Breast Augmentation in Lubbock and Other Breast Procedures that Build Confidence

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:

Saline Implants

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. 

Breast Reduction

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:

Breast Reconstruction

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.

Finding the Perfect Fit with Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

If you’re considering breast augmentation (also known as breast enhancement, breast enlargement, breast implants, or a “boob job”), you’re not alone. Breast augmentation has been the most popular plastic surgery in recent years, and continues to grow in popularity. But the decision to get breast augmentation in Lubbock, or anywhere, is not an easy one. First, you have to be sure that you really want it, and, second, you have to decide how you want to do it. Here are some things to think about as you consider whether to get a breast enhancement and which type of implant is best for you.

Why Do You Want Breast Enhancement?

If you want breast implants, you have to be sure that you are getting them for you, and not for anyone else – not even your partner. It’s your body and you have to live (literally!) with the results. You must be sure that you will like what you see and feel comfortable when you look in the mirror each day. Even if your results turn out great, taking such drastic measures to please someone else could lead to resentment and dissatisfaction. On the flipside, if you pursue plastic surgery to fulfill your own goals rather than someone else’s, it can lead you to feel empowered and confident.  

In addition to assessing your motivation for having plastic surgery, you need to make sure you have realistic expectations for the outcome of your breast augmentation in Lubbock. Hoping that it will make people like you better, or that it can make you look just like your favorite celebrity can lead to disappointment in the end. Remember that plastic surgery cannot fix your personal problems and it won’t change who you are at the core. It can help boost your confidence and put some pep in your step, but the rest is up to you. 

If you want to increase the volume of your breasts because their size is something that has always bothered you, to fix asymmetry, or simply to look better in a bikini, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Your doctor can help you decide if you have the right motivations for having plastic surgery.  

Is There a “Right” Size for Breast Augmentation?

The decision on breast implant size is a very personal one that is tied closely to your reasons for wanting the surgery in the first place. Some women have a naturally small bust line and may wish for a curvier or more traditionally feminine figure. Other women may have an asymmetry that’s always bothered them and that they wish to correct. Some women may have lost breast tissue from breastfeeding, or may wish to counteract the effects of aging and gravity. But, no matter what your reason is for wanting the procedure, the size you choose will impact how dramatic of a change you achieve.

There is no right or wrong answer to the size question, but choosing a breast implant size that doesn’t feel perfect can lead to more surgery down the line. Many breast augmentation revision surgeries are performed because the patient desires a change in implant size. In a 2019 study, 41 percent of women who had breast enlargement revision surgery did so because they wanted to change the size of their implants. 38 percent of the study participants chose larger breast implants for their revision surgery. Modern trends have many patients opting for smaller, more natural looking breast enhancement results. However, if that’s not the look you want, do not shy away from saying so. Whether they are large or small, breast implants can enhance your feminine beauty and increase your confidence.

It can be hard to visualize how your breasts will look and feel after breast augmentation in Lubbock. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could try on different sizes, just like when you are shopping for clothes? With a little rice and some imagination, you can do the next best thing. Making your own rice breast implant sizers is easy – and it’s a helpful way to get a good idea of how your new implants will feel. To make them, just cut the feet out of some nylon pantyhose, fill them with rice, and tie them off at the top. Here’s how much rice to use:

  • ¼ cup rice for 75 cc
  • ½ cup rice for 125 cc
  • 1 cup rice for 250 cc

The rice will form to the shape of your breasts as you situate the sizers inside your bra. Wear them around the house for a bit to see how the extra weight feels and to get some insight into what life would be like with larger breasts. You may discover that you would prefer to choose a size smaller or larger than you originally thought! Keep in mind that the rice method is not an exact science, and it is important to discuss your questions and concerns about breast augmentation in Lubbock with a qualified plastic surgeon. 

Understanding the Differences Between Implant Types

The type of breast implant you select will have a significant impact on the outcome of your procedure. The decision should be made only after thorough research on your own and a candid discussion with your plastic surgeon. Presently, there are three types of breast implants. Each kind has its unique advantages, and depending on your priorities and preferences, one may be more suited to you than another. All breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone; however, their names refer to what’s inside the silicone shell.

  1. Saline. Saline is sterilized salt water. These implants consist of a silicone shell filled with saline. Depending on which implant brand you choose, they may come either pre-filled (requiring a larger incision) or empty, in which case they can be folded and inserted through a smaller incision. If a saline implant leaks (called a “rupture”), the saline is safely absorbed into your body, and the rupture is immediately apparent by simple observation of the breast. That’s why women feel comfortable choosing saline implants for breast augmentation in Lubbock – they do not have to worry about silent rupture. The downside is that saline breast implants often move and feel much like water balloons. While you have the peace of mind of having a natural substance inside, the saline generally doesn’t move or feel like natural breast tissue. The implant can fold, causing an unappealing rippling or wrinkling effect.
  2. Silicone gel. Silicone gel implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. They come prefilled, so they require a larger incision. However, there are things about silicone gel ruptures that make many women uncomfortable with these implant types. Because of the thickness of silicone gel, when there is a rupture, the gel is a foreign substance that requires another surgery to remove, and is not safely absorbed by the body like saline. And because you cannot detect a rupture by looking at the breast, this scenario is known as a “silent rupture,” meaning it requires an MRI (which is typically not covered by insurance) to detect. In fact, the FDA recommends MRIs every 2-3 years for women with silicone gel implants to make sure the implant is intact. This is something that many women are not aware of.
  3. IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the safety of saline with the natural look and feel of silicone gel. It’s the only breast implant of its kind and was developed by a plastic surgeon in response to women’s concerns about silent rupture. Now, breast augmentation with IDEAL IMPLANT can give you the benefits of saline and silicone gel without the drawbacks of either. The IDEAL IMPLANT is saline-filled, however, the saline is contained within nested shells and separate chambers. This unique design controls the movement of the saline, giving it an appearance and softness that is similar to a silicone gel implant. Also, because of these separate chambers, and because IDEAL IMPLANTS are never pre-filled, a surgeon can adjust the saline levels to achieve the optimal results. Plus, IDEAL IMPLANTS are only available to board-certified plastic surgeons, for greater peace of mind. For breast augmentation in Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley is one of the exclusive plastic surgeons offering the IDEAL IMPLANT. As an IDEAL IMPLANT premier surgeon, she is one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the nation to use this new technology. Learn more about the advantages of the IDEAL IMPLANT over other implant types in this video:

