Did you know that breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with some of the highest patient satisfaction ratings? That’s because, when handled by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is an incredibly safe and effective method for helping women achieve the look they want. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers breast augmentation and breast implants for women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that uses breast implants to change the size and shape of your breasts. Women consider breast augmentation for many reasons, but the overarching goal is to help you feel more confident about your body. Whatever your motivation, Dr. Brothers helps you find the best way to achieve your goals. He will recommend breast implants that enhance your body proportions and suit your lifestyle. The results are natural and attractive.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
You may want to consider a breast augmentation or what is known as a “boob job” if you want to:
- Complement your hips, waistline and other curves with a full bosom
- Change your clothing to be more revealing
- Feel more comfortable about your overall appearance
- Appear more feminine
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Breast Implants?
Through the placement of breast implants, breast augmentation can help you achieve a fuller, more symmetrical, and shapely bust. While there are many reasons women choose to have breast augmentation, most patients meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Would like to increase the size of the breasts
- Would like a more shapely and fuller breast contour
- Would like to improve breast symmetry
- Would like to restore lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Would like to correct tuberous breasts (also known as “snoopy boobs”)
- Is at or near an ideal weight and in general good health
The best way to determine if breast augmentation is right for you is to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon. For Atlanta breast augmentation patients, Dr. Brothers can listen to your goals and work closely with you to determine the best surgical plan to meet your needs.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries amongst women, but the results are only as good as the plastic surgeon. You should only work with a surgeon who has the experience and expertise to perform the surgery in a way that produces optimum results, including symmetry, minimizing scars and appropriate positioning of the breast implants, areola and nipples. For these reasons, we recommend that you entrust your breast augmentation to Dr. Brothers and schedule a personal consultation with him.
What Types of Breast Implants Can I Have?
After you have decided to have breast augmentation, there are a number of decisions that will still need to be made by you and your surgeon. The type, size, shape, and placement of your implants will all work together to create your final breast appearance, and it is important to understand which options will work for you.
Breast Implant Type: Silicone vs. Saline
Breast implants come in either saline or silicone. Saline implants are round and comprised of a flexible silicone exterior shell that is filled with a sterile saline solution during the procedure. Silicone implants are composed of a strong silicone rubber that is pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel.
Both types of implants can offer beautiful, natural-looking results, and your surgeon can help you decide which will provide you with your desired breast appearance.
Breast implants may be either round or teardrop shaped. Both saline and silicone come in round shapes, while teardrop, or anatomically shaped, implants are only available in highly-cohesive silicone gel. The shape that will work best for you will be determined by your existing breast shape and the look you wish to achieve.
Breast Implant Placement
Your breast implants may be placed in one of two ways:
- Over the muscle (subglandular): The implant is placed under the breast and glandular tissue but above the pectoral muscle. This is a good option for women who have adequate natural breast tissue to cover the edges of the implant and can offer a quicker recovery time.
- Under the muscle (submuscular): The implant is placed underneath the pectoralis muscle. This placement provides great coverage for the implant and reduces the risk of implant rippling.
Dr. Brothers will recommend the ideal placement for your natural anatomy and desired results.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Breast Augmentation?
Your breast augmentation procedure will be performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Depending on your goals, your surgeon will make one of the following incisions:
- Inframammary: under the natural breast fold
- Peri-Areolar: around the outer edge of the areola
- Transaxillary: in the armpit
The incisions will be made as inconspicuously as possible, where resulting scars will be easily camouflaged by clothing, natural skin folds, or natural changes in your skin’s pigmentation.
Through the incision, your surgeon will place your chosen breast implant. Once the desired results have been achieved, your incision will be closed and dressed, and you will be able to return home the same day.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Breast Augmentation?
Depending on your specific anatomy and the amount of breast enhancement, surgery time for breast augmentation takes one to three hours. Dr. Brothers explains your individual surgery during the consultation appointment.
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation
After your procedure, you will experience some tenderness in your breasts that can be managed with prescription pain medication. Lifting your arms may be difficult for a few days, but the tightness should slowly resolve and you may resume normal, light activity as you begin to feel more comfortable. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month. Depending on the nature of your job, you should be able to return to work in about seven to 10 days.
While you’ll likely be happy with the new and improved appearance of your breasts soon after surgery, your final results may take up to six months to fully appear.
Le Mystère No. 9 Bra: Bras Specially Designed for Augmented Women
Le Mystère, a leader in the intimate apparel industry, teamed up with board-certified plastic surgeon David B. Brothers, MD, FACS, to develop the Le Mystère No.9 collection. The No.9 collection was inspired by years of clinical observation, measurements and complaints from women that following a breast enhancement procedure, they are not able to find bras that fit, are comfortable, and have fashion forward styling.
Le Mystère No.9 is a collection of innovative, designer bras incorporating patented technology that complements the unique changes in shape and size that occur after a breast augmentation. Le Mystère No.9 is specially designed to meet these needs for women with breast implants.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Breast Implants?
You will have scars, but Dr. Brothers takes every measure possible to place the incisions in areas where the scars are difficult to find once they are fully healed.
When Will I See Results?
You will see initial results right after the surgery. Some swelling does occur, so the full results are seen only after the swelling subsides.
How Long Will the Results of Breast Augmentation Last?
Generally speaking, the results of breast augmentation are permanent. You may want to replace the breast implants after a period of time. The natural aging process can cause your breasts to sag, or you may decide to have smaller or larger implants.
Breast Implant Removal
Breast implants can be safely removed by Dr. Brothers. Some women choose to have their implants removed at certain life stages, such as when they have children and start a family. Although breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding, a woman may decide that large breasts do not fit the role of motherhood. We have also met women who start new careers and feel that their implants are more detrimental to their perception in the work environment. You may also decide that you want fuller or smaller breast implants after your initial breast augmentation procedure. Whatever changes you may experience with regards to your new breasts, Dr. Brothers is always here to support your choices.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Breast Augmentation Results
You may benefit from body contouring in conjunction with your breast augmentation. Liposuction removes embarrassing bulges of fat, and a tummy tuck gives you a flat, contoured abdomen that fits well with improved breast size and shape.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of breast augmentation varies by patient. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we use the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, and his team offer breast augmentation, emphasizing improved self-image and confidence of women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation!