Every woman deserves to be happy with her breasts. But for some women, lack of volume, asymmetry, or an unusual breast shape make feeling confident about their shape difficult.
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures with the highest patient satisfaction rating—for good reason! For women interested in enhancing their breast size and shape to improve overall body image, the placement of breast implants is a safe option with relatively quick recovery and dramatic results.
In the hands of one of our experienced plastic surgeons, Hampton Roads breast augmentation patients can enjoy compassionate and cutting-edge treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
There are a variety of reasons why women choose breast augmentation. It’s important to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon in Hampton Roads to determine if breast augmentation is a good fit for you, but most patients desire one of the following improvements:
- Larger breast size
- Correcting asymmetry (one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other)
- Adding fullness to the upper breast
- Improving overall shape of breast
For any cosmetic surgery, it’s important that patients are in good general health, are non-smokers or willing to quit, and have realistic expectations.
Breast augmentation is intended to give the patient larger and more shapely breasts, but positive self-image is a happy side-effect. Our breast augmentation patients in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and surrounding areas have had their lives changed by the self-confidence that this procedure can bring.
Breast Implant Options
Like women (and breasts!), implants come in all shapes and sizes. During your personalized consultation, we will work closely with you to recommend the best options for your natural anatomy and desired outcome. While size is an important aspect, there are many factors that will impact your final results.
Learn more about your breast implant options:
- Implant Material: Silicone vs. Saline
- Learn more about the new IDEAL implants
- Implant Shape: Round vs. Teardrop
- Breast Augmentation Incision Options
- Breast Implant Placement
How do I prepare for breast augmentation?
Part of the preparation for breast augmentation is discussing preferences with the surgeon. Patients may learn about various breast implant devices and characteristics such as material (saline or silicone), shape, texture, profile, and incision types to help them determine the best implant type for their needs.
Patients receive written information regarding their selected breast implant type, which they should read and keep for their records. Also:
- Avoid aspirin and any supplements that thin the blood
- Arrange a support person to drive on surgery day and assist with basic care for at least 24 hours
- Pick up prescriptions and supplies that will be needed for recovery
What to Expect from Breast Augmentation
After you and your surgeon have decided which breast implant options are best suited to you, and you feel comfortable moving forward, your surgery will be scheduled. Breast augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, meaning you will be able to return home the same day with a designated driver.
You will be required to wear a special elastic bra after your procedure, which helps hold the breasts in the correct position to promote both healing and maintenance of results. We will prescribe oral pain medication to help you manage any initial discomfort you experience.
Your sutures will be removed during your follow-up visit, typically within 7 to 12 days. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated and aerobic activities can be started in about 3 weeks. Moving or sliding the implants within the breast pockets during the post-operative period may reduce the frequency of wrinkling. Your surgeon will instruct you in post-operative massage of your implants at your post-operative check up.
Under the Muscle vs Over the Muscle Implant
The pectoralis major muscle is a large fan-shaped piece of tissue that is positioned in the upper, central aspect of each breast. The pectoralis minor muscle sits under the outer edge of the pectoralis major. Outside of these muscles, at the outer sides of the chest wall, is the serratus muscle. To place an implant under the muscle, the surgeon detaches the pectoralis major from its lower point along the ribs. The implant then sits behind this muscle and in front of the pectoralis minor and serratus muscles. Under-the-muscle position means that approximately half of the breast implant sits under the pectoralis major.
Under the Muscle Breast Implant Pros and Cons
Pros of under the muscle placement include a lower risk of capsular contracture and less visibility of the edges of implants in thinner women. The bulk of muscle over the inner, upper aspects of the breasts can also foster a natural appearance.
Cons of under the muscle placement include increased postoperative soreness and longer recovery for swelling to subside. Patients will not see the final results of their surgery for several months, as implants settle beneath the muscle.
Over the Muscle Breast Implant Pros and Cons
Pros of over the muscle placement include an easier recovery and faster results. This option is typically better for women who are naturally a B cup or larger than for women with smaller breasts.
Cons of over the muscle placement include an increased risk of capsular contracture when smooth implants are inserted. There is also a greater risk of rippling, especially for thinner women with naturally small breasts.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
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Combining Procedures for Enhanced Results
Some women benefit from combining a breast lift with their breast augmentation. This is a good option for women who are experiencing loss of shape or drooping after pregnancy, weight loss, or from natural aging.
When should you change your breast implants?
Many women are under the impression that breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years. This is because the FDA reported that one in five patients do need revision or replacement after this amount of time. Warranties on breast implants are typically limited to 10 years, as well. However, seeing that one in five women need revision within a decade of breast augmentation, we also see that four in five continue to enjoy the results of breast augmentation after 10 years.
Breast augmentation revision may be sought for several reasons. Complications such as rupture or deflation account for only 3% of revision surgeries. Most secondary procedures are performed to correct malposition, release scar tissue, and change size or shape.
Cost of Breast Augmentation in Hampton Roads
Breast enlargement is considered cosmetic and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.
What are the risks of breast augmentation procedure?
Breast augmentation carries the same risks of other surgeries, including adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. These complications rarely occur. Other common risks associated with breast augmentation include:
- Capsular contracture, formed of scar tissue around the breast implant
- Changes in breast or nipple sensation
- Breast pain, usually associated with capsular contracture
- Implant rupture or leakage
The FDA recently identified a potential link between certain breast implant models and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Patients interested in breast augmentation should understand that the FDA has recalled all breast implant devices in question. The implants that are currently used have existed for many years without serious complications.
Is breast augmentation recovery painful?
Patients can expect to feel sore after breast augmentation surgery. The placement of breast implants can also create a sensation of heaviness on the chest. These common side effects may be uncomfortable but are rarely described as painful. Medication may be prescribed to manage comfort during the initial days of recovery. A compression bra also helps with swelling and soreness. Within a few days, over-the-counter medication should be sufficient to manage discomfort.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Breast augmentation in Hampton Roads has helped countless patients’ lives, rejuvenating their self-confidence along with their figures. Contact us today by calling 757-873-3500 to learn more with a consultation from one of our qualified medical professionals. Our practice has locations in Williamsburg, Newport News, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.