At St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons perform hundreds of breast augmentation procedures every year on women from Missouri, Illinois, and other states. We have helped many women enhance the size of their breasts and gain a sense of pride in their appearance. Our plastic surgeons have been recognized nationally for their outstanding results by Allergan, a leading breast implant manufacturer. We specialize in a customized, rapid recovery breast augmentation technique that allows our patients to get back to their lives more quickly and enjoy their results sooner.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
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This 40-year-old patient was interested in having a re-augmentation. She was concerned with the way her breast appeared. In her previous surgery that she had elsewhere, she had saline implants placed. Dr. Prada replaced her saline implants for cohesive gel implants. To achieve this look, he used 650cc Cohesive Breast implants. She is... Read More
5 Months Post Breast AugmentationThis 30-year-old female patient came in desiring bigger breasts. Before her breast augmentation she was a 'B cup" and she wanted to be a small C. After having a child, she noticed a decrease in upper fullness of her breasts and also wanted that improved. Read More
-3 Years Post Breast Augmentation-This patient was unhappy with the size of her breasts and decided to upgrade. She had a breast augmentation with 485cc silicone gel implants. Dr. Prada gave her exactly what she wanted. She couldn’t be happier with her decision! Read More
- 3 Months Post bilateral vertical augmentation mastopexy-This is a 27-year old patient who desired bigger breasts. She was unhappy with the drooping and small appearance of her breasts. 👎Dr. Nathan performed a bilateral vertical augmentation mastopexy. He used 445cc silicone-gel filled implants to achieve this patient’s desired look.... Read More
This 28-year-old patent came in seeking a breast augmentation. She was unhappy with the sagging appearance of her breasts and wanted to be larger. She was a "B-cup".Dr.Prada used a 360cc implant for the left breast and a 375cc implant for the right breast to create symmetry for this patient. She is very happy with her results. Read More
This 37-year old patient had 400cc implants placed at another office. She had a knuckle deformity of her left breast where part of the implant and capsule was protruding under the left breast. She was also unhappy with the asymmetry of her breasts and wanted to go larger.Dr. Prada removed her implants and a Strattise Acellular Dermal Matrix... Read More
This 37-year-old patient came in unhappy with the loose skin on her abdomen and her small breasts. She desried a conservative augmentation. She wanted to be a moderate 'C cup', and before surgery, she was an 'A cup'.Dr. Nathan performed an extended abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation for this patient. She is very pleased with her results. Read More
1 Year Post Operation This 35-year-old patient came in interested in a breast augmentation. She desired bigger breasts, she wanted to go from an "A-cup" to in the moderate "C-cup" range. Dr. Nathan performed a breast augmentation using 405cc breast implants. This patient is extremely pleased with her results. Read More
This 33-year old patient came in looking to have a breast augmentation. After having two children, she felt her breasts had decreased in volume and she desired a fuller bust. She wanted to increase her cup size from a small B cup to a full C. Dr. Lund gave her exactly what she was looking for and she is extremely pleased. Read More
This 25-year-old patient came in seeking a breast augmentation. She was unhappy with the size of her breasts and wanted to have a bigger cup size. She was an "A-cup" and wanted to be in the "C-cup" range. Dr. Prada worked his magic and gave this patient beautiful results.Dr. Prada used 450cc silicone-filled implants in the left breasts and... Read More
27-year-old patient who desired naturally fuller and perkier breasts. This patients breasts have always been larger and droopier than she would like and she decided to make a change. Dr. Nathan first preformed a bilateral mastopexy, and later preformed a breast augmentation and used 360cc implants to give the patient the upper fullness... Read More
This is a 31 year-old patient who came in seeking a breast augmentation. This patient was mainly concerned with the shape and size of her breasts. She is an "A-cup" and wants to be proportionate to her frame. Dr. Prada used 365cc silicone gel-filled implants to give this patient her proportionate results. She is very happy with her results. Read More
