Breast Augmentation at MAE Plastic Surgery
Many women are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts. If you’re one of them, a breast augmentation at MAE Plastic Surgery can give you the voluptuous breasts you’ve always wanted. We have provided successful breast augmentation surgeries for many years for patients in Chicago and the surrounding areas from Naperville to Evanston and beyond. Patients trust our surgeons because of our knowledge of the latest techniques and our individualized approach.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 300,000 women have breast augmentation surgeries annually within the United States alone. The vast majority of these women improve the appearance of their breasts with the use of Saline or Silicone breast implants, but another method known as structural fat grafting may be used for smaller augmentation. This technique uses your own body fat for your breast augmentation.
Why do women seek Breast Augmentation?
There are many reasons why you might feel dissatisfied with your breasts. While it is often “micromastia”, or disproportionately small breasts, it could be due to deflation of the breast volume brought on by natural aging or do to the size and shape changes that occur with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Sometimes it is because of maldevelopment of one or both breasts which leave significant asymmetry or distorted shapes. Depending on your specific case, you may need to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift to help raise or alter the shape breasts.
A breast augmentation at our office can help one achieve their desired breast shape, size, and cleavage. Once the results are visible, our patients have reported feeling sexier and more confident about their appearances which in turn gives a boost to their self-esteem.
Whatever the reason for wanting a breast augmentation, we would like to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation at our Northbrook office to discuss how we can help you enjoy the many benefits of this procedure.
Types of Breast Implants
One of the decisions you will need to make during your breast augmentation journey is the kind of implant you wish to use. All of the implants we offer are approved by the FDA. There are pros and cons to all options and Dr. Epstein and Dr. Krochmal will be glad to help make the choice that’s best for you.
Once inserted into the breasts, these implants are filled with a solution of sterile salt water. They are firmer to the touch and don’t feel as much like your natural breast tissue, unlike silicone implants. Depending on your required result, your surgeon will help you choose the correct shape and size of the implants.
The FDA approves Saline breast implants for patients above 18 years of age. While not substantiated, some feel that saline implants have fewer risks to health as compared to silicone. In the case of a rare rupture to the implant, the leakage of solution into your body does not present any health risks, but it will lead to an almost immediate “deflation” deformity.
First and foremost, these breast implants feel the closest to your natural breast tissue. They are pre-filled with silicone gel and are available in a number of shapes and sizes. We will guide you during your breast augmentation consultation when choosing the desired size for your breasts, based on your body size and bone structure, such as the width of your breasts and chest wall.
Approved by the FDA for women above 22 years of age, silicone implants offer a lower risk of skin rippling, as compared to saline implants. The newest-shaped cohesive gel “Gummy Bear” implants can now produce even more natural-appearing results and less risk of capsular contracture, a potential side effect where natural occurring scar formation may tighten around the implant.
Chicago Breast Augmentation Incision Options
During your Breast Augmentation procedure, you will choose between three different incision options to be used during surgery to get the implants into the breasts. These include an incision made below your breast (inframammary), an incision made through your armpit (transaxillary), or an incision made along the edge of the areola (peri-areolar).
This is the most commonly used incision, especially if silicone implants are used. Our surgeons prefer this choice because there is a decreased risk of malposition of the implants, less risk of loss of sensation to the nipple, and a decreased risk of developing capsular contracture. Additionally, since this incision has been used for decades in the U.S., overall complication risk is highly unlikely. The inframammary incision is made under the fold of the breast, where the scar is largely hidden.
A transaxillary incision is the least visible of all three types because the incision is made under the armpit. This ensures that there are no visible scars in the vicinity of your breasts. Often, your surgeon will use an endoscope with this method in order to view the breast pocket where the implant is placed.
This helps the surgeon visualize any blood vessels that need to be coagulated and aids in development of the pocket in which the implant is inserted. Because the incision location is remote in this case, it’s easier to place a saline implant that is filled after insertion, versus a silicone gel implant.
This incision is made along the lower edge of the areolas. Due to the positioning on the edge of the darker skin, the incision is barely visible when healed. The disadvantage of a peri-areolar incision is that it may cause loss of sensation in the nipples, and may cause a complete inability to breastfeed in the future.
Implant Placement Options
There are two breast placement options for the surgeon to choose from: above the muscle (subglandular placement) or below the muscle (submuscular placement). During your consultation, we can discuss these options with you in order to choose the one that will work the best for your body. This will depend on your current breast shape and your desired results.
Subglandular Implant Placement
In this case, the implant is placed above the pectoral muscle, but below all of the breast tissue. Since the implant is placed above the muscle tissue, the surgery and healing process is faster than submuscular placement.
This implant position can be used when a woman has enough breast tissue to cover the desired breast implant. It’s also necessary to use this pocket for women who have a misshapen (tubular) breast.
The main disadvantage of subglandular augmentation is that it may be more likely to have palpable or visible edges of the implant, especially in smaller breasted women.
Submuscular Implant Placement
With this option, the placement of the implant is under the pectoral muscle. This can be an advantage if you don’t have enough natural breast tissue because it’s better at camouflaging the implants for a more natural look.
Often, there is less rippling and fewer palpable edges of the implant with this placement. The healing time, on the other hand, is slightly longer and more painful with this placement option.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
If you are considering a breast augmentation in Chicago, we highly recommend calling our Northbrook office to set up a one-on-one consultation with one of our surgeons. We serve patients from all over Chicago and the surrounding suburbs like Evanston and Buffalo Grove. We even see many patients from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan.