Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

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Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
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Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Breast Augmentation FAQ

RealSelf Top Doctor Breast AugmentationBecause breast augmentation with implants is so popular at our Austin, Texas, plastic surgery practice, we've provided some answers to common questions. Most women do plenty of research before arriving at our office for their consultation. Here's some information to help you kick-start your process.

If you're ready to find out how breast augmentation can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Mahlon Kerr or Dr. Ross Blagg, or call us in Austin and Round Rock at (512) 244-1439. We serve patients from neighboring Texas communities including Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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Case 410, Breast Augmentation

This 31-year-old patient came to see our doctors to learn how breast augmentation could improve her breasts and give her more fullness. Our doctors felt that breast enhancement would be an excellent option to improve the shape and volume of her breasts, while also creating a more flattering overa...

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Case 222, Breast Augmentation

This 29-year-old woman scheduled a consultation with our doctors to discuss a possible breast augmentation. She wished to transform her breasts from a small B-cup into the full C-cup range, and hoped to improve the volume and shape of her breasts at the same time to create a more flattering appea...

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Case 117, Breast Augmentation

This 20 year-old patient came to see our doctor at his Round Rock Texas area plastic surgery clinic to talk about breast enhancement. Our doctor spent time talking with her about the technical aspects of breast augmentation and, she had the opportunity to try on different implant sizes so she cou...

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Case 267, Breast Augmentation

This 28-year-old patient came to see our doctors at the Austin, Texas area plastic surgery clinic to talk about breast enhancement.Our doctor spent time talking with her about the technical aspects of breast augmentation and, ultimately she decided silicone breast implants.Her operation took abou...

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Case 207, Breast Augmentation

Actual Review Posted by Our doctors' Patient about these results. Enjoy!I COULDN'T have asked for a better experience.. We were all on the same page on EVERYTHING! The procedure went beautifully and I woke up very enthusiastic because I knew I had the breasts I had always dreamed of! The...

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Will I have scars from breast augmentation?

Scars are a natural result from any surgical procedure. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg minimize scarring by using the Keller Funnel™ when inserting breast implants. The funnel is an FDA-approved device that allows surgeons to make smaller incisions during breast augmentation surgery. The typical incision size for a saline implant placed at the breast fold is 3 centimeters.

How long after surgery can I begin exercising?

Light activity, such as walking, helps the healing process. But it typically takes 4 to 6 weeks before you should begin more strenuous activities. It's also important to avoid exercises specifically targeting the chest muscles, such as pushups. Other muscle-building exercises should be fine.

Can I still breastfeed after getting implants?

The short answer is probably. If you are concerned about breastfeeding after getting implants, incisions should be made where the breasts connect to the chest (inframammary incisions.) That being said, plenty of patients with nipple incisions (periareolar) are able to breastfeed. Regardless of where the incisions are made, it's definitely safe to breastfeed with implants, which will not affect the milk.


How long will it take for my breasts to look natural?

It generally takes about 2 to 3 months for implants to soften and drop into a more natural position.  Most patients are thrilled with the results after 6 weeks, but your appearance will continue to improve. Massaging your implants for at least the first 3 to 6 months after surgery can help settle the implants sooner and keep the breast capsule open and soft. 

Will I ever need new breast implants?

Both saline and silicone breast implants are more durable than ever. Still, they are not designed to last forever. Each patient's situation must be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but implants generally are meant to last 10 to 15 years. If you're considering replacing your implants, you'll find more information on our breast augmentation revision page.

Does breast augmentation lift the breasts?

Breast augmentation surgery may slightly elevate your breasts, but not to the same degree as a breast lift. Many women combine implants with breast lift surgery, especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding. One of the first issues Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg consider when a patient comes in for a breast augmentation consultation is whether a breast lift is needed to complete the breast rejuvenation.

As experienced breast surgery specialists, Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg explain to their patients why relying on breast implants to elevate sagging breasts isn't recommended. Implants add volume to the breasts, but may actually cause breasts with skin laxity to sag even more. You can learn more about how our doctors determine the best surgical path for breast enhancement patients in a blog post Dr. Kerr wrote about the subject.

Breast Lift With Implants Before & After Photos

This 33-year-old patient, like many women with children, wanted to restore her breasts to their pre-pregnancy shape. Dr. Kerr recommended combining a breast lift using a "lollipop incision" with breast augmentation to get the natural look she desired. View more of Dr. Kerr's patients who combined a breast lift with implants in our photo gallery.

Is it better to have implants placed above or below the pectoral muscles?

Each woman is different, but most surgeons in the U.S. using modern techniques would advise you have a submuscular augmentation. Implants above the muscle are sometimes more visible, and studies show they may have a higher risk for capsular contracture.

Do breast implants interfere with mammograms?

Breast implants can make performing and reading mammograms more technically difficult. However, placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination. Additionally, breast augmentation surgery is so common that virtually all radiologists are experienced at reading mammograms for patients who have implants.

How important is an implant's texture?

If you're been researching breast augmentation, you may know that breast implants are available with smooth or textured surfaces. Some patients and doctors prefer smooth implants because they feel a bit softer than their textured counterparts and move more freely within the breast capsule for a more natural effect. Textured implants do not move as freely because breast tissue adheres to the surface, which is a benefit for patients with teardrop-shaped implants that should not rotate.

In the past, the medical community collectively believed that textured implants lowered a patient's risk of capsular contracture, an uncommon complication that occurs when augmented breasts develop an excessive amount of scar tissue. However, today's advanced techniques have allowed surgeons to lower the incidence of capsular contracture in other ways. During your consultation, Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg reviews your options with you and helps you make the choice that's best for you.

What are some things I can do to make my recuperation more comfortable?

Your doctor provides you with an extensive list of guidelines to ensure a successful surgery and recovery. However, there are some easy things you can do to ensure you're as comfortable and prepared as possible:

  • Have your prescriptions filled prior to surgery. After your procedure, you likely won't feel like going to the pharmacy and waiting for your order to be filled. Instead, have your prescriptions completed in advance so that you can go straight home after your procedure.
  • Stock up on comfortable clothing. Have plenty of button-up or zip-up tops to wear around the house for the first few days after your breast augmentation. You won't be able to pull shirts on over your head during this time.
  • Enlist a trusted friend or family member to help with childcare, housekeeping, and errands for the first few days. Although you'll be up and about fairly soon after surgery, you'll need help with activities that require you to bend, lift heavy objects, or drive.
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Round Rock: (512) 244-1444

Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross Blagg are highly regarded plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Dr. Kerr is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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