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Breast augmentation surgery, commonly referred to as a "boob job", is done to enhance the size, shape and proportion of your chest.

Enhance Your Breasts

Thinking about enhancing your breasts? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John A. Kotis offers his vast experience in breast surgery. Dr. Kotis’s compassionate, detail-oriented approach ensures the best results for all patients considering breast augmentation in Chicago & Arlington Heights.

What is Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation surgery, or mammoplasty, increases the size and proportion of a woman’s breasts. Dr. Kotis performs breast enhancements for many patients throughout Illinois. During a mammoplasty, he places breast implants in front or behind the pectoral muscle and beneath the mammary gland. As a cosmetic option, a breast augmentation procedure can be performed in combination with a breast lift to create a more desired look.

What Are The Benefits Of Breast Augmentation?

  • Sculpt full, beautiful breasts that are proportionate to your figure

  • Restore your firm and elevated pre-baby chest

  • Feel more comfortable in your body

  • Wear a wide range of clothing and swimwear styles with ease

  • Correct any breast asymmetry

  • Improve your self-esteem and body confidence

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Our Difference

Many plastic surgeons offer breast augmentation procedures – but a select few share Dr. Kotis’s vast expertise, years of experience and unique approach.

Board-certified, compassionate and meticulously detail-oriented, Dr. Kotis treats his patients like members of his family. To that end, he is completely dedicated to keeping you safe while creating the precise breasts you’ve always wanted.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Generally speaking, women who are in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure are considered to be ideal candidates for breast augmentation in Chicago with Dr. Kotis.

Some other criteria include:

  • Are at least 18 of age (for saline implants) or at least 22 years of age (for silicone gel implants)

  • Exercise on a regular basis and be at a weight that they can maintain long-term

  • Have fully-developed breasts

Moreover, this procedure is ideal for women who:

  • Feel that their bust is lacking in size, volume, and plumpness

  • Have breasts that are asymmetrical or disproportionate and in need of an adjustment

  • Have experienced volume loss or changes in shape in the breasts due to a pregnancy, breastfeeding, or large changes in weight

  • Lack fullness or appear flat in the upper region of the breasts

  • Have breasts that developed abnormally during puberty and would like to address them

The procedure is not recommended for women who:

  • Are currently pregnant or breast-feeding

  • Are currently dealing with an infection

  • Have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently receiving treatment

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Beautifully Enhanced Breasts - on your terms

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure.

There are countless ways to customize your breast implants. From shape, size, and material Dr. Kotis will guide you through tailoring your procedure and achieving the precise cosmetic outcome you desire.

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The Procedure

Your breast augmentation in Chicago will be done under general anesthesia, which means you will be completely asleep and unable to feel any pain or discomfort.

During surgery, Dr. Kotis will create the incision discussed during your initial consultation and place your breast implants either above or below the pectoral muscle. After checking the implants for size, shape and position, he will carefully close the incisions to minimize any scarring.

Here is a look at the decisions you will need to make when planning your surgery with Dr. Kotis:

Selecting Your Perfect Breast Implants

The reality is that there is no such thing as a “perfect” breast implant – there’s just the perfect one for you, your body and your needs. That’s why it’s so important to approach your breast enhancement with an open mind – and with the right breast implants surgeon in your corner.

On this page, we’ve outlined the basics of what you need to know when selecting the shape, size and type of your breast implants. During your pre-operative appointments with Dr. Kotis, he will expand on this information as he helps you select the breast implant that is right for you.

What are the different types of breast implants?

Before a breast augmentation in Chicago, patients will choose a breast implant type and size. Each of the following implants provide different results for patients.

Saline Breast Implants

Placed either behind or in front of the muscle before being filled with a salt water solution. This method allows patients to have smaller incisions.

  • Create a round and voluptuous look

  • Require a 1.3-inch incision

  • In the event of a rupture, the body will absorb the saline solution

  • Approved for women 18 years of age and older

Silicone Breast Implants

Pre-filled implants. These implants may require slightly larger incisions, but offer patients a more natural shape and feel.

  • Look and feel like natural breast tissue

  • Require a 1.8-inch incision

  • Maintain their shape in the event of a rupture

  • Approved for women 22 years of age and older

Shaped Breast Implants

We offer round and tear-dropped implants. When inserted, these implants create a specific contour to the breasts. In addition, implants can be textured. Patients can choose implants with a smooth outer surface or ones with a textured surface, depending on which surgical results they desire.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

A type of shaped implant which is made of a strong cohesive gel that offers a tear-drop appearance which mimics the natural contour and feel of female breasts. As opposed to other options, a gummy bear implant keeps its place within the breast. Patients are typically able to avoid implant-replacement surgeries with a gummy bear implant because they keep their shape as you age.

