Breast Augmentation Overview
Breast augmentation surgery has changed the lives of countless women throughout Atlanta, giving them fuller, shapelier breasts. Dr. Connors offers this surgery and provides numerous options to meet the diverse aesthetic needs of women. Breast augmentation is successfully achieved with the placement of silicone or saline implants. During the consultation, Dr. Connors allows women the opportunity to “try on” their size before surgery with the state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging system. Breast augmentation continues to be the most sought after cosmetic surgery in the United States today.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Dr. Connors recently performed a breast augmentation for me and I could not be happier with the results. He took so much time, listening to my concerns and was genuinely interested in making sure everything turned out perfect!!!! Dr. Connors is professional, compassionate, and above all, makes you feel beautiful. I have never had a doctor that took the time to personally return my phone calls, and to follow up so much, and who had such an incredible bedside manner!!! I would recommend Dr. Connors 200%, hands down to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure!! Also, the staff is fantastic!!!"- K.M. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2010
"Dr. Connors is the absolute BEST plastic surgeon ever! He did my breast augmentation and liposuction eight months ago. My results are absolutely fantastic. He and his staff took great care of me. Dr. Connors' credentials are unbeatable. Apparently he did over 100 breast augmentations last year. There must be a lot of happy patients out there! I can't imagine finding a better surgeon. Thanks for taking such good care of me!"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2010
"Dr.Connors is a wonderful person and surgeon . He and his awesome team made me feel so comfortable and safe . He performed a breast augmentation on me and gave my confidence back . I would always go back there for bigger procedures instead of finding a different surgeon . Thank you so much for loving what I see in the mirror every day :)"- J.I. / Facebook / Jun 08, 2015
"Dr. Connors performed my silicone breast augmentation and liposuction of my outer thighs 8 months ago. He did a fantastic job! Dr. Connors took great care of me. It was obvious to me that he is an expert in his field! He knew exactly what he was doing and guided me through every step of the recovery process. He is Harvard trained and his credentials are so impressive! Thank you for taking such good care of me. Thank you for giving me PERFECT breasts! Thank you for making this surgical experience absolutely fantastic!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 20, 2010
"Fantastic Surgeon! - I am so happy that I chose Dr. Connors to perform my plastic surgery. I am thrilled with my breast augmentation and liposuction. I am a mother of three children and I breast fed all of them. Dr. Connors helped make my breasts look perfect again! He also performed my liposuction and the way he sculpted my body was absolutely amazing. I have done a lot of research on plastic surgeons and I have not found another surgeon with as impressive qualifications as Dr. Connors. I love that he did his plastic surgery training at Harvard. Even more impressive though is that he is so down to earth. He definitely took the time to listen to all of my concerns and answer all of my questions both before and after surgery. He really made me feel special. What a great experience! Thank you Dr. Connors for making me look beautiful and for taking such good care of me!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Dec 27, 2010
Saline VS. Silicone
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and offer no risk to the patient in terms of extracapsular spread or silicone leakage. Saline implants are appealing to many because they generally cost less than silicone implants. In some patients, silicone may be a better option due to the rippling that may occur along the edges of the saline implant that can be visible in thin-chested women. Patients considering saline implants must be at least 18 years of age.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel substance that looks and feels similar to natural breast tissue. They are ideal for women who are thin-chested. Silicone implants are specially engineered so that if the shell should become compromised (a surface crack), the silicone will remain intact within the implant (known as cohesive gel implants). Silicone implant defects are rare and can only be found through an MRI, unlike saline implants which will deflate. Patients must be at least 22 years of age to receive silicone implants.
Other Implant Information
- Saline: MENTOR® or Allergan (branded as Natrelle®)
- Silicone: Allergan (branded as Natrelle® Gel), Mentor (branded as MemoryGel®) and Sientra, known simply as Silicone Gel Breast Implants
An implant profile depicts the distance the breast will project forward from the chest wall. Implants are made in low, moderate, high and extra high profiles.
Breast implants come in two shapes. Round implants tend to offer more fullness on the top of the breast, while teardrop implants are touted to mimic the shape and look of natural breasts.
Breast implants are made with a smooth or textured surface. Round implants can be chosen with either surface, while teardrop implants are made with a textured surface only.
- Submammary (Retromammary): Under the mammary gland, over the muscle (sometimes called 'subglandular')
- Subfascial (Retrofacial): Under the fascia of the muscle
- Dual Plane: Along two planes/layers
- Submuscular (Retromuscular): Mostly under the muscle
- Complete Submuscular (Full retromuscular): Completely under the muscle
Dr. Connors uses a special tool known as the Keller Funnel, which assists in the placement of silicone gel implants. This technique prevents potential contamination, and makes placement and insertion of gel implants easier, while reducing potential risks and long term implant rupture. Click Here to Learn More About The Keller Funnel.
- Inframammary: The incision is made in the breast crease where the breast meets the torso
- Periareolar: The incision is made just under and along the areola
- Transaxillary: The incision is made in the armpit (Not Recommended)
- Transumbilical: The incision is made in the belly button (Not Recommended)
Breast Augmentation During/After Surgery
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will need to rest for a couple of days, but will be encouraged to move around in order to promote circulation. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, it is normal to feel tightness in the chest area. Patients may resume their normal exercise routines within 4-6 weeks. It typically takes around 6 months for the breasts to fall into their final position. The result is a softer, natural looking breast appearance.
Breast Augmentation Expected Cost
The cost for breast augmentation surgery will vary depending on whether saline implants or silicone implants are used. The average cost for breast augmentation using saline implants is about $5,400-$5,700. Silicone implants generally run about $1,000 more.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,400 - $6,700
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Saline or Silicone?
Both saline and silicone implants are popular choices among surgeons and patients. In general, patients with a decent amount of breast tissue are good candidates for saline implants, while those with limited tissue and thin chest walls will benefit from silicone.
Is Silicone Safe?
Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For reconstruction cases, they choose them 3 times more often.
Breast Aug or Lift?
Breast augmentation will help with size, but it will not correct sagging. If you are happy with the shape and laxity of your breasts, then implants alone may meet your cosmetic goals. If sagging is what is most bothersome to you, then you may be considered for a breast lift. During your consult, we will determine if you are better suited for breast augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two.
Risk of Rupture?
Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and regular check-ups, the risks for rupture are rare. If a saline implant does rupture, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate, becoming visibly noticeable. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.
How Long do They Last?
Most implants will last about 10 to 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.