Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) in Virginia Beach, VA
Also serving Chesapeake & Norfolk
What is Breast Augmentation?
Often called a “boob job,” breast augmentation is quite possibly one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Thousands of women worldwide choose breast implants to achieve the fullness, shape and desired size as well as restore the youthful appearance that time and aging may have diminished. Led by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Bounds, Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach serves the residents of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and surrounding communities in Virginia.
Breast augmentation is nothing new. Since the late 19th century, surgeons have been on a quest to perfect the techniques that would result in natural-looking breast enhancement.
The good news is that today, breast augmentation has reached a level of perfection and safety and you can expect results that will boost your confidence, self-esteem and quality of life.
If you are dissatisfied with the fullness, size or shape of your breasts, breast implants may be the right choice for you. Your first step is obviously to schedule a consultation to learn more about breast augmentation and what it can do for you.
If you live in the Hampton Roads area we invite you to schedule a consultation with board- certified plastic surgeon – Dr. Kevin Bounds to explore your options and discuss the details particular to your situation in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.
Before and After Breast Augmentation Results
Reasons for Considering Breast Implants
There are numerous reasons that you might be considering breast augmentation – here are some to think about:
- Your breasts are small and you feel they are not in proportion to the rest of your body
- You desire to feel more feminine or sexy
- Your clothes or bathing suits do not fit the way you would like
- After pregnancy or breastfeeding, your breasts have lost volume, are sagging or lack previous firmness
- Breasts are not the same size or shape
- You may have gained weight in other areas of your body and now feel your body is unevenly proportioned
- You wish to increase your self-esteem and confidence
An Array of Choices
Patients have an abundance of options when selecting implants, with various sizes, shapes and textures available. Round implants provide greater fullness, while teardrop-shaped implants will typically give a more natural appearance.
Silicone and saline are the basic types of implants. Saline is essentially salt water, and the silicone variety uses a gel that many patients report has a more natural feel. One type of silicone implant, the popular “gummy bear,” announces its candied consistency in its name. Each type of filling is contained within a silicone shell.
Saline implants are slightly less expensive than silicone varieties. In the past, some women opted for saline out of health concerns. However, today’s silicone implants are a much different product than the one marketed years ago.
The final choice patients make is size. Practice bras, computer modeling and Dr. Bounds’ album of before-and-after photos can help you select a size that will provide the ideal enhancement for your particular frame.
Surgery and Recovery
Your breast augmentation will be performed in our on-site surgical suite in Virginia Beach, using general anesthesia. For most breast augmentation procedures, Dr. Bounds makes an incision in the crease of the natural fold under the breast, and inserts the implant under the chest muscle. In some cases incisions can be made near the areola or even under the arm. Time for the surgery ranges from one to three hours.
Pain, soreness and swelling are the natural result when an implant is inserted into a sensitive area of your body, such as beneath chest muscles. Swelling crests within 48 hours, but won’t completely subside for months.
During the first week of recovery, you will be wearing a surgical bra that may be holding in place tubes to drain any accumulation of fluid. The bra provides support your breasts need to heal and settle. Because of swelling, your breasts will appear elevated on your chest; it will take time for them to drop into their final position. You should be able to cautiously return to your normal routine, along with work or school, in about a week.
Breast Augmentation: Frequently Asked Questions
1. I’m not sure how to start the process – what do I do next?
Your first step is to contact Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bounds. During your consultation, he will discuss the various options to consider, including the different breast implant types (saline or silicone), the sizes and shapes of implants available, implant texture, and exactly how the procedure will be performed.
After discussing your expectations and desires, Dr. Bounds will outline the procedure that he feels is right for you.
You will have the opportunity to view before and after pictures of actual patients. Breast implant sizers will be available for you to try on to help you determine the look you would like to achieve.
After your initial consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bounds, his patient coordinator will outline costs associated with the procedure and payment options available to you.
2. What is the breast augmentation procedure?
Simply stated, breast augmentation involves the surgical insertion of implants filled either with silicone or saline – with the result of increasing the size and enhancing the shape and firmness of the breasts.
3. How long does a breast augmentation take?
In most cases, the surgery takes no longer than one to two hours.
