Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation refers to a procedure where a breast implant is inserted to increase the size of the breasts as well as perfect the proportion and shape. Women who have experienced a change in the size or shape of their breasts due to weight loss, breastfeeding, aging, or simply because they are disproportional in nature. Our experienced surgeons will provide you with a step-by-step guide to ensure that you are comfortable and satisfied with the decision to undergo breast augmentation.

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  1. Why choose breast augmentation?

    Breast augmentation can provide you with fuller and more proportional breasts, filling out unevenness and perking out flat chests. With this procedure, you will acquire that perfect body shape which will ultimately increase your confidence and your overall appearance.

  2. Cost

    The approximate cost for breast augmentation is $7,000. Please note that the cost includes the following:

    • Surgeon’s labour time
    • Type, size, style and technique of implant
    • Anesthesia
    • Facility (outpatient surgery)
    • Multiple or previous surgeries
    • Recovery costs

  3. How is this surgery performed?

    Breast augmentation is a day surgery, not requiring patients to stay overnight for monitoring (unless otherwise requested by surgeon). The surgery is performed in 60 to 90 minutes under general anesthesia meaning that you will be in a “sleep like” state and you will not be able to feel anything. An incision is made in either the armpit, under the breast or around the areola (nipple). Through the incision, a minimally sized pocket will be created where the chosen implant will be inserted. Once the implant has been inserted, dissolvable sutures (stiches) are used to close off the incisions. As the procedure is completed, you will be brought into the recovery room where the anesthesia effects will fade away and you will be monitored by nurses until you are ready to be discharged (usually 1-2 hours).

  4. What are the different types, styles, sizes, shapes?

    First, a breast implant is a sterile medical prosthesis inserted to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts.
    Type: the two main implants are saline and silicone implants – the surgeon would discuss which options is best suitable for you based on individual factors. Briefly, saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water and they are inserted empty, then inflated with the solution. In the case that the implant ruptures or leaks, the shell of the implant would collapse and the saline would be absorbed and removed by the body naturally. Silicone breast implants on the other hand are pre-filled with a silicone gel that is thick, yet naturally looking. Silicone implants also imitate the texture of natural human breasts. Silicone implants tend to be more popular for that reason!
    Style, size, and shape: These choices are often dependent on your natural anatomy, preference and lifestyle. During your consultation appointment, your surgeon will discuss your reasoning for choosing breast augmentation as well as show you a 3D illustration using your own body. The illustration will be your guide to choosing the best option to meet your individual needs.

  5. Breast implant placement

    There are two locations where the implants can be placed:

    * Sub-muscular placement or “under the muscle” placement refers to the implant being placed behind the pectoral muscle. This option is for those who tend to have smaller sized breasts or are looking for full reconstruction due to lack of breast tissue. The downside to this placement is that it is a relatively longer procedure, could be more painful with longer recovery time. However, you can rest assured that the long term complications of wrinkling and capsular contractures are quite minimal.
    * Sub-glandular placement or “over the muscle” refers to the implant being placed in front of the pectoral muscle. With this option, you may not require anesthesia and the surgery time will be reduced. It would also be less painful as there would be no incisions into the muscle. Sub-glandular placement would result in a more natural look as compared to the sub-muscular look.

  6. Inverted nipple and areola reduction

    While many women focus primarily on their breast size, some have an insecurity when it comes to their nipples and/or areolas. It is quite common for nipples to be inverted where the nipples would point inward rather than outward. The areolas can also become stretched or enlarged as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    Inverted nipples can be surgically corrected either in a separate surgery or with breast augmentation. The areolas can also be reduced into a normal shape and form. The surgery involves a small incision being made at the base of the nipple where the scar tissue, bands or ducts causing the inversion of the nipple are released and stitches are applied to hold the nipples. General anesthesia is required if both breast augmentation and nipple inversion are done in the same surgery; however, if it is only the nipple inversion procedure then local anesthesia is suffice.

  7. Incisions/Scars:

    Surgeons try to make the least visible incisions as possible when they are performing any of the procedures. For instance, for the areola, the incision will be applied around the nipple where the skin is the darkest. Meanwhile, the “breast fold” is considered the most common of incisions for breast augmentation, as this is known to heal beautifully with the least visibility and can only be seen when the breast is physically lifted upward. Another common incision is made through the armpit and it is referred to as the trans-axillary incision. Lastly, the more modern incision is the trans-umbilical incision (TUBA), and that is made for saline implants.

  8. Recovering from Breast Augmentation

    Although recovery varies between patients, it is common for patients to return to their daily activities within a few days post-surgery. While recovery is relatively quick, swelling in the chest areas and some light bruising along the incision lines can be expected. Pain medication is prescribed to alleviate any pain and discomfort from the surgery. Proper and detailed instructions are given to patients once the surgery is complete to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken for best results!