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CHICAGO BREAST AUGMENTATION

Many women choose to have their breasts enlarged in order to satisfy their own desire for a fuller bustline. Your breasts may not have developed to a size that meets your expectations, or one breast may be significantly smaller than the other. You also may have been happy with your breasts in the past, but feel that they look different now. Often, after weight loss, childbirth or as a result of aging, the breasts lose volume and their shape changes. Breast augmentation can enhance your breast size and shape, and give you the more proportional figure that you always wanted.

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Dr. Speron has a tremendous amount of experience performing breast augmentation in Chicago hospitals and surgery centers. It is the procedure he performs most commonly. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:

  • he performs all the various breast augmentation approaches including minimally invasive and no-scar approaches
  • he uses all types of implants including Mentor and Mghan as well as saline implants & silicone implants.
  • he does not use drains for breast implant surgery
  • he offers the pain pump, if patients request it (his patients typically take narcotics for < 24 hours even without this) all patients receive "nerve blocks" during surgery when they are asleep, which means the pain cycle is controlled from the very beginning.

Dr Speron is one of the leading breast augmentation surgeons in the Chicago area and offers a wealth of expertise with both saline implants as well as silicone implants. Dr Speron has been featured in numerous media opportunities.

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Any of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery:

  • you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • clothes that fit well around your hips are often too large at the bustline
  • you feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top
  • your breasts have become smaller and lost their firmness after having children
  • weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
  • one of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other

Your Personal Consultation

During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size and anything else related to the appearance of your breasts that you feel is important. The point will be to determine what natural breast enhancement you can achieve. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size and anything else related to the appearance of your breasts that you feel is important. The point will be to determine what natural breast enhancement you can achieve.

This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for natural breast enhancement surgery?

Your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and perhaps take photographs for your medical record. He will consider such factors as the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). If your breasts are sagging, a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with augmentation to obtain a more natural breast enhancement.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. You will be asked whether you have a family history of breast cancer and about results of any mammograms. It is important for you to provide complete information.
There is no scientific evidence that augmentation mammoplasty increases the risk of breast cancer. The presence of breast implants, however, makes it more technically difficult to take and read mammograms. This may be a special consideration for women who perhaps are at higher risk for breast cancer because of their family history or other reasons. Placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination, but other factors may also need to be considered with regard to implant placement. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you.
If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to tell your plastic surgeon. He or she may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to undergoing breast enhancement surgery.
If you think that you may want to become pregnant in the future, you should mention this to your surgeon. Pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could affect the long-term results of your breast augmentation. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect pregnancy or your ability to breast-feed, but if you have questions about these matters, you should ask your plastic surgeon

How do I pick my new breast size so I can obtain a natural breast enlargement?

Patients usually ask what size implant is "right" for them. No one can really answer that question except the patient themselves. Your plastic surgeon will ask you what size you would like to be. During your examination, a determination will then be made based on your body dimensions, skin elasticity and a simple test - we provide patients with a properly sized bra and t-shirt and multiple implants of different sizes. These implants are actual saline filled implants that are usually used in breast enlargement, so the look these implants give does reflect the final appearance patients can expect. By trying on various sizes, it is easy for patients to zero-in on the size that they like best. This simple test gives a very realistic idea of the final result of breast augmentation. In our opinion, it is far superior to computer imaging of the breast. Patients agree that it is a tremendous help not only in their decision to have augmentation mammoplasty surgery but also to help decide what size is right for them.

The goal of your plastic surgeon and the entire staff is to make your breast implant surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.

How should I prepare for breast implant surgery?

In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend a baseline mammogram before surgery and another mammographic examination some months after surgery. This will help to detect any future changes in your breast tissue. Following breast implant surgery, you will still be able to perform breast self-examination.
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
Breast implant surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery

What will the day of breast implant surgery be like?