4. How is breast implant surgery performed?
The implant is typically placed under the chest muscle through an incision made in the crease of the natural fold under the breast. Other options for the incision include around the lower half of the areola or a small incision in the underarm area. Dr. Bounds will explain the various options and the benefits of each.
5. What kind of breast implants should I get?
Dr. Bounds will help you choose between either silicone implants or saline implants. Both types are produced with a shell made of silicone rubber. Breast implants are available in various shapes and sizes, and Dr. Bounds will discuss the advantages of each and make the appropriate recommendations based on the look you wish to achieve.
6. How do you determine the right size implant?
An obvious consideration in the process is breast size. During your consultation, you will discuss your preferences and any concerns you may have about the size or shape of your breasts.
Reviewing actual patient before and after pictures is an important part in helping you choose the result you’re seeking. You will also have the opportunity to try on a breast sizer to help you better experience your actual appearance after the procedure.
7. Where will my surgery be performed?
Your surgery will be performed in our on-site surgical suite in Virginia Beach, VA. Our surgical center is nationally accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. During your initial consultation with Dr. Bounds, you will have the opportunity to tour our entire facility.
After your surgery, you will relax and awaken attended by a registered nurse in our recovery room. Once you are fully awake and comfortable, you may go home with someone to assist you.
8. How long is the typical recovery time?
In most cases, you will be able to return to work within four to seven days, which of course depends on the level of physical activity associated with your job. You are encouraged to limit your exercise activity and exertion for a few weeks after your surgery.
9. Are there any risks or complications associated with this procedure?
As with any type of surgery, there does exist a potential for risks. Dr. Bounds will thoroughly review the potential risks and possibility of complications during your initial consultation. A thorough review of your medical history will be completed prior to any surgical procedure.
10. What scarring should I expect from the surgery?
Dr. Bounds’s extensive experience and attention to detail helps to ensure that any scarring resulting from the surgery will be minimal. Dr. Bounds will review before and after photos of breast augmentation patients with you and discuss any potential for scarring.
11. What are my options for increasing size and adding proportion to my breasts?
Hundreds of thousands of women in America choose breast augmentation surgery each year, and its popularity continues to increase. Virginia Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bounds uses two types of implants to add volume and aesthetic appeal to breasts: saline and silicone gel. The silicone implants are much different than the product widely used decades ago. Each type of filler in the implant is securely contained within a silicone shell. Implants come in a range of sizes, allowing patients to select the “fullness” that is right for them.
12. How do I choose the implant that is right for me?
Implants are not one-size-fits-all. There is an array of sizes to match your individual body type and your own expectations. The key to choosing the right material, shape and size for your procedure is to share your goals with your surgeon, ask plenty of questions, review your surgeon’s before-and-after albums and visualize in your mind, or with practice bras, how you will look after breast augmentation.
13. What should I expect with recovery?
Breast augmentation is surgery, and that means your body will need time to fully recover. During the first two days of your recovery, you will experience significant swelling. It will actually take several months for all of the swelling to disappear. You can also expect to feel pain and soreness, as your implant has been inserted beneath chest muscles.
When you arrive home from your outpatient procedure, you will be wearing a surgical bra to provide firm support as your breasts and help them heal. You may also need tubes to drain blood or other fluids that may pool at the site of incisions. After a day, the tubes will be removed and you will begin implant massage. Although you will probably feel well enough to return to work or school in several days you will need to avoid strenuous physical activity for one to two weeks and continue to sleep on your back or side.
14. How will the feel and firmness of my breasts change?
Many patients report the most natural feel with silicone gel implants. With saline implants, a similar consistency can often be achieved by overfilling the shell and implanting it behind the chest muscle. You will notice new strength and firmness in your breasts as a result of the surgery, and this will help them resist sagging, depending on the size you choose. There is a settling phase. Your breast may “ride” a little high for several weeks and this is why the massage protocol is so important.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Virginia Beach?
The cost of your breast augmentation will vary based on the scope of your treatment plan. Dr. Bounds will discuss the cost of your individual procedure with you at your consultation. We are proud to offer CareCredit® and ALPHAEON financing to our clients whom wish to use convenient monthly plans. For more information, visit our financing page.
Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kevin Bounds and his team offer breast augmentation to the residents of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and the surrounding communities in Virginia. Contact us today!