Breast Augmentation

Serving Chattanooga, Tennessee

To learn more about breast augmentation, we recommend the following articles written by our surgeons:

Cosmetic Breast Surgery 

Breast Implants: Silicone or Saline?

AWAKE Breast Augmentation and Other Fantasies

The Silicone Solution

Implants, Lift, or Both?

Guidelines for Replacing 'Old' Implants

Structural Fat Grafting 

Every woman is endowed differently. Time, weight loss, pregnancy and nursing may decrease the volume, the shape and symmetry of the breasts.

Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, can improve breast size and shape to achieve both natural and striking results. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States.

Women choose to undergo breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Breast enlargement may be a good option if:

  • Your breasts are underdeveloped.
  • Your breast size is disproportionate to the rest of your body.
  • Your breasts have different shapes or sizes.
  • You have lost breast volume due to weight loss or pregnancy.
  • You wish to have larger, fuller breasts.
  • You are self-conscious about your breast size.

Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Our Chattanooga breast surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, PC are dedicated to giving you the body image you dream of with breast enhancement surgery. In your confidential consultation the surgeon will discuss in-depth with you your expectations, available options, risks, complications and his plan of care for you.

The size of your breast implant

To give you the best results, it is important for your surgeon to understand what size you would like your breasts to be at the end of your procedure. The overall shape, build, and skin available for augmentation will be important in determining the size of the breasts. If you have little or no breast tissue, very tight skin or are young, you typically can expect to increase your size from an A cup to approximately a C cup; however, stretching the muscle and skin too tightly can be detrimental.

Patients that want to be very large can do so if there is available skin for coverage; otherwise, this may require more than one procedure. If the skin envelope of your breast is very loose, a breast lift (mastopexy) may also be needed to achieve the best cosmetic result.

The shape of your breast implant

Our breast surgeons use round smooth walled implants. Round implants are always round. If a shaped implant turns inappropriately, a breast shape deformity can develop. Implants may be placed behind the breast tissue (submammary) or behind the pectoralis muscle (submuscular). Your surgeon will discuss the benefits of each type of placement during
your cosmetic consultation.

The style of your breast implant

How does one make a choice between silicone or saline implants?

  • Saline implant- is a silicone rubber shell which once placed by the surgeon is filled with saline solution through a valve.
  • Silicone gel implant – is a silicone rubber shell filled with a silicone gel. Today’s silicone gel is cohesive, so it is far less apt to leave the confines of its shell even if the shell is damaged.

Our goal as your cosmetic surgeon is to provide the safest and most appropriate implant device tailored to the needs of each patient and clinical situation.

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, please read our Questions About Breast Augmentation page.

For more information about breast enhancement surgery, please contact our Tennessee breast surgeons to schedule a confidential consultation in Tennessee.

Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications after surgery. To ensure optimal results, the Plastic Surgery Group advises that smokers quit smoking one month before surgery and not resume after. For more information please read the article Smoking and Plastic Surgery.