Breasts that are small or uneven can affect your confidence and cause you to feel unhappy with your figure.
Breast augmentation is a safe and popular solution. It can be customized to achieve incredibly natural-looking results.
Why should you consider breast augmentation at the Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia?
How are implants placed?
A Brief Overview of Breast Augmentation
Over time, women's breasts naturally lose volume and shape due to weight loss, childbirth, or the aging process. These changes lead many women to become self-conscious about their changing appearance. Other women have naturally smaller breasts and simply want to increase their size. Breast augmentation (or augmentation mammoplasty) is a safe and effective breast surgery to increase the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts.
For the comfort and safety of patients, breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, one of our plastic surgeons will create incisions on the breasts, carefully insert breast implants, and suture the skin back together. Patients can usually go home on the day of their surgery. For many patients from Halifax, Prince Edward Island, and nearby communities at The Landings Surgical Centre, breast enhancement is an excellent way to rejuvenate your appearance and improve your self-confidence.
Are women typically happy with what this surgery provides?
Breast augmentation can help you if you have...
How We Correct Concerns over Unbalanced Breasts
Most women's breasts are slightly different in size. But in some cases, the size or shape of the breasts can be different enough to cause significant discomfort and daily challenges.
Asymmetrical breasts typically become noticeable during the late teen years, but corrective surgery should be postponed until the breasts have fully developed. By age 21, women with asymmetrical breasts are unlikely to see a change in the comparative size of the breasts and can begin considering breast surgery.
When the breasts differ by one bra cup size or more, surgical correction is usually the best solution. Depending on the patient, surgery to correct asymmetrical breasts may involve breast implants for augmentation of one or both breasts, reduction of one or both breasts, or reduction of one breast and augmentation of the other. A breast lift may also be incorporated, if necessary.
How will we determine if you are a good candidate?
Basic Requirements for Patients Considering Plastic Surgery
In Good Overall Health
Have the Right Goals
More Candidacy Considerations
Most healthy women between the ages of 17 and 60 who want to increase their breast size, alter the shape of their breasts, or make the breasts more symmetrical are suitable candidates for breast augmentation surgery. Each candidate will be thoroughly evaluated by our expert surgeons prior to treatment at our Halifax, Nova Scotia, office, serving Prince Edward Island and nearby communities. Women who have recently been through traumatic stresses such as a divorce, the death of a loved one, or another significant life event should often wait before considering plastic surgery such as breast enhancement.
Breast Implant Options
The shape and size of the implants, as well as the material they are made of, are important considerations for breast enhancement patients. There are two materials currently in use to fill breast implants: saline solution and silicone gel.
Saline vs. Silicone
Saline implants are filled with a saline, or saltwater, solution. These implants can be inserted while empty and then filled once they are in place, making it possible to insert them through incisions in the armpit or around the nipple. In addition, the saline solution can be absorbed into the body, so the implants do not cause serious complications in the event of an implant rupture. Newer types of saline implants (Ideal Implants®) are available that are more natural feeling and may offer better results than the older style of saline implants. All saline implants have been approved by Health Canada.
Silicone gel implants have been approved by Health Canada and, unlike other less advanced silicone implants, they are considered very safe. These breast implants are less prone to rippling and other cosmetic problems that occasionally arise with breast implants, and many patients feel that they look and feel natural. However, they can generally only be placed via incisions at the breast crease.
Sizes & Shapes
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes. For women who want more cleavage or who want to dramatically increase the size of their breasts, round implants are usually the best option. There are many sizes and shapes available. Dr. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Boileau explore all these options with individuals who are considering breast implants for breast augmentation surgery at their practice. Prospective patients should learn about breast enhancement surgery, in detail, before making a decision.
Choosing the Correct Breast Implant for You
There are a number of ways to choose the best implant for you. You can start by looking at photos of other people online who have had breast augmentation. Try to find someone whose breasts look like yours. Try to also insure that their height and weight are also similar to yours and then look at the size of the implant that was used to achieve that result.
