Everything You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation: The Ultimate Guide

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Breast augmentation surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S.  In 2016, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 290,000 women underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged.  The popularity of breast augmentation has nearly tripled since 1997.  

Women desire breast augmentation procedures for many reasons.  Central to all reasons is the desire to feel more feminine; this is particularly true in women who have relatively small breasts.  While many woman seek out breast enlargement simply because they want larger breasts, most women are seeking out breast enlargement procedures to restore the volume they have lost after having children or to provide only modest enlargement to their breasts.  The most common size that women usually ask for is a large C cup.  

Breast enlargement surgery is as much an art as much as it is a technical procedure.  For that reason, you need to be find a surgeon that you feel has an artistic eye as  well as who stays on top of all of they many technical advances in plastic surgeon in general but in breast augmentation surgery in particular.  

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Will You Need a Breast Lift?

a large breast is overlaid by an arrow pointing to where it should be corrected to go to while a small breast looks nice

We know that you might be apprehensive about your upcoming consultation and treatment. Our staff and cosmetic nurses are caring and professional; and will help you with answers each step of the way.

One of the most important decisions will whether or not you will need a breast lift in addition to an implant.  While the majority of young women will not need a lift.  Women who have had children will often benefit from the addition of a breast lift to their procedure.  The rule of thumb is determining where your nipple position sits relative to your inframammary crease.  The textbook position is that the nipple should sit at or above the crease.  If it’s position is only slightly below this line, an implant will be able to give you a lift without having to do a surgical lift.  If it is more than about a centimeter below this line, you will probably benefit from a formal lift

Vectra 3D Imaging To Help You Choose The Right Size Breast Implant

Vectra 3D imaging

The Vectra 3D imaging system has revolutionized your ability to choose the right implant for you based on how you see yourself. Choosing the right size was traditionally the most stressful step in planning your breast augmentation procedure. The decision is obviously irreversible once the procedure is completed. Breast implants come in a variety of sizes and are measured in CCs or millileters. The average patient chooses between a large C or large D. The average implant is 350ccs.

The Vectra 3D imaging system is a 3D camera that is capable of taking a 3D image of your body. The software is then able to add an implant to your image at a variety of sizes of your choosing. You can see in real-time what each implant size might look like on your own body. and because the image is created in 3D, the patient is able to see themselves from every angle including above, below, and side to side.

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What Type of Breast Implant -
Saline or Silicone?

Breast Procedures

We know that you might be apprehensive about your upcoming consultation and treatment. Our staff and cosmetic nurses are caring and professional; and will help you with answers each step of the way.

A description of breast implant types is an extensive topic beyond the scope of this article; they will be reviewed shortly in an additional article. Briefly, however, you should know that there there are two types of implants to choose from; both are made of a silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with salt water, while Silicone implants are filled with a silicone semi-cohesive gel.

Gummy Bear implants is the nickname of for silicone implants because they resemble a gummy bear when they are cut in half. They are soft gel-filled implants that if you were to cut it in half, looks like the cut half of a gummy bear. This is in stark contrast the the old generation liquid silicone implants that could potentially leak through the implant and into the body.

The majority of my patients choose silicone gel implants in my practice particularly if they are thin and wear an A or B cup bra. Small breasted patients can potentially feel the implants more, and therefore require a softer-style implant in order to feel more natural.

Saline implants are filled with salt water, and to some extent feel less natural than silicone filled implants especially for patients who are smaller with an A or B cup bra. Larger implants with a C cup or bigger might not notice the difference as much as their own breasts are able to hide the implants. Saline implants are also more subject to visible rippling, particularly in smaller breasted women.

This video shows a live surgery describing my technique in performing a short scar breast augmenation procedure using silicone filled breast implants.  The procedure was performed at the Loudoun Ambulatory Surgery Center in Northern Virginia.  Notice the meticulous technique including:

  • Shorter scars than most surgeons
  • Dual plane surgical technique placing the implants under the pectoralis muscle
  • Careful placement of the implants using a Keller Funnel ( See description below )
  • IV antibiotics in addition to antibiotic irrigation to prevent infections
  • Dry surgical field with next to no bleeding
  • Meticulous closure for the best scar 

WARNING: Graphic Images

Before Breast Augmentation

After Breast Augmentation

36 year old woman from Northern Virginia. After having children, she feels that her breasts drooped a lot more in addition to having lost significant breast volume. She expressed that she liked the size of her breasts when she was breast feeding and didn’t want to be any bigger than that. She chose a 350cc high profile saline filled breast implant.  The after photo shows how she looks after she went from a small droopy A cup to a large C or small D cup. She still has normal and natural tear drop shape to her breasts. The areola and nipples are of average size.

small breasts before augmentation surgery

Before Breast Augmentation

After Breast Augmentation

30 year old woman from Northern Virginia. She expressed that she was really had any breasts even when she was pregnant.  After having children, she felt that it was the right time to finally look into breast augmentation.  The after photo shows how she looks after she went from a small A cup to a small D cup. She chose a 420cc saline filled breast round high profile implant ( silicone was not yet available ).   

Before Breast Augmentation

After Breast Augmentation

33 year old woman from Leesburg, Virginia. She expressed she had some loss in breast volume and had breast droop after having childen. The after photo shows how she looks after she went from a small B cup to a small D cup. She chose a 360cc medium profile silicone filled round implant.


