Breast Augmentation

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Many women hoping to have a proportionate figure realize early on in adulthood that there is only so much that exercise and eating well can do to influence their breast size, especially if they are undersized. Other women may have developed asymmetrically, or experience radical changes in their breast size and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Fortunately today, most women can have the breast size and shape they have always wanted through breast augmentation in Chicago. This procedure, also called breast enlargement, is one of the most common procedures performed by double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Steinwald.

Meet Dr. Steinwald

Paul M. Steinwald, MD, is one of the few plastic surgeons in Chicago who is double board certified in both plastic and general surgery. Read On

To learn more about breast augmentation, request a consultation online with Dr. Steinwald and save $50 off the regular consultation fee. Or, call the Lake Forest Plastic Surgery office at 847-234-9464.

Breast Implant Safety

If you are considering breast augmentation (or "augmentation mammaplasty") surgery, you are not alone. Thousands of women choose this procedure in the United States every year, and there has never been a better time to consider your breast implant options. The FDA re-approved silicone implants in November 2006, which are safer and more natural feeling than ever before. Even if they do rupture, the silicone is somewhat thicker, and stays in the naturally formed capsule that the body forms around implants (rather than "leaking through your body," which was a largely fictitious concern when these implants were taken off the market in the early 1990s.) Ultimately, both silicone and saline breast implants are safe, and each type has its advantages.

Why Choose Breast Augmentation

The decision to have breast enlargement is a very personal one, and Dr. Steinwald respects the sensitivity of each woman's desires and concerns as he tailors every breast enhancement procedure to each woman's individual needs. Many women choose this procedure to:

  • Increase the size of underdeveloped or disproportionately small breasts
  • Combat drooping of the nipples (early "ptosis")
  • Correct or balance asymmetrical breasts

Many young mothers find that their once fuller breasts become "deflated" after breastfeeding and wish to regain the fullness they enjoyed before or during pregnancy. This condition, also known as "post-partum involution," sometimes results in nipples droop below the fold. In this case, Dr. Steinwald may combine a breast lift with breast augmentation.

Regardless of your motivations to have breast surgery, Dr. Steinwald has corrected a variety of breast concerns with breast augmentation. This procedure not only increases your breast size and balances proportions, but may also help enhance your self-esteem.

What to Expect

Breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation or lighter general anesthesia. Dr. Steinwald has significant experience working with both saline and gel implants. He usually places the implants under the muscle through inframammary (breast fold) incisions, or in the periareolar area (via the nipple margin). Again, he will discuss with you in advance all of your options, and those that would best serve your individual anatomy, proportions and wishes. The ultimate goal is to create long-lasting breast beauty and a natural feel.

Many women choose to combine breast enlargement with body contouring procedures, including a tummy tuck or liposuction in Chicago.

Your Next Step

It's easy to learn more about breast enlargement. Simply request a consultation online with Dr. Steinwald and save $50 off the regular consultation fee. Or, call the Lake Forest Plastic Surgery office at (847) 234-9464 to schedule your visit. Dr. Steinwald looks forward to helping you achieve your optimal appearance.

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