Breast augmentation provides full, youthful, and symmetrical curves, bringing your breasts into harmony and proportion with the rest of your figure. Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery provides breast augmentation to women from the Crown Point, IN community, including those who have lost breast volume to pregnancy and childbirth or those who have simply never had the volume they desire. Dr. Frank has a proven track record of providing patients with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation enhances the size of the breasts, whether to restore lost volume or help achieve a breast size more proportional to other physical features. In doing so, Dr. Frank and his team also help patients achieve elevated self-confidence. At Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery, we perform breast augmentation with both FDA-approved saline and silicone implants.

Choosing the Right Breast Implants

Saline implants and silicone implants are two types of breast implants commonly used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Here’s an overview of each:

  1. Saline Implants
    • Composition: Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater (saline).
    • Shell Material: The outer shell is silicone.
    • Adjustability: Saline implants are adjustable during surgery. The volume can be modified to achieve the desired size.
    • Rupture Detection: Ruptures are usually easily detectable, as the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body.
  2. Silicone Implants
    • Composition: Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel.
    • Natural Feel: Silicone implants often have a more natural feel, resembling natural breast tissue.
    • Rupture Detection: Ruptures may be harder to detect without medical imaging (silent rupture), as the gel tends to stay within the implant or breast capsule.


  • Feel: Many find silicone implants feel more natural than saline implants, providing a more realistic touch.
  • Rupture Detection: Saline implants typically offer easier rupture detection because the body absorbs the saline.
  • Incision Size: Silicone implants may require a slightly larger incision than saline implants, as they are pre-filled.

When to Choose Saline

  • Rupture Concerns: If a patient is concerned about detecting ruptures easily.
  • Smaller Incision: If a smaller incision is preferred.

When to Choose Silicone

Natural Feel: When a more natural feel is a priority.

Ultimately, the choice between saline and silicone implants depends on individual preferences, body type, and aesthetic goals. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial to making an informed decision based on personal factors and desired outcomes.

Incision Options in Breast Augmentation

Selecting the right incision option in breast augmentation is a crucial decision, as it impacts both the aesthetic outcome and postoperative experience. Dr. Frank offers a range of incision choices, each with unique benefits, ensuring a tailored approach that aligns with individual preferences and anatomy.

The incisions are typically discreet and closed with dissolvable sutures, eliminating the need for removal. Dr. Frank’s adoption of the Keller Funnel™ allows him to make notably smaller incisions, even with larger implants, contributing to a more straightforward patient recovery process.

*Individual results may vary

Inframammary Incision

  • Location: Made along the fold beneath the breast.
  • Benefits: Provides direct access for precise implant placement and adjustments. Incision location typically hides well within the natural breast fold.

Periareolar Incision

  • Location: Around the edge of the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple).
  • Benefits: Offers a concealed scar within the natural transition between the areola and the breast skin. It is well-suited for those with naturally darker areolas.

Dr. Frank’s Patient-First Approach

During a personalized consultation, Dr. Frank thoroughly discusses the patient’s goals, preferences, and concerns. He provides comprehensive information about each incision option, explaining the benefits and potential considerations. Together with the patient, Dr. Frank collaboratively decides on the most suitable incision option based on the patient’s anatomy, preferences, and desired outcomes. Dr. Frank then customizes the surgical plan to optimize results. He provides ongoing support, monitoring the patient’s recovery and addressing concerns to ensure a positive postoperative experience.

His patient-first approach involves transparent communication, education, and collaborative decision-making to ensure patients receive personalized and optimal care throughout their breast augmentation journey.

What Is Recovery Like Following Breast Augmentation?

Following any plastic surgery, it is essential to provide your body with time to rest and heal. At Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery, we typically advise our breast augmentation patients that the recovery time is about seven to 10 days, after which most patients feel ready to return to work or school. While some physical discomfort can be expected, prescribed and over-the-counter medications can help maximize your comfort. It is also important to note that breast implants may take four to six weeks to settle, which means you will not necessarily see your full, final results right away. Feel free to contact Dr. Frank and his team directly with any questions or concerns during the recovery process.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Near Crown Point, IN

As you explore the diverse options for breast augmentation, consider the experience and patient-centered approach offered by Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery, now serving Crown Point, IN. Dr. Frank’s commitment to personalized care ensures that your unique goals and concerns are at the forefront of your surgical journey. Take the next step towards achieving the confidence and look you desire—schedule a consultation today at (219) 513-2011.