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Breast augmentation in kansas city

Breast augmentation in kansas city


Kansas City Plastic Surgeon Serving Overland Park, Leawood & Nearby Areas Of Kansas & Missouri

Every woman is unique, which means your breast augmentation procedure should be customized to suit your natural anatomy and goals for your body. At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, our plastic surgeon prides himself on individualized care. Dr. Levi Young is an artist who will conceptualize your breast augmentation using your input and his eye for detail to ensure you’re left with the ideal breast size and shape for you. Breast augmentations are often combined with breast lifts, so if you would like to have your breasts lifted at the same time that they are being resized, breast augmentation with lift may be a good option for you.  

If you’re interested in breast augmentation or another form of cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. Young in Leawood today at 913-586-2538 to schedule your consultation. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery serves patients in the Kansas City area including Leawood, Kansas.

There are several breast augmentation options available. Dr. Young will discuss which of these choices will offer you the best outcome as well as the details of your procedure and recovery during your in-depth consultation:

Breast Augmentation Before and After

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Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

One of the first aspects of breast augmentation you’ll discuss with Dr. Young is the type of breast implant. The two FDA-approved options include saline and silicone implants. You must be at least 18 for saline and 22 for silicone. However, some circumstances warrant an exception such as breast augmentation to correct asymmetry (uneven breasts) or reconstructing breasts using implants following a mastectomy because cancer and genetics affect women of all ages.

Saline implants have a silicone shell and are filled to their desired size with saline water after the shell is surgically placed. Silicone implants also involve a silicone shell but are pre-filled with silicone. “Gummy bear” implants are silicone implants with a thicker, cohesive fill. There are benefits to both breast implant types, but Dr. Young often recommends silicone because it offers a more natural look and feel, particularly the gummy-style silicone implants.

Fat transfer breast augmentation is an emerging trend that we also offer at our Leawood plastic surgery office. This method uses your fat cells, which are harvested via liposuction from an area of your body with unwanted fat such as your abdomen and thighs, to enhance the size of your breasts.

See What Our Patients Are Saying…

“I cannot express how happy I am with not only my breast augmentation (they look fab!!) but with Dr. Young and his staff. Your commitment to making patients feel comfortable and cared for has been above and beyond the norm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – Breast augmentation patient

Breast Implant Size

doctor handing silicone breast implant to topless woman

Another aspect of your breast augmentation we’ll discuss at your consultation is the size of your breast implants. Many women already have an idea of the breast size they want to attain, but several factors come into play that determine the volume of your implants. Contrary to popular belief, implants are measured by volume, not cup size, and the volume of your breast implants will depend on your natural anatomy, measurements, and desired results.

Breast augmentation with our board-certified plastic surgeon is customized to suit you as each woman’s body type and measurements are different. The width of your breast implants must match the width of your natural breasts. Cleavage is another common concern our patients have when deciding on implant size and placement. Most women don’t want wide cleavage, but this also comes down to your anatomy and the amount of cleavage you already have.

Dr. Young recommends looking at specific breast augmentation before and after photos to project the amount of cleavage you may end up with and how your breast implant size will look. Find before images that are similar to your current breasts and compare the after photos. Examples of women who have your body type and shape will help you visualize your end results.

During your  breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Young will discuss implant sizes with you and develop an individualized plan to help you reach your desired look and feel. We have a sizing appointment where you can try implants with varying volume to get an even better idea of what we can accomplish with your breast augmentation procedure.

Breast Augmentation Incision Types

The location of your implant incision will depend on the type of breast implant you choose, implant size, and a few other factors. The three incision options include:

  1. Inframammary: An incision is made in the crease underneath the breast. The resulting scar is hidden in the fold.
  2. Periareolar: The incision is created around the areola (nipple), and the surgical scar fades to blend in with the darker pigment of your areolas.
  3. Transaxillary: The armpit incision is often used for saline implants as they are inserted empty and then filled to the desired size with saline (salt) water.

