Breasts are a very important component of our concept of beauty and sensuality. The appearance of the breasts is closely tied to self-image and body confidence.
Breast augmentation by Chicago Plastic Surgeon Dr David Shifrin can provide dramatic improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. In addition, the silhouette and proportion of the upper body is often improved, allowing clothes to fit better and giving the whole body a more balanced look.
Whether breast augmentation is performed alone or in combination with other available breast enhancement procedures such as breast lift (mastopexy) or correction of the nipple or areola, our goal is to help you feel better about the appearance of your breasts and improve the confidence you have in your body.
The shape of augmented breasts depends on the implant. Implants can be round or teardrop-shaped (anatomical). The choice depends on the look the female wants to achieve. Anatomical implants produce a gentle slope, resulting in a fuller upper area, whereas round implants create a round curve in the upper part of the breast. Another factor to consider prior to surgery is breast width, which determines the amount of “cleavage” between breasts and the outer curves.
Realistic expectations are important. Some women often think of breast size in terms of bra cup size. If a size “A” wanted to be a size “C”, there still has to be adequate existing breast tissue coverage: otherwise there could be visible or palpable implant edges and other possible risks.
Breast Augmentation Facts
- Smooth implants are less likely to ripple (waviness of skin) than textured (roughened) implants.
- Smooth implants have a greater occurrence of contracture (hardening of the implant) than textured implants.
- Implants positioned under the muscle lead to more pain postoperatively but have a lower occurrence of pill contracture and rippling.
- Infection and bleeding are uncommon however should be treated promptly.
- A particular number of clients might require another surgical treatment to remedy an issue.
- The aesthetic outcomes of breast implants are very well appreciated by the client who feels the requirement for bigger busts.
- What is breast augmentation?
Enhancement of the breast includes insertion of a silicone bag (prosthesis) under the breast (submammary) or under the breast and chest muscle (subpectoral) followed by filling the bag with saline (seawater). This prosthesis broadens the breast location to give a fuller bust (enhanced cup size), offering a much better contour, and more cleavage.
How is the cut made?
The incision (cut) might be put at various places such as: under the bust at the breast fold; periareolar which is at the edge of the areola (brown location including nipple and areola); within the areola; in the underarm (axillary); or in the umbilical area.
The thinnest scar is normally in the areola. The umbilical laceration strategy is used with an endoscope (tube with a light for visualization and positioning of the breast implant).
Exactly what are smooth and textured implants?
The smooth surface area implant requires a big pocket and is related to a 10% incidence of capsule contracture (tightening up of the scar around the implant causing firmness or solidity). The smooth implant has just a periodic occurrence of splashing or wrinkling which provides the overlying skin a wavy appearance.
A textured (roughened surface) implant is related to a 3% occurrence of capsule contracture however has a 7-9% incident of rippling.
What are the choices of implant positions? The simplest surgical placement of the implant is under the breast tissue (submammary).
A slightly more difficult surgical placement is under the chest muscle (submuscular or subpectoral) but this position is connected with a lower occurrence of pill contracture and somewhat less event of splashing. There is more pain postoperatively than with a submammary positioning during your breast augmentation procedure.
When you choose breast augmentation, you will have many important decisions to make. Dr Shifrin and staff will help guide you in deciding what the best option is for your goals. We currently serve the Chicago, Munster and Milwaukee areas, striving to help you achieve beautiful results that match your body and your lifestyle.
If you’re in Chicago, Breast Augmentation may be something to consider. If you would like to learn more about the Breast Augmentation procedure, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Shifrin today. Alternatively you can call our office at (312) 502-6200 to schedule your appointment.