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Breast Shape: Round or Anatomical?

There are two basic breast implant shapes – round and anatomical – and each option has its own set of pros and cons.

Here’s what you need to know:


  • Available in a variety of profiles

  • Can be customized for either maximum projection or a natural look

  • No risk of rotation, which is a risk with anatomical implants (tear shaped implants)


  • Designed to mimic the shape of a natural breast

  • Often used during reconstruction procedures

  • May rotate within the breast implant pocket

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Breast Implant Sizing: Getting it Right

Choosing the correct size of breast implant is a critical part of your journey to more beautiful breasts. There are several ways to get a real-world concept of how your new breasts will look.

Here’s what you need to know:

Size Large or Small?

All Chicago women who undergo breast enhancement do so because they want to increase the size of their breasts. However, this process is much more complicated than simply selecting a cup size.

If your breast implants are not appropriately sized, you will be at a heightened risk for capsular contracture, a serious complication of breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, it’s likely that you will be unsatisfied with the results if your implants are too large or too small for your figure.

Rice Test:

This test is easy to perform. Simply get a pair of knee-high pantyhose and fill them with various quantities of dry rice or other grain. Breast implant sizes are in cubic centimeters (cc), and you can visualize how various sizes will appear on your body with these quantities of grain:

  • 30cc = 1/8 cup rice

  • 59cc = 1/4 cup rice

  • 78cc = 1/3 cup rice

  • 118cc = 1/2 cup rice

  • 156cc = 2/3 cup rice

  • 177cc = 3/4 cup rice

  • 236cc = 1 cup rice

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Chestand TorsoRatio

All Chicago women who undergo breast augmentation do so because they want to increase the size of their breasts. However, this process is much more complicated than simply selecting a cup size.

Every person has a different body type, and measurements of your chest and torso aid in determining the most appropriate breast implant size to look natural on your body. Your vision of what you want to achieve with a boob job is more easily communicated with visual images; bring photos if there is a certain breast size or look you want.

Dr. Kotis will show you photos of patients with a body shape similar to yours to aid you in selecting the right size of implant. Plastic surgeons don’t typically think in cup sizes, but in implant sizes, so images are used to assist in this process. Our advanced 3D animation system will allow you to visualize the procedure and what to expect.

Measurements of your chest and torso are an important part of choosing implant size and shape. A balance suiting body shape will look most natural. With many sizes, shapes, and degrees of projection in implants now available, you want to ensure you choose right. Measuring the chest and torso aids in this process. Dr. Kotis is very meticulous in this process, and precisely measures the chest and torso to assist you to choose implants in the proper proportion for your body.

Where are the incisions for breast implants located?

After a patient determines their implant shape and type, they can work with Dr. Kotis to determine the placement of their incisions. Each type of incision allows Dr. Kotis access to the breast tissue. The varying incision types offer distinct benefits.

Periareolar Incision

Is made around the areola or darkened area of the nipple. It is important to note that an incision of this type carries a higher risk. Patients may lose nipple sensitivity after a periareolar incision.

Inframammary Incision

The most commonly used incision, an inframammary incision, is made below the breast. The incision is placed within the crease of the breast, so the scars are hidden. Unlike the periareolar incision, an inframammary incision rarely causes loss of nipple sensation.

Axillary Incision

A transaxillary incision is another option. Dr. Kotis makes the incision in the armpit. Because patients’ incisions are located under the arm, they may avoid noticeable scarring around the breast.

TUBA Incision

A transumbilical augmentation incision, or TUBA incision, is another conveniently-placed incision. Dr. Kotis makes this incision near the navel where he uses an endoscopic technique to place the breast implants. A thin tube, threaded through the incision, allows for remote placement. The scar from a TUBA incision is easily concealed.

Breast Implant Placement

Once your implants and incisions have been selected, Dr. Kotis will guide you through selecting the placement of your implants. The right choice for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your lifestyle and aesthetic goals.


This option involves placing the implant beneath the pectoral muscle. It’s a more invasive technique that requires an additional incision and results in a slightly more intensive recovery. However, implants that are placed in this way tend to look and feel very natural.


With this approach, the implant is placed closer to the skin’s surface, above the pectoral muscle. Compared to submuscular, it is a slightly easier surgery and results in a nicely lifted appearance. However, any rippling may be more noticeable and the final results aren’t as natural-looking.


