Mayo Clinic's approach

During your consultation, Mayo Clinic doctors trained in plastic surgery (plastic surgeons) will discuss different surgical options and available techniques for breast augmentation with you. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the most appropriate surgical option and the size and type of breast implant appropriate for you. Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you your expectations, possible risks and complications, associated costs and other considerations.

In breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon may make incisions in the crease under your breast (inframammary incision), at the edge of the colored skin around the nipple (periareolar incision) or under your arm (transaxillary incision). Your surgeon positions the breast implant under your breast tissue (subglandular placement) or under the pectoralis muscle beneath the breast (submuscular placement). Breast implants are filled with a sterile, saltwater solution (saline) or elastic gel (silicone). Your incision scars may fade over time, but they will never completely disappear.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in plastic surgery (plastic surgeons) perform more than 100 breast augmentation surgeries a year.
  • A multidisciplinary team of experts, including board-certified plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons, work together as a team to perform your surgery.
  • Care at Mayo Clinic revolves around you. Mayo Clinic doctors work with you to determine the surgical options that work best for you. Doctors will discuss your concerns and explain the potential benefits and risks of breast augmentation surgery.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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May 17, 2018
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