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Breast Augmentation Chicago

As one of the top plastic surgeons in Chicago, Dr. Placik is committed to providing the best breast augmentation results. Dr. Otto Plastic is highly revered one of the best breast augmentation surgeons. He offers free initial breast augmentation consultations to patients thinking about getting breast implants and undergoing a breast augmentation procedure.

Dr. Otto Placik MD, FACS, is a Chicago born Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in plastic and cosmetic surgery of the face, body, breast and female genitalia.

Many of his previous breast surgery patients have left reviews on Yelp. You can also see more of his 5 star reviews on RealSelf. Contact our office today to schedule your initial breast augmentation consultation and meet with Dr. Placik to discuss your breast augmentation options.

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Ideal Breast Augmentation Candidates

breast augmentation chicagoAs like many other plastic surgery procedures, good candidates for breast augmentation surgery have good physical health. The second most important factor when considering breast augmentation surgery is that your breasts have finished developing. The breasts are often finished developing once the patient has reached at least 18 years old. A breast augmentation is not something you should look to have done if your body is still developing.

Other medical conditions must be reviewed before determining whether the patient can safely undergo any surgical procedure, especially breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Placik will not operate or perform plastic surgery on anyone that is underage or if he feels that the breast augmentation procedure is not as safe as possible.

From an aesthetic standpoint, there are a few factors which determine whether women m ay be potential candidates for breast augmentation surgery. The most common scenario of candidates who desire a breast augmentation are women that feel they lack fullness in their breasts.

On the contrary, even if women have breast volume which they are satisfied with, they still may want to increase their breast cup size to achieve a “fuller” or “lifted” look through breast augmentation surgery. If you have any additional features about your breasts that you feel self-conscious about, Dr. Placik will go over all options that will look best on you.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

It is impossible to answer all of the questions you might have about the breast augmentation surgery process, recovery times after the procedure, or insurance coverage for instance, which is why we always recommend a proper breast augmentation consultation at our office. However, we also understand that there are some frequently asked questions about breast augmentation surgery that we are regularly asked so here are some of those questions.

In our opinion, the consultation is one of, if not the most important parts before the procedure. This enables you as the patient to explain your breast requirements and provides you with the perfect opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. It also provides the plastic surgeon with the opportunity to guide and advise you, on the best breast implants options available to you.

We also highly encourage you to bring a family member. Many times patients are nervous about surgery and forget to ask some of the questions. Since a friend or family member is not so emotionally involved, they can help the process, and ask some of the questions you had for you. The only thing a family member or friend is not permitted to do is to make the final decision to have the surgery. This is a decision that only you can make.

The answer to this question is dependent on the reasons for the breast augmentation surgery. If the breast augmentation is being completed for purely cosmetic reasons, then it will not be covered by insurance. On the other hand, if the surgery is being performed for reconstructive purposes, then this may be either partially or fully covered by insurance. More information on this topic can be found here.

Our breast augmentation success and satisfaction rate is extremely high. The vast majority of our new clients come from personal recommendations. Revision surgery is very rare, and in our case, it is less than 2 percent per year.

We have reviews that can be found on Yelp and RealSelf. We have a significant number of patients who have gone through a breast augmentation with Dr. Placik and are more than happy to talk to potential clients about their positive experiences with our practice. If you would like to speak to any of Dr. Placiks previous breast augmentation patients, we would be only too happy to arrange this.

The good news is that breast feeding is not affected by breast augmentation. Most women are able to breastfeed without any issues after getting breast implants. It is important to be aware that breastfeeding and pregnancy can alter the shape of your breasts,

The idea of the need to replace your breast implants falls into the category of false internet rumor. Neither saline breast implants or silicone breast implants need to be replaced, unless they rupture.

In the event that one of your breast implants have ruptured, then both implants would need to be removed and new breast implants would need to be inserted. It is important to note that a second surgery to remove and replace ruptured breast implants is a highly unlikely situation.  The vast majority of women will never require any revisions after their initial surgery, and effectively live out their lives with their original breast implants.

