Breast augmentation is sometimes referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. The procedure can enhance the breasts’ shape, size or volume. At Nip & Tuck Plastic Surgery we strive to deliver the best breast augmentation Atlanta has to offer.
Breast augmentation involves making an incision and placing implants underneath the breast tissue or muscle. The procedure can be combined with other types of surgery, including lifts and mommy makeovers. Some people can achieve a breast lift with augmentation alone. Others may need to undergo a lift with implants.
You might opt for breast augmentation surgery if your breasts:
The perfect implant is based on your goals, body type and anatomy. We understand how to assess your body so that we achieve the breast size and shape that’s ideal for you. This is often based on the width of your chest and your breast tissue. Ultimately, your native anatomy will determine the size implants that can be used.
Most breast implants are made of saline or silicone. Each has its own pros and cons.
Saline implants have an elastomer silicone membrane and are filled with sterile saline liquid. The shell can be filled with a specific amount of solution to give you the feel and firmness that you desire. One of the benefits of saline implants is that the solution is safe for the body. If the implant leaks, your body will absorb and eliminate the liquid.
Silicone implants are made of a silicone shell. They are packed with a silicone gel. If these implants leak, the solution might stay in the casing. However, it can escape into the pocket that the implant sits in. This could cause the implant to collapse.
Newer gels are denser and more gummy-like than older gels. You might select this option for the most natural results. These have a semi-solid form and are less likely to leak than traditional silicone implants.
Some implants are round. Others are shaped like a teardrop. Many people opt for the teardrop shape because it mimics the natural curve of the breast. The top is tapered, and most of the fullness sits toward the bottom.
Teardrop implants were initially used for reconstruction in women who had undergone a mastectomy. Now they’re available for cosmetic breast augmentations too. But the shape of your chest and breast tissue might dictate the design of the implant. If you have shallow breasts, you might prefer to add fullness toward the top. In this case, round implant might be preferable.
Breast implants can rotate after they’re inserted. This shift will not be as noticeable with round implants. Teardrop implants have textured membranes. They encourage your body to generate scar tissue, which holds the implants in place and reduces the likelihood that they will rotate.
Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Nicholas Jones, MD, DOES NOT USE TEXTURED IMPLANTS. Textured implants have been removed off the market secondary to BIA-ALCL (Breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma).
Most breast implants last for 10 to 20 years. However, breast implants last for a shorter period of time if you experience complications, such as hardening, rupture, leakage, rippling or a change in position.
You can replace the implants with another set. Sometimes, you may need to choose different options for your second surgery. This is especially true if your skin has sagged or your body shape has changed since the first surgery.
Atlanta Breast augmentation is generally regarded as a safe procedure. Most women recover quickly. However, there are risks inherent in any surgery, such as infection, reactions to medications or anesthesia, and bleeding.
Some of the risks that are specifically associated with breast augmentation include:
Emotional side effects may occur as well. Some people have trouble getting used to their new body shape. Others are disappointed when people don’t notice that they’ve had a cosmetic procedure.
However, most of our patients are pleased with their new breasts. They feel more confident, sexy and empowered. When you have appropriate breast implant surgery expectations, you can head into the procedure with assurance. Please ask us as many questions as you’d like and express your concerns to us so that we can help you achieve the best outcome.
Before you decide to have the procedure, you should have a comprehensive consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Be honest about your reasons for having the surgery and discuss your goals and expectations.
We will help you choose the right size and type of implant. We will also discuss incision options, which depend on the type of implant, the size of the implant and the patient’s anatomy. You’ll receive instructions for how to prepare for the surgery.
Most patients receive general anesthesia for the surgery. You shouldn’t feel any pain while the procedure is being performed. The implant is inserted into a pocket underneath the outer breast tissue. With a submuscular placement, the surgeon places the implant beneath the pectoral muscle.
A submammary implant goes over the pectoral muscle but beneath the breast tissue. After the implant is placed, the doctor will close the incision with stitches or sutures. If your sutures are dissolvable, they’ll dissipate within about six weeks. You may have to return to the surgeon to remove other types of stitches.
The incisions will be visible initially. However, they fade with time and don’t typically leave a conspicuous mark. Our aim is to provide you with the enhancement that you desire with minimal scarring.
We can make an incision:
Recovery from breast augmentation surgery is fairly straightforward. You might wake up from the anesthesia feeling groggy. You’ll likely be sore. We’ll give you pain medication for any post-operative discomfort. Someone should drive you home from the surgery and monitor you overnight.
Most Atlanta breast augmentation patients are able to move around the next day. However, you’ll still feel sore for the first five to seven days. During that time, you’ll probably want to rest and take it easy. Talk to your surgeon about your plans for continuing the pain medication. Many patients benefit from wearing special recovery bras to ease pain and accelerate healing. These bras are comfortable and allow for proper circulation and drainage. They also keep your implants stable.
