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Breast Enlargement

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Women who desire larger breasts may wish to have a breast enlargement (augmentation) procedure. Breast augmentation may also be indicated for women who have one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other.

Breast augmentation is intended to give the patient larger and more shapely breasts. A more positive self image may also be a result of breast enlargement. It is a popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area.

Breast enlargement is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A small incision is made under the breast and a saline implant is inserted under the breast tissue or beneath the breast tissue and the underlying muscle.

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The patient goes home in an elastic bra. The bra helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Sutures are usually removed in 7 to 12 days. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated and aerobic activities can be started in about three weeks. Moving or sliding the implants within the breast pockets during the postoperative period may reduce the frequency of wrinkling.

An additional procedure available in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area, which would enhance the result of a breast augmentation, is a Mastopexy (breast lift) if the breasts are saggy in addition to being small.

Breast enlargement is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.

The specific risks and the suitability of breast enlargement for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Find out more about this popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area by calling Dr. Lynch.

Four main differences in technique are typically demonstrated:

1. Incision Placement

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  • Transaxillary-through an incision in the axilla (armpit)
  • Periareolar-through an incision around the bottom portion of the areola
  • Inframammary-through an incision in the crease or fold below the breast

2. Implant Position breast-implant-position-chevy-chase breast-implant-position-maryland Subpectoral Subglandular

(Under the Pectoral Muscle) (Under the Breast Tissue)

3. Implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s)

  • Saline
  • Silicone Gel

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4. Implant Profile

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  • Moderate (largest base and lowest profile)
  • Moderate Plus (Mid Range base and mid range profile)
  • High (smallest base and highest profile)