Breast Augmentation

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Women considering breast augmentation in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and other Hampton Roads Communities choose Dr. Thomas Hubbard for his years of experience and expertise. Dr. Hubbard is not one to be satisfied with just "average" or "acceptable." Never compromising on time or effort, he has constantly strived for the softest, the most natural, the most predictable, the most satisfying result possible.

Dr. Hubbard has presented his advanced breast augmentation techniques both nationally and internationally. He now teaches a course at the national meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). This honor is not commonly given to a surgeon in private practice without university affiliation. To meet with Dr. Hubbard, please request a consultation online or contact our office by calling (757) 687-1900 to discuss your options.

This 26-year-old woman underwent breast augmentation with Dr. Hubbard to correct asymmetry and add fullness to her breasts. You can see more breast augmentation before-and-after pictures in our photo gallery.

Is Breast Augmentation for Me?

You are likely a good candidate for breast augmentation if you are in good overall health and wish to increase the volume of your breasts. Women consider the procedure for many different reasons:

  • Lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Lost volume after losing weight
  • Low self-confidence about their breasts
  • Feeling their breasts are out of proportion with their bodies

Dr. Hubbard has performed breast augmentation for women of all ages and body types. He has more than 20 years of experience and a long history of successful patient transformations.

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Our Personalized Approach to Breast Augmentation

Simply put: Breast augmentation is a big decision. You may have contemplated the procedure for months — or even years — before ever deciding to meet with Dr. Hubbard. And when you do make that leap, it's normal to be nervous when you arrive, uncertain about what lies ahead.

Dr. Hubbard does everything he can to make your procedure a powerfully positive experience. A happy patient is the greatest reward, and he firmly believes in the importance of listening carefully during your consultation, guiding you through the options, and making you feel at ease.

Along the way, our support team is always here to help, from that first call to schedule your consultation all the way to your follow-up visits after the procedure. You can feel free to contact us with questions at any time.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. You have what it takes.”

– S.M.

Choosing the Right Breast Implants

At his Virginia Beach practice, Dr. Hubbard offers silicone gel, saline, and Ideal implants in a variety of profiles and sizes. All are safe, FDA-approved medical devices. Each has unique advantages to consider:

Silicone Gel
  • Gold standard for natural feel
  • Less chance of visible rippling
  • Good for women with little natural breast tissue
  • Some controversy over long-term detection of rupture
  • Slightly more chance of capsular contracture
Saline
  • Same appearance as gel but less natural feel
  • Smaller incision options
  • More likely visible rippling on sides
  • With large B and C cups, feel becomes more similar to gel
  • Long-term detection of rupture is not a concern
Ideal Implants
(structured)
  • Peace of mind of saline
  • Less chance of visible rippling
  • More natural feel

The decisions about implant size and material are ultimately yours, but Dr. Hubbard will also offer his guidance, driven by past experience with women similar to your chest width, breast size, and body proportions. Some women are left confused by conflicting information sources on the web. Dr. Hubbard feels all women deserve the opportunity to get reliable, honest, science-based information to make the important decision about implant type.

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During Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation surgery is most commonly performed with the patient under general anesthesia. A silicone gel or saline implant is inserted beneath the underlying chest muscle through an incision around the lower edge of the areola or, more commonly, beneath the breast. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients can go home the day of their surgery.

Your Recovery

Of course, your time with Dr. Hubbard doesn't end after the procedure. He continues to work with you during the recovery process to see how you are progressing and answer any questions that may come up as you heal.

Dr. Hubbard takes the "Rapid Recovery" approach to breast augmentation, using recent advancements in surgical techniques to decrease trauma to the tissues. The method is more precise and delicate, leading to a speedier recovery.

You will leave with anti-inflammatory medications to help ease discomfort. A number of other modalities are implemented the first few days to improve comfort.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

In his more than 20 years of practice performing custom breast augmentation procedures, Dr. Hubbard has answered countless questions about the procedure. Here are answers to many of the most common ones.

How much does a breast augmentation procedure cost?

Breast augmentation is a very personalized procedure. Because there are so many variables for every patient — implant type , incision location and placement, possible addition of breast lift, etc. — it's difficult to offer a cost structure without meeting the patient first.

Instead, we typically discuss the cost breakdown after your 1-on-1 consultation with Dr. Hubbard. At that point, we will have a better idea of the unique aspects of your procedure.

Is it possible to combine procedures with breast augmentation?

Many women decide to pursue additional procedures concurrent with a breast augmentation, for even more dramatic results. When women are unhappy with the position of their breasts, for example, the best choice is often combining a breast augmentation with breast lift.

In what's commonly called a mommy makeover, many women also opt to address the stretched skin and excess fat pockets caused by pregnancy and childbirth by adding liposuction and/or a tummy tuck.

I'm athletic/physically active. Are there any special considerations for me?

Dr. Hubbard is a strong proponent of placing breast implants beneath the pectoral muscle — and that's particularly true in the case of athletic women. For bodybuilders, runners, and other active women, submuscular placement has several advantages:

  • The new breast shape is more natural.
  • There is more padding, therefore less likelihood of rippling.
  • There is less likelihood of capsular contracture (hardening of the breast).
  • Mammograms are better quality.

Female weightlifters are able to return to the same rigorous workouts they performed prior to surgery, once they have had adequate time to recover.

While the shape of the breast can change when contracting the chest muscles, the breast implants remain safely in place. Dr. Hubbard has had many athletic breast augmentation patients.

What kind of results can I expect from breast augmentation?

The primary goal of breast augmentation is to increase breast volume, and that will be visible immediately after surgery. Breast implants will settle into their final position in the months following your surgery

Beyond added volume, Dr. Hubbard can certainly customize your procedure to your specific goals. Your input is important. Some issues are always addressed for your ideal outcome and include such things as improving cleavage or addressing asymmetry. You can see examples of Dr. Hubbard's past work with breast augmentation patients in our before-and-after photo gallery.

What else should I know about breast augmentation?

Capsular contracture, or the hardening of scar tissue around the implant, is a potential complication of breast augmentation that concerns women considering the procedure. Dr. Hubbard has implemented a number of precautionary measures that help prevent this condition, known collectively as the "no-touch" technique.

Essentially, Dr. Hubbard only touches the implant with fresh, clean gloves and immediately coats the surface of the implant with antibiotics. This results in increased safety for the patient and a soft, natural result.

Some women who have had breast augmentation elsewhere seek the help of Dr. Hubbard to perform revision breast surgery. One common type of revision surgery called "capsulorraphy" involves repositioning breast implants to create a more natural position. (See this photo gallery case example for a patient who was dissatisfied with her initial result from another surgeon because her implant pockets were placed too low.)

Other common types of breast revision surgeries include lowering the implants, correcting capsular contracture, changing breast implant size or type, and performing a variety of breast lift procedures with or without implants in place. Dr. Hubbard has a teaching course that includes how to do effective breast lifts over new and old implants.

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