If you are considering breast augmentation, you need access to accurate information about preparing for surgery, the procedure, implant types, and what to expect during your recovery. Our Guide to Breast Augmentation answers all your questions.
1. What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to add volume to the breasts. Various types of incisions and styles and shapes of implants can be used in the procedure, based upon the size, shape and projection the patient chooses, along with professional guidance from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Chang is considered one of the top providers of breast augmentation Washington D.C. has to offer.
2. Before & Afters
If you are looking at receiving breast augmentation surgery, viewing Before & After pictures is a crucial part of choosing your surgeon.
3. Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you feel that your breasts are a problem you want to resolve, you are probably a candidate for breast augmentation. As with any elective surgical procedure, you should be in good general health, a non-smoker, and not have any current medical conditions that could put you at risk.
What can breast augmentation address?
Small breasts can be enhanced with silicone, saline or combo implants for a more balanced figure.
Uneven Breast Size
Unevenly-sized breasts can be resolved with a customized breast augmentation surgery.
Misshapen breasts can be corrected so they appear natural, round, and symmetrical.
4.What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation?
The cost of breast surgery can vary, based upon what is required for the patient. In general, the cost of breast augmentation surgery in Washington DC ranges generally from $5,000-$15,000. No two breast augmentations are the same, due to every individual being different. Price is impacted by individual needs, the cost of the type of implants placed, location of your doctor, whether you require an added procedure such as a breast lift or nipple reshaping and more.
5. Breast Implant Options
The breast implants of today are far superior to what was manufactured in the past, with more sizes, shapes, and types of silicone gel. For a very natural look, it is critical that the implants create a perfect balance with your unique body structure.
These implants come in a range of sizes, and closely match the feel and bounce of natural breasts.
Saline implants are filled after placement and require a smaller incision, often in the armpit crease.
Things to consider
Breast implants are measured in cc’s (cubic centimeters), not bra cup size. They range from 100 ccs to 800 ccs. The most popular implant sizes are between 300 and 400 ccs, which translates to a small to large C cup size.
Implants are available in a range of shapes. The differences include width, volume, and projection. Round implants are available in four levels of projection. Teardrop-shaped implants (gummy bear) were developed to more accurately mimic the shape of natural breast tissue.
Depending upon the size and type of implant, the incisions can be placed in the breast crease, vertically down to the lower portion of breast, extending nipple to crease, or around the areola, or a combination. Saline implants (filled after placement) can be inserted through an incision in the armpit crease.
Implants can be placed beneath the breast tissue (subglandular) or beneath the muscles (submuscular), or a combination of these two techniques. For very slim patients with limited natural breast tissue, it may be more effective to place implants below the muscle to achieve more coverage.
The incision location will be based upon the size and type of implant. Your choice of size, shape, type (silicone, saline or gummy) implants, along with your unique anatomy will be the determining factors for your doctor to determine the best incision location for the breasts you envision.
I have to admit that I was skeptical about a few things, like the placement of my implants, and choosing the same size implants for both breasts when there was a difference in size pre-augmentation. However, as time goes by I'm seeing that he is a creative genius with an eye for detail!!
Dr. Chang is an amazing surgeon! I had a breast augmentation and tummy tuck. After having an 18 year old,10 year old and 8 year old...I feel and look amazing. I have received so many compliments from friends and family.
I really couldn't be happier with my results. A friend had her breast augmentation done by Dr. Chang and was so happy with her whole experience that it made me look into his office. His staff always answered all my questions and were very responsive.
You have undergone surgery, which requires time to recover. Typically, patients feel ready to return to work and other activities within one to two weeks, with the new breasts continuing to heal and settle into place in the following weeks and months.
You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member to rest. You will be tired, with the effects of general anesthesia slowly wearing off.
Immediately after surgery, your new breasts will feel tight, with some swelling and bruising.
After the first week, swelling and bruising has markedly diminished, and you may feel ready to return to work or other daily activities
Swelling and bruising is almost gone, although you may still require over-the-counter pain medication to feel completely comfortable.
Your new breasts take on the final appearance, with swelling completely gone, and muscles and tissues healed. Incision scars are still visible but beginning to fade.
At three months, your new breasts are looking natural, having reached the final healing phase, fully settled into place.
After a year, you will feel that your new breasts are your own and will simply be enjoying your new figure.
The surgical scars are fading to the point of being far less visible, blending with your skin.
7. What are the risks of breast augmentation surgery?
While this is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries, it holds some risks, including excessive bleeding, infections, or the formation of scar tissue around the implant that tightens, known as capsular contracture.
8. How to choose the right breast surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon is critically important in breast augmentation. Ensure the surgeon is board-certified as a plastic surgeon. Evaluate the surgeon’s professional credentials, experience, images on the before and after gallery, read online reviews, and meet the surgeon in person. Superior outcomes take excellent surgical skills and experience – and communication. You should feel comfortable, confident, and cared for. Fully researching a surgeon before committing is part of a successful journey.
Review the education and background of a plastic surgeon. Ensure the surgeon attended an accredited medical school and are respected by others in the profession for surgical skill.
There is no substitute for experience – choose a plastic surgeon who has years of success in performing breast augmentation surgery.
