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As adults, we put effort into looking a certain way. Our clothes, hairstyles, makeup, and posture reflect conscious choices we make to show the world a version of ourselves that feels genuine, empowered, and beautiful. So why should our breasts be any different?
Dr. Asaf Yalif, a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, may dramatically enhance your breast size, contour, and symmetry with a procedure known as Breast Augmentation. In addition, the upper body's silhouette and proportions are often altered for the better, resulting in better-fitting clothing and a more symmetrical overall appearance. The purpose of breast augmentation, or any other breast enhancement procedures, such as breast lift (mastopexy), nipple correction, or areola reshaping, is to make you happier with your body and appearance.
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For Breast Augmentation, a silicone implant (prosthesis) is put under the breast (submammary) or between the breast and chest muscle (subpectoral) and then filled with saline. This prosthesis enlarges the breast area to give a fuller bust (larger cup size), better shape, and more cleavage.
Women today have more breast implant options than ever before, which makes Breast Augmentation even more exciting for patients. Dr. Yalif offers multiple sizes of all breast implant styles, and you can choose round or shaped implants, depending on your personal preference. Your consultation with our Atlanta Breast Augmentation expert, Dr. Yalif, sets the foundation for getting results that exceed your expectations. He can help you choose the size, shape, and type of implant filling that best suits your body and aesthetic goals.
Dr. Yalif offers implants by Mentor, one of the most trusted names in breast implant safety and technology. These implants can be filled with either medical-grade saline solution, cohesive silicone gel, or highly cohesive silicone gel, sometimes called “gummy bears.” The choice of implant filling is one of personal preference. Most patients believe the cohesive gel implants feel and look more like natural breasts and are used in more than 80% of Breast Augmentation procedures performed in the United States. Silicone implants arrive at our office pre-filled, so Dr. Yalif makes a slightly larger incision than he uses for saline implants, which he fills after they’re inserted.
Most patients discuss their goals in terms of bra sizes—you may want to increase from a B to a D, for example. But breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) because bra sizes can vary a great deal depending on the brand. By listening to patients describe the types of results they want and performing a thorough physical exam, Dr. Yalif can help recommend implant sizes that can meet patients’ goals. Additionally, we use a volume-sizing kit that gives you a chance to envision the possible results and make adjustments if needed. This is a valuable tool that our patients appreciate.
Silicone gel implants can be either round, with volume evenly distributed all around, or teardrop-shaped, with more volume in the lower portion. Patients who desire more upper breast fullness typically choose round implants.
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Women from the metro Atlanta area come to Y Plastic Surgery in Atlanta and Alpharetta for Breast Augmentation with renowned specialist Dr. Asaf Yalif. He understands that each woman has very personal reasons for wanting breast enhancement surgery. Some want to feel more feminine or enjoy a more balanced figure with fuller breasts. Other women have had children and simply want to restore the appearance of their pre-pregnancy breasts. In all cases, Dr. Yalif listens closely to each woman’s goals and helps her choose the breast implants and surgical techniques that best suit her needs.
The shape of breasts with implants depends on the shape of the implant. Implants can be round or in the shape of a teardrop (more naturally anatomical). Which one a woman picks depends on how she wants to look. Anatomical implants give the upper part of the breast a gentle slope that makes it look fuller, while round implants give the upper part of the breast a round curve.
Another thing to think about before surgery is the width of the breasts, which affects how much "cleavage" there is between the breasts and the outer curves. It's important to have realistic expectations. Some women think of their breast size in terms of the size of their bra cups. If a size "A" wanted to be a size "C," there still needs to be enough breast tissue to cover the implants.
The desire for fuller, shapelier breasts is something women of all ages may feel. Dr. Yalif believes that ideal Breast Augmentation candidates should be in good overall health and undergoing the procedure for personal fulfillment, not to attract or impress others. They also should have realistic expectations about the results. Breast augmentation can:
“Love Dr Yalif – Roswell, GA – He did a great job on my breast augmentation. They look very natural, very little scarring and perfect sizing. My recovery was super easy. I had no pain and no problems from my surgery. Most of all he took good care of me and made me feel safe.”
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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S., and Dr. Yalif uses the most advanced techniques when he performs this surgery. He creates a surgical plan based on your consultation, which includes a specific incision site and how he will place the implants.
Dr. Yalif inserts implants through one of three types of incisions:
This is at the base of the breast, just above the crease where it connects to the chest wall. This is the most common location because they offer excellent access to the breast pocket and are well-concealed beneath the breasts.
These incisions are made along the lower edge of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This is a very discreet incision, but you should inform Dr. Yalif if you plan to breastfeed in the future because there is a small risk of disrupting the milk ducts.
