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At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, breast augmentation isn't what it used to be. With new breast implant materials and more advanced surgical techniques, this highly personal surgery can benefit women of all shapes and sizes. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have many years of combined experience performing breast enhancement procedures. They can help you sort through your numerous options for implants and how the surgery is performed. With guidance from our surgeons, the women who visit us for breast augmentation in Marietta from Woodstock, Canton, and Acworth, GA and other nearby communities can be on their way to the fuller, more beautiful breasts they'll love.

If you've been thinking about improving the look of your breasts, now may be the time to take action. Request a consultation online to meet with one of our surgeons in person, or call (770) 421-1242 to schedule an appointment.

Before & After Breast Augmentation

Before After

Our work speaks for itself. Browse our photo gallery to see the beautiful results our surgeons achieve.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Your Breast Implant Options

When selecting implants, most breast augmentation patients who visit our metro Atlanta practice realize they need to choose a size and decide between saline and silicone. But that's not all. Today's implants come in different styles, shapes, profiles, and textures, allowing our surgeons to truly customize your procedure and create the results you really want. Explore your options in-depth with our Breast Implant Options page.

Women in search of softer, more subtle results also have the option of fat grafting, sometimes called fat transfer. Our Atlanta-area patients love fat transfer because it uses unwanted fat from another part of the body, such as the abdomen. Fat grafting is also a good option for patients who may be sensitive to silicone, as it uses their own fat.

Your Surgical Options

Once you've selected your implants, your surgeon walks you through your choices for incision placement. This decision depends on several factors, including your anatomy, choice of implants, surgeon's recommendation, and personal preferences. Some of the most common incision options are:

Inframammary Incision (Recommended)

Placed along the lower portion of the breast, just slightly away from the crease, where the breast meets the chest.

Periareolar Incision

Placed along the edge of the darker skin that surrounds the nipple.

Axillary Incision

Placed in a natural crease of the armpit.

Transumbilical Incision

Placed in a fold of the belly button. This is the least frequently used option.

The most commonly chosen incision is the inframammary incision. Placed along the lower portion of the breast, just slightly away from the crease (where the breast meets the chest wall), this incision can be concealed by even the slimmest bikini top.

You'll also need to decide on where your breast implants will be placed. Your surgeon creates a space behind the breast called the pocket. This pocket can be located in 1 of 2 positions:

  • Directly behind the breast tissue, called subglandular placement (left). This over-the-muscle location can give a more attractive shape, particularly if your natural breasts sag a bit. This placement offers natural-looking movement, better cleavage, and less interference with muscle movement.
  • Underneath the pectoralis muscle, called submuscular placement (right). This behind-the-muscle pocket adds a layer of tissue over the implant to disguise the implant's edges and make it less palpable. It also puts a layer between the breast tissue and the implant to help with mammography. This approach may decrease the risk of hardening (a complication called capsular contracture).

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Breast Augmentation for Your Body

During your consultation, your surgeon asks you questions about your goals for breast augmentation. He creates a unique surgical plan for you in order to accommodate your preferences and body shape.

What Are Your Goals?

Some of the most common goals women have for their breast augmentation procedures include:

  • Achieving fuller, beautifully shaped breasts if their natural breasts are small
  • Restoring lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Balancing asymmetry
  • Renewing the shape of breasts that have lost firmness
  • Improving the appearance of breasts disfigured by congenital abnormalities, heredity, or trauma
  • Reconstructing one or both breasts after cancer

Breast augmentation may be performed while you are under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. After making the incisions, your surgeon lifts your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket for each implant. Your surgeon makes every effort to minimize the scars and keep them as inconspicuous as possible. Once the implants are positioned in each pocket, he closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures. Bandages may be applied over your breasts to help with healing. You will then either be wrapped in an elastic bandage or placed in a surgical bra. The surgery usually lasts 1 to 2 hours.

After your recovery is complete, you can enjoy an enhanced breast appearance and increased clothing options. Many of our breast augmentation patients wonder why they waited so long to have the procedure and often enjoy the benefits of fuller, shapelier breasts almost immediately.

Recuperating After Surgery

You'll likely feel tired and a bit sore throughout the first few days after your breast augmentation. Most of your postoperative discomfort can be controlled by medication until the pain subsides, normally a few days. As an added option, we offer a solution for pain management called EXPAREL®. This FDA-approved analgesic is injected into the incision at the time of surgery and is slowly released into the body during the following 3-day period. EXPAREL can greatly reduce the need for other strong pain medications in the days following your surgery. It is a great alternative for patients who are sensitive to opioids.

