Breast Procedures


Plastic and Cosmetic Breast Surgery Procedures in Fort Worth Texas

The size and shape of a woman’s breasts can often play a critical role in a woman’s self image. Women who are discontent with their breast size can often feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about their appearance.

Dr. Gracia offers a variety of breast enhancement procedures that will give the breasts a more balanced, symmetrical look while still appearing natural and beautiful. During your initial consultation Dr. Gracia will discuss with you the available breast enhancement procedures.

Breast Procedures We Perform

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Ideal Implants
Breast Augmentation
A woman's breasts with circles drawn with dotted lines indicating the size of her breasts will be with the implant.

Breast Augmentation

Fort Worth board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Walter Garcia offers breast augmentation for patients who want larger, shapelier, and more attractive-looking breasts and has the technical skills and artistry needed to provide beautiful and natural-looking results.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty and bread enlargement, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. Breast augmentation is designed to increase the size of the breasts using breast implants and improve the proportions of the body.

Choosing the Right Breast Implant for You

There are a wide variety of breast implant options available for breast augmentation. There are small breast implants for patients who are interested in more subtle enhancement, and large breast implants for patients interested in a significant increase in breast size. Popular breast implant sizes include:

  • 350cc breast implants
  • 400cc breast implants
  • 450cc breast implants
  • 600cc breast implants
  • 800cc breast implants

There is also the choice between saline breast implants, silicone breast implants, and gummy bear implants. There are options like textured implants and high profile breast implants and different implant manufacturers like Allergan and Natrelle.

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Breast augmentation is not designed to lift sagging breasts, though for women looking to both lift and increase the size of the breasts, a breast augmentation with lift is often done. A breast lift without implants is designed for sagging breasts in order to restore their shape and appearance. A breast lift and implants enhances shape, size, and the overall appearance of the breasts.

Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Ideal candidates for a breast augmentation procedure are in good physical and mental health, are dissatisfied with the size of the breasts, and have realistic expectations for the procedure and outcome. Breast augmentation can also improve breasts which are asymmetrical and implants may also be used after mastectomy to correct other breast deformities from birth or caused by injury or illness.

How Breast Augmentation is Performed

Let’s take a look at an example of the steps a typical breast augmentation procedure:

  1. First, anesthesia will be administered which will make you comfortable and numb to pain.
  2. Next, the incision will be made. There are a number of incision placement options available to you. You and your Plastic Surgeon will discuss these options and make your decision prior to the procedure. Some Incisions placement options include: Inframammary Incision (in the crease under the breast), Transaxillary Incision (in the armpit), and Periareolar Incision (around the areola).
  3. The implants will then be placed in through the incision. Again, you will have made your choice between a Saline-filled or Silicone implant ahead of the procedure, as well as the chosen size, shape, and texture of the implant. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution after they are have placed in position, while Silicone implants, which are filled with an elastic gel, are placed pre-filled. Each option has its pros and cons and the decision is simply that of each patient’s aesthetic desires. Patients must be 18 years of age to receive Saline-filled implants and 22 years of age to receive Silicone implants unless otherwise recommended for younger patients with reconstructive needs.
  4. The placement of the implants will either be under the pectoral muscle or over the pectoral muscle, behind the breast tissue.
  5. The incisions will then be sutured closed and bandaged.
  6. Results will be visible immediately, though you will be sore and swollen. More true results will be visible in the coming months as you continue to recover and your breasts settle into their new shape and size.
Breast Augmentation Recovery and Risks

As with all surgical procedures, breast augmentation surgery has its risks and it is important to know what these risks are before making your decision. Talking to a Plastic Surgeon is the best way to understand your risks and to learn what to look for as you heal. If you experience any shortness of breath or chest pain during your recovery, you should seek medical attention immediately. Getting breast implants is not a decision you make once and can then forget about for the rest of your life. Your implants will likely need to be replaced or revised in time.

Breast Augmentation Cost in Fort Worth

Breast augmentation is an aesthetic procedure and not covered by insurance. Price can range based on implant size, type, and other factors. Financing options to help pay for breast augmentation can be discussed during the consultation process.

Why Choose Dr. Gracia?

Dr. Gracia’s experience ensures he’s can offer the best breast augmentation Fort Worth has to offer. Getting breast implants has helped many women find new confidence in their body’s. It’s important, if you are considering a breast augmentation procedure, that you are doing it for yourself. This will ensure a better chance at a successful procedure and recovery.

Breast Lift
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Breast Lift

Sometimes in age, after a dramatic weight loss, or pregnancy, and breast-feeding, the breasts may begin to lose their shape and firmness and require a Breast Lift Procedure in order to re-create their former appearance. Some patients also note a decrease in size, or perhaps were never quite happy with their natural size and for these patients, a breast augmentation with a breast lift may be the best solution to create the look desired.

Breast Lift Candidates

Good candidates for the Breast Lift Procedures may have breasts that are the size they desire, but that have begun to sag or droop downwards. They may have breasts that have lost their firmness and/or nipples and areolas that point downwards. Ideal candidates are in good health with no illnesses that would negatively affect your body’s healing after the procedure or add any extra risks during the procedure. Finally, potential patients need to have realistic expectations for the procedure and the possible results it will produce.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

The foremost thing you should do once you have begun to seriously consider a Breast Lift Procedure for yourself is to begin to research prospective plastic surgeons. You will want to find out their credentials, education, experience, and take a look at their previous work. It is also helpful to read or hear what their past and current patients have to say about their experiences. Then, once you have narrowed down your choices or chosen a plastic surgeon you think fits the bill, you will want to schedule a consultation with them. Some consultations are free, but not all are so be sure to ask beforehand.

