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For some, the reason for a decision to have cosmetic surgery is driven by the need to repair a past procedure. One example of this type of surgery is breast implant removal, which can become necessary due to faulty implant materials, a poorly executed procedure, or the changing preferences of the patient.

You may have heard or read about the unfortunate Poly Implant Prothèses (PIP) implant scare. These implants, made in France and used by 300,000 women around the world, have been found to be faulty and prone to bursting. Dr. Robert Colgrove is well prepared and qualified to assist women who are concerned about their PIP implants, as well as any other breast implant removal issue.

If you decide to have your implants removed, Dr. Colgrove will work with you to decide the best course of action for you. If your implants are ruptured, or if you have capsular contracture or capsular calcifications, you may also need to have the implant capsule removed through a surgery called capsulectomy.

Most breast implant removal surgeries take an hour or two under general anesthesia. However, most patients also need internal breastwork done. Dr. Colgrove uses an innovative technique to put the breast tissue back where it belongs. This is critical to having a full, high breast after implant removal.

Finally, depending on the amount of loose skin you have after the removal, you may also need a breast lift. The scar from mastopexy varies from patient to patient, depending on the degree of excess skin. Scarring will be kept to a minimum.

Recently, a patient of Dr. Colgrove shared her experience with breast implant removal at Vinings Surgery Center:

“In 2005 I had my first breast augmentation in my country, they got encapsulated, they hurt so much and they were very hard…no normal look. On 2009 I went back to my country to visit another doctor who advised me to do an ultrasound because I had PIP brand, they found out that the silicone immigrate and it was under my armpit (axilla). I was terrified because that brand was using an industrial silicone so it was urgent for me to replace them but I could not do it there. I wait because I did not have the money but my health was in dangerous. So after 2 years I decided to visit Dr. Robert Colgrove who explained procedure in detail and helped me to understand all the process; the nurses did a completion of the documents and provide all the information necessary what to do before and after surgery; they were so nice and compassionate; I was very nervous and terrified for what was going to happen. Almost 2 years since the surgery I feel great and my breasts look natural and perfect.”

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove, call (770) 955.9000.

As you consider the possibility of having breast augmentation, it can help to be able to visualize what the results will look like in a real way before you make your decision. Taking the time to create this picture of what your results will look like also will help you set realistic, healthy expectations for the surgery.

Here are a few ways you can create the look and feel of the breast implants you are thinking about to help guide you in your process.

  • Purchase a bra that you want to fill upon completion of the surgery and take it to the Dr. Colgrove’s office during your consultation to experiment with different sizes of implants with different types of clothing such as swimsuit, T-shirt, dress, etc. By physically trying on the implants you will get a good idea of what to expect. Just remember to add about 10% to the final volume to account for the flattening that occurs under the muscle.
  • Use the rice test at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a plastic zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. Again try with different clothing. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on you chest and shoulders. One ounce of rice equals 30cc or 250cc equals one cup.
  • Keep in mind that the amount of cleavage you have will vary depending on the tightness of the skin on the breastbone (sternum), curvature of the ribs, and how active you are after surgery. For example, if you are doing activities that require significant arm motion to the sides, this will probably shift the implants more to the side. *Aftercare tip: Keeping pads or tape along the sides of the breasts or keeping the arms down as much as possible after surgery seems to help maintain better cleavage.*

The important thing to remember is you will be bigger and your bodily proportions will be different than they are now. Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed, and the vast majority of the patients are delighted with their final results. Just remember that careful and thoughtful planning can make all the difference in how you feel about your personal results post-surgery.

Call 770-955-9000 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove!

With so many choices in breast implants these days, how do you know whether the “gummy bear implant”, Mentor® MemoryShape Breast Implant, is the right option for you?

As with all breast implant choices, you and Dr. Colgrove will take into consideration your unique features, as well as your desired outcomes in order to give you the beautiful result you’re looking for. Here are some of the factors that may guide your decision:

Do you have a certain look in mind?

If teardrop-shaped implants are made to match the silhouette of a natural breast with more fullness at the bottom than at the top is the look you want, MemoryShape Breast Implants may be right for you. If you want a look that is more “round” at the top of your breast, discuss the option of MemoryGel® Round Breast Implants with your surgeon.

Is the feel of the breast implant most important to you?

MemoryShape Implants are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel that helps the implant create a natural breast silhouette. Although this gel is pliant, it may feel firmer to you than your natural breast tissue, depending on your amount of tissue coverage. If the feel of your implant is a top priority, ask your surgeon about MemoryGel®Breast Implants. They are a round breast implant option that may have a slightly softer feel.

Do you have sufficient tissue coverage?

An important consideration in determining if MemoryShape Implants may be a good choice for you is the amount of breast tissue coverage you have. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your breast tissue to determine if MemoryShape Implants are well suited to you.

Do you have an incision site preference?

