Breast augmentation is consistently the number one or two most commonly performed procedure in the United States year to year — and this is certainly true at our practice. At the Bengtson Center in Grand Rapids breast augmentation is used to help women restore the natural shape and proportion of the breasts they love.
Dr. Brad Bengtson and his team stay ahead of the curve, offering the most up to date generation of breast implants both round and shaped, textured and smooth, and have one of the busiest practices in the world.
In addition, Dr. Brad Bengtson's practice is 25 percent breast revisions, correcting complications patients have experienced from breast augmentation performed elsewhere. As he says, "It's the sophisticated first-time augmentation patient who recognizes: 'If he corrects this many augmentation complications from others, this is who I want doing my breast augmentation the first time.'"
What is Breast Augmentation?
There are plenty of before and after pictures of breast augmentation patients on the internet, allowing patients to get a rough idea of what the procedure accomplishes and what the surgeon can deliver.
Simply put: Breasts get larger. But seeing breast augmentation results on someone else and understanding what goes into a comprehensive consultation and personalized surgery for you are two different things. Dr. Bengtson utilizes his past research on standardization of the bra cup and VECTRA 3D imaging to help patients navigate the important issues of implant selection.
The Bengtson Center team encourages every woman thinking about having breast augmentation to be educated as much as she can about the entire process. So read the extensive information we've provided and don't hesitate to ask us any questions that might pop up as you go.
Breast augmentation enhances breast size and shape with surgically placed breast implants with or without simultaneous or delayed autologous fat transfer.
Breast implants consist of a saline fluid or silicone gel contained within a strong but soft external silicone shell. Implants come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and surface textures, and they can be filled with a variety of materials and degrees of cohesivity, or "stickiness." To achieve the specific look you want via breast augmentation, Dr. Bengtson offers a complete range of breast implants—silicone, silicone gel, gel, cohesive gel, standard gel, or saline—in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to match your breast look and feel. with our surgeons guiding you in selecting the best implant for your desired breast shape, size, and projection.
Breast augmentation via fat transfer involves the surgeon using liposuction to remove some of your fat from somewhere on your body you don't like and transferring it to a place you do. The fat is then processed and prepared for transfer to your breasts. Compared to breast implants, the fat transfer method leads to more modest increases, and is typically used in addition to a breast implant or to cover over areas of breast implants that have wrinkling and rippling. It is difficult with today's technology to add enough volume to the breast to use fat transfer alone without an implant.
The doctor will also evaluate your natural breast tissue, frame, and body size to establish your enhanced, natural, proportional, and beautiful breast outcome. Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso perform each breast augmentation in Grand Rapids at a state-of-the-art, safe, and fully accredited outpatient surgical facility.
1. Breast augmentation adds volume to enhance breast size, provide a new shape, and improve firmness of the breasts
2. Our Grand Rapids breast augmentation patients undergo general anesthesia for their surgery, which is an outpatient procedure that lasts less than an hour and includes an advanced 24-hour Fast Trak recovery program
3. Dr. Bengtson is a nationally recognized expert, researcher, and guest speaker in breast augmentation and developer of breast implant innovations
4. The Bengtson Center continues to be the only West Michigan practice to offer VECTRA 3D imaging and simulation to give patients an amazingly accurate visual preview of the range of their actual outcome
5. Since he's performed more than 4,000 breast implant procedures, you can be confident you are in great hands with Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso and that your breast augmentation outcome will be natural and proportional
6. Breast implant follow-up is important. Most surgeons recommend replacement or MRIs every 10 years. This is not covered by insurance and can be very expensive. Dr. Bengtson offers in office Ultrasounds which gives him the ability to follow a patient's implants for life.
Although the average age of a breast augmentation patient is about 35, women from 18 to well into their 60s may elect to have the surgery at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center.
Their reasons for choosing the procedure vary from breasts that have been asymmetrical in shape or volume, never having breasts, or being unhappy with a prior breast procedure. Breast augmentation can also help with volume loss following pregnancy and breastfeeding, sagging breasts from gravity, and weight loss. Revision of a prior breast surgery that yielded less-than-ideal results is also frequently cited as a motivating factor.
There are many factors that generally define good candidates for breast augmentation procedures.
While breast augmentation has long been used to add volume to women's breasts, the surgery has also long been marked by discomfort or even pain lasting weeks and requiring significant down time and narcotic pain relievers.
Dr. Bengtson's Fast-Trak recovery keeps swelling and bruising to a minimum and allows breast augmentation patients to return to their daily life immediately, giving them more time to enjoy their new look without the traditional limitations or drawbacks, pain, and length of recovery of this surgery in years past. Dr. Bengtson's advanced Fast-Trak Recovery Program allows patients to enjoy a return to their daily activities in 24 to 48 hours after breast augmentation.
His precise and meticulous methods keep recovery to a minimum. He suggests that after leaving the surgical center, they go home and take a nap, then head out for an evening of low-key activity, such as seeing a movie, having dinner, shopping, or a soccer game. For more information about Grand Rapids, or if you are interested in travelling for surgery, please visit our patient fly-in section.
Our Grand Rapids breast augmentation patients no longer require weeks off for recovery. Positioning of the breast implant is determined by your natural breast tissue, fitness, and lifestyle.
Dr. Bengtson champions a 24-hour Fast-Trak Recovery Program by creating the breast implant pocket in a non-traumatic way, without any bleeding, placing each implant to fit your pocket, and encouraging early range of motion and a quick return to activities of daily living with very few restrictions. Because every woman is unique, your breast augmentation in Grand Rapids at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery is customized to fit your specific goals, lifestyle, breasts, body, and desired outcome.