During your Breast Lift Consultation

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and talk to you about your goals and concerns. They will ask you about your medical history and lifestyle. They will be trying to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and if this procedure is the right one for you. Keep in mind, this is as much an interview of them for you as it is of you for them, so bring in your questions and ask, ask, ask away! Once the plastic surgeon has determined that you are a good candidate for the breast lift procedure and you have determined that they are a good plastic surgeon for the procedure, the two of you can begin to talk about the procedure plan.

Breast Lift Financing

Since Breast Lift surgeries are considered a cosmetic procedure, they are not typically covered by insurance. Many plastic surgeons these days, however, work with financing companies to help their patients get the results when they want them while being able to pay off the cost in more manageable increments. Ask your plastic surgeon about financing if you are feeling concerned about the costs- and speaking of costs, it can vary from one plastic surgeon to the next depending on a great many variables, so ask and don’t assume! Also, keep in mind, with surgery a bargain rate is usually not worth the risk. It is often true; you get what you pay for.

What You Should Know Before Getting a Breast Lift

Lastly, Breast Lift can be a wonderful, rejuvenating procedure that can help boost body confidence following childbirth and nursing, weight loss or those later in age. It is, however, still a surgical procedure and as such there are always risks. Discussing these risks with your plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if this is the right procedure for you. There are many variables to take into account in a Breast Lift, and many incision techniques to consider; having the right plastic surgeon on your side will make all of these decisions that much easier. So, do your research, and don’t forget to ask, ask, ask away!

Breast Reduction
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Breast Reduction

At our office conveniently located in Fort Worth, breast reduction is a common surgery. Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts and to improve the appearance of the nipple-areolar complexes.

Potential Issues Caused by Large Breasts

Women with large breasts often deal with chronic neck, back and shoulder pain; headaches; musculoskeletal chest pain; posture problems; rashes and skin irritations; and even hand numbness. Large breasts can limit physical activity that is necessary to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle.

About the Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery has been very successful in helping women with symptomatic large breasts feel more comfortable and confident. Breast reduction patients comprise the happiest, most satisfied plastic surgery patient group, even in the face of minor wound healing issues after surgery, because they are so much more functional and comfortable. Many patients do well with exercise programs after surgery and go on to lose weight and become more fit.

Good Candidates for Breast Reduction

Candidates for breast reduction should be nonsmokers who are in good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure and potential results.

Breast Reduction Techniques

There are several ways to perform breast reduction surgery, with different incisions involved. Dr. Walter D. Garcia will perform a thorough examination and review of your medical history, and she will help you decide between the various surgical options. Breast reduction surgery may be performed in the hospital with an overnight observation stay or in an ambulatory setting, with discharge to home within a few hours after surgery.

Breast Reduction Recovery and Results

Initial results will be visible immediately, but final results will be revealed as you continue to heal and the swelling goes down. Scars will fade over time.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost in Fort Worth?

The price of breast reduction can vary on a number of factors. As a skilled Fort Worth breast reduction surgeon, Dr. Gracia will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing.

Ideal Implants
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Ideal Implants

Now available in our office, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant has the natural feel that women want, without any silicone gel. After years of development and refinement, including contributions of clinical expertise from plastic surgeons, the IDEAL IMPLANT was approved by FDA and Health Canada. It combines the best of both – natural feel with the safety of only saline inside for peace of mind.

What are IDEAL Implants?

The IDEAL IMPLANT has a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold the saline. This internal structure controls the movement of the saline and supports the implant edges to reduce folding and wrinkling. In addition, the implant has been designed to contour to the natural curve of the chest wall. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, a woman can simply look in the mirror and know her implants are intact.

Structured Implants vs. Saline Implants

Saline is a safe, natural solution easily absorbed by the body in case of rupture. But many women feel they have to compromise on the look and feel of the implant, which wrinkles and moves like a water balloon. IDEAL IMPLANT combines the peace of mind of only saline inside with an advanced, structured technology that gives women the beautiful look, natural feel, and realistic movement they are looking for.

Structured Implants vs. Silicone Gel Implants

When intact, silicone gel implants are FDA-approved and safe. But when they rupture, the FDA states the “implant and any gel should be removed.” Yet silicone gel ruptures are silent, meaning they can only be detected by an MRI, so the FDA recommends that women have an MRI scan every other year to find out if their implants have ruptured. IDEAL IMPLANT offers a natural feel without these concerns.

You shouldn’t have to choose between natural feel and peace of mind. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, you will always know your implants are intact simply by looking in the mirror.

An Implant Inspired by Women’s Concerns

The unique design of the IDEAL IMPLANT is what gives it a natural feel and youthful look, without using silicone gel. It has a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers that hold the saline. It is made with standard implant materials, yet uses an advanced internal structure to control the movement of the saline and support the implant edges to reduce collapse and wrinkling.

IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone 10 years of development, testing, and refinement, including contributions of clinical expertise from many plastic surgeons. It was approved by both FDA and Health Canada in 2014.