Breast Augmentation Richmond
At our practice in Richmond, breast augmentation is the most popular procedure and Dr. Hubert’s specialty. If your breasts are not as large or perky as you would like or have lost volume after having children, breast augmentation surgery may be the best procedure for you. Below, we’ve outlined information about the procedure, Dr. Hubert’s recommendations, and frequently asked questions. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation to meet with him in our Richmond office, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to beginning this exciting journey with you!
Understanding Breast Augmentation
Implants today are safe. In fact, there are many millions of women in America, let alone throughout the world, who have breast implants. They are used to make a larger breast through small incisions that are easily covered by almost any clothing, including a bikini. Breast implants can give a natural look and feel, and the results are long-lasting. Studies have shown that breast implants not only improve your overall self-confidence but can improve satisfaction in other aspects of your life, such as your emotional and sexual well-being. Women are choosing breast augmentation in increasing numbers, with over 290,000 in the United States in 2016 alone, as estimated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
At our practice in Richmond, breast augmentation surgery is one of the most frequently performed procedures. Dr. Darrin Hubert has successfully performed many hundred, if not thousands, of breast implant procedures for more than a decade, and it is an area of particular focus within his practice.
Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Augmentation?
If your goal is to have larger breasts, our Richmond breast augmentation is the best surgery for you. Below, we’ve listed who the best candidates for the surgery are:
- Women who desire larger and more perky breasts
- Mothers who have lost volume in the upper poles of their breasts after having children
- Patients who are in good health.
- A good candidate does not have any health issues that can affect their ability to heal.
- Patients are recommended not to smoke
Benefits of A Breast Augmentation
Obviously, implants make your breasts larger, but they are very versatile and can help in many ways. The following is a list of some of the benefits of breast implants:
- Enhance the size (volume) of the breasts
- Enhance the shape of the breast
- Restore fullness of the upper part of the breasts after childbirth/breastfeeding
- Correct size and shape asymmetry between the two breasts
- Can give a little natural lift to gently sagging breasts without breast lift scars
Different Types Of Breast Implants
Silicone Implants – All breast implants are made of the same outer silicone rubber shell. What makes them different is what they are filled with, how big they are, if they are smooth or textured, and if they are round or shaped. Silicone gel-filled implants have a very natural and soft feeling. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released silicone implants for general use in 2006, after years of scientific study. These studies have shown that silicone implants are safe and that they do not cause any medical diseases. What happens if my silicone implant leaks? For the most part, the silicone gel is so thick that it does not spread to other parts of your body. Rather it stays put where it was placed in your breast. Because of this, you might not know if and when a silicone implant has ruptured. The manufacturer, therefore, recommends that you get MRIs every so often just to check to see if they have broken. Dr. Hubert will review these recommendations in greater detail with you during your consultation.
Saline Implants – The other option is saline solution-filled implants. They are filled essentially with sterile saltwater, but they still have a natural feel. Because they come from the factory empty, Dr. Hubert can place a saline implant through an even smaller incision. Then he fills them during the surgery which allows for minor adjustments in case you have a small asymmetry between your two breasts. What happens if a saline implant breaks? Your body reabsorbs the saline solution and one side is deflated while the other is not. Generally, the implant companies provide a 10-year warranty, so if you have one break, they will usually provide a new implant at no cost and also cover part or all of the surgery costs associated with replacing the implant. If you have at least a modest amount of your own breast tissue, then saline implants often feel as natural as silicone implants, since they are located beneath all of your own breasts. And they often cost a little less, too!
Dr. Hubert can use implants from several implant companies. He often uses products from Mentor Corporation, the only implants made right here in the USA. Click here to learn more about quality breast implants from Mentor.
Where Do Breast Implants Go?
Do breast implants go under the muscle or on top of the muscle? Most commonly the implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle on the chest wall (submuscular, or dual plane), but there are certain reasons why you might have the implant placed on top of the muscle (sub-glandular). An implant under the muscle might give a better result, especially in thinner patients. Submuscular implants have a lower risk for rippling or visibility and a lower risk for scar tissue forming around the implant, called capsular contracture. However, implants under the muscle can sometimes move when the muscle moves, so fitness enthusiasts or bodybuilders might not do so well with this option. Subglandular implants, on the other hand, have less trouble with movement but may be more visible or more easily felt, especially in thinner patients. Another reason to put an implant on top of the muscle is for something called “tubular breast deformity,” or “constricted breast.” This is a condition that you are born with, and it can cause severe asymmetry when compared to a normal breast on the other side. Dr. Hubert has extensive experience with breast surgery in general, and with deformities like this in particular.