Following cost and safety, your individual outcome is the most important aspect in your breast augmentation decision-making process.
In West Michigan, patients typically do not want their breasts to be too large or too small at the end of the surgery, and stuffing your bra with an implant or looking at another patients' before and after photos may give you some idea of what to roughly expect, but cannot accurately or realistically portray YOUR unique outcome.
During your individualized consultation for breast augmentation Grand Rapids plastic surgeons at the Bengtson Center will help you formulate a surgery plan which includes the selection of the type, shape, and size of your breast implants using West Michigan's first and only VECTRA 3D imaging and simulation system. VECTRA is an extremely accurate computer imaging and simulation system that allows you to visualize your personalized breast augmentation outcome before even undergoing surgery!
This is more than a quick alteration to a photo you bring in. The sophisticated device scans your body and allows the surgeon to create a simulated version of you, which can be modified to show the results of various implant sizes and styles in real time. To view the before and after 3D Imaging photos of some of Dr. Bengtson's breast augmentation patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, or Detroit, click here.
Who Should I Have Perform My Breast Augmentation?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bradley Bengtson is among the most experienced and recognized doctors on breast augmentation in Michigan—Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit—as well as in the United States and throughout the world.
Dr. Bengtson's approach to breast augmentation includes three key goals: enhance your breast size and volume, improve the shape and firmness of your breasts, and create a natural, restored breast appearance. At the Bengtson Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, we know you have choices when it comes to selecting a plastic surgeon for your breast enhancement.
1. Dr. Bengtson is one of the country's foremost leaders in breast augmentation, having performed more than 4,000 breast procedures.
2. With the Bengtson Center's advanced VECTRA 3D imaging and simulation technology, you can actually visualize simulated results of your breast augmentation surgery beforehand.
4. Thanks to Dr. Bengtson's Fast-Trak Recovery Program, following your breast augmentation at his Grand Rapids practice, you can return to normal activities in 24 to 48 hours, and typically be out to dinner the night of the procedure.
5. Dr. Bengtson conducts thorough follow-up of your breast implants using high-resolution ultrasound, currently at no additional charge, potentially saving our Grand Rapids breast augmentation patients thousands of dollars over expensive MRIs.
6. Your breast augmentation in Grand Rapids includes complimentary BOTOX or Latisse eyelash enhancements for both you and a friend.
Dr. Bengtson has performed many studies on 3D photography, imaging, and simulation of before and after results.
He is also one of the global leaders of Acellular Dermal Matrices (ADM) such as Strattice and AlloDerm for secondary revision breast augmentation surgery, as well as internal support of the breast for mastopexy and breast reductions. Birmingham, Detroit, and Grand Rapids breast augmentation clients need look no further than the Bengtson Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery for all their breast augmentation needs.
Don't worry about making a premature decision now on the specific breast implants you would like to receive. There are so many misconceptions about breast implants that Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso will clarify them with you.
During your consultation for a breast augmentation Grand Rapids plastic surgeons at the Bengtson Center will walk you through your options and explain the benefits of each one for your specific situation. Your body type, current breast size and shape, desired increase, current firmness of your breast, and other factors will all play a part in determining the implant options for you. For now, it's a good idea to learn some breast implant basics, which essentially boil down to saline and various cohesivities or firmness of silicone fillers.
Saline is the technical term for salt water, a sterile, safe fluid that has long been used in breast implants, either round or teardrop shaped, that are inserted empty into the body and then filled to the appropriate volume to achieve breast augmentation. The water-filled silicone shells are often noted as feeling firmer to the touch than the alternative and may create more visible wrinkling and rippling. Ruptures are possible—the chance is about 1 percent per implant per year—and would lead to a gradual deflation as the harmless saline fluid is absorbed by the body. This is really the only advantage of a saline implant, aside from cost.
Silicone is a thicker substance, closer in consistency to human fat than saline. Silicone devices come in both round and anatomical/teardrop shapes, which are filled before insertion. In the case of a fold-flaw or shell tear, the extremely thick gel remains in the implant shell and the amount that may extrude out of the shell remains inside the capsule or "internal zip-lock bbag" that forms around the implant. On our breast implant page, you can see videos of Dr. Bengtson cutting implant shells so you can visualize how thick the silicone gel is. Another extremely reassuring thing for breast augmentation patients is that Dr. Bengtson has won national research awards in plastic surgery using high resolution ultrasound for the detection of breast implant shell failure and has found it superior to MRI for that task. MRI sessions cost $3,500, with insurance companies not paying for this test for breast implant follow-up. The FDA has recommended MRI check ups at three to five and seven years following breast augmentation; this schedule would cost more than the actual procedure for most patients. We wrap the ultrasound follow-up into the surgical fees, and this gives patients great reassurance. Shell failure—if it happens—usually does not occur until seven or eight years following surgery, so we begin imaging patients at that time or when there are any noticeable changes or trauma to their breasts. See our high resolution ultrasound webpage and our published articles for additional information.
Dr. Bengtson and the entire staff of the Bengtson Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery in Grand Rapids want you to be well informed about your choices and any potential risks or side effects. They will thoroughly explain your breast augmentation options, answer all your questions, and support you in whatever decision you make.
You already know that Dr. Bengtson performs breast augmentation in Michigan at his Grand Rapids surgery center on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia, utilizing his Fast-Trak Recovery Program. Learn more details about the figure-changing process.
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