Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Checklist

Breast Augmentation ChecklistIf you’re considering a breast augmentation in Chicago, you’re probably looking for the right surgeon to do the job. It’s smart to shop around when considering such a procedure. You want to make sure that you have a surgeon who is willing to take the time to get to know your wants and needs and also has the necessary experience to do the procedure well. Chances are, you’ve been thinking about this change for quite some time, so make sure that your procedure is everything you hope it will be by getting all of your questions answered in advance of your breast surgery.

Many women go in for a breast augmentation consultation with a lot of questions in their head, but when the time comes to voice their questions, they draw a blank. This is very common during a consultation when you are likely to be nervous, excited, and a bit out of your element. One simple way to help ensure that you get all of your questions answered is by writing them down and bring them with you to your consultation.

Be sure to ask questions about your plastic surgeon. Be friendly, of course, but don’t worry about hurting their feelings. You need to get your serious questions about their experience answered, so don’t be scared to ask. It’s also important to ask questions about the surgery itself and make sure that you understand how it will work.

Take some time to make your own list of questions before your consultation. Here’s a list of questions that we recommend going over with your plastic surgeon. Use this list as a starting point, and tailor it to your own needs.

  • Are you board certified in plastic surgery?
  • How many years of experience do you have as a plastic surgeon?
  • Will my breast augmentation be performed in your office or at a hospital? If it will be performed in the office, is your facility accredited by a recognized agency? If it will be performed in a hospital, which hospital?
  • Am I good candidate for breast augmentation? What factors in my life might make me a better or worse candidate than other women?
  • How will you place the breast implants?
  • Have you performed breast augmentations on women with my body type? May I see before and after photos?
  • What are the possible complications during and after the procedure? How will you deal with complications?
  • What will my recovery be like? Will I need help during the recovery period? How long will it take for my breasts to fully heal and settle into place?
  • What type of implants do you recommend? Why?
  • Will I be able to breastfeed after my procedure? How will my implants be affected if I become pregnant?
  • How long will my results last? How often will I need to get the implants replaced or revised?


If you’d like to receive a consultation for your Chicago breast surgery, contact our office to arrange a time to speak with Dr. Niki Christopoulos. During your consultation, you’ll have the chance to ask all of your questions and receive treatment from a double board certified plastic surgeon.

What to Expect from Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

One of the many reasons that breast augmentation is so popular is that the recovery period is relatively short and simple. Though breast surgery is indeed surgery, the whole process can be completed within one to two hours under general anesthesia. A few hours after you’re done with the procedure, you’ll be able to go home and sleep in your own bed. Here’s what you can expect during your recovery from a breast augmentation in Chicago:

Right after surgery…

Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze, and you’ll be given pain killers to help reduce the pain. The amount of discomfort that you’ll feel will depend on your tolerance for pain and the type of procedure you opt for. Women who have their implants placed “under the muscle” tend to experience slightly more discomfort immediately following the surgery. Expect to be sore and to go home and relax – no work for you.

In the week following surgery…

Take it easy as your body heals and your breasts begin settling into place. Avoid lifting anything heavier than a milk jug for a few days. Your plastic surgeon will likely provide you with a supportive bra to wear day and night for a few weeks. If you have small children, arrange for some extra help for a few days after your surgery. And if you have a demanding job, consider getting your surgery on a Wednesday or Thursday and taking the rest of the week off. That way you’ll have plenty of time to rest. Don’t go shopping for new bras just yet because your breasts will continue to change shape and size as your post-surgery swelling goes down and your implants settle into place.

In the months following your surgery…

You should be able to resume a normal workout schedule a few weeks after your procedure. You’ll have a follow-up appointment with your cosmetic surgeon, and he or she will give you specific advice for your recovery. Remember to avoid sun exposure to your scars for at least six weeks following surgery, because sun exposure will make your incision scars more pronounced. Don’t wear underwire bras for at least a month and if you have any pain that persists, let your plastic surgeon know immediately.

Which Type of Breast Surgery is Right for You?

As a woman, your breasts take center stage every day. They affect the shape of your body in virtually any outfit you put on. So, given their prominent position, doesn’t it make sense that you should be both comfortable and happy with not only how they look, but also how they feel?

Dr. Niki Christopoulos performs a variety of Chicago breast augmentation surgeries that help women feel better about the shape of their physique. Below are the three main types of breast surgery that Dr. Christopoulos performs for her patients:

Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation is any procedure that uses an implant to improve the shape and size of the breast. Women choose this procedure for a wide host of reasons. Perhaps breastfeeding has left your breasts less full than they once were. Maybe you’ve always longed for a more feminine silhouette. Or perhaps one of your breasts is larger than the other, and you’d simply like to even them out. Whatever your reason, a breast augmentation can help you feel more at peace with your body and also give you a boost of confidence.

Breast Lift

A breast lift is a simple way to reverse time. Mothers and mature women in particular may notice that their breasts aren’t as perky or firm as they used to be. With a breast lift, also known as mastopexy, you can remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to give your breasts an improved shape and feel without adding implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, since 2000, the number of breast lifts performed in America has gone up by 70%. It’s a popular option because it allows women to reclaim the bodies they once had.

Breast Reduction

Excessively large breasts can cause neck and back problems that result in persistent pain, and some women with large breasts may feel like their chest size attracts unwanted attention. If, for whatever reason, you’d like to reduce the size of your breasts, that can be done through breast reduction surgery. This surgery sometimes involves liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue from the breast. During this procedure, Dr. Christopoulos will remove excess fat and breast tissue while reducing the size of your areola and repositioning it to give you a smaller, more shapely and uplifted breast.

If you’d like to receive more information on Chicago breast surgery, contact the office of Dr. Niki Christopoulos to arrange your consultation with a Board Certified plastic surgeon.