Breast augmentation is a breast enlargement process usually performed to enlarge small, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after pregnancy.
Also known as part of Mommy makeover, boob job, breast augmentation by saline or silicone implants.
The true medical term for this procedure is Augmentation Mammaplasty. In Latin,”mamma” means breast, and “pasty” is derived from Greek origin meaning molding, shaping, hence mammaplasty, or “shaping breasts”.
Chicago Breast augmentation can also be performed in cases of breast deformity, or where one breast has not developed in proper symmetry with the other. When a breast is lost due to breast cancer, breast enhancement through reconstruction may also be possible.
There are several types of incision techniques that can be considered for breast enlargement or breast augmentation. The incision type used generally depends on the surgeon’s technique. Once the incision is made, the surgeon will lift the breast tissue up to create a pocket. This pocket will either be under the breast tissue or underneath the chest wall muscle. Once the pocket is created, the surgeon will insert a breast implant. Traditionally, this procedure has been accomplished by using a silastic containing a silicone gel. However, there have been concerns raised about the safety of silicone implants. While further research is being done, new patients desiring breast augmentation or breast enhancement are restricted to saline-filled implants.
What Our Patients Say:
“I was tired of my foney B cup paded bras, I could not find clothes that will look right on me. I was too small on top compared to my bottom half. After my free consultation at the The Liposuction and the cosmetic surgery Institute in Chicago, I knew I met the right team for me. I of doctors and staff who I could trust. They cared and I felt they understood my needs and very experienced in the breast augmentation skill. Every step was meant to make me feel relaxed and safe. They were very professional, gentle and caring from the initial visit to the day of surgery. The aftercare was fantastic. They catered after all my needs, from supportive bra to day by day instructions. I was given plenty of private time to try different types and sizes of implants and to speak to other patients and discuss my options. Leslie Forrester RN and the consultant Lilian answered all my questions. They even provided me with their personal mobile telephone numbers in case I needed to ask any questions at off hours or weekends. I am very grateful to all the staff for the care and results I received. It was a very happy journey. I have already referred two of my friends and plan to return myself for Botox treatments. Thank you very much”
J.H Chicago, Illinois
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE MY IMPLANTS ARE PLACED IN EQUAL LEVEL DURING SURGERY?
It is common practice during breast augmentation surgery to elevate your torso to a semi-sitting position in order evaluate precise level of your breast implant placement and make the final finishing touch adjustments of not just the level of implants but the volume and overall symmetry of your breasts.
MY NIPPLES ARE VERY SENSITIVE AFTER SURGERY AND SOMETIMES THEY HURT. IS THIS NORMAL?
This is normal and is caused by the implant stretching the breast tissue. Normal sensation returns within four to six weeks.
IS IT NORMAL FOR BREAST IMPLANTS TO APPEAR HIGH AFTER SURGERY?
Yes, this is caused by the pectoralis muscle spasm and lasts about six weeks before muscles start to relax. Avoid physical activity for a few weeks after your surgery, and the high appearance will disappear within a few weeks.
WHEN DO BRUISES GO AWAY?
It depends on your body’s ability to absorb the bruises, but usually they disappear after two to four weeks.
WHAT IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF INADVERTENTLY PUTTING MORE OR LESS SALINE IN ONE BREASTS?
Zero, when we place saline in your implants all personnel in the operating room keep count, so rest assured, the chance of an implant being filled incorrectly is ZERO
DO I HEAR MY IMPLANTS SLOSHING AROUND?
Yes, that is normal and stops after about four to six weeks.
IS IT NORMAL WHEN ONE BREAST IS MORE TENDER THAN THE OTHER?
Yes, it is quite common, and resolves within a week or two post surgery.
CAN MY PARTNER SQUEEZE MY BREASTS?
Not before six weeks following your procedure.
WHEN CAN I LET MY PARTNER TOUCH MY BREASTS?
Your partner can only gently touch your breasts after one week, as long as it is not causing you any discomfort
CAN MY PARTNER TELL I HAVE BREAST IMPLANTS?
Your partner may or may not be able to tell that you have implants. We have had some patients tell us that during physical examination even their doctor could not tell that they had breast implants.
