June 19, 2014
There is a lot of information about breast implants circulating the Internet, and not all of it is true. Chicago breast surgeon John Bull clears up some of the most common breast implant myths.
Everyone will be able to tell I’ve had breast augmentation.
This depends on your ideal cosmetic outcome. If you opt for a moderately-sized implant that is proportional to your body frame and positioned correctly, your breasts will look natural after surgery. If you are skinny and choose to have large, round implants placed, it may be more obvious that you’ve had them augmented.
Worried about the way the implants will feel? Implant technology has significantly evolved to produce some incredibly natural-feeling implants that are practically indistinguishable from breast tissue.
Implants should always be placed underneath the muscle.
No, there are advantages to both the submuscular (under the muscle) and subglandular (in front of the muscle) approaches. Dr. Bull will advise which approach will yield the more beneficial outcome, depending on factors such as your body frame, amount of existing breast tissue and the type of implants you choose.
Breast implants need to be replaced every few years.
Breast implants are designed to last for at least 10 years without any problems. They only need to be replaced/removed if you are unhappy with their size or shape, or develop a rare complication such as capsular contracture (hardening around the implant). It’s important to keep in mind that breast implants will not stop the effects of gravity, and natural breasts do start to sag over time. At some point, breast lift may become an attractive option.
I will be in a lot of pain after surgery.
This depends on how much experience your breast surgeon has and techniques he or she uses. A seasoned and talented breast surgeon like Dr. Bull uses gentle techniques to reduce post-operative discomfort. Also, he can prescribe oral pain medication to quell any pain. Your breasts may feel sore or tender for several days after surgery, but you should not experience anything more than mild to moderate discomfort.
Breast implants will make my saggy breasts look perkier.
If your nipple sits at or below the bottom of your breast, an implant will make your breasts look bigger, but not any less saggy. You will need a combination breast augmentation/breast lift in order to raise the nipple to a higher position on the chest and restore a youthful-looking shape and perkiness to the breast.
Schedule a Breast Implants Consultation
If you’d like more information about breast augmentation in Chicago, please contact Dr. Bull at (630) 717-6000.
June 5, 2014
The official start to summer is looming, and for many people the summer months are a great time to get out of town. Vacation can be even more exciting if you’ve recently experienced a body transformation with Chicago plastic surgeon John Bull. Imagine how confident you’ll feel on the beaches of Cancun or hiking in Arizona with a tighter tummy, larger breasts or sculpted arms.
Here are some ideas to help you plan your next trip:
Turks and Caicos
Home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, Turks and Caicos is the destination of choice for many posh jetsetters. Stay in a luxury resort on the shoreline and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports (while sporting a colorful, figure-flattering bikini!). Renowned chefs inject Caribbean flair into mouth-watering cuisine served al fresco.
Known to some as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires has plenty to offer international travelers, including museums, history and nightlife. Check out art by Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera, or take a trip to the Evita Museum to learn more about Eva Perón. The beautiful Teatro Colon houses opera and ballet performances and concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra. Brush up on your tango skills in an exclusive dance club.
Sedona is known for its beautiful Red Rocks, which frame the view from town. Hike across trails that encircle Sedona before settling in at one of the town’s wellness resorts. A lot of the town’s hospitality fosters a healthy lifestyle — serving up green smoothies and organic meals and opportunities for yoga and meditation. Sedona is the perfect place to center yourself after a busy school year or sales quarter at work.
San Francisco has something for everyone: world-class cuisine, phenomenal shopping and attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz. You could spend weeks exploring all of the diverse neighborhoods in the city. Hop on a cable car or set out on foot to visit Haight-Asbury or the Presidio, two of the city’s most famed areas.
Beautiful beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and plenty of culture make Cancun a top destination. Check into an all-inclusive resort where all of your meals and beverages are included, and prepare to receive some outstanding service. Once you’re settled, pick a shady chair by the pool or a spot on the sand and soak up the sun’s rays.
Not Yet Ready for Summer Vacation?