An excellent plastic surgeon will have a gallery of images to review, along with glowing reviews from real patients.
Breast augmentation surgery should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, not some other agency or body.
Why Choose Dr. Christopher Chang?
Dr. Christopher Chang is recognized for his excellence in breast augmentation surgery. With impressive credentials from Harvard, Yale, and NYU, he has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and has an excellent rating on realself.com. As a visionary and artist in the field of plastic surgery, he is one of the premier surgeons at breast augmentation Washington DC currently has practicing.
9. What to Expect
Preparing for Surgery
Ensure you are in good health by avoiding alcohol, eating healthy foods, and staying hydrated. The healthier you are, the faster you will heal.
You will be under general anesthesia for breast augmentation surgery, and will not feel any pain or discomfort, only awakening when surgery is complete.
Your surgical procedure involves placing incisions with great care, creating a surgical “pocket” into which the implant is placed, and meticulously suturing your incisions.
You will awaken from surgery, and after a short period of observation, can be driven home by a friend or family member to rest and recover.
10. Frequently asked questions
When Can I Wear a Bra? A: While you probably want to go bra shopping now, you will have to wait about four to six weeks before you can wear a standard bra – the wait will be worth it!
Q: Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation? A: Most breast augmentation surgeries will not impact milk production. Ensure you inform your surgeon you plan on breastfeeding in the future so surgery is planned correctly.
Q: When Can I Have Sex After Breast Augmentation? A: You will need to wait for the initial healing phase to complete before engaging in sex, typically about two weeks. Any physical activity that could affect the healing incisions and implant placement must be avoided in the early stages of healing.
Q: Will I Have Cleavage? A: While you may assume that larger breasts will give you beautiful cleavage, if your natural breasts are widely spaced, based upon the type and size of implant, you may not be able to have the cleavage you imagine. Breast augmentation does not alter the natural space between your breasts.
Q: Which breast implants feel and look the most real? A: Silicone breast implants more closely match the feel, weight, and bounce of natural breast tissue. With an advanced surgical technique on a patient, a natural look and feel can also be achieved with saline implants. Gummy bear implants are teardrop shaped with more stable gel, for a more natural look and feel.
Q: Do you lose some of the size of the implants if they are placed below the muscle? A: The actual size of the implant is an important issue – but this is not the only factor affecting size. When choosing implants with a submuscular placement (appropriate for many women with very little natural breast tissue), the volume of your new breasts may be about 50 ccs smaller if placed under breast tissue. Your surgeon can choose a slightly larger implant to achieve the breast volume you want in these cases.
11. other breast enhancement Options
Breast Augmentation With Lift
Some women require a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation. This combined procedure produces a very youthful look, as the breasts are not only enhanced in size, but restored to a higher position on the chest wall.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
A subtle, natural increase in breast volume can be achieved with natural fat transfer. This procedure has the added benefit of sculpting another body area when harvesting fat cells. The cells are purified and then injected into the upper portion of the breast for added fullness.
Breast Revision Surgery
Some women may be unhappy with a former breast augmentation surgery, due to breast size, shape, or a complication such as capsular contracture. In some cases, breast revision surgery is performed to replace older implants. The procedure is similar to the original augmentation in most cases.Learn More
Breast Reduction Surgery
Overlarge, heavy breasts are uncomfortable, often leading to back aches, neck aches, headaches, rashes, or simply embarrassment. Many women who live with this problem decide to undergo breast reduction surgery to reshape breasts so they are in proportion.Learn More
12. An Insider’s Guide to Washington, D.C. Looking into Breast Augmentation Surgery in Washington D.C.? Washington D.C. offers an array of activities to pursue during your breast augmentation journey.
Visit the United States Capitol building, a stunning historic site, home to the working U.S. legislature.View More
The Lincoln Memorial is an awe-inspiring monument that is well worth visiting during your stay in D.C.View More
The Smithsonian National Museum has over 126 million artifacts, is located on the National Mall, and is free to all visitors.View More
The National Gallery of Art offers works of art from luminaries such as Matisse, Botticelli, and Monet, along with countless other cultural treasures.View More
Where to Eat
While every visitor has their food preferences, Quill is one of the more popular restaurants there are menu items for suit every taste, including gluten-free and vegetarian choices.View More
For quality dining and service, many visitors enjoy a visit to Joe’s, which not only offers top quality steak and seafood, but gluten-free and vegetarian menu options.View More
For those who crave Italian food, Tortino is known for creating all your favorites, along with special menu items to cater to guests with dietary restrictions.View More
To enjoy modern American cuisine in a modern, cozy atmosphere, many visitors enjoy dining at the Dabney, where the menu offers a range of delicious options.View More
13.Breast Augmentation In the News
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Asian Breast Implants Market Expected to Reach US$ 287.0 Mn by 2025
According to the latest market report published by Persistence Market Research titled ‘Breast Implants Market: Asian Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2025’, the Asian breast implants market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period 2017–2025, with China slated to dominate the regional market through the forecast period...Learn More
Surfing with breast implants: Pre and post-operative recommendations
Women that surf and submit themselves to breast augmentation are usually concerned about the timing of return to the water, as well as with the risks involved and the recommendations needed...Learn More