Beyond the inner contents of a breast implant, they may also vary by shape (round or anatomical, also known as teardrop) and texture (smooth or textured). An article posted on the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons blog describes these different qualities: 

“Round implants give a full look to the upper pole of the breast and can potentially rotate in the envelope – though such a shift shouldn’t be visible. Anatomical implants (named because they resemble the natural teardrop-shaped slope of the breast) have a tapered top, so the fullness is more emphasized on the bottom pole of the breast. If these shift, however, the visible change can be more pronounced.

“The silicone shell itself may also be textured or smooth. A smooth implant is freer to subtly move in its pocket, which some women feel better mimics natural breast tissue. Textured implants more firmly anchor themselves once inserted, making it more difficult for them to rotate.”  However, as textured implants have recently been shown to have a correlation to a rare form of breast cancer, they are decreasing in use as a result.

How are Breast Implants Placed?

How the implant is inserted is largely dependent on what implant type and size you have selected, along with how much natural breast tissue you already have. These matters will be worked out during your appointments prior to your breast augmentation in Lubbock. The methods of inserting the implant include 1) where the incision is made and 2) where the implant is placed within the breast.

The most common incision locations are: 

  • Inframammary: at the base of the breast, just below the crease
  • Periareolar: on the lower border of the areola (the dark area around your nipple)
  • Transaxillary: through the armpit

As far as placement within the breast, there are also two general locations (with certain variations based on a woman’s body and consultation with her doctor). 

  • Subglandular or submammary (in front of the pectoral muscle, immediately behind the breast tissue): this used to be the standard placement of implants, however, it is less common because the implant is easier to feel, and it’s closer to the surface. It’s also not advisable for women with little or no natural breast tissue as it will generally result in a less natural result. However, there are advantages to choosing subglandular placement for breast augmentation in Lubbock. A 2015 study found that placing breast implants directly under the skin results in less blood loss during surgery and a shorter, less painful recovery. Subglandular placement is now primarily used for women who are very physically active in sports that impact the pectoral muscle, such as body-building. 
  • Submuscular (beneath the pectoral muscle): this is now the more common method of placement and generally provides a more natural result. Despite its name, with this method, the upper part of the implant is generally placed under the muscle, while the lower part may be over the muscle. Chest muscles can conceal the edges of your breast implants more effectively, giving your breasts a more natural slope. 

Get the Results you Want with Your Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

Are you considering breast augmentation in Lubbock? If so, you’re lucky to have a nationally-recognized, world-class surgeon right here in West Texas. Dr. Jane Rowley offers her patients an unmatched depth of experience with a woman’s perspective. With over two decades of practice, there is no plastic surgeon in Lubbock with more experience, training, and skill, than Dr. Rowley. She can help you navigate all of your options for breast enhancement so you can get the pair that fits your body perfectly.  Call today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.

How to Get the Look You Want With Lubbock Breast Implants

Have you ever wondered why breast augmentation results can vary so much from one woman to the next? Some women end up with perfectly proportioned, natural looking results, while others have quite obviously added on to their busts. A lot of it has to do with the plastic surgeon you choose and their aesthetic style, but much of your breast enlargement outcome is in your own hands. If you have a certain result in mind for your procedure, there are some important decisions you will need to make to get the look you want. There may not be a right or wrong answer for your breast implant choices, but because your body has a unique shape and size, you may be choosing between what’s good, better, or best for you. Here are a few things you will want to put some thought into when it comes time to make the important decisions about your Lubbock breast implants. 

Why Size Matters

Most people believe that getting breast implants in Lubbock is all about making the breasts as big as possible. Sometimes, it is. But for many modern women, the trend seems to be heading towards a smaller, more natural size. If you have thought about your breast enhancement results in terms of bra cup sizes, your plastic surgeon may encourage you to explain your goals in another way. Bra sizes are highly inconsistent between brands, and sometimes even vary within a single brand depending on the style. Cup size can be a decent starting point, but to convey your expectations more clearly to your doctor, you may want to bring photos of breasts that look like what you would want for yourself. 

Some breast implant sizes simply will not work for certain body types. For example, if you are a petite woman with a narrow chest, you should not choose implants that are overly large. The outcome would look unnatural and disproportionate. The key is to select a size that fits your anatomy and complements your figure. Carefully consider your goals and how your breast implant size may fit in with your lifestyle. Your plastic surgeon will help guide you as you decide on the perfect size for your Lubbock breast implants.   

Types of Breast Implants in Lubbock

Choosing the right breast implant for you is another important decision that might require some research. Women can choose from silicone gel, saline, or structured breast implants for their breast enhancement. Each type has unique advantages, and if you familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of each, you will be able to choose the one that suits you best.

  • Silicone Gel Implants: Silicone gel breast implants account for the vast majority of breast enlargement procedures in the U.S. They are filled with a plastic or silicone gel and are popular because they look and feel more like natural breasts. The drawback lies in the potential for silent rupture, or leakage that goes unnoticed. The FDA recommends that women who have silicone gel implants get an MRI or ultrasound every other year to check for rupture.  
  • Saline Implants: Saline-filled implants are less popular, but come with none of the health concerns associated with silicone gel. Saline is a sterile saltwater solution that is easily absorbed by the body in case the implant leaks. Many women do not choose saline implants, however, because of their tendency to ripple and appear less natural. 
  • Structured Breast Implants: Dr. Jane Rowley offers IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants for her patients who want beautiful results from saline-filled breast implants in Lubbock. With its aesthetic appeal and zero risk for silent rupture, the IDEAL IMPLANT combines the advantages of both silicone gel and saline implants for natural looking results.

