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Adam G. Tattlebaum M.D.

Breast Augmentation Northern Virginia

Most of our patients from North Virginia looking for breast augmentation desire a natural-looking increase in their breast size.

This can be achieved through the insertion of implants under either the tissue or the muscle. Commonly referred to as a ‘boob job’, there are plenty of options available to patients in VA, from different implants to surgical techniques.

Dr. Tattelbaum helps his patients to decide on the best implant type for their body type and surgical goals.


Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation procedures include cosmetic procedures performed to enhance a patient’s breast size. The most commonly performed breast augmentation procedure is breast implant surgery which uses a type of saline or silicone breast implant to add volume to a patient’s breasts. Breast augmentation procedures have a high worth-it rating of 97% on RealSelf from previous breast augmentation patients.

Who is a Suitable Breast Augmentation Candidate?

During your consultation, Dr. Tattelbaum will discuss your medical history, current medications and surgical goals to discover your suitability for undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. Some of the factors that tend to make patients a suitable candidate for a breast augmentation procedure include:

  • Being in good physical health 
  • Are insecure with their breast size
  • Desire to enhance their breast size
  • Wish to alter the shape or projection of their breasts
  • Do not smoke 
  • Are not breastfeeding 
  • Have a normal starting situation
  • Are FDA approved age for the implant type they desire (at least 18 for saline and at least 22 for silicone implants)

Are Breast Implants Safe?

When Dr. Tattelbaum began his practice in 1996 silicone gel implants had been removed from the market by the FDA as there were concerns over their link to health issues. However, there has since been extensive clinical testing of breast implants that have shown both saline and silicone implants are safe to use and do not have links to breast cancer or any diseases. Additionally, many patients can safely breastfeed with breast implants. For more information on the safety of breast implants please view our Breast Implant Safety Page

Types of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation patients all have varying needs and goals for their procedure which is why breast implants can be fully customized to suit each patient’s desired result. Breast implants come in a wide range of sizes which patients can spend time assessing during their consultation to ensure they choose the right size for their needs and figure. There are also two main shapes for implants including round-shaped and teardrop-shaped. Dr. Tattelbaum recommends that his patients bring a second pair of eyes to the consultation as well as different blouses or shirts so you can see yourself in a variety of clothing when viewing the various sizes and shapes available. 

Saline Implants – these implants have a silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution. They tend to be slightly firmer implants and are FDA approved for patients over 18 years old. If these implants were to rupture, it would be evident to the patient as the breast will deflate as the body safely absorbs the saltwater solution. In these cases, a patient can have their implant removed and replaced. 

Silicone Implants – these implants have both a silicone shell and are filled with a silicone gel that gives a more natural feel. Silicone implants are FDA approved for patients over the age of 22. If these implants were to rupture, it can be less evident to the patient since the body will not absorb the gel, so the breast will not deflate. This is why patients with silicone breast implants are advised to have breast scans to check for ruptures. 

Gummy Bear Breast Implants – these are a specific type of silicone breast implant that tend to be more expensive but are also softer and are said to mimic breast tissue more than the other types of implants. 

How are Breast Augmentation Procedures Performed? 

The first step of a breast augmentation procedure is the creation of the incision line so that the implant can be inserted. There are four main incision sites that can be used including below the areola, underneath the breast, through the armpit or through a Tummy Tuck incision line if both a tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedure are being performed together. During your consultation, Dr. Tattelbaum will discuss the possible incision sites with you and show you the scarring that the various incision lines will leave to ensure you are comfortable with this site and any scarring. 

Through this incision line, the breast implant of your choice will then be inserted into the ‘pocket’ in the breast. This breast pocket can vary in placement depending on whether the implant is being inserted under or above the breast muscle. After the implant has been put into place the incision lines will be closed with stitches. 

