Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation has helped women all over the world get the fuller breasts they desire and in 2018, 300,000 women in the U.S. had breast augmentation surgery.1 If you have always had naturally small breasts or your breasts have lost volume over time, breast enhancement surgery can provide the size, shape, and look you desire. Dr. Sarah Mess is known for her exceptional qualifications and excellent results. As a breast augmentation specialist in Columbia, Maryland and DMV she focuses on delivering results that help women feel more attractive, confident, and desirable.

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Thinking About Having a Breast Augmentation?

Undergoing breast surgery can improve your life in a multitude of ways. Here are some of the many benefits patients generally experience after having breast augmentation surgery.

Increased Self-Confidence
Women and men consistently associate shapely, full breasts with beauty. Breast enhancement surgery can improve your body image and allow you to feel more attractive in or out of your clothes. Enjoy the results with increased self-confidence, because when you look good, you feel good.

Look Great Without a Bra
Breast augmentation gives you the ability to just throw on a shirt and head out the door without worrying about your breasts looking small or flat without a bra. You are no longer limited to particular clothing styles that cover your bra; if you want to wear a backless top or dress and have trouble finding a bra that doesn’t show, you can simply forego the bra and still look fabulous!

Wider Clothing Options
A fuller bust can balance your frame and improve the fit of many different types of clothing and swimsuits. Larger breasts can also contribute to more of an hourglass figure, which means that a wider variety of clothing will look better on you. Rounder, fuller breasts make bra shopping easier since push-ups are no longer required to achieve your desired breast appearance.

Get More Attention
Whether you opt for a more natural breast augmentation appearance or large, round high profile breasts you are sure to garner your fair share of attention when you walk into a room. Men and women will appreciate your alluring appearance. Some may wonder if you were born with great genes while others may just want to know how you found your surgeon.

Feel More Youthful
Breast augmentation can restore breast volume and improve the breast shape for women who have gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding or significant weight loss. Deflated breasts and loose breast skin often make a woman feel that she looks older than she is, and breast augmentation surgery can restore a more youthful, attractive appearance that can make her feel young again.

Breast Aug Descision Guide

Download the Free Breast Augmentation Decision Aid

What is the purpose of this decision aid?

  • Introduce the decisions necessary to consider before breast augmentation surgery
  • Educate you on the essential information you need to know to make each decision.
  • Identify your goals, values, and preferences relevant to each decision and cleary communicate them to your Plastic Surgery team.

VECTRA® 3D Imaging

Our office utilizes VECTRA® 3D Imaging to provide a high-resolution, three dimensional simulation of how your results may appear. During your consultation with Dr. Mess, your preferences and goals will be discussed to determine which procedures can achieve your desired results. You will have multiple photos taken from various angles, and the images are then transferred to our computer system. Using these photos, a three-dimensional model is created, and your simulated procedure results are added to display the expected outcome. This process allows a visual aspect for more accurate treatment plans and procedure result estimates.

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Dr. Mess did a fabulous job on my breast augmentation! Once I finished breastfeeding my baby, my breasts just didn't look that way they used to. They were smaller, without shape, and saggy. I am now 6 weeks post op and feel like a new person. They look wonderful and I am so thankful! Besides being an excellent surgeon, her office and staff are amazing as well. :) Highly recommended!

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You've Just Had a Breast Augmentation! Now What?

Breast augmentation recovery times will vary depending on the surgical techniques used and the patient’s individual anatomy, but the following general timeline gives you an idea of what to expect after breast augmentation.

Immediately After
After surgery, the breasts will be bandaged, and a compression garment will be applied to support the new breasts as they heal.

Some discomfort may be present, but this will be alleviated with prescription medication.

1 Week
Most patients are able to return to work and light activities.

3 Weeks
The majority of swelling resolves, and the breasts will begin to settle into their final position.

6 Weeks
Patients can generally resume exercise and their normal routine.

Before & After Photos

Implant Size & Type: 390 cc Saline, Smooth Round Moderate Plus Profile Implant Placement: Submuscular Incision Type: Periareolar

Implant Size & Type: 250 cc Saline, Smooth Round Moderate Profile Implant Placement: Submuscular Incision Type: Inframammary

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Like any substantial investment, it is important to have a realistic understanding of the costs of breast augmentation surgery. While we can’t provide an exact quote prior to your consult with Dr. Mess, we are happy to give you a general price range for breast augmentation surgery so you can plan appropriately. Things like choice of implant and whether or not you need a breast lift or nipple repair can affect the cost of your procedure. These are just some of the details that you and Dr. Mess will discuss during your consultation. When your final surgical plan is determined you will receive a breast augmentation quote specific to your procedure plan. Surgical estimates from Dr. Mess are comprehensive. They include:

  • All office visits before and after your surgery,
  • Operating Room time and supplies in our accredited surgery center
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Your silicone gel or saline breast implants
  • Special post-surgery bra

What’s not included? Our quotes do not include costs for pre-operative testing with your primary care, Mammograms, or costs for medications.

Price range for breast augmentation with implants: $6,500 – $8,500.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

Are Women Usually Happy After Breast Augmentation?

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Will I Be Able to Breastfeed with Breast Implants?

Breastfeeding does not come easily to every new mother, but if you had sufficient milk-producing glands prior to breast augmentation surgery, you should be able to breastfeed after your augmentation. The type of incision can possibly have an Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Breastfeeding after breast surgical procedure or breast cancer NAACOGS Clin Issu Perinat Womens Health Nurs Go to Source impact on your future ability to breastfeed , so let Dr. Mess know about any future plans to breastfeed when you are discussing your treatment plan. Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source The impact of cosmetic breast implants on breastfeeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Breastfeeding Journal Go to Source Studies have shown that it is safe to breastfeed with breast implants.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery?

All surgeries carry some risk of complications or side effects. Breast augmentation is Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Breast Augmentation Guide The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Go to Source considered a safe surgery when performed by a qualified surgeon. Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source What are the risks of breast augmentation? American Society of Plastic Surgeons Go to Source Potential risks include infection, bleeding, changes in sensation and general anesthesia risks. Dr. Mess will prioritize your safety and she will explain all possible risks during your consultation appointment.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery may be right for you if you have always wanted larger breasts, or if you feel like your breasts look “deflated” after pregnancy, aging, or weight loss. Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation? American Society of Plastic Surgeons Go to Source Breast augmentation candidates should be in good general health, have realistic expectations, and be personally motivated to have surgery.

Have More Questions About Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Mess has the skills, experience, and artistic eye to produce subtle or significant enhancement for your beautiful, customized breasts. Get the breasts you’ve always wanted with Dr. Sarah Mess. Contact us to schedule your consultation.

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2 Sarwer DB. The psychological aspects of cosmetic breast augmentation. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Dec;120(7 Suppl 1):110S-117S.

3 Neifert, M. Breastfeeding after breast surgical procedure or breast cancer. NAACOGS Clin Issu Perinat Womens Health Nurs 1992; 3:4 673-82.

4 Schiff, M, et al. The impact of cosmetic breast implants on breastfeeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Breastfeeding Journal 2014; 9: 17.10.1186/1746-4358-9-17

5 The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Breast Augmentation Guide. Available: Accessed January 2, 2020.

6 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of breast augmentation? Available at: Accessed January 2, 2020.

7 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation? Available: Accessed January 2, 2020.

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