It’s no secret that when people think of cosmetic surgery, they think of breast augmentation. This is one of the most widely-known procedures, heralded for giving women the soft, feminine curves they desire. At Reflections Skin & Laser Center in Cartersville and Kennesaw, Georgia, we have the skill and knowledge necessary to help you achieve the breast size that’s right for you.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
- Restored breast volume
- Improved breast symmetry
- More natural-looking and rounded breast shapes
Explaining Breast Implants
Some patients think breast augmentation and breast implants describe two different procedures. They are, in fact, the same surgery; breast implants simply refer to the means used to enhance breast size.
Implants are made of two materials: silicone or saline. Many patients ask which looks and feels more natural. Our goal with this procedure is to give you natural-looking contours with no obvious signs of surgery, so both choices mimic a woman’s inherently feminine curves. But silicone is usually chosen as the option that feels more natural.
The Gummy Bear Effect
Another common question concerns the type of silicone that is used. Today, all silicone implants are cohesive, or “gummy bear,” to mimic a feeling of softness. This is why silicone implants are often described as most closely resembling a natural breast.
Which Is Safer?
Silicone and saline are equally safe. Neither is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and they both enhance a woman’s curves.
Silicone implants are available in smooth, textured, and shaped varieties. Ultimately, the type of implants – whether silicone or saline – you receive will depend upon your consultation. We’ll review your medical history, determine the optimal size for your breasts, and make a decision from there. Rest assured, you’ll be involved in the decision-making process, as we value your input and want to bridge your beauty goals with surgery.
How It Works
Each breast contains pockets of fat, lobules that produce milk, and ducts that carry milk. Behind the breast is chest muscle, and implants fit either in front of or behind this muscle. It is proper implant positioning that can ensure natural-looking and balanced enhancements that match your overall body shape.
Because of the options available with breast augmentation, this surgery is largely customizable. One outcome the procedure cannot achieve, however, is a more lifted silhouette. This would require a breast lift, an option we can explore with you. Augmentation simply refers to the size of the breasts.
What to Expect
This surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and rarely takes more than two hours. Once incisions are made, we’ll insert the breast implants. We’ll then finish by closing the incisions, and following that, you’ll have a brief recovery period before being released.
Once home, you can resume normal activities within a few days. Recovery typically yields little to no pain, and because this procedure does not involve major internal organs, there are few risks for complications and/or side effects.
We’ll likely advise you not to engage in strenuous activity for at least a week or two following your surgery. This will allow your body time to safely heal. You may also be told to forego heavy lifting and exercise that involves running and bouncing.
Tips for Recovery
One of the best tips we can offer for recovery is to select a few outfits prior to your procedure. You won’t have to bend or reach for clothes in the days immediately following surgery, so you won’t harm your incisions, and you’ll have clothes readily available to make your day easier. We recommend choosing loose-fitting outfits so you’ll be comfortable.
Also do some walking to keep blood flowing throughout the body, which will promote healing and eliminate the possibility of developing blood clots. Finally, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and eat nourishing foods that provide essential vitamins and nutrients.
Benefits of Surgery
Breasts play an important role in the female physique. They provide the soft, rounded appearance so often used to identify femininity. Sometimes, however, a woman’s breasts simply don’t grow in proportion to the rest of her body. Other times, pregnancy or weight loss can reduce breast size.
Surgery can enhance breast size and restore a plumper silhouette. Additional benefits include:
- Balancing uneven breasts
- Giving volume to flat breasts
- Increasing cleave
- Providing projection
- Giving symmetry with the whole body
Augmentation remains the most popular of all cosmetic treatments and procedures. The reason is clear: being told your breasts are too small can have a devastating impact on your confidence. It can influence the way you see yourself in the mirror, the way you think others see you, and even the clothes you choose to wear.
But breasts encompass more than mere size. Their shape can also take an emotional toll on women; those with asymmetrical breasts tend to suffer from low confidence. Surgery, which improves shape and size, can reverse these effects and restore women to healthy confidence levels. Additional emotional benefits include:
- Improved social interactions
- Pleasure in clothing
- Feeling more youthful
- Renewed sense of femininity
In considering the breasts, it’s useful to note they are not as identical as they may initially appear. In fact, the right breast always differs from the left. Both have a unique shape and size so that they are never completely symmetrical.
Size, which seriously influences a woman’s overall happiness with her body, is an inherited trait. It can also fluctuate at different points throughout a woman’s life without any consistent pattern. For instance, some women’s breasts get larger after pregnancy, while others get smaller.
The Happiness Factor
One detrimental consequence of breast dissatisfaction is this: women unhappy with their breasts tend to skip self-examinations. They also feel uncertain about finding breast changes. These practices are vital to detecting and treating breast cancer, and skipping them can have serious consequences.
We mention this because happiness with breast size has much deeper implications than that of appearance. It is crucial that women feel good about their bodies and themselves in order to maintain healthy lifestyles. This is another way in which augmentation can be an important part of a woman’s life.
What Size Is the Right Size?
Some patients ask us the most commonly desired bra cup. Because breast size naturally differs, and augmentation will reflect your personal body shape, we say there is no right size.
We recommend you not look at other women when choosing to have this surgery, but instead look at your bust now, decide what you want it to look like in the future, and help us create a treatment plan designed just for you. This will ensure your satisfaction with the results.
A Brief History
Large, voluptuous breasts occur rarely in nature. But in the 1950s, American culture embraced the idea of womanly curves with the release of Barbie and busty starlets like Marilyn Monroe. Since then, women have yearned for full, shapely breasts that look equally attractive in sweaters, t-shirts, and little black dresses.
Before the development of breast implants, women used padded bras to achieve the desired effect. The earliest implants were made of the sponge until Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin gave us their invention of silicone implants. Since that fateful moment in 1962, when a U.S. woman underwent the nation’s first breast augmentation, ladies have never looked back.
In those early days, women had to choose one of four implant options: petite, small, medium, or large. Today, that number has leaped to over 450. Where silicone was once injected directly into the body – a bad idea for health – current implants made with this material are completely safe.
Who Is This Right for?
Once you know the reasons for wanting augmentation, we can take the necessary steps to determine your candidacy. The first step in our evaluation process will be to look at your current and previous health. We will review existing medical conditions – if you have any – on an individual basis to ensure you can safely undergo the procedure.
It’s important to know that every surgery poses some limitations. We’ve already discussed that breast augmentation Georgia is not a substitute for a breast lift, which can restore skin elasticity and give you a firmer bustline. If this is a consideration of your procedure, we’ll discuss further details during your consultation.
Similarly, your expectations should align with your body proportions and general physique. The goal of this procedure is to give you a balanced and natural appearance. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to jump three cup sizes, so set a realistic goal. If you need help with this, we will be happy to offer our advice and professional opinion.
Take Time to Heal
To get the best results, and to ensure a healthy outcome, we recommend you take time off from work to recover. This may be nothing more than a few days. We can give you a more exact timeline prior to your surgery, but a willingness to take the proper measures to heal will factor into your candidacy.
Who’s Not a Candidate
Smoking will reduce your chances of undergoing surgery because it can cause serious complications. Cigarettes restrict blood flow, a factor that will at the very least slow your healing time. Additionally, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have breast augmentation. Finally, this procedure is intended for patients age 18 or older.
This surgery helps many women recover from a loss of self-esteem. It poses few side effects, comes with relatively quick recovery time, and balances the body for a more natural – and lovely – appearance. In short, augmentation may be just the surgery you’re looking for.