You’ll need to wear a bra around the clock after surgery. Therefore, make sure that it’s seamless and breathable, do not wear a wired bra, it may irritate your incision. You’ll probably feel better the second week. Don’t perform strenuous exercise for several weeks following the procedure. You shouldn’t jump, run, lift children or do any other vigorous movements until you have completely recovered. If your job requires you to do physical labor, you might want to remain out of it for three weeks to one month. You should be cleared for all activities within two months.
Breast augmentation is essentially a way to add volume and fullness to the breast area. This effect can be accomplished with implants, which typically have an outer silicone shell filled with either saline fluid or silicone gel, or through fat grafting - a procedure that involves transferring fat from other areas of your body (like love handles) into the breasts.
During your consultation with Dr. Jones, he will explain everything you need to know about the breast augmentation procedure: from discussing your goals and expectations; to reviewing any potential risks or complications; as well selecting an implant option that best suits you. He will also cover the cost of the surgery, recovery timeframes, and scarring outcomes so that you can make a fully informed decision before proceeding with treatment.
Breast augmentation costs may vary depending on the kind of implant you select, as they have different profiles and will ultimately impact your cleavage. Despite these differences, this procedure can generally cost between $7000 – $9000.
To secure your surgery date, a deposit of $1500 is to be paid ahead of time. The leftover amount should be paid by three weeks before the agreed-upon procedure. Since insurance companies do not typically cover cosmetic surgeries, we offer cash payments in addition to accepted major credit cards and patient financing options for your convenience.
There are two kinds to consider when looking into breast implants: silicone and saline. Each has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Saline implants typically cost less than silicone ones; however, the latter often feels more natural and is less vulnerable to rippling. Additionally, due to them being filled after insertion in the breast pocket during surgery, you can expect smaller incisions when inserting a saline implant as compared with a silicone one.
When you undergo breast augmentation with Nip & Tuck Plastic Surgery, the cost already covers all of your pre-and post-operative appointments, anesthesia fees, surgery expenses, including surgical materials used in the operation, and any compression garments prescribed after. However, please note that prescription pain medications are not included in our service charge and cannot be dispensed by us.
Following your breast augmentation, you may notice that the “riding high” effect is present for up to three months. But don’t worry! After this period has passed, the implants will begin to settle into their natural position.
On the day of your surgery, we anticipate you to be in our surgical center for approximately three hours. The actual procedure itself should take between 45 minutes and an hour; however, the remainder of the time will be used to administer anesthesia and get ready for you to return home.
Throughout the procedure, a qualified anesthesia provider will be monitoring your vital signs and airway; most of the time, general anesthesia is used for this.
As you’ll be coming off of anesthesia, it will be essential to have someone drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after the surgery. To help manage your pain levels more effectively, your doctor may prescribe narcotic medications as well as NSAIDs. It’s safe to start driving once these are finished, and in most cases, patients can get back to work within 3-5 days. Furthermore, a sports bra should also be worn for at least 3-4 weeks post-surgery while also avoiding any strenuous activity or exercise during this period. Lastly—and perhaps most importantly—get plenty of rest by sleeping on either your back or side throughout recovery!
To ensure that scarring is not visible, breast augmentation incisions are strategically placed in hidden areas. Generally, a 1-2 inch inconspicuous scar is located within the fold under each breast. You may opt for a periareolar incision which cleverly hides any mark along the border between your areola and lighter surrounding skin.
Breast augmentations are incredibly safe, with only a 5% chance of complications. Infection at the incision site, hematoma, and scars might occur in rare cases; however, Dr. Jones will be able to provide more information about this during your consultation should you have further questions or concerns about these potential issues.
After your breast augmentation, you will meet with Dr. Jones at least three times: one week after the procedure, two months post-surgery, and six months following the surgery. If a checkup is necessary between these appointments, please don’t hesitate to call us right away!
At your initial consultation, Dr. Jones will evaluate you and provide a personalized assessment for the best course of action. Notice that if you need a lift, we won’t recommend augmentation alone - this combination is referred to as an augmentation mastopexy. A breast lift serves to reshape your breasts while repositioning the nipple-areolar complex on top of the breast mound – in general, those with tissue beneath their fold may require both procedures together!
Patients with loose breast skin and deflated breasts often desire to recreate volume in this area.
This procedure combines both a mastopexy and an augmentation to tighten the breast skin while expanding the same space. If proper precaution is not taken regarding implant size or the amount of skin removed, compromised skin and potential wound complications such as nipple loss can occur.
Mammograms are vital for those over 40 and any individuals with a personal or family history of breast cancer. For more recommendations, please refer to the American Cancer Society website. Mammography is significant in order to establish an initial examination that can be compared to future tests. A mammogram may uncover hidden malignancies, which will require further assessment and treatment, as well as potentially counteracting the proliferation of illnesses.
By taking into consideration both the patient’s desired look and objective measurements, like breast base width and nipple to inframammary fold distance, the perfect implant size, shape, and projection can be chosen. This helps ensure that the implant selection process best fits each individual’s needs for a successful outcome.
Come visit Dr. Jones and our team and let us help you achieve the spectacular look you deserve!
3280 Howell Mill Road NW Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30327