Breast Augmentation at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA locations.
Breast Augmentation, also known as breast enhancement is a surgical procedure to performed at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast by the insertion of a breast implant. Whether a woman is unhappy with the size of her breasts, the shape of her breasts after pregnancy and/or advancing age, or the unevenness of their original breast size; breast enhancement can be the solution for a fuller, more proportioned look.
Because every woman has different reasons to undergo breast augmentation, each surgical procedure will be tailored to match the needs and expectations of the patient. At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, we offer both saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Both types of breast implants consist of a silicone elastomer shell, although saline implants are filled with a sterilized salt water solution and silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Both types of implants have their advantages, and both have been deemed safe for use by the FDA. Atlanta Plastic Surgery is the premier supplier of silicone gel breast implants in Atlanta, Georgia.
The look of the breast will not only be determined by the type of implant, but also by the size of the implant used. Unlike the average person who thinks of breast size in terms of bra size cups, implants are determined by the amount of volume they hold or how many cubic centimeters (cc) of solution are held in the implant shell. Implant size must be very particular to each patient because factors like body frame, size of chest wall, width of shoulders, height, weight, and breast size prior to surgery have an enormous influence on how a particular implant will look. The implant placement, as well as its shape, can also give the appearance of smaller or larger breasts, even if the implants contain the same amount of volume.
Thus it depends on the desired look of the patient and the patient’s body type to determine which type and size implant will be used for a breast enhancement. The plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery know that no one surgery is the same. They work with each individual patient to ensure the best treatment plan for them.
Breast enhancement surgery requires the use of general anesthesia and generally takes from one to two hours to perform. During the procedure, a small incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola, or in the armpit. The plastic surgeon then lifts the muscle, breast tissue, and skin to create a pocket and inserts an implant. While the breast implants can be placed under or over the pectoral muscles, typically our surgeons place implants under the muscle because there is less risk of developing a scar capsule around the implant.
In some cases, complementary procedures may be recommended in addition to a breast enhancement. For example, when the breasts begin to sag from aging changes, weight loss or after pregnancy, a breast lift may be required in combination with an augmentation. Your plastic surgeon will work will you to determine the most effective surgical options.
View Breast Enhancement / Augmentation photos and learn more about this procedure such as costs, risks, advanced techniques and frequently asked questions.
Atlanta Plastic Surgery has been Atlanta’s and the southeastern United States’ choice for breast enhancement since 1968. Why not schedule a consultation today? Consultations are available at our offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming / Forsyth, and Northside / Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Are silicone breast implants safe?
Yes, both silicone and saline breast implants have been used safely for decades. Even though there was some concern, in the early 1990’s, that silicone gel implants might cause various medical disorders, extensive testing on thousands of women has shown those fears to be unfounded. A review of several large epidemiological studies of women both with and without implants, which was presented to the FDA in 2007, indicated that these specific health concerns were no more common in women with implants than in those women without them. Moreover, the newest form-stable implants, known as gummy bear implants, are composed of a more cohesive silicone material that maintains its shape even if the implant shell happens to rupture, minimizing the possibility of accidental leaks while achieving a firmer, more natural look and feel. Regardless of the type of implants received, it is important to understand that breast augmentation is still major surgery, and not to be taken lightly. It is necessary that you carefully follow all of your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions in order to recover quickly, avoid complications, and achieve the best possible results.
Can I have a mammogram if I have breast implants?
Yes, although some additional care and attention may be necessary. Many factors, even natural deposits of calcium, may be mistaken for possible cancer where none exists and it is possible that breast implants may make the interpretation of mammographic images more difficult by obscuring underlying breast tissue or compressing overlying tissue. However, numerous advancements in imaging technology have helped to alleviate that concern. Breast augmentation patients should undergo a pre-operative mammogram and another one six months to 1 year after receiving breast implants in order to establish a baseline that allows doctors to better differentiate between the breast implant and new tissue growth. The FDA recommends that women undergo an MRI scan three years after receiving saline breast implants and every two years thereafter in order to detect any evidence of a rupture or leak. Women with breast implants should always inform mammography and MRI technicians about the presence and type of their implants so that the technician can use special techniques to minimize the possibility of rupture and to get the best possible views of the breast tissue.
Is there a way to increase my breast size without artificial breast implants?
Recent advances in plastic surgery technology have made it possible to achieve an increase in the size of the breasts through the use of a procedure called fat transfer. This involves removing a small amount of fat from one area of the patient’s own body, like the thighs or abdomen, using liposuction. This fat can then be processed and purified into a liquid form and injected directly into other areas of the body, like the buttocks or breasts, increasing volume and projection. While not necessarily suitable for all patients, one or more fat transfer treatments can potentially be used to “soften” the breast implant edges at the transition zone, creating a more natural looking final result, or to add long-lasting volume without the need for artificial implants.
The following doctors perform Breast Augmentation Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, PC. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After breast augmentation surgery photographs.