About Breast Augmentation
Cosmetic breast surgery is a procedure that redefines the breasts to create a fuller look. It is often considered to be one of the most wanted cosmetic surgeries, offering women who dislike their breasts many opportunities for improvement. With the help of implants or a fat transfer, this procedure improves breast shape, size, and symmetry, and creates an appealing and natural-looking outcome. Board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. George Kouris is skilled in implementing this surgery and performs countless breast augmentations each year. When you have your consultation at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL, Dr. Kouris will listen to your aesthetic desires and concerns and educate you on all of the choices available while also creating a treatment plan to meet your personal goals.
During your consultation with Dr. Kouris, the appropriate implant will be recommended based on your body size and shape, as well as the results you wish to achieve. Implants are made in different shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures — each of which is considered carefully in order to attain the wanted appearance. Still, the most common implants are silicone or saline, both widely popular and safely approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An important fact is that those considering saline implants must be at least 18 years old while patients must be at least 22 years old in order to undergo augmentation with silicone. Other options include a form-stable implant known as a gummy bear implant and a fat transfer. In addition to the type of implant used, there are other important factors to decide.
Breast implant size is determined based on the cubic centimeters (CCs) of saline or silicone used. To pick the appropriate volume, Dr. Kouris will look at how much native breast tissue exists and the size you desire to be. In the operating room, it is normal for Dr. Kouris to temporarily switch out several implants to get a better idea on a suitable fit.
Implants are made in either a teardrop or round shape. Both of these shapes are widely used; however, a large majority of our patients decide on a round-shaped implant. It generally looks more natural while adding fullness to the upper breast that a large percentage of patients desire.
Implant profile refers to how far out the implant looks (projection). In other words, this is what one sees from the side angle. Most projections include low, intermediate, high, or extra high.
Making Your Choices
We understand all of the considerations may appear overwhelming, but agreeing to the correct implant is somewhat easy once the goals are understood during the consultation. These considerations, combined with the expertise of Dr. Kouris, ensure the anticipated outcome is attained.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"amazing work - I would and have recommended Dr. George Kouris to anyone who is considering any kind of cosmetic surgery. I had breast augmentation and lift. I am thrilled with both and have felt my follow up care was beyond what I would have expected. Thanks Dr. Kouris and Staff!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 06, 2018
"Wonderful experience! - I found Dr Kouris after researching many plastic surgeons in the Chicago area and I have no doubt I made the right choice. During my consultation he just put me at ease -- explaining why I needed to have my existing breast implants removed (something I should have done years ago) and replaced with a new safer implant. He thoroughly explained the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I'm thrilled with the results. Dr. Kouris and everyone in his office were terrific from start to finish. My only regret is that I didn't do this years ago."- M. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2018
"Surgical expertise and Aesthetics Artistry - Before I selected Dr. Kouris to do my breast lift/removal of breast implants, I had a consultation with three separate surgeons that were all well known in this field. After leaving each consultation and seeing their work (they were each recommended by a friend), I still did not feel comfortable or confident in their ability to do what was needed. I was so frustrated that I decided to postpone the surgery until I found the right surgeon. A year later Dr. Kouris was recommend by a woman who had a double mastectomy and needed reconstructive surgery. After the consultation, I immediately knew that Dr. Kouris was going to be my surgeon. He provided me with an honest surgical consultation and I immediately trusted him. He and his staff are professional, caring and always friendly. I felt comfortable and prepared during Pre-Op, Surgery and Post-Op. The follow up care has been amazing and Dr. Kouris gave me my confidence back. His surgical expertise and aesthetics artistry is exactly what I was looking for and received. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my procedure and highly recommend Dr. Kouris and his team."- J. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2018
"Breast Augmentation - Lagrange, IL - My 1st set Of breast implants was in 1999, one of my implants ruptured. My original implants never felt natural I always felt like they were a foreign object in my body never were comfortable. I went through 5-6 consultants before I met Dr. Kouris and his team. From my first phone conversation with His nurse Sheila I had a great feeling about his office. Once I met Dr. Kouris and his team I KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT I FOUND THE RIGHT DOCTOR AND OFFICE! Dr. Kouris has a great chair side demeanor. He listened to my needs and wants and sat with me and explained the whole process! My experience even got better the next day I met with his PA Jocelin! Wow she was so great really took time with me to find the perfect implants for me and what wanting to achieve! Also Suzy there patient concierge was awesome very friendly and welcoming after my 1st appointment every time I called and said just me first name she knew exactly who I was, she makes you feel like she has known you for years! What a wonderful feeling! My surgery was January 24th! The next day I felt so great yes I had very little discomfort as expected; but my implants feel so natural not like foreign objects! In one day the size shape and comfort has been life changing! It’s amazing how great I feel about the comfort I have I don’t feel like I have implants! I can’t put into words how happy I am and how this experience went! Dr. Kouris ordered several different types of implants and he went with what looked the best! THEY NAILED IT! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EXPERTISE YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND YOUR KINDNESS! Dr. Kouris and his team went way above my expectations! THANK YOU! Updated on 14 Feb 2018: In my last post I didn’t say how thankful for Dr. Kouris’s nurse Shelia! After my surgery when I was coming out of anesthesia she was one of the faces I saw! It was so reassuring to see a familiar face!! She was there for me before surgery and after! I felt she didn’t leave my side until she knew I was comfortable! She gave me great comfort before and after post op! My first conversation with her when I called for a consult was one of the reasons why I choose Dr. Kouris’s office! Thank you! Again you all are a wonderful team!"- D. / RealSelf / Oct 02, 2018
