Breast Implant Options

One of the most important aspects of your breast augmentation is the choice of breast implants. In Valparaiso and Schererville, Indiana, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante understands that this can make a big difference in the final appearance of your breasts. He offers a full spectrum of implant options to ensure that your results meet your expectations.

To learn about the many options for breast implants, women from Merrillville, Munster, and throughout Northwest Indiana can simply meet with with Dr. Galante, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Request a complimentary consultation online, or schedule an appointment at Dr. Galante’s Schererville or Valparaiso office by calling (800) 721-3244.

Breast Augmentation
 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.

OK

Breast Augmentation
 Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Case: 1 of 9
Previous
Case: 1 of 9
Next
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 47 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 1 of 8

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 1 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 2 of 8

Case #1

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 3 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 3 of 8

Case #3

49 year old Indiana woman 5 ft. 4 in. 118 lbs. subpectoral placement of 265cc  smooth, round, saline implants. A to C cup.
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 153 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 4 of 8

Case #153

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 152 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 5 of 8

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 141 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 6 of 8

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 73 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 7 of 8

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
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 66 View #1 View in Valparaiso & Schererville, IN
Before & After
Case: 8 of 8

Case #66

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.

Talking It Over

Dr. Galante will answer your questions and listen carefully to your goals during your consultation. Depending on your body type, preferences, and lifestyle, you may have several choices in terms of technique and implant characteristics. Dr. Galante will explain the pros and cons of each option.

Dr. Galante

Meet Dr. Gus Galante

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.

IMPECCABLE CREDENTIALS

Team up with an honest, approachable plastic surgeon who will work with you to achieve your goals. Look & feel better with Dr. Galante.

Meet Dr. Galante
Dr. Galante's credentials Dr. Galante's credentials

Implant Fill Type

Breast augmentation patients can choose between implants filled with either saline or silicone gel. While some surgeons strongly favor one implant type, Dr. Galante has years of experience using both options successfully. He bases his recommendations on your anatomy and preferences. Each option has its own advantages in terms of look, feel and comfort.

Saline

These implants are filled with a sterile, medical-grade saltwater solution. Saline implants remain a popular choice among breast augmentation patients for a variety of reasons, which include:

  • Requiring only a small incision because the implant is empty and rolled up like a cigar when inserted.
  • Allowing flexibility in incision location and in final breast size because they are filled after placement.
  • Alleviating concerns about safety or implant rupture because saline is not harmful to the body.
  • Being less expensive than silicone in most cases.

Silicone

This implant fill option is popular chiefly for its aesthetic benefits. Advantages include:

  • Some women find that the texture of silicone implants has a more natural look and feel than saline implants.
  • Silicone is preferable for women who have very little breast tissue of their own because the results tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue.

Silicone implants are FDA approved for women age 22 and over. Younger women who are considering breast augmentation should discuss their options thoroughly with Dr. Galante. These patients can either opt for saline-filled implants or wait until they are eligible for the silicone gel option.

Ideal Implant®

Ideal Implant Network SurgeonA third type of implant now available at our practice is the Ideal Implant, which is filled with saline but structured to look and feel similar to silicone gel implants. The innovative implant includes nested shells that function as baffles to control the saline solution’s movement and prevent bouncing. Approved by the FDA, the Ideal Implant provides the natural feel that most patients prefer without the risk of a “silent rupture” associated with silicone gel implants. Since the Ideal Implant has 2 chambers of filling, if one chamber leaks—a rare occurrence—the fluid is harmlessly absorbed by the body, but the implant usually maintains most of its shape. If this happens, the patient can choose to replace the implant electively.

Diagram of Ideal Implant layers

View Videos of Procedures and Treatments in 3D

Watch Now
View videos of procedures and treatments in 3d

Implant Size, Shape, Profile & Texture

Once you’ve decided on your implant material, there are several more factors to consider. Dr. Galante offers a wide variety of styles from only FDA-approved manufacturers, ensuring safe, beautiful, and custom results. He talks you through each step of the decision-making process. Read about the different implant factors below.