Breast Implant Placement

Did you know that you have a choice about where your breast implants will be placed? Sometimes different plastic surgeons will have their favorite type of placement, but at the end of the day, it is up to you. That is not to say, however, that you shouldn’t take into consideration your doctor’s advice. After all, experienced surgeons should have an understanding of how each type of implant placement works with different body types. But, only you know your body and you are allowed to have a say when it comes to your Lubbock breast implants. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine whether placement over or under the chest muscle is best for you based on the size of implants you want and the outcome you wish to achieve. Consider the benefits and drawbacks of each type of placement.

Submuscular (Under the Muscle)

  • Lower risk for rippling, capsular contracture, and “bottoming out” of implants
  • Produces a natural looking outcome with a gradual slope of the chest 
  • Allows for more accuracy in mammograms
  • Patients experience more discomfort during recovery 
  • Longer recovery period
  • Some patients notice implant distortion with chest muscle flexing

Subglandular (Over the Muscle)

  • Slightly shorter surgery time
  • Easier recovery with less pain
  • No distortion of breast implants when chest muscles are used
  • Can reduce mammogram accuracy
  • Produces a less natural, more rounded appearance
  • Higher risk for rippling, capsular contracture, and “bottoming out”

Your Trusted Surgeon for Breast Implants in Lubbock

Dr. Jane Rowley knows your breast augmentation is a life-changing journey, and she wants to help you make educated decisions so you will love your results. When it comes to choosing a size, an implant type, and implant placement, she is here to guide you every step of the way so you can create a look that is all your own. Dr. Rowley has over 20 years of experience with Lubbock breast implants. If you are ready to take the next step toward feeling more confident in your appearance, contact our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.  

Your Breast Augmentation Planning Guide

When people decide to have plastic surgery, they do it with the hope that they are making changes that will have them looking and feeling their best. The time, money, and effort they invest in the process is meant to reward them with results that enhance their body and provide a boost of confidence. But those rewards don’t come automatically; they require you to make smart choices about your surgery. If you are having breast augmentation, there are some things you can do to be sure you’re getting the best possible experience and outcome.  

Select a Trustworthy Surgeon

Everyone loves a great deal. We bargain shop for shoes and look for the best prices for our produce. But plastic surgery is not something to pinch pennies on. When it comes to breast enlargement in Lubbock, patients get the best deal when their surgical results reflect the talent and training of a board-certified surgeon. You don’t want the health risks of a surgery gone bad just to save a little money.

Choosing an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon increases your likelihood of having a successful and safe surgery. If you select someone based on price comparison rather than their quality and training, you may be putting yourself at risk for some unnecessary problems, such as:

  • Poor Implant Placement: A talented surgeon can show you where your implants will be placed and how that placement affects your appearance. An inexperienced surgeon might place your implants either too low, too high, too close together or too far apart. An incorrect placement can make your breasts look unnatural or asymmetrical. It’s not just your breasts that you want to enhance, you also want your cleavage to look natural as well. Implant placement is critical for your results. 
  • Incorrect Implant Size Choice: Finding the perfect implant size for an individual requires clear communication between patient and surgeon. Your body type and your expectations both play a role in the implant size you choose for your breast enlargement in Lubbock. A good doctor will help you see which size best fits your frame, so you don’t come out of surgery with a fake looking chest because the implants are clearly too big for your body. 
  • Implant Wrinkling or Rippling: Breast augmentation is a combination of both science and art. How your surgeon places your implants, the type of implant you choose, and how your implants are filled can all have an effect on whether or not they wrinkle or ripple under your skin. An expert plastic surgeon knows how to evaluate your breast tissue carefully to determine the best plan for implant placement. 

Prepare for Your Consultation

Once you have chosen a plastic surgeon you trust, it’s time to book your consultation. You may already be counting down the days until your appointment, but you should also be preparing for it. A plastic surgery consultation is not like a typical trip to the doctor. As one of the most important parts of your journey through plastic surgery, your consultation is the time for you to have your concerns addressed and your questions answered. There is plenty of information out there about breast implants, but it is important to get your facts from a plastic surgeon you trust. Here are some of the questions most commonly asked by patients considering breast enlargement in Lubbock:

  • Are breast implants safe? Yes. The FDA has concluded through decades of studies that both silicone gel and saline implants used for breast augmentation are safe. It has even been said that breast implants have been studied more than any other medical device – ever. Hundreds of thousands of women get breast implants each year and have no negative side effects. Breast implants are constantly under the microscope of global health authorities and they have found no correlation between implants and autoimmune diseases.
  • Should I choose silicone gel or saline implants? The type of implant a woman picks is a personal choice. There are advantages and drawbacks that come with each, but there is no right or wrong answer. Silicone gel implants are known to offer a more natural look and feel. Saline implants, however, provide more peace of mind when it comes to potential rupture or leakage. 
  • What does the surgery involve? Breast augmentation is a relatively routine surgery that usually lasts only about an hour or two, and the incision is typically only about 2 inches long. Experienced surgeons have their own specific methods and procedures, and yours will walk you through what you can expect. 
  • Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation? Yes. The procedure typically does not interfere with the ability to breastfeed if the incisions are made in the creases of the breasts. Implants placed through incisions around the areola have been shown to affect breastfeeding, however. Let your doctor know if this is a concern for you so you can discuss the best surgical plan for your needs. 
  • What happens afterwards? When your procedure is complete, you will be able to notice immediate results. You should plan to have someone drive you home afterward and stay with you the first night. It is normal to experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but the worst of it should only last a day or two. Exercise should be limited during the first couple of weeks, but most patients are able to return to normal life very quickly.

