Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation in Chicago

What is Breast Augmentation? | Breast Augmentation in the Top 5 | Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation? | Breasts Change. That’s Life. | What Can A Breast Augmentation Achieve | What Happens During a Breast Augmentation Consultation | Your Breast Augmentation Experience: What to Expect? | The Approach for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure | Breast Implant Choice: Silicone or Saline | Breast Implant Sizes | Breast Implant Incisions | Breast Implant Location | Why Choose Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure? | What’s the cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery? | Q & A on Breast Augmentation!? | Other Services to Enhanced Your Breast Implant Procedure

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation provides women with beautiful, full curves.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure done to enlarge and restore the size, as well as modify the shape of the breast. It is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, or breast implant surgery or breast enhancement. A Breast augmentation procedure is performed by placing an implant either behind the existing breast muscle or in front. This pushes the breast outward to give a larger, fuller, firmer and shapelier breast contour. The procedure can also be performed without an implant, utilizing the individual’s own fat as a fat transfer procedure. This type of augmentation is currently considered experimental. It has shown good results in specific types of situations where volume requirements are small.

1) What is Breast Augmentation?

2) Breast Augmentation in the Top 5

3) Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation?

4) Breasts Change. That’s Life.

5) What Can A Breast Augmentation Achieve

6) What Happens During a Breast Augmentation Consultation

7) What to Expect?

8) The Approach for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

9) Breast Implant Choice:
Silicone or Saline
Breast Implant Sizes
Breast Implant Incisions
Breast Implant Location

10) Why Choose Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure?

11) What’s the cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

12) Q & A on Breast Augmentation!?

13) Other Services to Enhanced Your Breast Implant Procedure..

Breast Augmentation in the Top 5

Over the years, breast augmentation has consistently been in the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed. Approximately 300,000 women -predominantly in the 20–50-year age group- each year take the step to change the way their breasts look. The high demand for breast augmentation surgery continues its upward trend both across all geographic regions, age groups and cultures.

With the high demand for breast enhancement, breast augmentations have become a routine procedure. Illinois and the surrounding regions are now the second most popular destination in the US for breast augmentation. Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery of Chicago, Illinois is located in this region of exceedingly high demand.

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Who is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

There 3 different categories of patients seeking augmentation:

    1. There are patients who feel they don’t have sufficient volume in their breasts.
    2. There are patients who develop breast atrophy after pregnancies- called involutional atrophy- and they are seeking a fuller and rejuvenated appearance to their breasts.
    3. And there are women who have undergone significant weight loss. For these patients weight loss is reflected in the loss of breast volume and they want to fill the skin envelope.

On some cases, breast augmentation is done in conjunction with a breast lift.

More information on Breast Lift can be found here.

Breasts Change, That’s Life!

Breasts change a lot over a women’s life. Even when breast size is initially optimal, there is a slow but noticeable change in volume that affects their shape, size and firmness. This modification -known as atrophy- is unavoidable. Pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss or gain, menopause and hormonal changes are not without consequences on a women’s breasts.

The breast is an important component of body image. It is considered as part of a women’s identify and represents femininity, sexuality, beauty, motherhood. This is true across geographical locations, cultures and time. A change in the breast attribute can have a powerful impact on body image.

Fortunately, a breast augmentation procedure can provide a rewarding solution to addressing concerns of breast changes over time.

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Procedure can

provide a

rewarding solution

to these concerns

What Can a Breast Augmentation Achieve?

There is a dramatic improvement when the upper body is augmented with breast implants and the body regains balance and symmetry. Whatever the reason for small breasts- gradual depletion over time, or longstanding undeveloped breasts- breast implant surgery makes women feel more attractive and gets them closer to their personal sense of beauty.

This self-perception initiates a surge in comfort and confidence which has a far-reaching impact on all areas of the patient’s life: family, social and work. Patients commonly report they have improved self-worth, self-esteem and energy, following breast implant surgery.

Breast enhancement can have a very positive impact on the achievement of personal goals; The renewed energy and life affirming mindset can be dramatic.

Reaffirm Your Life Breast Augmentation goals
Reaffirm Your Life Goals with Breast Augmentation

What Happens During a Breast Augmentation Consultation?

During your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Makhlouf, you may expect to spend considerable time discussing in depth what it is that bothers you about your breast appearance. You will learn the various options available to you, in terms of techniques and approaches and select the one that will best address your particular issue.

