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.
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
Ruptures noticed quickly because saline is absorbed by body
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:
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.
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.
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.
Will Breast Augmentation correct Breast Asymmetry?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How long after Breastfeeding should I wait for Breast Augmentation/Lift?
To meet with Dr. Placik, arguably the best in plastic surgery Chicago has to offer, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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