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What is Breast Augmentation?4 min read

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Dr. Phillip Chang

Board Certified By The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Voted Top Plastic Surgeon in Loudoun, Virginia
Offices in Leesburg, Virginia.

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According to a study done in 2016, almost 300,000 women elected to undergo a breast augmentation to achieve a larger breast size. Breast augmentation can mean several things, including breast implants, breast reduction, or breast lifts.

If you are considering breast augmentation, you are most definitely not alone! Breast augmentation is not only popular, but it is also the most commonly done plastic surgery. Let us take you on a deep dive all about breast augmentation, and everything you need to know.

What is Breast Augmentation?

During breast augmentation, implants are commonly added to the breast to increase volume and firmness. There are two commonly used implants: silicone or “gummy bear” implants and saline implants. Silicone implants are more flexible and give the breast a more natural look and feel, while saline implants are firmer.

How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

Your breast augmentation cost depends on many factors, especially whether or not you plan to undergo other procedures at the same time. During your consultation at Aesthetica, Dr. Chang will establish expectations for cost as well as a payment plan if desired. Because a successful end result ultimately leads to better satisfaction and less long term expense, we strongly recommend focusing on the quality of the results you want, rather than the cost. To determine the cost for the results you desire, you can schedule an virtual initial consultation with Aesthetica today! 

Why You Want Vectra 3D Imaging Before Breast Augmentation

Vectra 3D imaging is an amazing option that many plastic surgeons are offering their clients prior to surgery. 3D imaging is such a life-changing opportunity because it allows clients to truly envision their cosmetic surgery results. A scan is taken of the client, and it then “receives surgery” to allow the client to see what the outcome of their breast augmentation will be. This allows crystal clear communication between the client and the doctor, and any alterations can be made on the computer-generated image, which is far easier to tweak than an actual person! It’s important to remember that breast augmentation is not a “one size fits all” experience. Be on the lookout for an attentive surgeon who views breast augmentation as an art, not a science

What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Surgery

Once you are prepped and ready for surgery, you will come into your doctor’s offices for surgery day. To start off the surgery, the breast will be injected with a numbing pain medication that will last the duration of the surgery. Next, an injection for decreasing bruising will be placed. After the medication has been given time to take affect, an approximately 3cm incision will be made, generally in the under-the breast crease. A pocket for the implant is created beneath the chest muscle, using what is called the dual plane technique. A Keller funnel places the implant in the breast. This is another key moment, as the Keller funnel allows for the least potential scarring and complications. Once the implant is placed, the client will be raised to the seated position to ensure proper placement of the implant. Finally, the incisions will be closed with either sutures or surgical tape. 

How Long Does a Breast Augmentation Take?

After the surgery is completed, the client is taken to a recovery room to rest and recover while being monitored before being sent home to recover completely. The entire surgery generally takes about 1-1.5 hours.

What a Typical Recovery From Breast Augmentation Looks Like

Your doctor will likely prescribe painkillers to be taken for the first 3-5 days post-operation, as this is when you will be experiencing the highest level of pain during recovery. Within the first week, most clients report being able to switch to over-the-counter pain management. There will be some swelling and drainage happening within the first few days, but this should decrease daily.

When Will I See My Breast Augmentation Results?

Most clients are able to return to work and light exercises after one week of recovery time. After about 3 weeks, most levels of activity are okay to resume, and for the most part you will feel back to normal.

Expect to have residual swelling for up to 3 months after your breast augmentation surgery, and for the final results to not be fully realized until 6 months afterwards.

Get Started on your Breast Augmentation Journey Today!

During the stay at home order, we invite you to schedule a VIRTUAL consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to learn how you can stay home AND stay beautiful. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.

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