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Breast Augmentation FAQ: Everything You Need to Know about Your Procedure


The most commonly performed cosmetic procedure is breast augmentation. With recent advancements in the medical field, the end results are more natural-looking than ever before. 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, NS, have provided this breast augmentation FAQ to help you understand the procedure, your options, and how you can achieve long-term satisfaction. Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau have been performing breast augmentation surgery each for over 25 years and are highly skilled in the procedure.

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 implantBreast 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 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 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.

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If you have any further questions regarding breast augmentation, schedule a visit with one of our doctors. You can contact us online, or call our office at (866) 928-0023 to schedule your consultation.

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JoAnne Reid, Nursing Director, The Landings Surgical Centre

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