Natural-Looking Enhancement 

Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the US,  transforming the female figure by contouring the shape and size of the breasts. When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon such as Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin, breast implants can provide a natural, enhanced, or youthful-appearing result that helps women feel more attractive, feminine, and confident. Breast augmentation in Chicago involves the use of breast implants or fat transfer to enhance the breasts' size, shape, and volume. Breast augmentation can be performed for cosmetic purposes or to reconstruct the breast after mastectomy.

Breast Augmentation Q&A

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Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Generally, women 18 or older and in good health can be good candidates for breast augmentation. We’ll determine your candidacy during your initial consultation, where we’ll ask you a few questions and learn more about your cosmetic goals.

The ideal age for breast augmentation varies from person to person, depending on several factors. Some women undergo the procedure in their 20s and 30s, while others wait until they’re in their 40s or 50s. It ultimately depends on the patient’s physical and emotional well-being, desired outcome, and health considerations. Consult with the Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery team to determine the best timing for breast augmentation that aligns with your needs and goals.

Ideal candidates for breast augmentation are usually as follows:

  • Women who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts.
  • Those who have lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.
  • Women who have undergone a mastectomy and wish to reconstruct their breasts.
  • Those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.
  • Women who are looking to enhance their self-confidence and improve their body image
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What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation offers a range of benefits for women who would like to achieve larger, more shapely breasts. Benefits include the following:

  • FDA-approved 
  • High patient satisfaction rate
  • Creates fuller breasts, enhancing shape and contour
  • Enhances shape and contour
  • Can help correct symmetry
  • Can restore breast volume to a more youthful state
  • Can provide natural-looking, long-lasting results 
  • Can be combined with a breast lift to achieve more results

Begin with a Consultation 

At Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we understand that every patient's needs are unique, which is why we offer personalized consultations for breast augmentation procedures. We will evaluate your medical history, discuss your goals and expectations, and perform a physical examination to assess your breast tissue, skin elasticity, and overall breast shape. We will also provide you with information on the different types and sizes of breast implants available, with detailed descriptions of all the options. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your frame, current breast size, and aesthetic goals. We will explain the procedure in detail, including the potential risks and benefits, and answer any questions you may have.

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The Day of Your Procedure

Our surgeons, Dr. Epstein and Dr. Martin, incorporate the latest advancements in both technique and technology to provide a surgery that is the safest, least invasive, and most suited to deliver superior results. Breast implants in Chicago are done as outpatient procedures and performed under general anesthesia, meaning patients are asleep for the procedure but can go home the same day. During the surgery, Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin will insert the breast implant through an incision, usually at the crease of the breast.

The placement and size of the incision may vary depending on the individual anatomy and preference but is typically placed under the breast, as the scar is hidden by the natural breast fold. The implant may be placed into a pocket below the chest muscle, again a decision made with consideration of patient preference. After the surgery, your surgeon, Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin, will suture the incision and place a skin adhesive over the incision. A supportive garment or bra is then worn until the follow-up clinic appointment.

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Recovery and Results

The procedure typically takes one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, we will make an incision in the breast crease, around the areola, or in the armpit, depending on the type of implant and your desired outcome. The implant will then be placed either behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle, depending on your anatomy and the type of implant used. Once the implant is in place, we will close the incision with sutures or surgical tape. After the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery area before being discharged home with a family member or friend.

You will need to wear a special surgical bra for a few weeks to help support your breasts as they heal. While swelling or soreness may last for a few days to a week, you may be able to return to work within a few days, depending on your activity requirements. You will need to avoid strenuous physical exertion and heavy lifting for at least the first few weeks after your surgery.

While you will notice larger, fuller breasts immediately after your surgery, the final results will not be apparent until the initial swelling resolves, which can take several weeks. The expected duration of breast implant appearance depends on the type of implant selected and on individual skin characteristics, which either Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin will review with you at the time of your visit.

