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Breast Augmentation

Dr. Larry Lickstein and the team at Elle Aesthetic Arts believe it’s important for women to feel comfortable in their bodies and confident in any type of clothing, in any situation. This is why he is honored to help many women achieve their aesthetic goals through highly customizable breast augmentation surgery at his Northern Virginia practice.

If you are interested in enhancing your self-confidence as well as the size and/or shape of your breasts, learn more about what makes Dr. Larry Lickstein the top choice for patients in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

Why Choose Dr. Larry Lickstein for Your Breast Augmentation?

Of all procedures that Dr. Lickstein performs, breast augmentation is the most personalizable. During your consultation, Dr. Lickstein will take time to listen carefully to your ideal breast size, shape, projection, cleavage, and changes to your overall appearance.  He will then carefully review your options with you to ensure that your treatment plan perfectly matches your needs and goals.

Dr. Lickstein takes an artistic approach to breast augmentation and uses a variety of different implant types and styles to make sure each patient achieves the silhouette she desires. Whether you desire breasts that are larger but still natural-looking or a more dramatic transformation, Dr. Lickstein will create a plan custom tailored to your unique anatomy.

What to Expect During Breast Augmentation

Preparing for Surgery

Before breast augmentation surgery, you will have at least one in-depth consultation with Dr. Lickstein. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to candidly discuss your goals for augmenting your breast size as well as the results you wish to achieve. Dr. Lickstein will make sure you are fully educated about all of your breast implant and fat grafting options, and you will decide together on the best course of action to help you reach your goals.

In preparation for your procedure, you may be asked to pause taking certain medications. If you smoke, Dr. Lickstein will ask that you stop, as this could impact the outcome of your procedure. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, but you will need to enlist someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the first night of your recovery.

How Breast Augmentation Surgery Works

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia at a local hospital or ambulatory surgery center. 

To begin the procedure, Dr. Lickstein makes an incision that is strategically placed based on the treatment plan you discussed prior to surgery. He then inserts the implant, placing it either under or over the pectoral muscle. At this time, Dr. Lickstein will precisely develop the implant pocket to create a natural-looking contour. Before placing your breast implants, Dr. Lickstein will try a variety of sizers or “try-on implants” of different dimensions and projections in order to ensure that your final result matches your desired outcome.  Once he is totally satisfied with the appearance of your breasts, Dr. Lickstein will close the incisions and wrap your chest in gauze and a special support bra.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

After breast augmentation, Dr. Lickstein will send you home with detailed postoperative care instructions and will prescribe medications to help ensure your comfort during breast augmentation recovery.

As you recover from breast augmentation, you can expect to feel soreness and experience some swelling. You’ll want to take it easy for at least the first few days, and laying in a slightly upright position can help ease swelling and discomfort. Dr. Lickstein will see you one week after surgery to remove sutures and inspect your progress.

Breast Augmentation Results

Research shows that the vast majority of patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are satisfied with the results, do not experience complications, and report that they are happy they chose to have the procedure.1

Contact Elle Aesthetic Arts

If you are considering breast augmentation in the Northern Virginia area, you can feel confident in the experience and results you’ll receive by working with Dr. Larry Lickstein. To learn more about the many options available to you, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Lickstein.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation Surgery

  • Who gets breast augmentation surgery?

    There are a number of reasons a person may pursue breast augmentation surgery. You may be considering this procedure if:

    • You are unhappy with the size of your breasts and want them to be larger
    • Your breasts have lost shape due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging
    • The upper pole of your breast lacks fullness
    • Your breasts are not symmetrical
    • Your breasts did not develop normally

    Additional people who may benefit from breast augmentation include individuals seeking male-to-female gender affirming “top surgery.”

  • Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?

    Potentially, any person who would like larger, more voluminous breasts may consider breast augmentation. A good candidate for breast augmentation surgery:

    • Is in good overall health
    • Is not pregnant or breastfeeding
    • Has breasts that are fully developed
    • Has reasonable expectations about what can be achieved through augmentation2
  • What will my scars look like?

    Dr. Lickstein prefers the inframammary approach to breast augmentation. Dr. Lickstein will take care when making your incisions to ensure that your scars are as easy to hide as possible. He is experienced in a variety of approaches, including the inframammary incision which is the most common. The inframammary incision is made in the fold below the breast where the breast meets the rib cage and scars from this type of incision hide nicely in the natural crease beneath the breast.

  • Will I be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation?

    In most cases, women who have undergone breast augmentation have no trouble breastfeeding. While there is a possibility that your body will produce less milk after breast augmentation surgery, a full milk supply is not necessary for you to breastfeed successfully. If this is the case, you can still enjoy this bonding experience with your baby and supplement with formula if additional nutrition is needed.3

1 Diaz JF. Review of 494 Consecutive Breast Augmentation Patients: System to Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5(10):e1526. Published 2017 Oct 20. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001526. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5682175/. Accessed November 23, 2020.

2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-augmentation/candidates. Accessed November 23, 2020.

3 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is it safe for a mother to breastfeed her infant if she has silicone breast implants? Available: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/maternal-or-infant-illnesses/breast-surgery.html. Accessed November 23, 2020.