Size

Patients often think about implants in terms of bra sizes, saying, for example, that they want to go from bra cup size A to a large C. However, breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc), rather than cup sizes, which are not standardized from one brand to another. It can be helpful to let us know what cup size you would like to achieve, but Dr. Galante also recommends that you bring some “wish photos” to your consultation – pictures showing the results you want. You can review our before-and-after gallery to find some options that appeal to you. That’s a good way for us to identify a specific size you desire. Dr. Galante will make a recommendation for the volume that will help you achieve your goals based on how much breast tissue you already have.

Shape

Your options include round or anatomically shaped breast implants. A shaped implant resembles a teardrop, with more volume at the bottom, mimicking the slope of a natural breast. Round implants are often preferred by women who desire a fuller look in the upper portion of the breasts and more cleavage. Dr. Galante has experience with both round and shaped implants, and he asks you about your goals to determine which might work best for you.

A variety of shapes of implants from Allergan's Natrelle® collection, one of the brands Dr. Galante uses

A variety of shapes of implants from Allergan’s Natrelle® collection, one of the brands Dr. Galante uses

Profile

A breast implant’s profile corresponds to how much your breasts will project from the chest wall after your augmentation surgery. Dr. Galante’s recommendation for implant profile depends on whether you:

  • Plan to have a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation
  • Have a larger or smaller amount of existing breast tissue
  • Decide on an implant placement above or below the chest muscle

The implant profile choices – usually low profile, moderate profile, moderate-plus profile, or high profile – can be a little confusing. Many patients rely on Dr. Galante’s experience and training when he recommends an implant profile that will provide the best results.

Texture

A smooth implant shell, left, and a textured shell, right, from Allergan's Natrelle collection

A smooth implant shell, left, and a
textured shell, right, from
Allergan’s Natrelle collection

All breast implants have a silicone outer shell that contains the saline or silicone filler. This shell can be smooth or textured. A smooth implant can move around more freely in the breast pocket, which many women believe looks very natural.
With textured implants, your natural breast tissue grows and conforms around the fine textured surface and secures the implants in place. This prevents them from moving, which is especially important for shaped implants, which need to stay oriented upright. Dr. Galante will help you decide which option is right for you depending on the other implant factors you’ve chosen.

A Reputation Built on Results

You deserve the highest caliber of service, care, and results, and at Gustavo E. Galant, M.D, we're committed to providing all that and more. But don't take our word for it—see for yourself what our actual patients have to say about their experiences with us.

Read More Patient Reviews
HealthGrades
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
HealthGrades
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!
Facebook
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.
Google
5.0/5
Apr 22, 2021
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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.
Google
5.0/5
Jan 16, 2021
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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.
Google
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!
Google
5.0/5
Aug 20, 2020
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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!
Google
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!
Google
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.
Facebook
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.
Google
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!
Google
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.
Google
5.0/5
Aug 7, 2019
Google Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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!
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.
RateMDs
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.
RateMDs
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!

Breast Implant FAQ

Are silicone implants as safe as saline?

The FDA restricted the use of silicone implants for 14 years to perform rigorous safety studies. In 2006, the FDA approved the use of a new generation of silicone implants for women age 22 and older, concluding that no evidence was found linking these implants to increased health risks. Many of Dr. Galante’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone breast implants because they believe silicone provides a more natural look and feel than saline. Others prefer saline because they are less expensive and are filled after the implant is placed.

Today, it is no longer as much a safety concern as it is a matter of personal preference. During your consultation, Dr. Galante will review your available options for breast implants to help you make an informed decision about your procedure.

Will I be able to breastfeed with breast 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.

Will my breast implants eventually leak and need to be replaced?

While breast implants are not designed to be “lifetime” medical devices, many women do not need to have them replaced. If a saline implant does leak, the saltwater solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body and the rupture is readily apparent. The FDA does recommend periodic MRI scans for silicone implants to monitor their integrity.

More Information

For answers to questions our patients often ask about breast augmentation, review our Breast Augmentation FAQs page.

The perfect gift for the beautiful person in your life.

Stop by our Schererville office to purchase your gift card of any value today!

Gift Card
Back to Top