Another option is to use rice in a baggy placed carefully into your sports bra. This is an easy at home way to try to measure the volume that might be used to achieve the best result.
Dr. Bendor-Samuel will personally help to size you using a selection of sizers and bras at the Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax, which draws patients from Prince Edward Island and other areas. He will also use the latest software so you can preview your results. You will love this final step in implant selection.
What to Expect: The Procedure & Recovery
Before breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Boileau will discuss all surgical options with patients, including incision location, implant type and implant placement. We want our patients from Halifax, Prince Edward Island, and elsewhere to feel completely informed about their treatment.Breast enhancement incisions can be located in the armpit, around the nipple, or under the breast crease. Each alternative has distinct advantages, which our surgeons can explain in detail. It is generally accepted that incisions under the breast offer the safest method with the fewest complications. In addition, breast implants can be placed either under or above the chest muscles. Placing the implant under the chest muscle is a more invasive procedure and requires a longer recovery time, but may afford more natural-looking results and will not interfere with subsequent breast exams but may lead to a slightly altered movement of the breast with muscle contraction.
Your First Week of Recovery
Some degree of discomfort is to be expected following any surgical procedure. Most side effects will begin to surface within the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, and can include tenderness, swelling, bruising, and sensitivity. Discomfort can be addressed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. To reduce swelling and inflammation, a cold compress can be applied in 15-minute increments for the first 24-48 hours. You will also be given a compression garment to wear during the first few days, which will protect the surgical area and promote healing. After two to three days you will be able to shower and start wearing a sports bra.
We recommend that a friend or family member be close by during the first few days to assist you in routine tasks. By the end of the first week, most surgical side effects should begin to subside. Specific post-operative instructions will be provided to you, and these guidelines should be closely followed.
Two to Three Weeks following Surgery
Most side effects will diminish approximately two to three weeks after your surgery at our Halifax center. Although you will be feeling much better, it is still important to keep activity level to a minimum, as your body is still healing.
Four to Six Weeks following Surgery
Approximately one month after surgery, exercise can be gradually reintroduced. The incisions are typically closed at this point, and the results of the procedure should become much more noticeable as swelling decreases. Most patients find this is an excellent time to shop for new bras and begin using special skincare products to diminish the appearance of surgical scars.
Understanding breast augmentation recovery helps patients stay informed regarding post-operative expectations.
Six to 12 Months following Surgery
Your breasts should be completely healed six months after your augmentation. There will still be scar tissue, which will continue to change over the next several months. At 12 months, your surgical incisions will have faded significantly. Though the scars will still be slightly noticeable, they will be concealed due to the special techniques and incision placement used by our surgeons.
Helpful Tips for a Successful Recovery
There are several things you can do to encourage a quick and successful healing period. For the optimal recovery experience:
- Move slowly and gently, making sure your incisions are not bumped.
- Take warm—rather than hot—showers to reduce swelling.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least two to four weeks before and after your surgery.
- Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen to protect your incisions.
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet rich in Vitamin K.
- Limit your sodium intake.
- Use silicone gel cream or strips to aid in reducing the appearance of scars.
- Take advantage of homeopathic therapies to help reduce bruising, such as arnica montana or bromelain.
Breast Augmentation FAQ: Everything You Need to Know about Your Procedure
Knowing what to expect regarding breast augmentation or any breast surgery can help you make an informed decision and enjoy a successful treatment process. The surgeons at The Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax have provided this breast augmentation FAQ to help you understand the procedure, your options, and how you can achieve long-term satisfaction.
What options will be discussed during my consultation?
During your initial visit with our doctors, several factors will be considered. You will be given options regarding:
- Placement: Breast implants can be placed above or below the muscle. Today, the majority of all implants are placed beneath the muscle. Not only does this provide a more natural look and feel, but it also offers maximum support of your new implants. Placing the implants below the muscle also helps improve the accuracy of mammograms.
- Material: Our surgeons provide both saline and silicone breast implants. Patients choose their type of implant based on a number of factors. Silicone implants provide a few advantages over their saline counterparts, but they are also slightly more expensive. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.
