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Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery
Pioneer Valley
Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive & aesthetic plastic surgery

Breast Implants

Breast implants are used to augment the size of your breast. They also help in defining the shape of your breast. There are both saline and silicone filled implants available, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will take a series of breast measurements and she will help you determine which shape and size is most appropriate for your body type. We work with Natrelle by Allergan, Sientra, and Mentor implants. You can try the MENTOR® 3D Breast Implant Visualizer online. And see our breast implant before & after photos and FAQs below.



Breast augmentation before & after photos

all photos are of actual procedures performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #1 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #1
Age: 39. Height: 5' 3".
Weight: 115 pounds. After photos taken 6 week after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 375cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: breast augmentation #2 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #2
Age: 24. Height: 5' 3".
Weight: 135 pounds. After photos were taken 7 weeks after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 350cc volume (right), 325cc volume (left).
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #3 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #3
Age: 32. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 120 pounds. After photos taken 6 weeks after surgery. Mentor Silicone Filled Implant 350-4754BC on the right and left.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #4 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #4
Age: 35. After photos taken 4 weeks after surgery. Mentor Silicone Filled Implant 350-4001BC on the right and left.

BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #5 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with saline implants #5
Age: 32. Height: 4' 11". Weight: 108 pounds. After photos were taken 5 weeks after surgery. Natrelle Saline Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 68 High Profile 320cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #6 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with saline implants #6
Age: 33. Height: 5' 2". Weight: 116 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery. Natrelle Saline Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 68 High Profile 350cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #7 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #7
Age: 46. Height: 5' 3". Weight: 123 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 300cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #8 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #8
Age: 52. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 143 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 325cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #9 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with saline implants #9
Age: 29. Height: 5' 2". Weight: 127 pounds. After photos were taken 1 1/2 months after surgery. Natrelle Saline Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 68 High Profile 280cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #10 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #10
Age: 42. Height: 5' 7". Weight: 164 pounds. After photos were taken 2 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 400cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #11 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #11
Age: 45. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 114 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 325cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #12 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with saline implants #12
Age: 44. Height: 5' 2". Weight: 120 pounds. After photos were taken 7 weeks after surgery. 240 Natrelle Smooth Round #68 High Profile Saline Implant 250cc.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #13 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #13
Age: 43. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 144 pounds. After photos were taken 8 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 375cc volume.
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #13 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #14
Age: 27. Height: 5' 4". Weight: 107 pounds. After photos were taken 1 month after surgery Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 375cc volume..
BEFORE & AFTER: Breast augmentation #13 surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
Breast augmentation with silicone implants #15
Age: 43. Height: 5' 2". Weight: 125 pounds. After photos were taken 7 months after surgery. Natrelle Silicone Filled Implant, Smooth Round Style 20 High Profile 300cc volume.
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Am I a good candidate for a breast implants?

During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will provide you with her expert opinion as to whether implants are a good option for you. She will inform you of which size and shape would fit you best. The risks, benefits and possible complications of surgery will all be discussed. Once you are fully informed, you will be able to determine whether having breast augmentation surgery is for you.

How should I prepare for a consultation?

If you have friends or family who have had breast implant surgery, ask them about their experience. Keep in mind that no two people are alike and what works for one person may not work for the next. Also, research on trusted internet sites can be very informative. Viewing photos of women with a body type similar to yours can be helpful when considering sizing options. At the time of your consultation Dr. Johnson will also provide you with a variety of different sizes to trial.

Will I be seen by the surgeon?

Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.

Will I be charged for an initial consultation?

Yes. There is a $100 cosmetic consultation fee for your initial visit. If you choose to have surgery with Dr. Johnson the $100 consultation fee will go towards the cost of your surgery.

Are there different types of breast implants?

Yes. There are a few different brands that are FDA approved, Natrelle by Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. All implants are filled with either silicone or saline. The implants can be either smooth or textured. There are also different shaped implants, such as round or anatomical. And finally, the projection of the implant can be low, moderate, or high.

Where is the breast implant placed?

There are two locations to place breast implants. They can be placed under your chest muscle, called submuscular placement, or placed over the muscle but under the breast tissue, called subglandular placement. During your consultation Dr. Johnson will discuss with you the pros and cons of each procedure and she will recommend the best option for you.

Where will my incision be?

The most common sites for incisions are: inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary. The inframammary incision is placed at the breast fold. A periareolar incision is made around the nipple/areola complex. A transaxillary incision is made under the arm.

What is the surgical process?

The surgery is performed at a hospital. During surgery you will receive general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 1-2 hours. Once you are awake you are taken to the recovery room for another 1-2 hours and then discharged home.

What is the recovery process?

The first couple of days you may feel pressure and tightness of the chest due to the implants. You will notice that the pressure decreases with each passing day. You are sent home on pain medications which will decrease your discomfort. We will recommend that you wear a sports bra after surgery to provide support. We also request that you do no heavy lifting for at least one month following surgery.

Are there risks involved with breast implants?

Yes, there are risks with any surgical procedure. The most common risks with breast implants are rupture, capsular contracture (firmness of the scar tissue that develops around the implant), or the need for another operation due to asymmetry, implant malposition, hematoma/seroma or unsatisfactory results. Other risks are pain, changes in nipple sensation, infection, or breastfeeding difficulties.

Where will my breast implant procedure be performed?

Dr. Johnson has hospital privileges at both Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. The procedure can be done at either hospital.

Are the surgical facilities accredited?

Yes. Dr. Johnson performs breast augmentation surgery at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, both are in Springfield MA. They are both accredited by the Joint Commission and awarded the Gold Seal of Approval.

Does my insurance cover breast implants surgery?

No. Increasing and enhancing the size and shape of your breasts is a cosmetic procedure. The insurance companies do not deem this procedure medically necessary and therefore it is not a covered procedure.

Is breast augmentation with implants considered a cosmetic procedure?

If you are placing implants because you are not satisfied with the size and shape of your breasts, augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, if you have breast asymmetry from a congenital breast deformity, a traumatic injury to your breast, or a deformity from breast cancer surgery, your insurance carrier may consider it medically necessary and therefore not a cosmetic procedure.

Can I finance my breast implants?

financingYes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit, which is a part of GE Capital, one of the nation's most credible and trusted financial partners. You can apply securely online by filling out a CareCredit Online Credit Application, or by calling (800) 365-8295. A decision is usually made within minutes of receiving your application.