Breast augmentation has been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States for decades because many women are unhappy with the size and contour of their breasts. Breast augmentation is an effective procedure to improve not only the cup size of the breast, but the shape and overall appearance.
Some women have always wanted larger breasts and the augmentation process, in this case, is a straightforward increase in the breast size using implants. However, other women experience a loss of volume in the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and are more interested in restoring the lost volume with implants. Women who are restoring and enhancing the breasts in this way may also want to consider a breast lift along with implants for a more youthful appearance to the bust.
Breast augmentation and enhancement is a custom process that takes many factors into account—age, desired cup size, additional need for rejuvenation, etc.—to tailor the procedure to suit each patient’s needs. Women who choose breast augmentation typically experience great gains in confidence and self-esteem following the surgery.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
A breast enhancement consultation with our expert Emory plastic surgeons at our surgical center in Atlanta, Georgia, is a key step in getting the results you want. You will meet with one of our doctors, who will ask you a series of questions about what you’re looking for to help narrow down your goals for your procedure. For safety reasons, we will also go over your medical history and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have and get to know more about us and the procedure we will design for you. Your consultation is an extremely valuable opportunity for you to make sure breast enhancement is right for you. During the meeting, you will also get the opportunity to see a digital preview of your expected results.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Breast augmentation is a fairly invasive elective surgery, so there are several requirements patients should meet before receiving approval to undergo the procedure. Ideal candidates are healthy, non-smoking women with good skin elasticity and realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. Patients must be dedicated to pre- and post-operative care in order to optimize healing and promote good results.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation with implants is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia and takes about an hour or two on average. Once you have discussed augmentation options with your surgeon and chosen the implant type and size that are best for you, your surgeon will determine the proper incision and implant placement. There are three different incision locations that can be used to insert the implant: through the armpit, the areola (tissue surrounding the nipple), or in the crease under the breast. All incisions are placed to be as invisible as possible.
After the incisions are made, the implants will be inserted above or below the chest wall muscle. The body will keep the implant in place and prevent it from shifting too much underneath the skin. Once the implant has been positioned, the incisions will be closed.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Initial breast augmentation recovery time takes about one to two weeks. The stitches used to close the incisions will dissolve on their own, but the incision site will be taped up for the first week following surgery. While the first week is the most difficult and uncomfortable part of the breast enhancement recovery period, there will be activity restrictions for the first few weeks following surgery, particularly on strenuous activity such as exercise. Most women are able to return to work by one week after surgery.
Swelling is a normal side effect of breast augmentation, so patients should expect swelling to persist to some degree for about six months after surgery. However, results should be mostly apparent following the initial healing period of the incisions and once the worst of the swelling has gone away.