What to Expect

  • Anesthesia: General
  • Length of surgery: 1 hour
  • Outpatient/inpatient: Outpatient
  • Adjunct procedures: Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Mommy Makeover
  • Recovery: 1 week, lifting restrictions 3-4 weeks

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States. It is not hard to understand its enduring popularity — the placement of breast implants can increase self-esteem and confidence, restore the body after pregnancy or weight loss, reverse the effects of aging, improve the fit of clothing and impact gender identity. The satisfaction rate from breast augmentation surgery is extremely high.

Breast augmentation surgery (also known as augmentation mammaplasty) uses implants to improve or restore size and shape to a woman’s chest, creating balance throughout the body. Although we are witnessing a growing appreciation for all body types, the fact remains that women may be unhappy with their breasts if they do not look proportionate or symmetrical. Breast augmentation can change the size, shape, projection and feel of your breasts, giving you results that make you feel confident and feminine again.

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery in Edina, Minnesota, contact Edina Plastic Surgery at 612-688-3177 or fill out our online contact form. Drs. Leigh, Philbin, Stewart and Wilke look forward to providing you with the highest quality surgical care and beautiful results.

Personalizing Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

As one of the world’s most popular cosmetic surgeries, augmentation mammaplasty is also one of the most perfected, particularly when you are working with a skilled plastic surgeon. The board-certified surgeons here at Edina Plastic Surgery have special expertise in breast augmentation. As a result, the FDA selected our clinic to participate in clinical trials for silicone breast implants. We use only FDA-approved saline and silicone gel implants in our practice.

Your Edina plastic surgeon will work with you to determine which type of breast implant best suits your needs.



Saline Implants

There are pros and cons to both implant variations. The primary advantages of saline implants are that they are often cheaper than their silicone counterparts and safer if leakage occurs. The filling of a saline implant is a sterile saltwater solution, so in the case of an implant rupture, there is no harm to the body, as the body just reabsorbs this fluid. Rupture is also obvious when it occurs, so there is no need for imaging to monitor the implant. If the implant rupture is noted soon after rupture, the implant can often be exchanged under local anesthesia. The downside, however, is that these implants are more prone to rippling and feel less natural. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for anyone over the age of 18.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are filled with thick silicone. The silicone in 5th generation silicone implants act more like a solid than a liquid, and are what are termed “form stable” implants. Form stable means that the implant is less prone to rippling, which is important for women who are thin or who have small breasts, to achieve a natural result. Though they generally come at a higher price, they are frequently preferred for their natural look and feel that saline implants cannot match. The downside to silicone implants is the need for monitoring for what is called “silent rupture.” When silicone implants rupture, this is not easily detected on physical exam, even by a plastic surgeon. Therefore, the FDA currently recommends a high definition ultrasound 5-6 years after implantation then again at 2-3 year intervals after that. Silicone used in breast implants is medical grade silicone. FDA studies have shown no statistical increase in breast cancer or connective tissue disorders associated with silicone implant placement or subsequent rupture. However, silicone implant rupture, if left undetected, can result in scar tissue formation called capsular contracture. Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for patients over the age of 22. Both types of implants come in varied shapes and sizes that can be customized to meet your needs.

VIDEO: 3 Types of Breast Implants

Deciding If Augmentation Mammaplasty Is Right for You


Everyone has their own reasons for undergoing a breast augmentation. Typically, patients desire breast augmentation to address:

  • Small breast size in proportion to the rest of the body
  • Breast or rib cage asymmetry
  • Deflated breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss
  • Breasts that lack significant upper pole fullness
  • Mild sag or ptosis
  • Breast volume loss from surgery or trauma

Your surgeon will discuss your personal cosmetic goals during a consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast augmentation. It is generally required that you be in good mental and physical health before moving forward with the procedure. You should have realistic expectations for your results and have carefully weighed the risks of plastic surgery against the rewards.

If you have preexisting conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity, or if you are a regular tobacco smoker, you may not be a candidate for this procedure.

