Breast Augmentation in Chattanooga

Whether it is a breast augmentation (saline or silicone implants), breast lift or breast reduction, breast enhancement surgery is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures to date. Breast enhancement procedures are intended to restore or create an appealing body contour for women who are unhappy with their breast size.

A breast augmentation through the use of breast implants is ideal for increasing the size of the breast, balancing size asymmetry , restoring post-pregnancy volume loss or allowing for an aesthetically pleasing body contour by providing feminine curvature. Please note that while a breast augmentation can improve asymmetry, it cannot completely correct it nor can it improve form defects.

This outpatient procedure is performed under twilight sedation and takes about 45 minutes to complete. We prefer to complete the surgery in our AAAHC accredited surgery facility located at our Chattanooga office suite. This allows for lower surgical costs and less likelihood of exposure to infections commonly found in hospitals. The patient may choose to have the procedure performed in a hospital setting if preferred as our Board Certified Surgeons do hold hospital privileges.

Breast Augmentation Cost in our Chattanooga Practice

The cost of breast augmentation at our Chattanooga practice typically starts at $3,800 for saline implants and $4,800 for silicone. At the time of your consultation, you will receive a quote which lists all costs involved with your procedure including pre-operation and post-operation visits, laser scar treatments, anesthesia, facility/material and surgeon fees. You can also discuss financing options with our patient care coordinator.

Saline or Silicone Implants?

Because everyone is created differently, there are many variables cosmetic surgeons can manipulate during a breast augmentation such as implant placement (under the muscle or over?), material (saline or silicone?)and incision location. While we do offer both saline and silicone breast implants, we believe our best results come from silicone gel. In terms of breast implant composition, saline vs. silicone, we urge patients to do their research . We offer additional information regarding implants here.

Breast Implant Placement and Incisions

In regards to breast implant placement, implants can be placed under the muscle (Subpectoral) or over the muscle (Subglandular) . Our surgeons most commonly place the implant under the muscle (sub-muscular) as this method better conceals the implant and its potential for rippling which allows for more natural results. This technique also reduces the risk for capsular contracture. While this approach has many advantages,  it can cause more immediate postoperative discomfort and require longer recovery time than subglandular placement.

When the implant is placed over the pectoralis muscle, directly under the breast tissue, surgeons refer to this as Subglandular placement. While this technique may not require as long of a recovery and less postoperative discomfort as subpectoral placement, the chances for capsular contracture are greatest with this approach. Moreover, results are not as natural. While we do not prefer this approach at our practice, there are times when subglandular breast implant placement is necessary. This technique is particularly ideal for extremely athletic patients such as bodybuilders who are more susceptible to muscular distortion which sometimes occurs when the implant is placed under the muscle.

Dual plane placement is when the implant is only partially under the muscle. A dual-plane placement allows for the upper portion of the implant to be covered by the pectoralis muscle while the lower portion of the implant is only subglandular.

As a result, a gentle lift is provided and, for many, a more invasive lift can be avoided altogether. Even better, this approach has a lower likelihood of capsular contracture than subglandular. As far as incisions are concerned, our Board Certified Surgeons typically place the incision at Inframammary fold (the crease below the breast tissue) or around the areola (Periareolar ).

Recovery

Following the breast augmentation, a layer of elastic tape and light compression bra must be worn. Patients can typically resume light activities after three to four days. However, regular activities can not be performed for one to two weeks and strenuous activities (jogging or horseback riding) is not advisable for six weeks following the surgery.

As with any surgery, certain risks are innate with this procedure. One of the most serious, yet rare, risks associated with this procedure is infection. Infections typically surface within the first few weeks following the surgery but can show up later. In the event of an infection, the implant must be removed.

Another potential risk is implant rejection. Although very rare, the rejection of an implant is often due to an oversized implant and can make successful augmentation impossible. Luckily, most patients accept the implant without any difficulty.

Although most scars will fade, scarring at the incision is an inevitable result of a breast augmentation. Visibility will depend on the location of the incision and the quality of the patient’s skin.

Breast Sensation After a Breast Augmentation

Temporary numbness or discomfort is common up to 12 months following a breast augmentation. In very rare cases, numbness can become permanent. The risk of permanent sensory loss is associated with implant size. The larger the implant, the higher the chance of permanent numbness.

Although most women are able to breast feed after a breast augmentation, it is a possibility that implants could complicate breast feeding.

Potential Risks

Patients who receive breast implants have a 1 in 5 chance of additional breast surgery. Repeat surgery most often includes implant exchange, implant removal, pocket revision, breast lift, capsular contraction and removal of leaking saline implants. Breast implants are not intended as a lifetime device and , as recommended by most manufacturers, should be replaced every ten years.

Capsular Contracture

One possible hazard of a breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This condition is a result of the natural tissue capsule that forms and unnaturally hardens around the implant. In mild cases, simple breast compression exercises can resolve this issue. In severe cases, however, additional surgery is required to alleviate the discomfort. As projected by the FDA, overall, annual risk of capsular contracture is 15 to 20 percent within the first three years of surgery.

Breast Augmentation Surgeons

The board certified surgeons at Advanced Surgical Concepts strive to provide the most balanced and natural looking breasts for your body. That is why we treat each case differently and will not establish a course of action until we have evaluated your health and carefully listened to your expectations.

Before you decide on a cosmetic surgeon for your breast enhancement,it is vital to do your research and choose a qualified surgeon. Dr. White is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. White is also a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Our Christian staff allows for an environment where you will feel respected and secure. In addition, most procedures are performed in-house. This provides convenience, safety and reduced costs for the patient.

During your consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons, it is essential to clearly communicate your concerns and expectations. If you would like more information on breast enhancement, call or email us.

 

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