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Breast implant plastic surgery is a decision that a patient will have to live with for many years, perhaps a lifetime. Therefore, she must make the decision after careful deliberation and select the right surgeon for her needs.

A successful breast implant surgery will provide the patient with more self-confidence for many years to come. But the surgery could result in poor outcomes with an inexperienced or less trained surgeon. This may cause the patient to bear additional costs (in a revision procedure) and time as well as experience disappointment due to undesirable results.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities and neighborhoods in this section of the country.

Choosing an ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

It is vital to check whether the plastic surgeon that a patient is considering for her breast enhancement procedure has been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Many individuals believe that state medical boards are a reliable indication of the surgeon’s qualifications to perform the surgeries they advertise.

However, in reality, there is no government requirement for a surgeon to receive specific training for a particular procedure they provide. This is an important issue in the field of plastic surgery.

Physicians trained only in general surgery or other medical disciplines could also perform plastic surgery procedures, but their rate of safety and success may be questionable. This makes it important for a patient to identify a board certified plastic surgeon for her breast enlargement surgery.

In order to achieve an ABPS board certification, doctors must undertake a minimum of six years of training in surgery after medical school. At least three years should be explicitly dedicated to plastic surgery residency training. Furthermore, the surgeon must clear a written and oral exam following the intense training phase.

The surgeon must furnish documentation on the cases they complete after their training is complete. Furthermore, the doctor must pass a renewal examination every ten years to retain their board certification.

Personal Rapport and Comfort Level

The patient should pay attention to how the surgeon and their team make her feel. Any cosmetic surgery is a life altering procedure, and the patient may face hindrances in achieving her new appearance. The patient should feel entirely at ease with their plastic surgeon and support staff. She should work with a plastic surgeon she likes and trusts entirely with her safety and outcomes.

The patient should ask herself the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy the time spent with this surgeon?
  • Do I find the surgeon reliable and trustworthy enough to offer the right recommendations to me?
  • Is the surgeon approachable enough for me to be able to ask them any questions that I may have throughout the surgical process?
  • Can I comfortably disclose my entire medical history and lifestyle behaviors to this surgeon?

Personalized Care and Attention

Individualized service is an important factor. The patient should assess whether she is being attended to and treated properly. She can gauge much of this in a few minutes of walking into the plastic surgeon’s practice.

Some aspects that the patient should consider are:

  • Is the support staff helpful and cordial?
  • Do I receive materials that prepare me well for the risks and realities associated with the procedure and recovery phase?
  • Are the costs transparently stated? Is the estimate all inclusive?
  • Do I receive a prompt reply upon contacting the practice?

Committed plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas across the horizon for breast implant surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland, Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

Any woman considering breast augmentation plastic surgery should budget adequate time for the recovery phase.

The patient can experience a relaxed and healthy recovery period if she avoids vigorous activities in the early recovery phase and follows the surgeon’s guidelines closely and diligently.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by focused board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and other suburbs and communities in this region of the nation.

Estimated Recovery Period

Surgeons usually advise patients to restrict their movement and get sufficient rest immediately after breast augmentation surgery. The patient should not undertake lifting, bending, or straining as these activities can cause delays in healing and increase discomfort.

Patients who do not have to perform strenuous activities at work may return to their workplace in around one week. But if the work demands aggressive movement, the patient may need to take a more extended leave before resuming work. The surgeon can help the patient determine a safe time to return to work.

The recovery period depends largely on the implant placement technique used. The subglandular breast implant placement which involves placing the implants above the pectoral muscles has a briefer recovery period in comparison to patients who receive implant placement via the submuscular breast implant technique (the placement of the implant beneath the pectoral muscle).

The surgeon will offer the patient precise guidelines for making their breast augmentation recovery period as brief and as comfortable as possible. The breast enhancement plastic surgery outcomes will provide the patient years of satisfaction if she follows the surgeon’s guidelines with commitment.

The Initial Two Weeks

In the initial 24 to 48 hours following breast augmentation surgery, patients commonly experience breast pain and fatigue which can make recovery uncomfortable during this period.

While the surgeon may prescribe meds to manage the pain, most patients continue to experience soreness and discomfort during this period. The patient should ideally have a spouse, friend, or family member assist them with household chores and aftercare at this time.

The surgeon will apply gauze dressings to the breasts right after the procedure. These bandages will be removed in the following days and replaced with a special surgical bra. The surgeon may remove the sutures after one week to ten days, if necessary.

First Few Months

During the first few weeks after the breast enhancement procedure, the breasts will be quite sensitive. The patient may also experience inflammation in this area for up to five weeks. She should avoid any physical contact with her breasts until the sensitivity reduces to decrease the risk of injury and delayed healing.

Patients should not undertake vigorous activities or exercise for around a month after the procedure. It is essential for the patient not to be impatient regarding resuming her physical activity regimen. Disallowing sufficient time for recovery can cause injury to the breasts leading to a more extended recovery phase.

It can also impact the final outcomes of the procedure. Patients considering breast augmentation surgery should discuss the recovery phase in detail with their plastic surgeon to develop an in-depth understanding of the time commitment associated with this procedure.

Prudent plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and other towns and cities in this section of America for breast implant surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland, Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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There is a lot of talk about the new gummy bear breast implants. The term gummy bear is the layman’s term for the newest, fifth generation of available implants. But if you are considering breast augmentation, you should know that newest isn’t necessarily the best one for you. Gummy bear implants are a “form stable” implant that is designed to look and feel more natural on a woman’s body—form stable meaning they hold their shape better. However, some women don’t like the look and feel of them.

If you are unsure about whether or not gummy bear implants are the right option for you, the best thing to do is come in for a consultation with Dr. Burton Sundin or Dr. Reps Sundin who are experienced plastic surgeons based in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Burton and Dr. Reps Sundin will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about gummy bear implants. Feel free to contact us to schedule your appointment.