Breast Augmentation Procedures

Breast augmentation surgery offers the opportunity to enhance what nature has given you.  Many women desire to change the shape or size of their breasts or create breast symmetry for a desired silhouette. Aging, weight gain or loss, or other physical changes can create undesirable sagging or loose skin that can be correct with breast augmentation surgery.

There are many reasons why women choose breast augmentation surgery. They may wish to:

  • Increase breast size
  • Improve breast shape
  • Create breast symmetry
  • Correct breast deformities
  • Adjust mastectomy results

All are possible with breast augmentation.

Dr. Bruggeman and his team have performed hundreds of procedures to help patients look and feel their best. Please make an appointment today for a consultation to discuss the many possible ways in which we can help you achieve your desired outcome.

Breast Augmentation: The Facts

Part of deciding whether breast augmentation is right for you is understanding all of the facts surrounding the procedures.

Dr. Bruggeman and staff will help guide you in deciding which implant and incision is best for you and will provide the best results. There are three inconspicuous incision options available for breast augmentation surgery.

  1. Inframammary: The incision follows the crease beneath the breast, where the scar will be hidden. This is the most frequently used technique. Most often, the inframammary incision is suggested for silicone implants.
  2. Transaxillary: The incision is made near the armpit, and the implants are typically placed below the chest muscles. No scarring will be apparent, but this is a more technical procedure that often requires a longer recovery time. The transaxillary incision is most common for saline implant placement.
  3. Periareolar: The incision is made across or around the areola and involves minimal scarring.

There are also different choices for implant placement.

  1. Subglandular: Implants are placed above the pectoral muscles and below the breast tissue. Recovery time is quicker with this option.
  2. Submuscular: Implants are placed below the pectoral muscles. There is less risk of implant rippling with this placement, as the implants are better supported by the chest muscles.

Dr. Bruggeman will review all of your options with you, and provide detailed information about the procedure, recovery time, and potential complications.

Breast Augmentation Price

Is breast augmentation covered by insurance? It depends on your reason for seeking surgery. Insurance may cover some of the cost to correct asymmetry or congenital defects. In this case, breast symmetry may be the desired outcome. The procedure may also be covered as part of reconstructive surgery after breast cancer surgery. However, for the most part, the cost of breast augmentation is usually not covered by insurance.