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We see patients from all over the globe. Our office staff can provide you and your family with everything from help finding accomodations to local attractions to enhance your visit.

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680 N Lake Shore Dr, Ste 1208
Chicago, IL 60611

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"Doctor McKay McKinnon has been working on me since I was 18 months old. I have had cosmetic and tumor removal surgery done by McKinnon annually. His insistence on perfection and medical expertise are out of this world.
He is the best Neurofibromatosis specialist we have found. His precision and planning as well as his knowledge of his work makes me feel very comfortable. I refuse to allow another doctor to operate on my face, as he does. He is professional and world-renowned. Simply the best doctor there is for reconstructive surgery."
-J.T. (4/28/2014)

"Dr. McKinnon is a dedicated professional who is calm, caring and thorough. He has performed surgery on my husband multiple times for a very large AVM and saved his life by doing so. No other doctor would touch my husband as his health issue was so significant. Dr. is dedicated to assuring people's lives are as normal as possible and as other reviews have stated does a significant amount of charity work to help severely disfigured people throughout the world. Look at the press releases and videos online to understand the brilliance and compassion of his work."
-C.N. (4/14/2014)

"Dr. McKinnon is amazing. He is calm, professional, makes you relax and is a true "southern gentlemen". He donates his spare time to performing hundreds of free surgeries for the poorest people in the world. He and his lovely wife travel to Honduras, Vietnam and many other poor countries and help those in need. Most surgeons go to Florida or perhaps to Hawaii, but not Dr. McKinnon, he goes to 3rd world countries and handles surgeries that many surgeons would walk away from."
-S.M. (8/28/2013)

"Dr. McKinnon is the best...period. Calm, confident, and professional. He takes his time to talk with you and understand what you are looking to have done. I have had liposuction, a nose job, and a breast augmentation and am pleased with all my outcomes. I had interviewed several cosmetic surgeons prior to finding Dr. McKinnon and found him the most straightforward and unpretentious. The office is nice, small, and quiet so you don't feel like your just a number. Great post op care... you will feel well cared for. So, if your considering cosmetic/reconstructive surgery, go see'll be glad you did!"
-S.M. (10/25/2011)

"Nice doctor. I came in for some cosmetic surgery and was very happy with the whole experience. He was patient and thorough during the consultation and the results were what I had hoped for. I would definitely recommend him."
-K.L. (11/22/2010)

Breast Augmentation Patient Care

  • Because of drowsiness after surgery, someone must drive the patient home and stay with them overnight.
  • The elastic bandage is removed by the following morning. The paper tape over the incisions is left in place until it falls off or is removed by the patient or Doctor in one week. The patient may shower the day after surgery.
  • A brassiere should be worn during the day for two weeks to support the breast. No other dressing is needed. Although uncomfortable for the first 24-48 hours, discomfort is mild with several days. You can return to work after one or two days, if desired. Avoid heavy exertion or lifting for 3 weeks.


  • Bleeding. Although uncommon, bleeding can occur after surgery. To best prevent this, avoid all Aspirin products and Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.) and megavitamin and herbal supplements for two weeks before and after surgery and avoid exercise and excessive arm use after surgery for two weeks. Tylenol may be taken without risk. If a hematoma develops, it is necessary to remove the hematoma in the operating room. No physician’s fee is charged to remove a hematoma. The patient is, however, responsible for anesthesia, operating room costs and /or replacement of the implant.
  • Infection. Infection is uncommon after any surgery, including a breast augmentation. If it does occur, however, the implant must usually be removed. It can usually be replaced after three or more months, although additional costs apply.
  • Scarring. The most common incisions employed for a breast augmentation are just at the areolar border or in the fold underneath the breast. Sutures are placed so that no stitch marks are uncommon. There is some black-and-blue for one to two weeks around the incision. There may be some slight crusting along the incision for that time. All incisions become red, raised and lumpy at one month and then become soft, pale and flat over the next six to twelve months. Although all scars are visible, they are usually relatively hidden in the normal color and contour of the breast and most women find the improvement in breast shape and size worth the scar.
  • Nipple Anesthesia. Although uncommon, temporary or permanent anesthesia (numbness) of one or both nipples, or other areas of the breast can follow a breast augmentation. Occasionally the nipple will be hypersensitive and have a pins-and-needles feeling for several weeks to months after surgery.
  • Capsule Formation (an unnatural hardness or firmness of the breast). Breast implants do not change in the body and they remain soft. However, a thin layer of scar tissue forms around all implants. In some women, this sac of scar shrinks and squeezes the implant, like tightening a tube of toothpaste (the toothpaste is soft inside, but the aluminum tube feels firm as the outer envelope is tightened down). This occurs gradually over months. If excessive, the breast shape and consistency can be unnatural. Correction requires re-operation, excision of scar, and replacement of the same or different implants. Sometimes the breast will become hard again, despite re-operation. If a revision is required months or yeas after your surgery, you are responsible for additional operating room fees, the implant costs, anesthesia costs, and the surgeon’s fee.
  • Implant Rupture. It is unusual for implants to break, even after significant automobile or other accidents. However, implant rupture does occur occasionally and may require re-operation to replace the implant and the associated inconvenience and expense. If they are filled with saline, the water is simply absorbed within the body and the breast goes “flat.” If this occurs, the collapsed implant is removed and replaced. If filled with silicone gel, the gel can be forced in to the adjacent breast tissue and can cause abnormally firm lumps. This is uncommon. Usually the silicone gel simply remains within the sac of scar that normally forms about the implant. Rupture of a silicone implant is often undetectable by physical or mammographic examination, requiring an MRI scan to confirm a rupture. Usually few or no symptoms or problems occur. Once identified, however, the ruptured implant is removed and replaced. The risk of rupture is about 1% per year.

After Surgery

  • An ace bandage will be wrapped around your chest at the time of surgery. Leave it in place until the doctor removes it the day after surgery.
  • After the ace bandage is removed, you may shower as desired. Steri-strips will be present over your incisions. They will fall off after a few days to a week, or may be removed after 7 days. After surgery, you may continue to wear the ace bandage for comfort, or any bra you desire, or go braless. Some women prefer to remove the wire from an underwire bra for comfort for a week or two.
  • Most strong discomfort is gone in 24-48 hours, but you will be sore for several weeks.
  • You can increase the inferior fullness of your breasts more quickly after surgery by applying an ace bandage over the top of your breasts. This applies pressure and stretches the skin below.
  • Most patients will notice a gurgling sound and feel to the breasts for a few days to a few weeks after surgery. This is air, which enters the dissected pocket about the implant at the time of surgery. It is normal and resolves spontaneously. Some patients note a firm “line” under the skin in the fold under the breast for a few weeks. It is not serious or abnormal and will disappear.
  • If you use a smooth implant, 2 days after your surgery you should start breast massage to stretch the pocket about the implant and decrease the risk of late tight scar (capsule formation), which can create a breast that feels too firm. This should be done 5-10 times a day. Simply push the flat of your hand on the inferior part of your breast, pushing the breast up until it bulges under your collarbone. Then release the pressure. Repeat this 5 times, 5 times a day. You do not need to get undressed. So that you don’t forget, you might do this every time you go to the bathroom. This massage should be continued for at least 6 month. Massage is not useful for textured implants.
American Association of Plastic Surgery