Robert Frank, MD Plastic Surgery has extensive experience helping women achieve fuller, more youthful, and more symmetrical breasts. Dr. Frank’s methodical and supportive care ensures that patients are involved in their treatment and feel confident at every stage in the process.
Breast augmentation patients from Munster, Hobart, Crown Point, and Frankfort choose the procedure for one of several reasons. Most commonly:
- Patients want to regain the fullness they have lost following weight change, childbirth, or breastfeeding, all of which can create a deflated appearance.
- Some women have never had significant breast volume. Surgery can allow them to achieve a fuller and more proportionate appearance.*
The women who choose our practice are seeking natural-looking, attractive results that are a proper fit for their frame. Learn how Dr. Frank provides these results as well as an excellent patient experience.*
Dr. Frank’s Approach to Breast Augmentation
From the initial consultation to the final recovery check-up, Dr. Frank works to give you a comfortable and successful augmentation experience. It is here where Dr. Frank and you will determine if breast augmentation with implants or a fat transfer to the breasts will best match your goals.
It is important for patients to hear about surgery from the person conducting the procedure. That’s why breast augmentation patients from Munster, Hobart, Crown Point, and Frankfort meet with Dr. Frank—not a patient coordinator—to learn what to expect and to ask their questions about treatment.
At the end of the consultation, patients receive a price quote for everything excluding postoperative medications. While some practices offer a price for surgery alone—which ignores other costs such as surgical bras, facility charges, and anesthesia—our patients know the bottom line before they make their decision.
In a second visit, breast augmentation patients complete consent forms, learn about the recovery process, take preoperative photographs, and complete a sizing session. During the sizing, patients assess their goals by trying sizer implants in a bra. This gives women a chance to see the difference 50 or 100 ccs can make in their final appearance. Patients who previously had surgery elsewhere tell us that this approach to sizing is more effective than what they experienced before. Dr. Frank offers guidance in the process and invites patients to return before surgery to confirm their decision if they wish.
Implants and Breast Augmentation
Patients typically have a lot of questions about implants. In brief:
We use Mentor® and Inamed® implants. All three manufacturers stand behind their products with generous warranties and have proven their safety over time.
About 85% of Dr. Frank’s breast augmentation patients elect to have silicone gel implants, which have been FDA-approved for all patients since 2008. They offer a softer, more natural feel.*
Dr. Frank generally places implants under the muscle to provide a more natural postoperative appearance, limit capsular contracture (scar tissue formation), and reduce concerns with mammograms and breastfeeding.*
About the Procedure
Dr. Frank performs all anesthesia-based procedures at a licensed, JCAHO accredited, surgical facility in the vicinity of Hobart and Munster. Breast augmentation patients receive general anesthesia so that they are comfortable through the procedure.
Dr. Frank places incisions either around the areola or underneath the breast depending on the patient’s goals and body type. These surgical approaches help prevent asymmetry and make follow-up procedures easier. This is important since many women will need implant replacement at some point over the course of their lives.
Incisions are typically well concealed and closed with dissolving sutures that do not need to be removed. Because Dr. Frank uses the Keller Funnel™, he can create much smaller incisions, even for large implants, and provide patients with an easier recuperation.*
Recovery from Breast Augmentation
Dr. Frank’s patients benefit from an epidural catheter placed in the pocket created for the implant and loaded with local anesthesia, which makes for a more comfortable wakeup. This anesthetic allows them to return home and begin their medication without a significant lapse in their pain management.*
Our practice usually sees breast augmentation patients the day after surgery for a check-up and then at one week, one month, and two months after the procedure. Additionally, Dr. Frank welcomes patients to contact and visit the practice as needed during their recovery for no additional fee. His priority is the comfort, safety, and satisfaction of those he treats.
- During their recovery, patients take narcotic pain medication for 3-5 days and can return to work within 7-10 days.*
- It takes about 4-6 weeks for the breasts to settle. Patients may notice asymmetry before this time.*
- After about six weeks, patients can return to more physical activities, including working out.*
Patients from Munster, Hobart, Crown Point, and Frankfort can schedule an initial consultation with our practice by calling (219) 513-2011. You can also schedule your appointment with our online form.
*Individual results may vary