Are you unhappy with the size of your breasts? Whether you lack volume due to underdevelopment, pregnancy, weight loss or age, Atlanta Breast Surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove can offer a solution.
Dr. Colgrove is an extensively trained Atlanta breast augmentation surgeon. He has performed hundreds of breast enhancement surgeries, helping patients achieve fuller, more proportionate breasts with the use of saline or silicone gel implants. Depending on your consultation with Dr. Colgrove and previous history, one implant may be more beneficial.
Dr. Colgrove will work with you on an individual basis to select silicone or saline implants, the placement (under or over the muscle) and the proper size, shape and feel for your new breast implants, as this decision is crucial to ensuring that you get a positive, satisfying result from your surgery. In guiding you, Dr. Colgrove will take into account your natural build and figure so that your final shape and appearance will be enhanced but not artificial. Given the array of options and the number of criteria by which they can be selected, you will benefit greatly from working with one of the finest cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area as you make decisions regarding your breast augmentation.
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Breast Implant Types: Silicone and Saline Options
Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery. These tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue. In most cases, there is little to no discernible difference between the appearance of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone, but there could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle.
For this reason, each patient’s individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing implant type. The “gummy bear implant” is a teardrop-shaped and made of a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains the implant’s shape and, much like the silhouette of a natural breast, gently slopes to a full projection point in the lower portion of the implant. The teardrop-shaped implant is thinner at the top, therefore it gradually blends into the upper chest.
Gummy Bear Implant
The “gummy bear implant” is teardrop-shaped and made of a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains the implant’s shape and, much like the silhouette of a natural breast, gently slopes to a full projection point in the lower portion of the implant. The teardrop-shaped implant is thinner at the top. Therefore, it gradually blends into the upper chest. Once you discuss your desired look with Dr. Colgrove, your shaping options can be discussed further.
The breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, will be performed under general anesthesia at Vinings Surgery Center in Atlanta. The surgery can take up to 2 hours, depending on the procedure type and if other surgeries are performed at the same time.
Breast implants can be placed through one of three incisions. A common site is the peri-areolar incision between the dark and light interface of the areola and paler breast skin. This incision gives an excellent cosmetic result. It can also be placed at the skin crease underneath the breast itself or through the underarm region, referred to as a transaxillary approach. Considering the fact that most breast augmentation patients will require more breast surgery in the future, a more direct approach is preferred.
Breast implants can be placed through one of three incisions. A common site is around the areola, a periareolar incision, between the dark and light interface and paler breast skin; this incision gives an excellent cosmetic result. It can also be placed in the skin crease underneath the breast itself or through the underarm region, referred to as a transaxillary approach. Considering the fact that some Atlanta breast augmentation patients will require more breast surgery in the future, a more direct approach is preferred.
Risks and Recovery
Breast augmentation risks include infection and asymmetry. Tightening and hardening of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), or rupture of implant may occur. Surgery may be required to release the scar tissue or remove or replace the implant. Other risks include increase or decrease in the sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, which is occasionally permanent. Accurate mammogram after breast augmentation will require a special technique.
The specific details of your recuperation from the procedure will be influenced in large part by the size and position you choose for your breast implants. In general, however, you will need to take at least a few days off from your work and three weeks off from any exercise you regularly perform. Dr. Colgrove will direct you as to the best course of action for your individual case. Swelling and some degree of pain are normal after such major cosmetic surgery, but they will begin to subside less than a week after the breast augmentation, and can be combated using a number of methods you can discuss with Dr. Colgrove. In most cases, the bulk of the recovery process can be completed from the comfort of your own home.
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