Breast augmentation is a term used to generally describe any procedures used to change the shape or size of the breast. The most common form of breast augmentation is breast implants – silicone or saline implants added into the breast to increase their size and bring symmetry to the breasts. We conduct breast augmentation in Chicago at our Downtown Chicago Location as well as our North Center Chicago location.

The goal of breast augmentation surgery at Chicago Cosmetic Institute is to enhance proportions of the breasts and create a more visually pleasing breast profile. Your wants, needs, and expectations will be discussed with your doctor on your first visit. Everyones natural breasts are different and they need to be assessed by a doctor before you’re given a final price quote or recommendation for reaching your body goals.

In this post, we will discuss some of the most commonly asked questions we recieve at Chicago Cosmetic Institute in regard to breast augmentation, breast implants, breast re-shaping, and breast reduction procedures.

How does breast augmentation work?

When a patient is looking to increase the size of their breasts, implants or fat transfer is used. This will enhance the size and shape of the breasts, usually bringing them to a more symmetrical state as well.

Step 1

General anesthesia is used to sedate the patient for the duration of the procedure. Your doctor will talk to you and recommend the best anesthetic based on your needs.

Step 2

Incisions are made in the breast where you and your doctor choose. With breast enlargement, incisions are done in places that will be the least visible.

Popular options for incisions are:

  • Along the edge of the areola, known as a peri-areolar incision
  • The area under the breast where it folds against the body , known as inframmary fold
  • The armpit, known as an axillary incision

Where we choose to make the incision depends on the type of breast implant being used, how large you plan on going with your breast implants, your body type, and your surgeon’s experience and preference.

Step 3

After the incision is made in the desired location, the breast implant is inserted. This will be done in one of two possible locations inside the breast.

The first area is under the pectoral muscle. This is known as a sub muscular placement.

The second of the two options for breast implant placement is known as a submammary / subglandular placement – placement directly behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle.

Step 4

Incisions are closed with sutures to hold it together while it begins to naturally heal. Surgical tape or adhesive is also sometimes used to hold the skin together.

The incision will fade over time. The resulting scarring you see will depend on a few different things, namely genetics as well as your body’s exposure to infections and even nicotine.

That’s all there is to it! From there, you simply enjoy seeing your results, which will be immediately viewable.


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How long do breast implants take?

Breast augmentation surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. The full procedure usually takes between one and two hours. Some patients decide to stay overnight, but usually it isn’t necessary.

The recovery time for breast augmentation surgery is 2-3 days for most patients before they can resume normal activity.

How to prepare for breast augmentation surgery

There are a few things that can happen when preparing for breast augmentation surgery. Your doctor may ask you to:

  • Get your blood tested
  • Use certain medications in the preparation or make changes to medications you are on
  • Quit smoking for a period before surgery
  • Avoid things like aspirin and anti-inflammatories, as they thin the blood and can cause more bleeding
  • Avoid recreational drug use

As this usually happens as an outpatient procedure, ensure someone can drive you to and from your surgery. They should also stay with you for the first night after your surgery to make sure you are feeling ok.


Breast Implant Surgery Recovery Tips

When you choose a board-certified plastic surgery institute like Chicago Cosmetic Institute, breast augmentation recovery is often smooth and doesn’t take long. After three to five days, you could be back up and going about your business, going to work, etc.

Here are a few tips we have for you while recovering from breast implant surgery.

Have someone stay with you

It isn’t an extremely difficult recovery compared to some other surgical procedures, but you still will have just gone through a surgery. It is to be taken seriously. You will be sore and tired for a few days after the surgery.

You should not do any heavy lifting for 6 full weeks after your surgery. Even small children should not be lifted.

You also should not be driving until all narcotic pain medication helping you during recovery is done.

Have friends and family stop by your house to check in on you if possible. Company is good to have at this time and they can make sure you are looking and feeling ok.

Rest to promote healthy recovery

Eat and drink healthy

Make sure to stock up on easy to prepare foods and plenty of water. Anesthesia sometimes makes people nauseous for a day or so after the procedure. you need to promote healthy energy and strength while recovering from surgery.

Light and healthy foods are best for this. Drink alot of water as it’s easy to become dehydrated.

How long does full recovery take?

Different people have different recovery times before they consider themselves “fully recovered.” Most surgeons will tell you that full recovery takes about six weeks. Some women could feel fine after as short as a week.

At your initial consultation, you can go over all of this with your surgeon while assessing your specific situation.

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Are breast implants right for me?

There is enough out there to read that you can drive yourself crazy when considering breast implants, lifts, or some other augmentative surgical procedure for the breasts. Here are some of the things you should consider when deciding whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you:

Are you a good candidate?

Working with your surgeon, you can decide whether or not you’re a good fit for the procedure. Certain things can make you ineligible. Breasts that are not fully developed, for example, should never have this procedure done. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should also not have a cosmetic breast procedure done.

Certain things in your interview with a surgeon could also deter them from feeling you’re a good fit for the surgery.

Are you ready for a major surgery?

Breast augmentation is an invasive surgical procedure. There are risks involved. You need to educate yourself on them so that you can feel 100% comfortable and willing to take those risks. There are non-surgical options that can be considered if you don’t feel this procedure is right for you.

How much does breast augmentation cost

The price varies depending on the surgeon you use, where you live, what size you are looking to go up to, and other factors. It isn’t a simple cut and dry type of price point.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in a 2018 study, the average cost of breast augmentation surgery in the USA is $3,8,24.

The average cost of getting breast implants removed in the same study came in around $2,357.

Risks and other side effects

The risks of breast augmentation surgery are similar to the risks of any surgery, such as anesthesia risk, bleeding, hematoma, and infection.

Risks more specific to breast augmentation include changes to the appearance of the nipple, sensation in the breast, scarring, faulty positioning of the breast implant, leakage, fluid accumulation, and pain.

When you choose to use a surgeon with experience and a good track record, risks are less common.

All of the risks of this and any surgery you seek to undergo at Chicago Cosmetic Institute will be thoroughly discussed with you in your consultation and pre-surgery meetings.

Keep these possible issues in mind when speaking with your surgeon to gauge their level of experience with this procedure to see if they’re a good fit for you, which is just as important as the opposite.

Is it painful?

Pain and discomfort after breast augmentation surgery is common. You will most likely feel sore and sleepy for a few days after the surgery. There could also be some burning sensations in the nipple area that will go away as the bruising does.

You will be given medication to manage pain during the recovery period, which is usually 2 or 3 days for most patients. After that, you can return to daily activities and won’t need pain meds.

The size and implant positioning can also play a role. Larger implants and ones placed below the pectoral muscles tend to cause more pain because there is more trauma to the tissues and muscles involved.



As with all cosmetic surgical procedures, there are inherent risks and some recovery needed after breast augmentation surgery.

Our experienced surgical staff at Chicago Cosmetic Institute can ensure these risks are minimized and occur rarely. If you’d like to have a breast augmentation consultation with one of our surgeons, get in touch with us today.

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