Plan for Recovery

You can choose a top notch plastic surgeon and ask all the right questions at your consultation, but if you don’t do your part to ensure a successful recovery, you won’t have the best chance of getting the results you want. Amid all the excitement for your upcoming breast enlargement in Lubbock, it can be easy to forget about what happens afterward. Taking proper care of yourself during your recovery period is crucial to achieving optimal results from surgery. If you do not follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions carefully or if you try to do too much too fast, you could be putting yourself at risk for complications.  

Some patients heal more rapidly than others, but you should plan to spend the first couple of days after your surgery resting. Take those days off work and plan to have someone else take care of the kids. Be sure to stock up on groceries, household essentials, and prescriptions before your procedure. Avoid driving for the first week of your recovery and stay away from any form of heavy lifting for four to six weeks. Your doctor will have specific guidelines as to what you should and should not do post-surgery, but if you have any questions or concerns you should contact their office immediately.  

Explore Your Options for Breast Enlargement in Lubbock 

At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we want the outcome of your surgery to be your dream come true. Dr. Jane Rowley is committed to helping her patients achieve their highest aesthetic potential through communication, expertise, and skill. She understands the little and big details of breast augmentation and carefully consults with her patients before any surgery happens. You can have confidence in your surgeon when you choose Rowley Plastic Surgery. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more about your breast augmentation options.

Natural Breast Enlargement in Lubbock With Structured Implants

Years ago, it was easy to spot a woman who had breast implants. The popular choice was to go as big as possible, even if that looked fake. Now, breast augmentation trends are moving toward a smaller, more realistic shape. The days of Hollywood’s big round busts are in the past as the majority of today’s women want a practical, natural look to fit their lifestyle and their tastes. Every woman has different goals for her breast enlargement in Lubbock, but opting for a natural result will give you just the right amount of enhancement for a feminine look.     

Why Women Are Going Smaller

Breast augmentation continues to be the most popular plastic surgery in America. Last year more than 300,000 women had the procedure, a statistic that has been on the rise for years. Modern women still want larger breasts, but have begun to prefer smaller breast implants than they used to. The reasons behind this new trend vary widely. Some women simply want to return to the volume they enjoyed before pregnancy and breastfeeding left their breasts looking deflated. Others want Lubbock breast enlargement to give them an increase in size, but don’t want to disrupt their active lifestyle by choosing too large of an implant. Keeping breast implant size in proportion to your body is key when trying to achieve a result that looks natural.

Breast Augmentation Options: Silicone Gel and Saline

Size matters when it comes to getting a natural outcome from breast enlargement in Lubbock, but it’s not the only important factor. Do you know which type of breast implant will give you the look you are aiming for? A realistic feel and shape will also help keep your breasts from seeming artificial. Silicone gel breast implants are FDA-approved for women 22 and older, and offer a feel that resembles real breasts. But the silicone gel inside puts patients at risk for silent rupture, or undetected leakage. Since a silicone gel implant could break at any time without any warning signs, the FDA recommends women with these implants have routine MRIs to monitor for problems. Even though these MRIs are for preventative measures, they are not covered by insurance and will have to be paid for out of your own pocket. They are not 100 percent reliable, but they are the best test we have to try to figure out if your silicone gel implants have ruptured. 

Bad Press

Silicone gel breast implants have made headlines in the past for questions about their safety. The FDA lifted the ban on silicone gel implants 14 years ago after finding no link between them and certain autoimmune diseases. But concerns are resurfacing today, with women still reporting symptoms they believe to be related to their silicone gel implants. These reports are anecdotal in nature and the symptoms reported can vary from one woman to the next, but it’s enough for some patients to reconsider their decision about which breast implants to choose for their Lubbock breast enlargement procedure.   

On the other hand, saline breast implants can offer more peace of mind when it comes to issues like leakage and rupture. They are approved by the FDA for women 18 and older. There are no health concerns associated with these implants because saline is a natural substance that can be easily absorbed into the body. The drawback comes in what saline implants are limited to aesthetically; they are known for their their water balloon-like feel and their tendency to visibly wrinkle or ripple. A major reason for getting breast enlargement in Lubbock is to make your breasts look and feel better, so why choose something that may not give you those effects?   

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants 

Have you ever wished there was a breast implant that could combine the aesthetics of silicone gel with the safety of saline? The new IDEAL IMPLANT is the latest in breast implant technology that gives patients a new option to consider. Women considering breast enlargement in Lubbock should not have to choose between implants that can give them either peace of mind or a beautiful result. The new IDEAL IMPLANT gives women the best of both worlds by providing a natural look and feel along with the safety of saline. Because it is filled with pure saline inside, the IDEAL IMPLANT has zero risk for silent rupture. You will never need to schedule an MRI to find out if your implants have any problems. If your IDEAL IMPLANT has a tear, you will be able to tell just by looking in the mirror. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women can feel confident knowing their breast implants are secure and beautiful.  

The IDEAL IMPLANT’s structured design is the key to what makes it unique. It has two chambers, each with its own shell to protect the saline filler inside. Up to three baffle shells are located between the inner and outer shells of the implant. Unlike traditional saline breast implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT won’t slosh as you move around. The movement of the saline inside is controlled by the implant’s structure, which makes the breasts look and feel even more natural.

The IDEAL IMPLANT requires a smaller incision than silicone gel breast implants because it is filled during your Lubbock breast enlargement procedure. Your plastic surgeon can give you the exact size you want by making any necessary adjustments to the amount of saline filler inside. This makes it easier to achieve your personal aesthetic goals for your breast augmentation. You will be able to create a customized plastic surgery plan with your doctor as you communicate your desires clearly and keep realistic expectations. 

