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Breast Augmentation Chicago

Dr. Placik is committed to providing you with the ultimate Breast Augmentation results and patient care experience. Otto J. 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.

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Breast Augmentation Candidates

As like many other surgical procedures, good candidates for breast augmentation have good physical health. The second most important factor is that your breasts have finished developing. This often happens once the patient has reached at least 18 years old.

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 procedure is not as safe as possible.

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

On the contrary, even if women have volume which they are satisfied with, they still may want to increase their cup size to achieve a “fuller” or “lifted” look. If you have any additional features about your breasts that you feel self-conscious about, Dr. Placik will go over solutions that he can provide and showcase why BIC is the best breast augmentation Chicago has to offer.

Keys to Having a Safe Surgery

For many ladies, getting a breast augmentation is all about achieving their ideal body shape and size to develop their confidence and self-belief. As having larger breasts 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 is that many procedures are 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. 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.

Breast augmentation involves surgery, and as with all forms of surgery, there are certain risks involved. To minimize risks involved in breast enlargement, potential candidates for should be in good physical health, and it is important that your body has stopped developing. In most cases, this will be at or around the age of 18.

The ultimate aim of any 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 operations 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 tissue to accomplish this and leave a natural look. In this circumstance, for instance, the edges 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 procedures if we feel that is a preferential option due to your personal circumstances.

Important Things to Consider for your Breast Enlargement

A woman measuring her breasts

Not every 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 implants are much more likely to harden over time, than the textured variety
  • Textured, however, are more prone to creating a ripple effect which then changes the presentation of the skin
  • You can choose to have them 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 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.

Incision Options

Diagram showing all of the different incision areas to insert a breast implant

There are some different ways that the procedure can be performed. This is one of the most important points of discussion that will take place between Dr. Placik and you. All of the decisions are linked, so the first thing that you will decide is the size, shape profile, texture, and substance used. There are two primary types used – saline and silicone. 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 Type

Saline Breast Implants

Woman with breast enhancement using saline implantsSaline implants are inserted empty, before being filled up during the breast augmentation procedure. The big advantage that this brings is that the incisions can be much smaller. Although the failure rate of either type is statistically very small, if a saline one leaks, 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, because saline is a natural product which can be safely absorbed by the body should it rupture. They also tend to be slightly cheaper than the silicone alternatives.

The biggest drawback to choosing to have your breast augmentation done with saline implants is that they are widely regarded as looking and feeling less natural than silicone. Saline are firmer and give a more rounded look than silicone. 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 surgeon.

Silicone

Woman with breast enlargement using silicone implantsSilicone has become the slightly more popular choice in breast augmentation for most women because the substance itself is very close to the feel and consistency of real tissue. It feels a little squishy and can change shape, but it also is firm and will return to its original shape.

Compared to saline, silicone 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, 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. Silicone is a 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 they come pre-filled. This means that the hole the surgeon must make has to be larger.

Another negative is that although it is unlikely, if they do rupture or start to leak, this process is prolonged, which means that it could be a relatively long time before the patient is even aware of the leakage. Although there is no evidence to suggest this will cause any health risks, it may eventually lead to pain, or change the shape and size. Once a problem is discovered, patients will need to have the implant removed or replaced immediately.

As you can see from the photos shown, the simple answer is that there is no clear winner when it comes to the silicone versus saline debate. If there were a clear winner between the two choices, then everyone would choose the same one. The fact that there remains a choice demonstrates that each option has benefits and negatives. Let’s examine each material in greater detail.

Cost of Breast Augmentation

There are many factors that go into the cost of breast augmentation. The procedure used and the type of implant that you choose to get will determine the cost of your breast augmentation surgery with your Chicago surgeon.

During your first consultation with your breast surgeon, they will most likely go over the differences between saline and silicone implants. It is very important to go over everything thoroughly so that you can be happy with the decision you make. As mentioned many times throughout our website, surgeries can be expensive, so you need to make sure you are happy with what you choose.

Saline-filled 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 was 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 breasts can be obtained again, and are preferred because they give more of a natural feeling.

To be clear, silicone inserts 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 insert you wish to use (Silicone/Saline) and the breast augmentation surgeon you find in Chicago, 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 procedure as the one who charges $12,000. 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 grey market 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.

Recovery

The recovery process post breast augmentation surgery is not as daunting as many people seem to believe. Immediately after the procedure, there will most likely be some mild to moderate discomfort in the operated area. This normally will last up to 4 days. Over the counter pain killers will help alleviate the discomfort you’re feeling.

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 implant was inserted. It’s important to note that your breasts will still look swollen in the initial stages as they continue to heal, 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 enlargement. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is impossible to answer all of the questions you might have about our procedures, recovery times, 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 that we are regularly asked so here are some of those questions.

How Important is the Initial Breast Augmentation Consultation?
In our opinion, the consultation is one of, if not the most important parts of the process. This enables you as the patient to explain your requirements and provides you with the perfect opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. It also provides the surgeon with the opportunity to guide and advise you, on the best options available to you. We highly encourage you to

Am I Allowed to Bring a Family Member or Friend to the Consultation?
Absolutely, in fact, we actively encourage it, as many times patients are nervous and forget to ask some of the questions they want the answers to. Because 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.

Will my breast enlargement procedure be covered by health insurance?
The answer to this question is dependent on the reasons for the surgery. If the surgery 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. Our customer service team can advise and assist with the application process should your operation fall within the guidelines. More information on this topic can be found on our blog.

Have you had to work on breast revisions based on your results?
Our success and satisfaction rate is extremely high. Indeed 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.

Where can I find your breast augmentation reviews? Can I speak to some of your previous patients?
We have reviews that can be found on Yelp and RealSelf. We have a significant number of patients who are more than happy to talk to potential clients about their positive experiences with our clinic. If you would like to speak to any of them, we would be only too happy to arrange this.

Can I breastfeed after breast surgery?
The good news is that breast feeding is not affected by breast augmentation with most women being able to breastfeed without any issues after surgery. It is important to be aware that breastfeeding and pregnancy can alter the shape of your breasts, so it is important to consider this.

How accuracy are mammograms after getting breast implants?
This is an excellent question and one that we discuss during your consultation. When you are booking a routine mammogram, go to a radiology center where the technicians have experience in dealing with breast implants. Additional views will need to be taken, which is why you need to choose the clinic wisely.

Is it true that breast implants must be replaced every 10 years?
This falls into the category of false internet rumor. The only time an implant needs to be changed is if it ruptures, which is a highly unlikely situation. The cast majority of women will never require any revisions, and effectively live out their lives with their original implants.

Will breast sagging become an issue?
Gravity is a constant, as so generally speaking your implants will react the same way your natural breasts would; healthy aging will occur. However, on a positive note implants do tend to hold their shape longer and better than if the operation hadn’t taken place.

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Ready to start your journey to a new you? Visit Breast Implants Chicago today for your complimentary breast augmentation consultation.Dr. Placik would love to answer any questions concerns pertaining to the procedure you are interested in.

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