Breast Augmentation Overview
The most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the United States, breast augmentation, allows women of all shapes and sizes to enhance their breasts. Breast augmentation can enhance the breasts by making them fuller, firmer, and more symmetrical, and in effect, improve the cleavage and help create a more voluptuous figure.
You will have the chance to choose your type of implants: either saline-filled implants with a silicone shell or a silicone-gel filled implant. Depending on your aesthetic desires, you will also be able to choose where the incisions for the procedure will be made, and whether the implants will be placed under the breast tissue or the chest muscle wall. Different incisions include ones that go around the nipple in a semi-circle, ones that go underneath the breast in the crease, and those that are hidden in the armpit.
Breast augmentation is one of the most highly customizable procedures in the plastic surgery industry, which is why your consultation is an incredibly crucial part of your procedure. Our consultations are highly educational, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to learn about what your options are. Everything from the placement of your incisions, the placement of your implants, the size and shape of your implants, and even the type of implant is a choice that can affect how your breast augmentation can look—thankfully, you and your surgeon will be able to discuss and decide on which options are perfect for your physique and your aesthetic goals.
During your consultation, you can discuss what your objectives are, and get any questions you might have answered. Make sure to be detailed about what you want, and be ready to share your medical and health history. You will also be measured by your surgeon to determine the right dimensions for your implants.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in our surgical facility, so you will be able to go home the very next day. A typical breast augmentation procedure will last between 1-2 hours and is generally performed with the patients under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make your incision of choice, and insert the implants accordingly. Saline implants can be deflated and inserted through the body through much smaller incisions, then filled once placed in the body. Silicone gel implants come already filled, so you will need the larger incisions afforded by the ones under the breast crease.
Our plastic & reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Leonard Lu utilizes the Keller Funnel™ during the breast augmentation procedure. The Keller Funnel™ was invented by Dr. Kevin M. Keller. This device has rapidly gained popularity since its inception in 2009.
The Keller Funnel™ allows the breast implant to never be handled by the surgeon, nor does the implant ever rub up against your skin during insertion, this greatly decreases the risk of capsular contracture. When bacteria comes into contact with the breast implant, it is possible for your body to have an inflammatory reaction; this is capsular contracture.
The benefits of the Keller Funnel during breast augmentation include:
- Decreased contamination to implant
- Less trauma on implant
- Decreases occurrence of capsular contracture
- Smaller incision
At most facilities, patients are charged extra to have the surgeon utilize the funnel. At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, Dr. Lu uses the funnel for every qualifying breast augmentation procedure at no cost.
You will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia when you arrive home, so it’s important to have someone who can drive you home and take care of you 24 hours after your breast augmentation. Your surgeon will give you instructions for your recovery, and you will be provided with supplies that will help your breast augmentation heal correctly. It’s important that you rest for the first few days of your recovery and to avoid lifting heavy things or undergoing strenuous activity for the first week of your recovery. It’s typical for a patient to avoid work or school for a week after their breast augmentation, but you and surgeon will be able to talk about your recovery schedule in better detail.
Before and After Pictures
For a chance to see the beautiful handiwork of our top surgeons, make sure to take a look at our Before and After gallery, where you’ll be able to see real results from real patients.
Cosmetic breast augmentation patients who have had silicone gel breast implant surgery by Dr. Lu are entitled to 500 Brilliant Disctintion points and one of these options: 50 units of FREE BOTOX® , 1 CoolSculpt Advtange Treatment, 1 one ounce bottle of HA5 or 1 SkinMedica Sampler Kit for themselves AND a Friend!*
This is a great gift to receive once you have recovered from your surgical procedure and are enjoying your new look. A visit with a patient coordinator, or Dr. Lu is necessary to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for BOTOX® or CoolSculpting and to receive full education about these treatments.
*BONUS offer is also extended to A FRIEND! Consider inviting your mother, sister, or friend, where they will also receive their choice of either a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, skin products or CoolSculpting!
*Not all consumers are candidates for treatments. Only a doctor can determine who is an appropriate patient. Recipients must be new to Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive free BOTOX® and/or CoolSculpting or SkinMedica products. Patients sign up for Brilliant Distinctions within 3 month post surgery date.
If you would like to learn more about getting a breast augmentation, call now to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Leonard Lu at (847) 367-8815. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.