Breast Surgery Northern Virginia
When it comes to enhancing your shape, perfectly proportioned breasts can completely change the way you look and feel. 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 breast surgery patients find their procedure to be a life changing experience. Dr. Eric Desman of the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery will work with you to develop an aesthetic plan that is tailored to your goals and tastes.
To get the curves you’ve always wanted, contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in the Alexandria, VA, area today at (703) 924-3144.
Types of Breast Surgery Procedures
When you look your best, you feel your best, which is why the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery offers many different breast surgery procedures to suit your needs:
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, uses implants to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of breasts. With this type of breast surgery, Dr. Desman can help you 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, Dr. Desman 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 your options for breast augmentation, which include the following:
- Incision placement
- Implant placement
- Saline or silicone breast implants
- Cohesive gel implants
- Structured 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 breast lift surgery is a great way to eliminate sagging, it cannot restore breast volume, which is why some patients opt to have a breast lift/augmentation combination. This particular combination is often part of the mommy makeover procedure, but it can also benefit women who’d like to restore volume, symmetry, and shape to their breasts.
During your breast lift 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 breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin. At your breast surgery consultation, Dr. Desman will go over more details of the procedure, such as the following:
- 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
- Procedure is typically completed within two-to-four hours
For patients who’ve undergone mastectomies or have otherwise lost breast tissue, regaining a natural look to their body can be part of the emotional healing process. Reconstructive breast surgery allows patients to restore the appearance of natural breasts, using either a breast implant, TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis) flap, or another procedure that is right for you.
Whether you’d like to stick with your original size or you prefer a more voluptuous look, Dr. Desman will create a customized plan that aligns with your cosmetic goals.
FAQs About 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 breasts. Ideal patients should also have fully developed breasts, and be in generally good health with a stable weight that doesn’t significantly fluctuate.
There are risks associated with any surgery, 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 your comfort and safety.
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. Dr. Desman is committed to helping you achieve the results you want, so he will also provide you with post-care tips to maximize your short and long-term results, and minimize your risks of complications. If you gain or lose much weight, get pregnant, or experience hormonal changes, these factors can also affect the size and feel of your breasts.
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.
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.