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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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Before & After

Breast Augmentation Chicago

    • Implant Size (L): 590cc
    • Implant Size (R): 590cc
    • Height:
      5’3
    • Weight: 125lbs
    • Before Bra Size: 34A
    • After Bra Size: 36D

 

Breast Augmentation Before & After

    • Implant Size (L): 350cc
    • Implant Size (R): 350cc
    • Height:
      4’11
    • Weight: 106lbs
    • Before Bra Size: 32B
    • After Bra Size: 36C

 

Breast Augmentation in Chicago

    • Implant Size (L): 550cc
    • Implant Size (R): 550cc
    • Height:
      5’2
    • Weight: 106lbs
    • Before Bra Size: 34DD
    • After Bra Size: 34DD

 

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No matter which method of breast enlargement will best achieve the results you envision, 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 Chicago breast augmentation, such as a breast lift.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with salt water. They come from the manufacturer unfilled and will be filled during the augmentation procedure, which makes them more flexible during surgery, and in fact there are some incision types that can only be done with saline breast implants. Also, because they come unfilled, they can be adjusted to meet your individual aesthetic goals, and even to adjust for asymmetrical amounts of natural breast tissue. The advantages of saline breast implants are:

  • Fill level adjustability
  • Surgical flexibility
  • Ruptures noticed quickly because saline is absorbed by body
  • Slightly safer

Breast Augmentation Surgery in Chicago

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Silicone Breast Implants

The FDA has determined that the lawsuits surrounding silicone breast implants were largely a product of fear and had little basis in medical evidence, and therefore re-approved them for use in November 2006. Silicone breast implants are considered aesthetically superior, both visually and in their feel, to saline implants. They are unlikely to show rippling, and silicone gel is far more like natural breast tissue than saline solution. Because the implants come pre-filled to an optimum level, the implants never have fill-related aesthetic defects. The advantages of silicone breast implants are:

  • Aesthetic superiority
  • Factory-determined optimum fill level

There are some disadvantages of silicone implants, however. Because silicone is not readily absorbed by the body, the implants do not deflate visually after rupture, since the silicone stays in the breast implant capsule. This means that women with silicone breast implants should have regular MRIs to make sure that the implant is intact. Research has shown that the MRIs are successful at detecting ruptures whether the implant is placed subglandularly or submuscularly.

To learn more about your breast implant options, contact us today to set up your initial Chicago breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Placik.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Testimonial

Dr. Placik and the staff made me feel very comfortable. I wasn’t anxious at all because they are all so competent and knowledgeable and explain everything thoroughly. Dr Placik and the whole staff are highly experienced and also very welcoming I feel they are like family. My children say I look 20 years younger after my facelift, blepharoplasty, and fat transfer. I am very happy with the result and Dr Placik is amazing!

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Dr. Placik and his staff are extremely welcoming and understanding to answer any questions you might have. I absolutely LOVED the doctor and his team, I knew I wanted a breast augmentation but was nervous because I never thought I’d go through with it. Dr. Placik and his staff were not only amazing, but made me feel so comfortable and secure. I went through with the procedure and the outcome was great! I have never been happier and only wished I had found him earlier. I absolutely one hundred percent recommend Dr. Placik to anyone looking to undergo plastic surgery.

Breast Augmentation with Dr. Placik

Not 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, Dr. Placik can help. Breast augmentation with implants may be ideal for you if you’d like to increase your existing cup size, 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 performs among the best breast augmentation Chicago has to offer. Having helped thousands of women accomplish their aesthetic goals, he has become a known leader in the field of breast enhancement and offers a wide array of surgical options.

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

Dr. Otto Placik answers your questions about breast augmentation

Will Breast Augmentation correct Breast Asymmetry?

Breast Augmentation Surgery FAQ

Am I A Candidate for breast enhancement?

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 the results.

Changing Lives for the Better: Your Confidence and Self-Esteem

If you are unhappy with the appearance or size of your breasts, you may feel a lack of confidence about your appearance, or may even have trouble finding clothes that fit you properly. If you are tired of feeling distressed about the shape or volume of your bust, breast augmentation surgery can provide you with an amazing boost of confidence, and a whole new outlook on life. Many women, from all walks of life, choose this surgical procedure and report to us that their lives have radically changed. It is important that you feel good about yourself – if you are ready to take the first step, connect with Dr. Placik and schedule a personal consultation.

You probably have many questions, or possibly concerns about undergoing surgery. We take the time to answer all of your questions so you can make a decision. As there are far more options in breast augmentation surgery than ever before, you will have the opportunity to review sizes and shapes of breasts, and discuss what you envision for yourself with regard to a fuller breast volume, and whether saline or silicone would be the best choice for you, as an individual. Every woman has a distinct, unique physiology, and we can help you have a more beautiful, balanced body appearance through breast augmentation surgery. We do all we can to make the process as stress-free and pleasant for you as possible, from our first consultation through the recovery process. The team at our outpatient clinic is a group of exceptionally caring, friendly people who are there to assist you through the process. We are proud to have garnered a stellar reputation for creating breasts that look natural, beautiful, full, and appealing.

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 FOR BREAST IMPLANTS: 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 breast augmentation may require minimal or no incisions.

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 IN CHICAGO?

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 OF BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Although our Chicago 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 to provide you with the best possible personal 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.

Dr. Otto Placik answers your questions about breast augmentation

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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