If you have small breasts or breasts that have become smaller after pregnancy or weight loss you may be a candidate for breast enlargement through a surgical procedure called Breast Augmentation. Breast augmentation has been performed safely for more than 40 years. Breast augmentation clients have a choice between silicone and saline breast implants. A new generation of silicone gel implants, approved by the FDA, is available to women over the age of 22. We look forward to discussing available options with you. You may view before and after photos during consultation or on this site.
ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Breast augmentation surgically enlarges the breasts. An implant is placed behind the breast gland or, more commonly, behind the pectoralis muscle under the breast. Our surgeons and staff can discuss placement recommendations and which incision options are right for you. Our approach to breast augmentation is highly personalized. We will help you select the size of the implant by placing trial implants in a bra for you to see the changes in your appearance. Breast augmentation may also be combined with a breast lift to restore breast shape. If you are over the age of 30, we require you to have a mammogram before your surgery. You can schedule your breast augmentation consultation at any of our Washington DC area offices in Chevy Chase, MD or Northern Virginia.
AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
A soft compressive dressing will be placed around your chest before you wake from the anesthesia. One or two days later, this dressing will be removed. We will give you a soft, elastic post-operative bra to wear for three weeks, which must be removed for bathing. In rare instances, patients may develop a breast “capsular contracture” which can cause unnatural firmness or alter the shape or position of the breast implant. We are very proactive in the prevention of capsular contracture, and quick to remedy it when it occurs.
At some point in your lifetime, you may need to have your implants replaced. Replacements are not automatically required after a certain time period. In the years following your initial breast augmentation surgery, you should continue to have routine breast exams and mammograms. Breast cancer rates are no higher for people who have had breast augmentation surgery than for the general population.
Weight gain or loss, pregnancy and aging can cause changes in the tone and appearance of the skin and soft tissue of the breasts. You can find additional information and true stories from actual breast augmentation patients at www.implantinfo.com.