Dr. Young typically recommends the inframammary incision. In case you need to remove or exchange the implants in the future, the fold underneath your breasts is the incision place they’ll use, meaning you may end up with multiple scars in the long run. The armpit incision tends to have a higher rate of capsular contracture (which occurs when scar tissue forms a capsule around the implant, causing it to harden or alter in shape) and is a more challenging surgery that leaves you with a difficult scar to conceal.

Some of our patients come in concerned about the potential for loss of nipple sensation. While this is always a possibility with breast augmentation procedures, it is a rare occurrence and another reason why Dr. Young suggests the inframammary incision. The periareolar incision type comes with an increased risk of nipple sensation issues, and the scar is more visible than the inframammary option.

Breast Implant Placement Options

The placement of your breast implants will affect the shape and feel of your breast augmentation results. There are two options, including: Placement of Breast Implants

  • Subglandular: This “Over the Muscle” placement option involves positioning the breast implants underneath your breast tissue on top of your chest (pectoral) muscles.
  • Submuscular: “Under the Muscle” placement for breast implants involves positioning them beneath both your glandular tissue and pectoral muscles. Partial submuscular (dual plane) is an alternative option as well.

Implant placement largely comes down to preference, and many of our patients choose submuscular as it can give you a more natural-looking result than subglandular.

Breast Implant Lifespan

There’s a common misconception that breast implants need to be exchanged every 10 years, but there’s no evidence of this in literature or science. Breast implants do not expire. You won’t need to change your implants unless you would like to increase or decrease the size or there’s been a complication such as implant rupture or capsular contracture.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Women undergo breast augmentation for many reasons. Maybe you’ve had children or lost a substantial amount of weight and want to correct volume loss. Your movement will be restricted for several weeks following your procedure, which will impact your ability to lift small children and do strenuous exercises.

To give your body the opportunity to heal correctly, you’ll need to take one to two weeks off of work or have help available at home for small children. You also need to avoid using your upper body to lift or reach objects for six weeks, but you can exercise your lower body after two weeks. Following your breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Young will see you for several follow-up appointments: one week post-op, then six weeks, six months, and one year.

Breast Implant Revision and Replacement

Breast implant revision or replacement is performed to:

  • Refresh your results or change some aspect of your breasts
  • Repair a complication or implant problem
  • Correct results you are not happy with from your initial breast augmentation

Common reasons for seeking implant revision or replacement include:

Normal tissue changes. Despite breast implants, time has a way of causing our tissues to change. Specifically, the skin of your breasts may begin to sag and stretch. While these tissue changes occur as a normal part of aging, they may also appear after weight gain or loss, or after pregnancy. A revision procedure can be tailored to the tissue changes you are experiencing, restoring firm, perky breasts.

Correction of capsular contracture. This complication occurs when scar tissue tightens and contracts around the implant. It will cause the breast to feel very firm and hard. Capsules of scar tissue form naturally around your implants, but it becomes an issue when it thickens and constricts. A revision may become necessary to remove the tissue or to replace the implant.

Ruptured implant. It is possible for the implant shell to tear or rupture. When a saline implant is involved, the saline fluid will leak out of the shell and the breast will look very obviously deflated. Because silicone gel maintains its shape even when a shell tears, your breast probably won’t look any different. A silicone rupture is typically detected as part of an MRI. The implant will be replaced in these situations.

To change the implant size, shape and/or type. You may want larger or smaller breast implants now that some time has passed since your original surgery. Or maybe you want to change out your silicone implants for saline, or change some other aspect of the implants themselves. Dr. Young may be able to use your original augmentation incisions to remove your implants and replace them with the new ones. The pocket in which the implants sit will be widened or made smaller, depending on whether you are increasing or decreasing size.

Implant malposition. Problems with the breast capsules or the breast tissues may cause the implants to sit too high, too low, too close together or too far apart. Dr. Young may use the existing incisions to modify and reposition the capsule so that a beautiful aesthetic result is restored.

Visible rippling or visible implant contour. Saline breast implants run the possibility of rippling. The saline fluid may cause the shell to wrinkle. The ripples can be visible when a woman has thin breast tissue. Women with little breast tissue may also find that the edge of the implant becomes visible. These issues are more likely to occur when the implant is placed above the chest muscle. In either scenario, Dr. Young can help you decide the best course of action, which may be replacing the saline implants with silicone, or placing new implants below the chest muscle.

