Dean E Sorensen, MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Breast Augmentation in Boise, ID

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Dr. Sorensen works with women to enhance the size and shape of their breasts through breast augmentation surgery. Events such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss and aging, can change the look of a woman’s breasts. Women who are uncomfortable with their breasts will work with Dr. Sorensen to choose the size, implant type, location and the type of incision for their procedure. As the most common cosmetic surgery in the nation today, Dr. Sorensen will provide Boise women with long-lasting, successful results using the latest technology and the newest generation of breast implants.

What You Need To Know

The initial consultation for a breast augmentation in our office takes at least one hour.  The reason for an extensive consultation is that it takes time to educate the patient about breast implant surgery.  Most patients have consulted the internet prior to their visit to our office.  Many have had consultations with other plastic surgeons.  Some have learned about breast surgery from friends who have had augmentation mammaplasty.  Exceptional results from breast augmentation can only be achieved when a surgeon and his patient are willing to invest the time to talk about and plan the procedure. 

We are fortunate today that over the past 30 years breast implants and techniques have evolved into improved breast procedures.  Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of a women’s breast by either placing the implant on top of or underneath the pectoralis muscle.  This procedure can improve the self esteem of a woman who for her own reasons feels her breast size is too small or misshaped.

Dr. Bass and Dr. Sorensen have a long history of a successful approach to achieving desirable and artistic results with breast surgery.  We currently perform these procedures at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho where we have the privilege to use their state of the art facilities and top of the line anesthesia. This has helped to make our surgical procedures smooth and safe for our patients.

During your first visit to our office extensive breast measurements will be completed.  An extensive history will be recorded and photographs will be taken.  We will review pre and post op pictures of our breast augmentation patients so that you will not only be able to see our results but also give us an opinion about the size that you desire.  We will also discuss the type of material to be used for your breast implant as well as the anatomical location above or below the muscle and the type of incision recommended.  We will send you home with material to read before your next consultation to further your understanding of the procedure.  It is our desire to give you the best artistic result with the latest technology and using the newest generation of breast implants.

Saline VS. Silicone

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and offer no risk to the patient in terms of extracapsular spread or silicone leakage. Saline implants are appealing to many because they generally cost less than silicone implants. In some patients, silicone may be a better option due to the rippling that may occur along the edges of the saline implant that can be visible in thin-chested women. Patients considering saline implants must be at least 18 years of age.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel substance that looks and feels similar to natural breast tissue.  They are ideal for women who are thin-chested. Silicone implants are specially engineered so that if the shell should become compromised (a surface crack), the silicone will remain intact within the implant (known as cohesive gel implants). Silicone implant defects are rare and can only be found through an MRI, unlike saline implants which will deflate. Patients must be at least 22 years of age to receive silicone implants.

Other Implant Information


  • Saline: MENTOR® or Allergan (branded as Natrelle®)
  • Silicone:  Allergan (branded as Natrelle® Gel), Mentor (branded as MemoryGel®) and Sientra, known simply as Silicone Gel Breast Implants


An implant profile depicts the distance the breast will project forward from the chest wall. Implants are made in low, moderate, high and extra high profiles.


Breast implants come in two shapes. Round implants tend to offer more fullness on the top of the breast, while teardrop implants are touted to mimic the shape and look of natural breasts.


Breast implants are made with a smooth or textured surface.  Round implants can be chosen with either surface, while teardrop implants are made with a textured surface only.  

Implant Placement

  • Submammary (Retromammary):  Under the mammary gland, over the muscle (sometimes called 'subglandular')
  • Subfascial (Retrofacial):  Under the fascia of the muscle       
  • Dual Plane:  Along two planes/layers
  • Submuscular (Retromuscular):  Mostly under the muscle
  • Complete Submuscular (Full retromuscular):  Completely under the muscle

Incision Type

  • Inframammary:  The incision is made in the breast crease where the breast meets the torso
  • Periareolar:  The incision is made just under and along the areola
  • Transaxillary:  The incision is made in the armpit (Not Recommended)
  • Transumbilical:  The incision is made in the belly button (Not Recommended)
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Average Cost Per Treatment  
$5,005 - $6,200
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
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Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will need to rest for a couple of days, but will be encouraged to move around in order to promote circulation. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, it is normal to feel tightness in the chest area. Patients may resume their normal exercise routines within 4-6 weeks. It typically takes around 6 months for the breasts to fall into their final position. The result is a softer, natural looking breast appearance.

Expected Cost

The cost for breast augmentation surgery will vary depending on whether saline implants or silicone implants are used. The average cost for breast augmentation using saline implants is about $5,000. Silicone implants generally run about $1,000 more.

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Breast Augmentation FAQS

Saline or Silicone?

Both saline and silicone implants are popular choices among surgeons and patients. In general, patients with a decent amount of breast tissue are good candidates for saline implants, while those with limited tissue and thin chest walls will benefit from silicone.

Is Silicone Safe?

Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For reconstruction cases, they choose them 3 times more often.

Breast Aug or Lift?

Breast augmentation will help with size, but it will not correct sagging. If you are happy with the shape and laxity of your breasts, then implants alone may meet your cosmetic goals. If sagging is what is most bothersome to you, then you may be considered for a breast lift. During your consult, we will determine if you are better suited for breast augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two.

Risk of Rupture?

Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and regular check-ups, the risks for rupture are rare. If a saline implant does rupture, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate, becoming visibly noticeable. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.

How Long do They Last?

Most implants will last about 10 to 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.