In this visually receptive world, beauty is indeed a commodity, but you can cut through the noise and get the curves you deserve with the help of the plastic surgery experts at Restora Austin.
Have you always wanted larger breasts? Or have you lost volume after pregnancy, breast-feeding or weight loss?
These are the most common and nagging reasons as to why women seek breast augmentation. The decision to undergo breast augmentation can be exciting and scary all at once. We understand this, because we’ve been there. Dr. Gordon, Brandy and over half of the staff at Restora Austin have undergone breast enhancement surgery. We know that you are excited about the idea of throwing out all of those padded bras and looking great in AND out of your clothes, but you may be nervous about choosing the right breast implant size or looking fake.
When you choose Restora Austin, you can put your fears to rest. Dr. Reid and Dr. Gordon have a reputation for creating the most natural-looking breasts after augmentation. The fact that you have implants can be our little secret. One of the keys to Drs. Reid and Gordon’s success is their commitment to individualized care. One size does not fit all, and many factors must be considered before you zero in on the best option. The goal of breast augmentation should be to enhance, rather than to overwhelm, your figure. We want your breast implants to become your best accessory and to never interfere with your lifestyle.
We believe that it definitely takes two to tango, and patient involvement is very important in providing clients top-notch breast augmentation services. As you can probably already tell if you’ve explored our website, one of our passions is patient education. We believe the more information you have before your consultation, the more in-depth the conversation we’ll have when you come in to meet with us. While the internet can be a fantastic resource and a great starting point for women who are curious about breast augmentation, a lot of the information is outdated and generic.
As an innovator and game changer in breast augmentation among Austin plastic surgery practices, we tweak things a bit to provide clients with a customized approach to breast augmentation. We do things a little bit differently here at Restora Austin as we constantly strive to provide the ultimate experience in plastic surgery. Our success as one of the busiest breast augmentation practices in the U.S.A. is a direct result of that experience and the connection we make with our patients. We want to give you a glimpse of what you can expect when you choose us, so what better way to do that than to chronicle the journey of one of our patients, Lauren, from her initial consultation to the day of her breast augmentation procedure as well as from her initial recovery to her six-month follow-up? The video entitled, “The Insider’s Guide to Breast Augmentation”, has been a great tool in eliminating the anxiety and fear of the ‘unknown’ and in providing an accurate overview of our specific process. Many of your questions will be answered, but more importantly, you’ll learn the reasoning behind Drs. Reid and Gordon’s approach. The video has been very well received by patients with many commenting that it answered questions they didn’t even know they had. We hope you find it helpful, too.
We couldn’t possibly cover everything related to breast augmentation in the video, so we compiled a list of other commonly asked questions in the section below. Please continue reading the “HOT TOPICS; Breast Augmentation” in the section to the right as well. As you read, write down your list of questions and/or concerns and bring them to your consultation. We want to ensure you have all of the information you need to make this very important decision.
Breast Augmentation Basics
GETTING READY FOR YOUR BIG DAY
Will I need to stop any of my medications before surgery?
You will be advised to stop taking certain medications and vitamins or herbal supplements that can contribute to excess bleeding 2 weeks prior to breast augmentation. You will be given a full list of medications to discontinue, but the most common ones are Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E and Aspirin. Please be sure to include all vitamins and supplements you are taking on your health history form.
Does smoking affect the healing process, and if so, how far in advance of surgery should I quit?
We recommend you quit smoking 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after breast augmentation. Smoking can lead to delayed wound healing and increase your risk of infection.
Will I need a mammogram prior to my surgery?
If you are under the age of 40 and do not have a family history of breast cancer, you do not need a mammogram prior to breast augmentation procedure. If you are close to 40, we may recommend that you have a baseline mammogram prior to surgery. If you are 40 or older, you will need a mammogram performed within the last year prior to surgery.
Will I need any other tests or blood work done?
Lab work will be performed prior to breast augmentation to ensure that you are not anemic, do not have an infection, and are not pregnant. Based on your medical history, you may be asked to have additional laboratory studies or other diagnostic tests to ensure your overall health and breast health.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BREAST LIFT?
This question comes up all the time, and depends on several factors, so we’ve dedicated an entire section to this topic: To Lift or Not to Lift.
HOW DO I SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR MYSELF?
This is a very important question, because we don’t want any patients to be disappointed with their results from breast augmentation. Honest communication between you and your surgeon is of the utmost importance.
These are the three most common ideas that lead to UNrealistic expectations in breast augmentation Austin:
- that an implant alone will correct all issues with the breast
- that an implant alone will change the shape of the breast
- that all asymmetries will be corrected
To begin with, every woman has a different breast shape and breast structure, and the “canvas” we work with isn’t blank. Our surgeons will listen to your concerns about your breasts, and they will point out unique features of your breast that will influence your final breast shape and position after breast augmentation. Many patients don’t realize that, although breast implants will certainly make their breasts larger, they won’t necessarily change their shape, and their position on your chest wall. More so, breast implants cannot lift your breasts if your nipples are below the IMF (infra-mammary fold), and you may also need a breast lift. It’s helpful when looking at before and after pictures to not just look at the after photos. Look back and forth between the 2 images, and you’ll see what we mean. The “before” dictates the “after”. While breast implants can greatly improve the appearance of the breasts, they are not designed to correct or perfect every concern.
At your consultation, we will discuss your unique “Breast-Print”. Think of this like your fingerprint. It’s unique to you and takes into consideration your specific breast anatomy like:
- the distance between your breasts
- prominence of your breast bone or sternum
- the position of your breasts on your chest wall
- the position of your right and left IMF (infra-mammary fold) or breast crease
- the distance between the bottom of your areola and the IMF
Here’s a list of other factors that will influence your result:
- your natural breast shape and size
- the quality of your skin, especially the dermis, which provides support
- elasticity of your skin (how much it stretches)
- the size, position and direction of each nipple and areola
- degree of projection of each nipple and areola
- the definition or strength of the IMF on each side
- curvature of your rib cage or prominence of certain ribs
- curvature of your spine (scoliosis)
With these points considered, Take a look in the mirror again or, better yet, take a picture of your breasts and see if you can identify some of these factors. Having knowledge of your unique features will help you better understand and project what results you can expect for yourself.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
If you are able to communicate your goals and reasons for breast enhancement, then we’re off to a good start. We want to know what is motivating you to consider breast augmentation, so we can help you best achieve your aesthetic goals. You are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation if you are healthy and have specific concerns about the size and shape of your breasts. You should be internally motivated and are doing this for yourself and not due to pressure from your husband or partner. You also must have realistic expectations about what breast implants can and cannot achieve. While you may have an idea of what you want your “ideal” breasts to look like, it’s important to know that what nature has given you may limit the outcome. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation, and we will explain how your unique “Breast-Print” may affect your breast augmentation results.
WHO IS THE “TYPICAL” BREAST AUGMENTATION PATIENT?
We handle diverse clients of all shapes and sizes—nothing comes close to being typical. Breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States, so there really isn’t a “typical” patient. Women choose breast augmentation or breast enhancement for very personal and diverse reasons. We have patients in their late teens to mid- 60’s who simply want to enhance their size. Many of our patients are women who once had full, perky breasts, but pregnancy or breastfeeding left their breasts deflated and droopy. Full, shapely breasts can make a woman feel more feminine, attractive and confident, so it’s no wonder that more and more women are choosing breast augmentation.