Breast Augmentation

Women throughout the Southeast, some northern states and from abroad have sought out Michael S. Beckenstein, MD, for breast augmentation in Birmingham, AL. He performs breast augmentation for patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts and have decided to pursue this surgical procedure to improve their appearance.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, you can request your comprehensive consultation online or feel free to speak with an office associate at  (205) 933-9308. Dr. Beckenstein’s office associates will be delighted to answer any questions you might have and arrange for you to speak with him in person.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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11 months after a subpectoral, inframammary augmentation with gel implants, this patient's bra size changed from an A cup to a C cup.
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A 38 year old patient is seen 12 months after submuscular, inframammary augementation with smooth, round, gel implants.her bra size changed from an A cup to a C cup
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This 41 year old had her old saline implants removed and replaced with smooth, round silicone gel implants. neo -pectoral pockets were created for the new implants. She is seen 1 year after her surgery.
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A 26 year old is seen 14  months after smooth, round, saline implants were placed beneath the pectoralis muscleHer bra size changed from an A cup to a C cup.
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This patient is 1 year after undergoing an inframammary, subpectoral augmentation with gel implants. She was an A cup and is now a C cup.
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This 36 year old is 1 year after a submuscularly placed smooth, round silicone gel implant was placed. She changed from an A cup to a C cup.
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This 25 year old is 14 months after an augmentation and mastopexy. She also had a traditional abdominoplasty during the same surgery. Smooth, round saline implants were placed with a vertical scar mastopexy.
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Case #3

This 23 year-old woman was dissatisfied with her small, A-cup breasts. To find out more about how cosmetic surgery could enhance her shape, she planned a consultation with Alabama plastic surgeon Dr. Beckenstein. She appreciated how much effort Dr. Beckenstein and his staff put into her comprehensive consultation. They offered a comfortable, relaxed... Read More
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One year after an augmentation with smooth, round, saline implants, this patient's bra sze changed from and A cup to a B cup.
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One year after submuscular placement of smooth, round, 11.1 cm gel implants, this patient increased her bra siz from a small A cup to a small C Cup
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Case #31

This 24 year old sought to enhance her breast size. using Smooth, round gel implants she is seen i year from her surgery and is a full C bra size.
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Seen at 10 months post augmentation. This patient's bra size increased from a B cup to a C cup. Smooth, round gel implants were placed through an inframammary incision and placed subpectorally.
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Case #44

This 24 year old changed her bra size from an A cup to a full c cup. Smooth, round, silicone gel imlpants were placed through an inframammary incision and beneath the pectoralis muscle. She is seen 1 year after surgery.
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A 32 year old is seen 16 months fater a submuscular augmentation through an inframammary approach. Smooth, round, gel implants were used. Her bra sized increased froma B cup to a C cup.
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Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein, in Birmingham, Alabama performed a breast augmentation in this 26 year old. Natrelle style 68, smooth round implants were placed using an inframammary incision. The implants are submuscular, have a base width of 11.6 cm and are filled with 300 cc of saline. This patient is seen 16 months after her breast augmentation. Read More
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A 26 year old is seen on a side view,1 year after undergoing a breast augmentation by  Birmingham plastic surgeon; Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein, Natrelle smooth, round, saline implants measuring 11.1 cm in diameter were used that were filled with 255 cc of saline. An inframammary, subpectoral appraoch was utilized. The patient's bra size... Read More
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Case #25