You may expect to discuss your health history and Dr. Makhlouf will take a physical evaluation of your overall body structure including the chest wall cavity and paying detailed attention to the unique characteristics of your breast skin and surrounding tissue. Dr. Makhlouf will take measurements to help customized his surgical approach. Dr Makhlouf will guide you carefully through understanding and identifying the proper implant size, base width and style, implant type -silicone, or saline, – and incision location. You will have the opportunity to get a full sense of feel for each implant option and visualize the results afforded by each. You will be able to try out different sizes to preview the best implant to match the unique space and give you excellent and durable results. It is important to spend time to consider your selection. You will have the opportunity to re-evaluate the implant size you selected with Dr. Makhlouf during a subsequent pre-operative visit.

This two-way discussion is fundamental to your decision-making and for formulating your personal surgical plan for volume change that will be unique for you. With this in-depth custom approach, you can be assured of arriving confidently at the best possible results.

You may expect to receive individualized written step by step guidelines to prepare you for planning ahead for your surgery. Once you have your surgery date, you will prepare your body for the day of your procedure to ensure the healing process is as smooth as possible. Your guidelines will direct you through the recovery phase which begins the evening following your surgery, through the weeks and months ahead. Though breast augmentation is a routine and safe surgery, vital to your final results is the time you take to rest and heal.

During your recovery you will be instructed on the proper bra attire. You need to expect mild initial bruising and swelling. It which will remain localized in the breast area and will subside with time.

Your Breast Augmentation Experience: What to Expect

Patients throughout Chicago and the surrounding cities have for decades selected double board-certified plastic cosmetic surgeon, Dr Makhlouf, to perform their breast augmentation and help them achieve their aesthetic goals. With over 35 year of surgical experience, Dr Makhlouf has been recently bestowed with the award “Top Doctor” for his compassionate care. You will be cared for by an expert team and caring staff. Other honors include “Regional Top Doctor” by trusted source Castle Connolly.

Your Breast Augmentation Experience: What to Expect


“Top Regional Doctor”


other physicians


surgeons as among the best doctors

in the Midwest region for plastic surgery.

The Approach for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

You will learn with breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Makhlouf, that he has a far from a “one size fits all” approach to breast augmentation. With a refined sense of aesthetics, using skilled surgical judgment, and with a mastery of thousands of successful plastic surgery procedures, the overriding concern for Dr. Makhlouf will be to guide you to selecting the best implant option for you.

His goal is to educate you so you can be fully informed and confident when proceeding with your breast enhancement surgery.

When selecting the type of implant, a review of chest anatomy, body type, visual preferences and the specific goals that you are seeking from the augmentation will all be part of your discussions.

Implant decisions will include:

  • Implant Material: the type of the implant material best suitable to address the current small breast size for the longest lasting result;
  • Implant Size: the most optimal size to achieve the desired projection – overstated, dramatic, or subtle
  • Implant Location: the location of where the implant will lie-referred to as breast implant pocket placement – which can be above or below the pectoral muscle.
  • Implant Incision: the location of the incision in the breast area through which the implant will be inserted and positioned.

The goal of Dr. Makhlouf

is to educate you

so you can be fully informed and confident

when proceeding with your breast augmentation surgery

Breast Implant Choice: Silicone or Saline?

If you are a candidate for either type of breast implant material then you have a choice. On the other hand, your best option may only be one type. Dr Makhlouf will help navigate the choices and provide you with his recommendations based upon a thorough evaluation of your breast tissue, fat and chest structure.

Breast Implant Choice: Silicone or Saline?

Silicone Implants: By far the most popular material used in implants are silicone – employed in 85% of breast augmentation procedures. Safe and FDA approved for breast augmentation for over 22 years of age, silicone implants come as individual pre-filled shells with silicone gel measured in definitive amounts. They come in a wide range of sizes. This is important for those seeking a variety of larger sizes to choose from. Silicone implant shells require larger incisions for placement of the implant. A silicone implant may feel softer and more natural than saline implants and tend to have less projection. Today’s silicone implants are vastly superior to their predecessors with significant technological strides made; the 7th and 8th generation of silicone implants are now available. The outer shells have become progressively thicker and more durable to greater withstand ruptures and the silicone gel has improved in terms of viscosity and density. If your priority is a more natural appearance than silicone may be the implant of choice for you.

Saline Implants: These implants are safe and FDA approved for breast augmentation. The implant shells are not pre-filled. They are carefully filled with a solution of sterile salt water during the breast augmentation surgery and proportioned for a balanced result. Saline implants require smaller incisions than those used for silicone implants, as well as affording more flexibility in the location of the incision. Saline implants tend to be firmer and more supportive than silicone with increased projection. Saline implants provide a cost effective option for breast augmentation

Which One is Popularly Chosen?

