Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which the breasts are enlarged using implants comprised of silicone gel or saline. This procedure has been performed safely with very high patient satisfaction for more than 50 years. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Center for Plastic Surgery perform breast augmentation to help women from Washington, DC; Chevy Chase and Bethesda, MD; Arlington and Fairfax, VA; and beyond enhance small breasts, uneven breasts, or breasts that have become smaller after pregnancy or weight loss.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
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What Can I Expect at a Breast Augmentation Consultation?
Once you’ve decided to have breast augmentation, there are still a number of decisions to be made. A variety of factors will impact how your final results will look, and what works for one person may not work for your body type and desired outcome. During your personalized consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you understand your options and recommend what choices may be best for you.
The pre-surgical meetings at CPS are orchestrated by physicians, nurses, and support staff who advocate for our patients and assist them through the process. Our team strives to ensure the highest level of service and medical guidance in order to provide a safe surgical journey and deliver exceptional aesthetic results.
“Everything went smoothly, I had virtually NO pain after surgery, which was amazing, and I have had no complications whatsoever! Couldn’t be more pleased!”
Breast augmentation patient on RealPatientRatings.com
What’s the Best Type of Breast Implant?
Because there is no “perfect” implant for everyone, our surgeons work very carefully and thoughtfully to help each patient choose the breast implant options best suited to her. We use the safest, most advanced breast implants to help our patients achieve their cosmetic goals and attain beautiful, natural-looking surgical outcomes.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in the Washington, DC, Metro Area?
The cost for breast augmentation generally ranges from $5,925 to $8,000, depending on an individual patient’s goals and needs with surgery. At Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase and Annandale, silicone gel implants cost a little more than saline, and some patients may have requirements that change the cost slightly.
‘Staff was very attentive and thorough with making sure my choices would result in the best outcome for me. I received amazing after-care following the procedure and made to feel extremely at ease. Very happy with the results.”
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Who Is a Breast Augmentation Candidate?
Candidates for breast augmentation are typically women who wish to change the shape or size of their natural breasts using breast implants. Some women require a breast augmentation with lift to address sagging while adding volume. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the outcome. The best way to determine whether breast augmentation is right for you is to work closely with an experienced surgeon to discuss your options that will best suit your needs.
“Everyone was so attentive and answered all my questions. I am so happy with my breast augmentation and have suggested Center for Plastic Surgery to others.”
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Before undergoing surgery, we ask that you schedule your breast augmentation consultation at our office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, or Annandale, Northern Virginia. If you are over the age of 40, we require you to have a mammogram before your surgery. Once complete, one of our doctors will work with you to find a treatment plan that is best for you. Some surgical options include:
Breast Implant Placement
There are two placement options for breast implants: behind the breast gland or, more commonly, behind the pectoralis muscle under the breast. Your desired result, the amount of natural breast tissue you have, and your body type will all play a role in which placement option will work best for you. Our surgeons and staff can discuss placement recommendations during your consultation.
Over the Muscle Placement (Subglandular): If your implants are placed over the pectoralis muscle, you will likely experience a quicker recovery and less implant movement during chest exercise. This placement is a good option for women who have a decent amount of natural breast tissue, as subglandular placement may result in implant visibility in very thin patients.
Under the Muscle Placement (Submuscular): When implants are placed under the muscle, they are typically covered better, reducing the risk of implant rippling or palpability (seeing or feeling implant through the skin). This option also helps keep your glandular tissue fully visible during a mammogram. Also, the capsular contracture rate is lower when implants are placed under the muscle. This option does require a slightly longer recovery, wherein your implants will settle (“dropping & fluffing”) over the course of up to six weeks.
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Your breast augmentation incision placement is a decision that will be based on your natural anatomy, where you would like your scars, the implant options you have selected, and recommendations from your surgeon. Options include:
Inframammary: This incision is placed along the natural fold beneath your breast, where it is barely visible and is by far the most commonly used incision today.
Periareolar: This incision is made around the lower edge of the areola, where it is concealed by the darker pigmentation of the areola.
Our surgeons do not offer transumbilical breast augmentation (incision in the bellybutton) as they believe the complication rate is too high to perform this technique safely.
What Is Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation?
Using a patient’s own fat for breast enhancement is a technique that is sometimes called fat transfer breast augmentation or non-surgical breast augmentation at our Washington, DC-area practice. Even though it doesn’t require the surgeon to make incisions on the breast, it does involve extracting excess fat from another area of the body using liposuction, which is a surgical procedure.
The concept of using a patient’s own fat for cosmetic purposes (called autologous fat transfer) isn’t new. Fat has been used for years as an alternative to synthetic facial fillers and is part of the Brazilian butt lift procedure. The fat transfer breast augmentation technique can be performed with or without implants, depending on the patient’s goals.
A good candidate for this procedure:
Wants only a modest increase in the size of her breasts (slightly more than 1 cup size)
Has enough fat in another area of the body
Has breast skin that retains its elasticity
The fat transfer technique involves 3 separate steps:
Liposuction: The abdomen, thighs, or buttocks are the most common areas for harvesting fat.
Purification: The fatty tissue is spun in a centrifuge to separate the fat cells from impurities.
Re-injection: Surgeons use special syringes called cannulas to carefully place the fat in the breasts.
Patients who want a larger breast size increase may still benefit from the fat transfer technique if they have thin breast skin or decide to have their implants placed above the muscle. The fat creates a more natural look and feel by camouflaging the implants’ edges.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Recovery?
Immediately after your procedure, a soft compression dressing will be placed on 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. They offer breast augmentation revision surgery to correct complications if necessary.
Breast cancer rates are no higher for people who have had breast augmentation surgery than for the general population.
How Long Will My Breast Implants Last?
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.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
To discover the difference breast implants can make, request a complimentary consultation using our online form. CPS has been helping breast augmentation patients feel more confident since 1986. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable, caring environment for our patients.