Breast Augmentation in Chicago
As one of the top cosmetic procedures in the United States, Chicagoland Aesthetics is proud to provide Chicago, Naperville and Schaumburg, IL, residents with the popular breast augmentation service. This procedure can provide women who have small or uneven breasts a firmer, fuller look that is well-proportioned by using saline or silicone implants.
There are many reasons our patients choose breast augmentation, including compensation for reduced mass due to surgery or pregnancy, correcting a congenital defect, or balancing size. Our doctors provide expert care to give patients natural-feeling and looking breasts of at least one cup size up from their natural size.
A Customized Breast Enhancement Solution
Every woman is 100 percent unique, both in her body shape and what she wants from life. This is why we offer pre-op consultations that allow our patients to discuss what they want from their breast augmentation and to help them choose the perfect implant type, size, and placement to best achieve their goals. This customized treatment plan ensures every patient is satisfied with the end result.
A Variety of Other Included Procedures
While breast augmentation can create beautiful, dramatic results alone, using it in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries or non-invasive procedures can achieve greater effects. For this reason, our staff may recommend other procedures, such as a breast lift, for better results.
We Use Both Silicone Gel & Saline Implants
All of our breast implants are made from silicone shells that are filled with silicone gel or saline. Both types are completely safe and each offers its own unique advantages. Our experienced surgeons will help you choose the right option for you. During the procedure, we place the desired implants under the breast tissue or chest wall muscle of each breast to achieve the expected results.
All of our silicone breast implants are U.S. FDA approved for use in breast augmentation. We are pleased to be able to offer this option because they are much softer and feel more natural than their saline alternatives. For more information on silicone or saline implants, click here.
Incision Techniques Used for Breast Augmentation
Each breast augmentation procedure in Naperville, Chicago and Schaumburg, IL, lasts approximately one to two hours. You will typically go under general anesthesia for the procedure. Incisions are made where they are unlikely to be seen to reduce scar visibility as much as possible. Some common locations include:
- The crease under the breast (inframammary)
- The armpit (transaxillary)
- Near the areola (periareolar)
After the incision is made, the breast is lifted to create a pocket for the implant.
Saline implants can alternatively be placed via an endoscopy through an incision at the navel. This method of minimally-invasive augmentation is called the TUBA, or transumbilical breast augmentation, approach.
Placement Options for Breast Implants
In general, implants placed under the chest muscle have more advantages than placing them under the breast tissue alone, such as:
- A lower risk of capsular contracture (a tightening around the implant)
- Less interference during mammograms
Some of the disadvantages of this method include:
- The need for drainage tubes
- Increased pain immediately after surgery
Our surgeons will discuss these pros and cons to help you make the best choice.
Implants placed via the TUBA procedure can’t be placed under the chest wall.
After insertion, the implants are positioned directly beneath the nipples. The incisions are then closed with stitches, taped and then bandages. These bandages will be replaced with a surgical bra after several days.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Immediately following your breast augmentation in Naperville, Chicago or Schaumburg, IL, many patients experience fatigue and soreness. These symptoms typically disappear within a day or two. Many of our patients are able to return to work in as little as a week.
The stitches will be removed in seven to ten days, with any post-operative swelling, pain, and sensitivity ending within the first few weeks.
Any scars you experience from your breast augmentation will start fading within a few months and will continue to fade over the following months and years.
Potential Breast Augmentation Complications
While complications from breast augmentation are uncommon and typically minimal, they may occur in some situations. Potential complications experienced by patients include:
- Swelling and pain
- Capsular contracture
- Milk production for mothers who have nursed within the past year
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Breakage or leaking from the implant, which can occur due to injury or natural compression and movement
Breast Augmentation Schaumburg, Naperville, Chicago
If a saline implant does rupture, your body will absorb the water and the implant will gradually deflate over the next few hours. However, if a silicone implant ruptures, it’s important to see a doctor immediately.