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The Benefits

Dr. Fenner's primary objective is to rectify various breast-related issues. Some women contend with uneven or disproportionate breasts, while others aspire to enhance their breast size. Dr. Fenner's wealth of expertise and talents uniquely equip him to address each patient's distinct aesthetic concerns, ultimately bolstering their self-assurance.

Beyond reshaping your physique, Dr. Fenner has the capacity to rejuvenate your self-esteem and rekindle your perception of feminine beauty. When meticulously selecting and placing implants, this procedure can wield transformative influence by:

  • Crafting an appealing and balanced chest.
  • Sculpting a more feminine and shapely body contour.
  • Significantly enhancing your overall body confidence.
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What Our Patients Say

"I chose Dr Fenner for breast augmentation because a friend referred him. I am thrilled with the results. Every person in the office made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr Fenner was so calm and made me feel at ease. I would recommend Fenner Plastic Surgery 10000%. It’s the best decision I’ve made."


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A Customized Breast Augmentation Approach

When consulting with his breast augmentation patients, Dr. Fenner collaboratively devises a tailored treatment strategy. He attentively hears out his patients' concerns and aspirations, using their input to propose the most suitable breast augmentation approach. To assist individuals in attaining their desired breast size and shape, Dr. Fenner provides both saline and silicone options, guaranteeing that you receive the best breast implants in Chicago that align with your specific needs.

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

Depending on your needs, the best breast implants in Chicago for you will be 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 and help you determine which option can produce the desired aesthetic result.

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 consistent with 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. The gel can remain within the breast implant pocket with a silicone implant rupture. 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 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 ideal for women with thin skin and minimal tissue in the area.

Incision Options

Your breast augmentation will be done under general anesthesia to ensure 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 several 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, creating a channel 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 periareolar 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. The correct location for you will depend on your unique anatomy and personal preferences. Once the incision has been created, Dr. Fenner will place the implant in front of the pectoral (sub-glandular) or under the pectoral (submuscular) muscle. After placing the implants and checking them for symmetry, Dr. Fenner will carefully close the incisions to minimize 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 recovery.

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 essential 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 pain medication can manage these effects. 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 joint 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 Recovery Tips

  1. Rest and elevate: Take it easy and keep your upper body elevated to minimize swelling and discomfort.

  2. Follow post-op instructions: Stick to your surgeon's guidelines for medications, wound care, and activity restrictions.

  3. Wear supportive garments: Use the recommended surgical bras or compression garments to provide support and help with swelling.

  4. Stay hydrated and eat well: Drink plenty of fluids and consume nutritious foods to aid in healing and promote overall wellness.

  5. Avoid strenuous activities: Refrain from heavy lifting and rigorous exercise for several weeks to allow your body to heal properly.

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 healing. 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 avoid 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.

Breast Augmentation - FAQ

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

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), interference may occur when undergoing mammography. Mammography obstruction is greatly minimized when breast implants are placed behind the pec muscles in a submuscular position. 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?

Breast augmentation costs vary based on your physique and your breast goals. 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 benefits. 

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

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?

Breast surgeries conducted for cosmetic purposes usually aren't covered by insurance companies. However, reconstructive procedures, like implanting breasts after breast cancer, may qualify for full or partial insurance coverage. During your private consultation in Chicago, we can discuss financing options tailored to your needs.

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 familiar 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 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. 

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