Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, otherwise known as breast enlargement or breast enhancement, describes the plastic surgery process women undergo for fuller, more beautiful breasts. Whether you want to increase your breast size, or if pregnancy or weight loss has resulted in the loss of breast volume, shape, or symmetry, breast augmentation can give you the feminine look you desire. This is also frequently done as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery to maintain a natural look and feel.

Breast augmentation is performed with breast implants that are filled with silicone or saline depending on your preference. Leaders in the field of breast surgery, our board certified plastic surgeons also specialize in revision breast surgery for patients who have breast implants but are unsatisfied with the results.

Who can Benefit from Breast Augmentation? 

Adults who are bothered by the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts can often benefit from breast augmentation. Ideal candidates are those who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, whose breasts are fully developed, and those with realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. To get started, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


Implant Choices

Breast augmentation offers many choices for the size, shape, and location of breast implants. The primary implant types available are saline or silicone.

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and can be filled with varying amounts of saline for the desired shape, firmness, and feel of the breast.

Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel that moves and feels much like natural breast tissue. Currently, silicone breast implants are FDA approved for women 22 years of age and older.

Our board certified plastic surgeons can advise you on the choices best suited for your body and lifestyle based on factors like breast anatomy, skin elasticity, body type, and desired breast size.

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Sarah's Story

“My consultation, surgery and post recovery was all in the Amway Hotel. It was beautiful, convenient and the doctors were amazing!”

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The Procedure

Every woman is unique and your breast augmentation experience is tailored uniquely to fit your goals and your body. Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia to maximize your safety and comfort during and after the procedure.

There is a selection of incision methods that can be used during breast augmentation. The one that your surgeon uses will depend on a number of factors, as well as his or her preference.

Periareolar Incision

An incision is created around the lower half of the nipple. The implant is then inserted through this opening.

Inframammary Incision

An incision is created in the crease below the breast, also known as the inframammary fold.The implant is then placed through this incision.

Transaxillary Incision

An incision is created in the crease of the armpit, through which an implant is placed.

The typical breast enhancement surgery takes one to two hours and is completed in our fully accredited ambulatory surgery center conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


State of the art Surgical Facility

Our operating facility is conveniently located on the sixth floor of the Exhibitor’s Building adjacent to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our surgical facility is accredited by the AAAHC, or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. This association is committed to improving quality care provided to patients by reviewing standards, performance, and safety of our facility.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery

Following your breast augmentation procedure, your breasts will be wrapped in dressings and a special support bra will need to be worn to minimize swelling. You will be up and around the day of surgery. Though you may feel tired and sore for a few days, most women return to normal, non-strenuous activities within 24 hours. Your doctor will prescribe medication to control any discomfort you have.

Our Plastic Surgery Specialists

At Plastic Surgery Associates, we are honored to have a highly skilled team of board-certified plastic surgeons to provide each of our patients with outstanding results. We are dedicated to personalized treatment, meaning we take the time to individualize each treatment plan to the patient’s unique goals for the best possible results.

Meet the team

Douglas L. Vander Woude

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Johanna R. Krebiehl

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


John D. Renucci

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Marguerite E. Aitken

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in breast augmentation, contact Plastic Surgery Associates today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment at our Grand Rapids, MI office.

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