The Gillian Institute’s Philosophy: Breast Surgery

Breast procedures are the most popular surgical procedures in plastic and reconstructive surgery. From augmentations to reductions, the Gillian Institute dedicates itself to offering the most comprehensive service for patients in Indianapolis.

The Gillian Institute’s philosophy on breasts is to treat each patient’s breast as “individualized,” customizing options based on each individual person’s desires and wishes for breast rejuvenation. Our philosophy is to assess each patient’s own expectations and every surgery is individualized to best fit each patient’s specific needs. Our doctors are dedicated to educating each patient on their choices and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each decision.

The Gillian Institute often makes the comparison between breasts and snowflakes because “Each Breast is Unique, Just Like a Snowflake.” We follow this approach from the consultation to the procedure to aftercare. We will pay special attention to understanding your expectations on achieving an attractive, feminine aesthetic breast shape and breast volume. Our goal for patients considering breast surgery is for their shape to remain as natural as possible. Whether the patient is undergoing a breast reduction, breast lift, or breast augmentation, it is important to maintain the natural, feminine shape of the breast.

We emphasize each patient’s unique anatomy when devising a treatment plan. Each surgery is individualized to fit each patient’s expectations and desires. Breast aesthetics should represent an overall image of body proportion and attractive ratios. Our surgeons strive to maintain the feminine contours of the breast. Many women consider breast augmentation to enhance the size of their breasts, while others are more interested in obtaining a lift or adding volume to loose skin which has resulted from pregnancy or breastfeeding. Whatever breast procedure you are considering, the Gillian Institute will empower you to become the best version of yourself.

Dr. Short is one of the premier breast surgeons in the Midwest. She specializes in breast augmentation and reshaping. With a stellar reputation in the Indianapolis area, women travel to the Gillian Institute to receive care from leading experts at breast procedures. Dr. Short dedicates herself to continually advance breast procedures to make them safer and more effective at achieving a patient’s desired results. She innovated the revolutionary technique for breast reshaping referred to as the SPAIR technique. Dr. Short has also been selected to attend annual leadership meetings to voice her recommendations and her vision for the future of breast surgery. Contact the Gillian Institute to schedule your personal consultation. You can book an appointment online or call our Indianapolis offices.

Customizing Breast Surgery

The Art of Breast Enlargement and Breast Reshaping

For all breast consultations, Dr. Short will take a series of breast and chest measurements and she will evaluate the pre-existing breast tissue, the position of the nipple, and the skin envelope characteristics of the breast to determine a customized treatment plan for each patient for breast rejuvenation.

Each patient’s anatomy must be considered to achieve their desired proportions following surgery.

Communication and listening skills are also important qualities to ensure their expectations and desires are achieved. Dr. Short helps patients visualize realistic results.

A visual tool, such as the 3D imaging we use during consultations, is an easy way to determine if the patient’s vision is the same as the surgeon’s. Plastic surgery and reshaping the breast is an art form. Dr. Short offers patients her female artist’s point of view to maintain the feminine contours and provide a more lifted, youthful breast appearance. Breast surgery offers not only an improvement in breast appearance and shape but also an improvement in self-esteem and self-confidence.

Customizing Breast Surgery

Breast Augmentation Seminar: “Breast Wishes”

The Gillian Institute is dedicated to educating prospective patients. Since breast augmentations are the most popular cosmetic procedure[1], the Gillian Institute holds seminars to inform all candidates about every step of the process. Anything you could possibly want to know regarding breast augmentations is covered in the seminar.

Topics at the breast augmentation seminar include:

  • Incisions
  • Implant options
  • Types of implant
  • Size of implant
  • Fill of the implant
  • Shapes of implant
  • Placement of implant
  • Dimensions of the implant (width and projection)
  • Breast lift options

Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Short

The first step for any breast procedure is a personal consultation with Dr. Short. She is a great listener that wants to hear about your aesthetic goals, dreams and expectations. During your initial consultation, she will conduct an extensive review of your medical history. She will go over all the options for your procedure and provide recommendations on which approach will help you best achieve your aspirations. As a female who has undergone cosmetic surgery procedures herself, she can also relate to her patients from their perspective. She understands what it’s like to be on the other side of the procedure. With this unique perspective, Dr. Short possesses the knowledge and experience to answer all your questions with compassion and expertise.

