Silicone Breast implants - Know before breast augmentation surgeryThinking about breast augmentation? Great! We love helping women enhance their bodies and like the way they look. As you evaluate this decision, there is a lot to consider. Here are a few things you may not have thought about or knew about breast augmentation, but might help you with your thought process:

  • Your left and right breast aren’t identical. It’s very common to have variations in nipples, areolas and even cup size. Some of these variations may appear minor; others may have dramatic size and shape differences. In your consultation with us, we will point these out and explain how we will handle these variances to achieve the best aesthetic results.
  • Cup sizes and CCs are not the same thing. We use our 3-D images to show you how you’ll look with various implants. Saying you want to be a DD or DDD may sound like a good plan. But choosing the right size and shape implants for your body makes for a much better decision.
  • On the subject of cup size, real/natural large breasts usually look much bigger than augmented ones of the same size. That’s because implants tend to be wider and firmer than breast tissue. Again, this is the benefit of using 3-D imaging. We always recommend our patients focus on how they will look and not on size.
  • Patients often find it hard to comprehend, but CCs look different on different body types. For example, 250cc implants might look really large on a short, tiny-framed woman. But, put the same implants into a large-framed, 6-foot woman, and they may look really small. Just because your friend got a certain size implant, it doesn’t make it right for you.
  • Breast Augmentation is usually not a one shot deal. Revision surgery may be years—or even decades—away, but you should plan to have another procedures sometime in the future.

As a reminder, for our plastic surgery patients, we are pleased to provide a narcotics-free approach.

The bottom line

Deciding if breast augmentation is appropriate for you is a personal one and depends on how you want to look. Please contact my patient coordinators to schedule your confidential consultation. Call 312.757.4505 or send us an email at

Have questions you want answered anonymously?

I am a frequent contributor to You’re welcome to post questions there for general responses. Obviously, I can’t give specific answers; for that, you’ll want to come in for a private and completely confidential appointment to address your particular issues.

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, our offices are a warm, friendly and comfortable place to share your wants, needs and concerns.

Lawrence Iteld, MD