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Advanced Aesthetic Surgery offers residents of the Atlanta and Marietta area world-class breast augmentation (breast enlargement) performed by a compassionate doctor. Following this introductory section, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Lintner, has provided a document with his thoughts on breast augmentation to give you a more in-depth look at breast implants.
Dr. Lintner does not employ a “bigger is better” approach to breast augmentation. He wants his patients to have breast implants that fit their body. As a caring surgeon, Dr. Lintner bases his breast enlargement recommendations on an individual’s needs and on achieving a natural look.
When planning for breast augmentation surgery, patients must consider placement and size of their breast implants. Dr. Lintner will review the advantages of placing breast implants under the muscle instead of over the muscle. He also wants patients to be aware of the possible incision locations when deciding on breast enlargement.
Many patients are concerned about complications and recovery time for breast enlargement. Aware of these concerns, Dr. Lintner reviews possible complications with all of his breast augmentation patients prior to surgery. Dr. Lintner will also discuss the possibility of combining your breast surgery with a tummy tuck or liposuction, if appropriate.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Women in good health who wish to have fuller and/or more symmetrical breasts that are proportionate to their body type are considered ideal candidates for breast augmentation. Depending on their unique wants and needs, individuals who qualify as candidates for this procedure can benefit from the procedure in a number of ways, such as:
- Increased breast size and volume
- Improved breast symmetry
- Post-breastfeeding volume loss can be restored
- Repositioned nipple/areola
- More self-confidence
- Additional clothing/fit options
During your consultation, Dr. Lintner will ask you to discuss your individual concerns, allowing him to create a customized treatment plan that can best address your aesthetic goals. In some cases, Dr. Lintner may recommend combining your augmentation with a breast lift.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Most adult women in good health can be considered candidates for breast augmentation. While there is no upper age limit for the procedure, patients seeking silicone breast implants must be at least 21 years old. Saline breast implants can be placed in patients who are 18 years of age or older. Exceptions can usually be made for breast cancer patients under these age requirements who plan to undergo breast reconstruction.
Ideal breast augmentation candidates should have good skin quality, but individuals who exhibit some skin laxity may benefit from combining breast lift with their procedure. You will be able to discuss your goals and expectations during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lintner, and he will make recommendations for the approach that he believes can best meet your unique needs.
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
Women are now able to choose silicone breast implants for breast augmentation. Approved by the FDA in November 2006, silicone breast implants create soft, natural looking enhancements.
In January 2011, the FDA released an advisory statement for women with breast implants. The FDA has not changed the status or availability of breast implants and has reaffirmed that the devices are safe and effective. Please click here for more information. We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it comes to light.
FDA data shows no correlation between silicone breast implants and disease. Potential long-term complications include leakage and the hardening of the implant pocket; however, these conditions are rare. Dr. Thomas Lintner places such a premium on patient safety that long after his patients are healed and back to normal, he continues to see his patients annually, free of charge until he retires, for a thorough examination. If any problems are found during these free follow-up visits, they can be diagnosed and treated quickly.
What is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
After surgery, patients will need a family member or friend to drive them home. Dr. Lintner encourages patients to rest for about an hour after they arrive home, but recommends getting up and moving around shortly thereafter. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for approximately six to eight weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work and their daily activities after about two weeks of recovery. Light exercise may be resumed after four weeks; however, weights and more vigorous exercises should be avoided for six weeks or longer, depending on what type of activity you are doing. When resuming more difficult activities, Dr. Lintner encourages patients to take it easy and ease back into your routine.
Patients often feel tired and sore for a few days after surgery, and will experience a bit of tightness in their chest area. Any mild discomfort can usually be alleviated with medication. Dr. Lintner will provide customized aftercare instructions for each of his patients – adhering to his advice can help ensure you achieve the best possible results and minimize any chance of complications.
Dr. Lintner will conduct follow-up appointments for breast augmentation patients at one week, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year. He also encourages patients to continue to return each year for a complimentary check-up appointment, ensuring any potential issues can be found and addressed as soon as possible.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How do I choose the right shape and size for my breast implants?
To select the right type of breast implants, many factors must be taken into consideration, including your body type and individual aesthetic goals. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to breast implants—what looks good on one person may not look good on another. In your consultation, Dr. Lintner can conduct a thorough examination to help you determine the best possible options to achieve your desired look.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Due to the customizable nature of the procedure, breast augmentation cost can vary from patient to patient. The total price depends on the type of implants selected, surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, hospital/facility fee, medications, compression garments, and more. According to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation is approximately $3,700. To help make the cost more manageable, we offer plastic surgery financing through Parasail and Prosper Healthcare lending. A surgeon’s skill and experience are usually factored into the price, as well, so any surgery that is heavily discounted is probably best to avoid.
Is there an age limit for breast implants?
Although some patients may be concerned about being “too old” for breast implants, there is actually no upper age limit for breast augmentation candidates. As long as a patient is in good health, they can usually be considered a candidate. However, there are some minimum age requirements: individuals should be at least 18 years old for saline implants, and silicone implants can only be placed in patients 21 years of age and older (although exceptions are often made for breast reconstruction cases).
Can I still breastfeed after breast augmentation?
Women who were able to breastfeed prior to breast augmentation should still be able to breastfeed after surgery. Unfortunately, if a woman elects to have breast augmentation surgery prior to having children, she may be unaware of whether or not she was ever able to breastfeed initially. Dr. Lintner takes great care to utilize a surgical technique that protects the integrity of the milk ducts, helping to ensure the ability to breastfeed is not affected by surgery.
Which implant placement will give me the most natural appearance?
Depending on your unique body proportions, Dr. Lintner can recommend the best possible placement for your implants. In most cases, he prefers to place breast implants under the muscle, but certain individuals may benefit from subglandular (above the muscle) placement. Everyone is different, so Dr. Lintner creates a personalized treatment plan for each of his patients.
Contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery
To learn more about breast enlargement and Dr. Lintner’s thoughts on breast implants, read the breast augmentation document that he prepared for you. If you are interested in breast enlargement with breast implants, contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation.