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Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the world. It is still surgery however, and it should therefore only be performed under general anesthesia, using the no-touch technique (aka. Keller Funnel®2), by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Breast augmentation using silicone implants is one of Dr. Morin’s main areas of expertise. That is one of the reasons why he was voted by his colleagues as one of the New York Metropolitan area’s top plastic surgeons by Castle Connelly. Dr. Robert Morin’s expect surgical technique places breast implants more precisely, gently, and with minimal trauma to the surrounding tissue. This technique also results in a smaller incision and less postoperative pain.

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Best Breast Implants Candidates

Breast augmentation can give women with small or asymmetric breasts a fuller, more youthful and better-proportioned look. Occasionally, women undergo breast augmentation for medical reasons, including breast cancer reconstruction and correction of congenital breast deformities. Most commonly, Dr. Morin sees patients at his NYC office who desire a breast augmentation in order to add volume. In his vast experience, Dr. Morin has found that following breast augmentation surgery, women look and feel more confident. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) to correct the reduced breast volume and abnormal shape that occasionally follows pregnancy or massive weight loss.

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In Search for the Best Type of Implant

The most recommended implant used in breast augmentation at our NYC surgical facility is made of a strong silicone shell that is filled with either saline (salt water) or a soft, natural textured gel (silicone). Silicone breast implants have had a complicated past in the United States. Due to concerns about the safety of early silicone implants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of these implants for cosmetic breast augmentation in 1992. Over the next 14 years, a massive amount of data from clinical studies was reviewed. In a statement released in 2006, the FDA finally overturned the ban, and stated that silicone implants were “safe and effective.” Since that time, silicone implants have been successfully used on all types of patients with an extremely high level of patient satisfaction. Dr. Morin prefers to use silicone implants because he believes they result in a more nature and long-lasting result compared to saline implants, with an equally high level of safety. Furthermore, for those who are concerned about the presence of silicone in their implant, it is important to remember that all implant shells are made of silicone, regardless of the inner filling.

To create a little more complexity, there are several different categories of silicone implants: round vs. anatomic and textured vs. smooth and moderate vs. high profile. Dr. Morin, and many women believe that smooth round moderate plus silicone implants are the best choice, as they result in the most natural look and feel. Anatomic implants have an asymmetric tear-shaped look. Dr. Morin discourages this type of implant, as they can rotate and create deformities that augment parts of the breast that should not be augmented. In addition, round implants automatically take on an “anatomic” shape here on Earth due to gravity. A term that is often mentioned is the gummy bear implant. This is basically just a trendy term that describes the newer modern cohesive gel implant that most plastic surgeons use.

Dr. Morin will discuss the risks and benefits of saline vs. silicone, and help you choose the implant that is best for you, during your in person cosmetic consultation. If you want to read more about silicone implants, the FDA has posted answers to many frequently asked questions on their website.

Different Types of Implants

Silicone Saline
Composition Silicone implant shell filled with silicone cohesive gel Silicone implant shell filled with saline solution (salt water)
Feel Soft, natural Firm due to the need to over-fill in order to prevent rippling
Durability Generally lasts forever Risk of rupture increases significantly after 10 years
Control of volume Silicone implants are sealed, no adjustments to volume can be made during the procedure however different size implants can be used to address asymmetry Adjustments to volume can be made during the procedure by adding more or less saline
Candidates FDA-approved for patients 21 or older FDA-approved for patients 18 or older
Cost Slightly more expensive Slightly less expensive

Implant Location

Breast implants can generally be inserted into two anatomic locations: below the breast tissue and chest wall muscle (submuscular) or below the breast tissue only (subglandular). Most commonly, Dr. Morin prefers the submuscular location, or hybrid call the dual-plane, as these techniques offer some advances including a more natural look. Several studies have also reported a lower risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) when the submuscular position is used.

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Dr. Morin surgical techniques are designed to leave you with the least visible scars possible following surgery. Dr. Morin typically recommends the least noticeable option – the periareolar incision (the interface between the light breast skin and the darker areola). In minority of patients of insist on it, he will use an inframammary fold incision (an incision in the crease on the underside of the breast), however he believes this is a less ideal option. Two other described incision sites, transaxillary (armpit) and transumbilical (belly button) are not recommend at all. During your consultation at our NYC office, Dr. Morin will be happy to discuss in detail the incision location he believes will be best for you. He will also explain why he will not perform breast augmentation through the armpit or the belly button.

