Breasts have been considered a symbol of beauty, motherhood, and vitality for centuries in most cultures. With that in mind, some women find that enhancing the size of their breasts through breast enhancement from our Chicago-based Whole Beauty® Institute brings them more in touch with their femininity.

There are also many other reasons why someone might consider breast enlargement surgery, such as for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or to repair the breasts after an injury, to make asymmetrical breasts more even, or to restore the volume of breasts that have become smaller or deflated because of aging, pregnancy, weight loss, or other causes.

No matter a patient’s reason for choosing breast augmentation, it’s important to remember that the procedure is a significant surgery, so it’s critical to plan ahead in order to get the most out of the consultation and attain the most satisfying results from the surgery itself.

Before your consultation, we recommend that you put together a list of questions to find out more about our approach to breast surgery, along with other factors you’ll want to know as much as you can about, such as costs, recovery, and pain management. We can also show you before-and-after photos so you can see the results of our work on patients with similar builds to yours.

It’s always better to schedule surgery for a time when you are in good health and aren’t dealing with an underlying health condition. Prepare a place to rest and sleep in your home.

We may ask you take several steps to prepare for the breast augmentation procedure, including getting a blood test, taking certain medications (or adjusting how you take certain medications), quitting smoking (if you smoke), refraining from taking drugs that thin the blood and increase the chance of bleeding, and more. Patients will be able to return to home after the surgery has been completed, but you should make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the procedure. It’s also best for someone to stay with you overnight after the surgery.

Interested in learning more about breast augmentation? Plastic surgeon John Q. Cook and our team at the Whole Beauty®Institute can answer any questions you may have about this procedure. Call us at 312-751-2112 (Chicago Gold Coast Office), 847-446-7562 (North Shore (Winnetka) Office), or submit a contact form through our website to request a consultation.