Confidence is one of the most attractive qualities a person can have. People who have a healthy love for themselves have a way of drawing others in and enjoying those relationships more. Of course, confidence is more than just skin-deep; but there’s no denying that feeling good about how you look has a significant impact on how you think of yourself as a whole. Unfortunately, a vast majority of women have difficulty achieving that level of confidence. Looking in the mirror is a part of the day that many of them do not look forward to. When there is something that bothers you about your appearance, it can be a struggle to overcome that feeling. Whether you are interested in liposuction, a tummy tuck, or breast augmentation in Lubbock, Rowley Plastic Surgery offers procedures to fit the needs of every woman’s size and shape.
A Women’s Health Issue
According to a recent study published in the journal, Body Image, 71 percent of women are unhappy with the size of their breasts. The findings are based on a Breast Size Satisfaction Survey of 18,541 women from 40 nations across the globe. A woman’s breasts are often intimately connected to the way she feels about herself, and when she has negative emotions about them, it harms her self-esteem. The introduction to the study states:
“If [a woman’s] chest is the house of her being, from which radiates her energy to meet the world, her breasts are also entwined with her sense of self. […] For many women, if not all, breasts are an important component of body self-image; a woman may love them or dislike them, but she is rarely neutral.”
The researchers also discovered that women who were unhappy with their breast size were less likely to practice regular breast self-exams. A positive association with your chest can improve your physical and emotional well-being, as a little self-love can translate into better health habits for the long run. Dissatisfaction with your breasts is not something you have to live with. If your breasts cause you to feel self-conscious about the way you look, several options can help, including breast augmentation in Lubbock. Whether you feel your breasts are too big, too small, or any size in between, plastic surgery can boost your confidence and enhance your inner and outer beauty.
Why Breast Augmentation?
Celebrities are not the only ones getting breast implants; in 2019, plastic surgeons in the U.S. performed 299,715 breast augmentations. Women of many different backgrounds, ages, sizes, and shapes choose breast augmentation as a way to add volume to their breasts. Some are mothers who want to restore the look of their breasts that have changed after pregnancy. Others feel uncomfortable with their asymmetrical breasts. Many women are unhappy with the size of their bust because it seems out of proportion with the rest of their bodies. Breast augmentation in Lubbock can resolve all of these concerns. Other benefits of breast enhancement include:
- Overall safety of the procedure. Breast augmentation is a safe, routine surgery with low risk of complications for healthy patients.
- Variety of options. Patients can choose from a variety of implant shapes and sizes to fit their personal preferences. Implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel. Depending on your breast anatomy and your preferences, your plastic surgeon can place your implants either under or over the chest muscle.
- Quick recovery. You’ll only need two or three days to recover from breast augmentation surgery. After four-to-six weeks, most women get the green light from their doctors to resume full physical activity.
- High rate of patient satisfaction. According to RealSelf, 98 percent of women with breast implants find the surgery to be “worth it.” Breast augmentation in Lubbock has many physical, emotional, and social benefits.
Breast Implant Options
The decisions you make about your breast implants are highly personal. Your priorities, tastes, and body type will all play a role in what you choose for your breast augmentation in Lubbock. Aside from selecting a well-qualified plastic surgeon, picking the right type of breast implant is perhaps the most important thing you can do to influence your outcome. Here is a breakdown of the implant options available to breast augmentation patients:
In 2019, 15 percent of breast enlargement procedures used saline breast implants. This device is filled with sterile salt water after it is inserted during surgery. Saline implants are an option for women 18 and older who want to surgically increase the volume of their breasts. Aesthetic drawbacks of saline implants include a less natural appearance, and the tendency to wrinkle and ripple.
Silicone Gel Implants
As the overwhelmingly popular choice for breast augmentation patients, silicone gel implants offer aesthetic benefits that women want. Their silicone gel filling gives them a realistic look and feel, but it also presents the possibility of silent rupture (undetected leakage). The FDA has approved silicone gel implants for breast augmentation in women age 22 and older and recommends these patients get MRIs every other year to check for silent rupture.
IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants
The IDEAL IMPLANT is the latest in breast implant technology. It combines the peace of mind of saline with the aesthetic benefits of silicone gel implants to give women an option that allows them to feel beautiful and secure. Dr. Rowley is proud to be an IDEAL IMPLANT Premiere Surgeon for her patients who want breast augmentation in Lubbock. For more information on the advantages of the IDEAL IMPLANT, watch the video below:
What to Expect From Breast Enhancement Surgery
The weeks leading up to your breast augmentation procedure are an exciting time. Patients often feel a mixture of nerves, anticipation, and excitement as they prepare for their surgery. However, knowing what to expect can help bring a sense of calm as you approach your operation. Breast augmentation in Lubbock typically takes about an hour and requires general anesthesia. The size of your incision depends on the type of implants you choose, but for most women, it is about two inches long under the crease of the breasts. After your procedure, you should have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. Pain during recovery varies from person to person, but it is easily managed with doctor-prescribed medications. And, as a bonus, a relatively easy recovery means you will be able to enjoy your plastic surgery results without much delay.