1 Month Post OperationThis 38-year-old patient in came into our office desiring bigger breasts. She wore an "A-cup" bra and wanted to be closer to a "C-cup". Dr. Prada used a 415cc silicone gel-filled breast implant in her left breast, and a 450cc silicone gel-filled breast implant in her right breast to create symmetry and give this... Read More
-1 Year Post Breast AugmentationAfter having two children, this 37-year-old patient desired fuller breasts. She wanted to go from an A cup size to a full C or small D cup. Dr. Prada used 405cc Soft Touch Implants to give this patient their desired look. Read More
-Two Months post bilateral breast augmentationThis 23-year old female came in desiring bigger breasts. She wanted to go from a “B cup” to a “D cup”. Dr. Lund used 525cc silicone gel-filled breast implants to achieve her desired look. This patient is extremely happy with her results and loves her new breasts Read More
7 Weeks Post Augmentation mammoplasty with right ellipse mastopexyThis 27-year-old patient came to Dr. Prada for a breast augmentation. She wanted to be proportionate and ideally go from a "C cup" to around a "DD cup". She is very happy with her results. Read More
This 38-year-old female came to our office interested in having a mommy makeover. Unhappy with the excess and laxity of the skin on her abdomen, and the droopy appearance of her breasts, she came to Dr. Prada for help.This patient is nine months post abdominoplasty with liposuction. Dr. Prada also preformed a augmentation mammoplasty and used... Read More
-Two Years Post full mastopexy, bilateral breast augmentation, extended abdominoplasty, and liposuction-This 47 year old patient came in desiring fullness and her nipple placement higher. She wanted her breasts to be more perky and not be hanging. After having five children, this patient wanted her abdomen area tightened and to raise, lift... Read More
- 4 Months Post Breast AugmentationThis 24-year-old female came into our office desiring bigger breasts. She wanted to go from an "A Cup" to around "C Cup" in bra sizes. This patient had slight asymmetry of her breasts. The left breast sitting higher than the right.To give this patient what she wanted, Dr. Prada used 450cc silicone... Read More
5 Months Post Bilateral Submuscular Breast AugmentationThis is a 34-year-old patient who came to our office desiring a breast augmentation. She was unhappy with the deflated appearance of her breasts. She was an "B Cup" before surgery and wanted to a proportionate "D- Cup". She also desired some cleavage but wanted a natural look.Dr. Nathan... Read More
-One Month Post Breast Augmentation- This 22-year-old patient came in desiring bigger breasts. Before her breast augmentation surgery, she was a "B-cup" bra and she desired to be in the "D-cup" range. Dr. Prada gave her exactly what she was looking for. Read More
This 28-year-old patient came in seeking a breast augmentation. After having three children, she was unhappy with her breasts' shape, size, and appearance. This patient was an 'a-cup' and has never been pleased with her breast size. She wanted to increase her breast size to a small 'c-cup'.Dr. Lund performed a bilateral breast augmentation... Read More
This 51- year old patient came in seeking a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty procedure. After losing 70 pounds, this patient was unhappy with the look of her breasts and abdomen. She desired fuller breasts with a lifted appearance, and she wanted her abdomen to be more natural in shape and lose the looseness and laxity of it.Here... Read More
This 23-year-old patient came in desiring a breast augmentation. She wanted to go from a 'B-cup' to in the 'D/DD cup' range. Dr. Prada used 485cc SoftTouch implants to achieve this look. This patient is extremely pleased with her results and we can see why! Read More
This 40-year-old patient was interested in a breast reaugmentation. After the deflation of her original implants, she decided she was happy with the size and decided on an anchor mastopexy instead of the reaugmentation. This procedure gave her the lift and youthful appearance she was looking for. She is extremely happy with her results. Read More
This 65-year old patient came in for a re-augmentation. During her first augmentation, saline implants were used. Over time, she noticed that her left breast seemed to be getting smaller in size and her right breast was also changing. There was a small leak in her implant so this patient came in for a re-augmentation. For... Read More
-7 month post operation-This patient came in for a breast augmentation after having a child. She desired more perkiness and fullness in her breasts. Dr. Huffaker delivered. This patient is very happy with the results.
