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The Benefits

Being one of the best breast surgeons in Chicago, Dr. Fenner's goal is to help correct a variety of breast-related issues. Some women have uneven or disproportionate breasts, while others simply desire a larger chest. Dr. Fenner’s talents and experience guide him in addressing his patients’ unique aesthetic concerns while increasing their confidence.

Dr. Fenner can transform more than your figure, he can renew your self-confidence and restore your sense of feminine beauty. When the implants are selected and placed carefully, the procedure has the power to:

  • Create an attractive and proportionate chest
  • Sculpt a more feminine and curvy body contour
  • Dramatically improve your body confidence
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A Customized Breast Augmentation Approach

Dr. Fenner personally meets with his breast augmentation patients to create a customized treatment plan. He listens to his patient's concerns and desires before offering his recommendation regarding the best breast augmentation approach. To help patients achieve their desired breast size and shape, Dr. Fenner offers both saline and silicone to ensure you receive the best breast implants in Chicago that are right for you.

Silicone vs. Saline: Which Implant Material is Right For You?

Depending on your needs, the best breast implants in Chicago for you will be composed of either silicone or saline. Both options are safe and effective, but each features its own unique set of benefits. During your private consultation, Dr. Fenner will carefully review each material with you and help you determine which option can produce the aesthetic result you want.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants have a reputation for producing a more natural look and feel when compared to saline because silicone gel is similar in consistency to natural breast tissue. The material is also associated with a reduced risk of implant rippling. As such, they tend to be the best breast implants for thin women and those undergoing breast reconstruction

Important Considerations:

  • A leak can go undetected. With a silicone implant rupture, the gel can remain within the breast implant pocket. As such, the leak may go undetected by the patient for a period of time.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are composed of a sterile salt water solution. They are soft, durable, and available in both round and teardrop shapes. They are inserted into the body empty and filled during surgery.

Important Considerations:

  • A leak is immediately apparent. When a saline implant ruptures, it deflates immediately and is noticed by the patient. The body can also absorb the salt water solution without harm. 
  • Rippling is more noticeable. Saline implants show ripples more easily than silicone. As such, they aren’t an ideal option for women with thin skin and minimal tissue in the area.

Incision Options

Your breast augmentation will be done under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete. To begin, Dr. Fenner will create the incisions. They can be made in a number of locations, including:


An inframammary incision is placed along the crease of the breast. This is the most common location when inserting silicone gel implants, and the resulting scars can be easily hidden with swimwear.


The transaxillary incision is hidden within the armpit and a channel is created to the breast. With this approach, Dr. Fenner can insert an empty implant and fill it with saline once it’s positioned in the chest.


The perioareolar incision is created around the nipple and areola. It is a popular incision location among our North Shore patients because the scar blends in with the areola.

A well-hidden and discreet incision is a priority for Dr. Fenner and his Kenilworth, IL patients. The right location for you will depend on your unique anatomy and personal preferences. Once the incision has been created, Dr. Fenner will place the implant either in front of the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or under the pectoral muscle (submuscular). After placing the implants and checking them for symmetry, Dr. Fenner will carefully close the incisions to minimize any scarring. He will then wrap your breasts with a gauze bandage and fit you for a surgical bra that will protect and support your new chest during the first few weeks of the recovery period.

The Recovery

Even with the best breast surgeon in Chicago, the surgical experience will require a substantial healing process. In general, you can expect to take one week off sedentary work. As you recover, it is important to rest often and avoid bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects, and straining.

You can expect to experience some pain and discomfort during the first few days, though these effects can be managed with pain medication. We recommend having a friend or family member stay with you during this time to help with your care.

Post-surgical swelling that persists for several weeks is common and to be expected. Once the swelling subsides, your results will be considered final. Your scars will be pink for a few weeks and can take several months to fade.

Breast Augmentation - FAQ

Should I Wait Until After I Am Finished Having Children to Undergo Breast Augmentation?  

The decision of whether or not to undergo breast augmentation is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer. Some doctors may recommend undergoing breast enhancement after you are finished having children only because the breasts tend to lose their shape and volume after breastfeeding, which might undermine your cosmetic results. Breast augmentation will not affect your ability to breastfeed, however.

