Breast Augmentation in the Atlanta Metro Area

At Plastic Surgery Center of the South near Atlanta, breast augmentation is one of our top procedures with one of the best patient satisfaction rates. With new breast implant materials and more advanced surgical techniques, this highly personal surgery can benefit women of all shapes and sizes.

Our top board-certified plastic surgeons have many years of combined experience performing breast enhancement procedures. They can help you sort through your numerous surgical options and choose the best implants for your body and lifestyle. With guidance from our surgeons, the women who visit us for breast augmentation in Marietta from nearby cities, including Roswell, Woodstock, Acworth, and Canton, Georgia, will be on their way to the fuller, more beautiful breasts they’ll love.

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Atlanta?

The cost for a breast augmentation procedure at our practice near Atlanta 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 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 breast augmentation 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.

Breast Implant Options

Women today have many options when it comes to selecting their perfect breast implant. Some of the decisions that our skilled plastic surgeons will help you with include the following:

Implant Fill Material

  • Silicone gel
  • Saline

Implant Shape

  • Round
  • Teardrop (anatomical)

Implant Texture

  • Smooth
  • Textured

Implant Profile

  • Low
  • Moderate
  • High

Explore your options in-depth with our Breast Implant Options page.

Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer

Women who want softer, natural, more subtle results have the option of fat grafting, also called fat transfer. Our breast augmentation patients love fat transfer because it uses their own natural fat and slims another part of the body, such as the abdomen. This natural breast augmentation technique is a good option for patients who may be sensitive to silicone.

Which Breast Augmentation Incision Is Best?

The most commonly chosen incision is the inframammary incision. This decision depends on several factors, including your anatomy, choice of implants, surgeon’s recommendation, and personal preferences. Some of the most common incision types are:

Breast augmentation incisions can be along the breast crease, around the areola, in the armpit, and in a fold of the navel.
Breast augmentation incisions can be along the breast crease, around the areola, in the armpit, and in the navel.

  1. Inframammary Incision (Recommended)
    Placed along the lower portion of the breast, just slightly away from the crease, where the breast meets the chest.
  2. Periareolar Incision
    Placed along the edge of the darker skin that surrounds the nipple.
  3. Axillary Incision
    Placed in a natural crease of the armpit.
  4. Transumbilical Incision
    Placed in a fold of the belly button. This is the least frequently used option.

Breast Implant Placement Options

During surgery, your surgeon creates a space behind the breast called the pocket in which the implants are inserted. The pocket can be located in 1 of 2 positions:

Breast implant on top of the muscle. Breast implant under the muscle.
  • 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 vs. Breast Lift

Breast augmentation can reduce minor sagging by creating fuller breasts. For many patients, combining a breast lift with breast implants is the most effective way to attain breasts that are both full and shapely. Here are the differences at a glance:

Breast Augmentation

Adds volume to the breasts

Improves the shape of the breasts

Corrects asymmetrical breasts

Creates cleavage

Uses a smaller incision

Breast Lift

Elevates sagging breasts

Reshapes the breasts

Repositions the nipples so they don’t point down

Slightly reduces the size of the breasts

Requires more extensive incisions

Let’s compare what each procedure can do on its own or in tandem with these real patient before-and-after photos. First, we have a patient who received a breast lift to restore her breasts to a more youthful position

Breast Lift Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Before & After Breast Lift

Next, our patient chose to undergo breast augmentation to enhance the volume and shape of her breasts, particularly in the upper pole.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Before & After Breast Augmentation

And, finally, we see what the combined procedure can do with this last patient. Her surgery addressed skin laxity, repositioned her downturned nipples, and created a full, uplifted bust with the help of implants.

Breast Lift Before & After Photo | Atlanta, GA | Plastic Surgery Center of the South
Before & After Breast Lift With Implants

What To Expect During Your Procedure

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.

Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Painful?

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.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Augmentation?

You will return home from surgery wearing a soft, supportive bra that your surgeon puts on you immediately following surgery. At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, there are no sutures that need to be removed.

Recovery Milestones

While experiences vary, expect to reach the following common milestones along this timeline:

  • A few days: Return to non-strenuous work or school.
  • 2 to 3 weeks: Breasts and nipples may be sensitive.
  • 3 weeks: Return to most normal activities, including exercise.
  • 5 weeks: Swelling dissipates.
  • 3 to 6 weeks: Wear surgical bra as directed.
  • 4 to 6 weeks: Return to strenuous exercise and unrestricted lifting.
  • 6 weeks: Scars will be firm and pink.

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

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Commonly Combined Procedures

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 like a tummy tuck, liposuction, or even a Brazilian Butt Lift 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.

Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Safe?

Complications following breast augmentation surgery are extremely rare; the vast majority of patients do not experience any problems. While breast augmentation is a straightforward and extraordinarily popular procedure, as with any operation, risks do exist. 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.

After surgery, you should continue having routine mammograms and attend follow-up appointments as directed by your physician.

What Is a Breast Augmentation Revision?

Revision surgery is a procedure performed to improve the results from a previous breast augmentation. Women have a variety of reasons for considering this procedure, including:

  • Correcting complications such as capsular contracture or implant malposition (too low, high, or close together).
  • Improving unsatisfactory results.
  • Replacing a ruptured or leaking implant.
  • Exchanging breast implants for a different type or size (elective implant exchange).

If you are considering a revision procedure, one of our surgeons will be happy to discuss your options during a private consultation.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

How do I know if I need a breast augmentation or a breast lift?

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 breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

Yes. Hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation in the U.S. each year, and almost every woman with implants who chooses to breastfeed is successful. A qualified surgeon makes breast augmentation incisions in such a way that they should not disrupt the normal function of the glands and ducts involved with milk production or delivery. Certain incision types, such as the inframammary incision, offer more distance from these structures. If this is a concern of yours, be sure to discuss it with your surgeon prior to surgery.

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.

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.

What kind of bra should I wear following breast augmentation surgery?

After surgery, you return home wearing a soft, supportive bra. You continue wearing this type of bra for 3 to 6 weeks as directed. It’s essential to wear a support bra during this time to ensure your breasts heal without complications. Once your implants have settled and the swelling is resolved, you can shop for more stylish bras. It’s often worth it to have a professional fitting before spending money on new bras.

Will I eventually need another breast augmentation?

Breast implants do not have a set expiration date. If you are happy with the size and shape of your breasts, there’s no need to have another surgery. If you experience concerns or complications, or you want to change your implant size or fill material, our surgeons can perform revision surgery. If you want to improve the shape of your breasts, you might consider breast lift surgery.

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.

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