Breast Implants

Once you have decided that breast enlargement surgery is right for you, there are a few decisions you must make regarding breast implants. At his practice in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Michael Beckenstein will take the time to carefully review each of these options with you during your consultation appointment.

To find out more about your choices for breast implant options, breast enlargement surgery, or any other cosmetic procedures, request a consultation online or call the office at (205) 933-9308 today. Women visit Dr. Beckenstein in Birmingham for breast implants from Montgomery to Hunstville, AL and beyond.

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

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Breast Augmentation Case 50 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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.
Breast Augmentation Case 49 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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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Breast Augmentation Case 45 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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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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.
Breast Augmentation Case 43 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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.
Breast Augmentation Case 44 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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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Breast Augmentation Case 47 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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
Breast Augmentation Case 10 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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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Case #24

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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Breast Augmentation Case 4 Before & After View #1 | Birmingham, AL | Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein
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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.

Choosing Breast Implant Size

The first decision most women make when planning their breast augmentation procedure is choosing the size of their implants. Determining the “right” breast implant size for you is a highly personal matter that depends on many factors, starting with your reasons for wanting to have breast augmentation. Questions to ask yourself include:

  • Do you feel that your breasts have always been too small?
  • Do you want to return your breasts to the size they were before you had children or lost a lot of weight?
  • Do you want to even out breast size because one is smaller than the other?
  • Do you want to look natural, or would you like a more noticeable enhancement?

It is helpful to try on implant sizers to get an idea of how you might look with different breast sizes. You can also show Dr. Beckenstein photos, brought from home or selected from his patient photo gallery, of women whose breasts look like your desired size.

Dr. Beckenstein uses the Crisalix 4D digital imaging system to help you choose the right implant size. This amazing system gives you a 4D image of your actual chest after augmentation so you can compare sizes. Augmented reality images are also used for you to see a simulation of yourself with implants in!

Once you’ve decided on the look you want to attain, Dr. Beckenstein will take care of the science that goes into choosing the size of your implants. Many patients think in terms of increasing bra cup size, such as going from an A to a C. Breast implants, however, are sized by volume (cc). Implants of a certain size, for example 350 cc, will not look the same on every patient. This is because the patient’s build, breast dimensions, and amount of natural breast tissue — in addition to the implant size — contribute to their new breast size. Dr. Beckenstein considers all these factors when determining the implant size for you.

Implant Shapes

Breast implants are available in two shapes: round and anatomical (often called “shaped”). Round implants increase fullness in the upper breast, and when chosen properly, can create results that look very natural. Shaped implants more closely reflect a natural breast contour, with a gradual slope and increased fullness in the lower breast. Dr. Beckenstein provides beautiful results with both round and anatomical implants, and will help you select the shape that best fits your body and desired look.

Choosing Saline or Silicone

Today, breast implants are made with a strong, flexible silicone shell that is either smooth or textured. Implants may be filled with either saline or silicone; each has its own distinct attributes (see table).

Breast Implant Comparison

Attribute Silicone Saline
Sizing Pre‐filled and available in hundreds of sizes. Volume can be adjusted after placement.
Feel Soft, doughy, similar to natural breasts. Firmer than natural breasts. May slosh.
Appearance Retain shape with movement. May show wrinkles or ripples.
Cost More expensive than saline implants. Less expensive than silicone implants.
Fill Material & Examples Highly cohesive silicone gel: Allergan Natrelle® 410.
Cohesive silicone gel: Natrelle INSPIRA®.
Sterile salt water: Natrelle Style 60.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are the choice of most of Dr. Beckenstein’s breast augmentation patients and are available to those who are at least 22 years old. Dr. Beckenstein uses the most current, FDA‐approved silicone gel options, including:

 

  • A Natrelle Approved Doctor badgeNatrelle 410 breast implants are anatomically shaped, highly cohesive silicone gel implants. Sometimes called “gummy bear” implants, they contain a cohesive silicone gel that maintains its shape when you are in any position. This durable material helps reduce the likelihood of gel bleed or leakage from the implant. The anatomical shape has more fullness at the bottom, like a natural breast.
  • Natrelle INSPIRA breast implants are round, cohesive silicone gel implants that give the breasts a full, round look and feel softer than the gummy bear implants.

 

Breast implant round and shaped difference

 

Saline Implants

Dr. Beckenstein offers Natrelle saline implants, both round and shaped, upon request by patients who are at least 18. These implants are rolled up while empty, inserted into the breast pocket, then filled through a tube with sterile saltwater. While these implants come in various sizes, the final amount of saline can be adjusted after the implant is placed. Once the size is right, the fill tube is removed and a valve in the implant seal is closed.

Implant Profile

There are several available breast implant profiles that affect how far the breast projects from the chest wall. Available profiles range from “low profile” for women who desire more fullness and less projection to “high profile” for slender women who desire mostly projection. Dr. Beckenstein will discuss the profile options with you at your comprehensive consultation to help him give you the most satisfying results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are silicone implants safe?

After 14 years of study, the FDA approved silicone gel implants in November 2006 for cosmetic use in women who are at least 22 years old, and to rebuild breast tissue (during breast reconstruction) in women of any age. More recently, in February 2013, the FDA approved Natrelle® 410 highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone breast implants. This advanced generation of silicone breast implants gives women an alternative to saline implants that looks and feels very natural.

Will I need to have my implants replaced in the future?

Breast implants are not designed to be “lifetime” medical devices, but they can last many, many years with proper care. While it is immediately noticeable when a saline implant leaks, the salt water solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body. The implant can be replaced through a simple surgical procedure. The gummy bear silicone gel implants available from Dr. Beckenstein are made from a strong, durable silicone gel that will not leak or cause the breasts to change shape if the implant is ruptured. Because it is not apparent when a silicone implant has failed, an MRI or an ultrasound can be used to detect this.

Can I “upgrade” my breast implants if I want a different size or fill material?

Yes. This procedure, called “elective implant exchange,” is becoming more common at our practice as advancements in breast implants are made. Many women choose to have their saline implants replaced with the latest highly cohesive silicone implants because they feel that these implants look and feel more like natural breasts. Others choose to increase or decrease the size of their implants as their preferences change. Recovery is typically quicker than for a first-time breast augmentation, however, this depends on the specifics of the surgery.

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