What is Breast Augmentation?Breast augmentation is a popular plastic surgery procedure that is performed to enhance the size and/or shape of the breasts. Synthetic implants, filled with either a saline solution or silicone gel, or the popular, Gummy Bear implant are surgically inserted to boost the size of the bust and enhance their overall appearance. Breast implants are designed to look natural and come in all shapes and sizes to suit the preferences of different patients. If you’ve always been dissatisfied with a small cup size or you’d like a better contour for your breasts, breast augmentation might be a perfect solution for you. Most women who undergo the procedure find that they have more confidence and self-esteem once they have recovered from the surgery. Breast augmentation can help resolve a number of different problems, including:
- Small breasts
- Elongated or asymmetrical breast shape
- Volume loss in the breasts after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging
Who is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?If you’re considering breast augmentation, then you’ll need to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure before you proceed. Patients should be healthy adults whose breasts are fully developed. While many young women reach full breast development by the age of 17, it’s important to keep in mind that some women experience growth spurts into their early 20s. Women who become pregnant and breastfeed will also experience fluctuations in breast size. This is why choosing the right time for your breast augmentation can be difficult. Prospective patients should have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and they should be prepared to follow all after-care instructions provided by our Chicago surgeons in order to help facilitate healing and prevent complications. Patients must also be non-smokers or quit several months before surgery for their own safety and optimal healing. During your consultation, your surgeon will go over your medical history to ensure you are healthy enough for breast augmentation surgery.
Your Breast Augmentation ConsultationOnce you’ve decided to see if breast augmentation is right for you, you’ll need to come into our Chicago offices for a consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This consultation serves several purposes: it allows you and your surgeon to get to know one another, it allows you to ask questions and discuss your goals, and it gives your surgeon an opportunity to ensure you are a good candidate and to plan your surgery. During the meeting, you will be evaluated and recommendations will be given for how to proceed with your surgery and which type of implants will suit you best.
The Breast Augmentation ProcedureThe breast augmentation surgery is simpler than most patients realize. For a few weeks prior to surgery, you may be required to stop taking natural supplements and some over-the-counter medications. This is to prevent complications during the surgery. On the day of the procedure, general anesthesia is typically used to keep patients safe and comfortable during the surgery. A small incision is placed in one of several locations near the breast, allowing the implant to be inserted either above or below the pectoral muscle. Once both sides have been completed, the incisions are closed and the surgery is over. This process typically takes under an hour. Patients generally return home the same day of the procedure.
Recovery and DowntimeRecovering from surgery is never comfortable, but you will be prescribed pain medication to control your discomfort and help you get through the first few days following the procedure. Initially, your breasts will be wrapped with gauze and you’ll wear an elastic bandage or support bra following the procedure. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts for optimal healing, which you should follow to the letter. These instructions may include everything from special massages to perform, to which positions you should sleep in. Most patients feel well enough to return to work and light normal activities within a week or two, but it’s important to rest and recover at your own pace. A support bra should be worn constantly during the initial healing phase to support the breast tissue. You will need to postpone exercise and other vigorous activity for several weeks. Our surgeons will let you know when it is safe to resume these activities. Swelling will gradually subside, and your sensations will change throughout the healing process. After a few months, you should be able to see the full results of the procedure.
Real Patient Testimonial
The staff was very welcoming and informative, the doctor helped me to make the right choice and I can't wait to have my Breast Augmentation. I am counting down the days.