Breast Augmentation

Small, uneven, or disproportionate breasts can cause you to have a negative body image and a lack of confidence.

Breast augmentation can safely enhance the size and shape of your breasts and help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Stephanie Peng in Minnetonka, MN, uses the latest techniques to perform breast augmentation that produces beautiful results.

Breast Augmentation Can Enhance Your Figure & Confidence

Refine Size and Shape

Breast implants are available in many shapes and sizes, so you can achieve the enhanced size and shape that you desire.

Improve Symmetry

If your breasts are uneven, breast augmentation can give your bust attractive symmetry. The surgery can also create an overall more balanced figure.

Achieve a Better Outlook

When you feel good about your body and can wear a range of clothing options, you may notice renewed confidence in every aspect of your life.

A Common Procedure

Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure for women in the United States.

Over 250,000 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in 2020

"I am very happy I chose her to be my Doctor."

"Dr. Peng and her staff and kind & caring. They take their time with you and explain things thoroughly. Dr. Peng has made me feel very comfortable with my treamtment & I am very happy I choose her to be my Doctor." Dana

Types of Breast Implants

Implants are categorized by the material that fills them. In the United States, breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone. There are two subtypes of silicone implants: soft gel and cohesive gel. Both saline and silicone breast implants are safe and FDA-approved.


Saline implant

Saline is the same salt water that makes up most of our body’s fluids. Because the implant is filled with saline, it does not have the same soft feel of a natural breast. However, in the event of a rupture, the saline implant will deflate quickly, so it’s easy to know the status of your breast implant after it has been inserted. Saline implants tend to be the least expensive type of breast implant.

Soft Silicone Gel

Soft silicone gel implant

The soft gel implant is the most widely used breast implant in the United States. The texture of the soft gel implant most closely approximates natural breast tissue. The implant is circular and, in profile view, looks like a dome. This can give a very full appearance to the breast.

Cohesive Silicone Gel

Cohesive silicone gel implant

The cohesive silicone implant is also called the “gummy bear” implant. This type of breast implant has more cross-linking between the silicone molecules, meaning that the molecules are more tightly bonded, allowing the breast implant to maintain its shape in a variety of body positions (sitting up, lying down). As a result, the cohesive gel implant tends to be stiffer.

The type of breast implant that is best for you will be recommended by your plastic surgeon based on your body, goals, and budget. Dr. Peng offers all types of implants through her Minnetonka plastic surgery office.

Under the Muscle vs. Over the Muscle

As with the type of breast implant you receive, whether it is placed under or over your pectoral muscle will be determined by your preferences and your plastic surgeon's recommendations. There are advantages and disadvantages to both choices:

  • Under the Muscle: Placing the implant under the muscle gives the greatest amount of coverage over the breast implant, masking its appearance in the long term. Another benefit is a decreased risk of capsular contracture (internal scarring around the implant). However, there is more postoperative discomfort involved in placing the implant under the muscle, and there is a small risk that when your muscle moves over the implant, the muscle will be visible through your breast tissue and skin.
  • Over the Muscle: Placing the breast implant above the muscle uses only the breast tissue, skin, and fat to cover the surface of the implant. If your breasts are a full B to C cup to begin with, then there is little risk that the surface of the implant will be visible. However, if you have smaller breasts, or if the implant is large, then placing the implant above the muscle may make it more visible. This will deepen the cleavage significantly, and some people find it appears less natural. Additionally, future mammograms may be obscured by the implant if it is placed above the muscle. The benefit of placing the implant above the muscle is that postoperative pain is decreased, and there is little to no risk of the muscle movement becoming visible.

Fat Grafting

Dr. Peng in Minnetonka, MN, can also perform fat transfer breast augmentation. Fat transfer breast augmentation involves taking fat cells from other parts of the body during liposuction surgery and injecting them into the breasts. Fat transfer is a good choice for women who are interested in only a modest increase in breast size and have excess fat in other areas they wish to remove.

Are You Unhappy
With Your Breasts?
Reach Out to Our Practice

Life is too short to be unhappy with your breast size, shape, or overall appearance. Breast augmentation surgery performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Peng can help you achieve your desired look and step out into the world with newfound confidence. 

Unsure if this surgery is right for you? Dr. Peng spends one-on-one time with every patient to educate them on their treatment options and recommend the procedure she thinks will help them reach their cosmetic goals.

To learn more about whether breast augmentation is the right choice for you, contact Dr. Stephanie Peng and her all-female staff at SP Plastic Surgery in Minnetonka, MN, just outside Minneapolis.

(763) 999-4170

"The work is great!"

"The ladies there are always a pleasure and very friendly and Dr.Peng is Amazing and the work is Great!" Audrey C

Why Choose Dr. Peng in Minnetonka, MN, for Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Peng is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. When you come to Dr. Peng's office in Minnetonka, MN, for your plastic surgery consultation, you can trust that she will take all the time necessary to connect with you and understand your unique goals and lifestyle. This allows her to recommend the best possible treatment.

