Women in Houston and surrounding areas like Katy, TX look to Dr. Rolando Morales for a breast augmentation, a surgical procedure designed to enlarge a woman’s breasts. This procedure can help make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body, and can even out breasts that are different sizes and shapes. A breast augmentation can also enlarge and reshape breasts that have lost their fullness or shape due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding or age. Dr. Morales also performs this procedure for reconstructive purposes on patients who have undergone a mastectomy, or who have a congenital breast deformity.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Love this guy to the moon and back. Expectations were beyond meet. If anyone would love the best surgeon in the Houston area I suggest they get with the program and find #DrRolandoMorales"- T.A. / Facebook / Dec 27, 2014
"Dr. Morales and his staff were great!! I was very nervous about my procedure because I have never had surgery or anything like a breast augmentation before! They did an outstanding job at making me feel comfortable moreDr. Morales and his staff were great!! I was very nervous about my procedure because I have never had surgery or anything like a breast augmentation before! They did an outstanding job at making me feel comfortable and getting me what I wanted. From the first appointment to the last I was treated with the same great care. He truly cares about his patients. I would definitely recommend Dr. Morales to anyone."- F. / Yahoo / May 02, 2015
"30 Yr Old, Mother of Two Desiring Womanly Assets. Houston, TX - Dr Morales is an amazing surgeon! From the time we first met he treated me with dignity, respect, and provided realistic expectations on implants that would enhance my body, not overwhelm it. Dr. Morales communicated all information to me in a professional manner and was always aware whether I would have any further concerns or questions. Linda, the patient coordinator was absolutely wonderful. She was caring, kind, and prompt with response of my emails and calls to the office. Before my discharge from the surgery center, I was given a bouquet of flowers from Dr. Morales, whom provides all of his clients with after procedures. Personally I thought this was was extremely kind act to help boost his patients spirits post-op. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking breast augmentation surgery and highly doubt anyone would disappointed in his level of skill and care! - - I'm a little late posting my review, but I have desired implants since I hit my mid teens and noticed everyone else developing but me. Even when I was pregnant with my children I hoped they would get bigger, even just a little bit. I'm excited to say I have the most wonderful man to support me and like out my dream."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 09, 2015
"I Got my Breast Augmentation Done! - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales has been an amazing surgeon to work with. I definitely made the right decision to choose Dr. Morales as my surgeon for my breast augmentation. He is confident, good listener, easy to get along, have great surgical techniques, and is a perfectionist which is a great trait to have as a surgeon.At first I was concerned on how the procedure would go, how I would look like, how my scarring would look like, and what the risks would be in getting the BA. I was also concerned on where the incision should be or where it would give me the least area to get keloids. At first he suggested the "nipple" (areola) incision. But I wasn't comfortable with that since it has a higher risk in breast sensitivity and higher risk of not being able breastfeed. So I decided for the incision to be under the breast (the fold). Dr. Morales listened to what I wanted and was willing to do the incision there.Since my skin is very sensitive to any bruising or cuts, I wanted to make sure that the outcome of the surgery would be good. It was one of my biggest determinant for me to pick a surgeon who has the techniques to handle it. And Dr. Morales has great experience in handling such areas. Dr. Morales gave me a very detailed steps on how to handle my scarring and I was truly impressed. By choosing Dr. Morales I knew the result of my BA would be amazing.Two months in after my surgery and I feel great! Dr. Morales has been incredible throughout the process.Thank you Dr. M! - - I have been wanting to get a breast augmentation (BA) for years. I finally decided to do it this year. It was difficult for me to make the decision to get a BA because I didn't know how it will affect my body, how it will look like, and how safe the procedure will be. I did some research online for the pros and cons of having a BA done. But, I finally decided to do consultations so that I can really find out how each surgeons do their techniques on doing the BA and answers some questions that I didn't get from the Internet. I did two different consultations so that I can have a better decision on who I wanted to do the BA procedure from. I made a decision to pick a surgeon who had lots of experience in BA, who gave me confidence that the procedure and outcome of the BA will be great, who was honest about their work and what my breast will look like, and who is a perfectionist. I say perfectionist because a perfectionist surgeon to me means he or she will make sure that everything that he or she does will be detailed, precise, and do everything with care and caution. I decided on going with Dr. Rolando Morales."- O. / RealSelf / Aug 27, 2015
"Dr.Morales is a wonderful Plastic surgeon. He did breast augmentation and fat grafting to my buttocks and I can't express how happy I am with my body now. He did an amazing job with this 40 yr old mother of 3. Now I can wear whatever I want without being self conscious of my body. He truly cares about his patients and their outcome. Thank you Dr. Morales for the new ME."- L.M. / Yelp / Jun 14, 2016
Saline VS. Silicone
History of Gel Implants
Both saline and silicone implants have been used since the 1960s. From 1968 to 1992, they were the most popular types of implants due to their extraordinarily natural look and feel. From 1992 to 2006, saline implants were the only option available to women in the United States seeking a breast augmentation. Throughout that time, silicone gel remained the top choice for women in Europe, South America, and Canada. In 2006, the FDA lifted the restriction on silicone gel breast implants after it was presented with substantial evidence that silicone gel implants did not cause autoimmune diseases.
