About Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is intended to increase the size of the breasts. It is an elective cosmetic surgery that involves placing an implant into the breast tissue to add volume and fullness. Many women decide to undergo breast augmentation, as nature might have graced them with small breasts, or breasts that are different sizes. Many women also proceed with surgery after pregnancy, breastfeeding, after weight loss, or simply due to the natural aging process in order to restore a youthful, soft looking breast shape and volume. Regardless of the reason, the surgeons at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic enhance the breasts to suit your needs and expectations.
What Breast Augmentation Can Do For You
Fullness in the breasts can balance out a female’s hourglass figure. Breast implants enhance, fill, and perk up the chest area. By adding volume to the breasts, this can help to address uneven breasts. If for example one breast is larger than the other, 2 different sizes of implants can be used to make up for the difference in size. Breast implants in some cases can also help to lift the breasts up and add projection. Overall, breast augmentation will not only improve your body image but also your self confidence!
Breast Augmentation Proves Healthy in More than One Way!
A new study reported in the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgery found that the overall impact breast augmentation has on a women’s life is very positive, in more than one aspect. The researchers developed a questionnaire that evaluated six key areas of quality of life. The researchers followed 41 women, 6 months before, and 6 months after their breast augmentation.
More than 80% of women reported significant improvement in 3 areas: satisfaction with breasts, psychosocial well-being and sexual well-being. “The gains in quality of life were considered very large-similar in magnitude to the improvement in symptoms after hip replacement surgery”.
A reported 30,000 breast augmentations are performed each year in Canada. Breast augmentation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is our most popular procedure and now we have more proof as to why.
Cost of Breast Implant Surgery
Regardless of the implant style or size, at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, the cost of your breast augmentation surgery is not affected by this, leaving you one less thing to worry about! Pricing starts from $7,000 (includes general anesthesia), and to read more information on this, please visit our page on Breast Augmentation Cost.
Breast Augmentation Procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic
Performed as a surgical procedure as an outpatient basis (meaning there is no need for you to stay overnight), breast augmentation takes about one hour to perform. In most cases the patient is placed under general anesthesia; so you will not be able to see, feel or hear what is going on. A tiny incision is either placed around the areola or under the breast in the breast crease. Through the incision a pocket will be made for the implant to sit. The implant will then be inserted into the breast pocket and tiny dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. You will then be transferred from the operating room to the recovery room where the nurses will monitor you for 1-2 hours, until you are ready to go home.
Step-by-Step Visual to Breast Augmentation Surgery
Before breast augmentation. The breasts may appear uneven or small in size.
The patient is marked according to where they want their incisions to be; either under the breasts, in the underarm or around the nipple.
The implant is then placed into the breast pocket; either in front of the muscle or behind the muscle.
After breast augmentation.
Types, Sizes, Shapes:
A breast implant is a sterile medical device that is put into the breasts to add volume. There are two main types on the market; saline and silicone. The most popular type that Toronto Cosmetic Clinic along with many other plastic surgeons prefer to use, is a silicone type based implant, more specifically a “gummy bear” cohesive gel implant.
Silicone implants are made of a thick yet natural feeling and natural looking gel. They have several advantages over saline implants, as they do not ripple, have very few visible deformities and do not leak into the body if they were to be ruptured. In the past, silicone based implants had a bad reputation, but in recent years they have been modified and granted to be very safe by the FDA. Saline implants are made of salt-water, and been around for several decades. Many plastic surgeons prefer to use silicone cohesive gel implants since it mimics the look and feel of real and natural looking breast tissue.
Breast implants also come in a variety of styles, that have different projections and widths. Choosing a style is based on your anatomy, lifestyle and preferences. The same also stands true for the size of implant you prefer. Some women may want to add just a little bit of volume, while other women may want/need more fullness in the breasts.
