Silicone breast implants are pre-filled with silicone gel. Silicone gel is a thick, sticky solution that closely mimics the texture and feel of breast tissue. Silicone breast implants are desired by our patients who wish for a more youthful shape by adding size and volume.

With a silicone breast implant, our patients may achieve an overall better aesthetic appeal, depending on the personal desires. The first step is an evaluation with an experienced breast surgeon. Call New Image Plastic Surgery Associates at 703-742-8004 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Roberta Gartside.

What to Expect

When our patient schedules the initial consultation for their silicone breast implant, our patient will be asked for their family’s medical history along with our patient’s current health to determine if they are a good applicant for this procedure. It is important to be complete and concise about the medical history to ensure a safe and effective silicone breast implant.

This will be the time to ask Dr. Roberta Gartside any questions or address any concerns about the procedure and all the options and if this style of implant is ideal for the desired results.

Implant Procedure

The breast implant procedure generally lasts 1-3 hours depending on the anesthesia process, the amount of skin being removed and the size of the implants being inserted. A silicone breast implant may be performed under general or local anesthesia: our patient may or may not be asleep during the procedure. Dr. Gartside will discuss the type of anesthesia to be used with our patient prior to the procedure.

The silicone breast implant will reshape the breasts by adding contour and volume. The incisions are typically made in an anchor or lollipop shape along the natural contour of the breasts. This type of incision will be determined on the size of the implant being inserted. The implant will be placed either below the muscle (sub-muscular) or under the breast tissue (sub-glandular). This will be decided prior to the procedure depending on our patient’s anatomy and personal preference.

After Care

Upon completion of the implant procedure, our patient will be monitored in a recovery area by a nurse. It is required to arrange for a friend or family member to drive our patient home and stay with our patient for at least the first 24 hours.

Our patient should expect some discomfort for a few days. Dr. Gartside may prescribe pain medication for our patient’s discomfort and will recommend that a bra or special dressing be worn to provide support during the recovery period. It is essential to understand the importance of a safe recovery to ensure the proper healing and desired results of our patient’s silicone breast implant procedure. 

For more information about silicone breast implants or the breast implant process, please contact Roberta Gartside, MD, by calling 703-742-8004 or completing the form on our website to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation. New Image Plastic Surgery Associates welcomes patients throughout the metro Washington, D.C. area including Reston, Fairfax, and McLean Virginia.