About Breast Augmentation
Cosmetic breast surgery is a procedure that redefines the breasts to create a fuller appearance. It is often considered to be one of the most wanted cosmetic surgeries, offering women who are unhappy with their breasts many options for improvement. Using implants, this procedure creates an appealing and natural-looking outcome by improving breast shape, size, and symmetry. Arlington, VA plastic surgeons Dr. Talal Munasifi and Dr. James Economides are skilled in executing this surgery and perform over 4,000 breast augmentations each year. During your consultation at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Munasifi and Dr. Economides will listen to your concerns and desires and educate you on all of the options available, while also creating a surgical plan to meet your goals.
About Breast Implants
During your consultation with Dr. Munasifi, the correct implant will be recommended based on your body frame, as well as the results you wish to achieve. Implants come in different sizes and shapes — all of which are taken into consideration in order to attain the desired appearance. Today, the most common implants are saline or silicone, both widely chosen and safely approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is important to mention that those considering saline implants must be 18 years of age, while patients must be at least 22 years old in order to receive augmentation with silicone. Aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other important factors to consider.
Saline vs. Silicone
Saline and silicone implants each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Both are safe, and one is not better than the other; it’s simply a matter of preference and what is best for your anatomy and aesthetic goals.
Silicone implants are filled prior to insertion and feel soft and natural. They are less prone to rippling, but ruptures can only be detected through an MRI. For this reason, women with silicone implants are advised to have an MRI every few years.
With saline implants, the shell is inserted and then filled with saline solution. This allows the size to be a bit more customized than silicone. It also means that the incision can be slightly smaller. They are more prone to rippling, but a rupture is immediately apparent as the implant deflates.
Implants come in various sizes, from 110cc to 800cc. Dr. Munasifi will help you pick the perfect size to reach the shape and fullness you would like. During your consultation, we will take some time to have you try different implant sizes to find the best fit.
Breast implants are made in either a round or teardrop shape. Both shapes are commonly used; however, a large majority of our patients decide on a round-shaped implant. It often looks more natural and adds a fullness to the upper breast that a large percentage of patients desire.
Choosing the right profile is very important when planning your breast augmentation. We will help you navigate your options based on your body structure and aesthetic goals.
Our team will help you determine the best level of cohesivity (or gumminess) for you.
Making Your Choices
These options may appear overwhelming, but agreeing to the correct implant is easy once the goals are discussed during the consultation. These considerations, combined with the expertise of Dr. Munasifi, ensure the right outcome is attained.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"I highly recommend Dr. Munasifi!! I had a breast augmentation years ago and had a very natural, magnificent result. The staff is wonderful, friendly and informative. Dr Munasifi is so caring and truly wants what is best for his patient. Each patient is looked at as an individual as opposed to some of these places that just churn out the same "fake" look over and over no matter what you ask for. I have referred many of my friends to Dr Munasifi over the years and they have all had wonderful results!!! Hoping to see the doctor again soon for a possible facelift!! Best cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in the area!!!"- L.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2015
"When I think of Dr. Munasifi I smile comes to my face and for a very good reason. I interviewed three doctors 16 years ago,and the third one was the charm. After talking to Dr Munasifi I knew 5 minutes into the consultation he was the man to do my procedure, and I have been with him and WILL continue to be with him. He has done breast augmentation, eye lift, lower face lift and minor procedures in the 16 years I have been his patient. When people ask where I go I'm quick to tell them all about my experiences and the wonderful staff he hasworking for him. I don't even live in the area but the drive is well worth my peace of mind."- K.G. / Yelp / May 08, 2014
"best Plastic Surgeon in Northern VA - I had a breast augmentation by Dr. Munasifi. The outcome is perfect. His staff was very helpful and friendly. I recommend him strongly."- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 18, 2009
"I loved Dr. Munasifi and his staff. I had a breast augmentation done as well as some laser treatments for my face. My skin looks amazing and my new breats give me the confidence to finally wear those low cut dresses. He is the best"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Aug 18, 2009
"Dr. Munasifi is a wonderful surgeon. He does amazing work. His staff is very helpful as well. I am very happy with the result of my breast augmentation. I am planning to return for some skin treatments."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 15, 2010
Dr. Munasifi will customize your breast augmentation for your anatomy and goals. There are a variety of options for incision locations. The incision can be made in the fold under the breast (infra-mammary), around the nipple (peri-areolar), or under the arm (trans-axillary, with endoscopic assist). In all cases, the incision is kept as short and inconspicuous as possible.
The implant can be inserted either under the breast tissue (“sub-glandular”), or partially under the pectoral muscle (“sub-pectoral” or “sub-muscular”). When the implant is placed in a sub-muscular position (under the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle), there is a lower chance of capsular contracture (shrinkage of the tissue capsule surrounding the implant, causing the implant and breast to feel unnaturally firm), and mammography may be more reliable. There is also less risk of visible or palpable implant edges through the skin.
Once Dr. Munasifi creates a “pocket” for the breast implant, a temporary “sizer” implant is placed in order to determine the proper shape and volume (size) of the final implant. Then, the final implant is chosen, inserted, and properly positioned within the pocket.
Dr. Munasifi uses the Keller Funnel “No Touch” technique when placing breast implants. This advanced surgical technique minimizes the potential for bacteria to come into contact with the implant during the augmentation procedure, resulting in greatly reduced chances of complications after surgery. After the implant is placed, he carefully checks to ensure that your breasts have the shape and size you anticipated pre-operatively.
What to Expect
After surgery, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures and surgical tape. This means no suture removal is required. All patients will be taken into recovery and observed and monitored before being released. It’s normal to experience some soreness, bruising, tightness, numbness, itching, and swelling. Prescription pain medication can be prescribed if necessary. Once Dr. Munasifi gives his approval, you will be sent home wearing a compression garment to assist with swelling. Within a few days, the swelling and bruising will start to decrease, and the breasts will begin to feel normal as they settle into their new position. Within your one-week post-operation visit, your gauze dressings will be removed.
The full recovery period is specific to each individual and the level of activity required for her daily functions. A large percentage of patients can return to normal activities within the first week; however, vigorous exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 6 – 8 weeks. You will also need to sleep on your back or side for a few weeks as you heal. Cosmetic breast surgery creates beautiful outcomes that look and feel natural. This treatment in most cases can be life changing for many patients, allowing them the chance to feel more self-assured.
Frequently Asked Questions
What procedures complement breast augmentation?
Many women have a breast augmentation and breast lift concurrently. If your natural breasts are sagging, you may wish to combine these surgeries to lift the breasts while also increasing their size.
What kind of anesthesia is required for breast augmentation?
General anesthesia is used and breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. Anesthesia is provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. You will not be able to drive immediately after your procedure and will need someone to take you home. We can also provide transportation services at a minimal fee. Your safety is our top priority.
When can I return to work after breast augmentation?
Typically, patients are able to leave the house the day after their procedure. Many of our breast augmentation patients return to office work within four days.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $5,900
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
Get the Look You Want
Breast augmentation surgery is notorious for so many reasons. This cosmetic surgery is safe and effective, and produces amazing results. With an abundance of augmentation options, you can have the look you have always dreamed of. Advanced Plastic Surgery Center is excited to provide this proven procedure and we invite you to learn more. Contact Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, VA to plan your private consultation with Dr. Talal Munasifi or Dr. James Economides.
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