After deciding that you want to proceed with breast augmentation surgery, a tough decision will be choosing the type, style and most importantly size of your breast implants. We want to make this choice as easy as possible! We have before/after 3-D imaging technology, medical staff to assist you in trying on implants, along with the professional and experienced recommendations from your plastic surgeon.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implants are not just ‘shoved’ into the breasts, a pocket needs to be created first to allow for the careful insertion of the implants.
Implants can either be situated behind the pectoralis muscle or in front of this muscle. When the implant is placed behind the muscle, it is referred to as “Submuscular Placement”.
When the implant is placed in front of the muscle it is referred to “Subglandular Placement”. Your Toronto Cosmetic Clinic surgeon can go through which implant placement would be best suited for you.
Inverted Nipples & Areola Reduction
While many women are more focused on the size of the breasts, some women are self-conscious of their nipples and/or areolas. Nipple inversion can be rather common; this is where the nipples point inwards instead of outwards. Post- pregnancy and after breast feeding the areolas can also become stretched and enlarged.
Either in a separate surgery or along with breast augmentation, inverted nipples can be corrected, and the areolas can be reduced to a more aesthetically pleasing form.
Book a Consult!
The first step to finding out how breast augmentation can help you is by visiting us for a free consultation. You will be able to not only have your questions answered, and learn all about the surgery, but you can try on breast implants and see how certain breast implant sizes will look on you through our 3-D Visualization technology.
Incisions: Making scars the least visible as possible
A trade-off for larger breasts may be a scar for some women. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic our plastic surgeons try their best to make the smallest, least visible incisions possible. This includes placing the incision in the least conspicuous places.
The periareolar incision is made at the edge of the areola and is a possibility for placing the implant. Here, the incision will be made where there is darker skin around the nipple and be less visible.
The most common of incisions for breast augmentation is the inframammary or “breast fold” incision. This is known to heal beautifully with the least visibility and can only be seen when the breast is lifted. Also there is the transaxillary incision, which requires the incision be made through the armpit .In this case you can be sure there will be no visible incisions in the breast area.
And finally the transumbilical incision (TUBA) is the newest incision for saline implants. Here, the incision is made in the navel and the implants will be inflated (filled) after placement. Visible scarring is one of the risks that can occur with breast augmentation, along with other potential complications. If you do form a bothersome scar, Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has several non-surgical options to reduce them; just ask!
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Recovering from Breast Augmentation will vary from patient to patient however, most patients will be only sore for a few days after. Swelling in the chest areas will occur, along with some slight bruising along the incision lines. Pain medication is given to help alleviate any discomfort you may feel. On average patients return to work or school in a few days depending on how strenuous their job is. We provide you will post-operative instructions so you can ensure that you take all the necessary steps to beautiful, natural looking breasts!
Risks and Complications
With any type of cosmetic and plastic surgery there will be associated risks and/or complications. Most common complications from breast augmentation surgery include capsular contracture, infection, anesthetic reactions, hematoma and implant rupture (if silicone implant) or implant deflation (if a saline implant). You can visit here for more information on other potential risks.
Breast augmentation doesn’t have to be done all on its own! To make sure your breasts give you the most satisfying results, a breast lift may be needed at the same time as an augmentation (augmentation mastopexy). Some patients may even prefer to use their own fat, instead of having an implant placed into their breasts. Fat transfer to the breasts involves taking fat (through means of liposuction) from an area(s) of your choice (usually the abdomen, or thighs) and having the fat placed into your chest. The procedure gives a dual benefit: fat removal from an unwanted area, and enlarged breasts!
Breast Augmentation Q & A
How long do implants last?
Breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. Either because of rupture or some other complication, your breast implants will need to be either entirely removed or replaced eventually. While breast implants typically last 10 to 15 years, a variety of reasons can necessitate early removal, including a change in personal preference and unexpected changes to the body. Some women may desire a different contour or change in breast size, at which point their breast implants can either be replaced; you may also consider breast lift surgery.
What can breast augmentation not achieve?
Breast augmentation is not intended to lift the breasts up. While a minimal amount of lift is achieved with breast implants, for patients who need a large degree of lift, a mastopexy would be the best procedure.
