Breast augmentation refers to a cosmetic surgery procedure in which the shape and size of a woman’s breasts are enhanced, typically through placing an implant behind each breast.
The enlargement of the breasts using fat harvested from another area of the patient’s body, such as the buttocks and abdomen, is also possible.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove provides breast augmentation surgery and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
The primary reason for the popularity of breast augmentation is that the procedure can be easily individualized to the specific needs of each patient. Women considering breast implant plastic surgery can choose from a variety of options, providing them substantial control over their results. These options include the following:
Breast Implant Type
At present, women in the US can choose between saline-filled implants, silicone gel-filled implants, and ultra-cohesive silicone gel-filled (also informally called “gummy bear”) implants.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implants can be inserted in pockets created either beneath the pectoral muscle (the submuscular placement method) or in front of the pectoral muscle, right behind the breast tissue (submammary or subglandular placement technique).
Breast implants may be inserted via inframammary incisions (right beneath the crease at the breast base), periareolar incisions (along the border of the areola’s lower half), or transaxillary incisions (in the armpit).
Why Choose Breast Augmentation?
The common reasons for considering breast augmentation include the wish to:
- Create better proportion between the breasts and the rest of the body
- Enhance symmetry between differently shaped or sized breasts
- Feel more appealing and feminine
- Recreate fullness in the breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight reduction
- Address congenital deformities in one or both breasts
- Enhance confidence and improve body image
- Add fullness to breasts that did not develop completely after puberty, a condition known as micromastia
Placing the Incision
Discreet incision placement is a top priority for both the patient and the surgeon during breast implant placement surgery. While scars fade away significantly with time, they never entirely vanish.
Therefore, it is important to place the incision in an inconspicuous site to improve the patient’s overall outcomes. The incision location is determined on a case-by-case basis; every patient’s needs and anatomy are different, and these are taken into consideration.
Inserting the Implants
Certain surgeons recommend inserting the breast implant in front of the chest muscle during surgery as this method tends to reduce post-surgical soreness and pain.
Other experts prefer the placement of the breast implant under the pectoral muscle to prevent interference with mammograms in the future. The patient should discuss these options with their surgeon and decide based on their body shape and preference.
The surgeon will carefully suture the incision after placing the implant.
Women seeking breast augmentation should account for time to recover from the surgery. They can maximize their comfort and reduce the recovery period by avoiding aggressive activities and following their surgeon’s guidelines as closely as possible. Patients can usually resume work after one week.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for breast augmentation and other aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
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