Be True to You

Ideas about beauty are constantly changing in today’s world. What’s popular for breast enlargement in Lubbock today could change completely in a short period of time. The most important thing you can do when making choices about breast augmentation is to go with what would make you feel your best. You will be happier with your results if your main goal is to enhance your beauty and gain confidence, rather than to keep up with current trends.

Lubbock Breast Enlargement With Dr. Rowley

Local women interested in the youthful feel and peace of mind of the IDEAL IMPLANT have convenient access to a premier surgeon who offers exactly that. Dr. Jane Rowley is one of the top three IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons in the country, and the only one to offer the new technology for Lubbock breast enlargement patients. She is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience performing cosmetic procedures.

When it comes to breast enlargement in Lubbock, you have one of the nation’s top doctors right in your own backyard. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley will thoroughly discuss your options and expectations with you to make sure you have the best possible outcome. Whether you choose silicone gel, saline, or structured breast implants, she will candidly address all of your questions and concerns. Lubbock breast enlargement patients trust Dr. Rowley to help determine the best plan for their individual needs and cosmetic goals. Call Rowley Plastic Surgery today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn if the IDEAL IMPLANT is right for you.

The Truth About Lubbock Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, year after year, but it also may be the one that is most misunderstood. Depending on who you talk to, you may get a wide variety of reactions and ideas from people when you bring up breast implants. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion about breast augmentation in Lubbock. But if you are considering breast augmentation, your decision should be based on the truth rather than the misinformation that is so widely spread. Having the right information can make all the difference in helping you make the best choices for your breast enhancement. Here’s a rundown of the 5 biggest misconceptions to help you separate fact from fiction:

1. “Bigger is Better”

While some people might think the goal for Lubbock breast augmentation should be to make breasts look as big as possible, the current trend is moving toward a more natural look. Women still want to increase the size of their breasts, but they want to do it in a more subtle way. Choosing an implant size that keeps your breasts in proportion with the rest of your body helps your plastic surgery results look natural and feminine, instead of obvious and fake. Board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Jane Rowley understand how to artistically create the shape that is right for your body.

2. “Implants Must Be Replaced Every Ten Years”

There is no rule that says how often breast implants will have to be replaced. The only reason they would need to be swapped out is if there is a problem, like leakage. If you have silicone gel breast implants and experience leakage, they will need to be replaced immediately. The latest FDA research shows that only 20 percent of women’s breast implants have had to be replaced after ten years. Some may need replacing sooner, but others will easily last much longer. 

3. “Silicone Gel Implants Are Unsafe”

Silicone gel breast implants are FDA approved for women 22-years-old and older, and many studies have proven them to be just as safe as saline implants. Gummy bear implants are made with a more cohesive silicone gel that is less likely to leak into the body in case of a rupture. Recent innovations like these have eased some women’s concerns about silicone gel implants. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of the different types of breast implants in depth with you before your breast augmentation in Lubbock.

4. “They Will Look Fake”

Lubbock breast augmentation expert Dr. Jane Rowley uses modern surgical techniques that allow her patients to enjoy beautifully enhanced breasts without ending up looking fake. The type of breast implant you choose as well as its placement, shape, and size all contribute to the look you want to achieve. A skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Rowley will carefully consider your measurements and individual shape to create the most flattering improvements to your bust.  

5. “They Will Feel Fake”

It used to be common for breast implants to feel artificial. For women today, a natural feel is just as important as having a realistic look for their breasts. Recent advances in implant designs have made the results of breast augmentation feel much more like the real thing. Most recently, IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants have combined the safety of saline with the more natural feel of silicone gel implants to give you the best of both worlds. During your Lubbock breast augmentation consultation, your surgeon will let you feel each type of implant available so you can choose the one that will give you the results you desire. 

Choosing the Right Breast Implants

The type of breast implant you choose may be the most important decision you make when it comes to your Lubbock breast augmentation. Until recently, patients had to choose between saline and silicone gel breast implants. There is no right or wrong choice; each has its benefits and disadvantages that appeal differently to each breast augmentation patient. Now women have a new option for breast implants without compromise – the IDEAL IMPLANT. Here’s a closer look at all three implant options for patients interested in breast augmentation.

Saline Implants

Typically cited benefits of saline implants for breast augmentation in Lubbock are safety and lower age restrictions. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for patients 18-years-old and older. If a rupture does occur, the sterile saltwater solution inside the implant simply absorbs into the body safely. The downside is that a saline implant is much like a water balloon. It has no structure, and therefore can lack a natural look and feel. Saline implants are also known to show visible rippling or wrinkling, especially in women who are thin or have little of their own breast tissue. 

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel breast implants look and feel much more like natural breasts than saline implants. They are FDA approved for patients 22-years-old and older, however, and silicone gel is a sticky substance that the body can’t absorb. Instead, leaked silicone gel can become trapped near the rupture site and eventually cause breast pain or a change in breast shape. This is called a silent rupture because it’s only detectable on an MRI. Because of this, the FDA recommends patients who choose silicone gel implants for their breast augmentation in Lubbock get an MRI every two years, which can add to the overall cost and aftercare of the surgery.

The IDEAL IMPLANT

The IDEAL IMPLANT is the latest in breast implant technology that combines the natural feel of silicone gel with the peace of mind of saline. It has a structured yet flexible series of inner shells with a saline solution filler, giving Lubbock breast augmentation patients the look and feel of natural breasts without the stress over silicone gel. Additionally, women with the IDEAL IMPLANT can easily tell if their implants have ruptured just by looking in the mirror. This saves on the cost, inconvenience, and radiation exposure of MRIs.