Drooping and/or asymmetry. With the passing years, sagging tissue may cause the breasts to look very uneven. A revision procedure restores a more symmetrical bust.

If you are a good candidate for breast implant revision and/or replacement, there are typically many benefits, including:

  • Restore positive feelings about the appearance of your breasts
  • Ensure your breast implants are performing as you expect
  • Get the best possible results from breast augmentation
  • Enjoy results that will serve you for the long term

The next step is to visit Dr. Young for a consultation. You’ll discuss what issue has arisen, and he will let you know all of the potential options for restoring results you love.

Why Choose Our Kansas City Plastic Surgeon?

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. and has been for several years. It’s essential to choose a plastic surgeon who you feel comfortable with and has the skill, experience, and artistic ability to deliver your desired results safely.

Do you have questions about breast augmentation? Read our blog!

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery believes in providing a comfortable environment for our patients where you can learn about all aspects of the breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Young’s artistic nature is showcased on the walls of our office where detailed paintings hang, and that eye for beauty comes into play in his surgical techniques. Dr. Young uses his talent and experience to customize each procedure to give you results that compliments your body shape and gives you a boost of confidence.

Dr. Levi Young is a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and was voted one of the top three plastic surgeons in the greater Kansas City area twice by Pitch Weekly magazine. He’s been recognized for more than his surgical skills, though. Dr. Young has won the “Ten Best Client Satisfaction Award” for three consecutive years, was featured in Her Life magazine, and appeared on the hit morning show Better KC.

Breast Augmentation & Implants

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States. A woman may choose to have breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons, such as a desire to increase natural breast size, improve the shape and volume of breasts after pregnancy or weight loss, or to restore a more youthful look and feel.

If you are interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts, please contact us at our office in Overland Park and a member of our staff will gladly help you schedule a consultation appointment.

Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

If you are interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts, please contact us at our office in Overland Park and a member of our staff will gladly help you schedule a consultation appointment.

About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to enlarge the size of a woman’s breasts with the use of implants. Breast augmentation includes a myriad of surgical options, including the specifics of the implant composition, size and shape, as well as incision sites and placement of the implant in reference to the muscle.

For many women, breast implants have helped to increase their self-confidence and inspire pride in their personal appearance. However, that doesn’t mean that having an augmentation should not be seriously considered, discussed, and approached with care. Most importantly, to ensure that patients achieve their desired results they must choose an experienced and reputable breast augmentation surgeon with whom they feel comfortable, such as Dr. John Michael Quinn.

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Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates for breast augmentation are women in good health who have reasonable expectations of the procedure outcome. A bust increase is guaranteed, but a rise in self-confidence is not; that has to come from within. Women who are done having children and breastfeeding are great candidates, but those who have sagging breasts or low nipple positioning may need a breast lift as well. Further candidates for breast augmentation include those wishing to correct asymmetry or improve a previous surgery’s result.

There are many factors that patients should think through prior to surgery, including:

  • Overall health
  • Reasons for considering surgery
  • Previous surgeries and their results
  • Financial feasibility
  • Medication intake
  • Family history

Breast Augmentation Implant Options

There are many different options to consider when wanting to undergo breast augmentation surgery. That’s what makes this procedure so popular! It is completely customizable to your aesthetic desires. But rest assured, you do not have to make their implant option decisions on your own. You will consult privately with Dr. Quinn about your specific surgical options during a private consultation. There you will get answers to any questions you may have, discuss safety and risks, and gain confidence in the fact that your surgery will be unique and handled in the best manner for you.


At Quinn Plastic Surgery we offer two types of implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are a silicone shell casing filled with semi-solid silicone gel. Mentor Memory Gel is our silicone implant of choice as we find they provide fantastic results for our patients. Saline implants are inserted as an empty (non-inflated) shell, and once in place they are then filled with a liquid saline solution to the desired size.