This patient with ptosis (sagging) required a combination breast augmentation and lift (mastopexy). This was performed in one surgery by Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D., a plastic surgeon, in Birmingham, Alabama. The implants are smooth, round saline implants. They are 10.2 cm in width and filled with 210 cc of saline and are subpectoral. The mastopexy... Read More
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This 42 year old is seen 14 months after undergoing a breast enhancement by Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgeon Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. She wore and A cup bra and now wears a C cup. Dr Beckenstein placed Mentor smooth round , saline implants beneath the muscle via an incision in the breast fold. These implants measure 11.4 cm in diameter and are... Read More
Breast Augmentation Case 23 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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A smooth, round ,saline implant was used by Dr. Beckenstein for this 27 year old's breast enhancement performed 1 year before. Natrelle style 68 ,11.1 cm impalnts were filled to 250cc and placed beneath the pectoralis muscle. An inframammary incision was used that measured 1.5 cm. Read More
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Breast Augmentation Case 7 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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Dr. Michael Beckenstein performed an submuscular breast augmentation on this 22 year old model, from Atlanta, Georgia using Inamed style 68 smooth, round saline implants that are 11.6 cm in width and filled with 330 cc of saline. The implants were placed through an inframammary incision and the patient's bra size changed from a small... Read More
Breast Augmentation Case 6 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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A 38 year old is seen one year after undergoing a submuscular breast augmentation by Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. an aesthetic surgeon in Alabama. He used Inamed style 68 smooth, round saline implants that are 11.1 cm in width and filled to 240 cc. The implants were placed through an incision at the breast fold. The patient's bra size changed... Read More
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This 33 yeqar old is seen 14 months after undergoing a breast augmentation by Dr. Beckenstein in Birmingham, Alabama. He placed McGhan style 68, smooth, round saline implants underneath the muscle through an inframammary incision. These implants are 10.cm in diameter and are filled with 230 cc of saline. Read More
Breast Augmentation Case 5 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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This 24 year-old mother of two was dissatisfied with her small, A-cup breasts. After breastfeeding, her breasts were much emptier than before, a common problem women experience after breastfeeding. To find out more about how she could regain her pre-baby shape, she planned a consultation with Alabama plastic surgeon Dr. Beckenstein. After much thought,... Read More
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Michael S. Beckenstein, a Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgeon performed a submuscular breast augementation on this 36 year old seen 18 months post operatively. He utilized Natrelle style 68 implants that are 12.3 cm in width and filled with 360 cc of saline. The patient wore a small B cup and now wears a D cup in most brands.  Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is well‐suited for women who want larger, fuller breasts with a more attractive shape. You may be a good candidate if you’re interested in:

  • Increasing the size of breasts that you’ve always felt are too small
  • Enlarging and reshaping breasts after having children or losing a large amount of weight
  • Balancing the size and shape of uneven breasts
  • Feeling more confident and feminine

Women choose Dr. Beckenstein for breast enlargement in Birmingham because of the excellent care he provides and the impressive results he achieves.

Your Procedure in 3D

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Your Options for a Personalized Result

When you meet with Dr. Beckenstein for your consultation, he will provide a great deal of information about the procedure. He will also perform an extensive examination, during which he will analyze your breast dimensions carefully. After discussing your aesthetic goals, BOTH of you will develop a plan for your augmentation — including implant type, size, and placement, as well as incision site. Dr. Beckenstein will listen carefully to all your expectations and concerns. He will assist you with the decisions that are necessary to reach your goal of a successful breast augmentation.

Breast Implants

Dr. Beckenstein offers many types of breast implants. They are available in a variety of sizes and can be filled with saline or silicone gel, depending on patient preference and needs. Silicone gel implants are available for all women over the age of 22. Based on your current breast dimensions and desired result, Dr. Beckenstein will recommend the appropriate implant to assure a natural‐looking outcome without an obviously “augmented” appearance.

Incision Site

When performing breast augmentation, Dr. Beckenstein offers three options for incision site (see illustration):

  • Inframammary: This incision is placed beneath the breast, where the new breast crease will form. It is very well concealed and enables the lower curve of the breast to be shaped.
  • Periareolar: Implants can be placed through an incision along the lower edge of the areola.
  • Transaxillary: This incision is placed in a natural crease in the underarm.

