Breast Augmentation Chicago
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Female breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Women may select breast augmentation surgery to enhance their breast size or to fill out skin that is now empty following pregnancy or weight loss. By inserting an implant filled with saline or silicone behind each breast, Dr. Casas is able to improve the shape of a female’s breasts as well as to increase the woman’s bustline by one or more bra cup sizes.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
Dr. Laurie A. Casas was recognized by the New York Times as “One of the Top 4 Cosmetic Surgeons for Breast Implants in the USA”. She continues to serve as a National Spokesperson for ASPS and ASAPS and is widely recognized by her peers as a leading expert in the field. Dr. Casas has been quoted in many publications including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Allure, New York Times on the safety and aesthetics of breast implants.
In an initial consultation, Dr. Casas will talk to you about your expectations and will examine your breasts. She will consider many factors such as:
- FDA regarding textured Biocell implants from Allergan
- the quality of your skin
- the symmetry between your breasts
- the quantity and quality of your breast tissue
- your nipple size and position
- your muscle and chest size
If you are considering breast augmentation in Chicago you must be at least 18 yrs or older and in good health.
Dr. Casas may recommend a breast lift in conjunction with augmentation if you have excess or loose skin. She will stress that a breast implant is not a lifetime device and will at some point require reoperation and replacement.
* Individual results may vary
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Types of Breast Implants (Saline vs. Silicone)
There are two types of breast implants that you can choose from, each offering unique characteristics suitable for every person’s individual preferences. Saline-filled implants are made from a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater. They provide a natural look with a life-like feel; some come pre-filled while others are filled during the operation.
Silicone gel-filled implants are also made with a silicone shell, but they’re filled with gel rather than sterile saltwater. It’s a consensus that gel-filled implants appear and feel more natural but, considering what they’re filled with, they can pose more health risks if they happen to leak. Both options have the potential to provide stellar results, but you should consider the potential complications and fine details related to each method before making a choice.
Suitable Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation can provide aesthetically pleasing results, but a list of criteria must be met before you’re considered a suitable candidate. Regardless of how common the procedure may be, it still takes a considerable toll on the body, which means your health must be in order beforehand. Patients can’t have any ongoing infections or serious illnesses such as cancer. If you have any specific medical complications, your surgeon will need to know about them beforehand.
You must consume zero or minimal amounts of alcohol before your surgery; although your body needs to be in decent shape, your mental health should be in a clean and safe place. Those who have the resources and capability to properly recover and rest after the surgery are also considered excellent candidates. Regarding saline implants, the minimum age requirement is 18, but if you want silicone implants, that age requirement goes up to 22.
Breast Implant Placement Options
Many women are surprised to learn that breast implants aren’t always placed in the same area with every procedure. Plastic surgeons have the knowledge and technical skills to place the implants behind the breast tissue, behind the chest muscles, or sub-glandular. A majority of breast augmentations are done in the submuscular area, as research shows that this area reduces the chance of scar tissue forming. It also makes mammography much easier postop. The submuscular area provides better results for women looking to make drastic changes or those with a thinner body type. To offer further insight, women looking to reduce the amount of sag in their breasts generally benefit more from a sub-glandular placement.
What to Know About Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
If you aren’t a fan of the silicone or saline options, you could resort to a fat transfer breast augmentation. Also called autologous breast augmentation, this procedure takes fat from the body, such as the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen, and then injects it into the breasts after the fat cells are purified. It’s a much less invasive solution, yet it generally only provides a slight increase in breast volume. Nevertheless, it always leaves a noticeable difference, and many women feel it gives the most natural results.
This procedure has a unique approach, and it also comes with a list of factors that should be considered before diving into surgery. The breasts must be overfilled, as some of the injected fat cells will be reabsorbed by the body. After the healing process, the fat that remains will have developed blood vessels in the tissue, which supports your new look for the long term.
Another factor you should consider is that fluctuation in your body weight can affect the results of your breast augmentation. Considering that this type of augmentation is through fat transfer, changes in your body weight can change how you look. The optimal way to keep the results of your fat transfer breast augmentation is through a healthy lifestyle through exercise and a diet rich in vegetables and fruit. Because it’s relatively non-invasive, many women appreciate an easier path to recovery and the overall natural look and feel of what the procedure provides.
Making the Right Decision about Breast Augmentation
As much as you’re ready to see change, it’s vital to pay close attention to your physical and mental health, as it’s a big decision to make and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your surgeon will always work closely with you from the moment you walk through their door, but there’s plenty that you’ll have to think about and consider on your own.
You must ensure your mind and body are in the right place, but it’s equally important to know your surgeon and if they’re the right person for your body and the task at hand. You can easily find their qualifications in addition to their career history. You’ll also want to look for evidence of their career and skillset claims.
Every board-eligible plastic surgeon will have an approved application from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This tells you that they’ve completed the required education and training in plastic surgery. You might be pretty excited to face your surgery head-on and take a look at the new you, but you want to always consider the potential risk factors and have a clear vision of what you’d like your outcome to be. Once again, a knowledgeable surgeon will work with you on these different points to ensure you get the results you want in the safest and healthiest way possible. They will also discuss your financial situation, as it can be a costly procedure, and they won’t hide any realities about these costs from you before you decide to move forward.
Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps
Your choice of implant enlargement size, shape, and other features will be determined based on your breast anatomy, your body type, and your desired increase in size. Your lifestyle, goals, and personal preferences, as well as Dr. Casas’ recommendations are also determining factors. Breast implants are medical devices with a solid silicone rubber shell. The implant shell may be filled with either saline solution (sterile salt water) or elastic silicone gel. Both saline and silicone gel breast implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The size of a breast implant is measured in cubic centimeters (ccs) based on the volume of the saline or silicone filler. Breast implants vary both by filler and by size, and Dr. Casas will review your options with you.
Two weeks prior to breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Casas will provide you with a list of vitamins to take and a list of foods and medications to avoid. This will assure you are in optimal health and will provide for optimal healing.
Typically, breast augmentation patients in Chicago undergo general anesthesia for surgery. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and a surgical bra.
Dr Casas’s Chicago clinic will provide you with a schedule of follow-up visits and appointments with a lymphatic massage therapist prior to your procedure. The massage is helpful in healing and in reducing fluids and swelling around the implants. Bandages will be removed within a few days, and you may be instructed to wear a support bra and be given exercises and self-massage to administer at home. Stitches will be removed in two to four weeks.
It is often possible to return to work within a week. Vigorous exercise, especially arm movement, may be restricted for two to four weeks. Dr. Casas will detail your schedule for return to normal activities based on the breast augmentation procedure performed.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, administered by massage, is used after each procedure to reduce swelling. The number of sessions is individualized. It is important that patients follow a healthy lifestyle leading up to and following procedures, including non-smoking, a healthy diet and daily vitamins. Click here to learn more.
Preoperative Sizing for Breast Augmentation
By Dr. Laurie Casas, M.D.
Drs. Hidalgo and Spector demonstrate a valuable adjunct technique for preoperative sizing in breast augmentation in the February 2011 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Their approach is a patient-centric process that allows the patient to be the key decision-maker in a critical step in the implant-selection process. Unfortunately, the study design has significant flaws, including use of a nonvalidated questionnaire and use of small cohorts that yield insignificant numbers for statistical analysis. These shortcomings of this “scientific article” should not deter the reader from understanding that this important patient-centric process is extremely valuable; however, “preoperative sizing” must be coupled with objective data from measurements and assessments of the patient’s chest wall; breast skin; tissue quality, quantity, and adherence; and nipple-areola position, size, and shape.
The finesse in the preoperative implant-selection process evolves as the plastic surgeon allows the patient to actively participate in the process while only offering patients implants to use for sizing that are tissue and dimensionally appropriate in width, height, projection, and volume so that the implant ultimately selected will fulfill the patient’s preexisting soft-tissue and chest wall requirements. Many patients will only reveal their unrealistic expectations through this type of patient-centric preoperative sizing process. Three-dimensional imaging may also help to evaluate patient expectations; however, the software is costly.
To achieve high rates of patient satisfaction and low reoperation rates for size dissatisfaction, the plastic surgeon must actively involve the patient. This method does provide the patient with that important decision-making power, but it must be masterminded by the plastic surgeon who has measured and evaluated the objective data from the clinical examination so that the patient is guided to choose the appropriate implant that will safely fill her unique breast dimensions yet provide her with an aesthetic result with which she is satisfied. As always, as plastic surgeons, we must not only merge scientific data with the artistry of plastic surgery but also practice the art of medicine in our approach to patient care. Bravo to Drs. Hidalgo and Spector for reminding us that the patient’s desires are a critical part of this implant-selection process.
Laurie A. Casas, M.D.
2050 Pfingsten Road
Glenview, Ill. 60025-1324
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Trustworthy: She always made it clear that she was available via text, call or FaceTime if there was anything I needed. It was a combination of her knowledge and genuine concern that makes you trust her. It’s so rare to find someone who is such a talented surgeon but who also knows how to make you feel like you’re their only patient. When I was one week post op a nurse from the surgical center called to check in. I let her know that I was feeling great and she responded with “you’re one of Dr. Casas’ patients, of course you’re doing great! I know I never need to worry about you guys!”. I told Dr. Casas this thinking she would be happy to hear how highly the nurses from the surgical center think of her but she told me she would hate for a patient to overhear a nurse say this and question if they’re in good hands with whoever their doctor was. The fact that she had this much compassion for patients who weren’t even hers solidified that I couldn’t have chosen a better doctor.
Diligent: Dr. Casas wants to make sure that you’re electing this surgery for the right reasons and will be 100% honest with you on what the cons can be. She tells it like it is and I truly saw this surgery as a partnership. She was going to uphold her end as the surgeon but she expects you as the patient to do your part in order to warrant a successful procedure. For example, she has a diet plan and vitamin regimen built out pre/post op to ensure a healthy recovery. These aren’t recommendations, they’re expectations and if you aren’t willing to put in the effort to follow her instructions then you’re better off searching for a more negligent doctor.
Educational: Dr. Casas was very clear on what to expect every step of the way. I’m a year and a half post op and each follow up appointment I go to she has a packet printed out for me to keep me updated on the latest research of breast implants. She even gives me a summary of what this information means specific to me and the implants that I have. All of the information she was able to tell me about my breasts even before the surgery was so interesting to me. What I loved is that she always educated me on why she was telling me to do something. Personally, this was a huge help in taking the process seriously and I felt like I knew my body better than I did before.
Not once have I questioned whether I could’ve picked a better doctor. If you’re in the Chicago area consider yourself lucky to be conveniently located by Dr. Casas and if you’re not, the extra effort, time and money spent traveling to have your procedure done by her is worth it I promise.
Additional Information – The Safety of Silicone Breast Implants:
- Use of Patient Decision Aids – Informed Consent – What’s New!
Dr. Casas is dedicated to the ongoing research in breast implant safety
- Breast Augmentation PDA Informed Consent – Making Quality Decisions About Primary Breast Augmentation Surgery
- Use of Patient Decision Aids – Informed Consent
- Breast Augmentation PDA Informed Consent
- Breast Augmentation Cover Sheet PDA Informed Consent
- FDA Updates Analysis of Medical Device Reports of Breast Implant Illness and Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma
- BIA-ALCL Safety Advisory – June 5, 2019
- FDA Panels Put Silicone Breast Implants Back Under the Microscope – CNN
- FDA Panels Put Silicone Breast Implants Back Under the Microscope – CNN
- FDA Affirms Safety of Breast Implants – The New York Times
- Silicone-gel Breast Implants ’safe and effective,’ FDA affirms — MSNBC.com
- FDA: Breast Implant Safety Studies Will Continue – WebMD
- An Update to Breast Implant-Associated ALCL – The Plastic Surgery Channel
- Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) – FDA.gov
- That Scary News About Breast Implants Causing Cancer? It Isn’t What It Seems. – Allure Magazine
- Why the Plastic Surgery Community Is Speaking Out About a New Breast Implants Study – NewBeauty.com
- The Truth About Breast Implants – NewBeauty.com
- Powerful Breast Implant Testimony Constrained by Limited Evidence – MDedge.com Hematology News
- Why Everyone is Talking About Breast Implant Safety Right Now. Your complete guide to recalls, ‘breast implant illness,’ and the conversation surrounding them – Allure.com
Breast Augmentation FAQs
What are the Different Types of Breast Implants?
If you’re looking into breast augmentation for yourself, it’s essential you understand the differences between what’s available. You can opt for saline-filled implants, which is a silicone shells filled with sterile water, or you can choose implants that are filled with silicone gel. If you’re looking for a much more natural look and feel, gel-filled breast implants would be your best bet. Saline-filled implants can also look quite natural, but many people prefer the feel of gel-filled implants in comparison.
Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Right for Me?
The aesthetics and benefits of breast augmentation surgery are clearly appealing to many people, but the potential health risks shouldn’t be ignored. Breast augmentation is regarded as a relatively safe procedure due to the advancements in modern medicine, but the procedure may not be the best choice for everyone.
If you happen to have any current infections or severe illnesses, breast augmentation may not be the best choice at this time. No matter what, Dr. Casas will discuss this with you beforehand to ensure you’re all on the same page. The safety of your body is important, but the state of your mental health is equally crucial, as you want to have a clear head before diving into the surgery.
How Can I Prepare for Before and After the Surgery?
It’s highly advised to avoid alcohol leading up to your surgery, and you want to make sure you discuss every detail of the operation with your surgeon beforehand. If you have any questions at all, ensure each one gets discussed before you commit to a breast augmentation procedure. Once your operation is complete, it’s essential that you give yourself ample time to recover. If you choose us for your procedure, you’ll be taken to a recovery area after surgery to ensure everything went well and your health is in good condition.
Where are the Breast Implants Placed in the Body?
You may be excited to see the new aesthetics of your procedure, but it’s essential you understand how breast implants are accomplished in the first place. Surgeons can take a few approaches with the implants, whether placed behind the breast tissue, (delete sub-glandular area) or behind the chest muscles.
Each type of implant comes with its own risks and characteristics. The submuscular area reduces the chances of scarring, and the sub-glandular is a great option for women who are looking to minimize the natural sag in their breasts. If you’d like to see some results before you schedule a consultation, you can find plenty of photos of breast implants before and after on our website. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns about breast augmentation in Chicago, feel free to give us a call at 847-657-6884.