Average Cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery in Chicago

There are many factors that go into the cost of breast augmentation. The procedure used, the surgeon operating, and the type of breast implant that you choose are just some factors that go into the cost of breast augmentation surgery. A common number you will hear for a breast augmentation is roughly $3900 but this is just a price that is thrown out there without much thought behind it.

During your first breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Placik, he will most likely go over the differences between saline and silicone. It is very important to go over everything thoroughly so that you can be happy with the decision you make as you go through your breast augmentation options. As mentioned many times throughout our website, plastic surgery and breast augmentations can be expensive, so you need to make sure you are happy with your choice.

Saline filled breast implants are made out of sterile start water, also referred to as saline. Silicone (which was often used in the 80s) are plastic gel inserts. It is important to know that silicone breast implants were actually taken off of the market in 1992 because the FDA found that it was hazardous to one’s health. Fast forward 14 years later, silicone breast implants and are preferred because they give more of a natural feeling.

To be clear, silicone breast implants are safe. Don’t feel that just because they were once banned it means that they will be hazardous. Technology has progressed in both medicine and the modern world. Many people ask, “What is the cost of a breast augmentation surgery in Chicago?” Well, Depending on which breast implant you choose between Silicone and saline along with breast augmentation plastic surgeon performing the operation., the cost will vary.

There are plenty of surgeons that offer breast augmentation for roughly $4,000 (which is on the low end). Other surgeons can charge upwards of $12,000.

The price does not determine the quality of the procedure. A $4,000 surgeon can perform just as good of a breast augmentation procedure as the one who charges $12,000 for a breast augmentation. It all depends on the location, years in practice, etc.

As Dr. Placik mentions in the video above, you really have to be careful of whose taking care of you and what is being put inside of your body. Yes, a breast augmentation can be done at a cheaper cost by using gray market breast implants, and they can also be done by a “cosmetic” surgeon rather than a plastic surgeon. The key is here you must explore all options to ensure you are getting not only quality results but also a safely executed surgery as well. After all, this is surgery and it is not something that should be a decision solely based on price.

How Dr. Placik Keeps You Safe During Breast Augmentation Surgery

For many ladies, getting a breast augmentation is all about achieving their ideal body shape and breast size to develop their confidence and self-belief. As going larger becomes an ever more attractive option, women feel empowered and able to choose the breast shape and breast size that they have always wanted. When visiting Dr. Placik at our private practice in Chicago, Illinois, we have the knowledge, skills, and experience to make your dreams a reality.

There are many reasons why women choose to get a breast augmentation. Although the common perception for the surgery is to increase size, the reality is that after pregnancy some women may want a confidence boost, or perhaps they feel that their breasts are not symmetrical in size or shape as they were before. The reasons behind your choice of doesn’t matter; our priority is that you are delighted with the results and that your self-esteem, and self-image drastically increase.

The ultimate aim of any plastic surgery procedure is for a fast and satisfactory recovery, which is why we do not recommend this for anyone suffering from chronic medical conditions. Changing your appearance should always be a personal choice, that the patient wants, rather than to please a partner.

Our friendly staff will also give you a full explanation of the breast augmentation procedure including any potential risks. We want you to have realistic expectations; for instance, should you want to move from an “A” cup bra size to a “DD,” there may not be sufficient breast tissue to accomplish this and leave a natural look. In this circumstance, for instance, the edges of the breast implants could become visible, and the results will not look natural.

Additionally, this increases the risk of other complications or problems. Depending on your requirements, we might even suggest other breast procedures if we feel that is a preferential option due to your personal circumstances.

Important Things to Consider for your Breast Augmentation

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Not every breast implant is identical, and there are certain factors that you need to consider when choosing the type of implant you want for your breast augmentation.