Under Muscle Breast Implant Surgery

The American Society of Plastic Surgery list several factors that can help determine the best placement for a patient’s breast implants including the patient’s health, body type, desires and the size of implants being inserted and their material. Generally, Dr. Tattelbaum prefers to perform breast implant surgery under the muscle which is called submuscular, since it tends to achieve a more natural result. Additionally, this technique reduces the chance of a patient developing capsular contracture, where a capsule forms around the implant causing pain and altering the breast shape. 

Breast Augmentation Recovery 

Dr. Tattelbaum will explain the recovery process for your breast augmentation in more detail, and any questions or concerns can be addressed during your consultation. Some key recovery tips for breast augmentation patients include:

  • Make sure to get plenty of rest and sleep 
  • Organise your new wardrobe for after the surgery, have a bra that fits your new size
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid smoking or drinking any alcohol during your recovery
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Eat healthy foods 
  • Cold compresses can be applied to the breasts to reduce swelling
  • Sleep in an upright position so that fluid does not build in the chest
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.

It is normal for patients to experience swelling and pain in their breasts which is why pain medication tends to be prescribed after the procedure. It is often the case that the more muscular the patient, and the larger the implant, the more uncomfortable the patient is likely to be after their surgery. This is why Dr. Tattelbaum advises that avoiding pectoral exercises a few weeks before surgery can make the recovery period easier. Additionally, we begin a massage regimen one week after surgery which can help with pain and swelling.

How much do Breast Implants Cost in Northern Virginia?

The cost of a breast augmentation in Northern Virginia can vary depending on numerous factors such as the implant type, size, and shape. Additionally, the breast implant material tends to impact the cost of the surgery and Dr. Tattelbaum has two different prices for saline and silicone implants:
  • Breast Augmentation (saline) $5,600
  • Breast Augmentation (silicone) $6,600 includes implant funnel
Some breast augmentation patients chose to combine their procedure with a Breast Lift to resolve issues over their breasts sagging in addition to their volume. Other patients combine their breast surgery with a Tummy Tuck surgery as part of their Mommy Makeover Procedure. For more information on the costs of other procedures, you can view our fees page.

Potential Risks

All surgical procedures have potential risks so it is important that patients research the various risks and complications that can occur as a result of the surgery they wish to undergo. Breast implant surgery has the potential risks of:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Scarring
  • Capsular contracture
  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Difficulty breastfeeding 
  • Affecting mammography
  • Rippling or waving 
  • Rupture

Breast Implants – Before and After

before and after picture of breast augmentation

Common sense C size breast, sub muscular saline 330 CC Note how the curve of the implant balances with the curve of the hip.

490cc sub muscular moderate profile. This is a large implant but this patient is tall as well and can carry the larger volume without looking overly implanty. In fact she looks more natural than the previous patient because she starts with a B size breast which drapes over and helps to camouflage the implant. Again, the width of the implant gives curve under the arm which balances with the curve of the hip creating an hour glass figure.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are based in Northern Virginia and you’re interested in having a breast augmentation procedure, you can book a consultation with a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tattelbaum.

Dr. Tattelbaum has vast experience with breast augmentation,
 and he provides all his patients with honest surgical advice to help them achieve their goals.

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Get on 1-66 W in Arlington from Lincoln Ave and Fairfax Dr

  • Head north-east on N Virginia Ave towards Great Falls St (0.1 mi)

  • Turn left onto Great Falls St (0.1 mi)

  • Sharp right onto Lincoln Ave (0.3 mi)

  • Continue onto Fairfax Dr (0.4 mi)

  • Use the left lane to turn left onto Langston Blvd

  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Washington Blvd (0.2 mi)

  • Use the left 2 lanes to take the slip road onto I-66 W (0.2 mi)

Take VA-267 W, I-495 N and I-270 Spur N to Tower Oaks Blvd in North Bethesda. Take exit 4 from I-270 N

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  • Take exit 18 to merge onto I-495 N towards Baltimore (6.7 mi)

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Continue on Tower Oaks Blvd to your destination in Rockville

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