Dr. Short is a widely respected master surgeon on breast procedures that continually seeks to build upon her knowledge. The best surgeons never stop learning. She performed an extensive six-month fellowship in Aesthetic Breast Surgery in Norfolk, Virginia. Fewer than 10% of practicing plastic surgeons have completed fellowships in cosmetic surgery. She has traveled to Scotland, France and England to share knowledge with international surgeons on breast procedures. Dr. Short is an active member of educational forums and advanced sessions. She was selected to the National Council of Leaders for Breast Aesthetics and for Mentor’s LEAD Program, two elite groups of surgeons around the United States that cultivate solutions and discuss upcoming advancements that will ultimately shape the future of breast aesthetics and breast implant technology.

When you’re ready to schedule a consultation and begin the journey to the breasts you always wanted, schedule a consultation with the Gillian Institute online or give our offices a call.

Northside Indianapolis: (317) 913-3260

Downtown Indianapolis: (317) 787-3260

If you’d like to get a headstart, you can download some resources for patients and come prepared for your consultation. You can also find more detailed information on Dr. Short’s biography page.

What Can I Expect During the Procedures?

During every step of the process, Dr. Short or a knowledge member of Gillian Institute’s staff of medical professionals will provide you with all the information you need to make you comfortable and answer any questions. You will receive a set of personalized instructions that you should make sure to follow. In general, you should avoid blood-thinning medication, abstain from smoking, and adjust any medication you’re taking as recommended by the Gillian Institute.

We perform our breast procedures at the state-of-the-art JKS Surgery Institute. The JKS Surgery Institute is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). The AAAASF is the “gold standard” in accreditation for surgery centers and verifies that the JKS Surgery Institute operates only at the highest technical and ethical standards.

During your procedure, our board-certified anesthesiologists will use the appropriate anesthesia to make you comfortable and prepare for your surgery. We use only board-certified anesthesiologists who uphold the highest standards. Patient safety is our primary responsibility and everyone at the Gillian Institute and the JKS Surgery Institute has extensive training and experience. All of our clinical staff are licensed by the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Program.

For many breast augmentations, we employ the advanced Keller Funnel technique. The Keller Funnel leads to safer procedures with a reduced rate of capsular contraction and decreased risk of infection.[2]

Our Results

Breast procedures have a very high rate of patient satisfaction and improved scores in quality of life. Whether it’s breast augmentation or breast reduction, most patients experience a boost in confidence after their procedure.[3][4]For a glimpse at the quality of care you’ll receive at the Gillian Institute, feel free to browse through our patient reviews. We value all our patients and love hearing about their ongoing aesthetic journeys.

How Much Do Breast Procedures Cost in Indianapolis?

Breast Augmentation $5,525-$6,025
Removal/Replacement (Silicone) $4,900-$7,250
Removal/Replacement (Saline) $3,900-$6,250
Capsulectomy (Contracture Release) Bil $2,700-$8,675
Capsulectomy (Contracture Release) Uni $1,875-$6,675
Symmastia Repair $7,800-$10,000
Implant Removal with Breast Lift $7,675
Implant Removal $5,500 and up
Mastopexy (Breast Lift) $6,025-$8,850
Mastopexy with Breast Augmentation (Silicone) $9,725-$13,975
Mastopexy with Breast Augmentation (Saline) $8,725-$12,975
Breast Reduction $7,125-$8,375

We have financing options available for your convenience. You can also follow our Instagram feed to stay updated with our community and any specials that might be available.


  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2018, March 1). New Statistics Reveal the Shape of Plastic Surgery. Retrieved Sept 20, 2020, from
  2. Newman, A. N., & Davison, S. P. (2018). Effect of Keller Funnel on the Rate of Capsular Contracture in Periareolar Breast Augmentation. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open6(6), e1834.
  3. Diaz J. F. (2017). Review of 494 Consecutive Breast Augmentation Patients: System to Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open5(10), e1526.
  4. Cogliandro A, Barone M, Cassotta G, Tenna S, Cagli B, Persichetti P. (2017). Patient Satisfaction and Clinical Outcomes Following 414 Breast Reductions: Application of BREAST-Q. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 41(2):245-249. doi:10.1007/s00266-016-0774-y