Your breast implant surgery may be performed in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility or office-based surgical suite. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing breast implant surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. 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 or a surgical bra. You may be permitted to go home after a few hours, unless you and your plastic surgeon have determined that you will stay in the hospital or surgical facility overnight.

How will I look and feel initially?

A day or two after surgery, you should be up and about. Any dressings will be removed within several days, and you may be instructed to wear a support bra. Your plastic surgeon will probably permit you to shower between three and seven days following surgery. Stitches will be removed in about a week. Some discoloration and swelling will occur initially, but this will disappear quickly. Most residual swelling will resolve within a month.

When can I resume my normal activities?

After breast implant surgery, it is often possible to return to work within just a few days or a week, depending on your job. Vigorous activities, especially arm movement, may be restricted for two to three weeks. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least the first week following surgery. After that, care must be taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next month.

How the Breast Augmentation Procedure is Performed

Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and your plastic surgeon to determine your appropriate breast size, the location of incisions, and whether the breast implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle

Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and your plastic surgeon to determine your appropriate breast size, the location of incisions, and whether the breast implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle

An incision can be made either underneath the breast, just above the crease, around the lower edge of the areola or within the armpit.

The breast implant is placed in a pocket either directly behind the breast tissue (right) or underneath the pectoral muscle which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.

What type of breast implants will be used with Chicago breast augmentation?

In 1992, because further studies were needed to establish the safety of breast implants, the Food and Drug Administration decided that silicone gel-filled implants would not be generally available for cosmetic breast enlargement. Currently, all women undergoing breast augmentation receive saline-filled implants which consist of a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater.
New scientific data on the safety of breast implants is rapidly being collected. In the future, it is possible that additional types of filler materials may become available. Your plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with the latest information on breast enlargement

Where are the incisions placed for breast augmentation procedure?

One of the advantages of a saline-filled breast implant is that, because it is filled with saltwater after being inserted, only a small incision is needed. Often, an incision of less than one inch is made underneath the breast, just above the crease, where it is usually quite inconspicuous.
Another possible location for the incision is around the lower edge of the areola. A third alternative is to make a small incision within the armpit. Once the incision is made, the surgeon creates a pocket into which the breast implant will be inserted. This pocket is made either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscle which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.

Every year, many thousands of women undergo successful breast augmentation surgery; however, anyone considering surgery should be aware of both the benefits and risks.

I understand that every surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?

The subject of breast augmentation risks and complications is best discussed on a personal basis between you and your plastic surgeon, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office.

Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include reactions to anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically and infection. Although rare, an infection that does not subside with appropriate treatment may require temporary removal of the implant. Changes in nipple or breast sensation may result from breast augmentation surgery, although they usually are temporary.

When a breast implant is inserted, a scar capsule forms around it as part of the natural healing process. The capsule may sometimes tighten and compress the implant, causing the breast to feel firmer than normal. Capsular contracture can occur to varying degrees. If it is severe, it can cause discomfort or changes in the breast's appearance. In such cases, more surgery may be needed to modify or remove the scar tissue, or perhaps remove or replace the implant.

Breast implants are not lifetime devices and cannot be expected to last forever. If a saline-filled implant breaks, its contents are harmlessly absorbed by the body within hours. A definite change in the size of the breast is clearly noticed. Rupture can occur as a result of trauma to the chest, but more commonly it occurs spontaneously with no apparent cause. Surgery will be required to replace the implant, if desired.

If you are at an age when mammographic examinations should be conducted on a periodic basis, it will be important for you to select a radiology technician who is experienced in taking x-rays of augmented breasts. Additional views of your breasts will be required. Your plastic surgeon, in some instances, may recommend other types of examinations such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging. It is possible that the presence of breast implants could delay or hinder the early detection of breast cancer.

Some women with breast implants have reported problems including certain connective tissue and immune-related diseases. Women without implants also have these disorders, so the key question is whether breast implants increase the risk of developing the conditions. Several large studies have been completed that provide reassurance that women with breast implants do not have a significantly increased risk for these diseases.

