What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that uses implants to achieve larger, more symmetrical breasts. During your consultation ahead of time, you will choose implants to provide your desired shape, projection and size. This procedure is commonly combined with a breast lift to achieve a more youthful, perky breast appearance. 

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What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

For many women who have struggled with their breast size and wished for bigger, rounder breasts, breast augmentation is a life-changing procedure that improves their quality of life. 

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today because of its significant benefits, including the following:

  • Larger, more symmetrical breasts
  • Rejuvenated breasts after the effects of pregnancy or the aging process
  • Attractive breast symmetry  
  • Better cleavage
  • A better fit in clothing
  • Feminine, curving proportions
  • Greater confidence and self-esteem
  • Restored breasts after a mastectomy 
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Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?

Women who have always wanted larger breasts or who have lost breast volume are generally candidates for breast augmentation. This cosmetic surgery achieves fuller, rounder, more shapely breasts. Ideal candidates for breast augmentation in the Charlottesville area should meet the following qualifications:

  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Do not smoke
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Breasts are smaller than they wish
  • Breats are deflated or uneven 
  • Have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with breast augmentation 

What to expect during breast augmentation

During your consultation, you will choose an implant type and size. Your surgeon will talk with you about which type of implant placement and incisions will be best for your physique and aesthetic goals.

You will be able to hold the different types and sizes of implants in your hands and try them on under your shirt.

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Gummy Bear implants are one of the most popular types of silicone implants. Gummy Bear implants are formed into a teardrop shape and can provide a larger, more natural appearance. Gummy Bear implants also have a lower risk of folding or rupture.

Silicone implants

Silicone implants are made of a viscous silicone gel with a more natural feel and look. Silicone implants mimic the shape, movement and bounce of natural breasts. You can choose the level of viscosity and texture, shape, and projection.

Saline implants

Saline implants are silicone gel pouches that are filled with sterile salt water. Before they are filled with saline, they are inserted into a small incision in the armpit or belly button. Once the implants are in place, they are carefully filled with the right amount of liquid to achieve beautiful symmetry, roundness and size.

Saline implants may feel or look slightly less natural than silicone implants. However, saline-filled implants are a safer choice in the rare case of rupture and are the only implants approved for patients who are 18 years old.

Will I have scarring?

During the procedure, the incisions are made carefully to minimize scarring. Incisions will be made under the natural crease of the breasts, around the areola, or in the natural folds of the armpits or belly button. Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will place your implants into a pocket created in the chest. The implants are placed either above or below the chest muscle based on your preferences, proportions, and body structure.

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Recovery after breast augmentation

After your breast augmentation procedure is complete, you will return home with a family member or friend. You will be given a compression bra to wear that will help minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal in their new shape.

Expect swelling, soreness, and bruising. Discomfort can be managed with the medications we will provide. Do not exercise, move rapidly, bend over, or lift anything over five pounds.

Most women are comfortable enough to resume sedentary work after about two weeks. Wait for 4-6 weeks and a clearance from your surgeon to resume exercise again. 

Burton M. Sundin, MD

Reps B. Sundin, MD

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Why choose the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery for breast augmentation?

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery is led by Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, both board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and fellowship-trained surgeons with years of experience and a reputation for excellence.

At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, you are cared for by leaders in the field of aesthetic medicine who have over 30 years of combined experience. We are dedicated to you–providing beautiful results with as minimal downtime as possible. 

To learn more about breast augmentation in the Charlottesville area with us, please reach out and schedule a consultation today.

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Do breast implants sag over time?

Can your body reject breast implants years later?

Do breast implants cause weight gain?

Can breasts get bigger after implants?

Can I lift my arms after breast surgery?

Do breast implants sag over time?

As you age, your breast implants will begin to sag as a natural part of your tissue aging. This will be a gradual change over about ten years.

Can your body reject breast implants years later?

Yes, you have a chance of rejecting breast implants later on, developing breast implant illness, or forming capsular contracture after years have passed.

Do breast implants cause weight gain?

At first, yes, as the implants weigh a certain amount and you will also retain fluid as you’re navigating the healing process. As swelling subsides, your weight should return to normal.

Can breasts get bigger after implants?

As swelling fades and your breast tissue softens, your new implants will settle into a rounder and softer position, resulting in a larger appearance.

Can I lift my arms after breast surgery?

No, not until one to two weeks after surgery. Do not raise your arms over your shoulders or lift anything that weighs over five pounds.

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