"I had Dr. Kouris do my breast aug 10 years ago. People can't believe I have implants due to the fact that they fit my body so well and look natural. 10 years later they still look great and are perky.I was very nervous about picking the right dr for my procedure. He was honest about my body size and shape when helping me pick my new breast size. Hes extremely professional and makes you feel comfortable asking questions and giving honest answers. I am looking forward to seeing him in the future for other work I would like to have done. Thank You Dr. KOURIS!!"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 10, 2022
The decision to have mammoplasty (breast aug) surgery is personal. If you are contemplating this treatment, it is essential you do it for the right reasons. You should be physically healthy with breasts that are developed and be the appropriate age to get implants. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your chest because they appear shapeless, you could benefit from breast augmentation surgery. Moreover, if your breasts have changed due to weight loss or pregnancy, this cosmetic treatment can give them life with increased shape and fullness. It is a welcomed solution if you lift weights or have an overall lack of natural breast mass.
Incision placement, as well as implant location, are discussion points that are made before surgery. During breast augmentation, the chosen incision is created and then the implant will be placed into its position. There are two techniques that may be used for implant placement. These are either under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. Where to insert the breast implant depends on varying factors, including the type and degree of implant enlargement, as well as the expertise of Dr. Kouris. Regardless of the incision, scarring is generally minimal. Placement and location are based upon your implant size, activity level, and body type.
What to Expect
Breast enhancement surgery is an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. Once the incision is made, the implant chosen for enhancement will be inserted through the incision opening and deposited into a pocket created for it, and then secured into its correct position. After this process, the incision is carefully secured with skin adhesives or sutures. Each patient will be taken into recovery and observed and monitored prior to being released. You will be instructed to continue wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling. Several days after surgery, the swelling and bruising will begin to decrease, and the breasts will start to look and feel normal as they settle into their new position. A large percentage of patients can return to everyday activities within the first week; however, physical exertion, such as exercise, should be delayed for a minimum of a couple of months. Cosmetic breast surgery creates gorgeous outcomes that feel and appear natural. This procedure oftentimes can be a life-changer for many patients, offering them the opportunity to feel more self-assured.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your total cost for breast augmentation surgery will vary, depending on your implant choices and whether you are getting any other surgeries. Once your treatment plan is made, Dr. Kouris will go over estimated costs, as well as financing. To make sure you are happy with your results and they last a long time, it is better to focus on quality over low costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your treatment plan might include implants, a breast lift, or both. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and raises the position of the breasts while implants enhance the shape and size. In your consultation with Dr. Kouris, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your best treatment options. An augmentation and lift are usually included in a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you might want to breastfeed after augmentation surgery, talk to Dr. Kouris during your consultation. It's usually possible to breastfeed after augmentation surgery with the right placement and technique. Breastfeeding and pregnancy can affect your results, which is why it is better to wait until your family is complete to get breast surgery.
Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide at some point that you would like to remove or replace your implants. Should this happen, Dr. Kouris offers breast revision surgery. In revision surgery, your old implants will be either replaced with different implants or simply removed. If you want to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift because larger implants may stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery to learn more about your options.
Do implants cause breast cancer?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is still investigating a possible link between breast implants and ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This isn't breast cancer; it is a cancer of the immune system. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), breast implant-related ALCL is very rare and if caught early, it's highly treatable. Dr. Kouris encourages all patients with breast implants to get frequent screenings for breast cancer. You should contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery if you see any concerns, like swelling.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get the Look You Want
Breast augmentation surgery is notorious for many excellent reasons. This cosmetic surgery is safe and effective and creates amazing results. With numerous augmentation considerations, you can have the look you have always wanted. Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is excited to offer this proven procedure, and we welcome you to learn more. Contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to plan your private consultation with Dr. George Kouris.