Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Procedures Offered in Fort Worth, TX

Women considering breast implants travel from all areas of Texas and the U.S. to receive their breast augmentation in Fort Worth, TX, from Dr. Louis Strock. Dr. Strock is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is nationally and internationally recognized for his skill and artistry in this procedure, and in particular, his mastery of the transaxillary approach to breast augmentation.

The transaxillary approach to breast augmentation allows for your breast implants to be placed using a small incision in the top of the armpit which has the advantage of leaving no scars on your breasts. Alternately, you are free to select inframammary (base of the breast) or periaerolar (along the lower edge of the nipple) incisions if you prefer.

At Dr. Strock’s practice, any of the 3 incision approaches is available to you regardless of the implant type you choose. Dr. Strock explains all of your choices in detail during your consultation. He will listen to your goals, and will customize a surgical plan that works for your personal needs.

If you want to discuss your breast augmentation choices with Dr. Strock, please feel free to request a consultation online or call our office at 817-335-1616 to schedule an appointment.

“I have been impressed by Dr. Strock, as well as his office staff.”

“I have been impressed by Dr. Strock, as well as his office staff. He came highly recommended by my friend who had her breast augmentation with Dr. Strock. He is one of the few doctors that is extremely comfortable with the transaxillary (underarm) incision. When I went to my consultation he had just returned from training other doctors on this approach.”

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Customizing Your Procedure

Dr. Strock is dedicated to educating you about all of the choices involved in creating your ideal breasts. Those choices include all breast implant options, the location of incisions, and whether to place implants behind or in front of the pectoral muscles. Your aesthetic goals, your lifestyle, and your body’s physical characteristics are all factors that influence the choices you and Dr. Strock will make together to customize your procedure.

Breast Implant Options

Breast Implant OptionsSilicone gel breast implants are by far the most popular implants used for breast augmentation today. In addition to smooth round gel implants used for many years, the teardrop shaped highly-cohesive gel implants, nicknamed “gummy bear implants,” are very popular due to their added strength, the natural look and feel they produce, and their reduced rate of device-related complications. Dr. Strock also offers saline breast implants for those who prefer this option.

Gummy bear implants are particularly valued for the way they react to an implant rupture. When a gummy bear breast implant ruptures, the silicone stays in place rather than leaking and does not escape the silicone shell or scar-tissue capsule around the implant.

Dr. Strock’s experience using gummy bear implants dates back to 2001, when he became one of a select group of plastic surgeons in the U.S. who was invited to participate in early clinical trials of the devices made by the two main U.S. breast implant manufacturers (Mentor CPG/ Memory Shape and Allergan/Natrelle Style 410).

You can choose shaped or round silicone gel implants, even with the underarm (transaxillary) incision. This is something that sets Dr. Strock apart from most breast enhancement surgeons, who typically only offer the transaxillary approach only with saline implants, if they offer the transaxillary approach at all.

Additionally, you will be able to choose the size of your breast implants. Large breast implants may give you the results you’ve been looking for, and in many instances, small breast implants are an excellent option; the choice depends on the patient’s frame and what best fits the natural proportions of the body. To choose the best breast implants for your frame, sizers can be used during a consultation at our office.

You can learn more about the different breast implants on our breast implant options page.

Incision Locations

The choice of where Dr. Strock makes the incision for your breast augmentation procedure depends on personal preference. Many of his patients prefer not to have scars on their breasts and opt for the transaxillary approach, which involves making incision a small incision in the natural skin creases of the armpit instead of on the breast itself, significantly reducing visible scarring after breast augmentation.

Breast Augmentation Without Scars on the Breast

The underarm incision for breast augmentation is a technique that is often misunderstood, even by some plastic surgeons. The transaxillary approach isn’t offered by most surgeons and even those who do often tell patients that it limits their choice of implants.

Dr. Strock is internationally known for refining the transaxillary endoscopic breast augmentation technique. The endoscope provides Dr. Strock the ability to create an implant pocket with precise technical control. This approach can be used with round or shaped cohesive silicone gel or highly cohesive silicone gel implants, in addition to saline implants.

Transaxillary endoscopic breast augmentation allows Dr. Strock to avoid visible incisions on the breast, making it inconspicuous in swimsuits or without clothing. This approach is the breast augmentation technique that is least invasive to the breast, and therefore maximizes the chance that you will be able to breast feed after your implants are placed.

Dr. Strock also offers you the option of having the incisions made in 2 other locations:

Inframammary — Implants are inserted through an incision made along the base of the breast. The incisions are covered by many swimsuit styles but can be visible without clothing.

Periareolar — This incision is made along the lower edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Generally, but not always, the resulting scar is fairly well camouflaged as it blends into the darker skin of the areola. This incision location, however, may affect your ability to breast-feed if you’re still planning to have children. This approach has also been associated with a higher risk of capsular contracture (abnormal device firmness) than other incision locations.

Implant Placement

Dr. Strock typically prefers breast implant placement beneath the muscle – called a partial subpectoral or “dual plane” pocket. This approach maintains maximal tissue cover over the upper areas of your breast implants and can make your mammograms easier to read because of the muscle layer between your breast tissue and the implant in most areas. These issues can be particularly important if you have thin or little existing breast tissue.

Placement above the muscle, known as a subfascial pocket, may be a good option if you have a moderate amount of existing breast tissue, are concerned about altering your chest muscles, or are concerned about implant animation (where certain muscle movements may distort the implant). Dr. Strock is very comfortable with all these options and will discuss this in detail during your consultation.

Breast Implant Placement

Breast Before Augmentation

Breast After Subfascial Augmentation

Breast After Dual-plane Augmentation

A Breast Augmentation with Lift

If you’re interested in larger breasts that are perkier and do not sag, you may be interested in pairing breast augmentation with a breast lift. This combination procedure is known as a breast augmentation with lift and is technically referred to as an augmentation mastopexy. Getting a breast lift and implants allows for greater overall enhancement.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast enhancement is usually performed under general anesthesia on the outpatient basis. Dr. Strock and his team will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions that, if followed, will help you to a quick and comfortable recovery and return to your normal activity.

Routine follow-up visits with Dr. Strock and his team will be scheduled to help you with your recovery. You will also receive specific instructions to help you to safely resume your exercise routines for both cardio and any weight lifting as needed. Included in these instructions will be specific guidance on optimal bra support to help stabilize your implants.

Once your recovery is complete, you will be able to enjoy the full results of your breast enlargement procedure. For a better understanding of what you can expect, look over our breast augmentation before and after photos.

Breast Augmentation Cost

When considering the price of breast enhancement surgery, it is important to factor in breast implant cost, the overall time the procedure takes to perform, the incision techniques used, and many other variables. These can all be discussed during a consultation. We also offer financing through CareCredit® to help cover breast augmentation cost.

Contact Us to Arrange a Consultation

Patients considering breast augmentation surgery in Fort Worth, TX, should contact Strock Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation. Dr. Louis Strock can answer your questions regarding breast implants, the breast enlargement recovery process, and more.

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