Breast Implant Surgery Details
The procedure involves making an incision under the seam of your breast, circling your areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or under your armpit. The implant is placed either beneath your breast tissue or under the chest wall muscle. Incisions are closed with care to make the scar as unnoticeable as possible.
There will be some time and discomfort associated with surgery but it is easily manageable. The results of your surgery will be visible soon after and you’ll be free to enjoy your newly transformed body.
Regardless of the reason for your surgery, Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists can help you achieve your breast aesthetic goals. Don’t dream of having the breasts you’ve always wanted, take the first step and schedule your consultation today.
Whether your desire is to repair naturally misshapen breasts, to enlarge size, to change the look post child bearing or age, or to improve an individual’s self- image, we can help you in gaining the wanted end result.
How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Size
If you are considering breast implants or breast augmentation in Atlanta, you may be wondering what size is ideal. Don’t think in terms of cup sizes; they are too subjective to use as a basis for your decision. A C cup on one woman can look completely different on another. A woman could be a 34B in one brand of bra and a 36A in another. Cup sizes can even vary within a single manufacturer’s product lines. Instead, think in terms of what will fit your body proportionally. Your personal target size will depend on a number of factors:
- Physical activity: if you are a golfer, runner or serious athlete, keep in mind the way breast size can affect your physical activities.
- Maternity: if you plan to have children in the future, this can result in a permanent change in breast size and may necessitate having the implants replaced. The effect of maternity on breast size can vary.
- Symmetry: one reason for getting breast implants is lopsidedness. Sometimes, one breast implant is all you need to create an even appearance.
- Weight and ergonomics: breast implants will add weight and will affect the dynamics of your musculoskeletal structure. Be sure to let the surgeon know if you have back, neck or joint problems.
- Aesthetics: think about how your breast size will affect the way people perceive you. For example, if a patient loves the look of obviously large breasts but has a shy or reserved personality, she may receive more outside attention than she is prepared for.
When you are preparing for breast implant surgery, you will be able to wear a variety of different “sizers” that will show you what your profile looks like with the new breast size. In order to get a more complete view of which size is ideal, it can be helpful to bring a couple of different shirts to try on. Make sure you are happy with the way you look regardless of whether you are wearing a t-shirt or a cocktail dress.
Breastfeeding & Breast Implants
One of the most common questions our Atlanta breast augmentation patients have is whether or not they can breastfeed with their implants. While breastfeeding with implants is safe, proper breastfeeding can depend on the incisions used to place the implants. Our surgeons will use one of two incision patterns. The first involves making an incision under the seam of the breast at the fold. Because the incision is placed close to the nipple, the milk ducts may be at risk, interfering with a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If you plan on nursing in the future, our surgeons may recommend making an incision under the armpit, away from the nipple and milk ducts.
For best results, our surgeons recommend women have breast augmentation only after they plan on not having any more children. A woman’s breast tissue and skin elasticity changes after pregnancy and nursing, affecting the shape and size of the breast. Once the breast size and shape are stabilized, our team of surgeons can design a surgical treatment plan to best achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals. Depending on the patient’s concerns, our surgeons may suggest breast augmentation and/or breast lift to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts.
Debunking Breast Augmentation Myths
Atlanta Breast Augmentation patient:
- “You have to have breast implants replaced every five years.” This is one of the most common erroneous thoughts about this type of cosmetic surgery. Breast implants can last decades in many cases. Some patients do end up coming back to have their implants replaced, but this is more often because they want to have their breasts lifted or to change the shape or size. If your implants feel hard or don’t look as good as they used to, call your surgeon to talk about a revision surgery. If they are still soft and look the way you want them to, then there’s no need to have them replaced.
- “Everyone will be able to tell.” Today’s breast augmentation procedures and materials are designed to help your implants look as natural as possible. Your surgeon will talk to you about choosing implants that are the right size for your body frame and current size; this will help avoid the appearance of having breast implants. Although implants do not feel as soft as your natural breasts, they should not feel hard. Your surgeon will give you advice that will help keep your breasts feeling as natural as possible.
- “Silicone can leak all over your body.” Decades ago, a type of implant was often used that did allow for leakage and migration of the silicone liquid inside. Today, this type of implant is no longer used. Instead, the silicone implants are made so that if they were to break in some rare circumstance, the silicone would stay put. To reassure you further, it’s important to be aware that there were no autoimmune problems or cancers linked to leaking silicone implants, even back in the late 20th century, when they were used.
To learn more about breast augmentation or breast lift, contact the Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists today. A member of our friendly medical staff will gladly answer all of your questions and concerns. Schedule a one-on-one consultation by calling us today!