Breast Augmentation in Chicago
So you are planning breast augmentation—congratulations! One of the safest breast procedures in cosmetic surgery.
You will soon join hundreds of thousands of women each year who choose to enhance their figure with this safe, straightforward procedure.
Breast augmentation procedures in Chicago or Des Plaines with us is a rewarding experience. Dr. Vincent Makhlouf, a board certified plastic surgeon, is known for the results he achieves and for his compassionate, caring approach. The entire team is dedicated to helping you understand every aspect of surgery, assisting you with decisions and addressing your concerns every step of the way.
Dr. Makhlouf and his staff invite you to explore this page for breast augmentation patients. Take a look at the menus above and then take the next step and schedule time to come in and meet with him. Use the contact us form or call 847-297-8001.
Year after year, breast augmentation ranks number one or number two in terms of plastic surgery popularity across the country. Today, the procedure is routine and safe, and women are almost always very pleased with the result. Whether patients seek breast enhancement in Chicago to restore their figure after pregnancy, create the shapely look Mother Nature denied or remedy a breast problem, it is our pleasure to help.
Breasts play a key role in a woman’s self image. Size, shape, position and other characteristics are outward signals of good health, vitality and femininity. That is one reason thousands of patients across the country choose breast augmentation surgery each year. We can enhance a woman’s figure with fat transfer and we do offer that option when patients desire subtle change. Today, however, breast implants remain superior for creating generous curves in one straightforward procedure.
Dr. Makhlouf works with a number of different implants to create a beautiful, natural look for each individual. Developing the surgical strategy and procedures for each patient begins during the consultation. That is when options such as implant size, projection and filling are discussed, as well as implant location and incisions. The details are finalized during a pre-op appointment with Dr. Makhlouf. Most breast augmentation surgeries take place in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. We can operate with intravenous sedation as well.
A typical procedure takes 60 – 90 minutes to complete. The procedure is safe and straightforward, especially in the hands of Dr. Vincent Makhlouf. Women can expect to experience mild to moderate discomfort during initial recovery with most reporting soreness and a feeling of tightness.
Medication is prescribed for each patient, and most find they don’t need it after a day or two. Many of our Chicago breast augmentation patients return to work after just a week off.
Candidates and Options
Women seek breast augmentation to enhance small breasts, restore volume lost due to childbearing, correct asymmetry or address other issues. Breast augmentation can be performed as part of a mommy makeover—usually coupled with a tummy tuck and sometimes a buttocks lift—and it can also be combined with other procedures for the right patient. Silicone breast implants are available as well as saline implants. Read more about the advantages of each type and about the various measurements we consider in finding just the right fit.
When you are considering breast augmentation in Chicago or Des Plaines with Dr. Vincent Makhlouf, your initial consultation is a very important visit. We look forward to getting to know you and addressing all your questions and concerns, so we ask you to set aside enough time for an in-depth appointment. We also hope you will come with an open mind so we may discuss issues and opportunities you might not have considered. Your consultation will be an experience that is uniquely your own.
Dr. Makhlouf will ask to hear about your goals, and he will examine you, take measurements and note his observations. Then it will be time for an open, honest dialogue between the two of you about what can be accomplished. Dr. Makhlouf will explain all your options including types of implants available, size considerations, incisions, implant placement and more. His goal is to educate you so you can make informed decisions. If you are ready to move forward with breast enhancement surgery, we will schedule you for a preoperative visit where we will review the surgical plan in detail and give you information about preparation and recovery. If you want to think things over, you can opt for a second consultation, which is complimentary. Be assured that we do not consider your initial consultation as an opportunity for a sales pitch. Rather, we see your visit as the setting for a key information exchange. It is not just an educational experience; it is also the way for you to evaluate whether you and Dr. Makhlouf are a good match. It is important to him to know that you trust him to do his best for you. That is why most of your time here will be spent directly with Dr. Makhlouf.
You are making an important decision and you deserve to take your time. Over the years, Dr. Makhlouf has worked with thousands of women planning breast enhancement in the Chicago area. If you would like to meet him, fill out our short contact form or call us at 847-297-8001.
Preparing for Surgery
There is a reason for all those sayings about being prepared: they are true. When you are ready for a new experience, there is a much better chance it will go smoothly.
That is why we spend time with our Des Plaines and Chicago breast augmentation patients to ensure they have all the information required to prepare for their surgery. You will understand every detail you need to know – from the medical aspects of surgery to simple ideas that promote a relaxing recovery. When you choose breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Makhlouf, you will be ready.
Here is a general timeline covering the experience:
Two Weeks Before Surgery:
- Your pre-op visit with Dr. Makhlouf will take place one or two weeks before surgery. You and he will settle the final details of your procedure, paying special attention to confirming your choice of implant. We will also review your medical history, issue prescriptions and give you detailed instructions for before and after surgery. You will have plenty of time to ask any remaining questions you have.