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What to Expect As Your Breast Implants Age

As the years go by, our bodies undergo several changes. The skin is no exception. Collagen production decreases as we age, making it more susceptible to sagging. Breasts with implants may experience sagging due to the added weight of the implant and the natural aging process. The degree varies per patient, as everyone’s body ages differently.

Breast augmentation in Chicago is a popular cosmetic procedure among women in their mid-life, particularly those in their 40s and 50s. This surgery has no fixed age restriction, and older adults can get stunning results. But certain factors like age do play a role in determining its success and the potential risks involved.

Types of Breast Implants

Breast implants differ in size, shape, and material. Both silicone and saline-filled implants have unique characteristics and benefits. We will discuss both options during your consultation to ensure you feel fully informed and confident about your decision.


Silicone is gelatinous and thick, better resembling the appearance and feel of breast tissue compared to saline. Your results are more natural looking and feeling with silicone implants. A minimum age of 22 is required for silicone implants due to FDA regulations.


Saline is saltwater and is thinner and less gummy than silicone, resulting in a slightly firmer feel with more potential to wrinkle. Saline implants can be inserted through the belly button or armpit for minimal scarring but do not typically feel as natural as silicone implants.

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Breast Augmentation FAQ

How much do breast implants cost?

How long do breast implants last?

When will I need to replace my breast implants?

Is breast implant surgery painful?

How do I prepare for breast augmentation surgery?

How much do breast implants cost?

Prices depend on the unique needs and goals of the patient. Additional costs and other pricing factors may include:

  • Size of the breast implant
  • Type of breast implant (silicone versus saline)
  • Surgeon fees
  • Surgical expenses (anesthesia fees, supportive garments, medications, facility fees, etc.)

During your consultation at Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, exact pricing will be discussed in detail. We will also cover financing options and ways to save on breast implant cost.

How long do breast implants last?

The longevity of breast implants depends on several factors. Most saline and silicone implants last 10-20 years. This doesn’t mean you have to replace your implants every 20 years, though. Many women enjoy their implants for much longer and may need one to two replacements in their lifetime.

When will I need to replace my breast implants?

The timing differs per patient, and some people don’t need revisions. But pay attention to these signs of breast implant replacement:

  • Your implants are causing persistent pain
  • Your implants have ruptured from physical pressure or weakening of the shell
  • Your implants have bottomed out
  • The shape of your implants has changed
  • You want to modify your breast size

Is breast implant surgery painful?

Breast implant surgery can cause discomfort, but the level of pain is different for each person. Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort during the first few days after the procedure. We recommend managing the pain with over-the-counter pain medication. Breast implant surgery is a technique and skill-sensitive procedure. So, it’s imperative to choose an experienced surgeon like Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin that will provide you with advice on what to expect in terms of pain during and after the procedure.

How do I prepare for breast augmentation surgery?

Dr. Epstein and Dr. Martin will give specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. But in general, we recommend patients do the following:

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle and nourish their bodies with balanced meals
  • Stop smoking, as this bad habit can deter the healing process
  • Prepare and plan by scheduling time off work and arranging support at home in the days following the procedure (consider childcare, driving, grocery shopping, and housework)

Breast Augmentation Risks and Side Effects

Breast augmentation is FDA-approved and considered a safe procedure. However, the procedure comes with the standard risks of any cosmetic surgery. These risks will be discussed in detail during your consultation.


Why Choose Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery for Breast Augmentation in Chicago?

Breast augmentation in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Barrington, or Geneva can be a life-changing procedure for those who are looking to improve the appearance of their breasts and boost their self-confidence. No matter your reason for wanting to augment your breasts, either of our surgeons, Dr. Epstein or Dr. Martin, can help guide you with the choices you will make.

And our experienced, board-certified team is here to ensure you’re in the best possible hands. We’re dedicated to providing personalized care and treatment plans that are uniquely tailored to you. Contact our office at Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.

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