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Breast Augmentation</br><span class="h1sm"> Richmond</span>

Model. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

Achieve the Perfect Breast Profile!

Over the years, breast augmentation surgery has made countless women thrilled with their contours, and remains one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery today. Whether the surgery is sought out to replenish lost volume, to correct asymmetry, or to add volume, breast augmentation is one of the most satisfying procedures for women because it gives them the ability to achieve the chest profile and shapely physique they want.  Breast augmentation is one of the most customizable surgical procedures available today, and we offer numerous options to meet your specific goals and to match your natural anatomy. *

Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are highly experienced, extremely skilled Board Certified Plastic Surgeons dedicated to offering each of their patients a truly individualized surgical experience.  At the Virginia of Plastic Surgery, located in Vienna, VA and Richmond, Virginia, it is our priority to keep up with all the latest advances in both breast implant products and surgical techniques.  Your breast augmentation surgery will be unique to you and we will ensure that you are well versed on all your options and their implications for your results.*

Breast Implant Type

Implants today come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials.  The biggest choice is between saline and silicone gel implants.  Both implant types come in a durable silicone shell that is non-allergenic, non-carcinogenic, and non-irritating.  Each type has certain advantages and we will make suggestions on which would work best for you depending on the look you are striving to achieve.*

Saline Implants

  • The saline fill is actually a saltwater solution much like the fluid that is already present in your body.  In case of a rupture, your body just absorbs the fluid and deflation of the implant is apparent in the breast.  
  • Because the implants are filled after insertion, the incision can be made slightly smaller than that of a gel implant.
  • There is flexible volume fill which can be adjusted during surgery and may be helpful in cases of breast asymmetry.

Silicone Gel Implants

  • Silicone gel-filled implants offer a more natural look and feel because the material inside is more ‘jelly-like’ and feels more like your natural fat.
  • Since the fill material is dense in nature, there is less risk of visible rippling and wrinkling.
  • Silicone implants come pre-filled in a variety of sizes.   

Breast Implant Placement

Breast Augmentation</br><span class="h1sm"> Richmond</span>Breast implants can be placed under or above your pectoral (chest) muscle.  Drs. Sundin will usually recommend placing implants in the subpectoral (under the muscle) position.  This placement offers the added benefit of extra tissue coverage for the top portion of your implant, reducing the potential for visible ripples or wrinkles.

There are instances when a subglandular (under the tissue, but above the muscle) placement may be recommended.  Patients who are particularly athletic with weights may opt for a subglandular placement to avoid any distortion that can be caused by working out the pectoral muscle.  If there is mild droop to the breasts, a subglandular approach may be recommended as well.  


Incision Placement

The incision for a breast augmentation is generally small: approximately 3-4 centimeters in length.  This may vary depending on the size of the implant.  Breast implants can be inserted using a variety of incision options:


 This incision is made in the fold under the breast so that the scar is easily hidden in the natural position of the breast.  This is usually our incision of choice since it can accommodate for various breast implant sizes.  


The incision placement here is in the bottom curve of the areola where the darker color of the areola meets with the lighter color of your own skin.  


The incision placement here is in the axillae (armpits). 


This incision is made in the belly button, but it is not as commonly used as the other incisions.  

Most breast augmentation surgeries take about 1-2 hours and are performed under general anesthesia. Many patients will need to take about a week off work to recover.  You will also have be careful about easing back into more strenuous upper body activities in the weeks following surgery.  Of course, you will notice the change to your breast profile immediately, but it will take several weeks or even several months before all the swelling subsides and the implants fall into their final correct position.  We will closely follow your postoperative recovery and are always available to answer any questions you have along the way.  

Contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery

At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, with offices conveniently located in Richmond and Tyson’s Corner, our ultimate goal is to help you achieve naturally-gorgeous results that reflect your inner beauty and vitality, while providing you with excellent medical care that maintains and supports your health and well-being.  Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are both Board Certified in plastic surgery with extensive specialized training and decades of experience, enabling them to stay abreast of the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation procedures.  Their dedication to the powerful combination of cutting-edge techniques, open and honest communication, and a patient-centric philosophy is sure to maximize your safety and comfort.

If you are interested in breast augmentation surgery or would more information on any of our surgical or non-surgical procedures, we encourage you to contact the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment today.  We look forward to hearing from you!

*DISCLAIMER: Individual results may vary. Results are neither guaranteed nor permanent. All patients must have realistic expectations of what plastic surgery and/or non-surgical procedures can achieve.