-10 Months Post Augmentation- This 35-year-old patient came in seeking a breast augmentation. She was unhappy with the losss of fullness in her breasts after having children. She was an "A/B-cup" and would like to be in the "C-cup" range. Dr. Nathan used 360cc silicone gel-filled implants to achieve her desired look. This... Read More
This 30-year-old woman was about an A to B cup and was interested in becoming a moderate C cup. Dr. Nathan performed a sub muscular breast augmentation with Allergan Natrelle Inspira SoftTouch implants 415 cc. Patients after pictures are 3 months post surgery. Read More
At 29 years old, this St. Louis-area patient felt ready for breast implants. She consulted with Dr. Herluf Lund and together they decided on shaped, textured, cohesive silicone gel implants. Her scars are extremely discreet in her after photos. Read More
This 36-year-old patient was bothered by her relatively small and asymmetrical breasts, so she chose round, liquid silicone implants as well as a lift to help create volume and symmetry. Dr. Christian Prada performed a circumareolar lift on her right breast and a vertical lift on her left, which needed more improvement. Her results are voluptuous... Read More
This 42-year-old patient chose a Mommy Makeover that included an extended tummy tuck, liposuction around her hips, vertical breast lift, and breast augmentation with silicone implants here at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. In her after photos, you can appreciate that her entire body appears lifted and youthful looking. Read More
This 44-year-old woman came to St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery for a breast augmentation. With her small frame, she wanted a breast enhancement that would give her natural-looking results. She had a breast augmentation with 255cc shaped, cohesive gel implants. Read More
This 35-year-old woman worked with Dr. Charles Nathan to plan her procedure. She ultimately chose breast augmentation here at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. Together she and Dr. Nathan selected textured, anatomically shaped, cohesive silicone gel implants placed beneath her chest muscle. Read More
-3 Months Post Operation- This 21-year-old patient had tuberous breast deformities. That is an abnormality of the breasts during which the breasts fail to develop normally and fully throughout puberty. The goal of this breast augmentation was to fill and shape the bottom of the breast and correct the nipple malposition... Read More
This 44-year-old woman desired fuller, larger breasts, so she underwent a breast augmentation at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery. She and her surgeon decided on anatomically shaped, semi-solid silicone gel implants. In her after photos, her resulting scars are virtually invisible. Read More
This patient in her 30s visited Dr. Herluf Lund with concerns about the size of her breasts. They worked together at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery and decided on textured, shaped silicone gel breast implants placed beneath her chest muscle. Her results enhance her natural curves and make her feel much more confident. Read More
This 41-year-old patient came in desiring bigger breasts. She was a "B-cup" and ideally wanted to be in the "D-cup" range. Dr. Lund used 421cc silicone filled implants to give this patient her desired look. She now happily wears two-piece swimsuit and loves her new breasts! Read More
The rapid recovery approach to breast augmentation minimizes tissue damage and the bleeding and bruising that usually accompany any surgical procedure. While experiences vary, for most of our patients recovery is not only shorter, but more comfortable, as well. Our approach cuts the amount of time most patients need to take off from work. Some of our patients even go out to dinner the same evening.
There are a number of specific steps our surgeons take during surgery so our patients experience a rapid recovery. The rapid recovery approach was introduced more than 10 years ago and includes:
Minimizing tissue damage, bleeding, and bruising. Our surgeons use precise electro-cauterization instead of blunt dissection to create pockets to hold the breast implants. This technique results in much less postsurgical discomfort. In fact, virtually all of our patients use over-the-counter pain relief medication rather than narcotics during surgery.
More efficient surgery. Our surgeons’ advanced training allows them to perform breast augmentation in a methodical, yet efficient manner that ultimately leads to less discomfort during recovery.
Breast implants that are proportional to the patient’s body. Our surgeons explain the relationship between your natural body proportions and the size of the breast implants. Patients who choose implants with the goal of getting results that look natural experience a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Who Is a Good Breast Augmentation Candidate?
Women who are in good overall health and want to change the size and shape of their breasts are good candidates for breast enlargement. Saline breast implants are approved by the FDA for use in patients who are at least 18, while silicone implants are approved for use in women 22 and older. Some of the common reasons you might consider breast augmentation include:
You think your breasts are too small for your body
Pregnancy and breastfeeding resulted in your breasts losing volume
Your breasts are smaller after losing weight
You want more flexibility when shopping for clothes and bathing suits
Your breasts are asymmetrical
Women with positive attitudes about surgery and realistic expectations about what breast augmentation can accomplish are typically very satisfied with the procedure’s results.
