Breast augmentation is a highly sought-after procedure that boosts breast size and shape. If you are unsatisfied with breasts that don’t balance the rest of your body’s proportions, or if you have lost breast volume as a result of having kids and breast-feeding, breast augmentation may be a great solution for you.
Tailored to your individual needs and goals, breast augmentation involves placing saline or silicone implants to add shape and roundness to your breasts. You can enjoy the curves you have always wanted or recapture the full breasts you had before kids.
Chicago breast augmentation patients turn to Dr. Marco Ellis for beautiful, natural-looking results. He will work with you to design a surgical plan that takes into account your unique needs and preferences.
Breast Implant Options
When facing breast augmentation, you have many decisions to make. Dr. Ellis will guide you through your options and help you make the right choices for your goals.
Depending on your body type, amount of natural breast tissue and cosmetic goals, you may opt for a smaller implant that provides a small boost in breast size or a larger implant that provides greater fullness and cleavage.
Silicone implants are made with a silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Saline implants have a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution.
Round implants are spherical and provide equal projection on the upper and lower portion of the breast. Teardrop implants have a gently sloping curve to mimic the teardrop shape of natural breasts.
High profile implants project farther forward from the chest than low profile implants.
Implants can be placed in front of the chest muscle under natural breast tissue, or beneath the chest muscle for added coverage.
Implants can be inserted through the following incision patterns:
- Periareolar incision: created around the areola, or the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple
- Inframammary incision: created underneath the breast inside the inframammary fold (where the breast meets the torso)
- Transaxillary incision – created in the armpit
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, and you will be able to return home shortly after your procedure. Anesthesia medication is administered for your comfort and you will be closely monitored throughout the surgery.
To begin, Dr. Ellis creates the surgical incisions in the pre-determined location, in the natural creases or transitions of the skin so that any scarring is inconspicuous. Through the incisions, he creates pockets within the natural breast tissue which will hold the implants. This will be in front of or beneath the chest muscles, as determined during your consultation. Once Dr. Ellis has positioned the implants, he closes the incisions with sutures and bandages the breasts.
You will be asked to wear an elastic compression garment over your breasts for the first few weeks after surgery; this helps support the healing breast tissues.
When you leave the surgery center, you will receive detailed instructions for your recovery. This includes instructions for managing any discomfort, caring for your incision sites and avoiding infections.
You can plan to take one to two weeks off from work to recover. You will need to avoid exercise for three to six weeks after surgery. Dr. Ellis will see you throughout your recovery to monitor your healing progress.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ellis
To learn more about breast augmentation, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellis today.