of them surgery on the breasts. Dr. Lapuerta is dedicated to his patients and helping them look and feel their best. You can see prior examples of his breast surgeries with before and after photos.

Contact Us Today for More Information

If you’re ready to take the next step, you can schedule a consultation to speak with Dr. Lapuerta. He will discuss your goals and help you decide on the right procedure while answering any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your breast surgery.

PLAN YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Recovery Time
  • 1-2 Weeks
  • Average Procedure Time
  • 1-2 Hours
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 1 Week
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient

BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQS

Which Is Best: Saline or Silicone Implants?
Both saline and silicone implants are popular choices among surgeons and patients. In general, patients with a decent amount of breast tissue are good candidates for saline implants, while those with limited tissue and thin chest walls will benefit from silicone.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For breast reconstruction cases, patients choose silicone breast implants three times more often than saline implants.
Breast Augmentation vs. Implants
While breast augmentation and breast implants are two terms that are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to two separate things. Breast augmentation is the name given to the surgical procedure itself, in which a plastic surgeon alters the size, shape, or positioning of the breasts. Breast implants are the name of the actual silicone or saline prosthetic that is surgically inserted into the breasts. Not all breast augmentation surgeries will require breast implants.
Can Breast Implants Rupture?
Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and check-ups, the risk of rupture is very low. If a saline implant ruptures, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will noticeably deflate. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Most implants will last about 10 to 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.
Can You Finance Breast Implants?
Dr. Lapuerta offers several different breast implant financing options. In order to learn more about the different types of breast implant financing options, contact a Patient Coordinator by calling (832) 481-4428. We will work with you to find the best financing plan for your unique needs.
Can You Breastfeed with Breast Implants?
Most women are able to breastfeed with breast implants. However, most plastic surgeons suggest that you should wait until after you are done having children to undergo breast augmentation surgery, as the shape of your breasts can change during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If you have breast implants and become pregnant, you may need to schedule a second breast augmentation procedure after you are done breastfeeding.
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