Staying Comfortable

To maximize your comfort after surgery, be sure to have
these items on hand:

  • Soft, loose-fitting pajama bottoms and button-down tops
  • Moist wipes
  • Books, movies, magazines, or a tablet for entertainment
  • Fiber supplements
  • Nutritious, low-sodium snacks and drinks

Most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work or school after a few days. However, the amount of time you'll need to rest at home depends largely on how physically demanding your job is. Your surgeon can give you a more specific estimate during your consultation.

For the first 3 to 6 weeks after surgery, you'll continue to wear the surgical bra that your surgeon puts on you immediately following surgery. Swelling is normal and will gradually dissipate over the course of about 5 weeks. Many patients report breast and nipple sensitivity for 2 to 3 weeks. With your surgeon's clearance, you may return to nearly all normal activities, including exercise, about 3 weeks after surgery.

At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, there are no sutures that need to be removed. Your scars will be firm and pink for at least 6 weeks. After several months, they will begin to flatten and fade significantly.

Breast Augmentation Risks

Breast augmentation is a straightforward and extraordinarily popular procedure, but as with any operation, it comes with some risks. The most frequent problem is capsular contracture. This occurs when the capsule or scar tissue surrounding the implant begins to tighten and make the breast feel firm. Although this complication is not a medical emergency, it can be uncomfortable. Infection, excessive bleeding, changes in sensation, and leaking or rupturing of the implant may also occur. Your personal risks may vary depending on pre-existing health conditions and lifestyle habits. During your consultation, your surgeon helps you evaluate your candidacy for breast augmentation to determine the safest possible course of action.

Complications following breast enhancement surgery are extremely rare, and the vast majority of patients do not experience any. You should continue having routine mammograms after surgery and attend follow-up appointments as directed by your physician.

Before & After Breast Augmentation

Before After

Our work speaks for itself. Browse our photo gallery to see the beautiful results our surgeons achieve.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost for a breast augmentation procedure depends on a variety of factors:

  • The type of implants you choose (approximately $1,600 for silicone gel implants and $850 for saline)
  • The complexity of the procedure
  • Whether other procedures are performed in the same surgery
  • Physician fee (typically $2,300)
  • Fees for anesthesia and the operating room, which are comparable to those at other practices in the area

You will receive an estimated cost for your specific procedure during your consultation. We offer patient financing options to make cosmetic enhancement affordable for most patients. Do keep in mind that your safety and results are what matter most, and it's important to consider a surgeon with the right training and experience when evaluating the cost.

Can breast augmentation reshape sagging breasts?

Breast augmentation can reduce minor sagging by creating fuller breasts. However, many women benefit most by combining a breast lift with breast implants. For many patients, pairing lift and augmentation procedures is the most effective way to attain breasts that are both full and shapely.

Can I combine other procedures with breast augmentation?

Yes. Not only do our breast augmentation patients frequently combine the procedure with a breast lift to reposition and reshape sagging breasts, but they also sometimes have body contouring treatments at the same time. This customized combination surgery is called a Mommy Makeover, and it's meant to address the cosmetic issues often present after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Does breast augmentation affect future breast examinations?

Having breast implants should not affect the accuracy of your mammography screenings, but you will need to inform your radiology technician that you have implants. These technicians are trained to use special techniques for women with implants.

How do I choose the right breast implant size?

The "right" size is a very personal decision. Our surgeons are experienced with a wide range of sizes and will help you find the right choice depending on your desired outcome, existing breast tissue, and unique body type. Many of our patients find it helpful to bring examples from our photo gallery to illustrate the results they'd like to attain. Keep in mind that individual results vary.

Where is the best place for the incision?

While we often place the incision along the breast crease (called an inframammary incision), there are a variety of options available. During your consultation, we will consider your specific anatomy and aesthetic goals to help you determine which location will work best for you.

My breasts are smaller than they were before breastfeeding. Can breast augmentation help?

Many women who were happy with their breast size before having children find that they have lost breast volume since breastfeeding. This is also common for women who have lost a lot of weight. Breast augmentation can restore your original breast size to give you a very natural yet feminine look.

One of my breasts is smaller than the other. What can I do to make them even?

Asymmetrical breasts are actually much more common than many people realize, and this harmless condition can be easily resolved with breast augmentation. For patients with marked asymmetry, our surgeons typically use implants of different sizes to help even out the discrepancy.

If you're ready to get started on your journey to the body you want, request a consultation with Plastic Surgery Center of the South online, or give us a call at (770) 421-1242.

How to Visit Us in Marietta

Because of our top-notch patient care and beautiful results, Plastic Surgery Center of the South has built a strong reputation in the region. If you are interested in visiting our Marietta practice from a nearby community, choose your area below to get easy-to-follow driving directions.

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