Northern Virginia Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common plastic surgeries with almost 300,000 women undergoing surgery to increase their breast size in 2013. In fact, the number of breast augmentations has tripled since 1997. There are many reasons why you may choose to undergo breast augmentation and studies have shown that the surgery can increase self-esteem, body image and even sexual satisfaction.
You may choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery if their breasts are under-developed, a condition known as micromastia or because their breasts are asymmetrical, either in size or in shape. You may have one breast as much as two or more cup sizes larger than the other and feel as if you are deformed, which is not uncommon among women with that issue. You may have found that your breasts did not return to normal after childbirth or you may have undergone surgery that required the removal of a breast.
Because there are many reasons why you may be considering breast augmentation surgery, there are also many types of surgeries available. Before choosing to undergo surgery, it is important to understand them and what each type of breast augmentation surgery is designed to do.
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The most common type of breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of breast implants to increase the size of the breast. The breast implants are placed using breast augmentation incisions. The breast implants can be placed under the breast either above or below the muscle. A breast implant is a silicone shell that is filled with either sterile salt water, known as saline, or with silicone gel. There are differences between saline and silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants are filled at the time of the augmentation surgery. The saline breast implants have a recommended fill range. Some women feel that silicone-filled breast implants feel more like real breast tissue. In 1992, the use of silicone implants was paused for primary breast augmentation patients by the FDA pending further study. In 2006, silicone breast implants were allowed to be placed in the primary breast augmentation candidate. Because the breast can continue to grow into a woman’s early 20s, it is recommended that the woman be 18 in order to receive saline breast implants. The FDA has recommended a women be 22 to receive silicone breast implants.
There is now a breast implant that feels like silicone but is filled with saline, it is called the ideal breast implant. The breast augmentation can be done on an outpatient basis or may require an overnight hospital stay. The breast augmentation surgery itself takes less than one hour, typically around 35 minutes.
Deciding to Have Breast Augmentation Surgery
There are many factors to understand before having breast augmentation surgery. The insurance companies do not cover the cost of implants or lifts for cosmetic purposes so you will be responsible for the cost of the entire procedure. Health insurance will also not cover any necessary revisions. It is also possible that your breast implants may need to be replaced at some point.
Your breasts naturally change over time but breast implants do not. Therefore, breast augmentation surgery that looks good at 25 may not retain that look after you have children, breastfeed or grow older. Therefore, it is important to discuss your expectations about breast augmentation surgery thoroughly with your plastic surgeon to be sure you are prepared for what could occur in the future.
If you are suffering from low self-esteem or a negative body image related to your breast size, breast augmentation may be an option for you. Whether you feel your breasts are too small or are concerned because they are too large, you have choices. Contact The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology online or by calling 703-726-1175 to set up your breast augmentation consultation. Our staff will explain your options and provide you with as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision. They will even let you tour the facility so you can see, firsthand, the high standards they set for themselves.
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Breast lifts, a surgery known as mastopexy, is another form of breast enhancement performed often in the United States. The surgery lifts the breasts by tightening surrounding tissue while also removing excess skin. Breast lifts have grown by 70 percent since 2000 and are now performed twice as often as breast implant surgeries. Breast lift surgery does not alter the size of your breast or make them more round, but can address loss of elasticity that can be caused by pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss or gain, gravity or heredity. A breast lift can also reduce the size of your areola which can become enlarged over time. Most women who undergo a breast lift say that they feel more youthful. The breast lift incisions may be as simple as an incision around the areola to the full anchor type incisions. Breast lifts can be done leaving the breast the same size, or smaller or larger. If the woman would like larger breasts, then a breast augmentation with breast lift can be done at the same time.
If you have extremely large breasts, breast reduction is a breast enhancement option. The surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin. If you have breasts that are out of proportion to your body, you may suffer from health and emotional problems. The weight of excess breast tissue can cause severe back, neck and shoulder pain. You may also suffer from low self-esteem and body image issues due to large, pendulous breasts or from skin irritation below the breasts. If you would like to eliminate those regular indentations on your shoulders from bras that must support heavy breast tissue, breast reduction may be the answer for you. The plastic surgeon may perform a breast lift at the same time as your breast reduction surgery as the removal of tissue may cause the breast to droop. Breast reduction pictures can demonstrate dramatic results.
If you have undergone a mastectomy after breast cancer treatment, you may choose to have your plastic surgeon perform breast reconstruction. During breast reconstruction, the plastic surgeon tries to recreate a breast that looks as similar to the one that remains. New treatments for breast cancer have reduced the incidence of mastectomy, but if you elected to have your breast removed in order to improve survival chances and reduce the risk of recurrence, you may want to regain your natural breast look without the need for padded bras or other devices. In this type of breast reconstruction surgery, you have several options to recreate the breast. The plastic surgeon may use muscles from your back or stomach or they may simply use breast implants. There are also advanced procedures available that involve recreating breast flaps from skin removed from other areas of your body. The loss of a breast can be an emotional and devastating time. If you are suffering from low self-esteem due to the loss of one or both breasts due to cancer, this type of breast reconstruction can help you regain your positive body image.
Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a condition in which enlarged breasts develop in men. The condition can occur at any age as the result of hormonal changes, obesity or after using certain medications. If you suffer from the condition, you may be experiencing poor body image and lack of self-confidence. You may avoid certain activities or even intimacy in order to hide the condition. It may make it difficult for you to enjoy a day at the beach with your family or be comfortable at a neighbor’s pool party. The problem may be localized fat tissue, excess glandular tissue or excess skin and may appear in one or both breasts. If you are a man who suffers from enlarged breasts, male breast reduction can improve your self-esteem and give you a better quality of life. You also do not have to feel alone, as male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery is becoming more common. In 2012, it was the fourth most common plastic surgery performed on men in the United States. There can be marked improvement after male breast reduction.