When placing a breast implant, there are three common incision sites: around the nipple (periareolar), within the breast fold (inframammary) and underneath the arm (axillary). MemoryShape Implants may be placed using any of these incision sites. However, the most common incision site is within the breast fold. Shaped implants may require a larger incision than round implants.

What is gel cohesiveness and why is it important?

Gel cohesiveness is determined by the amount of cross-linking within the silicone gel filler. The more cross-linking, the more cohesive the gel and the more it helps to maintain its shape. As such, highly cohesive silicone gel filled breast implants are able to retain their molded, teardrop shape whereas MemoryGel® Implants (round) are more pliable.

MENTOR® MemoryShapeTM Breast Implants, a teardrop-shaped implant that balances shape and feel, are a wonderful new option to consider for either augmentation or reconstruction procedures. Dr. Robert Colgrove offers these innovative implants at Vinings Surgery Center.

Here’s a bit more about the MemoryShapeTM Implant, also commonly known as the “gummy bear implant”―what makes it unique and whether it’s an option for you.

Ultimately, Dr. Colgrove will help guide you to your ideal implant type, taking into consideration your body type and desired outcome. In the meantime, becoming informed is the best thing you can do.

Here are a few things that make the MENTOR® MemoryShapeTM Breast Implant different:

They’re trusted and proven. With more than 10 years of surgical use, and available in more than 70 countries worldwide, MemoryShapeTM Breast Implants are a leading choice for women who could benefit from an implant that helps create the natural shape of the breast.

They’re teardrop-shaped. MemoryShapeTM Implants are teardrop-shaped and made of a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains the implant’s shape, and much like the silhouette of a natural breast, they gently slope to a full projection point in the lower portion of the implant. Also, a teardrop-shaped implant is thinner at the top, therefore it gradually blends into the upper chest.

Youthful firmness. The cohesive gel is formulated unlike any other to give your breasts a youthful feel.

Gentle texture. Each MemoryShapeTM Implant features SILTEX® Texture, a gentle imprinting process designed to help keep your implants in place.

Proven safety. After a decade of availability worldwide, MemoryShapeTM Implants, are FDA approved and available in the US.

Made in the USA. MemoryShapeTM is the only shaped implant that’s made in the USA.

Patient satisfaction. Women who had breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure with MemoryShapeTM Implants reported a three-fold increase in satisfaction scores, with improvements in self- esteem, appearance and quality of life.

Visit www.mentordirect.com for more, and call 770-955-9000 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Colgrove.



In February, the FDA approved Allergan’s Natrelle 410 form-stable, shaped breast implant for general cosmetic use. This implant, also known as the “Gummy Bear Implant,” is considered by many plastic surgeons to be superior due to its firm composition–it actually feels like a gummy bear.

According to CBS News, plastic surgeons and patients have been waiting over ten years for this implant to be approved. This is the latest in a generation of silicone implants that may provide a more natural “tear-drop” look compared to other silicone options. The implants contain more cross-linking in the silicone gel than earlier models which makes it more cohesive, which in turn makes the implants firmer.

The FDA’s approval was based on seven years of data collected from 941 women. Side effects are similar to other breast implants, including tightening of the area around the implant, the need for re-operation or removal, an uneven appearance or infection. The investigators also observed cracks in some of the implants, which is characteristic of the silicone gel and is unique to this implant.

The pros of the new implant: They give a more anatomical-looking, natural result and they are less prone to leading to wrinkling and visible edges that other implants may cause. The downsides: Some women may not like the added firmness, and the implant requires a slightly larger incision. The implant may be especially beneficial for women who have survived breast cancer and are undergoing reconstruction.

For the full article, visit CBSNews.com.

You’re invited to join Dr. Robert Colgrove and his staff at Vinings Surgery Center on Wednesday, Jan.23, at 12:30 p.m. for a seminar focusing on breast augmentation.

During this event, Dr. Colgrove will offer in-depth information about the procedure and will be available for personal consultations and evaluations. He and the staff will answer questions and address concerns while providing you with all the information you need to make your decision about breast augmentation.

Dr. Colgrove is a board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon who has maintained a private practice in Atlanta since 1981. He performs cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face, specializing in breast augmentation, breast implants, breast lifts,  breast reduction and breast revision surgeries. Breast surgery procedures include breast augmentation using saline and silicone breast implants. Body contouring procedures include liposuction surgery and tummy tuck surgery. Other specialties include body contouring procedures, tummy tucks and facial rejuvenation techniques. Facial plastic surgery procedures include facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and more. He maintains a fully accredited AAAASF Accredited Surgery Facility where plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

Atlanta breast augmentation and plastic surgery expert Dr. Colgrove takes pride in the fact that his patients are well informed and goes into surgery with more confidence and realistic expectations. He is dedicated to the principles of personalized patient care and individualized attention.

This event is free, with space limited. Please call (770) 955-9000 to reserve your spot and for more information. Visit www.colgrove.com to learn more about Vinings Surgery Center.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women today, possibly affecting one out of every eight women. Many women make a complete recovery from breast cancer, and breast reconstruction can be a very helpful step in that process.

Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of a mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at some point afterwards (delayed reconstruction). It may be accomplished by the use of a breast implant, the body’s tissues, or a combination of the two. The breast reconstruction procedure and products that are right for you will vary depending on desired outcome, personal preferences and clinical factors.

Breast reconstruction using the body’s tissue without the use of implants is called autologous flap surgery. It uses a combination of skin, fat, and/or muscle that is moved from areas such as the abdomen, upper back, upper hip, or buttocks to the chest, where it is shaped into a new breast. Not every woman is a candidate for this type of breast reconstruction, and it is best to discuss the pros and cons of these procedures with your surgeon.

You can hear women who have undergone breast reconstruction talk about their personal experiences here.

Compiled using information from yourbreastoptions.com.




If you’re thinking about having breast augmentation, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to carefully consider everything from sizing and proportion to implantBreast Augmentation Success options to recovery and aftercare. Here are a few of the secrets to breast augmentation success:

  • Proper sizing of your implants is a crucial step in achieving a successful outcome. Purchase a bra that you want to fill upon completion of the surgery. Take the bra to the doctor’s office prior to surgery and try different size implants with different types of clothing.
  • Pick out photographs from the Internet or magazines to demonstrate the size you prefer. It will be helpful to pick out one too large, one too small, and one as close as possible to the ideal size.
  • Think about your specific body type. Picking an implant size that is too large for your frame will make them look unnatural, and it may be more likely that they may start to sag prematurely.
  • Take advantage of the amazing technology available that lets you “try on” your new look before surgery. The online 3D Visualizer by Mentor at loveyourlook.com/visualizer/ uses a photo of yourself to create an example of how breast implants may transform your body. Also, the Mentor Volume Sizing System allows you to try on contoured inserts in various volumes and sizes during your consultation.
  • Use the “rice test” at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on your chest and shoulders.
  • Make sure you understand the qualities and pros and cons of each type of implant. Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery; they tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue.
  • Your individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing implant type. In most cases, there is little to no discernible difference between the appearance of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone, but there could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle.
  • Immediately after surgery, you may not be able to raise arms above the head, but you probably will be able to do most things unassisted by the second day. Patients can usually return to a desk job five to seven days after the procedure. Two weeks may be required for jobs that require exertion, such as food server or flight attendant.
  • Much of the success of and recovery depends on taking the proper steps for excellent aftercare. Doing the right types of stretches and massage techniques consistently following the procedure is crucial.
  • Wear a good, high-quality sports bra after surgery. It should have plenty of structural support and you should wear it every day during the weeks after surgery.




It’s difficult enough to gather all the information needed to make the right decision for you regarding cosmetic surgery without having to sort through all the confusing misconceptions and myths that are out there! Everything ranging from rumors that an airline flight will cause breast implants to pop to the misguided idea that the sun will melt a nose implant after rhinoplasty. Sometimes the Internet is not our friend when it comes to getting reliable information. Here’s some great information from EmaxHealth.com to help separate the facts from fiction.

Myth: Plastic surgery is a luxury only the wealthy can afford.

Fact: As with any other lifestyle choice, the average person may have to save and budget for it, but it’s within reach. What most patients have in common is not their wealth, but that they want to feel good about their appearance and understand that treatments are available to address their concerns. Payment options are available for patients such as plans, financing, partial prepayment, etc. This helps make plastic surgery much more mainstream, and not only reserved for the super wealthy.

Myth: Plastic surgery is unsafe.

Fact: Since patients having plastic surgery are having a purely elective procedure, reputable plastic surgeons usually will insist that the patient have a full medical clearance to ensure the patient is medically cleared for surgery. Many patients are worried about anesthesia and possible complications, but anesthesia is very safe, even for patients who have significant medical problems. Patients can protect themselves by seeking a plastic surgeon who is ASPS board certified and checking with the state department of health to see if any complaints have been filed.

Myth: All plastic surgeons will provide the same results.

Fact: In addition to certification and track record, it is important to look for someone who specializes in aesthetic/cosmetic procedures. If a surgeon in interested in this area, he/she is more likely to be very up to date on the latest techniques, products, etc. Also, it is important to look for someone who specializes in the part of the body you are interested in improving, because there is no substitute for experience.

If you’ve been thinking about having breast augmentation but you’re not sure just how it will change your look, here’s an innovative tool you can use right now to visualize your results.

Mentor’s 3D Visualizer uses a photo of yourself to create an example of how Mentor breast implants may transform your body. (Actual results may vary, of course. Please be sure to discuss with Dr. Colgrove your specific surgical expectations.) You also can see a sample before-and-after transformation to illustrate how the Visualizer works.

Let us know what you think of this tool, and when you’re ready to talk about the next steps in your process, give us a call at 770-955-9000 to schedule a consultation.



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