Breast Augmentation (Breast enlargement)

Breast Augmentation (Breast enlargement)

Breast Augmentation, also called Augmentation Mammaplasty, or Breast Implant Surgery if using an implantation device. Which is the surgical procedure to enlarge a woman’s breast using breast implants. In Las Vegas, breast implants are the most common plastic surgery procedure, which is performed by Dr. Lane Smith. Breast Implants are also generally associated as a one of highest satisfaction rates of all cosmetic surgery procedures.

By far the most common way is to place silicone or saline breast implants. However, fat can be transferred from other areas, such as the waist or abdomen, to the breasts for breast enlargement or breast augmentation. Since fat is the patient’s own “natural” tissue, fat transfer to the breast has been termed “Natural Breast Augmentation” or “Natural Breast Implantation”.

Choosing the Best Breast Implant Surgeon

Choosing the best breast implant surgeon is an enormously personal and individual choice. It is very important that your surgeon be well trained and qualified to do the procedure you are thinking about. An American Board of Medical Specialty should certify a surgeon. The American board of plastic surgery is the most important board regulating plastic surgeons and their training. You can also contact the American Board of Plastic surgery at their website or call them directly at (215) 587-9322.

Even if a surgeon is board-certified that is still not a guarantee that the surgeon can perform the procedure to the level of excellence that you may desire. It is important to make sure your surgeon trained at universities that are well known for excellence. Many doctors receive training in foreign countries where the requirements for training are more lax then those in the United States. Currently the United States has the most rigorous and organized medical training in the world. Make sure your surgeon has done all of their training in the United States, especially medical school and residency. Also make sure your surgeon has trained at centers known for excellence.

Dr. Smith’s Training and Credentials

Dr. Smith has trained and excelled in some of the best training programs and most prestigious universities in the United States including Stanford University and the world famous Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic has been consistently ranked as the best or second best medical facility in the world for the past 80 years. Please give us a call at 702.838.2455 to learn more about Dr. Lane Smith, and we’ll show you why he believes he’s the best breast implant surgeon for you. Or Dr. Lane Smith’s Surgical Training and Credentials to learn more about Dr. Lane Smith’s Credentials in Plastic Surgery


Smith Plastic Surgery is a new, state of the art, fully accredited, through AAAASF, surgical facility. As a private facility the patient is able to have more flexibility in scheduling, lower overall costs to the patient, offer more discretion and privacy than a public facility, offer increased specialization and safety.


  • University of Utah, BS 1985
  • University of Utah Medical School 1988
  • Otolaryngology Internship, University of Texas 1989
  • Otolaryngology Residency, University of Texas 1993
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Stanford University 1994
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic 2001

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 2003
  • American Boardof Cosmetic Surgery 2005
  • American Board of Otolaryngology 1994
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1997


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Utah Medical Association
  • American Society of Otolaryngology
  • American Society of Cosmetic Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas Nevada
  • Specialty Surgical Center, Las Vegas Nevada

Dr. Lane Smith’s Surgical Training and Credentials

Dr. Smith has completed approximately 16 years of training after finishing high school. He is one of only approximately two dozen surgeons in the United States who has completed full fellowships in both Plastic Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Smith is also one of only a small group of surgeons that has these four surgical board certifications. He is board Certified in Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery*, Cosmetic Surgery*, and Ear, Nose, Throat – Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery).

Upon graduating from medical school Dr. Smith began his residency training in Ear, Nose, and Throat, and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  During his residency he was honored to serve as the President of the Texas-Medical Association – Resident Physicians. He also sat on the Texas Council of Medical Education, and served as president of the Medical Housestaff at his hospital. He received several honors for his research including best paper by the Southern Medical Society, best paper by the Texas Medical Society and second place in the National Medical Student research Forum.

Stanford University Fellowship
in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Smith then completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University.  In 1994, he was privileged to receive the Jack Anderson award for scholastic excellence in facial plastic surgery.  This award is given only to the surgeon with the highest score in the United States on the facial plastic surgery board examination.  Dr. Smith also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University.