Advanced Surgical Techniques

When Dr. Peng performs implant-based breast augmentation, she uses a no-touch technique that reduces bleeding and the chance of infection. She can also perform fat transfer breast augmentation, a form of breast augmentation that uses the patient's own tissue instead of breast implants.

All-Female Clinic and Surgical Team

Dr. Peng is proud to manage an all-female clinic and surgery team. At SP Plastic Surgery, every patient is treated like family, and Dr. Peng is committed to personally overseeing her patients' surgeries and recoveries.

Convenient Minnetonka Location

Dr. Peng's practice is conveniently located in the North Memorial Minnetonka Medical Center.

Determining Candidacy for Breast Augmentation

Requesting a consultation with Dr. Peng in Minnetonka is the first step toward achieving your cosmetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Peng will review your treatment and recovery timeline and expected results. She will consider factors such as your:

Family Plans

You should not undergo breast augmentation surgery if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. While you can get breast implants before you're finished building your family, many patients hold off until they're done to completely restore their figure to their pre-pregnancy body.


According to guidelines set by the FDA, patients must be at least 18 years old for saline implants and 22 years old for silicone implants. There is no maximum age limit for breast implants; senior patients should just be in good overall health.

Overall Health

Before undergoing any kind of surgical augmentation, you must first be in good overall health to ensure a successful procedure and recovery. Patients should also be nonsmokers or willing to quit the use of nicotine products as they can cause complications during cosmetic surgery and hinder the healing process.

To learn how Dr. Peng can improve your quality of life through breast augmentation, contact our Minnetonka, MN, practice to request your consultation. Call our practice today at (763) 999-4170.

A Deep Dive Into a Real Patient Case

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Peng's focus is always on restoring the form, function, and beauty of every patient. She has built herself a reputation for creating results that are both natural-looking and beautiful. 

A patient came to our Minnetonka office with breasts that looked deflated. She wanted to round out her bustline with saline implants and correct the asymmetry of her areolas. Dr. Peng used smooth, round, moderate-profile implants placed under the pectoralis muscle to give her fuller breasts. To correct the asymmetry of the areola, Dr. Peng performed a breast lift on the left breast.

The patient's surgery resulted in a fuller and more symmetrical bustline, enhanced feminine curves, and breasts that look completely natural.

"I would recommend anyone to go there."

"I love the staffs and Dr Peng. They answer all my questions. I would recommend anyone to go there." MK Lee

How Does Implant-Based
Breast Augmentation Surgery Work?

Breast augmentation should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. After anesthesia is administered, the surgeon will make an incision underneath the breast or around the nipple. The incision location will depend on the patient's body and desired results.

After the incision is made, the saline or silicone breast implant is inserted through the incision and placed either beneath or on top of the pectoral muscle. The type of implant, and the placement of the implant, will be determined by the patient's preferences and the surgeon's recommendations

Once the breast implant is placed, the incision is sewn shut. The whole process usually takes one to two hours.

The Recovery Timeline

Each patient's recovery experience will vary based on the type of procedure. In general, breast augmentation requires three to four weeks for a full recovery. Patients should be sure to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest.

In general, breast augmentation requires three to four weeks for a full recovery.
In general, breast augmentation requires three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Immediately After Surgery

You will go home in an ACE wrap or special type of bra to provide gentle compression to the breasts. In terms of clothing, button-down or zip-up tops will be best.

One to Two Days After Treatment

You will have your first follow-up appointment at Dr. Peng's office. Your surgical dressings will be removed at this time.

The Following Days

Some soreness and swelling can be expected. Strenuous activity, especially lifting more than 15 pounds, should be limited. You may notice a lack of sensitivity in your breasts, particularly nipple sensation, but this typically resolves over time.

One to Two Weeks After Surgery

You will have your second follow-up appointment with Dr. Peng. She can provide information on when you can return to more strenuous activities.

First-Year Appointments

After your second follow-up appointment, you can expect to schedule additional appointments at six weeks, three months, and six months after your procedure.

After those appointments, you should return to see Dr. Peng at SP Plastic Surgery in Minnetonka, MN, just outside of Minneapolis, every one to two years for checkups.


Which implant type is safer?

All implant types we offer are FDA-approved, meaning they're safe. However, if you're particularly worried about safety, we may recommend the saline implant. If this implant ruptures, the salt water is safely absorbed by the body. If a silicone implant ruptures, it has to be removed quickly.

What is capsular contracture?

The body forms a capsule of fibrous scar tissue around anything it recognizes as foreign, including breast implants. This capsule helps keep the breast implants in place after augmentation. However, if this scar tissue becomes abnormally dense and causes pain, discomfort, or distortion of the breast, you may have capsular contracture. Contact Dr. Peng if you think you may be experiencing capsular contracture.

"The results are fantastic!"

"First off I can't thank Dr. Peng enough for making me whole again! She did an amazing job on my reconstruction... The results are fantastic! Thank you, Dr. Peng, and your amazing and caring team. Having breast cancer and going through chemo, surgery, and radiation was a long and scary process. However, your team was the light at the end of my journey. I truly can't thank you enough." Marcy Riley
SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peng provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Minnetonka office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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