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Breast augmentation surgery is performed by strategically placing breast implants to enhance the breast shape and overall proportions. The procedure can also restore volume after pregnancy or weight loss.

Special consideration is given to patients of Asian descent to find the appropriate implant type and placement for harmony and balanced proportions.


What is Asian breast augmentation?

Breast augmentations remain one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women, and its popularity among Asian women is increasing rapidly. Breast implants can enhance your natural breast size and shape or improve the look and feel of your breasts after the body goes through a dramatic change such as pregnancy and breastfeeding or a dramatic loss of weight. A wide variety of implants are available in both saline and silicone. It is vital that your augmentation surgery creates a a beautiful result that enhances your figure and enhances your quality of life.

What is different about Asian breast augmentation?

It is a common misconception that all women can be treated similarly when undergoing cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation. However, some key differences in skin types, overall frame, and other features can impact the way a procedure is performed or the beauty of the final results. Women of Asian descent often have smaller frames, and a petite torso an important point when choosing an ideal implant size, shape, and degree of projection. Asian women can potentially develop dark or uneven scarring, and meticulous, precise attention must be employed when placing surgical incisions during Asian breast augmentation.

Am I a good candidate?

Breast enhancement should be carefully considered before electing for surgery. You may be a candidate for Asian breast augmentation if:

  • You desire fuller breasts
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical
  • You want a more proportional shape
  • You are in good health and don’t anticipate large fluctuations in weight
  • You have realistic expectations for the procedure

You may not be a candidate for breast augmentation if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Additional pregnancies or other extreme changes in weight can impact your results, so consider your future plans when weighing the benefits of a breast augmentation.

What can I expect during Asian breast augmentation?

Asian breast augmentation is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The incisions will likely be placed in the fold beneath the breast or in each armpit. The implants are placed with precision and the incisions are closed. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete.

What are the different types of breast implants?

There are two primary types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants contain a silicone gel that closely mimics the weight and softness of natural breast tissue. A rupture may not be noticeable because as the gel will retain its shape. Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt water solution. In the event of a rupture, the implant will collapse, and the saline solution is naturally absorbed by the body.

There are other types of implants, which are variations of saline or silicone implants. Dr. Chang will discuss your options during your consultation and come up with a solution to achieve your vision for your breasts and figure.

Breast Implant Placement Techniques

Breast implants can be placed above or below the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement can provide a more natural look but may not allow enough room for a larger implant. Sub-glandular placement typically results in a less-invasive surgery and can lead to a faster recovery but that you have enough natural breast tissue. Dr. Chang will help you determine the best placement based on your implant size, implant type, and your unique body shape.

Why should I go to Dr. Chang for Asian breast augmentation?

Dr. Chang widely considered to be among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the Washington DC and Maryland areas. With Ivy-league training and education, research, and board-certification as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he is truly one of the best resources for plastic surgery. You will be in good hands at his facility, and your procedure will be completed with the highest standards of patient health and safety.

FAQ

What is recovery like after Asian breast augmentation?

You will be allowed to go home the same day as your procedure, but you will likely need help around the house in the initial stages of recovery. You should refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for up to six weeks. Pain medication will mitigate any residual side effects, and you can expect to be fully healed within two to three months.

What results can I expect?

While a breast augmentation yields results right away, you may not see the final result until you have completely healed, and the skin has adjusted to accommodate the implants. It can take up to two months for your breasts to settle into their fully healed position. Your flattering, full breasts will enhance your figure for many years.

Will I have visible scars?

Great care is taken to minimize the risk of unsightly scars. The incisions are typically disguised in the natural folds and contours of your chest to reduce their visibility. The incisions will typically heal to become a thin line that fades over time.

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