Breast Augmentation | Breast Implants | Chantilly, VA | Plastic Surgery

Breast Augmentation



Breast augmentation is where implants are placed under the breast tissues in order to improve the size and shape of the breasts. The implants can be filled with either silicone gel or saline. Dr. Chopra will devise a customized treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals.

Saline vs. Silicone
Saline vs Silicone Saline-filled implants are available to all women for breast augmentation over the age of 18. A silicone shell is inserted into the body and then filled to its desired volume with saline fluid. Saline has the consistency of water. Underneath very thin skin, folds of a saline implant might be seen or felt more often – this is known as implant “rippling” or “wrinkling.”  Silicone gel is an inert polymer with no known human allergies, sensitivities or reactions. Like a gummy bear candy, the molecules are stuck to one another in a cohesive matrix. Silicone is more viscous than saline. In contrast to saline, it flows differently within its shell and can often create a more natural look and feel to the breast, like breast tissue. Women must be 21 years of age or older to be offered silicone gel implants for breast augmentation, as per the FDA’s regulation

Placing the implants submuscular, which means “behind the muscle” or “under the muscle” are important for three reasons:

  • There is more natural tissue covering the implant. Therefore, it looks and feels more natural.
  • The muscles covering the implant provide internal support, which helps to reduce the impact of the weight of the implant. This minimizes the stretch on the overlying skin over time.
  • The clear plane of separation that the muscle provides between the implant and the breast tissue allows for easier and more thorough imaging during mammograms.

For these reasons, it is rare that Dr. Chopra will recommend placing an implant behind the breast tissue and in front of the muscle. This is referred to as “sub glandular” placement. However, in line with his philosophy of taking an individualized approach to cosmetic surgery, there are occasionally women for whom he recommends this type of surgery.



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