Breast Augmentation Cost & Procedure Information
A breast augmentation is a common surgical procedure used to address cosmetic concerns regarding the shape, size, and proportion of the breasts. Dr. Lincenberg our board-certified plastic surgeon and the entire team have over 30 years of experience with breast augmentation in the Atlanta area. Whether you're looking for a breast reduction or an implant, Dr. Lincenberg is an Atlanta breast augmentation specialist. We perform breast augmentation for clients in Atlanta and surrounding suburbs near Marietta, Cumming, Kennesaw, and Alpharetta.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lincenberg will review your medical history and answer any questions you may have. You will need to make decisions on breast size (cup size), on the type and shape of implants you will receive, and on the location of your incisions. Dr. Lincenberg will ask you for your personal preferences so he can recommend the right implant size and shape for you. You will also be able to try on breast implant sizers to help you with your decision on breast augmentation surgery.
Types of Breast Implants
You may choose either silicone or saline implants. Silicone implants are made from a gel that holds together uniformly while retaining the natural give that resembles breast tissue. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body and has a slightly firmer feel.
Breast Augmentation Costs
Our Breast Augmentation procedure can cost anywhere from $5000 - $9,000 depending on whether you're interested in saline implants or silicone implants. The actual costs will be determined after we understand your individual needs and wants for the procedure. We understand plastic surgery is an investment and want all of our clients to pursue it with as much knowledge as possible. Schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Lincenberg to learn more about the Atlanta plastic surgery procedures you’re interested in and get a specific quote.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Small breasts are made fuller either through breast enhancements by inserting saline or silicone implants or by addition of multiple fat grafts of your own tissue. You will need to make decisions on breast size (cup size), on the type and shape of implants you will receive, and on the location of your incisions. Implants can be inserted through a small incision along the edge of the areola or a small incision along the bottom edge of the breast. The fat graft procedure leaves no scars on the breasts. Dr. Lincenberg will discuss your options with you at your consultation, as well as whether or not fat grafting is an option for you.
The method of inserting and positioning your breast implants will depend on your anatomy and Dr. Lincenberg's recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease under the breast, on the edge of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Every effort is made by Dr. Lincenberg during his Atlanta breast augmentation procedures to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
What is having breast surgery like?
After you've made a decision on the style, breast cup size, the location of your incisions, and type and shape of implants you will receive, we can go ahead and perform the procedure. During the procedure, you will receive anesthesia from a board-certified anesthesiologist. Most clients enjoy going under general anesthesia because it puts them completely asleep throughout the entire procedure. This is normally more comfortable and less stressful. After you are asleep, Dr. Lincenberg will begin making the intentional and careful incisions beneath your current breasts.
Dr. Lincenberg will then insert the breast implants adjusting the placement and optimizing your shape. When the surgery is finished, you wake up after the procedure and feel slightly sore and swollen. This is completely normal, but you'll definitely notice the change in your breasts. Since you've undergone anesthesia and surgery, we highly suggest having a friend or family member drive you home afterward. Dr. Lincenberg will walk you through different massage techniques and processes to help your new breasts retain their shape and heal faster.
What are recovery techniques after breast surgery?
After the surgery, you'll receive an elastic bra. This bra is used to help hold the breasts in the correct position as you heal over the next few days. As you heal over the next couple of weeks we suggest a series of breast massages. These are used to put pressure on the walls of the implants pocket and to stop additional scar tissue developing. We also suggest continual breast massage throughout your life to help maintain your breasts shape and help them heal faster.
You'll begin for the first week after surgery massaging the implant towards the top of the pocket. Then after the first week, you'll begin to massage the implant to the outside, the inside, and the bottom of the breast. Remember you're not actually pushing the breast around, but want to push the implant within the breast around to press onto the different walls within the implant pocket. Use your left hand for your left breast and your right hand for your right breast. Below is a video to help explain it.
Breast Implant Massage
Will there be a scar? Incision Options for Breast Implants
There are 5 choices of an incision with breast augmentation, with one being reserved for women who want a breast lift along with their breast enhancement. The five are known as the Infra-mammary (under the breast incision), the Periareolar (nipple incision), Vertical (lollipop incision), Axillary (armpit incision), and the Trans-umbilical (belly button incision). First, the Infra-mammary incision is the most common, chosen by 2/3rds of women. It is preferred because it is hidden off the breast, doesn't cut into the milk glands, and helps the plastic surgeon lower the bottom of the breast more precisely. It is especially preferred if you are receiving anatomically identical implants. The periareolar incision is the cut at the bottom of the nipple and is preferred because the scar is hidden by the change in skin color from the areola and the breast. It does not cause loss of sensation in the nipple, even though it's been accused of this in the past. The Lollipop incision is best used when a breast lift is combined with an implant. This incision circles the areola then moves straight down to the breast crease.
Two other incisions are offered to help hide the scar. In Dr. Lincenberg's opinion, both options have drawbacks. The Axillary incision requires the surgeon to create a tunnel through the chest to install the breast implants. The client could potentially see their implants move into this cavity, causing the breasts to look high and misproportioned. The same can happen with the Trans-umbilical incision. Below is a video where Dr. Lincenberg talks about the five different incisions and their uses.
Over or under the muscle? Breast Implant Surgery Techniques
Should your breast implant go above or below your pectoral muscle? Your pectoral muscle stretches from the humorous to the sternum or breastbone. When we talk about the pectoral muscle within breast augmentation, the implant either sits on top of the muscle or below it. Your breast rests on the surface of the muscle and gets some of its blood flow from the muscle. If you're having a breast lift along with your augmentation, it would be beneficial for you to choose to go under the muscle with your implant. This helps blood flow to the breast, improving the effectiveness of healing.
When the implant is placed on top of the muscle, the muscle moves freely underneath and any movement doesn't squeeze the implant. When the implant is placed under the muscle, the muscle lies on the top of the implant and muscle movement can misshapen the breasts. On the positive side, it does allow for a more natural curve of the breast and would be recommended if you are smaller or thinner. Watch below for our information on under or over the muscle breast implant techniques.
Should I get saline or silicone implants?
Benefits of Saline Breast Implants
- The saline implant is empty when inserted, so it can be inserted through a smaller incision than silicone implants.
- A pair of saline implants can cost as much as $1000-$2500 less per implant than a pair of silicone. This is savings that are directly past on to our customers.
- Saline can be adjusted for size, which is perfect for women with slightly different sized natural breasts
Benefits of Silicone Breast Implants
- Silicone implants, since 2006, are made with 5th generation silicone that does not leak, even when the shell is broken.
- They feel more natural, where saline implants can feel like you're pushing a water balloon.
- Silicone implants have a less chance of rippling.
Finally, the advice to change your implants every 10 years is not true. Once you have your breast implants, you can enjoy your new breasts for a lifetime. watch the video below for more information on saline and silicone implants.