DO I HAVE TO TELL MY PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR THAT I HAVE BREAST IMPLANTS?
It is always best to inform your primary care physician at the time of your next examination
WILL I FEEL MY IMPLANTS INSIDE ME?
No, once the Chicago breast augmentation is finished and the implants are inside you, you will have no sensation or awareness of their existence.
IF I AM HAVING BREAST IMPLANTS SHOULD I JUST GO AS BIG AS POSSIBLE?
Unfortunately, we hear this question all too often. Bigger is not better in breast augmentation surgery. You do not want to get to a point when you sacrifice esthetic appearance for the sake of size. You will almost certainly regret it.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SIZE IS BEST FOR ME?
This is a personal decision that you have to make with the input from your surgeon. Ultimately you have to be happy with the new size of your breasts, but remember to stay within the parameters set by your physician. They are based on experience and measurements of your own anatomy. It is not a good idea to listen to your friends, even ones who have breast implants, as no two individuals are alike.
WHAT IS BREAST IMPLANT RIPPLING?
Rippling of the implant is usually caused by interaction between the surface of the implant and your own breast tissue. It is more common in lean individuals who have very little breast tissue to cover the implant. Rippling may also occur if the implant chosen is inappropriately large for the dimensions of the patient’s chest. Rippling is less common with high profile silicone gel implants.
DO I HAVE TO CHANGE MY BREAST IMPLANTS EVERY FEW YEARS?
No, modern implants tend to last well over 10 years. Many last 20-plus years. As long as the implants are intact, nothing needs to be done.
CAN IMPLANTS MOVE AFTER SURGERY?
Yes, this is rare, but may occur due to several reasons such as trauma, capsular contracture, or excessive chest exercise.
HOW COMMON IS CHICAGO BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY?
Breast augmentation is the second most requested cosmetic surgery after liposuction in America. Approximately 400,000 breast augmentation cases are performed yearly.
HOW IS BREAST AUGMENTATION DONE?
By surgically placing permanent breast implants inside the breast tissue, typically under general anesthesia. Chicago breast augmentation can also be performed by transferring fat from your body into the breast. Please read the section of breast augmentation by fat injection on our website to learn more about this procedure: the technique, the benefits, the history. Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, M.D. was among the first to perform breast augmentation by fat injection.
WHO CANNOT HAVE BREAST IMPLANTS?
Breast implants are contraindicated in those individuals in whom the risks of the procedure outweigh its benefits.
- Those with an active infection anywhere in the body, and especially in the breast
- Those who have an untreated cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Those who are pregnant or breast feeding
- Those with an autoimmune disease such as lupus or scleroderma
- Those on immunosuppressive medications who do not receive clearance from their physicians
- Those with reduced blood supply to the breast from previous surgery or radiation therapy
- Those with bleeding or clotting disorders
- Those with unresolved body dysmorphic disorders (those who unrealistically have a pathologically distorted view of themselves), including eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa
WHO CAN HAVE BREAST IMPLANTS?
Any healthy individual who is physically and mentally mature and stable.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A CHICAGO BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Women who desire:
- Larger, fuller breasts
- To look better in a bathing suit or in the nude
- To fit better in clothes and bras
- A boost in self-esteem and attitude
- To feel more feminine
WHAT IS BREAST AUGMENTATION IN CHICAGO FOR?
To perk up, rejuvenate and improve the feel and appearance of a woman’s breasts by enhancing size and improving shape
- Augmenting and enlarging undesirable small size of the breasts
- Refilling deflated breasts after weight loss and/or breast-feeding
- Restoring volume of breasts that has been lost due to pregnancy
- Giving a you a new sense of confidence and improved self-esteem
WHERE IS BREAST AUGMENTATION PERFORMED?
In one of our safe, private, modern, accredited surgical outpatient facilities for breast augmentation in Chicago, Arlington Heights or Naperville.
WHAT IS BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast augmentation is approximately an hour-long, artistic, yet precise, surgical procedure wherein a specially designed breast implant is placed inside the patient’s breast tissue to enlarge the size and enhance the shape. The result is beautiful, fuller and youthful breasts.