Breast Augmentation is a great fit for a large number of individuals and this is why it is one of the top procedures performed at Snodgrass and Robinson Plastic Surgery. We perform over 200 breast augmentation surgeries a year, which makes us one of the leaders in Breast Implants in the state of Georgia. Women choose breast augmentation for a variety of reasons, to enhance the size and shape of their breasts, to balance out uneven breasts, or to correct a deficit in breast size after weight loss or pregnancy.
Women who experience moderate sagging, which can occur after pregnancy or weight loss, may also choose to have a mini lift as well as breast implants to enhance their results. This procedure is intended to give larger, shapelier breasts, encouraging a better self-image. After this procedure woman gain confidence with a shapelier appearance, the feeling of looking more feminine, as well as feeling as though their body is more proportional. It opens up a world of possibilities.
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Would Breast Augmentation Be Right For Me?
If you’ve never been satisfied with the appearance of your breasts, augmentation can really change the way you feel about your body. If you’ve never felt your breasts were proportional with the rest of your body, if your breasts aren’t symmetrical, or if you’d simply like to have larger breasts, augmentation can be a good procedure.
But this decision should be yours, made for you, and not based on a partner’s expectations of you. Obviously, having larger breasts won’t be a panacea for all of your problems. But if you’ve never liked your figure, augmentation could really change your body image and give your self-confidence a serious boost.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our Accredited Surgery Center. A small incision is made under the breast or around the nipple and a saline or silicone gel implant is inserted in a pocket surgically developed by the surgeon.
If you’ve opted for saline implants, these are placed first and then filled once in place. Obviously, these require smaller incisions. Silicone implants are placed fully filled and sealed. Depending on the size you’ve chosen, silicone implants may or may not be able to be placed through incisions at the areolae. Once the implants are placed, we check for symmetry and balance, and then the incisions are closed.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
Patients are sent home the same day and followed closely as an outpatient. Initial discomfort is usually moderate and is controlled with oral pain medication. Sutures are removed between 7-12 days post operation. Light activities can be performed as they can be tolerated. Most women are back to work 3-5 days after surgery and aerobic exercise and strenuous activities can be resumed after 4-6 weeks.
What Are The Different Types of Breast Implants?
Your choices for implants are saline or silicone implants.
The silicone gel used to fill today’s implants is much more cohesive than the silicone used in the 80s and 90s. Today’s silicone consistency is more akin to Jell-O. The consensus is that silicone implants feel the most like natural breast tissue. If a silicone implant ruptures, silicone can leak into the breast pocket created for the implant. This will need to be removed, but when you consider the ruptured implant will need to be removed and replaced anyway, removing any minor silicone gel leakage won’t be difficult.
Saline implants require smaller incisions to place because they are filled after placement in the breast pocket. If a saline implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the saline solution. But you’ll still need to have the ruptured implant removed and replaced.
How Will I Know What Size To Choose?
It can seem daunting to know what size to choose for your implants. Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. Robinson will help you will this decision based on your goals for your augmentation.
Implant size is measured by the amount of material filling the implant shell in cubic centimeters (cc’s). Most women opt for 300-400 cc implants.
The “profile” is a part of your size options. This refers to the amount of projection an implant has. Implants are generally grouped into low-, moderate-, mid-range, and high-profile styles. A low-profile implant will be more subtle with less projection, while a moderate-profile implant will be noticeable. High-profile implants provide greater volume with a narrower width. Again, you’ll decide if you want your augmentation to look more natural or augmented.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Most implants have a 10-year warranty, as an offset should replacement be necessary. That’s a good benchmark for expectations of durability. Some implants can last far longer; others will need to replaced sooner. If a rupture occurs, you’ll need to have the implants replaced. So, you should probably estimate having at least two surgeries in your lifetime. Replacement surgery usually can be done through the original incisions.
Can I Have Augmentation Done With My Breast Lift?
Adding breast augmentation to a breast lift is common procedure for us at Snodgrass & Robinson Plastic Surgery. While a breast lift is intended to bring the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest, the procedure doesn’t augment the breast size. During the lift procedure it is very easy to add implants to increase size and volume.
Actual patient review
” I am extremely pleased with my experience. I had a great experience the staff was very helpful and answered any questions that I had. Dr. Snodgrass did a great job. I love my new breasts!”
Are There Any Risks Associated With This Procedure?
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. Breast augmentation is a very safe procedure however; all surgical procedures carry some degree of risks. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome can occur occasionally; however major complications are unusual. Patient satisfaction is extremely high for this procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about Breast Augmentation and how we can help you achieve the look you want, contact us today for your free consultation.