Will Breast Implants Interfere with Mammography?

If your implants have been placed in a sub-glandular position (over the pec muscles), it is possible that interference may occur when undergoing mammography. When breast implants are placed behind the pec muscles in a submuscular position, mammography obstruction is greatly minimized. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, it may be wise to discuss this issue with your doctor before making your final decision regarding implant placement.

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What's the Cost of the Best Breast Augmentation in Chicago?

The cost of breast augmentation varies based on your individual physique and your goals for your breasts. One key factor is which type of breast implants you decide on. Silicone or gummy bear implants are more expensive than saline implants, but each type of implant has its own benefits. 

The procedure complexity is also a factor in the price of breast augmentation. If you are having more complex procedures, such as a revision breast augmentation surgery or a breast reconstruction, the cost may be more. 

In general, patients in Chicago can expect to pay about $5,000 to $10,000 for breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Fenner.

Will Insurance Cover My Breast Augmentation?

If your breast surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, the procedure is not typically covered by insurance companies. Procedures that are reconstructive in nature, such as placing breast implants after breast cancer, may receive full or partial insurance coverage. We can go over your options for financing at the time of your private consultation in Chicago.

What are the Risks Involved With Breast Augmentation?

Even the best breast augmentation comes with some risks. We do everything possible to minimize risks during surgery, but some degree of risk is always present with any cosmetic treatment. For breast augmentation, risks include anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, and poor wound healing.

Complications for breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Capsular contracture – Capsular contracture is the formation of excess scar tissue surrounding the breast implant.
  • Implant rupture – While implant rupture is unlikely thanks to the superior design of today’s breast implants, there is always a chance that the implant will burst and leak.
  • Rippling – Rippling is most common with saline implants and occurs when the implant pulls against scar tissue, creating a disrupted appearance on the skin’s surface.

Dr. Fenner takes the utmost precautions to help ensure a successful breast augmentation result. If complications do occur, the doctor can perform strategic revision techniques to solve the problem.

Areas We Serve

Those looking for the best breast augmentation in the North Shore will be pleased to know that Fenner Plastic Surgery is ideally located in Kenilworth, IL just north of downtown Chicago. If you are in the area or plan on visiting one of the most iconic cities in America and have been desiring to change your aesthetic appearance to a look more ideal for you, schedule a consultation today. 

Five Tips to Speed Up Your Recovery After Breast Augmentation

Here are five tips to help your breast augmentation recovery stay on track and quickly debut your enhanced figure:

Avoid underwire bras for at least six weeks

Underwire bras are uncomfortable against swollen, tender breasts. They can also irritate your skin, causing your incisions to become inflamed. Additionally, the friction from the wire along your sutures can be painful and inhibit your recovery. Wait until your wounds heal entirely, up to ten weeks after surgery, before returning to underwire.

Don’t submerge your incisions

Submerging your new incisions should be avoided until they have fully closed. Water from a bath or pool can infect your newly sutured skin with bacteria, causing complications and slowing the healing process. A warm shower is the best choice because it reduces your risk of infection while relaxing sore chest muscles.

Rest and relax

Your body builds up tissue around your new implants to keep them securely in place, so you want to allow time for your body to accomplish this. Take it easy and allow your body to rebuild and repair. Follow Dr. Fenner’s recovery guidelines, such as how long to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity.

If you push too hard during the early stages, you may set your recovery back and end up with less desirable results. Resting and self-care are critical to quickly being rewarded with your new silhouette.

Sleep on your back

After breast augmentation, sleeping on your back is best, as sleeping on your stomach or side can cause your implants to shift or droop. Additionally, sleeping anywhere other than your back is uncomfortable immediately following surgery because your breasts and nipples will likely be tender. Sleeping on your back also reduces incision irritation.

Avoid drinking and smoking during recovery

We advise you not to smoke or drink before breast augmentation surgery to ensure your body is in optimal health before undergoing anesthesia. It’s a good idea to continue avoiding alcohol and nicotine until you fully recover.

Smoking inhibits oxygen-rich blood from efficiently reaching your incisions, where it promotes healing. Alcohol dehydrates your body and increases your risk of bleeding, infections, and adverse drug interactions.

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