Breast Augmentation is a procedure for enlarging the breasts, making breasts more shapely, and lifting sagging breasts...
Depending on desired results, breasts will be larger, more shapely and more full. Dr. Sleightholm and his surgical consultant, Claudia Zorzi, have extensive experience in making sure results will meet patient expectations by considering factors such as current chest measurement, desired size and body type. This allows them to recommend the appropriate size and type of implant for the best, most natural looking result.
Will it hurt?
Breast augmentation is performed under a general anesthesia. This procedure is moderately painful post procedure but is easily controlled with pain medication.
How is it done?
A small incision is made just under the lower part of the nipple or breast fold. A breast implant is then inserted under the breast tissue or underlying muscle.
Will it leave a scar?
The small incision under the nipple or breast fold usually heals to a fine-lined scar by six months, and then is usually not noticeable. Incisions are made below the breast fold and under the lower part of the nipple.
Will I have to take time off of work or from my normal daily routine?
The patient is restricted to rest at home with minimal arm movement during the first 48 hours. There may be some mild discomfort, swelling or discolouration of the breast area for a short period of time. Light activities can be resumed whenever the patient feels up to it. Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks. Strenuous activities can begin about 4 weeks after the procedure.
Are there any risks?
Risks associated with this procedure are very uncommon, but may include:
Capsular contraction - this is not a health risk, but may result in discomfort, pain or distortion of the breast shape. This happens when the cavity in which the implant is placed shrinks.
Hematomas - Some bleeding may occur inside the pocket containing the breast implant. The body will usually absorb it over time, and in rare cases the blood is removed with a surgical procedure.
Infection - Rare, but possible. When infection occurs it's usually mild and goes away on its own. If a serious infection occurs, the implant will likely have to be removed and replaced 2-3 months after healing.
Saline versus Cohesive Gel Breast Implants
A saline breast implant is a silicone shell filled with a salt-water solution known as saline. This saline solution is similar to the fluids in your body, so if the implant leaks the saline released can be safely absorbed. Saline-filled implants continue to be available to breast augmentation patients in Canada on an unrestricted basis.
The saline implant is inserted into a patient empty and filled with sterile saline fluid through a self-sealing valve once the implant is in place. The saline is measured in cubic centimeters to determine size. Saline implants are available in a variety of shapes and textures.
Round saline implants produce a more rounded appearance to the upper breast. Anatomical saline implants are designed to reflect the slope of the breast with fullness at the lower part of the breast.
A silicone implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a cohesive gel. The consistency of the cohesive gel is thicker than silicone gel. If you cut into a standard silicone gel implant, the silicone gel escapes from the implant shell. When you cut into a cohesive gel implant, the implant fill maintains it shape. The Brampton Cosmetic Surgery Center uses only cohesive gel implants.
Cohesive gel implants maintain their shape, and therefore there is less chance of rippling of the implant than there is with a saline implant. In general terms, cohesive gel implants provide a more natural looking result. There are many sizes, heights and projections available with cohesive gel implants.