Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re like most women considering a breast augmentation, you probably have lots of questions. More than likely you have talked to some friends (maybe one of the many that Dr. Stanwix did surgery on) or done research online. We know how quickly the information and opinions can get pretty overwhelming. What you read can also be very differing. Therefore, we thought you would appreciate some correct advice from Revered Breast Expert and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Matthew G Stanwix, MD, FACS of Richmond VA.

The list is long! You can feel at ease knowing that Dr. Stanwix is a leading expert in breast implant & all breast augmentation surgeries. As a Johns Hopkins Hospital Trained, Ivy League Educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Stanwix’ pedigree and vast breast augmentation experience makes him poised to provide you with unparalleled skills and experience. His perfect patient reviews on all medical sites demonstrate the quality of care and exceptional results he delivers. Did you know that Dr. Stanwix performs breast surgery almost on a daily basis?

Yes, absolutely! All women can have breast implants to fulfill their desire for more shapely, fuller breasts.

One must think about the benefits or advantage of each. Saline implants can be placed through a slightly smaller incision (by about ½ of an inch), you know right when it ruptures (volume is gone) and the cost is less. Silicone implants are much more natural in their feel and look and also come in shaped forms. In Dr. Stanwix’ practice, about 85% of women choose the more natural silicone implants.

Many hundreds of studies have proven that silicone implants are safe. Period. They are NOT associated with autoimmune diseases, systemic disease, or other health issues previously erroneously reported in the media.

Dr. Stanwix’ preference is to use the state of the art 5th Generation implants from Sientra. It not only provides the most natural look and feel for his many patients, but also clinically has less capsular contraction and rupture rates. It also comes with a superior manufacturer warranty. Furthermore, Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix, MD will decide if a shaped “gummy bear” implant or round implant is best for you. Dr. Stanwix is a leading surgeon in the gummy bear implant and the only surgeon in Richmond, VA to be additionally trained on the implant.

Dream fulfilled patients of Dr. Stanwix consider their breast augmentation surgery priceless after they see the results of their new fuller figure. However, the actual monetary cost of the surgery varies with the type of Implant used (silicone, gummy bear, saline) and whether or not a lift is required for additional superb results. Overall, a breast augmentation from breast expert Dr. Stanwix usually costs around $4,800 to $6,500 (all costs included.) Not to mention his raved about breast implant recovery kit, all consultations, access to him 24/7/365, and post-operative checks are free!

All surgeries have inherent risks associated with the procedure itself and anesthesia. That being said, breast augmentation is a very safe surgery with minimal risks. Risks can include bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, fluid collections, asymmetry, rippling, and capsular contraction. Although they are extremely rare, one must be aware that there are always risks with any surgery.

Helping you manage a smooth and speedy recovery is at the top of Dr. Stanwix priorities. One of the reasons that breast implant surgery is so common with Dr. Stanwix is because of the limited downtime. Overall, most women are back into most normal activities within 7-10 days and need about 1 week off from work. Really intense, high impact activities (P90x, Insanity, Zumba, intense yoga) may require around 2-3 weeks prior to restarting.

You are not alone! 100% of all women have asymmetric breasts. It’s true! It may be size, shape, or nipple position, but all women have some subtle or not so subtle differences. That is why Dr. Stanwix likes to refer to them as “sisters” and not “twins.”

Yes! Dr. Stanwix uses advanced techniques in fat transfer for breast augmentation and breast implant surgery to correct tuberous breasts. Although, these alone can improve the tuberous breasts, a lift in combination with augmentation is often required for optimal cosmetic results.

Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that takes one’s own natural fat and transfers it to their breasts. Specifically, it involves liposuction in one or more areas of your body and then transfers that fat to your breasts to enhance volume. It is nearly a “scarless” procedure with almost no downtime. Not only do you get the benefits of liposuction for those stubborn hard to lose areas, but you also get the added volume benefit to your breasts, creating a stellar whole body transformation. Dr. Stanwix is specialist and expert in this procedure and performs fat transfer on an almost daily basis.

The amount of fat that can be moved to your breasts in one surgery depends on two factors: The amount of breast tissue you currently have and the amount of fat that you can use from liposuction. During your complimentary consultation, breast expert and Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Stanwix will use his vast experience to provide you with an estimate for how much fat can be transferred at the time of surgery.

Typically in a healthy nonsmoking woman, Dr. Stanwix advanced techniques creates an impressive 70-80% fat transfer keep rate. This number can change based on the health of the woman, whether she has had previous breast surgery, and a history of coolsculpting or other non-invasive liposuction tools.

Fat transfer for breast augmentation can vary widely in terms of cost. One must remember that this is more expensive than breast augmentation because it also includes a cosmetic body liposuction. Therefore you get a completely get a new figure from breasts to body! Fat transfer breast augmentation cost depends on how much fat needs be transferred, whether a lift is involved, the number of liposuction sites.

Yes! Absolutely! Dr. Stanwix is performs implant removal and reaugmentation with fat transfer alone. It works extremely well, keeps the same breast volume, and creates a natural looking breast without the problems with breast implants.

No. Many medical studies have shown that breast implants or fat transfer to breasts do NOT cause increased risk of cancer, do NOT cause delay in diagnosis of breast cancer, and do NOT lead to false or excessive biopsies. In fact, one Canadian study showed that women with Breast Implants were more likely to find cancer early than those without implants, leading to a lower stage of breast cancer at diagnosis.

Dr. Stanwix has perfected fat transfer with advanced techniques to make it so minimally invasive that there is no downtime. You heard it correct…NO downtime. There are no restrictions after the surgery is done. In fact, you can go back to your normal activities the day after surgery. Now, you may be sore and somewhat tired following surgery, but there are no limitations in activity.

Maybe your breasts got droopy and deflated after breastfeeding, or maybe you have excess skin from weight loss. Whatever the cause, a limited incision breast lift may be required to bring your breasts back up to their youthful shape. A quick way to see if you may need a lift is as follows: Standing in front of a mirror, look at your nipples in relation to the natural crease beneath your breasts. If your nipples are lower than your breast crease before surgery, adding implants without removing excess skin will make them more saggy. And it will just get worse with gravity over time. Ultimately, Dr. Stanwix will examine your breasts during your consultation and discuss whether a lift is needed for an ideal cosmetic result.

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