Breast Augmentation FAQ

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.

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Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 47 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
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Case #47

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 an interest in improving the sagginess in her breasts.... Read More
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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 wanted to fill out her tops better.She was... Read More
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49 year old Indiana woman 5 ft. 4 in. 118 lbs. subpectoral placement of 265cc  smooth, round, saline implants. A to C cup.
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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 consultation, she and Dr. Galante discussed her surgical... Read More
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Case #152

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 her body's proportions. Before her surgery, she wore... Read More
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Case #141

Concerned about her breast size and sagginess, this 46-year-old woman met with breast enhancement specialist Dr. Gus Galante for a consultation in his Schererville office. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he is known throughout the region for his beautiful, natural-looking breast augmentation results. Many women who have lost breast volume after... Read More
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Case #73

This patient is a 24-year-old waitress from Indiana, and a mother of one. She had not breastfed, so her breast position was still relatively good, but she was unhappy with her small, barely B-cup bra size. Hoping to find a way to make her breasts look larger but still natural, she came to my Schererville office with a number of questions about her... Read More
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This 30-year-old hairdresser from Indiana decided it was time to increase the volume of her breasts after breastfeeding two children. As is the case with many mothers after pregnancy and breastfeeding, her breasts looked deflated and had a sagging appearance. This patient's bra size was between an A and a B cup when she visited my office and... Read More

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 consultation online, or schedule an appointment at Dr. Galante’s Schererville or Valparaiso office by calling (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.

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Thank you for visiting the Indiana plastic surgery practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante. Our team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make an educated decision about your procedure. We offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and BOTOX® Cosmetic. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about your choices. We have offices in Valparaiso and Schererville for your convenience.

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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.

Will breast augmentation improve the appearance of sagging breasts?

Breast implants can fill out the stretched skin in the case of mildly sagging breasts, giving them a fuller, more youthful appearance. Many women achieve better results by combining implants with a breast lift. During your private consultation, Dr. Galante will perform a brief physical exam, listen to your concerns, and provide his professional opinion about which procedure will best help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

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.

