Breast augmentation enhances and reshapes a woman’s breasts and increases breast size through the placement of implants. Some Raleigh and Cary women choose breast augmentation surgery to simply have fuller, larger breasts. Others choose the surgery to counteract the effects of pregnancy, significant weight changes, and/or aging. Most often the goal of breast augmentation is a more balanced and feminine figure.

Dr. Michael Zenn is an expert in breast surgery, having written multiple articles and chapters in textbooks on the subject. He has more than 25 years of experience performing thousands of cosmetic breast procedures and has been recognized by his peers as a master breast surgeon. His delicate and detail-oriented approach has given him an unparalleled experience with implant selection and placement and explains why patients often seek him out to repair the work of others. Because of this experience, patients in the Raleigh and Cary area can expect world-class results from a breast augmentation from Dr. Zenn. Patients enjoy natural-looking outcomes that gracefully complement their individual body type.

Dr. Zenn’s Approach to Breast Augmentation

Dr. Zenn plans breast augmentation procedures with consideration of his patients’ goals, preferences, and unique anatomy. As a skilled cosmetic breast surgeon, he has the ability to perform procedures using a variety of surgical techniques. Additionally, he has in-depth knowledge of the aesthetic nuances that lead to the most attractive results. Typically, Dr. Zenn:

  • Favors round and smooth silicone implants. In his experience, these implants tend to offer the most natural appearance whether the patient is standing up, lying down or being active.
  • Has patients try on various-sized implants to best determine the desired breast size. This eliminates surprises after surgery with breasts smaller or larger than anticipated.
  • Recommends above-the-muscle implant placement when possible. For the majority of his patients, this provides the most natural-looking outcome without the associated problems encountered with under-the-muscle placement, such as unwanted movement of the breasts with activity and discomfort.
  • Advises patients if they should consider breast augmentation alone or in conjunction with a breast lift. Many women benefit from the reshaping effects of a lift as well as the increased fullness of an augmentation.
  • Will discuss fat grafting to the breast to hide implant visibility long-term.

Some surgeons place implants in a position that is higher than the desired final results. After several weeks or months, the breast tissue stretches, the implants descend, and the breasts take on their final, more natural shape. Dr. Zenn’s patients can often avoid this delay; he uses a deliberate and exacting approach that positions the implants precisely, which allows Raleigh and Cary patients to see the benefits of their surgery sooner.


“Dr. Zenn’s kindness and skill has changed my life. It is amazing to me that someone who is so talented and skilled and confident can also be as approachable, kind, genuine and nice as Dr. Zenn is.”
-Happy Patient

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

During your initial visit to Zenn Plastic Surgery, you will have the opportunity to get to know Dr. Zenn and our staff and to discuss your aesthetic goals. Dr. Zenn will spend as much time as necessary with you to develop a shared understanding of how you want to look after your breast augmentation. He will show you his extensive gallery of before and after photos so you can see other patients with similar anatomy and their post augmentation results.

As part of your examination, Dr. Zenn will take note of your body’s unique anatomy to ensure that your results:

  • Have the most pleasing shape possible, both in and out of clothes.
  • Appear natural, full, and symmetrical.
  • Avoid the all-to-common unnatural appearance of implants that are placed too high or spread too far apart.

You will have the chance to help choose the ideal size implant by trying on different sizes in your clothes. This will allow you to get a realistic idea of how you will look after surgery (and is usually the most fun part of the consultation!)

You will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you’ve ever had about breast augmentation — over the muscle vs. under the muscle, round vs. shaped, smooth vs. textured, what’s the buzz about Gummy Bear implants…and Dr. Zenn will be happy to share his knowledge with you. No question is ever too small. We want you to be comfortable with your decision to have breast augmentation and confident in your choice of surgeon.

Your Experience with Breast Augmentation

All Zenn Plastic Surgery patients have their procedures in one of several accredited surgical facilities in the Raleigh and Cary area. A board-certified anesthesiologist/CRNA helps patients sleep safely and comfortably throughout the surgery and to wake up with little or no pain, sore throat, or queasiness.

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Zenn will review the surgery with you again and make marks to guide the breast augmentation.

During the surgery, Dr. Zenn will:

  • Place incisions with a focus on minimizing scarring and speeding your recovery.
  • Place the desired implant sizers and make small adjustments as needed before placing final implants.
  • Ensure that your breasts have a symmetrical, natural appearance, whether you are upright or lying down.

Following your breast augmentation, you will want to take it easy for 2-3 days before returning to work. It’s not uncommon to have soreness, swelling, and tenderness in your breasts and the surrounding areas as you heal. You can resume regular gym workouts 3-4 weeks after surgery at which point scars should be minimal and well on their way to final healing. By the end of your recovery, you can expect a fuller and natural looking figure.

Women in Raleigh and Cary interested in breast augmentation can schedule a consultation with Zenn Plastic Surgery online or by phone at (919) 480-3885.

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