The breasts are an obvious aspect of femininity and beauty, but not everyone is endowed with the firm, full, and voluptuous breasts that so many women desire. Fortunately, modern cosmetic surgery makes it possible for virtually any woman to enjoy the benefits of an attractive, youthful, natural-looking bust with breast implants. At the Wiesman Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Institute, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Irvin Wiesman, offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic breast augmentation procedures, including enhancement with breast implants.
A breast implant is a prosthesis that consists of a fluid or gel-like solution formulated to simulate the look and feel of natural breast tissue. It is used primarily to alter and enhance the shape, texture, and size of a woman’s breast. Implants are placed either above or below the muscle in the chest, depending on the type of implant used, your body type, and the desired result. In order to place the implants, incisions may be made under your natural breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. Dr. Wiesman will talk with you about your individual desires, expectations, concerns, and body type to formulate a treatment plan that best fulfills your unique needs.
Women decide to pursue breast enhancement for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:
Whatever your reasons are for seeking enhancement with breast implants, Dr. Wiesman can help. Wondering how you will look with breast implants? We can even help you envision your completed breast implant procedure with 3D Vectra® technology, a revolutionary system that allows women to view their own body in complete digital clarity as it would look following cosmetic breast surgery. You can click here to try out the demo version of the 3D Vectra® system for yourself, or call Dr. Wiesman to schedule an appointment at (312) 981-1290 in Chicago, or (847) 266-0684 in Highland Park.
Breast implants in Chicago can be life-changing; however, it’s normal to have a few questions before you’re ready to commit to the procedure. Dr. Wiesman understands your concerns. He’ll take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation, so you feel confident about the road ahead. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked to easy any apprehensions.
Although women in their 30s are the most common patients, many who are into their 40s and 50s can also have the treatment with good results. No matter your stage in life, it’s best to schedule a consultation to ensure they are the right treatment for you.
Your breasts natural change in shape and size with pregnancy. As a result, the changes can alter the cosmetic appearance of any breast augmentation procedure. It’s best to wait at least 6 months after surgery before becoming pregnant. Don’t worry, many women can still breastfeed with implants.
Breast implants are placed below the muscle because it creates a more natural look and feel. Research also shows the implant can stay softer for longer. In addition, it won’t obstruct the view for mammography’s, so you don’t need to worry about them potentially delaying the detection of breast cancer.
Placing the implant below the muscle is also the most effective way to prevent rippling. It ensures there’s enough breast tissue to cover the implant to promote the best results long-term.
Although you might be a little sore, we recommend patients begin walking immediately after surgery, but you won’t be able to perform any intense workouts for at least 6 weeks after your operation. Any strenuous activity can cause the implants to shift position, which can change the appearance of the breasts.
There isn’t a conclusive answer until we learn more about your job. If it’s physically demanding, you’ll need to avoid any reaching or upper arm movements for 1-2 weeks. It’s also best not to lift anything over 5 pounds for the next 6 weeks. Be aware, you won’t be able to drive a car for at least 1 week after your procedure, so you may need to make transportation arrangements if you’re able to return to work.
You won’t feel any pain during the procedure; however, as with any surgery, you can expect there to be some discomfort. It can be controlled easily using pain medications for the next 1-2 weeks. In the rare event your pain is untreatable or severe, it’s important to contact our office right away.
It’s normal for women to experience some loss of feeling or sensation after their surgery, but it usually doesn’t last. Most women regain normal sensations about 6-12 months after their treatment. Rarely, the loss of feeling in permanent.