Thousand 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. This is a uniquely personal decision and knowing the facts is essential when considering breast enhancement.
Breast augmentation is nothing new. Since the late nineteenth 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 research the subject, gather information and have your questions answered and your concerns addressed by someone you feel comfortable with.
If you live in the Hampton Roads area we invite you to schedule a consultation with board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kevin Bounds to explore your options and discuss the details particular to your situation in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.
Reasons for considering Breast Enlargement
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
Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions
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 shape 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.
What exactly is involved in the 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.
How long does the surgery take?
In most cases, the surgery takes no longer than two to three hours.
Where are the incisions made and where is the breast implant placed?
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.
What type of implant is used?
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.
How do you determine the right size implant?
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.
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.
The day of your surgery, a complete team, including Dr. Bounds, a second doctor – the anesthesiologist, a nurse, surgical assistant and medical assistant will be present in our Virginia Beach Operating Suite.
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.
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.
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 and possibility of complications during your initial consultation. A thorough review of your medical history will be completed prior to any surgical procedure.
What scarring should I expect from the surgery?
Dr. Bounds’ 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.
What does breast augmentation surgery cost?
The cost of breast augmentation surgery averages between $5200 and $5700. This cost includes the cost of the implants, the fee for a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and staff, follow up care after your surgery and of course Dr. Bounds’ fee.
What are my payment options?
Financing options for breast augmentation surgery are available. Additionally, VISA and MasterCard are accepted for all procedures.