What Is Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement?
Breast Augmentation–also known as Breast Enlargement, Augmentation Mammoplasty, Breast Implants & Boob Job–is a surgical procedure performed on women to help increase their breasts’ fullness and volume. This new magnificent look from a surgeon’s touch is usually larger as it is restructured to make the breast rounder and more attractive. The breasts can be augmented using fat volume or implants such as saline or silicone by an experienced plastic surgeon. This area of medical science is what we call body contouring in the field of plastic surgery.
Breasts are a vital part of concern in the woman’s body and often has a major role to play in her self-confidence & esteem. Every woman wants to be gorgeous in their appearance and feel confident in themselves. In fact, most women consider the fullness of their breast as a prestige to them. For this reason, science and technology have decided to bring up an elective surgical procedure to help women with concerns about their breasts to get the confidence boost they need.
Types of Breast Implants
There are two different types of implants that can be used for a breast augmentation procedure:
Most women receive saline-filled implants which consist of a silicone shell filled with sterile salt. This type of implant is generally less expensive.
Cohesive silicone gel-filled implants
Recently, new cohesive silicone gel implants have become available to Canadian plastic surgery patients. Silicone gel implants tend to feel more like real breast tissue than saline implants and do not ripple or fold as much as saline implants. The current cohesive gel is less likely to seep, run or shift unlike the older type of liquid silicone implants. The silicone implants have two popular subtypes which are the “Round implants” & the “Tear Drop anatomical implants”.
Silicone Gel implants
With advancement in technology daily, new implants are been still invented under the silicone gel implants. Dr. Hong’s expertise in breast augmentation surgeries is remarkable from performing hundreds of breast augmentation surgeries with great artistic skills. His professional & passionate skills can help you achieve your prospective breast augmentation goals. You need a highly skilled and efficient plastic surgeon to give you your desired rejuvenated figure and Dr. Colin Hong is one of the top plastic surgeons in Toronto.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
We will examine your breasts and take into consideration factors such as the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples. If your breasts are sagging, a breast lift may also be recommended. Individual factors and personal preferences will help us together to determine your appropriate breast size and the location of incisions. Keep in mind that in general, the larger the implant, the greater the risk of complications.
We have covered this topic in great detail and you can read about it on our LEARN page.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
implants can be placed under the chest muscle (submuscular) or between the chest muscle and the breast tissue (submammary). There are advantages and disadvantages with each approach. We will discuss with you the implant placement location and location of the incision through which the implant will be inserted.
Once the incision is made either under the breast, in the axilla or at the edge of the areola, the surgeon creates a pocket into which the implant will be inserted. This pocket is made either directly behind the breast tissue (submammary) or underneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular).
Breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so it is important to arrange for someone to accompany you home after surgery and to stay with you during the first night following surgery.
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Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery
When a breast implant is inserted, a scar capsule forms around it as part of the natural healing process. The scar capsule may tighten and compress the implant, causing the breast to feel firmer than normal. This is called capsular contracture. Capsular contracture can occur to varying degrees and when severe, it can cause discomfort or changes in the breasts appearance. In such cases, additional surgery may be needed to modify or remove the scar tissue or perhaps, remove or replace the implant.
After surgery, some discolouration and swelling will occur, but this will disappear quickly. Most residual swelling diminishes within a month. You may also experience temporary soreness, swelling, bruising and change in nipple sensation.
Risks and Complications
Some potential complications include: infection, reactions to anesthesia and blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically.
Although rare, an infection may require temporary removal of the implant. Changes in nipple or breast sensation may result from breast augmentation surgery although they are usually temporary.
Here is a more complete list of Breast Augmentation’s Risks and Complications.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Period
Typically, one can return to work within a few days. Fading of scars can take several months or longer. Please visit Dr. Hong’s Breast Augmentation FAQ page below for more information:
Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing your desired implant for surgery depends on quite a number of multiple factors which include your native breast dimension (height and width) , projection, rib cage width, body anatomy, volume, the thickness of tissue, how you want the breast to look like after surgery. The most effective way of choosing implant size is to try out sizers from your surgeon while wearing a tight body fit.
In cases of implant weights, the bigger the implants the more they will likely weigh. The size of 100 cc silicone implant generally weighs 0.23 lbs while that of the saline implant with size 100 cc weighs 0.21 lbs. Going bigger in size, a 300 cc silicone implant weighs 0.69 pounds and a pair weighs 1.38 pounds. 300 cc saline implants weigh 0.63 lb and a pair weighs 1.26 lbs. In this case, implants weigh almost the same as the exact amount that an actual breast tissue would weigh.
In most cases, the weight varies slightly depending on the manufacturers. There might be a slight weight variation from different manufacturers.
Whether or not a person performs a breast augmentation, the genetic makeup of the individual has a major role to play in the contribution of breast sag. Factors such as weight (increasing or decreasing), gravity, age, skin elasticity & ethnicity have a lot to do when it comes to breast augmentation sagging. In this case, use a very good supportive bra that will help you to reduce the effect of sagging.
The lifespan of breast implant is not actually guaranteed as it is not predictable when the implant lifecycle will eventually end. In which case, no matter how your counseling process has been with your surgeon before the operation, always bear in mind that you cannot have a breast implant that will last a lifetime.
There is no set expiry date attached to breast implants because there has not been a reason to get them replaced unless there is a possible rupture or have other problems. Most times implants exceed more than 12 years and even last up to 30 years in some cases.
There are quite a number of new implants that have been introduced for breast augmentation and are known as “jelly bean”, “gummy bear”, or “highly cohesive gel” implants that are also available for breast augmentation and they have a firmer feeling, but there are no effective long term results to indicate that they are much better or tend to last longer than the saline or silicone implants.
Breast augmentation is normally performed in our Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. It also has certification by the College of Physicians and Surgeon OHP program.
Since the surgery is under general anesthesia, there is no pain during the procedure.
The greatest period of discomfort for the patient is usually the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after breast augmentation surgery. Afterward, pains will reduce and there will be no need for too much pain relievers as usual. We do a 24-hour recovery routine that most patients have a very little discomfort after 24 hours. In the case where breast implants are placed in the submuscular position, there will initially cause more discomfort than when it is placed in the subglandular pocket ( in front of the muscle).
In the case of breast augmentation, general anesthesia is commonly used. This will guarantee a painless procedure and also the surgeon can concentrate to deliver his best surgical result.
You can see pre and post-operative result in our office.
Why Dr. Colin Hong?
Many women who are considering breast augmentation may be hesitant to proceed with the plastic surgery because they are uncertain if the results will be what they have expected. Others may have in mind breasts that may not be realistic for their specific body. Dr. Colin Hong understands this and so he offers his prospective patients a simulated post-operative result. We offer our breast augmentation clients a complimentary stimulation so they can put their minds at ease before committing to a surgery!
Come and take pictures of yourself and upload them onto the confidential software, and then you can play around with different breast implant sizes and looks! We are confident this will help you see the potential outcome and it will allow you to choose the best breast implants bases on your desires, body shape and tissue characteristics.
Visit Dr. Hong’s Breast Augmentation clinic in Toronto or call us to book an appointment at (416) 222-6986 today!