Natural, long-lasting results that are never overdone
Patients come to St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery with unique aesthetic goals. Our surgeons customize treatment plans based on the patient’s physical characteristics and desires. A plastic surgery procedure is never seen from a one-size-fits-all perspective, whether it is rapid recovery breast augmentation, liposuction, or a tummy tuck.
The foundation of the excellent results we achieve is established during your consultation, when you and your surgeon discuss in detail all aspects of the procedure and decisions are made based on your goals and the surgeon’s physical assessment.
Breast augmentation patients, for example, choose from a range of breast implant options and decide on surgical choices such as incision placement in partnership with their surgeon. We offer 3 incision options: periareolar (around the areola), inframammary (along the breast fold), and transaxillary (in the armpit).
Patients also choose where they want their implants to be placed — either under or over the pectoral muscle.
Some patients feel like they’ve been preparing for breast augmentation surgery for years. That may be true emotionally, but there are also some practical steps to take in the weeks and days leading up to your operation. Your surgeon provides detailed preoperative instructions listing certain medications to avoid, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, for at least a week before surgery. Other steps to take before your breast augmentation surgery include:
Getting a mammogram to establish a baseline image that can be compared to post-augmentation mammogram results
Stopping smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery
Arranging for a ride home on the day of surgery and ensuring you have an adult to stay with you for at least the first night
Wearing comfortable clothes to our clinic the day of the operation, including a top that doesn’t have to be pulled over your head
Ensuring you have books, magazines, or a TV remote handy at your bedside
Taking these steps before your procedure helps set the course for a smooth recovery afterward.
Your Breast Augmentation Recovery
Most breast augmentation patients can return to work or their normal daily activities just 2 days after surgery. We encourage patients to move around after returning home from surgery, most are able to move around fairly easily that night. While the rapid recovery surgical techniques we use help limit the discomfort and downtime associated with breast augmentation surgery, but we do recommend getting adequate rest during the first couple of days after surgery.
Our surgeons take the time to answer all questions about the rapid recovery techniques they use to enhance the healing and recovery process. Patients receive detailed aftercare instructions, and we check in during follow-up appointments to ensure healing is progressing quickly.
We're delighted to offer Vectra 3D Imaging, which we use to create visual simulations of the various options available. Together, we'll evaluate every angle to find a look that makes you smile.
The price of breast augmentation, like all cosmetic surgery, depends on several factors. For example, the procedure cost differs based on the region of the country where it’s performed and may be lower or higher even within a particular area if you live in a large city. A plastic surgeon’s training and experience influence the cost, as does the extent of the procedure itself. Saline implants are slightly less expensive than silicone implants, and the procedure may cost more if combined with other treatments, to name just a few factors. Cost is an important consideration when choosing a plastic surgeon, but it’s wise not to base a decision only on getting the best bargain. We try to help all of our breast augmentation patients realize their cosmetic dreams by offering financing options.
How long after breast augmentation can I swim?
For most breast augmentation patients, it’s safe to go swimming 3 weeks after surgery; although it’s important to keep the incisions dry as soon as they leave the water. While you may feel “ready” to head to the pool or beach before 3 weeks, it takes some time for the incisions to heal properly. Feel free to put on your swimsuit and lounge by the pool or even sit in the water up to your waist while you heal.
Will breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
In most cases, women are able to breastfeed if they have undergone breast augmentation. There is more risk of complications if the surgeon uses a periareolar incision (around the lower edge of the areola) and places implants above the muscle, putting more pressure on glandular tissue. If you are planning to have children in the near future, be sure to talk to your surgeon about it so you can choose surgical options that fit within your family plans.
Should I get breast augmentation or a breast lift?
Women with minor breast sagging may get the results they want with breast implants, which can create the illusion of lifted breasts in those cases. But moderate to severe sagging requires a breast lift, which can be combined with augmentation if desired.
Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?
Absolutely. Many of our patients who have raised children come in with the goal of getting their pre-pregnancy bodies back. That may include liposuction and a tummy tuck, in addition to breast surgery, a combination that’s often called a mommy makeover. Combining procedures saves patients money and recovery time and provides the benefit of an all-over transformation.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons explain your breast augmentation options during your personal consultation. Request an appointment online or call our office at
(636) 530-6161 to book your visit.