Full, vivacious curves can help any woman feel more confident and comfortable in her skin. Breast augmentation makes it possible to achieve youthful breasts, bringing them into the right proportion with the rest of the body. Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery is pleased to provide breast augmentation for patients from Frankfort, IL, and the surrounding community, including women who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or breastfeeding, as well as women who are not satisfied with their breast size.

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that increases the size of the breasts. By contrast, a breast lift affects the shape of the breasts. Patients often combine these procedures for more dramatic results.

At Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery, we provide our patients with breast augmentation via implant placement. Dr. Frank’s goal is always to deliver an individualized approach, helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and enhance their self-confidence.

Exploring Different Implant Types

Saline implants and silicone implants represent two distinct options for women considering breast augmentation in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Saline Implants

Saline implants, comprised of a silicone outer shell filled with sterile salt water, offer the advantage of adjustability in surgery and allow for modifications to achieve the desired size. Ruptures are easily detectable as the implant goes flat and the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body.

Silicone Implants

On the other hand, silicone implants, filled with a cohesive silicone gel, are known for providing a more natural feel closely resembling natural breast tissue. However, ruptures may be more challenging to detect without medical imaging.

The Differences

The differences between these two types of implants extend to factors such as feel, rupture detection, and adjustability. Silicone implants often present a more natural look and feel, while saline implants typically facilitate easier rupture detection.

Choosing Between Saline and Silicone Implants

The choice between saline and silicone implants hinges on individual preferences, body type, and specific aesthetic goals. In cases where patients prioritize easy rupture detection or a smaller incision, saline implants may be preferred. Conversely, those seeking a more natural feel may find silicone implants better suited to their needs. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential for making an informed decision.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Selecting the appropriate incision option in breast augmentation is a critical decision influencing both the aesthetic outcome and postoperative experience. Dr. Frank provides a range of incision choices, each offering unique benefits tailored to individual preferences and anatomy.

Incisions are usually discreetly hidden and sealed using dissolving sutures that don’t require removal. Thanks to Dr. Frank’s utilization of the Keller Funnel™, he can craft significantly smaller incisions, even for larger implants, enhancing patients’ recovery process for a smoother experience.

*Individual results may vary

Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision, made along the fold beneath the breast, allows for precise implant placement and adjustments, with the scar typically well-concealed within the natural breast fold.

Periareolar Incisions

Periareolar incisions, placed around the edge of the areola, provide a concealed scar blending seamlessly with the natural transition between the areola and breast skin, particularly suitable for those with darker areolas.

Dr. Frank’s Patient-First Approach

Dr. Frank’s patient-first approach ensures a thorough consultation where he discusses the patient’s individual goals, preferences, and concerns. By educating patients about each incision option and actively involving them in the decision-making process, Dr. Frank collaborates to determine the most suitable treatment approach. This personalized strategy optimizes outcomes and aligns with the patient’s aesthetic goals and lifestyle.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Following breast augmentation, you will need some time for your body to rest and heal. Dr. Frank recommends waiting seven to 10 days for most patients before resuming regular school and work activities. You can expect some physical discomfort during this recovery period, but prescribed and over-the-counter medications can mitigate it. Also, it takes four to six weeks for implants to settle, so you may wait to see your final results. Be patient, as virtually all women who see Dr. Frank for breast augmentation are ultimately delighted with their results.

Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation near Frankfort, IL

Breast augmentation allows women from Frankfort, IL to enhance their confidence and achieve youthful, well-proportioned breasts. To find out more about options for breast augmentation, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank. Contact Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery at (219) 513-2011.