Silicone Implants Are Employed in 85% of

Breast Augmentation Procedures

Breast Implant Sizes

The implants used are round, with varying levels of projections – the amount the implant extends outwards from the chest. During your consultation you will be guided through the different sizes and firmness of implants which provide for different projections or profiles.

With the use of external sizers, implants of various sizes and firmness are placed under a sport bra. This gives a very good idea what each implant will do for the overall contour of the chest.





Breast Implant Incisions

For a breast augmentation procedure using implants each meticulous incision becomes the entry point for the breast implant.

There are three incision locations: 1) inframammary or breast fold; 2) peri areolar,  3) trans axillary.

Each approach carries advantages and disadvantages in terms of approach, scar visibility and optimal implant positioning.

Inframammary: Underneath the curve of the breast, barely above the crease or fold of the breast – the inframammary fold – provides for a less conspicuous scar and is the most commonly used. This approach provides the best method for optimal surgical control over positioning of the implants and is associated with fewer breast-feeding problems.

Peri-areolar: Around the lower edge of the areola –- tends to result in a less conspicuous scar hidden in the darkened areola area. A sufficient sized areola is important for this option. This approach is associated with increased firmness and a slightly higher chance of partial or total loss in nipple sensation.

Trans axillary: The incision is located the lower armpit and provides for no scar in the breast region. This approach is less optimal for cleavage definition. There are also limitations in placement when larger breasts implant sizes are required.

The most popularly chosen incision


breast augmentation

is the one concealed in the breast fold

Breast Implant Location

Your customized plan will outline the ideal breast implant pocket location. You will be guided as to the advantages and disadvantages to having the breast implant placed in the different pocket locations. An evaluation of the unique characteristics of your breast skin and tissue will be among the factors to help determine the pocket location.

Sub glandular location: The implant is placed above the breast muscle and below the breast gland. It tends to be a less invasive approach with potentially a speedier recovery. This approach with the implant placed nearer to the skin’s surface, will require sufficient breast tissue to camouflage the implant so it is not as visible. Advantages: With the implant location intimate with the breast gland, as gravity inevitably claims its course, the implant will follow the breast tissue. This is an important consideration for women who have a B cup or larger breast.

Submuscular Location: When the implant is placed underneath the chest muscle, this is a more invasive approach with a slightly longer recovery timeline. Advantages: This submuscular or subpectoral approach, creates natural looking results and reduces risks of visible wrinkling and rippling. This location can also provide for more fuller volume to the upper slope of the breast, called the upper pole.



An evaluation of the unique characteristics
of your breast skin & tissue will be among the factors to help determine the pocket location.

Why Choose Dr Makhlouf Office for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Dr Makhlouf is one of Chicago’s skillful, technique-oriented and compassionate plastic surgeons and skillfully adept at enhancing breasts for many reasons – including the following:

During surgery, the employment of the technique of “Volume Sizing” affords the opportunity of a breast sizing preview before final implantation Dr Makhlouf will assess the appropriate implant volume for each patient with a specialized device – a sterile sizer. The sizer is designed for temporary placement in the surgically-prepared breast pocket, to preview and evaluate the appropriateness of the volume size of the breast implant, chosen during the consultation. Only then are the final implants inserted and placed in position.

Dr Makhlouf practices the “No-Touch” technique. This involves changing gloves for new ones that have not touched the patient skin to minimize the chance of contamination. It also involves the use of antibiotic and saline solutions before the implants are touched to check that there are free of manufacturing defects. The implants are touched by only Dr. Makhlouf under his strictest surgical protocols. The implant is delivered into the pocket created, without ever touching the patient’s skin (the “No Touch”). This technique decreases the risk of bacterial contamination, thereby decreasing the body’s reaction, manifested by scar formation. This reaction is called capsular contracture.

Use of the “Patient Upright Method”. Dr. Makhlouf believes that breast pocket is best evaluated while the patient is in an upright position. Therefore, during the course of surgery, by sitting the patient up while asleep, and with the sizers in place, Dr Makhlouf is able to check for symmetry and adequacy of the space created for the permanent implants. The “Patient Upright” method is safe and highly effective.

Breast augmentation is among the top procedures performed by double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr Makhlouf. Chicago based Enhanced Plastic Surgery is located in the second most popularly demanded region in the U.S for breast augmentation.

Dr Makhlouf is board certification, not just by any board but the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS requires its surgeons to undergo rigorous training, extensive examination specifically in plastic surgery and adherence to a strict code of ethics. In addition, board certification carries with it a commitment to continual knowledge expansion and maintenance of expertise in the latest innovative surgical techniques and the highest quality of patient care, and safety.

Your surgery will take place in a fully accredited modern surgery facility certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), long considered the gold standard in meeting all regulatory requirements for anesthesia and patient safety.

