Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery used to increase the size and volume of the breast by inserting an implant behind the pectoral muscle or mammary gland. During your first consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss the various technical aspects of this procedure with you, such as the incision, the type of implant and its positioning.
Types of implants
There are two options when it comes to implants. The first is a saline implant, which is filled with sterile salt water. This is the most commonly used type of implant in breast augmentation, because they reproduce the feel and appearance of a natural breast and have a long life span. The second type is a silicone implant, which is filled with a viscous silicone gel. These implants tend to rupture less frequently because the gel is thicker than saline. Though they were first created in the sixties, a better quality and more resistant version is currently available on the market.
Give your appearance and confidence a boost
There are several different reasons why women choose to have breast implants. Women with smaller busts tend to have difficulty finding clothes that fit, especially bathing suits and low-cut tops. Others tend to lose firmness and fullness in their breasts following certain events such as pregnancy or weight loss. Breast augmentation is also a great way to increase confidence and self-esteem in women dissatisfied with their personal appearance. Whatever the reason may be, breast implants are the perfect solution to give your body the lift it needs.
Prior to the surgery, let your doctor know if you’re currently taking medication, if you have any allergies or if you smoke. This is important because complications occurring during surgery and delays in healing are higher in smokers. To reduce bleeding during and after surgery, don’t take any aspirin or anti-inflammatories two weeks before and one week after your operation. Make sure to wash with disinfectant soap the day before and the day of the operation. When you arrive at the clinic on the day of your surgery, remember to dress in comfortable clothing and don’t wear any jewellery or makeup.
Breast augmentation is performed under general, local or regional anaesthesia. The implant is inserted either through an incision located at the crease under the bottom of the breast, under the armpit, or around the lower edge of the nipple. The technique used will be determined with your surgeon prior to surgery. Your stay at the medical centre will vary from a few hours to a few days, and you’ll need someone to accompany you home once you’ve been discharged.
Studies have shown that there’s no correlation between women with breast implants and breast cancer. That being said, a yearly mammography and breast exam is strongly recommended for women 50 and over.
Though rare, breast augmentation — like all surgeries — can cause some complications.
Here are the risks associated with this type of procedure:
At the Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs in Montreal, Dr. Gilles Beauregard and his staff offer a full range of treatments and surgeries that will have you feeling good about the way you look. If you’re considering getting breast implants or would like more information about this procedure, make an appointment to meet with one of our experienced surgeons.