Breast Implant Surgery Atlanta: What You Need To Know

by | Jun 12, 2018 | Breast Implant Complications, Breast Implant Education Center, Breast Implants Before and After, Plastic Surgeon Feature

What to know before your breast enhancement surgery

IMPORTANT NOTE: Below you may find untouched before and after photos of patients who have granted permission to their surgeon to show them anonymously. While we protect the identities of our patients, please be advised that by their nature, these photos contain sensitive content.

Researching breast implants, breast augmentation, and plastic surgery can be a daunting task. With so much information out there, how do you know where to start? Below you can read through some of the most important things you need to know before your breast implant surgery. Atlanta residents can visit Dr. Marissa Lawrence, one of the most experienced and compassionate plastic surgeons in the area who offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant for natural results with peace of mind.

Breast Enhancement Before And After Pictures

Below are before and after pictures from a breast augmentation performed by Dr. Marissa Lawrence using the IDEAL IMPLANT.

During the initial consultation, your doctor should show you breast enhancement before and after pictures from previous surgeries. Why is this important? You need to see the level of skill and possibilities your surgeon offers. You can also compare implant types and see what saline, silicone gel, and the IDEAL IMPLANT look like on real patients post-op. Surgeons can differ from one another in terms of artistry and aesthetic results so make sure your surgeon’s pictures demonstrate a high level of skill in these areas.

Breast Implant Risks And Complications

Being aware of risks and complications before your surgery will help you make educated choices before your operation, and give you realistic expectations for the future. The FDA categorizes breast implants as temporary devices and states, “the longer people have them, the greater the chances are that they will develop complications, some of which will require more surgery.” This doesn’t mean that you will need more surgeries in the future, but it does mean you should be prepared for a revision if needed. One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of future surgery is picking an implant with a statistically lower risk of rupture and capsular contracture. Before breast implant surgery, Atlanta women need to learn about these common complications and how each implant compares. The FDA keeps data on the safety and efficacy of breast implants, including the IDEAL IMPLANT. The FDA also has the clinical study results of various silicone gel implants. See the tables below to learn more about the rupture risk and capsular contracture risk of some of the top breast implant brands.

Brand Name Rupture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel






*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

Brand Name Capsular Contracture Risk for Primary Augmentation*
Allergan gel

Mentor gel

Sientra gel






*FDA Core clinical trial results for primary augmentation; 7-year for IDEAL IMPLANT and Allergan; 6-year for Mentor and Sientra since 7-year results not published.

Dr. Lawrence offers the IDEAL IMPLANT to her patients because she is aware of the toll multiple surgeries can take on the body but doesn’t want her patients to have to sacrifice peace of mind and higher risk for beautiful results. To learn more about how the IDEAL IMPLANT compares to silicone gel implants visit the Women’s Guide to Breast Implant Choices.

 What to Expect From Breast Implant Surgery, Atlanta

What can you expect before, during, and after your breast enhancement? Before and after surgery you should feel informed about the process and confident about your decisions. Finding a compassionate surgeon who is willing to answer your questions and walk you through the procedure is a must. Dr. Lawrence is known for her excellent skills as a surgeon, high level of expertise and artistry, and warm office environment. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your breast enhancement:

  • Before: visit with your surgeon to talk about goals and desires. Choose a breast implant that works with your lifestyle goals, peace of mind, and the aesthetic results you desire. Your surgeon may make recommendations for your health, such as to quit smoking, to get the best results and lower your risks post-op.
  • During: you will be placed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Your surgeon will then use one of three incisions to place the implant: inframammary (under the breast fold), transaxillary (under the arm), or periareolar (around the nipple). Silicone gel implants typically require slightly larger incisions because the implant comes pre-filled with silicone gel. Saline implants and the IDEAL IMPLANT are filled after the surgeon places the empty implant in the breast. After placing the implants, the surgeon will close the incision with tape, stitches, or glue.
  • After: breast implant surgery typically does not require an overnight stay. You will need to wear surgical gauze and a support bra as long as your surgeon directs for the best results. After going home be sure to follow all instructions from your surgeon and be aware of signs you may be getting an infection. You will be on light duty for a few weeks, or until your surgeon clears you for a more active lifestyle. Most of the pain will subside within a few weeks, but swelling and bruising may continue for a few months.

Life After a Breast Augmentation

After your breast augmentation and recovery period, it is time to enjoy your new body. The majority of women are thrilled with their new look and do not experience a rupture, capsular contracture, or other less common complications. If you chose silicone gel breast implants, don’t forget to return to your surgeon for an MRI three years after surgery then every two years after that for life. The FDA recommends these MRIs because of the risk of “silent rupture” with silicone gel implants, and the need to remove the ruptured implant and gel from the tissues. One reason women love the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is that they get the beautiful look and natural feel typically associated with silicone gel implants, without the worry and hassle of repeated MRIs and risk of silent ruptures. Call your surgeon immediately if you begin to feel pain, lumps, or tightening at any point in the life of your breast implant as these could be signs of a complication.

Contact Dr. Marissa Lawrence For Breast Implant Surgery Atlanta

Your breast implants will be part of your body for many years, so make sure you pick the right implant and the right surgeon to place them. Dr. Marissa Lawrence is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for her skill and compassionate care. Dr. Lawrence graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After receiving her medical degree, she trained as a general surgeon at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her plastic surgery training was completed at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with fellowship training in cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills, California. As one of the most influential female surgeons in the area, Dr. Lawrence holds herself to a higher standard for your breast enhancement. Before and after surgery Dr. Lawrence will take the time to ensure you are comfortable with the process and given options that will enhance your standard of living. Dr. Lawrence is one of the exclusive surgeons nationwide to offer the latest breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.

Considering breast implants in Atlanta? Contact Dr. Marissa Lawrence today to discuss your options. Simply call 404-303-7004 or visit Dr. Lawrence’s office is located at 980 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 110 Atlanta, GA 30342 Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.