By changing the shape and size of your breasts to match your body style, breast augmentation can enhance your appearance, improve your self-confidence, and allow you to wear a wider variety in clothing fashions. Dr. Kristin Boehm, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, performs breast augmentation procedures that provide women with the breasts they have always dreamed of.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients who choose Dr. Boehm as their breast augmentation specialist can look forward to receiving a customized plan that helps them to achieve their ideal breast form and size. Each of Dr. Boehm’s procedures combines modern surgical techniques with classical aesthetics to enhance the natural contours of a woman’s breasts.
Why Get a Breast Augmentation?
- Rebalance a voluptuous figure
- Correct volume loss due to aging and pregnancy
- Balance asymmetrical breasts
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Boehm performs the breast augmentation procedure using intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. After the patient is sedated or put to sleep by a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Boehm makes incisions along natural skin folds and creases to eliminate the possibility of a noticeable scar forming after surgery. The incisions are placed in one of the following areas:
- In the creases beneath the breasts
- Around the nipple
- In the armpit
The choice regarding which area the incisions will be placed is based on the patient’s body type and surgical goals. After the incisions are made, the implants are inserted and positioned under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscles. The incisions are then carefully closed using special sutures. Surgical dressings are placed over the breasts. A support bra is used to support the breasts and decrease swelling. Total procedure time is typically between one to two hours.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Following the procedure, the patient is brought to the postoperative recovery room where they are monitored by recovery doctors, nurses, and staff members. Once the patient is awake and alert and their pain is under control, they may be driven home by a family member or friend. Postoperative instructions will be given to the patient before they go home. These instructions should be closely followed. Dr. Boehm recommends that a friend or family member stay with the patient the night of and day after surgery.
Some soreness and swelling are to be expected after the procedure. Prescription and/or over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications can be used as directed by Dr. Boehm. Swelling typically begins to decrease three days after surgery and usually subsides after five to seven days. The patient will see Dr. Boehm for the first postoperative appointment approximately one week after surgery. Dressings will be removed and the incisions will be checked at this time. Patients will be given instructions regarding taking care of their incisions and slowly increasing physical activity. Patients can expect to be completely recovered from surgery within six to eight weeks after their procedure.
Patients notice that their breasts appear fuller and have more shape immediately after their surgery. Final results are seen when swelling subsides. These results include the following:
- Balanced, natural-looking breasts
- Breasts that match the patient’s body size, shape, and type
Many patients also see an increase in confidence and happiness levels after their procedure. Dr. Boehm has helped countless women get the breast augmentation results they want.
Women who would like to improve the appearance of their breasts may be candidates for a breast augmentation procedure. The procedure is usually only performed on patients who have no serious illnesses or medical conditions and have a positive outlook and realistic expectations. Patients who smoke will be asked to stop doing so before and after their procedure as smoking can increase the risk of infection and interfere with postsurgical healing processes. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding will have to have surgery at a later date.
One of Dr. Boehm’s goals as a breast augmentation specialist is to establish a trusting relationship with her patients. Her initial breast augmentation consultations are extremely thorough. In a calm, comfortable, and relaxed environment, patients are able to learn everything they need to know to make an educated and informed decision regarding surgery. The three parts of an initial consultation include the following:
- A medical history review
- A physical examination in which pictures will be taken for review
- A discussion regarding the patient’s goals and expectations
Dr. Boehm requests that patients bring pictures of how they would like their breasts to look after surgery to their appointment. The review of these pictures and creation of a customized treatment plan is the final step of the consultation process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are my breast implant options?
Dr. Boehm offers the two best implant options: cohesive silicone gel or saline (salt water) filled implants. She will discuss the benefits of each with you at your initial consultation. She will also give you her implant recommendation regarding what type of implant will give you the results you want. Implants are available in moderate, moderate-high, and high profile styles.
Will my breasts look fake or overly round after my procedure?
