Atlanta Breast Augmentation
Atlanta Breast Augmentation Types: Saline and Silicone Breast Implants
There are two types of breast implants: saline and silicone.
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Silicone-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although many women say that silicone implants feel more like real breasts than saline, they pose more of a risk if they leak.
In 1992, the FDA halted the sale of silicone implants because of safety concerns. In 2006, after reviewing more research, the FDA started allowing certain silicone breast implants back on the market.
Atlanta Breast Augmentation Costs:
How much breast implants cost depends on the location, doctor, and type of implant used.
Typically, the surgery ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. Because it is a cosmetic procedure, health insurance usually doesn't cover breast augmentation.
Atlanta Breast Augmentation Procedure:
Because breasts can continue to develop until a woman reaches her late teens or early 20s, the FDA requires that women be at least 18 years old to get breast augmentation with saline-filled implants and at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants.
Before your breast implant procedure, you will meet with your surgeon for a medical evaluation. You can talk about what you want and get feedback from the doctor. Your surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications a few days or weeks before your surgery.
You can get breast augmentation done as an outpatient procedure and without the risks of general anesthesia. With the advent of Tumescent anesthesia either alone or with sedation most procedures involving skin and the underlying soft tissues do not require you to subject yourself to being on a breathing machine for breast implants, breast lifts, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tucks or other minimally invasive procedures. Which makes performing these procedures in the outpatient setting extremely safe and comfortable. Not to mention the significant cost savings to you! Be sure to ask about the alternatives to general anesthesia at any consultation for cosmetic procedures.
The procedure takes one to two hours. The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples, depending on your body, the type of implant, and how much enlargement is being done.
The surgeon will put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. After the implant is in place, the surgeon will close the cuts with sutures or surgical tape.
Atlanta Breast Augmentation: Recovery After
Your breasts will be covered with gauze after the surgery. You may have drainage tubes, which will be removed in a few days. You may need to wear a surgical bra as you heal.
You'll need to take it easy for a few days after your breast augmentation surgery. For instance, you shouldn't do any heavy lifting for up to six weeks after getting your implants. If you have your implants placed under the chest muscle it is important to stretch after surgery.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen may help relieve discomfort. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication for you.
You will probably have some swelling in the area where the surgery was done. Over time, the swelling should ease and the scars will fade.
24 Hour Recovery Breast Augmentation
With our 24 hour recovery procedure the above post operative course is shortened to 24 hours due to the controlled manner by which the surgeon dissects the implant pocket to minimize trauma to the tissue and bleeding which makes the post-operative period more comfortable. This procedure allows the patient to resume normal activity within 24 hours with minimal pain medication necessary. The 24 hour recovery approach requires a inframammary insertion with the scar hidden in the natural crease of the breast.
Atlanta Breast Augmentation: Possible Complications
Although it is a cosmetic procedure, breast implant surgery can have risks, such as:
Changes in sensation in the nipple and breast
Scar tissue forming and hardening in the area around the implant
Problems with the size or shape of the implants (for example, the breasts may not be symmetrical)
It is also possible for implants to rupture and leak. If saline implants rupture, the saline will be safely absorbed by the body. A silicone leak may stay inside the implant shell or leak outside of the shell. When a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate. But silicone breast implants may cause no obvious symptoms when they rupture. This is called silent rupture. In some cases a new area of firmness or pain will be the only signs and symptoms of a silicone implant rupture.
Atlanta Breast Augmentation: Maintenance
Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. You may need to have the implants replaced if you have complications or if the size and shape of your breasts change over time.
Women who have silicone gel-filled implants will need to get an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery and then MRI scans about every two years to check for silent rupture. If your implants rupture, you will need to have them removed or replaced.
Having breast implants can make it more difficult to get a mammogram, but special X-ray views can be done. Breast implants also may make it harder for you to breastfeed.
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