David O. Smith MD, F.A.C.S  |  6545 France Ave. S, #505  |  Edina, MN 55435  |   Call Today: 952.922.0895

Breast Augmentation

As a woman gets older, there are several factors in life that cause changes in her physical appearance. One of the biggest concerns for many women is the loss of breast volume or shape that often occurs over time, whether due to pregnancies, weight fluctuations, or the simple effects of aging. Breast implants have proven an extremely rewarding solution for many women who want to feel like themselves again when they look in the mirror. Restoring natural feminine beauty and self-confidence is what Dr. Smith strives for with his personalized breast augmentation procedures.

*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

Breast Augmentation in Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN)

At Smith Plastic Surgery, we offer women a wide variety of customizable options for their breast augmentations. This way, no matter what your goals are–whether it’s to restore your pre-baby body or enhance the natural size of your breasts–you will be able to achieve your own desired outcome with Dr. Smith.

Dr. Smith performs breast augmentation surgery as an  outpatient procedure.  From the start of your consultation to the day you see your final results in the mirror, your surgery will be carefully tailored to meet your specific needs. We use the extra cohesive silicone (gummy bear) implants for safety and comfortable general anesthesia. The goal of our breast augmentation surgery is to provide you with results that look as beautiful as they do natural, so you can wear all of your favorite clothes in confidence and love the look you that you see every day in the mirror.

Here is a video of the new gummy bear implants we use.

Breast augmentation at Smith Plastic Surgery costs  $4900 if paid by credit card financing.  We also offer a $50.00 discount if all paid for in cash ($4850).  For safety we use only SMOOTH non textured silicone implants.  (We have never used textured silicone implants which have been withdrawn.)  We pay extra to provide Allergan Soft Touch extra cohesive implants for long term shape maintenance and safety.  The implants we use do not bottom out like softer silicone  implants.  (A botox®  treatment to the forehead is included at no charge if desired because Allergan makes both implants and Botox®.)

We use only smooth premium silicone implants from Allergan®.  Textured implants were recalled in early 2019 because bacteria tend to hide in the textured surface which causes long term inflammation and chronic problems.  We have never used textured silicone implants.  We comfortably recommend extra cohesive gel smooth implants from Allergan®.  We pay extra for these special implants. Unaware of any expiration dates to our implants.

We do not do fat transfer to the breasts which can complicate exams to screen for breast cancer.  Lumpiness and hard areas can result.  The post op size change to the breasts are very often minimal once the swelling goes down.  Surgery length and fees tend to be very much higher with disappointing results.  Augmentation with implants gives predictable volume, shape and firmness to our patients.

We do not charge excess fees to impress. The modern silicone implants are like gummy bear candy with a soft semi-solid silicone gel fill for greater safety and improved shape. Anesthesia and facility charges are included. Dr. Smith performs breast augmentation surgery usually on Wednesdays with a follow-up dressing change the next day. By Friday, our patients are usually driving to the grocery store or running errands. By Monday most return to work. This a quick recovery surgery.

If you are bringing a very young child to the free consultation be sure to bring another individual to help with childcare.  We get great results with privacy and we are cost effective. Call Today: 952.922.0895 between 8am and 8pm to schedule a free next-morning consultation with Dr. Smith, or you may Contact Us Online

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*These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary.

Breast Augmentation Benefits

A desire for better cleavage, fuller breasts, increased self-confidence, and feeling great in figure-flattering clothing are some of the reasons women choose to have their breasts augmented. This surgery offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Decrease in breast size and volume due to significant weight loss
  • Age-related changes in breast size and volume
  • Unflattering breast shape and size due to genetics
  • Asymmetrical or abnormally developed breasts
  • Feeling self-conscious due to the appearance of your breasts
  • Pregnancy-related changes to the breasts including lost volume, loose skin, flattening, and asymmetry

Breast Augmentation Candidates

You must be in good overall health to undergo breast augmentation. Additionally, you should:

  • Be at least 18 years old (for saline implants) or 22 (for silicone implants)
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Not smoke, or be willing to quit smoking before surgery and throughout your recovery
  • Have enough natural breast tissue to cover the implant

Types of Breast Implants

Dr. Smith offers numerous breast implant options, including:

  • Saline implants: Silicone outer shells that are filled with a sterile saline solution after they’re inserted into your breasts. Saline implants are more prone to leakage and rupture than silicone implants, but in the event of a leak, the saline solution is naturally absorbed by your body.
  • Silicone implants: These consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a silicone gel. Silicone is thicker than saline, so these implants have a more natural look and feel. They are also less prone to leakage and rupture. If they do rupture, they also hold their shape better.
  • Gummy bear implants: These are a newer form of silicone implants that are filled with a cohesive, form-stable silicone gel. They have a teardrop shape that more naturally conforms to the anatomical contours of your breast than traditional, rounded implants. They are also often textured, which allows the breast tissue to grow into them. This drastically reduces the chances of implant rotation.

Breast Augmentation Incision Locations

Your anatomy, choice of implant material, and goals for the procedure must be considered when selecting an incision type.  Dr. Smith will recommend the one that best accomplishes your aesthetic goals:

  • Inframammary incisions: These are made in the natural folds under your breasts, where the scar is hidden discreetly. They also help preserve nipple sensation.
  • Periareolar incisions: These incisions are made around the border of your nipple, where the tissue around your areolas will conceal the scars.
  • Transaxillary incisions: These incisions are made under your armpits and result in no scarring around your breasts.

Breast Implant Placement Options

Choosing the right option for your breast implant placement really involves two choices: sub-glandular placement (over the chest muscle) or sub-muscular (under the chest muscle). Dr. Smith will help you determine the best placement for your needs:

  • Subglandular: This places your implants beneath your breast glands but above your chest muscle. Athletic women who frequently exercise their chest muscles may prefer this placement.
  • Submuscular: This approach may suit women who have less existing breast tissue or who want a gentler, softer curve from their upper chest to their breasts. Your implants will be placed behind your breast glands and partially behind your chest muscles.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Your choice of breast implant size, type, placement, and incision location will determine the specifics of your breast augmentation surgery, but all procedures follow the same basic steps and are performed on an outpatient basis.

  • You will be given general anesthesia and made comfortable in our surgery center.
  • Dr. Smith will make the incisions and place your implants according to your discussions during the consultation.
  • Dr. Smith will close the incisions. The entire procedure should take one to two hours.
  • A nurse will monitor you in the recovery room until you’re ready to be driven home.

Recovery After Breast Augmentation

After the procedure, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Dr. Smith will go over post-surgery instructions and provide prescriptions for any medications necessary. In addition to following post-operative instructions for caring for the incision site and keeping your breasts supported, some activity restrictions apply.

Any pain you may have for the first few days is typically manageable with the prescribed medications. It may take a couple of weeks for swelling to subside, but the results of your breast augmentation will be noticeable immediately.

Dr. Smith recommends resuming light activity levels, such as walking, as soon as you feel up to it in order to facilitate blood flow and proper healing. You should be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks. Within approximately one month, you will be able to resume most normal activities, including most forms of exercise.

Over the next months, your incision lines will continue to fade. You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Smith throughout your recovery so he can monitor your healing and clear you for exercise and other activities.

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