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Breast Augmentation

The size and shape of a woman’s breasts may affect how she views herself. She may consider her breast size too small in proportion to her body or her breasts may have changed in size after pregnancies. Breast size can also have an impact on a woman’s self-esteem. Breast augmentation, in which implants are surgically placed in each breast, is considered cosmetic surgery. The implants procedure may also be performed as part of reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy.

Mammoplasty Before/After Image

Before (left) and after (right) bilateral augmentation mammoplasty 

About the Procedure 
Breast augmentation is a highly personal decision and one that should be made by the individual for her own reasons, and not those of others. The procedure usually involves one of three incisions, below the breast, below the nipple and at the underarm. The implant, of medical grade silicon containing sterile saline solution or silicone gel, is inserted either directly behind the breast tissue, or behind the muscle closest to the breast. The gel or saline used in the implants is safe and non-toxic. The implants and technique selected will be based on what is most appropriate for you.  Swelling will reduce over several weeks. Incision lines will be permanent, but inconspicuous.

Careful review of medical research by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has shown no adverse impact on women’s health from breast implants. No link has been found between implants and auto-immune disease or other diseases in women.


  • Breast implants are not intended to be permanent and may need to be replaced later in life. Weight loss, pregnancies or menopause may alter the appearance of the breasts and prompt a subsequent procedure.
  • Breast augmentation requires maintenance and regular evaluations by your doctor.
  • The procedure may impact sensitivity of the nipple area. Scar tissue that normally develops can contract to make your breasts feel more firm than usual. This usually can be surgically corrected, though not permanently.
  • Breast augmentation makes normal mammograms technically more difficult. Persons with implants must fully inform anyone conducting a mammogram so results will be accurate.

View a short animated video describing breast augmentation procedures.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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