Breast Augmentation in Fredericksburg, VA
Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery, helping women achieve fuller, shapelier breasts to enhance their appearance. At Surgical Arts of Virginia, we offer breast augmentation and other breast surgeries to women living in Washington DC, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Richmond, Charlottesville, and the surrounding communities of Virginia.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast enhancements are popular among women because the surgery allows for changes to breast shape and size via breast implants. Modern implants give women many options in shape, size, and texture. Dr. Palmer explains the benefits of each type of implant during the consultation.
*Individual results may vary
What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation in Fredericksburg, VA?
Breast augmentation starts at $4,500, and your cost is based upon several individual factors that are discussed during the consultation. You can pay for your breast enhancement with cash, personal check, money order, or credit card. If you would like to make payments, our financing options are CareCredit®, United Medical Credit and Prosper™ Healthcare Lending.
What Kind of Breast Implants Can I Choose From?
Surgical Arts of Virginia offers MENTOR® saline breast implants and new cohesive gel implants for breast augmentation.
How is a Breast Augmentation Performed?
Breast augmentation is performed in the office surgical suite with tumescent anesthesia and sedation. There are several types of incisions available for breast augmentation procedures, and the most common is periareolar.
- Periareolar: This incision is made at the border between the darker skin around the nipple and the lighter skin of the breast, so that it is nearly imperceptible when healed. Both silicone and saline implants can be placed through this incision, either below breast tissue and above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below both the breast tissue and pectoral muscle (submuscular). This is the incision most commonly recommended by Dr. Palmer because it results in the most subtle scar.
- Inframammary: The incision is placed below the breast in the inframammary fold. Both silicone and saline implants can be placed through this incision, either subglandular or submuscular. This is the least common incision used by Dr. Palmer. The drawback is a visible scar on the chest wall, although it can often be quite subtle.
- Transaxillary: Dr. Palmer typically places saline implants using this approach, which requires an incision in the armpit. The benefit is a scar that’s away from the breast, which is often imperceptible. The drawback is that it is more difficult to be exact with implant positioning. Additionally, you will need to add $500 more to the cost of this procedure.
Breast implants can be inserted in several different ways, with placement beneath the pectoralis muscle being most common. They look best when placed in a “dual plane,” or beneath the muscle on top and beneath the breast gland, towards the bottom, which is what Dr. Palmer does with almost every breast implant procedure. They can also be placed beneath the breast gland only. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, and Dr. Palmer can go over these and discuss what he thinks is best for your body type and the type of implant you select.
What is Recovery Like After Breast Augmentation?
Allowing your body to heal after breast augmentation is paramount. You will wear a special type of bra that holds the implants and tissues in place. We explain restrictions to your activities to ensure that the stitches heal properly. The initial healing period can take up to six weeks, and you should expect the first week to involve the most intensive healing which requires plenty of rest.
Are There Any Risks Involved with Breast Augmentation?
All surgery carries risk, but you can take steps to minimize the chances of experiencing complications resulting from your breast augmentation. The most important aspect is to work with a board-certified surgeon who is experienced with breast augmentation, including more complex cases, such as tuberous breast surgery and revision breast surgery.
What is a Breast Augmentation with Lift?
Pregnancy, aging, and weight loss affect the breasts and may result in sagging. Women with sagging breasts may want to consider breast augmentation with lift.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implants can be removed for medical and personal reasons. For example, a woman may be unhappy with the results of her first breast surgery or decide that she wants implants of a different size or shape.
What is Breast Revision Surgery?
If you have had previous breast surgery and the result was not what you expected, a revision surgery can often give you the look you desire. The requests Dr. Palmer receives most frequently are:
- Removal or exchange of implants
- Repair of capsular contracture (hard, misshapen breasts) resulting from previous implants
- Sagging after previous implant placement
- “Bottoming out”: too much breast visible below the nipple and/or abnormal placement or widening of areola after previous lift or reduction
Each patient is carefully examined and an operative approach is developed to address the problem leading to the poor appearance. It often surprises Dr. Palmer how long a patient has lived with a less-than-optimal outcome after breast surgery. He finds it very satisfying to correct these problems.
What is Tuberous Breast Surgery?
Tuberous breasts are breasts in which the lower pole or the portion below the nipple or areola has developed poorly or abnormally. There is constricting tissue present that has prevented expansion of the lower pole of the breast and shifted the nipple towards the mid-line, or center of the chest. Often, there is associated herniation (protrusion) of the nipple or areola complex.
To address tuberous breasts, Dr. Palmer surgically releases the constricting tissue in the lower pole and places an implant in the dual plane position (partially below the pectoralis muscle) so that the implant acts as a tissue expander. There is often some residual constriction where the old inframammary fold was, but this improves over time secondary to the implant stretching the skin. The herniation of the nipple often needs to be corrected at the same time.
The decision to get a breast augmentation is a big one, and the staff at Surgical Arts of Virginia is here to help you every step of the way. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us today. We welcome patients from Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Richmond and Stafford, VA, as well as Washington DC and the surrounding Virginia communities.