Breast AugmentationConveniently located to serve Washington, DC
A breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, enlarges the size of the breasts using implants filled with either saline or silicone gel. It can be done to enhance your body contour if you feel that your breasts are too small, to balance the proportions of your body when there is a significant difference between the sizes of your breasts, and for a number of other medical and personal reasons.
Saline or Silicone Breast Implants?
It is your decision whether to use saline or silicone implants; however, many of our patients choose silicone gel implants due to their similar feel to natural breasts. The implants are inserted either behind the breast tissue or partially or completely under the chest muscles; Dr. Olding will work with you to determine which option is best for you.
What to Expect From Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home soon after the procedure is over. Dr. Olding will make strategically placed incisions to limit the visibility of post-surgical marks, and insert the implants into the designated area. Once the necessary corrections are made, he will close the incisions and bandage the surgical area.
Since this is an invasive procedure, you will need to take time off work and certain activities to rest and recover. Patients generally return to work within a week or two. It may take months for scars to fade, but they are usually hidden in the fold beneath the breast.
Patients may experience temporary pain, swelling, bruising, or a change in nipple sensation after the surgery. Potential complications include implant rupture, development of scar tissue, bleeding, infection, or a change in the sensitivity of the nipples.
Capsular contracture or hardening of the breast can occur with a small percentage of the patients and is treated by massage and, if necessary, surgery. Implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a lymphoma associated with a very small percent of textured implants (i.e., rough surface implants). Dr. Olding does not use these textured implants.
* Individual results may vary.
View before-and-after pictures of real patients of Michael Olding
There are a number of online resources to help educate you about a breast augmentation procedure and to help you visualize what you might look like after having undergone a breast augmentation. We typically use MENTOR® Breast Implants in our breast augmentations; the manufacturer provides many before and after photos of real breast augmentation patients.
You can also use the MENTOR® Visualizer to virtually “try on” different sizes, shapes, and placements of MENTOR® Breast Implants. This will also help Dr. Olding to understand your expectations and desired results. Visit their website to use the MENTOR® Visualizer before your consultation.
MENTOR® Breast Implant Warranty
Your MENTOR® Breast Implants are guaranteed for your lifetime. Any patient who undergoes a breast augmentation with MENTOR® Breast Implants is automatically enrolled in a MENTOR® Promise™ Protection Plan – if your implants rupture or deflate, you will receive up to two replacement breast implants of the same style at no charge to you. You can learn more about the MENTOR® Promise™ Protection Plan on their website.
The Cost of Breast Augmentation
If you’re planning on undergoing a breast augmentation, it’s important to note that the price for the procedure varies from patient to patient. Every surgery is different and requires a customized surgical plan based on your bodily proportions and aesthetic goals. During a consultation, we’ll talk to you about your options and discuss pricing as well.
Contact Our Office
If you want larger breasts that look and feel natural, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule your breast augmentation consultation today. Dr. Michael Olding will walk you through the entire process and address any of the questions you have along the way.