What are my breast implant warranty options?

Here are the two major breast implant companies warranty information:

1. Allergan Breast Implants Warranty information

Breast Implant Limited Warranty

Allergan offers a comprehensive warranty that reflects their confidence in the quality of their products. As a recipient of Allergan Medical breast implants you are automatically enrolled in the ConfidencePlusTM breast implant warranty. Additionally, Allergan offers you the ConfidencePlusTM Platinum warranty, which represents the next tier of comprehensive product warranties.

Familiarize yourself with the features and benefits of the ConfidencePlusTM and ConfidencePlusTM Platinum warranties.

ConfidencePlusTM

10 years of coverage is the Allergan Medical Standard!

10 years of guaranteed financial assistance. Receive up to $1,200 of out-of-pocket expenses for surgical fees, operating room and anesthesia expenses not covered by insurance.

Silicone-filled and saline-filled breast implants covered.

Lifetime product replacement. At the request of your surgeon, any size may be selected to replace your current Allergan Medical breast implant style at no cost to you, or choose another style. (A charge may apply on product with a higher list price.)

Automatic Enrollment

You choose how to apply your reimbursement.

ConfidencePlusTM Platinum Limited Warranty Option

10 years of guaranteed financial assistance. Receive up to $2,400 of out-of-pocket expenses for surgical fees, operating room and anesthesia expenses not covered by insurance.

Low enrollment fee of $100.

Saline-filled and silicone-filled Allergan Medical breast implants covered.

Contralateral implant replacement. At the surgeons' request, Allergan Medical will also provide a replacement for the contralateral breast.

Lifetime product replacement. At the request of your surgeon, any size may be selected to replace your current Allergan Medical breast implant style at no cost to you, or choose another style.( A charge may apply on product with a higher list price).

Highest financial assistance available.

Best value in the industry.

The ConfidencePlusTM Warranty applies to all Allergan Medical saline-filled and silicone-filled breast implants that have been implanted in the United States and Canada after April 1, 2002*, provided the product has been used:
1. As intended by appropriately qualified and licensed surgeons, in accordance with current and accepted plastic surgery techniques.
2. In accordance with the current Allergan Medical breast implant package insert

The ConfidencePlusTM Warranties apply only to cases of loss of shell integrity resulting in implant rupture or implant deflation that require surgical intervention.

Products Covered

For breast implants implanted prior to this date, contact Allergan Medical Corporation for information on the replacement programs that apply.

Events Covered

To submit a ConfidencePlusTM Warranty claim for product replacement and financial assistance, the surgeon must contact Allergan Medical's Product Support Team prior to replacement surgery. Contact Allergan at:

Allergan Medical
800.624.4261
fax: 800.972.2368
To be eligible for product replacement and financial assistance, the surgeon is required to return the explanted, disinfected Allergan Medical breast implant(s) within three (3) months of the date of explantation. For specific return authorization instructions please contact Allergan Medical's Product Support Team.

Financial assistance and product replacement will be issued upon receipt and verification of the explanted product, the Returned Goods Authorization (RGA) and the patients' general release.

2. Mentor Breast Implant Warranty information

A Limited Warranty for Peace of Mind - Above and Beyond Your Breast Implant Surgery

A Personal Commitment to Your Well-Being

Our relationship with you doesn’t end with your surgery. We make a long-term commitment to our patients and we stand behind the integrity of our products.

All recipients of MemoryGel® Round breast implants are automatically eligible for the Mentor Lifetime Product Replacement Policy1. What this means to you is that should a confirmed rupture occur, you are eligible for up to two replacement breast implants of any size in a similar style...at no charge.

But now there’s an extra reason to say ‘yes’ to more beautiful breasts.

