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 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.

There are several options for breast augmentation that your physician will customize to meet your personal goals that can be discussed at your consultation.

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Implant Choice

Breast augmentation offers many choices for size, shape, and location of the 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 a 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. Based on their expertise and outstanding results, the physicians of Plastic Surgery Associates were chosen by Allergan Medical as some of the very few plastic surgeons in the country to participate in its FDA pre-approval study of the new Natrelle® Style 410 “gummy bear” implants. As of February 2013 the 410 implants are FDA approved.

Our 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 size.

The Procedure

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

What Can I Expect?

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.

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