Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center
Loudoun – Fairfax – Northern Virginia
Cosmetic Breast Surgery
Saline Implants - Silicone Implants - Fat Transfer
Breast augmentation surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. In 2018, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 314,000 women underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged. The popularity of breast augmentation has nearly tripled since 1997.
The first step to getting a breast augmentation is to book a free consultation with Dr. Chang to talk over concerns, desires and to find the perfect size breast for your body size and lifestyle. Using the Vectra 3D imaging machine, Dr. Chang and the patient will be able to visualize the body post surgery. This is a great tool for helping patients decide on the correct size of their new breasts and work out whether the aerola or nipple should also be changed. The most common size that women usually ask for is a large C cup.
Breast enlargement surgery is as much an art as it is a technical procedure. For that reason, you need to find a surgeon that you feel has an artistic eye and who stays on top of all the many technical advances in breast augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed by Dr. Chang. The main aim of a breast augmentation surgery is to make the breasts larger and firmer.
Breast augmentation can be performed using saline filled breast implants, silicone filled breast implants, or adding your own fat to fill the volume of your breasts. Each technique has its own nuances but all are performed under general anesthetic in a surgical setting.
Breast implant augmentation is a 1 to 1.5 hour procedure that is performed at the surgery center under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Long acting pain anesthetic is injected directed into the chest muscle to provide pain relief for at least the few hours after your surgery.
Dr. Chang uses the Keller funnel technique for silicone implants which allows for the smallest of scars, decreased rates of infection, and injury to the breast implant. The incision will be around 3cm in size. For all breast augmentation surgeries, Dr.Chang will use the dual plane technique which creates a pocket for the implant under the chest muscle.
Once the implants are in and positioned correctly, the incisions are closed using absorbable sutures.
All patients will need someone to collect them and take them home post surgery.
Saline Implants: Saline implants start empty and are filled after placement of the implant. For this reason (unlike silicone implants), very small 1.5 cm incisions can be used for implant placement. You have a choice of having your incision under the breast crease (inframammary crease) or under your areola (peri-areola incision). Once the incision is made, a pocket is created “under” the chest muscle. This placement provides better camouflage of the implant, allows better visualization for mammograms, and reduces the risk of a complication called capsular contracture.
The implant is then filled with saline. The patient will be evaluated in the sitting position where final adjustments are made for position and shape of the implant.
Silicone implants: come pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel (gummy bears). Because they are pre-filled, the larger the implant choice, the larger the required incision. In order to minimize the incision as much as possible, we will use a device called a Keller Funnel. With this device and technique, your incision will only be slightly larger than if you had requested a saline implant. An inframammary incision is generally used in order to hide the incision. Once the incision is made, a pocket is created “under” the chest muscle. This placement provides better camouflage of the implant, allows better visualization for mammograms, and reduces the risk of a complication called capsular contracture.
The patient will then be evaluated in the sitting position where final adjustments are made for position and shape of the implant.
This involves using the patients own fat which is taken by liposuction from another area of the body and then injected into the breasts. The fat is processed before being injected. This is best for patients who are looking for a small increase in breast size.
Women desire breast augmentation procedures for many reasons:
- the desire to feel more feminine
- wanting to have larger breasts
- wanting to have more volume in their breasts
A good candidate is someone who is:
- have fully developed breasts
- is over the age of 18
- is unhappy with the shape or size of their breasts
- women who have lost volume due to pregnancy and breastfeeding
- has a healthy attitude to the results of breast augmentation
It is important that patients make their own decisions regarding breast augmentation surgery and are not having it to please others.
The choice of breast implants size is obviously very subjective and very personal. What looks good to you to might not look good to someone else. What looks big to you might not look big to someone else.
There are many studies that have shown that the average woman finds a C cup breast to be the most attractive. That does not mean, however, that it should be your personal goal. Many factors obviously need to be considered:
- How conservative are you as a person?
- What kind of job do you have?
- Do you exercise a lot?
- What is your height?
- What is the width of your breasts?
There are limitations to how large you should go from a safety standpoint. As a general rule, an attractive implant should not be wider than the width of your breast. Otherwise, the implant becomes more visible and appears more round. Note, however, that some women don’t mind that appearance.