Implant Contents and Shells
Implants are named according to what fills them. In other words, saline implants are filled with saline, and silicone implants are filled with liquid silicone gel. Regardless of what breast implants are filled with, they all have a solid silicone shell.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone implants look and feel so soft and natural that they typically cannot be distinguished from breasts without implants. They also have a lower rate of rippling and wrinkling. Silicone implants are typically used on thin women with modest breast tissue to reduce the risk of rippling and downward displacement due to gravity. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants require a longer scar, and can rupture without being detected. Women would have to undergo an MRI to detect the rupture. They also cost about $1,000 more than saline implants. In addition, women must be 22 years of age to have silicone implants.
Anatomic Silicone Implants
The FDA approved the first anatomic silicone gel breast implants in March 2012, and released them to the US market. These implants are designed to resemble the shape, weight and feel of a natural breast. Anatomic silicone breast implants are filled with a form-stable cohesive silicone gel that can retain its shape through distortion. The quality of the cohesive silicone gives patients peace of mind in regards to a possible implant rupture.
Saline implants have a lower rate of revision surgery than silicone gel implants. Saline implants require smaller scars, are the less expensive implant option, and do not require an MRI to detect a rupture. However, if a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution is absorbed into the body, resulting in an obviously smaller breast. Unlike silicone implants, saline implants are heavier, and have a higher rate of downward displacement.
Breast augmentation surgery takes about an hour to complete, and is usually performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the incisions can be placed around the areolae, under the breast, in the axilla (underarm), or even around the belly button. The recovery period is usually short. A few days after surgery, bandages can be removed. After surgery, patients are required to wear a support bra or compression bandage to help support and position the breasts. The breast will feel tight as the skin and muscle adjusts to the new breast size. Swelling is common and usually begins to fade within a few weeks.
The cost for a breast augmentation varies depending on whether the patient chooses silicone or saline implants. The cost for saline implants starts at $4,600 while silicone implants generally cost about $1,000 more than saline implants, starting at $5,600.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,600 - $6,800
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Best Incision Placement?
The incision placement will depend upon each patient’s circumstances, and will be decided in your consultation with Dr. Morales. The inframammary approach is typically faster, safer to perform, and associated with fewer complications with future breastfeeding. The periareolar placement involves a less visible scar, but is associated with widening of the scar, and increases breastfeeding complications. The axillary approach is technically more difficult, takes longer to perform, and has a higher risk of complications of bleeding.
Combine with Other Procedures?
Breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift and body contouring procedures such as liposuction, buttock fat grafting, and tummy tuck. When all of these procedures are done at once, it is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.”
When Can I Go Back To Work?
Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard breast augmentation is one week.
When Can I Exercise?
The average return to routine exercise is no sooner than two months. Because the implants are placed partially under the muscle, the implants need a few months to settle into position.
When Can I Go Bra Shopping?
Dr. Morales recommends bra shopping should be deferred until 2 months after surgery. As the breast shape accustoms to the implants, the fit may change if patients try to buy bras too soon.