We are offering our best warranty ever for MemoryGel® round breast implant surgeries on or after May 1, 2009. The Mentor Premier Advantage Limited Warranty offers up to $3,500 in financial assistance2 should a confirmed rupture occur. Here’s how it works:

• Lifetime product replacement policy1
• This warranty applies to expenses occurring from a confirmed rupture due to loss of shell integrity for up to 10 years from the date of implant surgery
• The warranty pays up to $3,500 financial assistance2 for operating room, anesthesia, and surgical charges not covered by insurance and applies only to MemoryGel® round breast implant surgeries on or after May 1, 2009.
• Free contralateral (opposite side) implant replacement upon surgeon request
• Non-cancelable terms
• And, good to know, this warranty coverage is free

Click here for a copy of our brochure on the Mentor Premier Advantage Limited Warranty

A special note: Please be sure to maintain your own records to ensure validation of your enrollment, as it is possible your doctor may not retain your records for the entire duration of the limited warranty.

1 Lifetime Product Replacement Policy: Mentor will provide replacement of a Mentor product of any size in the same or similar style as the originally implanted product free of charge for the lifetime of the patient. Upon the surgeon’s request, a different implant style may be selected (subject to a charge of the difference between product list prices).
2 Operating room and anesthesia charges will be given payment priority. In order to qualify for financial assistance, you will need to sign a Release Form.
3 Please note: If you had breast surgery prior to May 1, 2009, your warranty coverage will be based on the warranty in effect at the time of such surgery.

Chicago breast augmentation risk

Breast augmentation will make your small breasts fuller and enhance their shape. The degree of your breast enhancement is a personal choice and is determined before surgery. Your breast enhancement will be noticeable right away. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing. Like many women who have had breast enhancement, you may have a boost in self-confidence.

Massage of Breast Implants After Chicago Breast Enhancement

Massage of scars and implants is begun once you are 3 weeks out from your surgery date. Implant massage exercises (like the ones pictured below) are probably beneficial. I do not believe, however, that a woman gets contracture only because she did not massage her implants.

How long will the results of Chicago Breast Enhancement last?

Except in the event of implant deflation requiring surgical replacement with a new implant, the results of your breast enhancement surgery will be long-lasting. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman's breasts. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast "lifting" to restore their more youthful contour.

Chicago Breast Enhancement Post Surgical Care

There are certain clinical skin care products that can aid in the healing process after your breast augmentation surgery, as well as to maintain your results. Dr. Speron recommends neaclear Liquid Oxygen Firming Body Lotion and neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Rejuvenating Body Scrub. To reduce the appearance of post surgical scars, he also recommends neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Scar Advantage.

neaclear Liquid Oxygen Firming Body Lotion:

  • Firms the skin to leave a soft, youthful appearance
  • Rejuvenates dry, weak skin
  • Delivers oxygen and nutrients to scar tissue to accelerate healing process

neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Rejuvenating Body Scrub

  • Gentle scrubs away dead skin cells and other impurities to refresh the skin
  • Optimizes the skin's ability to retain moisture
  • Revitalizes the skin, especially around scar tissue, to regenerate healthy cells

neaclearplus Liquid Oxygen Scar Advantage:

  • Applies gentle pressure to the site of the scar to encourage flatness
  • Provides oxygen to the scar to accelerate healing
  • Leaves the skin softer and smoother

Maintaining a Relationship with Your Plastic Surgeon After Your Chicago Breast Enhancement

You will return to your plastic surgeon's office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Your surgeon will encourage you to schedule routine breast evaluations and mammograms at the frequency recommended for your age group.

Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room after your breast enlargement. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your breast enhancement plastic surgeon.

Critical-Questions

By Dr. SAM SPERON

When I first published The 7 Critical Questions to Ask Before Letting Any Surgeon Touch You, I had no idea that it would be so popularly received. Since its publication, this brief guide has helped thousands like you to more safely navigate the world of cosmetic surgery. The 7 Questions have been updated and a bonus section, Applying the 7 Questions, has just been added. Be my guest to read, learn and share.