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Breast enhancement

There are many reasons to have a breast enhancement procedure. For example, you might want to change the size or shape of your breasts for personal reasons, or you may need a procedure for medical reasons.

Whatever your reasons are for choosing a cosmetic or reconstructive breast procedure, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Truman Medical Centers/University Health have the expertise and experience to perform the procedure safely and effectively.

Our approach to breast enhancement surgery

To make sure that you get the results you want from a breast procedure, our surgeons will take the time to meet with you and learn about your goals. They will also review the details of the procedure you're considering and the pros and cons of options available to you.

Your safety is our highest priority.

  • Our plastic surgeons work closely with board-certified anesthesiologists, breast cancer surgeons and other specialists at Truman Medical Centers/University Health to ensure you receive the best care possible.
  • Our surgeons perform procedures in the outpatient surgery center, but can also operate in the hospital setting so you can spend the night after the procedure if needed.
  • Our team uses long-acting local anesthetic in order to ease your recovery and minimize narcotic use.

Choosing to undergo breast enhancement is a big commitment. Our team will do all they can to make sure you are comfortable and confident before heading into surgery.

Breast enhancement procedures our team performs

Breast augmentation

Women choose to get breast implants for many different reasons. Some women may feel they've never had the size or shape they desire. Others may be looking to correct changes that have occurred due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. Breast implants can even give back breast cancer survivors their feminine figure after a mastectomy.

Our plastic surgeons are committed to making sure you get the results you want from this procedure. Before surgery you'll be given a variety of choices, including:

  • Type of breast implant (silicone or saline).
  • Breast implant size, shape and profile.
  • Incision location.
  • Placement (submuscular or subglandular).

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with the necessary information and recommendations so you are confident about making an informed decision.

After surgery, your surgeon will follow up with you annually to check the implants and watch for the development of any complications. You will also continue your regular breast cancer screening as recommended by your primary care physician.

If you have questions about breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), you can learn more at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

Breast implant exchange or removal

Breast implant results aren't permanent. You should expect your implants to last 10 or 15 years before they need to be changed. In some cases, implants may need to be replaced sooner if there's a complication like hardening, leaking or discomfort.

You might also choose to have implants removed or exchanged for personal reasons.

Our surgeons can advise you on the best and safest options for exchanging or removing implants, and they'll work with your insurance company to determine if the procedure is covered.

Our team will also advise you about any other procedures that may be helpful. For example, people who have implants removed often benefit from another cosmetic procedure, such as a breast lift, to tighten the tissue and excess skin.

Breast lift (mastopexy)

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and the natural effects of aging can all cause skin around the breasts to lose elasticity and lead to sagging. A breast lift can restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position. A lift can also be done along with breast augmentation to restore previous volume.

Your plastic surgeon may suggest supplementing a breast lift with implants, but not all women will need both procedures. Your surgeon will thoroughly review your options with you so you’ll feel confident you've made the right decision.

Our plastic surgeons are experienced at performing a variety of breast lift techniques. They're also highly skilled surgeons who can perform the procedure in a way that minimizes scarring.

Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery is designed to help your breasts feel proportionate to your body. You may be considering breast reduction surgery because of:

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain.
  • Difficulty exercising.
  • Self-consciousness.
  • Trouble finding clothing that fits right.

Our breast reduction patients are often thrilled with the new look of their breasts after surgery, as well as the lifestyle improvements they experience, like reduced pain, improved confidence and more comfort during exercise.

If you need breast reduction surgery, our team will work with your insurance company on getting the procedure covered.

Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is part of the multidisciplinary care offered at Truman Medical Centers/University Health. It can be done along with a mastectomy or sometimes delayed until all treatments are completed.

Learn more about our breast reconstruction expertise.

Transgender breast surgery

Plastic surgeon Carol Aylward, MD, has extensive experience working with transgender nonbinary people to give them the gender confirmation surgery they desire. She’s known in Kansas City and throughout the country as one of the leading experts in this field.

Learn more about our transgender surgery expertise.

Fat grafting

Fat grafting surgery uses liposuction to remove fat cells from one area of the body. These cells are then injected into your breasts. Fat grafting may be a good option if you're looking for a relatively small increase in breast size. It's a less-invasive alternative to other surgical methods. Because the fat cells are natural to your own body, fat grafting is a very safe procedure when an experienced plastic surgeon performs it.

Gynecomastia surgery

Some men may experience breast enlargement due to medical conditions, weight changes or as a side effect of medications. This procedure is done to reduce breast size and restore a more masculine appearance of the chest.

Breast enhancement before and after photos

Learn more about breast enhancement

To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons or receive educational information about breast enhancement, call 816.876.2919 or complete and submit this short form.