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10 Things You Should Know About Breasts6 min read

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Phillip Chang, MD

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

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Whether they are big or small, perky or heading South, all women and men have breasts. But, what do we know about them?

1. Breasts Aren't Just Made Of Fat

They are also mammary glands and ducts. When you get pregnant, the milk ducts fill with milk to help feed your baby. Under the glands is muscle and tissue, which separates your breast from your ribs. Alas, as we age fat takes over, our muscle loosens and down they droop.

2. Your Left Breast Is Bigger Than Your Right

Who knows why!! It is usually one fifth larger than the other. Nazanin Khakpour M.D., a surgical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center says “They are sisters, not twins.” Asymmetrical breasts are the norm.

3. Gaining Weight Can Make Your Breasts Larger

And losing weight can make them shrink! It all depends on the amount of fat tissue you have. The more fatty tissue in your breast, the bigger the changes in them when you change weight.

Woman body covering her breast

4. The Average Bra Size In The USA Is 34DD

And nearly 80% of women are wearing the wrong size. It’s important to wear the correct size as they can improve posture and prevent spine and back problems. And they perk your breasts up in such a great way.

Did you know? Women in ancient Rome wrapped fabric around their breasts while they exercised, creating the first sports bras!

5. Breastfeeding Won't Cause Breasts To Droop

But smoking might! Smoking messes with our elastin, which keeps skin supple. Although breasts change shape during pregnancy and breastfeeding, they don’t mess with the elasticity of the skin.

6. Don't Sleep On Your Stomach

It can cause your breasts to change shape. Basically, lying on your front can make the breast ligaments stretch causing sagginess. Best position for perky breasts – your back.

A young lady laying on bed

7. There Are 4 Types Of Nipples

Protruding, flat, puffy and inverted. All of these are perfectly normal and healthy.

8. The Average Breast Weighs Around 1 Pound

The heaviest and largest breasts in the world belong to Annie Hawkins-Turner. She wears a size 48V which she has specially made and her breasts weigh nearly 100 pounds!

9. More People Than You Think Have A Third Nipple

Harry Styles, Mark Wahlberg and Tilda Swinton all have one and it hasn’t stopped them from getting out there and becoming celebrities. Others, like Carrie Underwood had theirs removed. It’s not a big deal.

Almost all women have some degree of nipple hair. "Having 2 to 15 dark, straight strands growing at one time is extremely common," explains Debra Jaliman, M.D., a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

10. Breasts Stop Growing Eventually

Usually when you get to 25 years of age. Weight gain could add a few pouds, but what you have at 25 is what you have for life.

Last Thing To Know: Breast Augmentation Is Extremely Popular

In 2018, 313,735 people had a boob job – up 4% from 2017. Most women have them after having children and generally only go up one bra size.

FAQs About Breast Augmentation

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. The prices listed below are subject to change. Facility center fees are only estimates

Surgeon’s fee – $ 4,500.
Surgery Center Fees – $ 2,500
VIP Members may have a discounted rate

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.

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.

As with any surgery, there are associated risks.  Only you can decide whether a breast augmentation can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk profile are acceptable to you.  Fortunately, significant complications from breast augmentation surgeries are relatively infrequent.  

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of breast augmentation can include

  • Hematoma or bruising
  • Infection
  • Loss of sensation of the nipple
  • Widened or thickened scar
  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
  • Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
  • Under-correction or Over-correction
  • Capsular contracture
  • Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures.  Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.  Revisions are not safe prior to 6 months to a year

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.

Absolutely contact your health care provider. Some swelling and pain is to be expected after surgery. If you feel any lumps or bumps that are not normal to your breast tissue however you may require some imaging just to be on the safe side. Follow up with your breast surgeon and your health care providers. 

Want more information on breast augmentation?

For those wondering whether breast augmentation might be the best cosmetic solution for you, we invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to explore whether you would make a good candidate. To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. 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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