What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is more than just a surgical procedure—it’s a transformative experience that allows individuals to refine and enhance their natural silhouette. At its core, breast augmentation is about augmenting or restoring the size and shape of the breasts, whether it’s to regain what time or life events have taken away or simply to fulfill a personal desire for a fuller figure. By using breast implants or occasionally fat transfer, this procedure offers a tailored approach to achieving a balanced, harmonious body profile. For many, it’s not just about aesthetics but a journey towards renewed self-confidence and a positive self-image.

Breast Augmentation Real Results

Types of Breast Implant:

Silicone vs. Saline

When considering breast augmentation, one of the first and most crucial decisions you’ll face is choosing between silicone and saline implants. Both have their unique perks, so let’s break it down in a way that’s simple and easy to digest:

Silicone Implants:

Feels Like: Many women say silicone implants have a more natural feel, similar to real breast tissue. It’s like comparing a water-filled balloon (saline) to a gel-filled one (silicone). That squishy, soft touch? That’s silicone for you.
Age Limit: If you’re under 22, you’ll have to wait a bit for these. The FDA recommends silicone implants for women 22 and older.
Rupture Detection: If they do rupture (it’s rare, but it happens), it’s a bit trickier to notice since the gel might remain within the implant shell, or could escape into the breast implant pocket. A periodic MRI or ultrasound can help monitor their integrity.
Pros: Offers a natural feel. Less prone to rippling.
Cons: Requires a slightly larger incision. Monitoring for ruptures is more complex.

Saline Implants:

Feels Like: Saline implants have a bit of a firmer touch to them. They’re like that firm handshake you get at business meetings – strong and reliable.
Adjustment: A neat thing about saline implants is they’re filled after being inserted, so the surgeon can adjust their size during the procedure. Talk about customization!
Age Limit: Younger women, rejoice! If you’re 18 and older, saline implants are an option.
Rupture Detection: If a saline implant leaks or ruptures, your body will safely absorb the salt water, and the change in size will be noticeable. It’s like a built-in alert system.
Pros: Smaller incision is possible since they’re filled after placement. Easier to detect a rupture.
Cons: More prone to rippling. Might not feel as natural as silicone to some.
No matter which you lean towards, remember: the best choice is the one that makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. Have a heart-to-heart with your surgeon, discuss your goals, and together, you’ll find the perfect fit for your body and lifestyle.

Why Plano Plastic Surgery?

At Plano Plastic Surgery, excellence is our standard. Both Dr. Haidenberg, with his 16 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, and Dr. Yaker, the celebrated force behind Plano Plastic Surgery, have dedicated years to perfecting aesthetic surgeries—from breast augmentations to rhinoplasties and liposuctions. With them, you’re not just opting for transformative results but also genuine care and understanding. Our approach is personal—tailored to every patient’s concerns and desires.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Ideal candidates for breast augmentation are individuals:

  • In good general health and with realistic expectations about the outcomes.
  • Looking to enhance the size and shape of their breasts for personal reasons.
  • Who may have experienced a decrease in breast volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss.
  • Desiring correction of breast asymmetry or deformities.
  • Who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon to determine individual suitability for the procedure.

Breast Augmentation Recovery and What to Expect

Recovering from breast augmentation is a journey, and like any journey, it comes with its own set of milestones and stages. Here’s a guide to help you understand what to expect:

Immediate Post-Surgery

After your procedure, you'll likely feel a bit groggy from the anesthesia. It's normal to experience some soreness, swelling, and tightness in the chest area. A supportive surgical bra will often be provided to help shape the breasts and minimize swelling.

First Week

As the week progresses, any discomfort should begin to diminish. It's crucial to take it easy and avoid any strenuous activities, allowing your body the time it needs to heal.

1-12 Months

As the weeks roll on, you'll notice the initial swelling subsiding. Regular exercise and activity can resume after approximately 6 weeks or upon approval from your surgeon. Within the initial 3-6 months many patients become acquainted with the "drop and fluff" stage. This term refers to the implants settling into their natural position and the surrounding tissue relaxing. As a result, the breasts appear more natural and fuller. While every patient's experience is unique, most notice this change anywhere from a few weeks to a few months post-surgery.

Post-Procedure Massage

Beginning a few days after surgery (or as advised by your surgeon), gentle massages can be beneficial. These massages help in preventing the formation of scar tissue around the implant, ensuring it remains soft and can move naturally within the breast pocket. Regularly practicing these massages can also aid in the "drop and fluff" process, encouraging the implants to settle more comfortably.


As you move beyond the initial weeks of recovery, the swelling will continue to decrease, and scars will start their fading journey. While they might remain slightly visible, with proper care and following your surgeon's advice on scar treatments, they'll become less and less noticeable.
Recovering from breast augmentation is a journey, and like any journey, it comes with its own set of milestones and stages. Here’s a guide to help you understand what to expect: