Implant Options for Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation in Chicago is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. The procedure increases the breast size, or restores volume to breasts. Volume can be lost due to significant weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure will not correct sagging or drooping breast, so a breast lift procedure may have to be done as a separate procedure, or in conjunction with augmentation surgery. It is an important distinction to be made so patients are not disappointed with results. Other breast surgeries include reduction, and reconstruction.

There are several different options for implants that can be used for Breast Augmentation Chicago, IL. The first is a fat transfer augmentation. That surgery is used for patients who want a small increase in size, and a more natural look and Tummy Tuck Chicago feel. Fat is transferred from one part of the body into breast tissue. Saline implants, approved for patients eighteen years of age and older, contain saline inside the implant shell. Should the shell leak or break, the solution is naturally absorbed into the body.


Silicone implants, approved for patients twenty-two years of age or older, consist of a gel inside the shell. Regular follow up visits are required after surgery to check for leaks or breaks in the implants. A firmer silicone based implant, called a “gummy bear”, is form-stable. That means the implants will maintain their shape, even if the shell leaks or breaks.

A smooth implant will move within the breast implant socket for more natural movement. There may be visible rippling with this option. A round implant provides fuller results when used for Breast Augmentation Chicago. A textured implant allows scar tissue to stick to it so it is less likely to move around the implant socket. Selecting the right implant depends on desired results, finances, and the recommendation of the surgeon.

People considering cosmetic surgery for the breast area should review the risks with the surgeon before deciding on proceeding with the procedure. There are the risks associated with most surgeries, such as the risks of anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and poor scarring. Other risks include changes in sensation to the breast, faulty positioning of implants, accumulation of fluid, leaking or implant rupture, persistent pain, and wrinkling of the skin. It is possible that revision surgery may be needed to correct some of these issues, should they arise. Patients should choose a Board Certified surgeon to perform the procedure. That surgeon will carefully explain all the risks to ensure they are completely understood.