You should disclose to your doctor if you or someone in your family has a connective tissue disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, or scleroderma. These factors increase the risk of complications during the surgery and recovery. Though serious complications are rare, implant rupture and capsular contracture (a condition in which scar tissue can cause hardening of the breast, making it unnatural looking and in the worst cases, painful) can develop even with the best care. Our doctors will discuss your particular medical history and all potential breast augmentation risks in detail.

VIDEO: Breast Implant Information

Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation

Before you book your breast augmentation surgery with our office, you will go through a thorough consultation process. During this time, you can discuss your areas of concern and your goals for augmentation mammoplasty. You will receive a complete physical examination and the opportunity to see virtual 3D images of your body showing different sizes and shapes of implants on your own frame. Edina Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery practice in the state using the Vectra XT 3D camera, which allows you to see your “after photos” with sizing implants before surgery. Any questions or concerns you have will be addressed by one of our board-certified surgeons at this time.

Every breast augmentation procedure is as unique as the patient. With the varying materials, sizes and shapes that make up different implants, and additional options in placement and incisional techniques, breast augmentation is one of the most customizable procedures in plastic surgery.

Your surgeon will recommend optimal techniques and design a personalized treatment plan that can provide a beautiful and natural result that aligns with your aesthetic goals.

Many patients choose to pair their breast augmentation with other breast or body enhancement procedures, like a breast lift or liposuction. This is often done to provide a more dramatic final result and to maintain a holistic, natural look throughout your entire body. If your appearance goals extend beyond breast enlargement, you should discuss these concerns with your surgeon during your consultation.

Whether you plan to undergo one procedure or a combination, it is important to follow all pre-surgical instructions given to you, which may include stopping the use of certain medications, vitamins and tobacco/nicotine. These safeguards are designed to reduce the risk of experiencing complications during the operation and recovery.

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The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Your Edina breast augmentation will be performed at our state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgery center. It is state-licensed and staffed with our specialty-trained surgery team, and connected to Fairview Southdale Hospital by an underground tunnel should more extensive medical care be required.

The first step in a breast augmentation procedure is the administration of anesthesia. After that, an incision is made so the implant can be inserted into the breast pocket. There are three incision options available: periareolar, inframammary and transaxillary.

A periareolar incision is made around the border of the areola. This creates subtle scarring that is hidden by the texture and color change between the areola and skin. An inframammary incision is made along the lower breast crease. This is also a very discreet incision location since the natural fold of the breast conceals the scarring. A transaxillary incision is made in the underarm area. An endoscope is used to assist in creating the pocket for the implant, leaving no scarring anywhere on the breast. An inframammary incision is associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture, compared to transaxillary and areolar incisions, so this is the incision used most commonly by our surgeons.


You and your surgeon will also need to decide where the implant will be placed inside your breast structure. There are two pocket options for the implant: under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular) and under the breast gland itself (subglandular). Submuscular placement typically hides the outline of the implant well, while subglandular placement creates a more pronounced appearance. Our plastic surgeons have performed hundreds of successful breast augmentations and will help you make the right choices for you.

Breast Augmentation Recovery and Results

It is normal for breast augmentation patients to experience some swelling, pain and discomfort immediately following their surgery and through their recovery. Helping you prepare for and manage any postoperative pain is a top priority. We employ a variety of treatments and techniques to help make your experience as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

In some cases, our surgeons may inject a local analgesic into the surgical site. This local analgesic provides pain relief by numbing the tissue around the surgical site and can control pain for up to 72 hours. Other pain control options include the use of rapid recovery surgical techniques, muscle relaxers, appropriate pain medications and a postoperative recovery plan that gets you back to normal as soon as safely possible.

Most patients can get an idea of what their final results will look like between six and eight weeks of recovery, when most swelling and bruising has subsided. It is not uncommon for implants to appear high at first and then settle over the next couple of months. It can take six months for swelling to resolve completely. During this time, it is important to follow all postsurgical instructions given to you by your surgeon to ensure the smoothest recovery and best possible results. When you are completely healed, you can enjoy a fuller, more shapely bust that compliments your figure.

Request a Consultation Today

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or would like to get started with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, give Edina Plastic Surgery a call at 612-688-3177 or use our online contact form today to get started! We proudly serve Edina and the neighboring communities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnetonka and all areas surrounding the Twin Cities, including nearby states.

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