While the most popular plastic surgery procedure may be breast augmentation in Lubbock, not every patient wants to add to her breasts. In fact, the Body Image Breast Size Satisfaction Survey found that 23 percent of women wished their breasts were smaller. Women who feel burdened by their breasts can find relief with breast reduction surgery. Overly large breasts often cause neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as other health issues. Even if there are no related health problems, women often get tired of the unwanted stares and attention to their chests. It can also be challenging to find clothes that fit well. All of these downsides contribute to problems with self-esteem and lower quality of life. Talk to your doctor if you feel your large breasts are getting in the way of the life you want to live. Here’s how the surgery works:
- Extra skin and fat are removed through incisions made on the breast and around the areola. The type of incision you get depends on how much tissue needs to go.
- The breasts are lifted and the nipple and areola are moved up to a position that fits the new shape of the breast. The areola is often made smaller as well.
- Immediately after surgery, patients enjoy the results of having a heavy weight lifted from their chests. Complete healing takes up to six weeks, but you can go back to work after 10-14 days. Scars will be noticeable, but usually fade well over time and are easily hidden beneath swimwear.
Some of Dr. Rowley’s most satisfied clients are her breast reduction patients. Increased mobility, an enhanced appearance, and relief from a burdensome chest give them a freedom they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Watch the video below for more information on breast reduction:
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast reduction patients always receive a lift when they undergo their procedure, but you can also opt to have a breast lift on its own (or you can add it to your breast augmentation in Lubbock). A breast lift is for women who have significant sagging or drooping of their breasts. When you place a pencil horizontally under the crease of your breast, does it stay put? If so, you may have enough sagging to benefit from a lift. The procedure lifts, tightens, and rejuvenates the bust by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. Nipples are also moved to a higher, more natural position to match the uplifted breast.
A breast lift results in a more youthful, perky chest and a greater sense of confidence to go with it. If you have breasts that are sagging, pendulous, tubular, or have stretched or downward pointing nipples, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. Learn more about mastopexy in the following video:
Rebuilding confidence after cancer is an important part of the healing process. For many women, this means pursuing plastic surgery for the breasts to reconstruct their feminine figure. Cancer patients who undergo breast surgery as part of their treatment have several options for breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure often involves breast augmentation in Lubbock and a breast lift. The goal is to rebuild the shape of the breasts to help women feel more comfortable with their bodies after cancer. If you are having a surgical cancer treatment such as a lumpectomy or mastectomy, talk to your doctors about the timing of breast reconstruction surgery. Some women have the procedures at the same time; others delay reconstruction until after they’ve had more time to heal.
Do it For You
One of the most important things when considering any cosmetic breast procedure is that you should do it for you, and no one else. Disconnect from other people’s opinions and focus on what the surgery could do for you. Will it improve your self-confidence? Will you feel better about your body in and out of your clothes? Will it help you feel like yourself again? You need to be willing to ask yourself the hard questions (and give honest answers) when it comes to making any permanent changes to your body. Talk to your doctor about your hopes and expectations for results from these procedures:
- Enlarging the breasts with breast augmentation in Lubbock
- Breast reduction to make the breasts smaller and more proportionate with the rest of the body
- Breast lift for sagging breasts
- Breast reconstruction for cancer patients who need reshaping or rebuilding of the breasts due to treatment surgery
Confidence comes from within. It’s about loving yourself and feeling comfortable with who you are. Many women feel strongly about the appearance of their breasts, and whether you wish yours were bigger, smaller, or less droopy, plastic surgery with Dr. Rowley can bring greater satisfaction and build confidence. When you feel good about the way you look, it gives you the freedom to focus on the things you care about most.
Dr. Jane Rowley: Lubbock’s Leading Plastic Surgeon
At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of feeling good about your body. That’s why we are committed to serving our patients with unsurpassed care and a superior experience overall. Dr. Jane Rowley is a world-class surgeon with over 20 years of experience performing cosmetic breast procedures. She is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and offers unsurpassed expertise and skill. Whether you want breast augmentation in Lubbock or any other plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Rowley will take her time addressing all of your questions and concerns. For more information or a no-obligation consultation, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today.