About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that redefines the breasts to result in a fuller look. It is generally known to be one of the most wanted cosmetic surgeries, providing women who dislike their breasts effective opportunities for improvement. With the help of implants or fat from the patient's body, this enhancement surgery improves breast shape and size, and results in an appealing and youthful outcome. Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang is experienced in implementing this treatment and performs numerous breast augmentations every year. When you have your consultation at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, Dr. Chang will assess your aesthetic desires and concerns and inform you of all the choices available, while also customizing a treatment plan to meet your personal goals.
During your initial consult with Dr. Chang, the appropriate implant will be selected based on your body size and shape, as well as the results you wish to achieve. Implants for augmentation are made in an assortment of shapes, sizes, textures, and profiles — each of which are considered carefully in order to reach the wanted appearance. Still, the most commonly used implant types are silicone or saline, both widely popular and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An important fact is that those considering implants made with saline must be 18 years old, while patients must be a minimum of 22 years old in order to undergo treatment with silicone. Other considerations include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). In addition to the type of implant used, there are other distinct factors to decide.
Breast implant size is distinguished based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To pick the right volume, Dr. Chang will measure how much native breast tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. In the operating room, it is normal for Dr. Chang to temporarily switch out various implants to get a better idea on a suitable fit.
Implants come in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are widely used; however, most of our patients decide on a round implant. It generally looks and feels more natural while adding a fullness to the top of the breast that a large percentage of patients look for.
Implant profile equates to how far out the implant looks (projection). In other words, this is what is visible from the side angle. Most projections include low to extra high ranges.
Making Your Choices
We understand all of the considerations may be overwhelming, but agreeing to the appropriate implant is somewhat easy once the patient's desires are understood during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with the expertise of Dr. Chang help to ensure the anticipated outcome is met.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Five Stars - This review is long over due... I had breast augmentation revision preformed by Dr. Chang almost 2 years ago. I am SO incredibly happy with my results! ... This is coming from someone who is extremely particular and can be a little high maintenance:) I have the cleavage I always wanted and my scars are minimal and well hidden under the crease of my breasts. I own a boutique with my fiance, I always get complements from my customers about how perfect my boobs are and they are shocked when I tell them I had breast augmentation! Dr. Chang is great! He stands by his work and will ensure you are happy with your results. Not to mention his office is pristine and staff is very helpful, friendly, and professional. I absolutely recommend Dr. Chang and plan to return to him for all my cosmetic wants/needs! THANK YOU Dr. Chang and staff!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 19, 2015
"Best plastic surgeon in virginia - I was referred by friends who had breast augmentations with Dr. Chang. They were extremely happy. I just had my Mommy Makeover and I couldn't be more thrilled. He is no doubt the best plastic surgeon around!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 08, 2011
"I knew that I wanted to undergo a breast augmentation years ago and decided last year that I would finally go through with it. I originally planned on meeting with a couple of plastic surgeons, but after my consultation with Dr. Chang I felt very comfortable proceeding with him. One thing that I really appreciated about Dr. Chang was that we were both on the same page about the end results I wanted to achieve (a natural and proportionate look). I felt well prepared for surgery. Prior to surgery, Dr. Chang made sure I knew that I could contact him or the office with any questions. I have absolutely no regrets and am more confident than I have ever been. Thank you Dr. Chang!"- J.M. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2018
"I went to Dr.chang to see about getting breast augmentation and possible liposuction... I have to say it was a pleasant experience from begining till the end... He was so pleasant and was completley honest with me .... he took lots of time discussing my options on size, possible lift and what was necessary and not necessary .... He even talked me outta lipo which he did not feel was necessary , which was much appreciated ,he could have made a lot more money. I would reccomend him to anyone . Everyone at the office was fantastic as well... Hands down wonderful doc and anything i need in the future will def be with him :)"- J.B. / Google / Aug 07, 2017
"I first visited Dr. Chang 9 years ago during a consult for breast augmentation/lift. Our meeting was not rushed, he listened very carefully to my questions and concerns and explained the various options I had. I left the consult knowing I had found just the right Doctor. After the surgery I had one or two questions and Dr Chang and his staff were wonderfully accommodating in handling my call made in between follow up appointments. 9 years later I am still extremely happy with my results! After several other visits to Aesthetica over the years it has been continually demonstrated to me that Dr Chang places great emphasis on providing individualized, compassionate care with nothing but the highest of standards. I've recommended Dr. Chang to all my friends and family, all of whom have had similar results and experiences!"- J.W. / Google / Aug 07, 2013
The decision to go through with mammoplasty (breast aug) surgery is a personal one for women. If you are thinking about having this procedure, it is essential you do it for yourself and nobody else. Ideal candidates should be healthy with breasts that are fully developed, and be the proper age to have implants. Individuals who are unhappy with the size and shape of their chest because they seem shapeless could benefit from this cosmetic breast treatment. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to aging, nursing, or weight loss, this cosmetic treatment can give them life with increased shape and fullness. It is a welcomed option for those who work out with weights or have little to no original breast mass.
Incision placement, as well as implant location, are discussion points that are generally made ahead of surgery. During breast augmentation, the chosen incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be placed into its position. There are two techniques that may be chosen for implant placement. These are either under the pectoral muscle, or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. Where to insert the breast implant depends on varying factors including the overall type and size of the implant, along with the expertise of Dr. Chang. No matter where the incision is placed, scarring is generally minimal. Placement and location are based upon your implant size, activity level, and body type.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. Following the incision, the implant chosen for enhancement will be moved through the incision opening and deposited into a surgically created pocket, and then secured into its correct position. Once the implant is in position, the incision is carefully secured with skin adhesives or sutures. Each patient will be taken to a private recovery space and observed and monitored prior to being released. You will be instructed to continue wearing a recovery compression bra to help reduce swelling. Several days after surgery, the bruising and swelling will begin to slowly go away, and the breasts will start to look and feel normal as they fall into their new position. A large percentage of patients can engage in everyday activities within a few days; however, physical exertion such as exercise should be delayed for a minimum of a couple of months. Cosmetic breast surgery results in gorgeous outcomes that feel and appear both normal and natural. This procedure oftentimes can be a life changer for many women, offering them the opportunity to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your cost for breast augmentation will vary depending on your choices and whether you are getting any other surgeries. As soon as your treatment plan is made, Dr. Chang will go over estimated costs as well as financing. To make sure you are happy with your results and they last a long time, it is better to focus on quality over low costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan might include implants, a lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the breasts, while implants enhance the shape and size. In your consultation with Dr. Chang, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your treatment options. An augmentation and lift are usually included in a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you want to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, talk to Dr. Chang during your consultation. It's usually possible to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, with the right placement and technique. Breastfeeding and pregnancy can affect your results, which is why it is better to wait until your family is complete to get breast surgery.
Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide that you would like to remove or replace your implants. Should this happen, Dr. Chang offers breast revision surgery. In revision surgery, your old implants will be either replaced with different implants or removed. If you want to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift because larger implants may stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center to learn more about your options.
Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is investigating a link between implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer; it is a cancer of the immune system. According to WHO (the World Health Organization), implant-related ALCL is very rare and if caught early, it's highly treatable. Dr. Chang encourages all patients with implants to get frequent screenings for breast cancer. You should contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center if you see any concerns, like swelling.
Get the Look You Want
Breast enhancement surgery with implants is well sought out for many excellent reasons. This cosmetic surgery is considered safe and creates amazing aesthetic results. With numerous available considerations, you can have the bustline you have always wanted. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is pleased to offer this proven surgery and we welcome you to learn more. Contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to make your initial consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang.