Breast Augmentation

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During breast augmentation surgery, our Dr. Szczerba increases the size of the breasts by placing artificial implants within the breast mounds. Consistently one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the country, breast augmentation requires the skill of a qualified plastic surgeon. With many years of experience, sculpting beautifully shaped breasts, Dr. Szczerba is one of the more accomplished surgeons in the greater Chicago area. He spends a lot of time with breast implants candidates to identify their goals and expectations, and he explains each procedure in great detail. Read on to learn more about breast augmentation and contact our practice to set up a personal consultation.

Procedure Candidates

Ideal breast augmentation candidates are women with naturally small or asymmetrical breasts, women who have lost volume in their breasts after pregnancy or significant weight loss, and women who have had a mastectomy.
Candidates should be in good physical and emotional health, they should not smoke and have realistic expectations. Because psychological factors play a major role in the success of breast augmentation, women who are heavily influenced by a spouse or a significant other should carefully consider whether they themselves truly want to undergo this surgery. If they answer “yes” to this question, they might be good candidates for breast implants in Chicago.

Making Decisions about Breast Augmentation

Implant Type: Currently, both saline and silicone gel implants are approved by the FDA. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution and have been compared to water balloons in regards to their feel. The advantage of saline implants is that they can be filled after placement, so the surgeon can use a smaller incision for implant insertion. Also, if saline implants rupture, it is immediately obvious because the liquid is simply absorbed by the body. This process is not harmful because the saline solution is biologically neutral. Once the patient notices the rupture, the implant can be replaced with a new one.

Silicone implants are filled prior to surgery with a silicone gel material. Many Chicago breast implants surgeons and patients find that silicone implants feel more natural. Dr. Szczerba uses a Keller Funnel to insert silicone implants, allowing him to create a smaller incision, similar to the saline incision. It can be difficult to detect a leak or rupture of a silicone implant because silicone seeps out of the implant gradually. Although ruptures are rare, women who have silicone implants are encouraged to have an MRI every three years to check for leaks or ruptures.

Implant Size: Implants also come in different sizes and profiles; the particular size used in each breast implant patient is based on the patient’s aesthetic goals and body type.

Incision Location: The breast surgeon may insert the implants through incisions made around the edge of the nipple (periareolar), under the crease of the breast (inframammary) or in the armpit (transaxillary). Some scarring is inevitable, but generally it is well-hidden in these locations and completely unnoticeable.

Implant Placement: Implants may be placed above or beneath the chest muscle (called the pectoralis muscle). Typically the recovery for breast implants placed beneath the muscle is slightly longer compared to the above-the-muscle placement. However, many women feel the submuscular placement produces a more natural appearance and better long-term results.

The Procedure

Prior to breast augmentation surgery, a licensed professional administers anesthesia; we employ both board-certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. During surgery, Dr. Szczerba will make small surgical incisions in the pre-determined locations. The surgeon will then create small pockets for the implants and position them in the pockets. The incisions will be closed with sutures or stitches.

Most of our breast augmentation patients take about one week off work to recover from surgery. Patients may note mild soreness or discomfort for several days after surgery, but this can be mitigated with prescribed pain medication. Plenty of rest is strongly recommended, and patients should carefully follow all of the doctor’s instructions for caring for the surgical incisions. Patients must refrain from heavy lifting or high impact exercise for four to six weeks after surgery for the best healing results.

Benefits and Risks of Breast Augmentation

With enhanced cleavage and a fuller cup, many women proudly show off their bust in new clothing, have more confidence in social situations and feel more feminine in their everyday lives. Breast augmentation is commonly performed and the risk of complications is very low. However, as with all surgeries, the risks cannot be eliminated altogether. Breast augmentation risks include infection, capsular contraction, implant displacement, rupture or leakage and loss of nipple sensation. Dr. Szczerba carefully monitors his patients during the recovery period to timely diagnose and address any possible complications. As a result, the vast majority of our patients achieve excellent aesthetic results in a quick, comfortable manner.

Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are interested in talking with our team about breast augmentation surgery, please contact our office today. In addition to helping breast implants Chicago patients achieve fuller bustlines, Dr. Szczerba also performs breast lift, breast reduction and breast reconstruction in Chicago. They are also experienced at helping male patients enhance the appearance of the chest through such procedures as male breast reduction in Chicago.

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