Breast Augmentation / Breast Implants

Women in and around Albuquerque are turning to breast augmentation to look and feel younger. Breast augmentation surgery involves improving the size, shape, and firmness of breasts by placing breast implants filled with silicone gel or saline (saltwater solution). With over 20 years and close to 5000 breast surgery experience, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve the look and feel they want.

The ideal candidates for breast augmentation are women who are in good health, close to their ideal body weight, and moderately physically fit. Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. For specific information or for any questions about the breast implant or augmentation procedures, feel free to contact my office, Plastic Surgery Institute of New Mexico, for a personalized evaluation.

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Basic Procedures We Use

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. Each year about 300,000 women undergo this procedure. I generally place the implants under the muscle layer because of the following reasons:

  1. less chance of palpable implant edges
  2. less sagging with time
  3. less chance of capsule contracture
  4. easier for future mammagram

Incision Placement

I use the under-the-crease incisions. They result in very inconspicuous scars and will minimize capsule contracture. I do not use drainage tubes for breast augmentation. On the average, I use silicone implants 95% and saline implants 5%. Keep in mind you can have saline implants only if you are under 22 years of age per FDA.

Other Helpful Information

  • One of the most asked questions is the determination of the implant size. Many people agonize over the size issue. I think you will find this blog very helpful.
  • I use very minimal dressing. Details for the post-operative protocol can be viewed here.
  • For even more details of how I determine a good candidate and how I do breast augmentation, please read this blog.
  • Tuberous breast is a condition where the breast has smaller base yet relatively larger areola. It can be a more challenging problem. Get more information about tuberous breast here.
  • In the last few years, a uncommon lymphoma associated with breast implants have been reported. I have summarized the current information of Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) in the blog here. For more information, please visit FDA or ASPS web site.
  • Finally, I have also compiled some common breast augmentation myth.

To view before and after breast implants and breast augmentation photos, please click on the link below. Please be advised that the pages contain nudity and therefore must be viewed with discretion.

Dr. Neil Chen Postop Breast Augmentation Protocol

Gina V
Gina V
18:13 22 Feb 24
Had my rhinoplasty with Dr. Knotts in August 2022. I consulted one other doctor before coming here, but Dr. Knotts was the clear choice. He answered emails before and after my surgery very quickly. He is attentive and cares about his patients having a great experience. If I need any other procedures done, will definitely return to him!read more
Sarah Ho
Sarah Ho
02:59 06 Dec 23
Dr. Knotts is very thoughtful and cares about the needs of his clients. His staff are consistent in their excellent customer care. Thank you, Dr. Knotts and team for helping me finally wear a bikini after losing a ton of more
Emma Goff
Emma Goff
02:41 10 May 22
Dr Chen was absolutely wonderful. He is very personable and explains things in easy terms. I just recently had surgery with him. Minimal pain. My belly button looks amazing. The staff at the surgery center were magnificent, I was in and out very quickly! The staff at the clinic were also great accommodating follow up visit times as I was traveling from 3 hours away.I work with plastic surgeons and have circulated tummy tucks before, and I felt so at ease choosing dr Chen. I would absolutely refer any family and friends to him. Thank you Dr Chen! You helped me gain so much confidence back!read more
Marisol Villalobos
Marisol Villalobos
01:22 20 Apr 24
Dr. knotts and his staff aré absolutely wonderful. I recommend them for all your plastic surgery needs. You will not be disappointed 🙂read more
Carol Ann P
Carol Ann P
23:29 11 Jul 22
I recently had two procedures performed by Dr. Chen within a 3 month timeframe. I came across Dr. Chen on Google and with all the positive reviews and his ratings as a plastic surgeon, I decided that’s who I wanted to do my plastic surgery. I can’t express how happy I am with my results. Dr. Chen is an amazing plastic surgeon who is incredibly caring and as long as he stays in practice I will be going to him for any future procedures. Thank you Dr. Chen and to his wonderful staff!!read more
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