Gustavo E. Galante, M.D. - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Dr. Gus Galante performs hundreds of breast augmentation procedures at his practice in Valparaiso and Schererville, Indiana, each year. And while each patient is different, they all come to our offices with plenty of questions. To provide the women who visit his practice for breast augmentation from Merrillville, Crown Point, Munster, and surrounding areas with a more complete understanding of the surgery, he's provided answers to many of the questions he is most often asked.
Before & After Photos
WARNING: This feature contains nudity. Please click OK to confirm you are at least 18 years of age and are not offended by such material.
The patient shown in these before-and-after photos came to see Dr. Galante, a board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring, at his Northwest Indiana office. She initially was requesting treatment to improve the appearance of her abdomen but also had a...Read On
This patient presented to Dr. Galante in our Northwest Indiana office located in Munster, Indiana for a consultation regarding breast enlargement (breast augmentation). She was a 25 year old woman that was wearing an A cup bra and desired to be enhanced to a C cup. She had not had children yet, and ...Read On
This 49-year-old store manager was ready for the change that breast augmentation can provide when she visited us at our Schererville office. Although she did not breastfeed her one (now fully grown) child, she felt that her breast volume was not what she wanted, and she was looking to improve h...Read On
This 44-year-old woman took time out of her job as a laborer to learn more about breast augmentation with Dr. Galante in our Schererville office. As a mother of 5, this woman wanted a relatively conservative augmentation that restored pre-pregnancy volume to her breasts.During her consulta...Read On
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
If you live in Northwest Indiana and breast augmentation is on your mind, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best place to start. Request a complimentary consultationRequest a complimentary consultation online, or schedule an appointment at Dr. Galante's Schererville or Valparaiso office by calling +1-800-721-3244.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Many different types of women visit Dr. Galante for breast augmentation. Although the surgery is one of the most popular at our practice and throughout the country, it's not the best match for everyone. Good candidates for the surgery are generally in good health and have specific, realistic expectations for their desired outcomes. Good candidates should also be committed to caring for themselves after surgery by resting for several days and keeping follow-up appointments.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Like any plastic surgery procedure, the cost of breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. Different factors go into determining the cost of surgery, including the patient's anatomy, the breast implant options she chooses, and any other procedures, such as breast lift, that may be performed at the same time.
Dr. Galante strives to keep his prices competitive with other plastic surgeons around Northwest Indiana. During your consultation, you receive a written quote that has been customized to reflect the specifics of your procedure.
Team up with an honest, approachable plastic surgeon who will work with you to achieve your goals. Look & feel better with Dr. Galante.
How long does the surgery last?
Breast augmentation is a fairly brief surgery, but the exact timeline depends on factors such as the surgical technique and whether any procedures are performed at the same time. The average surgical breast augmentation lasts about an hour. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which means that patients may return home the same day.
I've heard that implants need time to "drop" after surgery. What does this mean?
Breast implant "dropping" refers to the process of the implants settling into their final positions. Immediately after surgery, the breasts may appear high, tight, or swollen, which is not uncommon. It's important to have patience during this time, as it may take several months for the breasts to achieve their final positions. As breast implants settle, our patients in Indiana notice their breasts taking on a lower, more natural-looking appearance. They will also soften during this time as well.
What can I expect during the recovery period?
Today's surgical techniques ensure a relatively brief, comfortable recovery after breast augmentation surgery. However, it's still important to reduce your activity and take it easy while your body heals.
Most patients are able to return to work after about a week. However, if your job is more physically demanding, you may need to spend a little more time at home. Discomfort is normal during this time but can be managed with prescribed medication. Most patients are able to transition to over-the-counter pain relievers after a couple of days. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Galante gives you specific guidelines to help you understand what you can expect after surgery.
Will I be able to breastfeed with implants?
Breastfeeding is often possible after breast augmentation. If you're considering having children after surgery, be sure to share your plans with Dr. Galante. He can use special incision methods to minimize the involvement of the nipple, which increases the odds of successful breastfeeding. Additionally, the presence of implants does not affect breast milk.
Can I combine breast augmentation with another procedure?
Absolutely. One of our most popular combined breast procedures is breast augmentation and breast lift. This approach improves both the size and the position of the breasts for a comprehensive transformation.
Breast augmentation may also be combined with surgeries to enhance the body, a combinational approach called Mommy Makeover. It can improve the look of the parts of the body that are most affected by pregnancy, including the abdomen.
There are lots of other options available for combining procedures. Dr. Galante works with each patient to understand her goals and develops a surgical approach that meets her needs without excessively altering her lifestyle.