Absolutely not. Dr. Boehm enhances the breasts rather than recreating them. At your initial consultation, she will show you before and after photos of patients she has performed breast augmentations on. She will show you how your breasts are similar and different to the patients in the pictures. You will be able to see the natural-looking results that Dr. Boehm is able to provide her patients with.
Are there risks associated with a breast augmentation procedure?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. Dr. Boehm will present the risks specific to breast augmentation surgery to you at your initial consultation. Once informed by Dr. Boehm, the overwhelming majority of patients find that the potential benefits of a breast augmentation procedure far outweigh the potential risks associated with the procedure.
How can I maximize my results?
Caring for your breasts and incisions are the best ways to maximize your results. You should adhere to the instructions Dr. Boehm gives you after surgery. Also, you should not lift objects that weigh more than five pounds or raise your arms over your head until six weeks after your surgery. Your support bra should be worn exactly as instructed.
When will my stitches be taken out?
Incision healing is a very important part of the breast augmentation recovery process. One week after surgery, Dr. Boehm will look at your incision to see how well it is healing. She will take the post-surgical dressing off at this time but will not remove your sutures. Over the course of two to three weeks, your incision healing will be monitored and your sutures will be taken out when Dr. Boehm says it is okay to do so.
Will I have a noticeable scar after my procedure? Will I be limited in the type of shirts, tops, and dresses I can wear?
No. The incisions used to perform a breast augmentation will form scars; however, they will not in any way be noticeable. Dr. Boehm places incisions along natural skins folds and creases to ensure they are well hidden and blend naturally with the skin. You do not need to worry about a scar being noticeable because you are wearing a specific type or style of clothing.
When can I resume exercise and strenuous physical activity?
Patients can slowly begin to increase physical activity six weeks after surgery. Dr. Boehm will give you specific instructions regarding exactly what to do.
Do I have to take a break from having sex after my surgery?
Dr. Boehm encourages patients to take a short break from sex to allow incision healing and maximum results. She will discuss this in detail with you at your initial consultation.
Will breast implants impair my breast health?
Your breast implants will in no way impair your breast health. There is no link between breast implants and any type of disease.
Will IV sedation or general anesthesia be used for my procedure?
Dr. Boehm typically uses IV sedation to perform breast augmentation procedures. In some cases, general anesthesia is used to ensure the patient’s absolute safety. At your initial consultation, Dr. Boehm will let you know exactly what she will use for your procedure.
Will I ever need to replace my implants?
There is a general misconception that implants will at some point need to be replaced. Dr. Boehm ensures permanent results by properly positioning the implants during surgery and by closely following her patients after their procedure. If you undergo a breast augmentation with Dr. Boehm and are concerned about your implants, you can make an appointment with her at any time to have a checkup.
Do I really need to stop smoking?
Yes. Smoking interferes with your body’s healing processes and increases your risk of infection. You will be asked to stop smoking for an extended period of time before and after your procedure.
Is Dr. Boehm board certified?
Dr. Boehm is a double board certified plastic surgeon who is widely regarded as one of the top plastic surgeons in Georgia.
How do I determine if I am a candidate for surgery?
Patients who have breast augmentation typically do so because they feel their breasts are too small, underdeveloped, and/or lack volume. Patients also commonly have the procedure when their breasts change size and shape after pregnancy or substantial weight loss. If you are unhappy with your breasts and would like to change their appearance, the definitive way to determine if breast augmentation is something that can help you is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Boehm.
What should I do to prepare for my initial consultation with Dr. Boehm?
Dr. Boehm asks that you bring the following to your initial consultation:
- A list of the medicines and herbal supplements you are currently taking
- A list of your previous surgeries
- A list of questions and concerns
She also asks that you bring photos of how you would like your breast to look after surgery.
How do I arrange my initial consultation with Dr. Boehm?
To arrange your initial breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Boehm, please contact Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA, at (770) 457-6303.