- Incision Location: Though your surgical scars will heal and fade over time, it is important to choose a site that will properly conceal the incisions. Options typically include underneath the breast in the crease, along the lower border of the areola, or under the arm in the axilla. Our doctors can help you determine the best location based on your specific situation. The placement of the incision under the breast likely provided the lowest risk of certain unwanted complications such as capsular contracture.
Many patients prefer to complete multiple procedures at the same time during a comprehensive surgery.
How will my body react to having implants placed?
Whenever a foreign entity is introduced to the body, a lining—or capsule—forms around it. This is normal, and it does not adversely affect the majority of women. A small percentage of patients—approximately 10 percent—develop a capsule that is firm to the touch. An even smaller percentage develop a capsule that is harder and may benefit from a second surgical procedure to reduce the firmness. This is called a capsular contracture, and it can make your breast feel extremely firm. Less commonly, it can also alter the breast’s shape. Capsular contracture can be addressed in a fairly straightforward manner, although it does necessitate a second surgical procedure. Risks associated with capsular contracture will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
How long do implants last? Do they break?
Breast implants last longer today than they did in the past. Although it is impossible to know precisely how long yours will last, it is likely that you will need to have them replaced at some point if you are still in your 30s or younger when you undergo breast augmentation.
Trauma can cause an implant to break; however, spontaneous rupture is extremely rare. If you do experience a rupture due to an accident or injury, it does not pose a health risk. If a saline breast implant breaks, the salt water is simply absorbed and treated by the body as if you had simply drank a glass of water. Patients who rupture a silicone implant may never even realize it, as the gel will not leak out of its shell. There are no significant known risks of silicone implants even if they do rupture. The procedure is approved by Health Canada and the FDA in the United states.
What should I expect in terms of recovery time?
Typically, breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, but the recovery time will generally require you to take one to two weeks off from work. Discomfort, bruising, and swelling are all normal aspects of healing; these side effects will peak during the first 24 to 48 hours, then gradually dissipate. We recommend that you avoid heavy exercise and lifting for at least one month. However, normal daily activities can be resumed in approximately three to five days after your surgery. One should not strain, lift or do anything that might cause a blood vessel to leak in the first few weeks of surgery. While you shouldn't just lie around it is the perfect opportunity do enjoy Netflix and a book. Most patients find they are able to comfortably return to work within five to seven days.
Can I have another surgery at the same time as breast augmentation?
Many patients at our Halifax office prefer to complete multiple procedures at the same time during a comprehensive surgery. This is quite common and is usually safer than performing three or four separate procedures. As long as there is no heightened risk of complications, additional procedures—such as a tummy tuck or liposuction – can be performed. Because this approach requires only one round of anesthesia, it is typically more affordable and convenient.
Do breast implants get in the way of having mammograms?
Breast implants alter the way a mammogram is performed. In the average patient, approximately 30 percent of the breast tissue is hidden by the implant. However, current research shows that women with breast implants have the same risk of developing breast cancer as women without them. Additionally, there is no difference in prognosis or survival statistics. It must be noted, however, that if you have a family history of breast cancer, it is important to have a mammogram before undergoing breast augmentation. Dr. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Boileau in Halifax will openly educate you with respect to breast cancer screening and breast implants.
Is it possible to breastfeed after receiving breast implants?
While we cannot guarantee you will absolutely be able to breastfeed, most women are able to do so successfully. However, breast implants put pressure on your natural breast tissue, which could result in less milk production for some patients.
The Landings Surgical Centre
Our office is designed to feel warm and welcoming.
Our surgeons have the training and expertise to provide the beautiful results you deserve. Drs. Bendor-Samuel and Boileau are members of several esteemed organizations, such as:
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery
- Doctors Nova Scotia
- Atlantic Plastic Surgery Society
- Canadian Medical Association
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"Our doctors and staff are cheerful, friendly, calm, courteous, and efficient. They have an excellent rapport with each other and work very much as a team."JoAnne Reid, Nursing Director, The Landings Surgical Centre