Many women with small breasts wish to enhance their size and volume so they can achieve a more attractive appearance. Breast augmentation – also referred to as a ‘boob job’ – is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to enlarge a woman’s breasts. During breast enlargement surgery, plastic surgeons usually use implants to restore fullness and achieve the desired breast size. Patients usually report a boost in self-confidence that can translate to an improved quality of life. It’s no wonder why breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery. In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 299,000 women received a breast enlargement procedure.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers breast augmentation procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas areas. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. The surgeon makes use of state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation Houston?

Breast enlargement gives your breasts more size and shape to balance your proportions. Plastic surgeons consider a number of factors to figure out whether you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.

  • General good health
    Like many other surgeries, you need to be in good health in order to receive a breast augmentation. If you are suffering from an illness, make sure to let your surgeon know. Dr. Balinger is well versed in cosmetic surgery and will be in a position to determine whether the procedure is safe or not based on your current health and medical history.
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance of your breasts
    You are a good candidate for breast enlargement surgery if you are unhappy with the current size of your breasts. In addition to increasing the breast volume, this procedure can also help address unevenness where one breast is larger than the other.
  • You are not pregnant 
    Both pregnancy and breast implants are life-changing events. For this reason, it is advisable that you have each at its own time. Dr. Balinger recommends that women wait for at least 12 months (after breast enlargement surgery) before trying to get pregnant. 
  • You have realistic expectations 
    Having an unrealistic mentality about this treatment could lead to mental health issues later due to disappointment. Patients must be aware of the fact that this surgery is aimed at improvement, not perfection.
  • You are not too committed
    If you lack an adjustable schedule, then you may not be a good candidate for breast augmentation. This is because immediately after the surgery, you will need time to rest and recover. You also need a helper to help get things done during the first few days of recovery. 
  • You are the right age 
    Saline-filled breast implants are only approved for women who are 18 years or older. On the other hand, silicone implants are meant for use by women who are 22 years or older. This is based on the fact that below this age, the breasts may still be developing. 
  • Consent 
    Breast augmentation is a highly individualized treatment. For this reason, Dr. Chris emphasizes that patients ensure they are doing this procedure strictly for themselves, not because someone else told them to. Remember you are the one who is going to live with the changes to your appearance, so it’s good to be sure you want this cosmetic treatment.

During your initial breast augmentation Houston consultation with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine your breasts before letting you know whether this procedure is for you. If you have small breasts that are also drooping, Dr. Balinger may recommend that you have a combined breast augmentation and lift procedure.

Breast Implant Options

The majority of breast augmentation procedures are completed using breast implants. Plastic surgeons can choose from three different types of implants:

Silicone Implants

Women who are at least 22 years old can have their augmentation completed with silicone implants. These contain a silicone pocket that is filled with a silicone gel. Silicone implants ship from the manufacturer when pre-filled and thus need a bigger incision during the surgery. Although they are more expensive when compared to saline implants, these implants lead to a more natural appearance.

Saline Implants

These constitute a silicone pocket that is filled with a saltwater solution. These are typically inserted into the body during the augmentation surgery then later filled with the saline solution. Incisions resulting from breast augmentation with these implants are usually smaller. However, on the flip side, saline implants are more prone to sloshing and rippling.

Gummy Bear Implants

Also known as form-stable implants, these are a type of silicone implants that are filled with a thicker, cohesive silicone gel. They assume a tapered shape with a bigger projection at the bottom. Gummy bear implants maintain their shape even when the silicone shell is broken. They also tend to be firmer compared to traditional silicone implants. On the flip side, a bigger skin incision is required during the placement of gummy bear implants.

Breast Implant Profile, Shape, and Texture

In addition to the type of implant, choosing the right breast implant size is an essential consideration for women planning to have a breast enlargement. Several factors need to be considered to identify the ideal breast implant for your unique needs.


This refers to the thickness or amount of implant sticking out from the chest. Breast implants are available in low, moderate, high, or ultra-high profiles.


Implants are available in a ’round’ shape that is great for enhancing the fullness and cleavage of the upper breast. Tear-drop shaped implants tend to result in a breast shape that is wider at the bottom and tapers at the top.


This is the outer covering of the breast implant, which can be smooth and textured. Smooth implants make it easier for the breast to move naturally within your body. Textured implants – on the other hand – focus on keeping the breasts well-oriented.

Because of safety concerns affecting some types of textured breast implants, Dr. Balinger uses smooth implants for his breast augmentation Houston procedures.

Choosing a breast implant is often easier said than done. You have to put into consideration multiple factors such as your weight and height, skin laxity, chest diameter, body frame, and more. Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to help each one of his patients pinpoint the perfect breast implant for their unique needs.