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5.0/5
Aug 10, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
The augmentation procedure was so simple I wish I would of done it years ago
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5.0/5
Jul 31, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had a mommy makeover 3 weeks ago and I feel amazing. Dr Galante and his staff are so friendly and make you feel comfortable and amazing! they answered every question and I felt confident leading up to my surgery day! Dr Galante held my hand and comforted me in the operating room before going under and it felt like genuine care. You can really tell he not only loves what he does, but cares for his patients! he’s also great at it. My incision was done so neatly and perfect. You can tell he took his time to make it as nice as possible. My body looks great! And I have my confidence back thanks to Dr Galante!
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5.0/5
Jul 22, 2021
Facebook Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr Galante and his staff are amazingly kind and helpful. I felt like my health and well being were put as the top priority before the procedure. A few months after my procedure I developed a small lump in my breast. I called the office to have them check to see if it was no big deal, just scar tissue or something from my implant. Dr Galante saw me right away. He determined that it wasn’t normal and quickly arranged for me to be seen by a women’s diagnostic doctor. His nurse kept me calm as I heard him talk to the other doctor on how they’d coordinate care for my testing. Honestly he was a God send because I didn’t have to do a thing except pick up my phone to confirm the appointment. I was a wreck and he took that huge burden off my plate. In the end it was a teeny fluid bubble, but I’m so thankful that he was prompt in his response to my concern.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable and explained everything thoroughly. Not only did the staff and Dr. Galante take the time to understand my careers, and hone life, but they were also able to calm my fears about surgery. They are truly professionals! Highly, highly recommend!
HealthGrades
5.0/5
May 24, 2021
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff have been EXCEPTIONAL throughout this process. I had breast augmentation and everything the doctor and nurse told me to expect was to a T. In the Operating room Dr. Galante made me feel so calm, comforted, and safe. He put on music of my choice, and with a smile held my hand and didn’t let go (until I fell asleep of course) Afterwards, recovery nurse absolutely AMAZING! Received a personal phone call from Dr. Galante that night just to follow up and see how I was feeling. Few days later, the surgical center checked on me to also see how Everything was progressing. My recovery is only 9 days post op and IM IN LOVE WITH THE RESULTS!! I did my research and I would do it ALL OVER again with this physician and staff! I have so many people to refer and honestly if you want superb results and patient care, go to THE BEST! Thank you Dr. Galante and staff.
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5.0/5
Apr 22, 2021
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My only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner!!! I was working so hard in the gym but couldn’t see results because my body was so rough from having babies. Dr. Galante changed all of that! It is miraculous to me that so many kind, hospitable, and encouraging people all work in one office! I was feeling really nervous and pretty insecure about the whole process, especially because I had received consultations from elsewhere and had a very negative experience. Dr. Galante and his staff were so uplifting and made me feel beautiful even before my procedure. He could charge a lot more for his work but doesn’t, I think because he just likes helping others feel beautiful. Every person in this office is gifted with making people feel welcome and cared for. Also, his work is incredible. He far exceeded my expectations for what I would look like after my surgery. I will never go anywhere else and I encourage all of my friends to see him. Thank you, Dr. Galante and staff for taking such good care of me! My results are amazing and just keep getting better.
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5.0/5
Jan 16, 2021
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Had a brow, neck and face lift. Dr. Galante did an excellent job. The doctor and staff was amazing. The scars you don't notice, can't believe how you have to point them out to see them. Can't wait till I can go back and have other procedures done. Their concerns are what you want and what will make you happy. I highly recommend the work of him and his staff.
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5.0/5
Jan 9, 2021
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr Galante is amazing! I recently had breast augmentation in Nov 2020. I am a mother of 3 children and work full time. I went to a total of 4 consultations with other surgeons and decided to go with Dr Galante. He took his time and went through everything. He answered my questions and concerns. I was so nervous on the day of surgery and is whole team of nurses, surgical tech, and CRNA made the process easy. I have no regrets and am very pleased with my results, he did exactly what I asked and I feel amazing!!
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Sep 12, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Flawless. I recently had breast implant removal and replacement with Dr. Galante, who came highly recommended, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. After many years, I was at a crossroads about having my implants removed or replacing them. At the consultation, Dr. Galante and Megan, nurse & patient coordinator, we’re attentive, informative and caring. They gave me the information, pros and cons, and didn’t try to sway my decision either way. I didn’t wait too long and decided to go for it and have removal and replacement. He is a truly gifted surgeon and put in just the right size for my frame. This breast surgery was a cinch the second time around. Wish I hadn’t waited. His staff are all very nice and professional. The nurses and anesthesiologists at the clinic all top notch too. It was win win! Thank you!
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5.0/5
Aug 20, 2020
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BEST decision I’ve ever made!! I have had two procedures done by Dr. Galante, including a breast augmentation and lower eyelid procedure, and have recommended many friends to him! I got my breasts done 7 years ago now and have never felt more confident in my own skin, I will be surprised if they ever need to be replaced. While the healing was a bit uncomfortable, I would do it a million times over again. They look SO GOOD. I can’t tell you how many “compliments” I’ve gotten on them. My lower eyelid lift was a few days ago & WOW the results already! My eyes look like they did before I hit puberty. Although I’m not fully healed I am already so happy. He is a true artist and extremely professional. Wonderful staff as well! Would highly recommend him and his practice!
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5.0/5
Jul 8, 2020
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
It has been 7 months since my breast reduction and I couldn’t be happier! From beginning to end Dr. Galante and his entire staff have been outstanding. The high reviews and no consultation fee is what first drew me. From day one he makes you feel very comfortable and secure. He is patient and friendly. Most importantly, he is informative and he knows what he’s doing! I love my results. This was so worth it! Absolute best decision I could’ve made. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0/5
Jun 18, 2020
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I highly recommend Dr. Galante and his staff. Everyone on staff is truly wonderful! My results exceeded my expectations. I love the way Iook! The Dr. and staff made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process.
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5.0/5
Apr 16, 2020
Facebook Gustavo E. Galante, MD
He is 1 of my FAVORITE Dr.'s! So sincere n makes you feel VERY COMFORTABLE! ❤❤❤❤
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jan 31, 2020
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante is very knowledgeable, caring, and exhibits excellent judgement.
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5.0/5
Dec 10, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are all fine, compassionate people and his skill is second to none! As I have moved many times over the years, my body is my primary household; my experience with Dr. Galante changed my life vastly for the better and I thank him every day!
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5.0/5
Sep 13, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are wonderful. This was my first plastic surgery experience and I’m extremely satisfied. The doctor and his staff are very thorough while explaining the procedure, costs, options, and results. I felt like Dr. Galante helped me make decisions of what size implants fit me best based on my “ideal” size and my body size/structure. He made sure to give me the most realistic size for my build. I felt like the pre-op directions were very straight forward and easy to understand and I never got nervous or felt like I had unanswered questions going into surgery. The post-op follow ups and appointments were also thorough and I felt comfortable being under Dr. Galante’s care. Never did I feel uncomfortable or uneasy about my decision, the procedure, or the professionalism of Dr Galante and his staff. To some people, undergoing a procedure like I did (along with all of the appointments) May make them feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, or uneasy but I promise that you will not get this feeling around Dr. Galante and his staff. They are EXTREMELY professional, helpful, informative, thorough, and friendly. I’m beyond satisfied with my procedure and experience and appreciate all of the care that I received from Dr. Galante and his staff. Thank you so much & I will definitely be back in the future.
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5.0/5
Aug 7, 2019
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I am beyond pleased with my results, the amazing, compassionate staff and of course the brilliant mind and magically talented hands of Dr Galante. From the minute you walk in for your very 1st consultation, to scheduling, to the Dr holding your hand as you are being put under anesthesia, to the phone call from him later that evening of surgery checking in on you, till your last post op appointment you feel comfort, ease and confident you chose the right doctor. He answered all my questions. Gave me realistic expectations. Told me exactly what to expect and when to expect it. I’m so happy he was able to give me back physically something I couldn’t achieve on my own and a new sense of confidence! He and his staff really are the best!
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5.0/5
Jul 27, 2019
RateMDs Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
HealthGrades
5.0/5
Jul 27, 2019
HealthGrades Gustavo E. Galante, MD
I had an abdominoplasty performed by Dr Galante. During the consultation he was very personal-able and knowledgeable. He gave me realistic expectations of my requested procedures. He was familiar with the tendency of ethnicities with more melanin to keloid. . And had a plan to minimize them if it happened. He patiently answered our questions and didn’t attempt to push unnecessary procedures. I was particularly impressed with his concern for my medical safety by explaining the risks of staying under anesthesia too long and getting multiple procedure at once. Office staff was also wonderful. Surgicenter was clean and the staff outstanding. My husband and I are totally thrilled with my results. Yes, I would do it again. Absolutely. I highly recommend him to everyone.
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5.0/5
Jun 30, 2019
RateMDs Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Dr. Galante and his staff are extremely professional and beyond knowledgable. They guide and comfort you before, during, and after your procedure. He and his team answer any question you may have straight forward and make aware all the fine print. HIGHLY recommend!

