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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in America. It helps women with a wide range of body types and cosmetic goals enhance the shape and size of their breasts. Women turn to Dr. Thomas Mustoe not only because of his reputation as a breast surgery specialist, but also because of his ability to customize each procedure. He offers the women who visit him for breast augmentation a variety of options for breast implants in his Chicago practice.

If you would like visit Dr. Mustoe in Chicago to discuss breast augmentation and implants, request a consultation online or call our office at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Mustoe

A worldwide leader in plastic surgery, Dr. Thomas Mustoe offers several improvements over traditional approaches to breast augmentation. These include:

  • Minimized tissue damage and scarring
  • Shortened, more comfortable recovery
  • Use of local anesthesia with sedation
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Your Consultation With Dr. Mustoe

Dr. Mustoe takes time to get to know each patient. During your private breast augmentation consultation, you will be given the opportunity to discuss any concerns and to ask questions regarding your specific procedure. Dr. Mustoe uses his extensive training and experience to create individualized surgical plans to fulfill each patient's specific needs.

When it comes to selecting the breast implants, you will have a number of options to choose from. Each choice helps contribute to a more natural appearance when it is made to complement a specific body shape. Dr. Mustoe will take time to discuss how various shapes, sizes, and types of implants can affect your results.

Silicone vs. Saline

One of the first questions most patients ask is whether they should opt for silicone or saline implants. Each type possesses its own set of benefits. Choosing which is best for you depends on the overall look and feel you desire, along with other personal considerations.

Silicone Implants

The latest generation of silicone gel filled implants represents a true innovation in breast implant technology; they do not leak or bleed if the implant is punctured, torn, or even cut. Since these implants are pre-filled, they may require slightly longer incisions. Other factors to consider about silicone implants include:

  • Filled with a cohesive silicone gel
  • Have an outer shell made of silicone
  • FDA-approved for women age 22 and older
  • Often reported to have a much more natural feel than saline implants

Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled after insertion, which allows for more incision options. Dr. Mustoe can also adjust the fill volume after the implants are placed, which affects the size, shape and feel of the implants. If a saline implant ruptures, it loses volume immediately. Other considerations include:

  • Filled with a harmless, sterile saltwater solution
  • Have an outer shell made of silicone
  • FDA-approved for women age 18 and older
  • Contain a solution that can be safely absorbed by the body if a leak or rupture should occur

Implant Profiles, Shapes and Textures

The profile of the implant determines how much the breast will project outward from its base. High-profile implants are usually thicker at the bottom than moderate- or low-profile implants. Typically, women with a wider chest frame opt for lower-profile implants, but Dr. Mustoe will assist you in determining which option is best for you.

Implants also come in a variety of shapes. Round implants create more fullness at the top of the breast, while teardrop-shaped implants create a more subtle, natural-looking breast profile.

The outer shells of the implants can be smooth or they can have a slightly textured surface. Dr. Mustoe will explain which surface he thinks will be best for you. A textured outer surface is believed to help the breast tissue adhere to the implant. This can help keep the implant in its exact position, and it may decrease the chance of an infrequent complication known as capsular contracture.

Choosing the Right Size

Both silicone and saline implants come in a range of sizes to meet the cosmetic goals of a wide variety of patients. Having performed countless breast surgeries during his career, Dr. Mustoe understands how increasing breast volume will affect a person's overall appearance.

Dr. Mustoe helps his patients choose breast implants based on their body type, chest size and cosmetic goals. He offers suggestions for breast implant sizes that will achieve the most natural-looking results, and he collaborates with each patient to make sure the entire process is as effective and satisfying as possible.

Some breast augmentation patients may choose to have complementary procedures at the same time to enhance their overall results and to create a more contoured, balanced silhouette. Dr. Mustoe frequently combines breast implant surgery with a breast lift to restore a more youthful breast appearance.

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