The Differences Between Breast Reconstruction and Breast Augmentation

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When it comes to enhancing the appearance of the breasts, two common procedures come up in discussions: breast reconstruction and breast augmentation. Though both seem to have the same goal — to improve the shape and size of the breasts — some significant differences set them apart.

Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Shenaq explains each procedure and when one may be recommended over the other. Call Plastic Surgery of Houston to book a consultation and discover which is suited for your needs. Our Houston, TX team proudly provides knowledgeable, comprehensive care.

What is breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is primarily performed to restore a natural-looking breast mound for women who have undergone a mastectomy (breast removal) or lumpectomy (partial breast removal) following a cancer diagnosis. Reconstructive surgery may involve a flap of skin, muscle, or fat from another part of the body to build the mound. An implant may also be inserted to create a new breast.

The reconstruction process may be done in one stage or multiple stages, depending on your desired outcomes. Dr. Shenaq can work with your current oncologist or primary care physician to ensure that your health needs are met.

What is involved in breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation enhances the breasts when factors like age, pregnancy, or breastfeeding cause them to change over time. To perform surgery, saline or silicone gel implants are inserted through a small incision near the breasts. Patients can benefit from a variety of implant sizes, shapes, and textures to achieve the right appearance.

Dr. Shenaq helps patients choose the best implant type for their desired result. The procedure does not take long to perform, and most importantly, it only requires one stage. Depending on your body shape and anatomy, other treatments, such as a breast lift, may be performed in combination with augmentation.

What are the benefits of breast surgery?

Whether you opt for breast reconstruction or breast augmentation in Houston, TX, breast enhancement can have a positive impact on your life. Here are some common benefits:

  • Improved body confidence: Women often feel more confident and empowered after breast enhancement. This confidence extends to aspects of life both in and out of the bedroom.

  • Long-term results: Outcomes from both breast procedures should last for years. Keep in mind that implants may need to be redone at some point due to wear and tear.

  • Personalized results: With a variety of techniques and implant options to choose from, breast surgery is tailored to your specific body type and aesthetic goals.

  • Restore your proportions: Our team can restore symmetry to your appearance and create a more balanced look.

How we conduct breast consultations

Plastic Surgery of Houston offers personalized consultations so women can discuss their goals with Dr. Shenaq in an inviting, honest, and safe environment. During this appointment, you will have a chance to ask questions and get advice from an experienced professional. You can also view before-and-after images of previous patients who have undergone breast reconstruction or augmentation.

Get a whole new look with breast surgery

Now that you understand the differences between breast reconstruction and augmentation in Houston, TX, it’s time to book an appointment at Plastic Surgery of Houston. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Shenaq is highly experienced in providing excellent results with minimal downtime. We know that the decision to undergo breast surgery is a major one, and we’re here to provide the highest level of care.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.