A surgeon makes an incision in the underarm area. There is no scar on the breast, but the incision can be seen when lifting your arms while wearing a bikini or tank top. It’s not suitable for patients who get silicone gel implants.
Dr. Yalif uses the Keller Funnel® to insert breast implants for optimal sterility and safety. The funnel enables him to place the implants without touching them, lowering the risk of complications. He places the implants either in front of or behind the chest muscle. A subglandular placement involves inserting implants behind the existing breast tissue but in front of the muscle. This is possible for patients with enough existing tissue to adequately camouflage the implant.
A submuscular placement involves inserting implants behind the pectoral muscle. This is a popular choice because the chest muscle provides more coverage for the implant, and the result often looks and feels more natural. Dr. Yalif also offers a subfascial implant placement. Using this technique, he creates a pocket behind a thin strip of connective tissue called the fascia—but in front of the muscle itself. It’s an appropriate approach in some cases and can be discussed with Dr. Yalif during the consultation.
How long does it take to recover from Breast Augmentation?
Recovery from Breast Augmentation surgery is generally well tolerated. You can anticipate a week or so of pain from the incisions; expect muscle pain as well if the implants were placed behind the muscle. The second week is usually considerably better with much less sharp pain with some muscle soreness and aching.
In addition, the implants will start to feel a bit softer as the tissues accommodate the implant. Dr. Yalif may allow you to resume exercise at this point while wearing a sports bra or may ask you to wait a few more weeks if the surgery was more extensive. The implants will continue to soften and settle over the next four to eight weeks.
It has been shown that Breast Augmentation treatments lead to results that last for at least ten years. All breast implants are safe and long-lasting. This means that silicone, saline, and fat transfer implants are all made to last as long as possible in the body. You can expect the benefits of your breast enlargement to last at least ten years, and some may last up to twenty years.
Many women who come to our practice have had children and are looking to recapture their pre-pregnancy bodies. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a physical toll on the breasts and abdominal area. A mommy makeover combines cosmetic breast surgery, such as a breast lift combined with Breast Augmentation, along with body contouring procedures that typically include a tummy tuck and liposuction. Dr. Yalif’s experience makes him an excellent choice if you’re considering a mommy makeover.
Breast augmentation at our practice typically costs around $7,650. This amount may vary some depending on the details of your individual procedure. You can learn more about the price of your procedure at your individual consultation.
Having children causes changes to your breasts. The size of the ducts increases as they prepare to produce milk and the surrounding soft tissue of the breast also stretches. The implant remains the same, but the tissue around it can change dramatically. Similarly, when you stop breastfeeding the gland may shrink as it stops producing milk. This results in the breast deflating and appearing to fall off of the implant.
Yes, you can! We recommend choosing the inframammary incision to avoid risk to your duct tissue. Even if we use an incision along the lower edge of the areola, though, it should not result in enough scar tissue to interfere with breastfeeding. It’s important to remember, however, that not all women can breastfeed infants whether or not they get breast implants.
Yes, we do. Breast enhancement using fat from another area of your body is a technique we offer for women who want a modest increase in the size of their breasts without having implants inserted. Fat transfer is a technique that’s used in multiple ways, including as an alternative to synthetic fillers and for buttock augmentation.
The discomfort depends on the techniques used during the procedure. The area where the incisions are made will feel similar to recovering from a deep cut but can be managed with pain medication. Implant placement also affects your experience. If the implant is placed above the muscle, there is some ache, but it is generally mild. Placing the implant below the muscle causes more of a deep ache for several weeks. While we do prescribe pain medication, few patients need to take all of them. Most patients tolerate recovery quite well, whether we go above or below the muscle.
Yes, it’s safe! Risks associated with any surgery, such as anesthesia, are part of Breast Augmentation, of course. Complications also occur, including capsular contracture (when scar tissue develops around the implant capsule). This occurs in fewer than 5% of the cases. Breast asymmetry is uncommon but it can happen. Even less common risks are infection or bleeding around the implant. Implants may rupture or leak, but again this rarely occurs. Extremely rare is a risk of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of cancer that develops in the capsule your body forms around an implant. It is highly treatable when caught early and is associated with certain types of implants. During your consultation for Breast Augmentation Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Yalif will be able to discuss this issue thoroughly with you. Finally, breast implants are not designed to last forever. The FDA recommends changing implants every 10 years. This means there is a 100% chance of reoperation in most patients who elect to get breast augmentation. Dr. Yalif is a fellowship-trained and triple board-certified plastic surgeon who, along with his supportive staff, earns the trust and gratitude of his patients. Use the online form to request a consultation with Dr. Yalif at our location in Atlanta or Alpharetta, which is only a short drive from midtown Atlanta. For a breast augmentation consultation, you can also call us at (404) 822-4402 to schedule an appointment.
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