Both breast implant composition are perfectly safe and will provide natural-looking results. Deciding which type of implant is right for you will depend on the breast size, shape, and feel that you’re looking for. During your initial consultation, Dr. Quinn will explain the difference between these breast implants, and help you to decide which is right for you.


Size is probably the most popular topic when it comes to breast augmentation. There is a large range of implant sizes available; Dr. Quinn will provide physical examples to help patients make an informed, educated decision.

Implants can come in both round and natural teardrop shape. Round provides greater projection while teardrop gives a more anatomically similar slope. The one recommended for your case will be based on the size implant desired and body frame.


breast augmentation incision locations

If you’ve started to do your research on breast augmentation and implants, you will be familiar with some of the terminology involved in this procedure. One option that will be discussed at the initial consultation is whether to make a transaxillary (underarm) incision, or an inframammary (breast fold) incision. A transaxillary incision is about 1-2 inches long, and is made in the patient’s underarm where it is less visible. An inframammary incision is slightly larger and is made under the breast in the breast fold. Dr. Quinn will discuss the pros and cons for the incision site specifically suited for each individual case. Every effort will be made to ensure that the resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.



Another breast augmentation option to consider is whether to place the breast implant above (sub-glandular) or below (sub-muscular) the muscle. Dr. Quinn typically recommends a sub-muscular placement, but it is important that every patient be aware of their options, as there are benefits to both sub-muscular and sub-glandular breast implant placement. Dr. Quinn will discuss the pros and cons of the two possible implant placement sites, and recommend the site that best meets the your needs Dr. Quinn uses the no touch technique, which means he never makes direct contact with the implant in order to ensure a safe, sterile operation.


Properly preparing for breast augmentation surgery is an important step for a smooth surgery and quick recovery. You will be given instructions, such as arranging for someone to take you home after surgery, and what medications to avoid prior to surgery. Dr. Quinn will be able to provide more individualized preparation instructions after your consultation examination.

The Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia, meaning you will be released after surgery, under the care of a family member or friend.

The procedure entails making small incisions to create pockets into which the breast implants are inserted. Once the breast implants are in place, the incisions are closed. The procedure typically takes an hour to complete, but can vary from patient to patient depending on the incision size, implant material and implant placement.

Dr. Quinn does not place patients in a compression garment after surgery. The implant can drop quicker into the pocket with the natural help of gravity, which cannot happen if the breasts are compressed in a compression garment.

Complementing Procedures

There are many complementing body contouring procedures we offer that go well with breast augmentation surgery. One of the most common procedure combinations is breast augmentation with a breast lift. Breast augmentation will increase size, but it cannot remedy extreme breast sagging. Dr. Quinn will remove excess breast skin to create a perky breast, followed by augmentation for fullness.

Another popular surgical option is the mommy makeover. This is the clever name dubbed for body and breast procedure combinations such as liposuctiontummy tuck, breast lift, and/or breast augmentation for post pregnancy women. Many moms come to Dr. John Michael Quinn to enhance their post pregnancy bodies because he delivers spectacular results, keeping true to each woman’s natural proportions.


Breast augmentation patients are able to return home following their surgery, but will need to take around 3-5 days off from work. This time frame will be longer if your job requires heavy lifting but light activities can be resumed sooner. You will be instructed to move around during the initial postoperative days. This promotes good blood flow. Dr. Quinn will assign a few range of motion exercises to help slowly ease your body into adjusting; these should be started the day after surgery. More vigorous activity and heavy lifting can be continued after 3 weeks.

Breast Augmentation Results


Patients will notice an immediate increase in size, but good results can be seen just as soon as the implants settle in place. Final beautiful results can be enjoyed in about 3-5 months. Any incision scars will fade with time, but Dr. Quinn will advise you about the best care for your incisions to minimize the appearance of any scars.

While breast augmentation surgery cannot inherently increase the confidence of women, it sure does help! The majority of breast augmentation patients report a large spike in their self-esteem and body image, in turn enhancing quality of life for themselves.


Breast augmentation surgery costs are dependent on the implant specifics and your specific needs and desires. Dr. Quinn will be able to provide you with an estimation of costs after a consultation examination and a discussion about your cosmetic goals.

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