Breast Augmentation

Breasts contribute significantly to a woman’s outer beauty, self-confidence and self-image. If you wish to enhance your breast shape or size due to change after pregnancy or your breasts are naturally too small, the solution is breast augmentation in Appleton and Oshkosh, WI at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery. Since 1993, we have performed breast enhancement procedures to help women restore a formerly perky profile, attain the shapely curves that just never developed, and even out asymmetrical figures.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are ready to help you perfect your personal Renaissance. Women visit us for breast augmentation from places such as Green Bay, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan. To get started, request your consultation in either the Oshkosh or Appleton office using our online form or contact us at (920) 233-1540. The non-refundable $80 cosmetic consultation fee can be applied towards the cost of the procedure.

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What Is Breast Augmentation?

Medically known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is a procedure that enlarges small or underdeveloped breasts with silicone gel or saline implants. Dr. Janssen or Dr. Doubek will make an incision in the skin, create a pocket for the implant under or above the chest muscle, insert the implant, and suture the incision closed. The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia and takes one to two hours.

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Best Candidates

Front ComparisonBreast augmentation is a very personal procedure, which should be done for yourself and not for someone else. Candidates for breast augmentation surgery:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too small
  • Are dissatisfied with the breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
  • Are unhappy with the upper part of the breast appearing “empty”
  • Have asymmetrical breasts
  • Have one or both breasts that failed to develop normally or have an elongated shape

Breast augmentation does not correct ptosis or sagging of the breasts. A mastopexy (or breast lift) is a procedure that can correct droopy breasts. A breast lift can be done along with a breast augmentation or as a separate procedure depending on the desired results of the patient.

Meet Our Surgeons

Dr. David Janssen and Dr. William Doubek combine experience, refined surgical techniques, and artistry to produce beautiful results for their plastic and reconstructive surgery patients.

Types of Breast Implants

There are many different types, shapes, sizes, and brands of implants. Come in for a consultation to see and feel the implants. “Test” out the implants on yourself with our Vectra 3D imaging system. You and your surgeon will decide on the implants most appropriate for your needs. We offer implants by Mentor®, Allergan Natrelle®, and Ideal Implant®.

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel, and are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older.

The newest saline implant by Ideal Implant are structured implants, which combine the natural feel of silicone with the safety of saline inside. Composed of a series of implant shells nested together and two separate chambers, this saline implant is making patients take another look at saline implants.

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Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants. Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 and older.

The overwhelming majority of our breast augmentations are done with Mentor implants, which are the only silicone breast implants made in the US. MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants are available with either a textured or smooth surface shell. They come in a wide range of sizes and profiles to fit your body.

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Form stable breast implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants, because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken. The consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These implants are also firmer than traditional implants, but are thought to be less likely to break. Form stable breast implants are shaped rather than round. They have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast. Placement of form stable implants requires a longer incision in the skin.

Allergan’s newest implant, the Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Gel Breast Implants were designed to have a full round look and a soft feel. Natrelle implants are available in multiple heights, widths, and projections to give just the right the shaped look for each patient.


Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection. Because round implants are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.

Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. These implants can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement. Smooth implants may have some palpable or visible rippling.

Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and get repositioned. Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule.

Are you ready to discuss breast augmentation for yourself? Contact Fox Valley Plastic Surgery today at (920) 233-1540 to schedule a consultation.

Procedure

Anesthesia is administered for the patient’s comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will recommend the best option.

IncisionsIncisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. The surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for the desired outcome. Incision options include periareolar, inframammary, and transaxillary.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.

shutterstock_74728213After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement), or directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/subglandular placement). The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, the patient’s body type and surgeon recommendation.

Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Smoking must be stopped one to two months prior to surgery.
  • All aspirin and blood thinners must be stopped 10 days prior.
  • Patients must have a baseline mammogram within the 1 year prior to surgery.

Recovery

After surgery the breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and a compression bandeau bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. The implants may be riding very high in the chest. This is due to swelling and spasms of the pectoral muscle. Wearing a compression bandeau bra helps keep the implants from riding up. As the swelling decreases, the implants will slowly move down into a more natural looking position usually within 3-6 weeks after surgery.

