Breast Augmentation Houston

There are three main factors to consider with breast augmentation:
Augmentation can be performed through various incisions and approaches: inframammary (in the fold beneath the breast), periareolar (around the nipple), transaxillary (via the underarms), or transumbilical (via the belly button).

Implants can be placed in various locations within the breast- over or under the pectoralis muscle, and, more recently, in a position partially under the muscle (“dual plane” placement).

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Implant selection is a critical factor. Determining the size of implant needed or desired is key, and will be discussed at your consultation. As of fall 2007, the FDA has approved the use of newer, safer silicone implants. So, the option for saline or silicone implants is again available.

The selection of incision, implant location, and type of implant are determined individually, and even rarely may be different for each breast. Your consultation with Dr. Lou will help formulate a custom plan for your breast augmentation.

Many women at some point in their life will consider undergoing breast augmentation surgery. While any type of surgery can make a potential patient feel nervous and uneasy, understanding the details of a breast enlargement procedure can help alleviate your fears.
Dr. Derek Lou is available to answer any and all of your questions about breast enlargement surgery. However, in order to save you time and effort, many of your questions about breast implants may be answered below.

Procedure Information

Compared to other, more invasive surgical procedures, breast augmentation is actually a relatively quick, outpatient procedure that is conducted under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a small incision is made under the breast, around the nipple, or under the arm. A saline or silicone implant is inserted through this small incision and is placed under the breast tissue and underlying muscle.

Recuperation and Healing

Once the procedure is complete, you will be sent home with an elastic bra that will help hold the breasts in the correct position during the healing process. Any initial discomfort is managed with oral medication.
Just 7-12 days later, you can usually have your sutures removed. While full recovery will vary from patient to patient, aerobic activities can typically be resumed around three weeks following the procedure, and light activities may be resumed sooner as tolerated.
Dr. Derek Lou is here to help you through your recovery period and will help you resume your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Intended Results

Patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery will typically not only receive larger and shapelier breasts, but many also experience a more positive self image and greater self confidence.

Other Options

If you not want to undergo a full breast enlargement procedure, another enhancement procedure to consider is a Mastopexy (breast lift). This procedure will lift and add shape to breasts that are saggy or small.


Any surgical procedure brings with it a certain set of risks, and these risks can vary from person to person. The specific risks facing any given person cannot be known fully until a consultation takes place. While major complications are unusual, there are occasional minor complications that can take place that have no affect on the outcome of breast implant surgery.

Who Is A Candidate?

There are many different situations in which a woman may be aided considerably by a breast enlargement. This includes:

  • Women who desire larger breasts
  • Women who have a moderate degree of sagging breasts or smaller breasts
  • Women who have breasts of noticeably different sizes or shapes

To schedule your consultation to discuss breast augmentation call Lou Plastic Surgery at 713-932-7290

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