Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Edina

Woman with Enlarged BreastsAvailable at our Minneapolis-area practice, breast augmentation with implants can help to enhance or restore the bustline and create more pleasing proportions. In some cases, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift to achieve the best possible results. Today's technologies and methodologies make breast augmentation an incredibly safe procedure that leaves minimal scarring. As with any surgical procedure, however, results largely depend on the skill and talent of the operating surgeon. 

Dr. Kobienia has years of experience performing breast enhancement surgery; contact his plastic surgery office near Minneapolis today for a free breast augmentation consultation.

Video: Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Kobienia discusses the breast augmentation procedure and different options available. He talks about the differences in types of implants and the may that they may feel. Dr. Kobienia goes over the procedure and what you can expect.  

Breast Implants: Saline vs. Silicone

One of the most common questions asked by patients who are considering breast augmentation at our Minneapolis-area practice is the difference between saline and silicone breast implants. Dr. Kobienia is committed to making sure all questions are answered and that his patients have a clear understanding about the unique characteristics of each variety.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are, in essence, silicone rubber shells filled with a sterile salt water solution. Because the use of silicone implants between 1992 and 2006 was restricted to patients undergoing breast reconstruction, saline implants were used nearly exclusively during that period. The size of saline breast implants can be customized, as they are typically filled after they have been placed under the breast tissue. The fact that saline breast implants are filled after they are placed give them the distinct advantage of requiring very minimal incisions, as only the empty implant shell needs to be inserted during the procedure. Another benefit of saline implants is their relative safety, if one is concerned about the silicone gel implants. Should the implant leak or rupture, the saline solution can be readily absorbed by the human body.

To learn whether saline implants are the right option for your needs and preferences, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kobienia, serving the greater Minneapolis area. Deciding which type of breast implants to use can be difficult and confusing; with the direct assistance and advice of a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Kobienia, your decision will be much easier to make.

Silicone Breast Implants

After years of testing, the Food and Drug Administration concluded that silicone breast implants are safe and, in 2006, once again made them available to the general public. This type of implant consists of a silicone rubber shell that is filled with silicone gel. Unlike saline breast implants, which are inflated with a saltwater solution after they have been implanted, silicone implants are not inflatable and are the same size before and after they are placed.

One of the greatest benefits of silicone breast implants is their more natural visual and physical aesthetic. The distinct consistency of the silicone gel is far similar to breast tissue than saline, allowing the augmented breasts to both look and feel more natural.

If you are considering undergoing breast augmentation at a reputable practice in the Minneapolis area, contact Dr. Kobienia today to schedule a private consultation.

Placement of Incisions during Breast Augmentation

There are three types of incisions that Dr. Kobienia can use to insert the breast implants, each made in a different area on or around the breasts.


The inframammary incision, commonly used during breast augmentation, is created in the crease under the breast, effectively hiding any scarring from readily-visible areas. The breast implants are inserted through the hidden incision into their appropriate position; inframammary incisions allow for submuscular (behind the chest muscle wall) and subglandular (between the mammary glands and pectoral muscle) placement.


The periareolar incision, which is also referred to as the nipple incision, is a popular technique used in the breast augmentation procedure. This type of incision is made in the area where the dark skin of the areola and the lighter skin of the breast meet, allowing the resulting scar to blend naturally. The location of the incision also allows for submuscular and subglandular placement, depending on what Dr. Kobienia believes is best for the patient.


The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit and is used when the patient undergoing the breast augmentation wants no scarring on or around the breast. This incision is made away from breast, leaving it virtually unseen. The breast implants are placed by creating a channel from the armpit to the breast and placing the implant through the opening. Placing an implant from an entry point that far away from the breast can be difficult. While the transaxillary incision allows for submuscular and subglandular placement, the task of working from the armpit can cause difficulties and complications for both the surgeon and the patient.

To learn more about incision locations, please contact our Minneapolis-area cosmetic surgery practice. Breast augmentation with implants must be carefully considered with the advice and guidance of a certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kobienia.

Recovery after Breast Augmentation

There is usually mild pain following breast augmentation surgery, though it should subside within a couple of days with the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Kobienia. Each patient's recovery time is different, though lifting, bending, and other laborious activities should generally be avoided for at least three weeks after the procedure. Scarring is dependent on each individual patient; though most can expect to see improvement within several months, scars will continue to heal for a full year or more.

Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Any Minneapolis-area patient considering undergoing breast augmentation surgery needs to evaluate their candidacy. Not everyone who wants to augment their breasts with implants will be right for the augmentation procedure, so it is imperative that prospective patients are aware of what factors go into making a good breast augmentation candidate.

Ideal candidates for the breast augmentation procedure are women who are at least 18 years old, in good health, and not pregnant or nursing. Even more importantly, good candidates are women who understand the benefits and risks of breast augmentation, recognize the limits of the surgery, and set realistic expectations of the procedure.

Though making the decision to undergo breast augmentation is complex and can take time, Dr. Kobienia is dedicated to assisting patients every step of the way. Please contact his office today to schedule a time during which you can come in and discuss any questions and concerns you may have.

Contact Dr. Brian Kobienia

Prospective patients from the greater Minneapolis area who have questions about breast augmentation, breast implants, or post-surgery recovery should contact Dr. Brian Kobienia today. He and his staff are committed to answering any questions prospective patients may have in an effort to facilitate educated, confident decisions about surgical procedures.

Kobienia Plastic Surgery

Dr. Brian J. Kobienia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing world-class care for nearly 20 years. When he is not working with patients, Dr. Kobienia is serving various local and global philanthropic programs. He is also affiliated with notable organizations including:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

With Dr. Kobienia's help, you can look as good as you feel. To get started, request a consultation online or call our plastic surgery practice at (952) 925-1111.

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