- Dr. Makhlouf will have you visit the hospital where your surgery will be performed for a few simple tests. This way you can familiarize yourself with the facility and meet the nurses while they confirm your readiness for breast augmentation.
A Few Days Before Surgery
- We advise finalizing your list of supporters well before the “big day.” This includes someone to take you home after surgery and stay with you the first night. You may want to have some help at home for a day or two—more if you have children and pets to care for.
- Be sure to fill prescriptions a few days before your procedure.
- This is a good time to invest in preparing your home for your return. Many people do a good cleaning prior to surgery, and having fresh sheets on the bed and plenty of pillows around is a good idea. You should also have food on hand that’s easy to prepare, and a stack of books, magazines and movies.
The Night Before Surgery
- We will provide antibacterial soap and ask you to use it when you shower the night before and morning of your procedure. We will also provide medication you can take the night before to reduce anxiety if needed.
- On the morning of your breast augmentation, we will ask you to avoid makeup and lotion and remove all your jewelry. Dress in loose clothing and leave valuables at home. This is a time to let us take care of you!
There are other important steps to get ready for breast augmentation in Chicago or Des Plaines with us, including managing any medications you may be taking, making sure you have the right bras for your post-op period and more. The first step is to come in and meet with us. Call for a no-obligation consultation at 847-297-8001.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
When your big day arrives, you are likely to feel excited and just a little bit nervous. Do not worry! We have worked with thousands of Chicago breast augmentation patients over the years, and we will be ready to help you feel confident and relaxed headed into the operating suite.
You will meet Dr. Makhlouf in the pre-operative area. He will mark the skin where your incisions will be made where the implants need to be placed. He will start you on intravenous antibiotics. Next, you will go to the operating room where after you are asleep your chest will be “painted” with antiseptic and a massaging device will be placed on your legs to boost circulation. You will be given a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort during initial recovery and minimize bleeding around the surgery site.
Surgery itself is performed in three stages.
Dr. Makhlouf first creates pockets for the breast implants, following the markings made just prior to surgery. When the dissection is complete, temporary sizers of the volume you and Dr. Makhlouf have chosen are placed.
While you’re asleep, the surgical team will sit you up and check your overall look, paying close attention to how well the breast pockets accommodate the sizers. Adjustments are made if needed. Sutures are placed and left untied so we can avoid using sharp instruments near the implants.
At this point, the surgical team will remove the temporary sizers and check to ensure there is no undue bleeding. Then, your breast pockets will be rinsed with saline solution and then with an antibiotic solution.
During the third phase of breast augmentation surgery, we employ our “no touch” technique. Dr. Makhlouf changes his gloves, soaks the implants in an antiseptic solution and checks their integrity. He is the only one who touches your implants—this helps avoid any possible contamination.
After easing the implants into place, Dr. Makhlouf ties the pre-positioned deep sutures, then closes and seals the incisions closer to the surface with surgical tape.
When your breast augmentation is complete, the surgical team will put on a soft, supportive bra that opens in the front for you convenience. Then you will be taken you to the recovery room. You will be monitored closely, and we will be there when you awaken. Then you will be sent home to rest when you are ready.
Light to moderate swelling and bruising are typical during the initial recovery. You will have prescription medication to take if you need it, but most patients report just minimal discomfort. You can plan to return to daily life in a few days to a week, gradually adding more strenuous activities.
If breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Makhlouf sounds straightforward, it is. The procedure is usually completed quickly, and complications are rare.
If you are ready for an in-person consultation, just give us a call at 847-297-8001.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the questions we field most often in our Des Plaines and Chicago breast augmentation consultations. Read through our list, then come to your appointment prepared with a list of your own.
Will I be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation?
Most women are able to breastfeed after surgery. There is no guarantee, however.
Will I lose nipple sensation?
If you and Dr. Makhlouf decide to place your incisions around the areolas, you will likely lose sensation for a time. Full sensation returns after surgery for most women, but a few lose some or even all sensation.
How can I be sure I will look natural after surgery?
Discuss the importance of achieving a natural look with Dr. Makhlouf. Your surgical plan can be created with this in mind, and may involve implants placed under the chest muscle as well as careful consideration of the various implant dimensions related to your body type.
What if I want extra large implants?
Dr. Makhlouf will help you determine how large you can go and still look normal. He will also walk you through some of the changes you can expect over time and help you with this important decision.
Are silicone implants really safe?
The FDA-approved silicone implants in use today are filled with a form-stable silicone gel. Unlike older, liquid-filled models, they will not leak out of the shell or out of the breast capsule if the implant cover should rupture. Silicone is a material used in many medical devices placed inside the body; yes, silicone implants are safe.
Why do many women get implants when having a breast lift?
When breasts sag over the years, they often lose volume as well. This is particularly the case after pregnancy and nursing. Therefore, many breast lift procedures include a small implant to restore curves in the upper portion of the breast, or a larger implant for overall fullness.