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Enhancing Your Breasts With Implants

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, but some women may want larger breasts for a variety of reasons, such as wanting to fill out clothing better or improve their body image after weight loss. At AMG Plastic Surgery, our board certified surgeon provides breast augmentation services in Herndon, VA.

Why Women Want Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enlarges the breasts using breast implants. It is usually performed to enlarge a woman’s breasts by inserting an implant behind each breast. With the help of breast implants, this procedure increases breast size and shape and gives the breasts a fuller, more symmetrical appearance. Herndon, VA dual board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Ghaznavi is highly trained in implementing this procedure and performs many procedures year-round. When you have your consultation at AMG Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ghaznavi will address your aesthetic desires and concerns and provide you with all of the choices available, while also tailoring a treatment plan to exceed your personal goals.

Breast augmentation is a relatively safe and popular procedure that can give women a more voluptuous figure and boost their self-confidence. If you’re considering getting surgery, be sure to research your options and consult with our surgeon to discuss whether this procedure is right for them.

Some of the reasons women seek breast augmentation include:

  • Believe they can improve their appearance with larger breasts

  • Lost volume in their breasts after having children

  • Lost volume after experiencing weight fluctuations

  • Restore their breasts to their former size

  • Enhance their appearance

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Like with any major surgery, complications can occur with breast augmentation. Common complications include capsular contracture (the forming of scar tissue around the implant), rupture and infection. Using high-quality, FDA-approved implants help reduce complication rates.

At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we are proud to use Sientra® silicone gel implants. Results of a 10-year clinical study showed Sientra® to be among the safest gel implant options available, with some of the lowest complication rates—including reoperation and implant rupture rates. Designed to hold their shape while maintaining a remarkably soft feel, Sientra® implants offer advantages in comfort and longevity in addition to their many safety benefits. With two surface types, over 340 implant options, and 5 project levels, patients enjoy versatile options to choose from to achieve their perfect look. Sientra® implants are backed by a Platinum 20™ year warranty—compared to the traditional 10-year warranty most implant brands offer—which provides the longest length of coverage, most financial assistance and least restrictions of implants in the industry.

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Choosing Your Implant

Best implants vary in type, size and shape. Your perfect implant for you will depend on factors such as your body type, the amount of existing breast tissue, and your personal aesthetic preferences. With so many choices to pick from, choosing your implant can seem daunting at first. Personalized consultations with our board certified surgeon in Herndon, VA will help you ultimately make the choice that is best for you. During these considerations, it is important to ask any questions you may have and to thoroughly understand the procedure before making a decision.

There are two main types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are made of a shell filled with silicone gel, while saline implants are made of a shell filled with a saline solution.
Silicone implants are often considered to be more natural-feeling than saline implants because the gel feels more like natural breast tissue. Traditionally, they can also be more prone to complications, such as leakage or rupture, which can require additional surgery to repair.

Saline implants, on the other hand, are less likely to leak or rupture, but they can sometimes result in a more unnatural-feeling breast. Additionally, if a saline implant leaks or ruptures, the saline solution is safely absorbed by the body.

Both types of implants come in different shapes, sizes, and textures, and can be placed either above or below the chest muscle. The best type and placement for each patient will depend on their unique body type, goals, and preferences.

Breast implants are available in two main shapes—round and teardrop. Round implants are circular in shape and have a uniform profile. Teardrop implants, also known as anatomic implants, are shaped like a natural breast and are tapered at the bottom to mimic the natural slope of the breast.

Breast implants can be either smooth or microtextured. Smooth breast implants have a smooth, uniform surface, while microtextured implants have a surface with tiny indentations, or “microtextures.”
Implant projection refers to how far an implant protrudes from the chest wall. Breast implants are available in different levels of projection, from low to high, to your goals and body type. The level of projection that is best for a particular person will depend on factors such as the size and shape of their chest, the amount of existing breast tissue and their personal preferences.

What Breast Augmentation Involves

Breast augmentation usually involves inserting a silicone or saline implant behind each breast to increase fullness and projection in the upper poles of the breasts. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthetic (similar to having dental work done) and takes about two hours.

To perform the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the breast crease and will place a saline filled implant or silicon filled implant between a chest wall and the breast tissue. There are different types of incisions that can be used for breast implant surgery. The most common incisions are made in the crease under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. Then the incisions are then closed with sutures that look like shoelaces.

Recovery From Breast Augmentation

The typical recovery time for the surgery is about one week. However, your specific recovery time may vary depending on the type of surgery that you undergo and the extent of the surgery. During your recovery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Some of the common side effects of the surgery include swelling, bruising, and pain. These symptoms typically subside within a few weeks.

Why Choose a Board Certified Doctor for your breast augmentation?

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you want to know that your surgeon has the skills and knowledge to provide the absolute best results. Dr. Ghaznavi, of AMG Plastic Surgery, is double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. As the name suggests, double board certified means that he has completed multiple extensive levels of training and passed all-encompassing exams to obtain two certifications. By achieving this combination of broad certifications, Dr. Ghaznavi has the training to take patient care to the highest level utilizing the latest techniques, tools, and devices. Surgery is not right for everyone, and with his knowledge and experience, Dr. Ghaznavi will help patients in Herndon, VA determine what treatment plan works best for their breast augmentation goals.

