Determining Breast Implant Size

The size of your breast implants will be based on the look you are hoping to achieve. If you desire a more pronounced or “model” look, the size of your implants may be larger. If you are more interested in a subtle, natural-looking breast augmentation, you may want to consider a smaller implant size. This will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation with our Washington DC plastic surgeons.

In addition to your aesthetic goals, our breast surgeons base breast implant size on what makes the most sense for your body. To accomplish this, we consider factors such as:

  • The size of your chest and shoulders
  • The size of your rib cage
  • Your naturally present breast tissue
  • The contours of your lower body
  • The proportions of your entire frame

We do not consider cup size when determining ideal breast augmentation options. Cup sizes are inconsistent and not a good gauge of how large an implant should be. Instead, breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). This provides our doctors with a more consistent unit of measurement, improving our ability to achieve your desired goals.

It is helpful if you bring pictures of breasts you find attractive to your initial consultation, allowing us to have a visual idea of what you hope to achieve. Based on your input and our years of experience, we will tailor your procedure to meet your unique needs.

To learn more about your breast implant options, please contact Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients in Washington DC, Chevy Chase, Fairfax, Arlington, and surrounding areas.

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer Does Not Interfere with Mammograms

According to research released by the ASPS, breast augmentation with fat grafting does not interfere with breast cancer screening.

Breast augmentation with fat grafting, also known as “lipomodeling,” is becoming an increasingly popular procedure, but those who oppose it have often pointed to a number of unknowns about this new procedure. The most significant of these unknowns is the possibility that transferred fat could cause calcifications that may make it harder for radiologists to detect early stage breast cancer using a mammogram.

This new research shows that concerns about mammograms may not be justified. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Lyon-Léon Bérard Cancer Center. First, researchers looked at mammograms performed on 31 women about 16 months after breast augmentation with fat grafting. In more than half the cases, the mammograms showed no abnormalities. Some had very small calcifications or cysts that were related to the fat transfer. Others had scarring associated with the fat transfer. But none of the abnormalities were considered likely to be flagged as suspicious on routine mammograms.

Second, researchers looked at mammograms of 20 women before and after their fat injection procedures. They found there were no significant differences between the two mammograms, such as changes in breast density, or anything that might appear suspicious.

Although this is a relatively small study, it provides important information that diminishes concerns about potential side effects of breast augmentation with fat transfer. The study authors still recommend that women undergo mammograms before and after breast augmentation with fat transfer to identify even the small abnormalities associated with the procedure.

This exciting research helps continue to confirm the safety of breast augmentation via fat transfer.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please contact Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Washington DC, Chevy Chase, Fairfax, Arlington, and surrounding areas.

An Introduction from Dr. C. Coleman Brown to our new Physician’s Blog

It has been some time since I routinely blogged for our patients and feel the need to introduce our blog and its background.  A number of years ago, I was the designated Plastic Surgery Expert Blogger for Revolution Health which was the brainchild of Steve Case after AOL. The idea was to put the control of health care information into the hands of the consumer while also informing them and making their health information more easily accessible to their healthcare providers. I blogged on a variety of topics such as surgical techniques, cosmetic surgery mishaps, and myths within our field. Everything from Heidi Montag’s desire for surgery to Donda West’s death to the rising presence of non-licensed practitioners performing cosmetic procedures was covered. After several years, unfortunately, Revolution went away, Everyday Health took over, and we never got the blog out of first gear. My goal is to reprise the blog within this space and to bring light to many topics from news stories to new products to information about specific procedures. We hope to cover all the bases, so to speak, but, should you or anyone have a question or topic that you would like to have addressed you can email us at cara@chevychaseps.com. Thank you for reading.

What are the Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a wrinkle treatment that millions of patients choose annually for its convenience and efficacy. When you receive a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, an FDA-approved neurotoxin is injected into the muscles of your face. This neurotoxin interrupts the nerve signals that tell your face’s muscles to contract. This causes the muscles to relax, and over time, lines and wrinkles disappear.

You will experience many important benefits when you choose BOTOX® Cosmetic, including:

  • Significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation option
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Enjoy your results for 3-4 months
  • Affordable solution to reverse the signs of aging

At Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery, we often administer BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve fine lines and wrinkles in the following areas:

  • Crow's feet
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds

If you’re ready to learn more about how BOTOX® Cosmetic can smooth wrinkles and take years off your appearance, please contact Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Washington DC, Fairfax, Arlington, and surrounding areas.

Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the medical term for cosmetic eyelid surgery. Commonly performed to correct drooping, baggy, and puffy eyes, blepharoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance, helping you look and feel your very best.

It is important to understand that this procedure isn't right for everyone. During your initial consultation, our Washington DC plastic surgeons will determine whether blepharoplasty is the best option to achieve your aesthetic goals.

A good candidate for blepharoplasty should:

  • Be in generally good health.
  • Have healthy facial tissue and musculature.
  • Have good skin elasticity.
  • Desire improvement of aesthetic eye concerns such as drooping or puffiness.
  • Have realistic expectations of what the surgery can achieve.
  • Not suffer from hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease.

Patients who suffer from certain eye conditions like glaucoma and detached retina should consult their ophthalmologist before considering eyelid surgery.

If you’re ready to discover how eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your face and give you the youthful appearance you’ve been wanting, please contact Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Washington DC area.