Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation
Many women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. The experienced professionals at the Lansdowne Aesthetic Center in Northern Virginia can provide breast augmentation services to help patients achieve their ideal appearance. Lansdowne Aesthetic Center, in Leesburg/Ashburn, VA, accepts patients from all neighboring areas, including Washington DC.

Breast Augmentation Q & A

by Yaqub Baraki, MD

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the contour of a woman’s breast size. It may also be used to regain volume loss after pregnancy, or to help balance breast size asymmetries. This is accomplished by placing a saline or silicone filled implant behind the breast.

A variety of methods can be used to place the implant including:

  • infra-mammary (incision under the breast)
  • peri-areolar (incision around the nipple)
  • trans-axilliary (through the armpit)
  • trans-umbilical (through the belly button)

The Difference Between Silicone and Saline Implants:

There is no perfect breast implant and both the saline and silicone gel implants have advantages and disadvantages. The silicone gel implants feel softer and more natural, and have less chance of rippling compared to saline implants.

Silicone implants come pre-filled, meaning the surgeon can not add or remove volume. Saline implants, however, can be altered.

Are Silicone Implants Safe?

Silicone implants are FDA approved.

Pre-Operative Consult

Prior to any breast surgery a detailed medical history is taken, especially with regard to family and personal breast cancer history. If indicated, recent mammogram reports are reviewed and each patient receives a breast exam. Patients will then discuss the various options regarding size and type of implant they would like.

How Long Does the Surgery Take?

The operating time depends on the method used to place the implant, but usually it takes about 2 hours.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

Patients are given prescriptions for oral pain medication, as well as a muscle relaxant. Patients typically return to work between 7-10 days after surgery. Because the implants are usually placed under the chest muscle, all upper body exercise should be avoided for at least one month. Walking and lower body exercise may be started sooner at the discretion of your surgeon.

What Happens if The Implant Leaks?

Fortunately, implant rupture or leak seldom happens. In the case of saline implants, a leak is noticed immediately as the implant completely deflates. In the case of silicone, a rupture may be difficult to detect. Because of this, individuals opting for silicone implants are encouraged to have an MRI of breasts every 2-3 years to confirm the integrity of the implant.

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*Individual results may vary

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