The peace of mind offered by the IDEAL IMPLANT doesn’t stop with having zero risk for silent rupture. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rate of rupture and a higher rupture strength than silicone gel breast implants. Women who choose IDEAL IMPLANTS are also at a significantly lower risk for capsular contracture than the leading brands of silicone gel implants. Talk to your doctor about the IDEAL IMPLANT to see how it could benefit your Lubbock breast augmentation results. 

Get Your Facts from a Trusted Professional

If there is one plastic surgery procedure that most people seem to have a strong opinion about, it’s breast augmentation. Whether or not you decide to pursue breast enhancement should be because you have made the choice for yourself, not to please someone else. It’s also important that you base your decisions on the facts and recommendations given by your board-certified plastic surgeon. Since each patient is different, it’s important to discuss your options with a trusted professional like the most experienced surgeon in Lubbock, Dr. Jane Rowley. Dr. Rowley will take the time to discuss your goals and evaluate your needs so that together, you can create a personalized surgery plan for your breast augmentation in Lubbock. Call our office to schedule a no-obligation consultation today. 

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation Surgery in Lubbock

Breast augmentation surgery in Lubbock is a very personal decision. Every woman has her own reasons and motives, as well as expectations and goals when receiving breast implants. This is why it is important for women to be informed and educated about their decision before undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Breast Augmentation Surgery in Lubbock with Dr. Jane Rowley

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley begins the “breast augmentation near me” process with an in-depth consultation. At this time, you will discuss together the look you want to accomplish and how you can best achieve that. You will need to decide the type of breast implant you want, the surgical approach to be used, and the location of the incisions. From there, Dr. Rowley creates a customized treatment plan designed to meet your exact needs and desires. 

Before and After Surgery

According to Dr. Rowley

“This is typically an outpatient surgery under general anesthetic and takes approximately an hour. The surgery is performed in the office operating room or an outpatient surgery center. Most people return to work in 2-3 days, with 4-6 weeks before returning to full physical activity.”

To learn more about the “breast augmentation near me” procedure and recovery, watch this educational video.

Breast Augmentation Near Me” Testimonials

Dr. Rowley specializes in breast augmentation surgery in Lubbock, and is well-known for her exceptional care and work. A RealSelf.com review by ramsey99 states:

“Loved Dr. Rowley and her staff! From the min I first walked in I was completely comfortable like I was with a bunch of friends. She was very honest with me about expectations. She listened to what I wanted and delivered. My recovery was smoother and easier than I ever thought it could be, I was back to work in 5 days … I could not be happier with my results and the process!”

Another patient review on RealSelf.com by jenzy11 reads:

“A great doctor is essential for a great breast augmentation. Doctor Jane Rowley is just that and more! She is professional, compassionate, and detail oriented with an excellent bedside manner. She is sincere in listening to my needs and wants while maintaining the highest quality of patient safety … The surgery was easy with minimal pain and downtime. I was back to normal activities in just a few short days. My scars are hardly noticeable only after a few weeks. Her staff is delightful and took wonderful care of me. I give my highest recommendation for anyone wanting a breast augmentation to Doctor Jane. I love my results and could not ask for a better surgeon and staff.”

If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery in Lubbock, meeting with Dr. Rowley is a great start! Learn more about the “breast augmentation near me” process, and schedule your personal consultation today. Call 806-792-3715 now!

Lubbock Breast Augmentation: What You Need to Know

Getting ready for breast augmentation takes more than just clearing your schedule for a few days and shopping for new bras and swimsuits. Before undergoing any surgical procedure, you should prepare your body and your mind as much as you can. Proper preparation will help you feel less stressed and have realistic expectations for what your body can handle after surgery. It’s important to remember that plastic surgery is real surgery and to take the proper steps to get yourself ready for your procedure. For breast augmentation, Lubbock patients should consider doing several specific things before their big day. 

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

The more physically healthy you are, the easier it will be for your body to bounce back in recovery after surgery. Your plastic surgeon should perform a physical exam before surgery to make sure your body is functioning as it should, so give your body a leg up by practicing healthy eating habits and getting daily exercise. 

Stop Smoking

If you smoke, your plastic surgeon will probably ask you to quit smoking 4-6 weeks before and after Lubbock breast augmentation to reduce your risk of complications and to promote better healing. Any use of nicotine should be put on hold, and you should be careful about exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking restricts blood circulation, which inhibits wound healing, makes scars appear worse, and can put you at greater risk for dangerous complications.  

Get a Mammogram

Though not all doctors require a mammogram before surgery, it is a good idea to get one to check that there are no signs of cancer or irregularities in the breast tissue. A mammogram can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can detect them. Some plastic surgeons will also ask you to get a mammogram a few months after breast augmentation in Lubbock as well to make sure everything is normal.

Arrange for Help After Your Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour, but since anesthesia is involved, you will need someone to drive you home afterwards. For the first night especially, have a friend or relative stay with you to help ease your recovery process. Having someone you trust around to help you will allow you to feel more relaxed, which is essential for a proper healing environment. Even women who prefer to be independent are surprised to find how much they appreciate having someone help them during their first few days of recovery from breast augmentation in Lubbock. 

Finish Your To-Do List

After your Lubbock breast augmentation, you will need to give your body time to heal; the time to run errands and get things done is beforehand. If you are a list maker, your to-do list will look a little different than normal when you are getting ready for surgery. Here are some things you might want to add:

  • Fill prescriptions
  • Prepare easy, simple meals for recovery
  • Get books, movies, and tv shows ready to pass the downtime
  • Figure out who will help care for pets and children
  • Other errands and household chores 
  • Bathe/wash your hair the night before surgery

While some of these steps may seem obvious, you will thank yourself for getting everything in order before the day of your surgery. It is impossible to be over-prepared for surgery. Every little thing you take care of before the big day is one less thing you’ll have to worry about as you recover.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

There’s no way around it – breast augmentation surgery requires recovery. But you can increase the speed and quality of your recovery if you take proper care of yourself. Each patient’s recovery period is unique because we all have varying levels of pain tolerance and bodies that respond differently to surgery. To help ease the healing process, Dr. Jane Rowley recommends her Lubbock breast augmentation patients add the following steps to their personalized recovery plan.