Can I Combine Breast Augmentation With Another Procedure?

Combining breast augmentation with other procedures is a common practice in plastic surgery. This can be done to achieve a more comprehensive result or to address multiple concerns at once. For example, a patient who is unhappy with the size and shape of their breasts may choose to undergo breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift to address sagging and improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

Additionally, breast augmentation at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA can be combined with other procedures such as tummy tuck or liposuction to enhance the overall contour of the body. This is often done in cases in which a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and has excess skin or fat in the abdominal area.

It is important to carefully consider the potential risks and complications of undergoing multiple procedures at the same time. This can include a longer recovery time and an increased risk of complications such as infection or blood clots. It is always best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ghaznavi to discuss your options and determine the best course of treatment for you. A qualified surgeon can help you understand the potential benefits and risks of combining procedures and help you make an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation Surgery

Can I wear a bra after surgery?

Your breasts will need support after surgery, especially while you are healing. As tempting as it may be, you should not go braless while you are recovering. Instead, opt for a comfortable and supportive alternative such as a compression bra, a bra that clasps in the front, or a bra with thick, adjustable straps.

Is breast augmentation painful?

You can expect some pain, swelling and bruising in and around the surgery site. These symptoms typically subside in about a week. During recovery, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Following Dr. Ghaznavi's instructions will ensure that you heal quickly.

When can I start driving again?

You should be able to drive about one week after your surgery.

Can I combine breast augmentation with another procedure?

Yes, breast augmentation can be combined with other procedures. Most often, breast augmentation is combined with breast lift surgery, but at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA it can also be combined with tummy tuck and liposuction procedures.

Should I wait until after Ive had children to get breast augmentation? Can I breastfeed?

No, women can still sustain a healthy pregnancy and successfully breastfeed following implantation. Your implant is located below the breast tissue and will not affect your ability to produce milk. However, women who receive periareolar incisions during breast augmentation are at higher risk of developing breastfeeding complications.

Is breast augmentation a good solution for sagging breasts?

Breast augmentation is not a solution for sagging breasts. Patients with this condition will need a breast lift. The good news is that at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, these can often be done at the same time.

How quickly does a ruptured implant need to be removed?

Though not an immediate, emergency situation, breast implants should be replaced fairly quickly, usually within a few months of rupture. In most cases. Dr. Ghaznavi can perform removal and reimplantation in the same procedure.

Do the CCs in implants correlate to a bra cup size?

CCs do not correlate with bra cup size. Though breast augmentation will increase the volume and fullness of your breasts, no woman's body is the same. Your body will look and respond differently to implants than another woman's body. For that reason, we cannot guarantee that you will be a specific bra cup size after your breast augmentation.

Can I still get a mammogram?

Yes, you will still be able to get a mammogram. In order to get a good look at your breast, your mammogram may be slightly more invasive than before surgery. Talk to your women's health provider about how often you need a mammogramu2014this varies on your age and family history of breast cancer.

How can I prepare for my procedure?

Before your surgery, Dr. Ghaznavi will help you decide on your specific type of implant based on your preferences for appearance, feel, and size. Once you have chosen your implants, Dr. Ghaznavi may order a mammogram, depending on your cancer risk. If you smoke, you will need to stop for a couple of weeks prior to your procedure. Our team at AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA may also instruct you to stop taking certain medications leading up to your surgery. On the day of your surgery, refrain from eating and drinking, wear comfortable clothing and follow all other instructions. Make sure you have someone to drive you home from the surgery. Check out our patient resources for more information about how you can prepare for your surgery.

How soon can I return to work?

Most people go back to work 1-2 weeks after their procedure. If your job requires you to lift over 5 pounds, you may need to delay your return to work for longer.

Will I lose sensation in my breasts?

Numbness of the breast is normal following your procedure. Temporary loss of sensitivity or sensation in the nipple can also occur and is caused by disruption of the nerve during surgery. Sensation typically returns about six months after your procedure, but some women never regain sensation.

How can I tell if my implant has ruptured?

Signs of implant rupture include changes in breast size and shape, pain and swelling. “Silent rupture” occurs when there are no noticeable signs of rupture and can only be detected by MRI. The FDA recommends that patients receive regular MRIs every three years after implantation surgery and every two years after that. If you think your implant has ruptured, make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Will I have to have more surgery?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices and will experience wear and tear as they age. They will eventually need to be replaced with breast implant exchange surgery. Luckily, this procedure is typically less invasive and painful than your initial implant surgery. You will also need removal and reimplantation surgery if you experience any complications after your initial procedure, such as rupture or capsular contracture.

Is breast augmentation covered by my insurance?

Since breast augmentation is an elective, cosmetic surgery, it is not covered by most insurance plans. At AMG Plastic Surgery in Herndon, VA, we believe that payment should not be a barrier to feeling your best, and we offer flexible payment plans for our patients.

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