What is Breast Augmentation?
Would you like to change the shape and/or volume of your breasts? Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel, offers breast augmentation surgery for women who are unhappy with their breast shape and volume. She consults with women in her Houston, TX practice at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. for effective options to improve the fullness, shape, projection, and size of the breasts with the intent of creating a gorgeous and balanced outcome. Dr. Spiegel is highly trained in augmenting the breasts, and she had performed countless breast enhancement surgeries each year. During your consultation, Dr. Spiegel will listen to your aesthetic desires and concerns. Plus, she will educate you on all of the choices available to make a surgical plan just for your needs.
As a woman, you probably consider your breasts to be an essential aspect of your femininity and self-esteem. Dr. Spiegel understands how the shape and size of your breasts can lead you to have a dissatisfying body image. By having a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Spiegel, she will help you find a solution that you can be comfortable with when it comes to augmentation surgery. To learn more, please request a consultation online or call our Houston, TX practice.
"I cannot recommend Dr Spiegel and her team more highly. I attended her clinic when having trouble with uncomfortable implants after a previous mastectomy. Dr Spiegel suggested DIEP procedure and I was really not sure. Over the coming months both she and her team explained the procedure, the benefits and results and implications. I decided to go ahead and I could not be more happy with the results. I look like I would have done pre mastectomy. I have been amazed by the continued care and concern of the whole team from the finance folk to the clinic nurses and doctors and their absolute pleasure in seeing my delight. A fantastic experience and I can't thank them enough."- C.A. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel and her wonderful staff got me through the most difficult experience of my life. Going through mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction is traumatic. I chose her over other Houston area surgeons and felt that I could trust her. Everyone in her office supported me each step of the way. First, and foremost, this is a major surgery and you rely on medical excellence to avoid important risks. She is a perfectionist regarding medical safety. Next, her artistry is outstanding. She got the best result that could be possible. Finally, if you have radiation, it is a long journey of several years to get from the beginning to end of the process, involving a year of a temporary expander before the final reconstruction. It is important to have a team that you can have that trusting supportive relationship over time. I feel very lucky and grateful that I was in the hands of this wonderful group of highly skilled women."- L.S. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is my guardian angel and I owe her and her entire team and staff a debt of gratitude that I will ever be able to repay! I am one year out from my original Diep flap surgery with her and I feel great- like myself again! After undergoing a prophylactic mastectomy ( due to testing positive for the BRCA 2 gene and strong family cancer) and getting breast implants with another doctor, Dr. Spiegel saved my life by removing the implants and performing Deip surgery. The implants cased me so much pain and diminished my quality of life but now I have it back. I have no more pain and my breasts are soft again and created from my very own tissue. Thank you Dr. Spiegel!"- J.A. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel was highly recommended by my oncologist. It had become necessary that I look into reconstruction and a lymph node transplant. Dr. Spiegel does amazing work. She loves what she does and it shows in the results that she achieves. I am very happy that I chose her for this journey! Her support staff are wonderful to work with as well!"- D.M. / Google / Jul 08, 2019
"Dr. Spiegel is simply fantastic. I am so grateful to her and her whole staff (Alexis/Nicole/Lisa/Aidee/Angie) for the wonderful care and support given to me from my very first visit to their office. Dr. Spiegel is so thorough that during the course of my visits, she insisted that I consult a GI doctor for my distended stomach. Turns out that I had an H Pylori infection for which I had to be treated. No other doctors had ever looked past their specialties to treat the whole individual, and I am 59 years old. Subsequently, Dr. Spiegel pushed for an endoscopy, and it was discovered that I had an ulcer for which I was treated. From cardio work up, lab tests to chest xrays, Dr. Spiegel ensured that I was in top shape for surgery and made sure that I understood all aspects of the procedure and treatment.During my stay at the hospital, Dr. Spiegel, Alexis, Nicole, Dr. Arroyo, and Dr. Vo infused me with so much strength, support and kindness that I have no words to express my gratitude and appreciation. It's been one month since my surgery and I'm feeling good, healing very well and going back to work next week. Awesome doctor and wonderful staff."- R.L. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
Your Plastic surgery Consult
The decision to have breast augmentation is personal. If you are thinking about having this surgery, it is essential you do it for yourself. The consultation process is dedicated to selecting the right implant that is appropriate to your body frame, desired breast size, and aesthetic goals. An important fact is that candidates considering saline implants must be at least 18 years old while patients must be at least 22 years old in order to undergo treatment with silicone. Other options include gummy bear implants and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). Aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other notable factors to decide.
Types of Breast implants
Both saline and silicone breast implant options are available at Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D. We can go over each type to determine which implants will best suit your goals, personal preferences, and body proportions to make the decision. Regardless of the type selected, each breast implant is made with a silicone elastomer shell with a translucent outer layer.
Saline breast implants
Pre-filled with sterile saltwater before your surgery, a saline breast implant can be adjusted during the placement if more or less saline is needed.
Silicone breast implants
The gel in a silicone breast implant can be filled before surgery, but one of the main surgical differences you will encounter is a long incision made on the breasts. Many patients say that silicone breast implants feel and move more naturally than a saline breast implant.
Gummy bear breast implants
As a cohesive silicone gel implant, the "gummy bear" breast implant will not leak if disturbed inside of your body and may hold their shape longer than traditional saline or silicone implants. They were also recently approved for use in the United States (after being available in Europe for many years).
Implant size is distinguished based on the number of CCs of saline or silicone used. To pick the right amount, Dr. Spiegel will look at how much original tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. In the operating room, it is common for Dr. Spiegel to make adjustments to the amount of filler that is put into your implants.
Implants are produced in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are widely used; however, most of our patients choose a round shape. It often appears more natural while adding a fullness to the top portion of the breast that a majority of our augmentation patients desire.
Breast implant profile refers to how far out the implant projects, or what is visible in a low to extra high range at the side angle.
How Is This Surgery Performed?
Breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. You will go into surgery with a treatment plan (with incision placement, type of implant, and location of the implant placement already decided) for Dr. Spiegel to follow. The incisions will be made within the natural creases of the breasts. Your saline or silicone implant may be placed under the pectoral muscle or behind your breast tissue yet still over the pectoral muscle. Through the incision opening, Dr. Spiegel will surgically create a pocket and then put the implant into position. Afterward, Dr. Spiegel will close the incisions, bandage your skin, dress you in a sports bra, and send you to our post-operation recovery.
After Your Augmentation
Within a few days, the post-surgical swelling should dissipate, and your breasts should begin to feel more settled into their new position. While individual results vary, most patients can return to everyday activities within several days; however, physical exertion, such as exercise, should be delayed for a minimum of a couple of months. Dr. Spiegel will advise you on how to proceed at your follow-up appointments. Our goal is to produce a beautiful outcome that allows you to feel more confident in this life-changing augmentation surgery.
Enhance With Dr. Spiegel
As an award-winning breast surgeon, Dr. Spiegel has dedicated her career to helping each patient reclaim a sense of femininity and well-being — regardless of surgery type. Our practice at Aldona J. Spiegel is here to answer your questions and provide additional support as you plan out your breast augmentation journey. Dr. Spiegel and our team invite you to learn more through a personalized consultation. Contact Dr. Spiegel in Houston, TX to plan your first office visit.