Take it Easy

For the first few days, give yourself permission to rest and relax. Your body needs time to heal after undergoing breast augmentation. If you made arrangements beforehand to do things like take days off work, pay bills, and prepare meals, you should have plenty of room in your schedule for some good old-fashioned R and R. Talk to your surgeon about the amount of downtime that you may need. After breast augmentation, Lubbock patients will need to take 2 to 3 days off work and can return to full normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks. If you plan to differ from this, talk about your reasons and concerns with your doctor before the surgery.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Don’t skip wearing your surgical bra or forget to take your medications. Plan on attending all of your post-operative appointments and check-ups. Remember that however inconvenient your doctor’s instructions may feel, it’s only temporary. It is in your best interest to take any medications such as painkillers or antibiotics if prescribed. Even if you want to tough it out, pain can raise your blood pressure or enhance bleeding. 

Be Nice to Your New Implants

When you take off your surgical bra and see your new breasts for the first time, they are not going to look like all the breast augmentation “after” photos you showed your doctor. Swelling and bruising will take time to diminish. Your implants may seem higher than you expected, making them look unnatural. Over time, they will drop and get softer and give you the more natural look you hoped to achieve. During the healing process, you can take care of your implants by remembering these tips:

  • Do not sleep on your stomach 
  • Do not wear bras with an underwire
  • Avoid activities that cause your breasts to bounce or involve heavy lifting
  • Do not lift your breasts to take a peek at your scars
  • Do call your doctor with any questions or concerns 

Keep Calm and Heal On

While plastic surgery recovery may seem like not much fun, it’s important during this time to find ways to keep your spirits up. Even smiling just on the inside counts. Research shows your frame of mind affects your rate of healing. Lubbock breast augmentation patients can expedite the recovery process by staying calm and positive. It’s easier said than done, but try to stay focused on how great your results will be and remember that you just took a positive step toward increased confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.

Choose the Surgeon You Trust for Breast Augmentation in Lubbock

Successful breast augmentation surgery should be a collaborative process between you and your plastic surgeon. Keeping the big picture in mind while preparing for breast augmentation and the following recovery period will help you to realistically look forward to your results. Selecting a surgeon you trust will also help set you up for success. Women interested in Lubbock breast augmentation choose Dr. Jane Rowley to help them achieve their look because she is experienced, highly skilled, and trustworthy. Dr. Rowley offers a no-obligation consultation where she will discuss every step of the procedure with you. She will explain your options for breast implants and offer realistic expectations for your results. Contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today to find out more.

The Importance of Breast Implant Safety and Breast Revision Surgery

Sometimes it is necessary for a woman to undergo breast revision surgery following her breast augmentation. While breast augmentation surgery is known for its high satisfaction rating, there are a variety of medical or aesthetic reasons that can cause a woman to pursue breast revision surgery. Dr. Jane Rowley is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than two decades performing this complex surgery. As an advocate of breast implant safety, she can help you achieve beautiful results using the latest in implant technology.

The Goal of Breast Revision Surgery

Breast revision surgery is specifically intended for patients that already have breast implants, but are not happy with their current condition, look, or feel. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website explains breast revision surgery:

“The goal of breast implant revision surgery is to replace old breast implants with new implants. Often the goal is also to change or improve the appearance of the breasts while updating the implant material, which could include:

  • A concurrent breast lift or reduction
  • Reshaping the breast implant pocket to reposition the implant on the chest
  • Either increasing or decreasing the size, shape or style of the breast implant”

Breast Implant Safety Reasons for a Breast Revision

No surgery comes without risk, breast augmentation included. Post-operative complications can arise that require a breast revision. Before performing any procedure, Dr. Rowley uses the consultation process to educate her patients about potential risks, breast implant safety, and the safety of silicone implants. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website further states:

“The desire to have breast implant revision surgery can be because of any of the following reasons:

  • Desire to change the size of the breasts
  • Pain from capsular contracture
  • Concern about rupture or migration of implant
  • Change from saline to silicone or different style of implant

Over time, breast implants can change shape or size, and the overlying breast tissue can also change, creating an appearance or feel to the breast that is less desirable than the original result.”

Safety of Silicone Implants and Implant Rupture

Implant rupture is an important reason to pursue breast revision surgery. While any type of breast implant can develop a hole or tear, implant ruptures vary in severity.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Women with silicone gel implants face the inherent risk of experiencing a “silent rupture”, leaving many women to worry about the safety of silicone implants. A “silent rupture” occurs when an implant ruptures but goes undetected for a time, even years. Sticky silicone gel then leaks from the implant and gets trapped in the surrounding tissue. During a breast revision to replace the damaged implant, the silicone gel must be entirely removed and cleaned out. Furthermore, a physical exam alone is not enough to determine if a silicone gel implant has ruptured. An MRI scan is required which is why the FDA recommends all women with silicone gel implants receive an MRI the third year following breast augmentation, then every two years thereafter for the life of their implants.

Saline Breast Implants: When a saline implant ruptures, the implant deflates and a woman can notice the difference right away. A simple look in the mirror is all it takes to detect rupture. The sterile saltwater solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body until the implant is replaced. Many women report this provides an irreplaceable peace of mind about their breast implant safety.

IDEAL IMPLANTS® Structured Breast Implants: This is an innovative breast implant option exclusively available to a select group of board-certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Rowley. Dr. Rowley was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon for her extensive work with this new, unique kind of breast implant. With no risk of “silent rupture”, their internal structure is designed to address the safety of silicone implants. IDEAL IMPLANTS are made up of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This means a rupture is easily detected, no MRI is needed, nor will an implant completely deflate until the implant is replaced.

