Breast size is considered a part of feeling confident, sexy, attractive and healthy to many women. An ideal aesthetic has evolved from a large and surgically-augmented ‘look’ to one that is more natural, even out of clothing. This is particularly true in the northern Virginia and Washington DC Metro Area for women considering breast augmentation surgery. Whatever your preference, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Plastic Surgery, can help you choose the cosmetic breast augmentation procedure that best fits your lifestyle and goals.
What can breast augmentation do for me?
Once you have decided to seriously consider breast augmentation in the Washington DC area, you will want to make sure you find the best plastic surgeon for you. Our surgeons have over 60 years of combined surgical experience and perform among the most breast augmentations in Northern Virginia. The plastic surgery doctors at Austin-Weston use a variety of breast enhancement techniques to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to repair the changes caused by pregnancy or you simply want to increase your breast size, we can help. Research has shown that breast implants will boost self-esteem and body image, and as a result, sexual satisfaction with a partner.
Breast augmentation can dramatically improve a woman’s breasts. During your breast augmentation consultation, you’ll learn more about your options for creating your ideal breast appearance, including:
- Implant size
- Your desired 'look'
- Implant material (silicone gel or saline)
- Implant position (above or below the pectoralis muscle)
- Implant incision method
Breast augmentation surgery is a great way to look your best and boost self-esteem. To achieve the results you want, breast augmentation can be combined with other mommy makeover procedures including breast lift surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty).
How do I choose the right size breast implant?
There are many issues to consider with breast augmentation. Some women want to be as large as they can be, and some women want a smaller breast implant mostly for shape – not size. Sometimes it comes down to a competition between shape and size. That is, at some point a larger breast implant is less shapely and less attractive - and is more likely to have complications than a smaller breast implant. As an example, a large breast implant that gives a full cleavage and upper breast fullness can shift the nipple position down and make it look unnatural. This might look good in a low-cut dress, but not look good out of clothing. Our plastic surgeons will look at your anatomy and listen to what you want, and tell you what is surgically possible. It is not always straight forward because there are many choices, and each one has a particular consequence.
The two ways patients are 'sized' for breast implants is by using sizers and by using 3-D imaging. Based on your goals and anatomy, you and your doctor will come up with some sizes that might look good on your frame. You will then get to try on sizer implants under your clothing to see what that size of implant will look like in clothing. Often this is the best way to get a true feel for what an implant will look like in your body.
We also use VECTRA 3-D imaging to help you choose the right size breast implant at your complimentary breast augmentation consultation. This special camera creates a virtual 3-D image of your body, and different sizes of breast implants can be placed virtually to see how the results can look in real life. This is extremely helpful for some women to see a virtual re-creation of their surgical result, or who want to show this to friends or family who will be helping in the decision making process. The computer imaging is a very scientific process, but in the end it also comes down to art. And this is where experience matters. Our surgeons have done thousands of breast augmentations, and been doing the procedure since the 1970's. There is a reason we are the largest group of purely-cosmetic plastic surgeons in Washington DC and have been voted Best Plastic Surgeons in Washington DC and Best Plastic Surgeons in Northern Virginia for multiple years. We are good at what we do.
Austin-Weston invites you to compare the results of our before-and-after photos of breast augmentation patients with other plastic surgeons’ results. Look closely for size, shape, contour, and overall beauty of the result. And when you are ready, please call and make a consultation appointment. Many of our 40+ staff members have breast implants performed by us, and you can know that you will be taken care of by very experienced surgeons and staff.
What is the best 'look' for my breasts?
Bringing in before-and-after photographs of other women can be helpful to illustrate what you like and don't like. These photos should be nude, and show consistency with regard to looking at the camera and arm placement. Photographs of women who you like their look, but are in a bikini, are not illustrative because a bikini can conceal imperfections, or add support to what could be a very droopy breast outside the bikini.
The definition of what looks 'real' and what looks 'fake' comes down to what naturally exists in the world. If there are women walking around in the world with natural breasts that are the size and shape that you like, then you are likely looking for a natural and 'real' look. If you like a very round, high-cleavage or 'push-up bra' look even without a bra, then you probably like a 'fake' look. Both are possible with the right implant, so being clear with your plastic surgeon regarding what you like and what you don't will make sure you are happy with your result.
Are breast implants safe?
Are saline or silicone breast implants better?
Silicone implants are softer and offer a more natural feel, though they cost slightly more. In general, there is less rippling with a silicone implant. This can be relevant if you are very then and do not have much breast tissue to camouflage any rippling.
Both saline and silicone implants can be placed via all types of incision and can be placed either above or below the muscle. 80% of women who come to Austin-Weston choose a silicone breast implant over saline.
What incision type is best for breast augmentation?
Should breast implants be under or over the muscle?
Am I eligible for breast implants?
While you must be at least 18 years of age for saline breast implants and 21 for silicone breast implants, you are never too old to safely improve your breasts as long as you are healthy.