Breast Augmentation Surgery in Naperville
Dr. Tripti Burt offers breast augmentation surgery for women that want bigger, fuller breasts. If you have always been self-conscious of small breasts, or if your breasts lost their attractive shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, Dr. Burt can help. By placing saline or silicone implants, she can give you the voluptuous bust you desire.
Not all breast augmentation surgeons are created equal. It is essential to select the surgeon with the right combination of training, experience and skill. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Burt is renowned for her breast augmentation expertise. She is a trustworthy and compassionate physician with whom you will feel totally comfortable.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
You might be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation if you:
- Have small or asymmetrical breasts
- Are in generally good health
- Do not smoke
- Understand the benefits and risks of breast implant surgery
- Have reasonable expectations of surgery
Your candidacy will be determined during a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Burt. She will examine your breasts and body type, inquire about your goals of surgery and review your medical history before determining whether you are a good candidate for breast implants.
Your Breast Implant Choices
Once your candidacy has been established, you and Dr. Burt have a few decisions to make about your surgery and your implants. Dr. Burt will recommend the best options based on your body and your goals.
Implant Type: Implants are filled with saline, silicone material or cohesive gel material. Silicone and cohesive gel implants are already filled when they are placed, but saline implants are not; the empty shells are placed and then filled to the desired capacity. Implants come in round or teardrop shapes and a variety of sizes. Round implants have a similar shape on the top and bottom, whereas teardrop shapes have a gentle downward slope and more projection on the bottom.
Placement Location: Implants are positioned in front of the chest muscle, behind it or partially behind it. Placing implants behind the chest muscle offers more coverage in women with minimal natural breast tissue, but requires a longer recovery. Placing implants in front of the chest muscle offers less coverage but a quicker recovery.
Incision Pattern: Implants are inserted through incisions around the edge of the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple), in the breast crease or the armpit. The incision pattern generally depends on the type of implant being placed, your anatomy and other factors.
Cohesive Gel Implants
The newest breast implants are filled with a form-stable, highly cohesive silicone gel material. The gel filling has more chemical connections between the silicone molecules, making it firmer than other silicone implants.
Nicknamed “gummy bear” implants, the implant filling resembles that of the chewy candy. Because of the gel’s firm quality, it is not likely to escape into the body in the case of a rupture. Also, the implant maintains its shape very well.
Silicone gel implants come in a teardrop shape that is slightly sloped, similar to the shape of a natural breast. They produce extremely natural-looking results. Women looking for a more dramatic result may be better off with a different type of implant.
Highly cohesive gel implants are approved for breast augmentation candidates over the age of 22 and breast reconstruction candidates of any age. Candidates for highly cohesive gel implants should be healthy, not smoke and not have any medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications. Candidates should also not be pregnant or nursing at the time of surgery, and maintain a healthy BMI. Ideally patients have stopped breastfeeding for at least six months prior to proceeding with surgery.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is performed at an accredited surgical facility or hospital. Anesthesia and sedation medications are administered to help you sleep comfortably during the procedure.
The surgeon will first make the incisions in the pre-determined location (either around the areola, under the breast crease or within the armpit). She will create a small pocket for the implants either on top of the chest muscle, beneath it or partially beneath it.
If she’s using saline implants, she will place the unfilled shells in the pocket. Once they’re positioned, she will slowly fill the shells with the saline solution until the implant has reached the desired capacity.
Silicone gel implants come pre-filled. If she’s using silicone gel implants, she will place and position the implant in the breast pocket.
Once desired placement and positioning is achieved, she will close the surgical incisions with sutures, and bandage the breasts. Sometimes a special strap is placed on top of the breasts to stabilize the implants.
After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room and monitored for a short period of time. Finally, you will be released into the care of a loved one, who should drive you home and help you get situated in a comfortable position.
What to Expect During Recovery
You will mostly likely feel a little sore and tired for the remainder of the day of surgery. You will need to rest for a few days. Breast augmentation patients in Joliet & Naperville are usually able to resume daily activities and return to work within one week. Strenuous physical activities involving the upper body should be avoided for up to one month. This is especially important for patients who have had their implants placed under the muscle.
For the first week or so, you will be advised to take pain medicine and follow postoperative instructions closely. Even with a certain amount of swelling, you will see an immediate improvement in the size and shape of your breasts. Dr. Burt will carefully monitor your progress to ensure that you are healing properly.
Breast Augmentation FAQS
Choosing to have breast augmentation is a serious decision that should not be made casually. Many of our patients do a lot of research prior to their consultation and have questions for our team.
Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive include the following:
Are breast implants safe?
Yes. Breast implants are some of the most heavily studied medical devices on the market. After numerous clinical trials and research, the FDA has declared saline and silicone breast implants to be safe for use in cosmetic breast enhancement surgery. Silicone gel implants were under scrutiny for years, but have earned the FDA’s seal of approval.
Implants are designed to last for many years, and do not need to be replaced unless you are unhappy with the way they look or you experience complications.
Is the procedure painful?
No. You will receive anesthesia and sedation medication to help you sleep comfortably during your procedure. You will not feel anything during your surgery. Also, after your procedure, we will prescribe oral pain medication to help soothe any post-operative discomfort.
