What is Breast Augmentation?

Group 3Breast augmentation, also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. This surgery uses breast implants to increase the size and improve the shape of a woman’s breasts. 

During breast augmentation, Dr. Raymond Jean, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Main Line Plastic Surgery in Bryn Mawr, PA, creates a custom surgical plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Who Are Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation?

There are many reasons women may wish to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Ideal candidates for this transformative procedure include:

  • Women with asymmetrically sized breasts who wish to balance and symmetrize their figures. Dr. Jean utilizes advanced techniques to precisely size and position implants during surgery.
  • Women seeking to restore volume and fullness lost after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations.
  • Patients who feel their natural breasts are too small in proportion to their body frame. The enhanced size and curves resulting from breast augmentation can greatly boost your self-confidence.
  • Anyone in overall good health looking to improve body contour for a more feminine silhouette.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Jean thoroughly evaluates each patient’s health, breast anatomy, and aesthetic objectives to determine candidacy. He provides unmatched expertise having performed over 2,000 successful breast augmentation surgeries.

Options in Breast Implants

Breast implants are medical devices designed to augment breast size for cosmetic outcomes. At Main Line Plastic Surgery, we offer you an extensive selection of FDA-approved, premium breast implants in a range of projected shapes, sizes, surfaces, and materials to achieve beautiful, natural-looking enhancements customized to your body.

Implant Shapes

The two main types of implant shapes include:

  • Round breast implants: Round implants lend a fuller look and tend to be more versatile in terms of positioning.
  • Teardrop (contoured) implants: Anatomically shaped like a natural breast, with more projection at the bottom and tapering toward the top.


Breast implants come with smooth or textured surfaces. Textured implants were originally designed to adhere to surrounding tissue and minimize risk of capsular contracture. However, evidence now suggests smooth implants pose fewer health risks.


Implants are measured by volume in ccs, ranging from about 150ccs up to 800ccs. We will work together to select the appropriate size based on your frame, tissue proportions and aesthetic vision.

Fill Types

The FDA has approved saline and silicone filler materials. Saline implants contain a silicone elastomer shell filled with sterile saltwater. Silicone implants have a silicone outer shell prefilled with viscous silicone gel. Both options are safe, each with its own benefits.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation takes approximately 1.5 hours to perform under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Jean utilizes advanced techniques like Keller funnels to allow for smaller, less conspicuous incisions. There are three common incision sites:

  • Inframammary: Incision is hidden in the breast crease, standard for saline and silicone implants.
  • Transaxilary: Incision made within the armpit.
  • Periareolar: Incision is made along the lower edge of the areola.

Dr. Jean will expertly insert and position the implants through the incision, either behind the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle. He closes the incisions with layered sutures for optimal healing and applies surgical dressings. No drainage tubes are used and all stitches are absorbable 

Rapid Recovery After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr Jean performs rapid recovery breast augmentation You will wake up from surgery wearing a support bra or elastic wrap dressing to minimize swelling. Temporary soreness, numbness and discomfort are common, typically lasting 24 to 72 hours. You may experience difficulty moving around initially. 

Dr. Jean prescribes pain medication to keep you resting comfortably at home as you recover. He advises taking 2-3 days off work if you have an active job and avoiding strenuous activity or heavy lifting during the first 4 weeks surgery. Most patients can resume normal activities in 2-3 days or less

Around the six week mark postoperative swelling has substantially subsided allowing your enhanced breast contours to settle into place.

Breast Augmentation Results

As breast augmentation is performed as an elective cosmetic procedure, realizing improved self-image and satisfaction with your new breast contours is an important goal to achieve. While final results from breast augmentation fully refine over six months as the breasts relax into their new implant-enhanced shape, our patients are overjoyed with their new curves and improved self-image almost instantly after surgery.

The transformative effects of breast implants are meant to last permanently, giving you a voluptuous, proportional figure for years. As an expert with extensive experience, Dr. Raymond Jean delivers gorgeous outcomes designed to meet your cosmetic goals and boost confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about breast augmentation:

What results can I expect from the procedure?

Most patients achieve permanent breast size increases ranging from one or two cup sizes, depending on factors like original breast volume, muscle coverage, implant size and profile.

How long is the recovery period after surgery?

Most patients are able to return normal daily activities in 48-72 hrs. By 2-3 weeks, normal routines may be resumed slowly and delicately. Full recovery takes 6 weeks by which all swelling, bruising and soreness have dissipated.

What implant types does Dr. Jean use?

Dr. Jean exclusively uses only FDA-approved, premium breast implants from the nation’s most reputable device manufacturers like Mentor, Allergan and Sientra. He selects the best options customized to you during an in-depth implant sizing session.

Contact Us Today!

We encourage you to call or text us at 484-222-0010 or request an appointment online to meet with Dr. Raymond Jean for a completely confidential consultation and exam to learn more about your options in breast enhancement. We look forward to warmly welcoming you into our practice and delivering beautiful, rewarding outcomes that make your cosmetic visions a reality.

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