Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is a procedure to enlarge breasts by one or more cup sizes and enhance their shape. This is done by placing implants underneath the chest wall muscle or behind existing breast tissue. In either situation, the implants are centred beneath the nipples.
The ultimate goal is to produce beautiful, natural-looking results. A patient can expect her breasts to be lifted and become firmer, fuller, and shapelier. Breast augmentations typically create long-term breast enhancement, giving patients confidence in their figures for many years to come.
Before and After a Breast Augmentation
Women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons, including addressing asymmetry or increasing their size.
A breast augmentation can:
- Restore fullness to breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Add balance to complement a curvaceous figure
- Enhance your self-confidence and self-image
During a consultation with Dr. Sleightholm and a surgical consultant, you can expect to discuss your goals and desired results. It is important to be open and honest about your expectations during your initial meeting, as that will allow Dr. Sleightholm to make relevant, appropriate recommendations and enhance your overall satisfaction.
Be prepared to talk about:
- Filling Type: Should you choose saline or silicone gel implants? The cost, feel, and procedure requirements differ for both. You’ll discuss all your options during your consultation, and Dr. Sleightholm and your surgical consultant will help you decide which type of implant will be best for your body.
- Profile: Your surgeon will work with you to ensure the type of implant and procedure you choose is consistent with both your natural proportions and expected outcome.
- Size: Breast implants range from 150cc to 800cc and above. Some patients will require a different sized implant for each breast to achieve optimal symmetry, shape, and fullness. You will work with your cosmetic surgeon to decide what will be best for you.
Visit our Before and After Gallery to view breast augmentation surgery results.
Post-operative healing expectations vary by patient, but most are comfortable moving around unassisted only a few hours after surgery and feel well enough to leave their homes within a day or two. You might experience some tenderness, and your surgeon might recommend that you wear a surgical bra for support and comfort. It is important not to undertake strenuous exercises for the first 6 -8 weeks. Following your surgeon’s advice will ensure optimal healing.
Choosing a qualified, experienced, and caring cosmetic surgeon is a crucial part of the process. Dr. Sleightholm and his team have extensive experience meeting and exceeding client expectations. You can look forward to fuller and shapelier breasts after your breast augmentation at Brampton Cosmetic.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation Surgery
The specific method depends on your anatomy and Dr. Sleightholm’s recommendation. Commonly, Dr. Sleightholm will make a small incision just beneath the lower part of the areola. He will then insert an implant under the tissue and underlying muscle. If it’s a silicone implant, it will be pre-filled. If it’s saline, it will be inflated following insertion. See our blog on saline and silicone gel implants to learn more.
After the breast augmentation is complete, you will temporarily notice the incision along the lower portion of the areola. By six months, it usually heals to a thin scar that is difficult for even the patient to detect.
Patients receive breast implants while under a general anesthesia. You might have some discomfort after the augmentation surgery, but most feel well enough to move around unhindered a few hours after waking up. Most also feel well enough to leave their house within a day or two. Any pain you experience can be easily controlled with pain medication.
There are certain risks associated with the procedure. Thankfully, they are rare and you can contact Dr. Sleightholm to discuss any concerns.
Breast augmentation risks may include:
- Capsular Contraction:This is not a health risk. However, it may result in discomfort and breast shape distortion. The risk occurs when the cavity that holds the implant shrinks.
- Hematomas:Some bleeding may occur inside the pocket that contains the breast implant. The body usually absorbs the blood. In rare and extreme cases, a surgical procedure removes the blood.
- Infection:Infections are uncommon. Usually, they are mild and gradually disappear on their own. Should a serious infection develop, a surgeon will remove the breast implants and replace them after three months of healing time.
During the first 48 hours after breast augmentation, patients are restricted to rest at home without sudden or frequent arm movements. When a patient feels ready, she can resume light activities. Brampton Cosmetic recommends patients take one week off of work after their surgery, most returning within a week or two. She can resume strenuous activities about 6-8 weeks after her enhancements.
There may be mild swelling, discomfort, or discolouration of the breasts and surrounding area. Your surgeon might recommend you wear a surgical bra for added comfort and support.