Are there non-surgical options to breast augmentation?
No creams, pills, massages or devices will be able to enlarge and correct volume inadequacies in the breasts, except for breast augmentation through the use of an implant or your own fat. Certain life events may cause the breasts to increase such as pregnancy, weight gain or the use of birth control pills, but these are not intended to be an alternative to breast augmentation surgery.
How about the safety of silicone implants?
“There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives.” From the Institute of Medicine. In fact, special studies have shown that silicone appears at a much higher level in cow's milk and commercially available infant formula that in women breastfeeding with silicone implants.
If I’m over 50 years old, can I still get breast implants?
Absolutely. Being in good health is more important than age.
Is it best to be at my ideal weight for the breast augmentation procedure?
It is recommended that you be close to your ideal weight prior to surgery as significant weight loss following the breast augmentation procedure can alter results. Possible negative side effects to significant weight loss may include breast ptosis (drooping) and a decrease in breast volume. Significant weight gain can also adversely affect breast size and appearance.
I don’t want my breasts to look “fake”, how do I prevent this?
This is when the consultation process comes into play. It is important that you communicate to your surgeon your desired outcome from surgery. Your surgeon will then proportionally match a size to fit your anatomy, lifestyle and preference. Breast implants that are placed under the muscle, have a lower set profile, and comprised of silicone gel tend to look the most natural.
What if I decide later I no longer want large breasts after breast augmentation?
If you really do not like the size of larger breasts, you can either switch your implant size to something smaller or have the implants removed all together (explantation). It is important to remember that when the implants are exchanged for a smaller size or removed, your skin will most likely have stretched and will look different from before you had implants placed in. That is why it is important to make it clear to your surgeon, your lifestyle and the type of results you want after surgery.
How long after giving birth and breastfeeding can I get implants?
It is recommended to wait at least 3 months either from pregnancy or from breastfeeding to make sure the breasts have settled back down to a stable volume and shape.
Can pregnancy affect my breast augmentation?
If you are pregnant prior to breast augmentation, you will be asked to come back for the procedure after you have given birth. If you have already had the procedure and get pregnant, your breasts with breast implants will still naturally enlarge. To what extent your breasts enlarge will depend on your individual physicality and the size/type of your breast implants.
If I have breast implants, can I breastfeed?
Studies have shown that silicone levels in the breast milk of women with breast implants are not higher than in those without breast implants. Many women have no problem breastfeeding with breast implants.
Will my nipples lose sensation following breast augmentation?
It is normal for a change in nipple sensation (increase or decrease) following a breast augmentation. This can be either temporary or permanent, with the latter potentially being a sign of nerve damage. Breast implants may also affect sensation during breast feeding and sexual activity.
Do breast implants prevent me from having mammograms?
If you have breast implants you are able to still have mammograms done and they do not interfere with the readings. Your radiologist will just use a different technique than if you did not have implants.
When can I wear an underwire bra?
Most surgeons recommend women wait for at least 1-3 months, and should only wear underwire bras intermittently after this healing time.
Can I get stretch marks from breast implants?
It can happen, but rarely does. You can minimize the stretching of your skin that can cause stretch marks by getting smaller implants.
Will my breasts move naturally after breast augmentation surgery?
It depends on the type of implant, how your body holds it, the existence (if any) of capsular contraction, and other such factors.
Is there a relationship between the occurrence of breast cancer and breast implants?
Extensive research and studies have proven that this is not a concern.
After I've healed, can I suntan?
Of course, visiting a sun tanning salon or sunbathing will not hurt the breast implant, but the implant might become a bit warm while tanning, and cool down more slowly. However, we generally recommend that the incision site is shielded from direct sunlight during the first year after surgery, as tanning in this area might permanently darken the scar.
When can I start flying again after the breast augmentation surgery?
We recommend that you can fly about 24 hours after surgery. There is no interference with the elevation as airplane cabins are pressurized and will not affect breast implants.