Breast Augmentation

Before Breast Augmentation.
Patient is 35 years old. (34A)
1 month after Breast Augmentation. (34DD)
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If you are dissatisfied with your breast size, augmentation surgery is a choice to consider. Breast augmentation can increase fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of your figure, and enhance your self-image and self-confidence. Breast augmentation may be a good option for you if your breasts are fully developed, you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small, you are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging, your breasts vary in size or shape, or one or both breasts failed to develop normally.

Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure involves using implants to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Implants also may be used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.

Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Dr. Shinn will assist you in making this decision.

Every woman has their own surgical goal - many would like to "balance" their figure and choose an implant that they deem to be in proportion to their body shape and size. Others prefer an implant that is perhaps a bit larger than is proportionate. During the consultation, you will "try on" implants and decide upon the size that best suits you.


Dr. Shinn uses both saline and silicone breast implants. They are most commonly placed through a short incision in the breast crease (inframammary fold) or around the lower edge of the areola (the dark circle around the nipple). Whether they are placed above or below the pectoralis muscle will be determined when you see Dr. Shinn.
An inverted nipple is a nipple that instead of pointing outward is retracted into the breast. This can be corrected with very minimal scarring. Dr. Shinn recommends that a woman wait to have the correction until all breast-feeding is completed as the procedure can permanently destroy her capacity to breast-feed.
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