We have the Vectra 3D breast augmentation imaging system in the office to assist you with your decision.
After surgery you should rest at home and let yourself heal. Dr. Chang will send you home with a detailed recovery plan. There are a number of different ways to help aid recovery:
- All patients will wear a surgical bra for about 4 weeks.
- Final results should not be expected for at least 6 months to a year. Over that time, the swelling, particularly located in the upper breast will decrease, the implant will drop into its pocket, and the shape of the breast will become more teardrop in shape.
- You will be instructed to massage the implant 2-3 times a day to manipulate the breast down into its pocket as well as to keep your breast soft and mobile.
- Most patients are presentable without drawing attention in 1 to 2 weeks.
- Sutures if any are removed in 10 to 14 days.
- Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks to help in the recovery process.
- Lower body exercise is alright after 4 weeks but avoid jogging and running for another 2 weeks. Bouncing breasts need to avoided to help with healing.
- Apply aquaphor ointment to exposed sutures and incisions should be applied twice a day until the sutures are removed.
- Most patients will take 3 to 7 days off work.
- Pain can initially be moderate to severe – there will be pain medication injected into the breast during surgery to help with pain management the first few days.
At first, the implants feel like they are too high. Interestingly, most women actually like this phase as they have more exaggerated cleavage at this time. Over the next few months, the swelling at the top of the breast begins to diminish while the bottom of the breast begins to round out.
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether the procedure can achieve your goals and if the recovery and risks are acceptable to you. Complications are rare but can include:
- Local bleeding or bruising
- Implant displacement, asymmetry, or malposition
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
- Loss of sensation although rare
- Widened or thickened scar
- Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
- Extra skin at the ends of the incisions
- Capsular contracture
Unsatisfactory results may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
Your cost for breast augmentation will depend on the type of technique (implants vs fat transfer) and the type of implant chosen. Note that silicone implants filled with new-age silicone gel will cost more than saline implants filled with salt water. See the pricing card below.
Breast augmentation is commonly performed with other procedures such as:
- Mommy makeover
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
We will help you with this decision at your consultation.
The proof is in the proverbial pudding. Look at our before and after gallery and tell us if any of Dr. Chang’s patients look fake.The key to not looking fake includes:
- Getting an “appropriate” size- the larger you go, the more unnatural you will appear. We use the 3D Vectra imaging system to help choose a size.
- Placement of the breast implant below the chest muscle. The chest muscle will soften the appearance and camouflage the implant to some extent.
- Silicone implants have less of a chance of “rippling” which is a tell-tale sign of breast augmentation.
- Surgical skill – again, refer to Dr. Chang’s before and after images. You will see!
Dr. Chang requires you to be at least 18 years of age for a breast augmentation. Patients need to have completed their breast development before a breast augmentation can be accurately performed.
The FDA recommends that patients be 22 years of age before placement of a silicone filled breast implant.
The answer is a definite NO.
The risk of breast cancer does not change if you have an implant. There have been two large studies about the risk of breast implants and breast cancer. Both showed that there was no difference and one even showed a VERY slight decrease in the risk of breast cancer. They hypothesized that the reason might be that the body’s immune system is at a higher level surveillance.
If you are planning to breastfeed after surgery, talk it over with Dr. Chang during the free consultation. It can be possible to breastfeed with the right technique and placement of the breast implant. As pregnancy and breastfeeding will affect the results, we recommend you wait until your family is complete before undergoing breast augmentation.
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Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang is dedicated to providing high-quality service that concentrates on the unique needs and concerns of his patients. He believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Chang is thrilled to be serving the greater northwest area of Washington, D.C. with top cosmetic care that is dependable and trustworthy.
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During the consultation we will discuss your treatment wishes and expectations. This is the time to ask us lots of questions to really understand what is involved, what the costs will be, and what is expected of you. This is also a great time to get to know Dr. Chang.
Aesthetica has received numerous awards from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, New Beauty, Best of Loudoun, Posh 7 Top Picks, and Dr. Chang is internationally known for his lectures and advances in precise surgical technique as demonstrated through his unique mini-facelift procedure.
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