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 one to two 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 come 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 the 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.
Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) | Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery in Chicago?
You may be a good candidate if, for some time, you’ve wanted to increase the size of your breasts to improve the shape of your body, to fit better in modern clothing styles, and otherwise enhance the appearance of your body.
You could also consider breast augmentation surgery if you are looking to replace lost breast volume.
The best candidates for breast augmentation should be physically healthy and have a realistic understanding of how their breast implants will enhance their bodies’ appearance.
How Long Does Breast Augmentation Take?
Your breast augmentation surgery in Vernon Hills, IL, takes between one and two hours in our surgical facility, and you will be able to go home the same day. However, we ask that patients plan to spend a half-day at the surgical center, as the check-in and discharge/recovery process adds an hour to the beginning and end of the procedure.
What Is the Recovery Like Following Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Arrange to have someone drive you home the after your surgery, since you will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia. Let them take care of you for 24 hours.
We’ll send you home with instructions to follow during your recovery, as well as supplies to help your breast augmentation heal correctly. Be sure to rest for the first few days after surgery. Avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous activity for the first week.
Arrange for time off work or school for a week after your breast augmentation, but first, check with your surgeon about your recovery schedule.
Where Will My Breast Augmentation Procedure Take Place in Vernon Hills?
Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers your breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure performed at our surgical facility in Vernon Hills, which means you will be able to go home following your surgery.
Are Breast Implants Lifetime Devices?
Although breast implants don’t come with an expiration date, they may require replacement over your lifetime. Saline or silicone implants may last between 10 and 20 years, but you might choose to have them removed or replaced sooner due to complications or cosmetic concerns.
What Is the Difference Between Silicone and Saline Breast Implants?
Silicone implants have a more natural feel, as they consist of silicone that does not leak or spread in the rare event of a rupture. The implants arrive pre-filled, and get inserted into the pocket as such.
Our plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Leonard Lu, uses a device known as the Keller Funnel™ to ensure a completely touchless insertion during your breast augmentation procedure.
Dr. Lu places empty saline implants in the breast pocket, then adds the saline fluid once they’re in place to provide the desired size. Excellent results are possible with both types of implants.
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.