Breast Augmentation FAQs

How long will my implants last?

A breast augmentation procedure may last you a lifetime, however every patient is different. If there are no problems with the implants (rupture, contracture, etc), they can last anywhere from 10-40 years.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

A breast augmentation procedure in Chicago, IL, costs between $9,500 and $12,500 including surgeon fee, implants, and surgery center fees.

What size implants should I get?

The breast augmentation surgical team will discuss your personal breast profile to help you make a size decision. Size depends on your expectations and goals, and there are a few methods that be explained in detail at your consult to help you choose what size is right for you.

Is breast augmentation painful?

After surgery, pain may last for a day or two, followed by tenderness and/or soreness for a week or two. Typically, this is managed by small doses of narcotics or over the counter non-narcotic pain medication.

How long does breast augmentation take?

A breast augmentation procedure takes one to two hours to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Can breast augmentation cause cancer?

Breast implants are very safe. We use smooth implants which have been extensively studied and are safe to implant. A very rare form of cancer called BIA-ALCL has been associated with the textured surface of some breast implants, but we do not use this type of implant.

How long is the recovery?

Recovery is variable and depends on the patient. Most have pain for the first day or two, tenderness for a week or two, but are back to normal daily activities right away. It will be about 4-8 weeks before swimming, running, and jumping exercises.

How long will I need to take off of work?

Patients can expect to take anywhere from one day to 1-2 weeks off of work, depending on how physical your job is.

When can I expect to see the final result?

The final results of breast augmentation usually take a couple of months for all of the swelling to decrease and the implants to drop and settle. Sometimes this happens in a shorter or longer period of time depending on the patient.