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Breast Augmentation
Is Breast Augmentation Right For Me?

At Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, breast augmentation is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures. Breast augmentation, also known by the technical term augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and projection of the breasts by implant or fat transfer. It can also correct breast asymmetry. Dr. Patel is known by his patients as one of the best breast implants surgeons in Chicago. 

Contrary to popular belief, breast augmentation is useful for more than just increasing cup size; it can also restore the balance between the shape of the hips and breasts, enhance breast fullness, and improve the contours of your chest.

If you are interested in addressing the shape of your breasts as well as their size, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift. This combination procedure is known as augmentation mastopexy.

 

Learning More About Breast Augmentation

There are several different types of breast implant, as well as placement methods and positions, all of which must be carefully considered by you and Dr. Patel when discussing your aesthetic goals.

 

 

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AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and patient satisfaction is generally very high. You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if any of the following apply to you:

  • Your breasts have lost volume after weight reduction
  • Your breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy
  • You are unhappy with the size or contours of your breasts
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical (one is larger than the other)
  • One or both breasts did not develop normally

In order to be an ideal candidate for breast augmentation, you should be in generally good physical health, a non-smoker, and not have medical conditions that may impede the healing process.

You should not be pregnant or nursing, and your breasts should be fully developed. If you plan to have children after the procedure, you should speak with Dr. Patel about the potential complications associated with breastfeeding after breast augmentation.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION

When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who will thoroughly review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Any previous surgeries or preexisting medical conditions you may have will be discussed.

Your plastic surgeon will examine and measure your breasts, including the size, shape, skin quality, and nipple position. Photographs are usually taken at this stage in order to perform a full evaluation and choose appropriately sized implants. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best course of treatment to reach your ideal aesthetic goals.

You and your plastic surgeon will discuss any and all aspects of the procedure, including recovery and any potential risks associated with breast augmentation. If you have any questions about any of these factors, you should not hesitate to ask; the consultation is the best time to have all your questions answered.

HOW IS BREAST AUGMENTATION PERFORMED?

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.

Breast augmentation can be performed by inserting implants or by performing fat grafting. Fat grafting is the process of taking excess fat from other parts of the body, purifying it, and injecting it into the breasts to give them more volume with a natural appearance and feel.

To begin breast augmentation with implants, a general anesthetic is administered. Then Dr. Patel will make incisions in places on the body that make it easiest to conceal any potential scarring.

Dr. Patel will discuss the placement of incisions with you ahead of time; most commonly, the incisions are made in the armpit, in the fold under the breast, or along the edge of the areola. The type of breast implant and implant size may also influence the placement of incisions.

The implants are inserted either behind the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or over it, just behind the breast tissue (subglandular placement). This also depends on the implant type and can be further influenced by the degree of enlargement.

Implants may be filled with silicone or saline. You can consult with Dr. Patel regarding the different implant types and what would be preferable based on your aesthetic goals.

Silicone implants are gel-filled and, according to many patients, tend to feel and look more natural. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water. They are generally less expensive than silicone implants and tend to be more adjustable.

Once the implants are placed and the surgeon performs a final examination to ensure symmetry and the correct positioning, the incisions are closed with sutures. The results of breast augmentation surgery are apparent immediately following the procedure, and scarring is usually minimal and concealed.

RECOVERY AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so in most cases, patients are able to return home the day of surgery. Elastic bandages or a support bra are usually necessary following the procedure to keep swelling to a minimum and to support the breasts as they heal.

Dr. Patel will prescribe pain medication and issue post-surgical care instructions to ensure a safe breast augmentation recovery. It is very important to follow all instructions precisely to avoid any complications.

Swelling and bruising is normal for a few weeks following surgery, and you should avoid any rigorous exercise or exertion until your doctor clears you to return to your normal level of activity.

 

My visit with Dr. Patel was my first breast augmentation consultation. I was nervous but I did my due diligence researching the best plastic surgeons in Chicago. Dr. Patel blew me away with his down to earth demeanor and bed side manner. He was very informative and explained to me what would best fit what I was hoping for. After my consultation, I was at ease with the whole process and the plan. There aren’t words to express how grateful and happy I am with your expertise, attention to detail, and perfection. You helped me choose the right size for my body. I am elated with my new body and improved self-image. Thank you so much for being so kind and available for me after the surgery.

HOW MUCH DOES A BREAST AUGMENTATION COST IN CHICAGO?

The cost of a Chicago breast augmentation depends largely on the surgeon and the patient’s needs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a breast augmentation is around $6,000, though it can range up to $9,500 depending on the technique and implants used.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago provides every patient with a detailed breakdown of costs after an initial consultation. It is rare that your health insurance provider will cover any of the costs associated with a breast augmentation.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

Dr. Patel is one of the top breast augmentation surgeons in Chicago. Our goal is to help you not only look but feel like the best version of yourself. We understand that the decision to undergo breast augmentation is a deeply personal one, and we strive for the highest levels of patient satisfaction in everything we do.

