When it comes to enhancing your shape, perfectly proportioned breasts can completely change the way you look and feel. You could feel more confident in your own person and skin when you have the chest you desire. Thankfully, the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery offers a variety of breast surgery procedures, whether you’d like to enlarge smaller breasts, correct sagging issues, or you simply want to balance out your figure.
From cosmetic reasons to reconstructive purposes, many patients who receive breast surgery in Northern Virginia and Alexandria find their procedure to be a life changing experience. At our practice, Dr. Eric Desman will work with you to develop an aesthetic plan that is tailored to your goals and tastes.
Types of Breast Surgery Procedures
There are many different kinds of breast surgery procedures, and the right one for the situation depends on a patient’s health, cosmetic goals, and unique circumstances. Popular procedures that Dr. Desman performs include:
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, uses implants to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the chest. With this type of operation, you can achieve a shapelier upper body that balances out your figure. Moreover, Dr. Desman performs breast augmentation using his Rapid Recovery approach, which allows patients to return to normal activity within just 24-48 hours, without the need for pain pumps, narcotics, or special bras. Patients are also able to shower starting the night of surgery.
At your initial consultation, our team will assess your frame, address your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine if this procedure is right for you. He will also discuss the available breast augmentation options, which could include:
Saline or silicone breast implants
Cohesive gel implants
From pregnancy to general aging, there are many factors that contribute to ptosis, or sagging of the breasts. Fortunately, this common problem can be solved with a breast lift procedure. While this surgery is a great way to eliminate sagging, it cannot restore breast volume, which is why some patients opt for a combination of a breast lift and implants. This particular combination is often seen during a mommy makeover, but it can also benefit women who’d like to restore volume, symmetry, and shape to their chest.
When discussing a breast lift during a consultation, Dr. Desman will determine which of the following incision options is best for you:
Periariolar – Made around the nipple in the dark skin of the areola. This incision is typically used for mild levels of ptosis.
Vertical – This incision follows the areola and continues vertically to the base of the breast. It is best for mild to moderate levels of ptosis.
Anchor – This incision is similar to the vertical, but it has an additional incision that follows the crease where the breast and chest meet. Anchor incisions are used for more pronounced levels of ptosis.
Very large breasts can cause significant discomfort, changes to posture, and back pain. To alleviate these symptoms, many patients choose to have a breast reduction procedure, which removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the chest. There are a few important things to understand about this operation, such as:
The incision will have an anchor-shape, circling the areola and running down to the breast crease, then running along the crease
Excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue will be removed
The nipple will be relocated to match your new shape and size
There will be stitches along the entire incision
The procedure is typically completed within two-to-four hours
Speak With Dr. Desman about Breast Surgery in Northern Virginia
If you have been unhappy or uncomfortable with your breasts, you should remember that you have options for augmentation, lifting, reduction, correction, and more. To learn more about how breast surgery in Northern Virginia and Alexandria could help you achieve your cosmetic goals the confidence you desire, reach out to our practice today. Our team can answer any questions you have and help you plan for this next chapter of your life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Surgery?
Ideal candidates for breast surgery are those over the age of 18 who are unhappy with the size, volume, or shape of their chest. Ideal patients should also have fully developed breasts and be in generally good health with a stable weight that doesn’t significantly fluctuate.
Are There Risks Associated with Breast Surgery?
There are risks associated with any operation, but in general, healthy patients are not likely to experience any complications with breast surgery. Dr. Desman performs all breast surgery procedures in safe and accredited surgical centers in the Northern Virginia area where professional medical staff are on hand to protect patient comfort and safety.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Breast Surgery?
Breast surgery procedures can require a recovery period of about four to six weeks, but Dr. Desman utilizes advanced surgical and anesthesia techniques to make your recovery as fast as possible. Our team is committed to helping you achieve the results you want, so we will also provide you with post-care tips to maximize your short and long-term results and minimize the risk of complication. If you gain or lose significant weight, get pregnant, or experience hormonal changes, these factors can also affect the size and feel of your breasts.
Can I Breastfeed After Breast Surgery?
It depends on the type of procedure you have, but most breast surgeries allow you to breastfeed afterward. It really depends upon how much glandular breast tissue and milk ducts are disturbed by the procedure. Dr. Desman will routinely review what, if any, impact your surgery will have on your ability to breastfeed in the future.
Do I Need a Board-Certified Surgeon for Breast Surgery in Alexandria, VA?
For healthy patients, breast surgery typically has minimal risks. But for optimal results, it’s best to choose a board-certified physician who must adhere to strict national standards for skills, experience, and education. Dr. Desman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides the highest level of cosmetic surgery care to patients in the Northern Virginia area.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Breast Surgery are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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