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.

Can I combine breast augmentation with another procedure?

Absolutely. One of our most popular combined breast procedures is breast augmentation and 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.

I plan to become pregnant in about a year. Should I wait until afterward to have breast augmentation?

It is safe to have breast augmentation before pregnancy, but it may make sense for you to wait. Pregnancy and breastfeeding affect the breasts, and no one can predict the specific changes you will experience. Many women end up with breasts that are smaller and stretched; the nipples and areolas are affected as well. If you have surgery before having children, it’s likely you will want to have a second procedure such as a breast augmentation revision or a breast lift to correct these changes.

On the other hand, you may be so unhappy with your breasts now that you don’t want to wait any longer. If it’s possible you’ll wait longer than a year to become pregnant, you may want to go ahead and have the surgery now. Also, it may take longer to conceive than you hope. It’s important to choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you weigh the pros and cons and make the best decision for you.

I’m 7 months pregnant and would like to have breast augmentation after I have my baby. Can I have my consultation while I’m pregnant?

If you would like to use your consultation to gather information, it may make sense to have the consultation now. It’s a good way to find out whether you are comfortable with a surgeon and to learn about the procedure and options for incisions and breast implants. You can also get information about the recovery period.

Keep in mind that you will need to wait for your breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy state before your actual evaluation. Patients are given specific details about their procedure during this evaluation, and this is the time you decide on the size and shape of your breast implants. Some moms need breast augmentation to attain the look they desire; others need a breast lift, as well. It’s usually sufficient to wait 3 to 6 months after delivery or after you stop breastfeeding, whichever is later.

After having my first child, my breasts ended up smaller and not as firm. I’d like to have breast augmentation now, but want to have more children. Will my breasts sag more after another pregnancy?

It’s likely that your breasts will sag more with subsequent pregnancies. Your options are to have the breast augmentation now and possibly need a revision surgery after your next baby, or wait until your family is complete and have a single procedure that addresses all of your concerns.

What will happen if I get pregnant after breast augmentation?

Because many women have breast augmentation in their 20s and 30s, it’s common to become pregnant afterwards. Breast augmentation will not affect breast changes that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your breasts will become larger and stretch as the glands enlarge. Most of Dr. Galante’s patients are able to breastfeed, as he typically can avoid the milk glands when performing breast enhancement surgery. Many women lose natural breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding; in some cases, a prior breast augmentation can make these changes less noticeable. If you gain weight rapidly during pregnancy, your breasts may sag afterwards. A breast lift and possibly implant exchange after you have stopped breastfeeding can rejuvenate your breast appearance.

Will breastfeeding deform my breast implants? Will implants harm my baby?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding will not cause your breast implants to become misshapen or leak. They are made to withstand significant pressure and return to their original shape. There are no reports of silicone leaking into breast milk or the mother’s bloodstream or documented risks to babies when FDA-approved breast implants are used.

Will breastfeeding permanently change my nipples and areolas?

The hormones produced during pregnancy and breastfeeding affect the nipples and areolas, in addition to the breasts themselves. Often the areolas enlarge and become darker, a change that is often permanent. As the breasts enlarge with milk production and the baby breastfeeds (or you use a breast pump), the nipples and areolas can stretch and enlarge – often unevenly. Breast enhancement procedures such as a breast lift, nipple reduction, or breast reduction can restore a balanced, attractive shape. You should allow your breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy state, which takes approximately 3 to 6 months, before you have surgery.

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