Breast Augmentation Chicago

Introduction

Breast implant technology has evolved significantly over the years. Now, there are implants of every shape and size, designed to meet the goals of nearly every woman, including the mother who has lost breast volume after nursing, and the naturally small-chested woman who wants to feel more feminine.

What Breast Augmentation Accomplishes

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts. Not only can this procedure improve your appearance, it can boost your self-esteem. Many women also find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing with bigger and fuller breasts.

Who Is a Candidate for Breast Implants?

The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who:

  • feel their breasts are too small and are looking to improve their figure
  • have lost breast volume and shape as a result of pregnancy and nursing
  • have lost breast volume and shape as a result of aging
  • see a significant different in the size of both breast
  • have experienced a change in breast shape or size due to weight loss

The Difference between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either a saltwater solution known as saline or with a silicone gel. If the saline-filled implant leaks, the fluid is absorbed into the body. This is the same as if the saline were given as an IV fluid. If the silicone gel-filled implant leaks, it is not immediately apparent, as the gel is more cohesive than saline fluid.

Currently the FDA approves saline-filled implants to be used on an unrestricted basis, while silicone gel-filled implants are only to be used in certain cases. Information regarding implants is discussed with the patient during consultation and at the time of surgery.

The newest breast implants are composed of a silicone gel. Silicone gel “cohesive” implants are now available for breast augmentation procedures and approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes. For additional information regarding these new implants, please contact our office.

How to Select the Right Breast Implant Size

Several factors come into play when selecting the right breast implant size. The most important criteria are your body frame and your desired results. Dr. Gikas has experience with nearly every type of request; some of his patients want a subtle enhancement, whereas others are looking for a more noticeable transformation. Dr. Gikas will help you determine the right implant size to satisfy your ideal cosmetic outcome.

Breast Augmentation Incisions

The breast augmentation incision can be placed in a number of different locations, including around the areola or in the armpit. Very often, the incision is made underneath the breast and just above the crease. However, the incision location will vary according to your anatomy and the type of implant Dr. Gikas is using. He is meticulous when making the incision, in order to leave a scar that is as inconspicuous as possible.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis at an accredited surgical facility. Dr. Gikas begins by making the incision in the pre-determined location. After the incision has been made, he creates a pocket either under the breast tissue or under the pectoralis (chest) muscle. This pocket is made just large enough to accommodate the implant. Dr. Gikas then places and positions the implant for the best cosmetic result. The method of inserting and positioning an implant is based on your anatomy, and the type of implant being placed. These options will be discussed with you during your initial pre-operative consultation with Dr. Gikas.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation

Following surgery, detailed instructions are provided regarding postoperative care and activity. It is important for every Chicago breast augmentation patient to follow these instructions in order to minimize any complications and to help achieve the best results. The surgeon will also advise the patient as to when they can return to their normal activities. Most breast augmentation patients are able to return to work within a few days and to more strenuous activities in about two weeks following surgery.

Breast Augmentation Cost

Breast augmentation cost varies, based on the specific type of implants used and other factors. For more detailed information about the cost of breast implants, please contact our office.

Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation

If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation and how it can help you achieve your ideal breast appearance, please contact Chicago cosmetic surgeon Elias Gikas at (773) 878-6525.