During your consultation, Dr. Hubert will discuss all of the options with you. You will also try on sizers that you place over your breast, and under an unpadded bra, to see how you can look and to come up with the right size for you. So when you come in for your consultation, it is best to wear an unpadded bra that fits you well. If you don’t have one, Dr. Hubert has unpadded bras to help with the process of trying on the sizers.
What to Expect the day of my Breast Augmentation Surgery
By the time of your operation, you and Dr. Hubert will have decided on the best implant for the anatomy of your body. The surgery will require general anesthesia. During your surgery, Dr. Hubert will make the incisions and lift the breast tissues and skin as needed. The implant will then be placed either under the muscle or on top of it. Dr. Hubert’s expertise and trained eye help him determine when the breast implant is in the ideal place. When he is happy with the position, he will close the incision and place skin glue over the incision.
The surgery will take Dr. Hubert approximately 60 to 90 minutes to perform.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Our Richmond Breast augmentation is typically done under short general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. You will wear a fitted surgical bra that fastens in the front (so you don’t have to pull it over your head with your arms up) for the first two weeks. After a few weeks, you can resume your normal activities and work back into any exercise routine. Women often ask, how long will breast implants last? The implants made today are of excellent quality with the highest technological advances. There’s no way to predict exactly how long they will last, but many women can expect great results for 10, 20, or 30 years or more.
Will Breast Augmentation Surgery Leave Scars?
There are three basic approaches to placing breast implants. The first places the scar in the fold beneath the breast, or the inframammary fold (IMF). This is the most versatile site for the surgeon. It is situated on the lower outer portion of the breast, so it is covered by clothing, including bikinis. These scars tend to heal very well for most people. The second place the scar along the lower border where the areola (usually brown or pink) portion of the breast meets the normal skin. This may be advantageous in terms of a camouflage effect for the scar. However, it might also increase the risk for postoperative nipple sensation changes or for not being able to breastfeed in the future. The third places the scar in the armpit also called the axilla and reaches the breast through a long tunnel. This armpit incision was very popular during the 1990s and 2000s when the FDA limited cosmetic breast surgery only to saline implants, which can be placed through a smaller incision. However, since 2006, when silicone implants were once again available, most surgeons have moved away from this approach.
How Much Does A Breast Augmentation Cost in Richmond?
As an experienced breast augmentation Richmond, VA plastic surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and associated costs. Dr. Hubert’s pricing for breast augmentation is extremely competitive. During your consultation, he will go over his recommendations and any financing options available.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Hubert is widely considered by his patients as one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Richmond, VA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. During the appointment, you will be able to look at before and after photos and learn about the preparation and recovery process. Contact us to set up your consultation.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Check out these before and after photographs of actual patients of Dr. Hubert!
* Individual results may vary.
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Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions
Your Breast Augmentation Questions Answered
Why Choose Dr. Hubert for your Breast Augmentation?
Not only has Dr. Hubert performed many breast augmentations in his career but he has also been a Top Doc award winner for years in plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hubert is a board-certified plastic surgeon and expertly trained at one of the top Ivy League training programs in the country.
How long until you can see the result of breast augmentation surgery?
The results are instantaneous! The breasts will start looking their very best after 3-6 months.
Is Breast Augmentation covered by insurance?
No, breast augmentation is not covered by insurance. However, we do offer financing options to help manage the payment for our patients.
How long do the results of breast augmentation last?
Typically, and every patient is a little bit different, the results from your breast augmentation last for 10-20 years If you start to develop sagging, for example after having children, then you might also consider a breast lift at that time.
Can I combine my breast augmentation with other surgeries?
Many patients combine their breast augmentation with a tummy tuck. This is referred to as a mommy makeover. It’s a very popular procedure and one that can feel life-changing for the patients. It’s referred to as a mommy makeover, as many patients get it after the physical effects of childbirth.