At your confidential consultation, Dr. Beckenstein will help you decide which incision is best for you by taking into consideration factors such as implant size, shape, and placement (above or below the chest muscle). He also considers aesthetics related to the location of the surgical scars. Each approach has distinct advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Beckenstein will discuss with you in detail.

Breast Augmentation Incision locations and types

Breast Implant Placement

After making the incision, Dr. Beckenstein creates a space, called the pocket, for the breast implant. Placement options for the pocket include:

  • Subglandular: Above the chest muscle and beneath the breast tissue
  • Subpectoral: Beneath the breast tissue and the chest muscle
  • Dual‐plane: A combination of the above two techniques

Implant placement largely depends on your natural breast anatomy and desired goals. Dr. Beckenstein prefers the subpectoral approach for the majority of his patients, but he often uses either the dual‐plane or subglandular method for women who have marginal sagging (ptosis) or less skin elasticity. Dr. Beckenstein always strives to achieve a natural appearance.

Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein

Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein

Dr. Beckenstein is a fellowship-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon whose extensive experience in breast enhancement, body contouring procedures, and reconstructive plastic surgery sets him apart.

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Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Beckenstein performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure in one of several area hospitals, which offer important safety advantages over office‐based surgery. This procedure generally takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Incisions are carefully placed so they’re well concealed and scars are minimized. For saline implants, the incision is approximately 1 inch in length. Through this incision, Dr. Beckenstein creates the pocket where the implant will be placed. After the implant is in place, incisions are sutured, and your breasts will be supported with a light dressing and surgical bra. Dr. Beckenstein will thoroughly discuss all these details with you during your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does breast augmentation cost?

During your consultation, you will be provided with a written estimate that is personalized for you and accounts for hospital fees, anesthesia, breast implants, and other factors. Silicone implants, a favorite of many patients, are more expensive than saline. While it is necessary to consider cost, be sure to choose a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for optimal safety and results.

What can I expect during recovery after breast augmentation?

You will need to have a trusted adult drive you home the day of your surgery and help you out for the first few days. Most breast augmentation patients are moderately sore for 2 to 3 days and find that prescription pain medication is helpful. Expect your breasts to feel tight for the first week due to swelling and stretching of the breast skin and chest muscles. This varies with each patient’s anatomy and the surgical technique that is used.

Patients usually feel ready for everyday activities, including work, within a week. Most patients will need to wait 4 to 6 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise.

My breasts are different sizes. Can breast augmentation help?

Certainly. Many women choose this procedure because they want their breasts to be the same size. Dr. Beckenstein can enlarge the smaller breast or enlarge both breasts using implants of different sizes.

Can I get a tummy tuck along with breast augmentation?

Dr. Beckenstein can safely perform breast augmentation in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck and liposuction. These custom combination procedures are called a mommy makeover because they are popular with women after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Will my enhanced breasts look fake?

It’s a common misconception that it’s obvious when a woman has undergone breast augmentation. In fact, many of the women who visit me in Birmingham for breast augmentation choose this procedure to achieve an enhanced, feminine shape that is not overly large or has that “augmented, fake look.” Placing implants beneath the chest muscle and carefully choosing the right implant size can contribute to a more feminine, but still very natural, look. Choosing anatomically‐shaped gummy bear breast implants can also make the breasts appear more natural. To see results attained by some of my actual patients, view our photo gallery online.

Can breast augmentation improve the look of sagging breasts?

Breast augmentation can improve the appearance of slightly sagging breasts by filling out the stretched skin. Women with more significantly sagging breasts might better benefit from a breast lift, or a combination breast augmentation and lift when fuller breasts are desired. Dr. Beckenstein will perform a thorough physical examination during your consultation to help him recommend the most appropriate surgical plan for your body and cosmetic goals.

Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement surgery?

While actual results depend on a variety of factors, many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. If you plan to breastfeed, be sure to inform Dr. Beckenstein before your surgery so he can minimize any impact to the milk glands.

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