  • Smoother breast implants are much more likely to harden over time, than the textured variety
  • Textured breast implants, however, are more prone to creating a ripple effect which then changes the presentation of the skin
  • You can choose to have breast implants placed under or above the muscle. Choosing to have them under the muscle generally, increases the level of pain felt immediately after the operation. However, when choosing under the muscle, patients tend to suffer less from capsule contracture. Capsule contracture is a protective lining created by the body around the breast implant. It is a typical reaction, but over time the capsule tends to shrink. The more the capsule shrinks, the firmer the chest feels.
  • Although the chances of infection or bleeding are rare, they are still something that needs to be taken into consideration.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Diagram showing incision areas for breast enlargement surgery

There are some different ways that breast augmentation can be performed. All of the decisions are linked, so the first thing that you will decide is the size, shape profile, breast implants texture, and which breast implants are. The goal is always to get the best breast augmentation results for you and your body type.

The priority with any procedure is to ensure that the patient is happy with the result, and a significant part of that discussion and decision is how to minimize the visible scarring after the operation. There are three main options available to a surgeon for a breast augmentation:

  • Transaxilliary – This is where the initial cut and subsequent scar is located in a crease in the armpit.
  • Inframammary – This is where the incision is made underneath the tissue where it meets the chest wall
  • Periareolar – The incision is made in the lower area of the areola (the colored part that encircles the nipple)

Choosing your Breast Implant

Saline Breast Implant

a woman holding a saline breast implant in her handSaline breast implants are inserted empty before being filled up during the breast augmentation procedure. The big advantage that this brings is that the surgery incisions can be much smaller. Although the failure rate of implants is small, if saline breast implants leak, the breast will visibly decrease in size, alerting the patient to the fact that there is a problem. Although studies have found that both types are completely safe, some women feel more confident with saline breast implants, because saline is a natural product which can be safely absorbed by the body should either of the saline implants rupture. They also tend to be slightly cheaper than the silicone implants.

The biggest drawback to choosing to have your breast augmentation done with saline breast implants is that they are widely regarded as looking and feeling less natural than silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants are firmer and give a more rounded look than silicone breast implants. This is the only major negative, but for many women who are trying to go for over how the feel, this can be significant. The decision is an entirely personal matter and one that can and should be discussed with your breast augmentation surgeon.

Silicone Breast Implant

plastic surgeon holding a silicone breast implant in handSilicone breast implants has become the slightly more popular choice in breast augmentation for most women because silicone itself is very close to the feel and consistency of real tissue. Silicone implants feels a little squishy and can change shape, but it also is firm and will return to its original shape.

Compared to saline implants, silicone breast implants are also much less likely to ripple. Imagine a placid lake when a breeze or slightly stronger wind blows across it. This type of ripple effect can be experienced by women with saline implants, especially when there is very little natural tissue.

Due to the material used in silicone breast implants, they are much less likely to exhibit the signs of rippling, which for many women is a deal breaker. However, as you might have anticipated there are some negative aspects to choosing silicone breast implants. Silicone implants are more expensive product to produce than naturally occurring saline water, so expect to pay about $1000 more. The size of the incisions and type of the incisions may be affected because silicone implants come pre-filled. This means that the incision the surgeon must make has to be larger in order for the silicone implants to fit.

Recovery after Surgery

The recovery process post breast augmentation surgery is not as daunting as many people seem to believe. Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, there will most likely be some mild to moderate discomfort on and around your breasts. After all, implants were just inserted into each breast, so the discomfort is normal and will last up to 4 days.  Over the counter pain killers will help alleviate the discomfort due to the implants. Important to note that the discomfort is experienced with both saline and silicone implants.

Following one week after your breast augmentation, you will return to our office to have sutures (stiches) and bandages that need to be removed from where the breast implants were inserted. It’s important to note that your breasts will still look swollen in the initial stages as your breasts continue to heal and adapt to the implants, and while they will still look beautiful, they will look even better as time passes.

Most patients say that once they enter the 2nd month post-surgery is when they truly see the “final form” and results of the breast augmentation. In most cases, it shouldn’t be past 3 months before you see your true results that look natural. Patients who exercise can return their activities after 4-6 weeks post-surgery, but it’s important to consult with your physician to make sure everything is progressing in a normal time-frame.