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“OMG i have no idea where to begin! My experience with Dr. Morin and his entire staff has completely surpassed my expectations. I had a breast enhancement and they look amazing! Soft, natural and just the size I wanted! From the very first time I met Dr. Morin (my consultation appt) I knew he was the surgeon for me. Trust me, I met ALOT. He made me feel so comfortable, answered every question honestly and I was always able to reach his staff. I’m 1 month post OP and I’ve had 2 appts so far to track my progression and learn how to massage them. Two concerns of mine were pain and scarring. The day of and after the surgery, I felt some soreness but by the 4th day, no more need for pain killers. I was back at work less than a week later. In terms of scarring, he went in through my areolas and there’s no scarring. He went in below the muscle so they look super natural AND I’ll be able to breast feed. I’m super impressed to say the least. The guy knows what he’s doing! If you’re doing a bunch of research or have just begun, for your sake, at least consider Dr. Morin. This man is amazing and this was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life!”

Siobhan P.


A breast augmentation generally takes between one and two hours, and is performed under general anesthesia at our New York City facility. Dr. Morin will make small incisions and the breast tissue is then elevated in order to carefully and precisely create a pocket into which the implant is placed. Using the Keller Funnel®2 “no-touch technique” technique, Dr. Morin can keep the incision size as small as possible, allowing periareolar incisions to be used in almost all of his patients regardless of nipple and areolar size. This technique reduces the risk of infection and capsular contracture, prevents damage to the implant, and significantly reduces operating time. Once the breast implants are properly in position, the incisions are meticulously closed. A surgical bra is used post-operatively for support and comfort. Most patients will feel pressure and soreness immediately following surgery, but pain is minimal. Patients are usually able to return to work within a few days.

When performing breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Morin follows a unique set of rules that helps ensure the highest level of patient safety and comfort. Dr. Morin only performs breast augmentation surgery under general anesthesia and at a full accredited surgical facility. In addition, Dr. Morin only uses the highest quality breast implants that are approved by the US FDA. Dr. Morin is well known for his consistent use of the “no-touch” technique. This technique ensures the smallest incision possible and protects the implant from contamination and damage. Dr. Morin performs his cosmetic breast surgeries on an out-patient basis, meaning that you will go home the same day. You will, however, need to leave the surgery center with a responsible adult who can ensure your safety while the anesthesia completely wears off. If no one is available, we can arrange to have a nurse take care of you for a few hours or even overnight. Rest assured that you will be able to manage your entire recovery period, beyond the drive home, by yourself if you wish, in the comfort of your own home.

It is completely normal and even expected to have mild pain following your surgery that most patients describe as pressure. This sensation can usually be reduced by taking your prescribed pain medication or muscle relaxant. Your breasts may also look like they are sitting a little high on your chest initially. This too will resolve with time as the implants drop during the recovery period and settle into a more natural position. Dr. Morin will recommend massage exercises and silicone based scar products postoperatively to ensure that your results are as beautiful as possible. You will need to refrain from strenuous exercise for several weeks in order to prevent complications during the healing process.

Why should you choose Dr. Morin?

Dr. Morin has been named of one of the New York Metropolitan area’s top board-certified plastic surgeons according to Castle Connelly and he has extensive experience performing breast augmentations for the New York and New Jersey communities. If you have any questions about breast augmentation, or would like to book a consultation, please call one of our offices today or visit our contact us page.


1. How big can I go?

Dr. Morin is always mindful of achieving the most beautiful but also the most natural looking results. Every patient is unique. Depending on your body size and shape, Dr. Morin will tailor the size of your breast implants to give you the most proportionate look without creating obvious signs of a breast augmentation. Using your specific measurements and a wide variety of implant sizers, you will work together with Dr. Morin to determine the ideal size implants that are safe, long lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Morin will not make you look fake or overdone.

2. How should I prep for surgery?

Dr. Morin and his highly trained office will go over all of the details of how to prepare for your breast augmentation surgery well before the surgery date. You should ideally plan to take 4-7 days off from important commitments such as work, school, and other essential obligations while you recover. We will also ask that you schedule a physical exam and a blood test to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Finally, you may have to stop taking certain medications and vitamin supplements prior to surgery and you will definitely need to refrain from smoking.

3. Will I need additional surgery in the future?

A breast augmentation by Dr. Morin is designed to be long-lasting and you can potentially reap the benefits of a single procedure for decades. Still, there is always the possibility that a patient may need follow up surgery to improve the shape of the breasts over time. Additional surgery may be required following pregnancy, breast feeding, aging and significant weight loss.

4. Am I a candidate?

Provided you are in good physical health, over the age of 18 and you are unhappy with the small size of your breasts, you are likely a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. If you are self-conscious about the size or shape of your natural breasts and you want larger, fuller breasts, breast augmentation may be the solution. Cosmetic breast surgery has a long record of excellent results. Most importantly, it has been shown to significantly increase self-confidence. We encourage you to make an appointment to visit Dr. Morin in person for an evaluation. This is the best way to determine if breast augmentation is right for you.

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