Dr. Chang provides the most advances techniques in breast augmentation in Northern Virginia

  • Voted Top Doctor and Best Plastic Surgeon in Northern Virginia
  • Introduced the Minimal Scar Technique and Keller Funnel to Loudoun
  • Lower rates of infection and revision breast surgery than the national average
  • Vectra 3D imaging available to help you choose your implant size
  • Offers 3 day pain free recovery with Experil Pain Relief system
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons

Most patients will be able to return to work in about 5 to 7 days after their procedure.  You will still have some discomfort after the procedure but most patients will be off of narcotics by this time

Breast augmentation surgery will take about an hour.  If you see the video above, you can get a feel about how the surgery is performed.

I require you to be at least 18 years of age for a breast augmentation.  Patients need to have completed their breast development before a breast augmentation can be accurately performed.  The FDA recommends that patients be 22 years of age before placement of a silicone filled breast implant

Breast implant size is highly personal.  The average patient wants to go to a large C or small D cup.  The average implant is filled to about 350cc

Most modern techniques and younger surgeons will place breast implants below the muscle.  The older techniques placed the breast implant above the muscle.  It was easier and had less discomfort.  But there are 3 basic reasons for placing the implants below the muscle.

  1.  It is easier to have a radiologist or mammographer see the breast implant on your mammogram if it is below the muscle as it is separated from the breast tissue.
  2. The implant looks more natural as the muscle will camouflage the implant to some extent
  3. The risk of capsular contracture decreases from up to 50% when it is above the muscle to less than 5% when it is below the muscle.

The answer is a definite NO.  The risk of breast cancer does not change if you have an implant. There have been 2 large studies about the risk of breast implants and breast cancer.  Both showed that there was no difference and one even showed a VERY slight decrease in the risk of breast cancer.  They hypothesized that the reason might be that the body’s immune system is at a higher level surveillance .

Patients have a choice between IV sedation ( twilight sleep ) or general anesthesia.  

It will be about 6 months to a year before you will be able to see the final results of your breast augmentation surgery.  At first, the implants feel like they are too high.  Interestingly, most women actually like this phase as they have more exaggerated cleavage at this time.  Over the next few months, the swelling at the top of the breast begins to diminish while the bottom of the breast begins to round out.  

Breast augmentation can be a painful procedure.  The implants are placed in a pocket under the muscle.

After the surgery, you will need to avoid active activities for four weeks. At that time, it’s alright to return to lower body activities, but you need to wait six weeks before running or jogging again. The bouncing of the breasts needs to be avoided to ensure there is no scaring and healing can continue successfully.

The proof is in the proverbial pudding.  Look at our  before and after gallery and tell me if any of my patients look fake.   The keys to not looking fake include:

  1.  Getting an “appropriate” size- the larger you go, the more unnatural you will appear.  We use the 3D Vectra imaging system to help choose a size. 
  2. Placement of the breast implant below the chest muscle.  The chest muscle will soften the appearance and camouflage the implant to some extent
  3. Silicone implants have less of a chance of “rippling”  which is a tell-tale sign of breast augmentation.  
  4. Surgical skill – Again, refer to my before and after images.  You will see!

Are you ready?

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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a s surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of the breast using saline or silicone breast implants.  We can sometimes even use your own fat… if you have enough.

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Breast Lift

Breast lift is also called a mastopexy.  It is a procedure designed to lift breasts that have begun to sag either with age or after having children.  3 techniques are used to lift the breast, reshape the breast, and to reduce the size of the areola

Breast Lift Plus Implants

Breast Lift Plus Implants

Breast lift is often combined with adding breast implants or fat transfer to either add volume throughout the breast or only to the upper breast where the majority of the volume is lost

Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover is a procedure tailored specifically to how your body has changed after having children.  It usually includes a breast augmentation or lift, a tummy tuck, liposuction, and/or vaginal rejuvenation.

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Plastic Surgeon Leesburg - Dr. Chang

Dr. Phillip Chang

Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results.

Education and Training

Dr. Chang graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at the prestigious Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California, where he was fortunate to train with prominent cosmetic surgeons in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Chang has been featured in New Beauty Magazine and listed as one of the “Top 10 Plastic Surgeons” in Loudoun County for the past three years according to The Prime Buyer’s Report in addition to multiple additional awards including:

  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeons Virginia Magazine
  • Best Plastic Surgeon in the Loudoun Times Mirror
  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeon Health and Beauty Magazine
  • Top Doctor for Plastic Surgeons Posh Magazine
  • Top Doctor Recognition 2011, 2012, 2015 by Vitals
    Patients’ Choice Award 2008 – 2012 by Vitals
  • Super Doctor 2011 – 2013 by superdoctors.com
  • Honor Roll by Healthgrades 

Hear From Actual Customers!
The Reviews Are In

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"Best plastic surgeon in Virginia - I was referred by friends who had breast augmentations with Dr. Chang. They were extremely happy. I just had my Mommy Makeover and I couldn't be more thrilled. He is no doubt the best plastic surgeon around!"​
"For a long time I had imagined what it would be like to have breast reduction surgery, but I always thought it was only other women who could do such a thing, not me. From the day of my consultation through a month post-surgery, I have had nothing but outstanding care and service by Dr. Chang, his staff, and the outpatient surgery clinic where I had the procedure."​
"I had a tummy tuck, breast lift and reduction, and liposuction and he performed these procedures beautifully. I now have a waist and flat tummy; two things I never dreamed could be possible."

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