Important things to kKnow about Breast implants, Lawrence Iteld, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon

You’ve decided to have breast augmentation. When doing your research, there are four important things you should know about breast implants.

1 – Size: Patients often come to me with a pre-determined mindset of what size they want to be. But, just because their friend is a DD, doesn’t mean that will be your size or even should be. Your body’s architecture has a lot to say about what size will work best. The width of your breast, position of your nipples on your chest wall, and their height all determine your ultimate size. Going too big or too small won’t look natural! That’s why we use Vectra 3D imaging to help you visualize how you’ll look with different implants before you make your decision.

2 – Shape: Breast implants come in two shapes—round and teardrop.

  • Round implants are symmetrical, come in either textured or smooth surfaces, and vary from low projection to high projection. Round implants, the most commonly used in the country, increase cleavage as well as overall fullness.
  • Teardrop implants have a sloped contour that more closely resemble a natural breast with more fullness at the bottom.

3 – Type: There are several types of breast implants available.

  • Saline: filled with sterile salt water, the advantage of these is that should they leak, the implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
  • Silicone: filled with silicone gel, these feel more like natural breast tissue. In the unlikely event the implant shell breaks, the gel is gummy and will remain in the implant pocket.

4 – Placement: An implant may be placed either over the muscle or under the muscle. Various factors help determine the optimal implant placement for each patient, including your health history and body type, plus implant type and size.

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We’d love to show you how you’d look before you make any final decisions. That’s why we use Vectra 3D imaging so you can see various shapes and sizes on you! This helps patients make a better informed decision.

Ready to talk about breast augmentation?

We hope you’ve chosen our practice for your breast augmentation procedure. Please contact my patient coordinators to schedule a confidential consultation. Call us at 312.757.4505 or send an email to us at

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Lawrence Iteld, MD