If you have any questions or concerns about breast augmentation, or you believe you are a good candidate for the procedure and would like to speak to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parit Patel, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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Midterm follow-up on this lovely #rhinoplasty patient who wanted nasal surgery to improve her nasal breathing but also to improve the aesthetics of the nose. Fixing the crooked nose is a challenge in rhinoplasty and on the bird’s eye view, you can visualize improvement in the dorsal aesthetic lines. Dorsal aesthetic lines are two curvilinear light reflex lines that travel from the inner eyebrow to the tip of the nose on frontal view. On profile view you can see a nice profile with the dorsal hump removed. Posted with permission.

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Honored to lead the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons (MAPS) as president for 2021-2022 with this group of esteemed colleagues on the board with me. MAPS is a plastic surgery society that was founded in 1961 to foster the development of plastic surgery in the Midwest region and involves plastic surgeons and plastic surgery programs from the states of Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. We are currently planning our annual meeting which will take place in Chicago on May 20-21st. The meeting will have renowned plastic surgeons from all over the United States to share ideas and to advance our specialty forward.

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Happy for this mother of 2 who wanted to improve the contour and aesthetics of her abdomen and waist with an #abdominoplasty or #tummy tuck. After children, women can experience rectus diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles as the uterus expands. During a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons will address this separation by stitching the muscles back together. In the post-operative photos you can visualize the muscles re-positioned more centrally. Additionally, we will perform liposuction, remove excess abdominal skin and re-set the belly button. Posted with permission.

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Asian upper blepharoplasty or “double eyelid surgery” is a variation of an upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty procedure where the upper eyelid crease is raised and more defined. Additionally, the epicanthal fold or skin that covers the inner corner of the eye can be removed depending on the patient’s goals. The goal of this surgery is not to necessarily create an occidental appearing eye but to maintain the patient’s features and create the appearance that the eye is larger and more refreshed. Posted with permission.

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Six month follow-up on a natural #otoplasty procedure or #earpinning procedure. Plastic surgeons board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have pioneered the techniques used today for ear pinning surgery. The surgery entails improving the definition of the ears and setting the ears closer to the scalp. The patient reports feeling more confident in the size, shape, and symmetry of his ears in social and work settings. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow up on a #malerhinoplasty patient who wanted his dorsal hump removed, the nose straighter, and the tip less bulbous. The patient underwent a #primaryrhinoplasty where the dorsal hump was removed, the entire nose was straightened, and the tip refined. Pay close attention to the tip of the nose, in male rhinoplasty we try to avoid over rotating the nose or making the tip “upturned”. This maneuver feminizes the nose. Posted with permission.

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This patient is 3 months from a breast augmentation with gel implants. The patient’s goals were to go from an A cup to a D cup but to still look natural. In the post-operative photos you can see that the patient has improved volume, more projection, and a natural result that fits her frame. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look and feel more rested and youthful. The patient underwent a lower facelift and neck lift to improve the aesthetics of the lower 1/3 of the face and neck. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the jowls, the contour of the jawline, and the neck. Posted with permission.

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Just a little hi def liposuction and abdominal etching before sweater weather.

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Happy for this patient who wanted to look less tired, more youthful, and natural. The patient underwent an upper and lower #blepharoplasty or #eyelid lift. In the post-operative photos, you can see improvement in the “bags” under the eyes, the deep crease between the eyelids and cheek, and loose skin. Posted with permission.

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Challenging #rhinoplasty in a thick-skinned patient with a lot of things to address. The patient wanted a reduction in the dorsal hump, a straighter nose, and a smaller nose over all. The patient underwent a dorsal hump reduction, the nose was medialized, and the tip de-projected or pulled closer to the face and refined. Still her nose that fits her ethnicity but more balanced and refined. Posted with permission.

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This mother of 2 wanted a #mommymakeover to get her pre-baby body back plus more. The patient underwent a #BBL and breast augmentation. In the post-operative photos you can see the snatched waist, the abdominal etching, and improved contour of the hips and buttock. Posted with permission.

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Happy for this mother of 3 who wanted improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of her breasts. The patient underwent a breast augmentation with 400 cc gel implants. In the post-operative photos you can see restoration of volume and improved shape and symmetry. Posted with permission.

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My fellow Chicago Booth alumni will appreciate this post. It was a great night for the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons where we had Professor Jean-Pierre Dube speak about “The Chicago Booth Approach to Pricing”. Dr. Dube is the James M. Kilts Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and he is the director of the Kilts Center for Marketing. Dr. Dube discussed strategies on how to use marketing models and analytics to price medical services and medical products.

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I don’t usually post rhinoplasty results this early but she was looking so good so early that I had to share. This patient with thick skin is 6 weeks out from a primary ethnic rhinoplasty but already showing a positive impact from the surgery despite the long road to recovery. Posted with permission.

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Not getting the gym gains you want? Your plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery can help. This patient underwent hi-def liposculpting and abdominal etching to improve the contour and aesthetics of his abdomen and waist. Posted with permission.


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This is a great case to highlight the importance of evaluating the chin with the nose in all rhinoplasty cases. Look at the video and focus on the nose, watch it a second time and focus on the chin, and then watch it a third time and focus on the nose and chin or the whole face. For the rhinoplasty, most of the work was focused on the nasal tip. For the chin, a reduction genioplasty was performed to narrow, lower, and set the chin back. Posted with permission.

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