When can I return to work?
Every patient heals at a different pace; however, in general, most of our patients return to work within a few days to a week. Patients who work desk jobs may return sooner than those whose jobs requires more physical movement, including regular bending, lifting or straining.
During your initial recovery, it’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself if you don’t feel ready to return to work. Get plenty of rest, nourish your body with the right foods, do some light exercise and follow all aftercare instructions pertaining to your healing incisions.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
Yes. In most cases, women with breast implants are able to successfully breastfeed their children. Some evidence shows that certain breast augmentation incisions have a slight risk of interfering with breastfeeding — namely, the periareolar incision. However, if this is an important priority to you, Dr. Burt would be happy to discuss your options during your surgical consultation.
How big should I go?
There are several considerations that factor into selecting the right implant size, including your body’s frame and the type of results you hope to achieve. Many women want to achieve a noticeable difference but don’t want to look artificially enhanced. Dr. Burt focuses on helping you choose the best size for your body type and your goals. She will have a detailed discussion with you about your proportions and explain how different sized implants will create specific outcomes. Measurements will be taken during your consultation to allow Dr. Burt to help you find the right geometric shape, type and volume of implant.
What Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
We understand that surgical costs are a huge consideration for our patients.
The cost of breast augmentation varies by several factors, including the type of implants used and the specific augmentation procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the national average cost of primary breast augmentation is $3,543 (this number does not include anesthesia, facility fees and other expenses) and does not include a formal breast lift.
After learning more about your personal needs and goals, Dr. Burt will provide a customized treatment plan. With this information, our team will be able to give you a more detailed quote for breast augmentation cost, and explain what is and isn’t included in that number.
Because breast augmentation is considered an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance usually does not cover it. Please review your insurance policy for more details.
Financing Breast Augmentation
In order to make breast augmentation affordable for a wider range of patients, we offer several financing options, including CareCredit and MedicalFinancing.com plans. These plans feature affordable monthly payments and low- or no-interest rates. Credit decisions can be made almost instantly after filling out an application online.
How do I choose an implant size?
Choosing your breast implant size is a personal decision that will ultimately depend on your body frame and aesthetic goals. Dr. Burt will take measurements and then suggest the implants she believes are suited to your body and can best achieve your goals.
How do I decide on the incision (approach) to be used during breast augmentation?
There are three different incision options for breast augmentation and each comes with advantages and disadvantages. Incisions can be made in the crease below the breasts (inframammary fold), around the nipple (periareolar) or in the armpit (transaxillary). The type of incision pattern depends on several factors including the type of implant used and your anatomy.
Should implants be placed under the muscle or over the muscle?
Implant placement will depend on your anatomy and goals. Many women prefer having their implants placed behind the chest muscle (submuscular placement) because the implants tend to look and feel more natural. However, placing the implants above the chest muscle (subglandular placement) can give women with ptosis (breast sag) a small lift as well as fill out the cleavage area.
Is it necessary to wait until after having children before having breast augmentation?
Although it is safe to have children after breast augmentation, Dr. Burt recommends you wait to have your implants placed until after you are done having children and you are done breastfeeding. Pregnancy and nursing after breast augmentation can change the shape and size of the breasts. It is recommended you wait to undergo breast augmentation until your breasts have stabilized after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
How long do I need to be off of work?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient. If you have a job that requires little physical activity, you may be able to return to work one week following surgery. However, if your job is physically demanding, you may need to take two to three weeks off from work. Depending on your healing progress, Dr. Burt will determine when it is safe for you to return to work.
When can I start basic cardio exercises after breast augmentation?
Most patients are able to exercise three to four weeks after breast augmentation surgery. However, this will ultimately depend on your healing progress. Exercising before your body is fully recovered may result in complications such as scarring.
When does the swelling after breast augmentation begin to subside?
Swelling after breast augmentation should begin to subside within seven to 10 days after surgery. To minimize swelling and promote faster healing, Dr. Burt may wrap your breasts in gauze dressings and bandages during the first few days after surgery.
Will I need a breast lift also?
If you desire bigger, fuller breasts that are also perkier and youthful-looking, you may want to consider combining your implants with breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery raises the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall as well as removes excess, sagging skin for a more beautiful appearance. If you have breast sag following pregnancy, nursing or weight fluctuations, breast lift surgery may be appropriate.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
Breastfeeding with implants is safe for both you and your baby. However, because breast tissue and skin elasticity change during and after pregnancy and nursing, it is recommended you wait until you are finished weaning your children to have your implants placed.
Is breast augmentation safe? What are the risks and side effects?
Breast augmentation may cause swelling, bruising and breast tenderness. Other possible complications include infection, capsular contracture, misshapen breasts and temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the breasts, nipples or both. Before your surgery, Dr. Burt will discuss these risks with you in detail and work with you to design a surgical treatment plan that will achieve your goals safely.
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Burt, please contact her plastic surgery practice at (815) 267-8830 in Plainfield or at (815) 941-1877 in Morris. During a comprehensive consultation, you can also discuss your other breast and body contouring options including tummy tuck, liposuction and mommy makeover.