A variation of subpectoral implant placement involves positioning the implant partially beneath the muscle, popular among patients with mild breast sag seeking enhanced lower-pole volume.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

After a breast augmentation procedure with Dr. Kotis, patients are driven home by their designated caregiver. Patients will be given aftercare instructions to help speed up recovery.

Most patients experience swelling for the first few weeks after their procedure. During that time, patients may take medication for any discomfort. Patients will also wear supportive garments and bandages until their breasts heal.

It’s normal to experience swelling, discomfort throughout the first few weeks. During this time, you will be instructed to:

  • Take your prescribed medication as directed to manage your discomfort

  • Wear supportive garments and bandages to support your new breast contours

  • Walk lightly around the house to promote healing

  • Avoid strenuous activity

  • Get plenty of rest

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost In Chicago, IL?

The cost of breast augmentation can vary among patients. The best way to predict the cost of the procedure is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Kotis. At his Chicago or Arlington Heights practice, he will speak about the options for the procedure and make the best recommendations based on your desired outcome for the procedure. Dr. Kotis wants to make this this whole experience easy and pleasant for you. Our office happily accepts cash, check and credit card, while also offering financing options to all patients. Visit our financing page to learn more about our options.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John A. Kotis offers advanced techniques and technology to bring patients the very best results in breast augmentation. Residents of Chicago, Arlington Heights and surrounding Illinois communities can contact our office today to learn more about the benefits of breast augmentation.

A breast augmentation may be best utilized if packaged with other procedures:

Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?

It may be the best utilization for you, both financially and for an overall look, to package your breast augmentation within a full mommy makeover procedure or breast lift which Dr. Kotis specializes in delivering.

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How does Breast Augmentation surgery affect pregnancy and breastfeeding?

In general, there are no complications associated with breast implants during pregnancy, so you can rest assured that your voluptuous new breasts will not negatively impact the safety of your pregnancy. Most women will be able to breastfeed following breast augmentation. There are exceptions of course; some women are naturally unable to breastfeed and there are variations in the breast tissue that will make breastfeeding following breast augmentation very difficult. These instances are the exception rather than the rule.

Will I have scarring?

The location and extent of scarring will depend on individual physiological factors, as well as the type of incision you’ve had. Most procedures leave little or no visible scarring. TUBA and underarm incisions have the least potential for visible scarring, because they are located away from the breast itself, in the case of TUBA, in the navel; and in the case of underarm incisions, in the armpit. These types of incisions do limit your other options for placement and type of implant, however. Current cosmetic surgery procedures, regardless of the type of incision, are designed to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.

How long will my recovery take?

This depends largely on individual factors including your healing abilities, age, whether you smoke or not, and your postsurgical care; as well as the type of incision, and location of the implant. In most cases, however, you should be able to participate in all of your normal activities within about four to six weeks, and the full healing process, including any final scarring, will be complete in 6 months to a year.

Is breast augmentation surgery right for me?

A breast augmentation may be right for you if you have a healthy self-image, but feel that breast enhancement would improve your confidence. It is important that you have a healthy attitude and realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you.

Dr. Kotis prides himself in providing ideal results with breast augmentation in Chicago. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about breast implants in Chicago, please contact us online or call us at 847-595-0164.

What type of implant and procedure should I have?

There are so many types of procedures and implants available because there are so many types of women who seek them. The size, shape, and content of your implant will depend on factors such as your overall frame, your current and desired breast size and shape, your specific needs and interests. As such, this question can best be answered after a thorough consultation and examination with qualified and experienced board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kotis.

How much do breast implants cost?

The cost of your breast implants will depend on a number of factors – including the shape, and whether they are silicone or saline. During your consultation, Dr. Kotis will be open with you about the investment each option requires so that you can make an informed decision.

We offer our clients complete transparency. There are no hidden costs and all of our quotes are all-inclusive and reflect pre-operative appointments, post-operative visits, and anesthetic, facility and surgical fees.

Can breast augmentation help regain lost volume?

Certainly, breast augmentation is designed to enhance volume and shape, offering an effective solution to regain lost volume and achieve desired breast fullness. Results can vary based on individual factors and preferences.

Can breast implants impact the accuracy of mammogram results?

Breast implants may pose challenges in mammogram interpretation, requiring specialized techniques for a more accurate assessment. It's important to inform the healthcare provider about the implants to ensure appropriate screening.

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