As part of the highly skilled medical team, you will have a qualified board certified anesthesiologist who has a mastery of anesthesiology skills and knowledge and the highest professional commitment to medical ethics. Your breast augmentation surgery will involve general anesthesia and will take place on an outpatient basis Your anesthesiologist, being board certified, will add an additional benefit of safety in your procedure-patients may be assured of a peace of mind that they will receive the best specialized plastic surgery care possible.

Dr Makhlouf is committed to providing you with the best possible and safest outcome: He will guide you carefully through understanding and identifying all the choices and options you have available. He will listen attentively, educate and discuss at length your goals with the aim to encapsulate this into a comprehensive, customized treatment plan for your procedure.

At Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery all patients receive a detailed post recovery guidebook to guide you for your return to routine activities including vigorous exercise during the weeks ahead.

 Having mastered all approaches and techniques of breast surgery over his 35 year surgical career,

Dr. Makhlouf

is undeniably qualified to take on your breast augmentation challenge.

Dr Makhlouf employs innovative and safe techniques such as the “No Touch” Technique which involves the placement of the implant into the pocket created, without ever touching the patient’s skin.

When choosing your surgeon, prioritize safety, great results, quality of care and peace of mind over cost for the best possible experience.

What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

The average price of breast augmentation surgery in Chicago will range between $2,990 to $10,995, possibly more. This cost does not include the type of implants you choose, the anesthesia, the operating room facility fee, and post-operative specialized garments

Enhanced Form Plastic Surgery offers financing options for those who qualify and you will be guided through the process for approval.

Q & A on Breast Augmentation

Question and Answers

Q-How long after a Breast Augmentation will I see results?
Immediately following surgery, you will be able to observe a change in your body contour owing to the resulting increased projection in the breast area. Although initially the breasts may look higher placed in terms of positioning, each implant will take time to settle into a more optimal position as the regional swelling subsides. You may expect final results between approximately 3-5 months.

Q-Does a Breast Augmentation procedure involve anesthesia?
Yes, breast augmentation involves general anesthesia or localized anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis meaning you are able to go home following your surgery.

Q-How long will my breast implants last?
Both silicone and saline implants are now supported with a free limited warranty and a free lifetime replacement warranty in the event they are found to be defective in any way. It is not reasonable to expect that a man-made device and procedure will match the lengthening life expectancy. Therefore, it is to be understood that some “maintenance” may be needed. Implants may need to be replaced for a different size or removed altogether and skin re-draping may have to be considered.

Q-Will breast feeding my baby be affected if I get breast implants?
No, breastfeeding remains largely unaffected when a mother undergoes breast augmentation. The surgical approach does not interfere with any of the milk production aspects, and the ducts connecting the gland and the nipples are not damaged. Silicone is not believed to leak in the milk to any measurable degree.

Will I lose any nipple or overall sensation following breast augmentation?
85% of patients in U.S who undergo breast augmentation surgery do not experience any change in nipple sensation. A minority of patients – 15%- may be experience a temporary decreased nipple sensitivity, numbness in the nipple area or even a heightened nipple sensitivity and in a small minority – total loss of nipple sensation. This will largely depend upon whether the areolar incision approach was selected and the size of the pocket area created. The larger the breast pocket needed for accommodating the implant, the more dissection is needed. This carries an increased risk of affecting the nerves.

Q- In what places will I have bruising?
With the popularization and routineness of breast augmentation – it is important to remember that plastic surgery is a surgery- you can expect your breasts to bruise and swell as they heal and the extent will vary from person to person depending on the usual skin response of the individual.

Q-Will I have any scars?
Incisions will be made to serve as the entry point for your selected implant and are usually carried out in any of the three typical locations: around the areola, in the inframammary crease below the breast or in the armpit. These specific incision sites are relatively inconspicuous, and will diminish over time, becoming barely visible. Incision recovery will depend upon the body’s overall natural healing response and close adherence to your individualized post-operative recovery guidelines.

Other Services to Enhance Your Breast Implant Procedure

Breast Augmentation is exceedingly popular as a standalone procedure. In certain instances, you may benefit from simultaneous  breast lift or a combined procedure for more enhanced results to meet your expectations for overall body shape improvement.Another popular procedure performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, is a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover will frequently incorporate an abdominoplasty. Also, patients commonly ask for liposuction of certain areas of the body. Dr Makhlouf has carried out a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures like rhinoplasty or otoplasty during the same surgical day.

Popular procedures include:

 breast lift

 body liposculpture

 mommy makeover

 tummy tuck

 vaginal rejuvenation










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