Breast Augmentation

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Many women feel that their breasts are too small, asymmetrical, or disproportionate to their figure. If you are not satisfied with the size of your breasts, the Clear Lake breast augmentation procedure at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery in Houston is worth considering.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Clear Lake, TX, Dr. Sam Sukkar relies on decades of experience to enhance breasts so they look and feel as natural as possible. Rather than simply increasing the size of small breasts, he considers each woman’s proportions to bring the breasts into harmony with their figure.

Before and After Photos

what is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation refers to surgically enhancing the breasts so they take on a more appealing size and shape with respect to your physique. Also known as breast enhancement, the procedure typically involves placing implants into the breast pocket but may also entail augmenting the breasts with fat injections.

what is the difference betweenbreast augmentation and a breast lift?

Breast augmentation aims to improve the size, shape, symmetry, or projection of the breasts. While implants can make the breasts appear perkier to a degree, patients who have breastfed or lost a significant amount of weight may have extensive sagging that requires a breast lift. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) elevates the sagging breasts and areola, resulting in a more youthful chest. Lifting the breast may be associated with a minor decrease in bust size. For this reason, some patients elect to have a breast lift with implants.

the difference betweenbreast augmentation and implants

When most people think of breast augmentation in Clear Lake breast implants instantly come to mind. However, it is worth noting that implants are not the only way to increase breast size. Dr. Sukkar also offers breast fat transfer in Clear Lake. This procedure entails adding volume to the breasts using the patient’s own fat, which is typically harvested from areas such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs.

what are the benefits of breast augmentation?

If you are dissatisfied with the size of your small breasts or if you have breast asymmetry, Dr. Sukkar can significantly improve your chest’s appearance. After breast augmentation in Clear Lake, you may find it easier to fill out bras and swimwear, giving you more clothing options. In addition to adding volume, breast enhancement also has a psychological effect. It may boost your self-image and increase your confidence to a degree. While it won’t change who you are inside, having proportional breasts can make you feel more satisfied with how you present yourself to the world.

Some of the benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • An increase in volume
  • More prominent cleavage
  • Enhanced breast projection
  • Correction of breast asymmetry
  • Better-fitting clothes, swimwear, and lingerie
  • Improvement of mild breast sagging after weight loss or pregnancy

types of breast implants

Many women are surprised to learn they have several options when it comes to breast enhancement. Breast implants can vary greatly in terms of shape, size, texture, and projection. Dr. Sukkar will draw on his expertise in cosmetic breast procedures to help you determine the ideal breast implant for your aesthetic goals.

saline vs. silicone implants

The decision to have saline or silicone breast implants is highly personal. Dr. Sukkar will help you select the appropriate implant for your needs.

silicone breast implants

Silicone implants are made from a silicone outer shell that comes pre-filled with silicone gel. The gel varies in cohesiveness depending on the style of implant. The gel mimics the feel and weight of natural breast tissue, resulting in augmented breasts that look and feel very natural.

saline breast implants

Saline implants are composed of an outer silicone shell that contains a sterile saline fluid. Dr. Sukkar places the empty silicone shell into the breast pocket and then fills it with the solution until reaching the desired size.

pros and cons

While saline implants remain popular because they are slightly less costly, silicone implants tend to provide a more natural look and feel. One issue is that a saline implant will deflate rapidly if it is ruptured. Silicone implants leak slowly if ruptured and may not cause a noticeable decrease in breast size. Rippling and implant visibility are also more likely to occur with saline implants compared to silicone implants.

am i a good candidatefor breast augmentation?

Dr. Sukkar’s ideal candidates for breast enhancement are women who:

  • Do not smoke
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are in good physical health
  • Have realistic cosmetic goals
  • Are not underweight or overweight

your breast augmentation procedure

Dr. Sukkar utilizes general anesthesia so you will not experience any painful sensations during your procedure. During the surgery, he will make a small incision, usually a few centimeters long. He may play the incision on the inframammary fold, around the areola, or within the armpit. For submuscular or dual-plane implants, he will dissect and elevate the pectoral muscle. This step is not necessary if you are having subglandular (or “above-muscle”) implants. Through the incision, he will insert the implants into the breast pocket. Finally, he will close the incision with dissolving sutures to minimize scarring.

breast augmentation recovery

Your breasts may be swollen, tender, or bruised initially. The scar will likely appear raised and dark. As healing ensues, the incision heals, the scar fades, and the breasts begin to settle into their final position.

With the latest breast augmentation techniques, downtime is greatly minimized. Many patients can return to work within a few days to a week of their surgery and daily activities within three weeks. You may resume full exercise at approximately six weeks post-op.

To facilitate healing, follow all of Dr. Sukkar’s aftercare instructions. This may include the use of a compression bra, oral medications, and limiting physical activity.

breast augmentation results

While your breast may appear larger initially, this is not the final result. In most cases, it takes anywhere from several months to a year for the breasts to drop and fluff into their ultimate position. During this time, the swelling resolves and the tissues relax, allowing the implants to soften and expand within the breast pocket. As this occurs, the breasts take on a more natural shape and feel. Many patients feel comfortable enough to don a swimsuit within eight to 12 weeks post-operatively.

schedule your clear lake breast augmentation consultation at the clinic for plastic surgery today

If you are considering breast augmentation in Clear Lake, call The Clinic for Plastic Surgery at (281) 940-1535. Dr. Sam Sukkar will discuss the types of implants that are available to you and create a surgical plan that keeps your aesthetic preferences in mind.


How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Implants do not have an expiration date. However, they can degrade over time. Most women have their implants removed and replaced within the first ten years, although your mileage may vary.

Can You Breastfeed If You Have Breast Implants?

Breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding. Nearly all patients go on to breastfeed successfully after breast enhancement.

Do I Need To Have Someone Drive Me Home Because Of Anesthesia?

An adult should be present to drive you home after your surgery due to the lingering effects of anesthesia. Most patients resume driving within a few days to a week after their surgery.