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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation1 Breast AugmentationNot being happy with the appearance of your breasts can be detrimental to your sense of femininity and self-esteem. Whether your breasts seem too small, not shapely enough, not perky enough or you want to improve the appearance of asymmetrical breasts, breast enlargement can help. Breast augmentation may be ideal for you if you’d like to increase your existing cup size, or restore your figure to your pre-pregnancy silhouette or bring back fullness following massive weight loss.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who has helped thousands of women accomplish their aesthetic goals with breast augmentation. Known as one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, Dr. Placik offers a wide array of options when it comes to breast enhancement.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on breast augmentation, including prices.

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About Breast Augmentation

Not feeling comfortable in your own skin can lead to intimacy issues and a lack of self-confidence. Because each woman has unique needs and concerns when it comes to improving the appearance of her breasts, Dr. Placik takes a customized approach to each patient’s surgery in order to deliver the most beautiful outcome.

With this philosophy in mind, Dr. Placik offers two options when it comes to breast enlargement:

  • Breast Implant Augmentation: Whether your goal is for a modest or more dramatic change to your breasts, breast implants can give you the fullness and volume you desire. During your consultation, Dr. Placik will help guide you through the many decisions that need to be made before getting breast implants, such as the size and profile of your implants, preferred implant and incision placement and whether saline or silicone implants might be best for you. Dr. Placik offers the latest breast implant types, including form-stable silicone implants, more commonly known as “gummy bear” breast implants.
  • Fat Transfer Augmentation: If you’re interested in a natural approach toward breast enhancement or want more subtle results, you may be a candidate for fat transfer augmentation. In fat transfer augmentation, fat cells are removed from another area of your body (usually the abdomen) via liposuction and then fat grafting is used is used to enhance your existing breast shape.
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No matter which method of breast enlargement is used, Dr. Placik will ensure that you have all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you. For some patients, Dr. Placik may recommend additional procedures that can complement the results of your breast augmentation, such as a breast lift.

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Breast Augmentation FAQs

Am I a candidate?

During your consultation, Dr. Placik will go over your goals for breast augmentation and give you a physical exam in order to better discuss which options may better help you meet those goals. The best candidates for breast augmentation are in good physical and mental health, and have realistic expectations about their results.

How do I avoid a fake or overdone look and choose the best size for me?

This is one of the most commonly expressed concerns during this initial consultation. Dr. Placik and his staff listen carefully to your goals and desires. There is no “one size fits all approach.” While some patients look for a subtle increase in size, others may want to obtain a more pronounced change. We understand that every patient has unique needs and wishes and we work to gain an appreciation for the outcome you seek. Sizing is accomplished with direct input from each patient and the surgical plan is modified accordingly.

Which incision does Dr. Placik use: breast crease, nipple, or armpit?

Dr. Placik can and does insert breast implants via any of these approaches. The only incision he does not recommend is the transumbilical approach (aka TUBA). The choice of incision will be made after a complete discussion with the patient about their individual situation. Women requiring a lift or breast asymmetry correction, may already require an incision around or near the areola which simultaneously provides convenient access for the implant insertion without the need for a separate incision. Women wanting to maximize the potential for lactation or nursing may best be treated with an incision in the crease. Others with a small areola or absent breast crease seeking a modest augmentation, may prefer an axillary (armpit) incision. Patients treated with fat transfer augmentation may require minimal or no incisions.

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Can I combine breast augmentation with additional procedures?

It’s very common to include breast augmentation with other procedures that can further enhance the results of your enlargement. For example, if your breasts are sagging or you’re unsatisfied with the position of your breasts or nipples, incorporating a breast lift with your augmentation can be a wonderful way to dramatically improve the overall appearance of your figure, with only one recovery period. Women also frequently include breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover or abdominoplasty. Fat transfer can even be combined with breast implants for a very natural-looking final profile.

Will I need to have a breast lift, too?

Very mild ptosis, or sagging, can sometimes be improved with implants because the increase in volume can help “fill out” minor skin and tissue laxity. However, patients with more significant drooping or displacement may not feel satisfied with the results they would see from augmentation alone. Implants may not help to create a perky breast appearance. For these women, Dr. Placik typically recommends including a breast lift in order to increase size while improving placement at the same time.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost of each augmentation procedure varies based on many variables including the method used, whether or not a breast lift is necessary and, if applicable, the cost of the implants chosen or the amount of fat to be collected using liposuction of donor sites. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What can I expect after my surgery?

Breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so most patients can go home on the day of their surgery. The method of augmentation largely determines the specifics of the recovery process. Dr. Placik will discuss post-operative care instructions with you in detail before your surgery day so you know exactly what to expect. Generally speaking, you should plan on resting and taking it easy for several days after surgery to allow your body to heal properly. Most women are able to return to work in about a week, and can resume exercise a few weeks later.

What are the risks?

Although breast augmentation is a very safe, routine procedure, there are potential risks with any surgery. The most common complications with breast augmentation include a negative reaction to anesthesia, bleeding or infection. Dr. Placik will discuss all potential side effects with you before surgery, even if they’re very rare and unlikely to occur. Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

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