Breast Implants (Augmentation)
The breast implant surgery remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery operations for women seeking breast augmentation in Chicago. Over the years, many different types of materials have been used for breast implants. Currently, the most commonly used is the saline-filled breast implant.
Women who choose the breast implant procedure may not have developed adequate breast tissue, lost breast volume as a result of pregnancy, breast feeding or aging, or have uneven or misshapen breasts.
There are several ways for our surgeons to perform breast augmentation in Chicago at our facility. In order to tailor the procedure to your unique needs, it is crucial to discuss your expectations and circumstances with your plastic surgeon at your consultation. The implants may be inserted through different incisions either in the fold beneath the breast, in the pigmented skin around the nipple or underneath the arm, and placed either under the existing breast tissue or pectoralis muscle.
What are Breast Implants?
A breast implant is a prosthesis consisting of a gel-like or fluid material in a flexible sac, placed inside the female breast. Breast implant surgery is oftentimes reconstructive or cosmetic, and used to create the physical form of the breast.
The outer layer of breast implants is composed of silicone, a synthetic plastic material. The inside of the implant is filled with saline solution or silicone gel. Breast implants last for at least ten years, however, manufacturers do not consider breast implants as “lifetime devices.”
How are Breast Implants Performed?
Anesthesia. The patient is administered with medication for comfort during surgery. The choices include local (numbing) and general anesthesia based on the doctor’s recommendation. In most cases, the procedure is done with general anesthesia.
Incision. Inconspicuous incisions are made to minimize visible scarring. Patients will discuss appropriate incision options with their surgeon.
The following incision options are possible:
- Inframmammary incision – in the crease under the breast.
- Transaxillary incision – in the armpit (axilla)
- Periareolar incision – around the nipple
Inserting the implant. After the incision is made, the surgeon will insert the breast implant. Implants can either be placed under the pectoral muscle or under the breast tissue (over the pectoral muscle). Implants that are inserted under the pectoral muscle will take longer operation and recovery time, and patients may experience more pain.
Closing the implant. After placement, the surgeon will close, or seal, the breast tissue with sutures, skin adhesive, and surgical tape.
What are the Risks of Breast Augmentation?
Below are some of the risks and complications associated with breast augmentation:
- Hardening of the area around the implant
- Distortion of the shape of the implant
- Nipple sensation may change
- Implant rupture or leakage
- Fluid Accumulation
- Painful breasts
Recovery After Breast Augmentation in Chicago
The Breast Implant or Breast Augmentation procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. After undergoing a breast augmentation in Chicago, most women return to their usual daily activities after one week.
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