About Capsular Contracture

Another reason for breast revision surgery happens when a woman develops scar tissue around an implant referred to as a capsular contracture. The scar tissue creates several problems including breast pain, hardening of the breast, and an abnormal look to the breast.

A recent study compared the risk of implant rupture and capsular contracture between three brands of silicone gel implants and IDEAL IMPLANTS. The IDEAL IMPLANT showed a substantially lower risk of major complications following primary breast augmentation compared to silicone gel implants.

“The risk of implant rupture or deflation with IDEAL IMPLANT at eight years after primary breast augmentation was only 2.1% in comparison to silicone gel implants from Allergan (7.4%), Mentor (13.6%), and Sientra (7.2%) based on MRI scans …

IDEAL IMPLANT rates of Baker class III/IV capsular contracture at 8 years after primary augmentation were low at 6.6%, compared to silicone gel implants from Allergan (16.2%, 7 yr), Mentor (10.9%, 8 yr), and Sientra (11.2%, 8 yr).”

To learn more about the safety of silicone implants and breast revision surgery, watch this educational video.

Achieve Your Goals!

If you are unhappy with the current condition of your breast implants and think you need a breast revision, contact Dr. Rowley today. She has the skills, training, and expertise needed to correct your breast augmentation results and help you achieve the look you desire. She makes breast implant safety a priority, and will create a customized treatment plan just for you. Call 806-792-3715 or visit https://rowleyplasticsurgery.com.

Is a Lubbock Breast Lift Right For You?

Breast enhancement surgery is one of the top plastic surgery procedures performed today, whether that includes an augmentation, lift, or reduction. Many women choose to receive breast implants and get a breast lift at the same time to achieve the ultimate look they desire. With more than twenty years of experience, Dr. Jane Rowley can help you determine the best approach to reaching your goals, and if a Lubbock breast lift and augmentation is the right choice for you.

Why Consider a Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

Women want breast augmentation and breast lift surgery in Lubbock for a variety of reasons. If you are trying to figure out what route to take, knowing why you want plastic surgery, learning about what it can and cannot accomplish, then educating yourself on the overall process is a good place to begin.  

Why pursue a breast augmentation? Dr. Rowley suggests breast implants if you have:

  • A desire to return to pre-pregnancy breast volume and appearance.
  • Concern over breast asymmetry, with one side visibly smaller in appearance.
  • Lack of breast tissue–a desire for larger breasts in general.

Why include a Lubbock breast lift? Dr. Rowley recommends this option for women that have:

  • Loss of breast volume and ptosis (droopiness), especially after pregnancy or massive weight loss.
  • Ptosis or droop of the nipple-areolar complex.
  • Loss of volume of the breasts

A Breast Augmentation With Dr. Rowley

Dr. Rowley works hard to ensure her patients know what to expect before and after surgery. She wants women to be educated about the process, so they can feel comfortable with their decision to receive breast implants. She explains:

“This is typically an outpatient surgery under general anesthetic and takes approximately an hour. The surgery is performed in the office operating room or an outpatient surgery center. Most people return to work in 2-3 days, with 4-6 weeks before returning to full physical activity … This procedure is typically done through a small incision about two inches long, usually underneath, in the crease of the breast. Saline and silicone implants are both available. Usually, they are placed in a submuscular position underneath the pectoral muscle. Pain is variable and depends on the muscle laxity. Pain pills and muscle relaxants are given after the procedure.  While recovery varies from individual to individual, complications are minimal. However, long-term problems such as leak and capsular contracture may occur.”

A Mastopexy – Breast Lift Surgery in Lubbock

Some women prefer breast lift surgery in Lubbock in addition to their breast augmentation. Dr. Rowley outlines what to expect:

“This procedure generally takes 90 minutes to two hours and is done under general anesthetic in the office operating suite or a surgicenter. Most patients will need 5-10 days off work and 4-6 weeks for full recovery and return to full activity … In a mastopexy, the nipple-areolar complex is always repositioned or lifted and skin is then removed to tighten the breast skin envelope. The amount of scarring depends on the amount of ptosis or droop of the breasts. Scars can be minimized by making a scar only around the areola (called a periareolar mastopexy). However, more extensive scarring may be necessary, including a vertical scar and possibly an inframammary scar to excise (remove) more skin. An implant may be placed at the time of the mastopexy to correct loss of volume. Nicotine restrictions also apply to this procedure.”

Setting Clear Expectations with a Lubbock Breast Lift

For those seeking breast lift surgery in Lubbock, Dr. Rowley makes sure she openly communicates the dynamics of a mastopexy. She explains how prior breast volume highly affects the outcome of a Lubbock breast lift. Dr. Rowley says:

“Unfortunately, many patients who come in seeking a mastopexy expect their breasts will look as if they never had big breasts to start with. In other words, they hope to look like a small-breasted person who has had implants. However, once you have had breast tissue followed by a volume loss, it is very difficult to make breasts look like someone who was never big-breasted to start with. It is very important that patients have a realistic view of this procedure. Tightening the skin and placing an implant are opposing forces, and the laws of physics are not on our side. As we tighten the skin to lift the breasts, the implant will oppose that, and tend to weigh them back down. In addition, these patients may have very thin, inelastic skin to start with, and patients who desire a very large implant may face difficulty with recurrent droop or recurrent ptosis because of the skin quality. It is very important to me to spend a long time talking to my patients about what they are hoping for and set realistic expectations with this procedure so they can have a positive outcome.”

To learn more about receiving a Lubbock breast lift, watch the educational video below.

Working With a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your breasts? Contact Dr. Rowley today to see if breast augmentation and breast lift surgery in Lubbock is right for you. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT® Premier Surgeon, she offers the latest in breast implant technology and will help you understand your options. Call 806-792-3715 today!