The support bra must be worn continually for the first week or two. It will be important to cleanse the incision sites and apply ointment as directed. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.  While it is important to rest frequently during the first week, patients must walk 15-20 minutes four times a day to help to prevent blood clots from forming.

The ability to return to work at a desk job depends on whether the implant was placed under or over the pectoral muscle, and the patient’s pain tolerance and motivation. When implants are placed over the muscle (subglandular), the patient should take off 2-3 days before returning to her desk job.  The patient can return to her desk job on the next day only if she is highly motivated; the patient will feel uncomfortable. When the implants are placed under the muscle (submuscular), a patient should not return to work for 5-7 days because the patient may still be using narcotics.  Thin women are more likely to have their implants placed under the muscle to better conceal the implants.  Lifting is absolutely forbidden for the first 7-10 days, so an early return to work is not suggested for patients with active jobs. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first two weeks. Lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds should be avoided for the first 6 weeks.

At your personal consultation, all your questions about breast augmentation will be answered by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Contact Fox Valley Plastic Surgery today at (920) 233-1540 to schedule a consultation.

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Breast Implant Replacement

Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Patients should plan for an annual examination to evaluate breast health and implant integrity. Over time, breasts will change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.

Potential Risks

Front ComparisonSmoking increases the risk of having a complication post breast augmentation. Smokers are asked to stop one to two months prior to surgery and one month post to insure proper healing and an optimal outcome.

Patients will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that they fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications. Possible breast augmentation surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Wrong or faulty position of the implant
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Possibility of revision

Breast Implant Safety

Breast implants do not impair breast health. Careful reviews of scientific research by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine have found no link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases. Other important considerations:

  • Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants
  • Pregnancy, weight loss, and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of your lifetime
  • Breast augmentation requires regular examinations of your breasts’ health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants

Real Patient Story

Read about Mandy’s experience with her breast augmentation and other real patient stories in the Real Patient Stories section of our website.  Although she is an employee of ours, we treated her like we would any other patient.  She got her breast augmentation for all the right reasons, and is thrilled with the results.  On the fence about the procedure?  Feel free to call Mandy in our office to get real and honest answers.

Pricing

A breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure, which is not paid for by insurance. In general, a breast augmentation costs approximately $7936. The price includes the surgeon’s fee, round silicone implants, the facility fee at the Theda Care Surgery Center, and anesthesia. Shaped silicone implants generally add $600 to the procedure. Using Ideal® structured implants adds $1200 more. The pricing is subject to change, and will change if the surgery is done at another facility, if different implants are used, if there are unique circumstances surrounding the surgery, etc. Exparel®, which can be added to the surgical site to alleviate post-operative pain, costs $350.

There are also multiple procedure discounts: 15% off the surgeon’s fee for the 2nd procedure, and 30% off the surgeon’s fee for the 3rd procedure. There is a 50% discount off the facility fee for the 2nd procedure. Anesthesia is based solely on time. There are many financing options available. However, payment by cash gives the patient an additional 5% discount. There could be additional discounts, which are too varied to be mentioned here.

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Consultation

As experts with many breast enhancement surgeries to their credit, Dr. Janssen and Dr. Doubek look forward to educating you and working with you to make important choices. During a breast augmentation consultation, be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want breast augmentation surgery, your expectations and the desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

The surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine and measure your breasts, including detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast augmentation and any risks or potential complications

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In order to get a definitive quote for breast augmentation, please call for an individual consult with one of our surgeons.  The non-refundable $80 cosmetic consultation fee can be applied towards the cost of the procedure.  Find out how breast augmentation with Dr. David Janssen or Dr. William Doubek at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery can improve the way your breasts look by calling (920) 233-1540. Our board certified Wisconsin plastic surgeons are helping women from all over the upper Midwest to perfect their personal Renaissance. Request your consultation today.

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  • Fox Valley Plastic Surgery
  • 2400 Witzel Avenue, Suite A
  • Oshkosh, WI 54904
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  • 2500 East Capitol Drive #1500
  • Appleton, WI 54911
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Wisconsin plastic surgeons Drs. David Janssen and William Doubek perform breast augmentation, breast lift, laser hair removal, vein treatment, face lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. They serve Wisconsin communities including Oshkosh, Appleton, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Fond du Lac and Neenah.

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