Breasts - Augmentation, Lifts, Reduction, Reconstruction and more

June 17, 2022 - By Dr. Jules Feledy

Through the course of a woman's life, breast size and firmness drastically change. Breasts through pregnancy will grow in volume due to naturally preparing for breastfeeding. As a woman matures and goes through menopause, breasts will naturally become soft, losing firmness. Many women, throughout life's changes, decide to alter their breasts for a multitude of reasons.

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If you're considering plastic surgery, it may be beneficial to understand the difference in terminology used when describing breast procedures. Some of the most common terms used are;

Breast Augmentation - This refers to the procedure necessary for breast enhancement - whether it be implants or fat transfer/fat grafting.

Breast Implants - Are the mechanism used to complete a breast augmentation when more volume or mass is wanted.

For years, breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) procedures using the silicone or the traditional saline breast implant have helped women achieve the beautiful, natural-looking breasts they desire. And, as the years have passed, advancements in the design of these implants have continued to improve. Although every implant has a silicone shell, it is the filler inside that varies.

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The internet provides a wealth of information, recommendations, referrals, warning and opinions on every topic under the sun. Women that are considering breast implants are going to want optimal fullness, appearance and feel as the end result of breast implant surgery. Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino will weigh the options for your breast augmentation and help you determine the right options for your needs and goals during your initial consultation.

Fat Transfer/Fat Grafting - Uses liposuction to take fat from an area of your body, typically the abdomen, and inject it into your breasts. This is a breast augmentation option for women who are looking for a relatively small increase in breast size for a more subtle natural results.

Breast Lift - also medically known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to restore a more youthful shape to the breasts. Breasts can tend to get saggy as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin elasticity through aging, having genetically larger breasts, or simply the effects of gravity.

Breast Reduction - ASPS's definition, “also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia).”

Breast Reconstruction - This occurs after a woman has a lumpectomy or mastectomy, procedures associated with breast cancer.

Some women are looking to restore their feminine appearance through breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Feledy is an experienced surgeon who performs surgeries with a skillset that has made him the leading breast reconstruction surgeon in the region.

There are many additional breast procedures such as; Capsular Contracture Treatment, Tubular Breast Correction, and Breast Implant Removal.

Terminology provides the multiple reasons why breast augmentation remains the most popular plastic surgery procedure. Every person is unique and the decision to seek a board-certified plastic surgeon for breast augmentation is personal. Ultimately, an honest conversation and consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you get an idea whether breast augmentation is right for you and your medical situation.

Breast Augmentation Considerations

Since breasts generally represent a woman's femininity and sexuality, many women like to cosmetically alter their size and shape. Surgeons say most of their patients currently prefer one cup size increase. They rather achieve more modest results. Also, people are now more careful and think about the long-term implications of unnatural-looking surgery. Implants tend to last longer these days and some women may not want larger breast implants when they get older.

Dr. Feledy or Dr. Maiorino will thoroughly discuss with you your procedure outcome wants, hopes and concerns during your consultation. Don't trust your breast augmentation surgery to the “cheapest” doctor. Take the time to look at the surgeon's credentials to make sure they are top-rated and most importantly, board certified. Call to schedule your consultation with the doctors of Belmont Plastic Surgery Washington DC. Two locations to serve you in Chevy Chase, MD and Stafford, VA.

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