After completing his tenure at Stanford University, Dr. Smith then completed yet another residency in Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.   In 2001 he received the award for the best paper in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery given by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.  This award is also given to only one resident surgeon each year

Dr. Lane Smith in the Medical Community

Dr Smith has continues to be honored by his medical colleagues for his excellent work and contributions to medical science. In 2008 Dr. Smith received the award for the best overall paper, from the California and Rocky Mountain Plastic Surgery Society for his work regarding rhinoplasty.    He also received the award for the best cosmetic paper of the entire year, 2008, from the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery for his work on breast augmentation.

Dr. Smith has served medical missions to Zimbabwe Africa and Venezuela. In each of these locations he taught the local physicians and operated on handicapped children. He has lectured nationally and internationally to other physicians on topics related to plastic surgery.  He has published many articles in medical journals and written chapters on surgery in some of more prestigious Surgical Textbooks.

Dr. Smith has also created a charitable non-profit organization which performs free surgery on children with deformities, and women requiring breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.

Choosing Saline or Silicone Implants

Choosing Saline or Silicone Implants

You’ve probably calling every plastic surgeon in Las Vegas trying to find the answer to this very popular question. Fortunately, you found Dr. Lane Smith! He believes in giving you as many choices as possible. In doing so, giving you the most information will empower you to make the best decision for yourself. After many years of not allowing silicone implants for breast augmentation, the FDA finally approved silicone implants for breast augmentation. Because of this, you may now choose between Saline or silicone breast implants.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of implants. Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel polymer.  This is a thick substance with the consistency of a very thick jello or thin gummy bear. These implants cannot really leak, but they can crack eventually. The silicone implants last longer than the saline implants, and currently have a lifetime warranty. Saline breast implants are filled with I.V. fluid (saline), which is mostly water with a little bit of sodium in it to match your body fluid.  These have a 10-year warranty, but an extended warranty can be purchased through the implant company.

Many people think the implants have to be replaced every 10 years but this is not true. The implants only have to be replaced when they rupture or crack. Both implants are expected to last much longer than 10 years. When the saline implant ruptures, it will not harm the patient, the body will simply absorb the water, but the breast will get smaller. When the silicone implant cracks, it should not be harmful either, but replacement is recommended.

The silicone implants have a softer more natural feel to them than the saline implants. They are also less prone to rippling (a slightly wavy appearance to the breast that can occur with the saline implants when leaning over). For most patients, silicone implants are a better implant and are the implants most commonly recommended by Dr. Lane Smith.

The silicone implants cost more than the saline implants. This is because all of the previous lawsuits regarding silicone implants.  Interestingly, the lawsuits were claiming the implants caused connective tissue diseases such as Lupus or arthritis. That has now been shown to be completely false, but the attorneys did not return the money to the implant companies they bankrupted, and the thousands of employees who lost their jobs from the lawsuits did not get their jobs back.  However, the price of the actual implants jumped 1000%, and this unfortunately must be passed directly on to the patient.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline Breast Implants

Why choose Saline Breast Implants?

You may be one of few patients in Las Vegas looking for a plastic surgeon that works with saline breast implants. Dr. Lane Smith performs thousands of breast augmentations and has expert experience with this implant type. Dr. Smith believes in giving you as many choices as possible. Saline is the same fluid that goes into an IV, mainly water with a little bit of salt similar to saline eye drops. Once the saline breast implant is in the appropriate space under your breast, or pectoralis muscle, Dr. Smith inflates your implant with sterile saline or salt water. If they rupture, you will typically know immediately. Your body harmlessly absorbs all of the saline solution that leaks into your body.

Saline breast implants tend to be more firm and have a higher incidence of rippling. An advantage of saline implants is that they are more cost effective. A disadvantage of Saline implants is that saline breast implants tends to look a little more “fake”, and have a higher chance of rippling and waviness. Most of the patients choose the more natural feeling and looking silicone implants. Because of its shape and the consistency, saline breast implants feel can feel like water balloons, and do not have the ‘gummy” or fatty feeling of real breasts.

If you have any more questions about saline breast implants, please call 702.838.3755 so we can answer your questions, or schedule your consultation. You can also fill out the form to the right and one of our Patient Coordinators will call you as soon as possible.

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