Incision Techniques and Scarring

The size and pattern of incisions used will vary depending on the type of implant selected, as well as the patient’s goals. Dr. Balinger has a number of incision techniques that he can use:


This type of incision is positioned in the armpit and is often used to insert a saline implant below the breast tissue. While the incision is tiny, the main disadvantage is that it increases the risk of implant malposition. This type of incision cannot be used in cases where a breast lift is also required.


An incision extending 1 to 2 inches is created along the breast’s underside. This helps ensure that the resulting scar is well concealed by the overlying breast. Inframammary incisions can help reduce the risk of sensory changes or capsular contracture after recovery.


A tiny incision will be made around the color line of the areola. This helps conceal the resulting scar. If a breast lift is also required, an additional incision may be made vertically down from the areola to the breast crease.

Dr. Balinger understands that the needs and preferences of each patient are different. The surgeon will discuss the best incision technique for your needs and answer all your questions.

How is Breast Augmentation Performed

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room, or an accredited medical facility. The procedure starts with the surgeon’s anesthesiologist administering a sedative to keep the patient comfortable and safe throughout the procedure. Once this is done, the surgeon will create an incision in a suitable area and create a breast pocket within the chest. The next step is to insert the desired implant. Incisions will then be closed and the treatment area bandaged to control bleeding. Breast enlargement surgery takes 1-3 hours to complete. Immediately after surgery, you will be put in Dr. Balinger’s monitoring room for observation before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Before & After

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Recovery after your Breast Augmentation in Houston

Recovery after breast augmentation in Houston TX varies from one patient to the other. The recovery speed and duration are influenced by the size and type of implant, incision method used, and the patient’s unique healing ability. It is important to have someone to drive you home and help with chores during the first few days of recovery. Dr. Balinger will ask that you move around as soon as you are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. Many patients experience bruising, swelling, and pain over the first week. You will be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections.

Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are prohibited until you get the go-ahead from the surgeon. It is important that you take plenty of rest during the recovery period. Your body needs to focus its energy on recovery from the surgery. Eating the right foods can also help improve recovery. You will be required to avoid smoking for at least 4 weeks after the surgery. Dr. Balinger will provide a special compression bra that should be worn on a regular basis. Make sure to contact your doctor’s office if you notice any red flags such as fever, bleeding, or intense pain.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

Breast augmentation plastic surgery prices Houston can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s breast enlargement patients can however expect to pay between $4,000 and $6,900 for this treatment.

Since breast augmentation is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure, health insurance typically does not pay for it.

During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform breast augmentation and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for breast augmentation, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Houston Plastic Surgery Associates

Average Cost

$4,000 - $6,900

Procedure Time

1-3 Hours

Recovery Time

1-2 Weeks


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What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that relies on implants to add shape and size to your breasts. You may be considering a boob job because your natural breasts are too small, or you have lost breast volume over your lifetime.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The average cost of breast augmentation is $4,000 to $6,900. The cost is based upon a personalized treatment plan that is developed by Dr. Balinger during the consultation. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

  • Recommended for women who are unhappy with their breast size and shape
  • Several implant options available
  • Balances body proportions

What are breast implants?

Breast implants are silicone shells that are filled with saline or silicone. Implants are available in several shapes, sizes and textures so that your new breasts have the appearance that you most desire.

What is a breast augmentation with lift?

Dr. Balinger recommends breast augmentation with lift for women who have sagging breasts and want to add fullness. Breast augmentation with lift is the most common type of boob job that is recommended for women after they breastfeed, as well as older patients.

What is breast revision?

Breast revision is a surgery that is recommended for women who are dissatisfied with the results of the original boob job. Some of the reasons that women choose breast revision surgery are:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Abnormalities with breast implants
  • Wishing to increase or decrease the size of the implants

How is breast augmentation performed?

Dr. Balinger is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country to offer women transauxillary breast augmentation. The traditional techniques for a boob job involve incisions in the visible areas of the breasts, such as around the areola and from the area downward to the breast crease. A transauxillary boob job requires small incisions that are made in the natural folds of the armpit, so the scars are well hidden and barely noticeable.

What is recovery like after breast augmentation?

The transauxillary technique requires less tissue trauma compared to other techniques, so the downtime is minimized. Dr. Balinger explains that to expect during your recovery at the time of the consultation, as well as after the procedure.

How long will breast augmentation results last?

Breast augmentation will not prevent your breasts from sagging due to aging or pregnancy. Aside from these considerations, the results of your boob job may last up to ten years before the implants may need to be replaced.

What is breast implant removal?

Breast implant removal is a procedure that removes the implant from the breast area. The implant may be replaced, or the patient may wish to not have implants.

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