What to Know About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure in North America. Although Health Canada and The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons don’t track any data, statistics from the United States show that breast augmentation surgery was the number one surgical procedure in 2017, with over 300,000 operations being performed. This is an increase of 3% from the previous year.
Breast Augmentation Procedures
Why Do People Get Breast Augmentation?
There are many reasons why an individual would choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery. These can include being unhappy with their current size, having an asymmetry, changes in shape from weight loss or pregnancy, and following a mastectomy.
Types of Breast Implants
Implants are available in two different varieties, saline and silicone gel-filled. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution inside a silicone shell. The implant is filled with a differing amount of the solution depending on the size desired, which affects how the breast will feel, its shape, and the firmness. Silicone gel implants contain a gel filling inside of a silicone shell.
Depending on what your surgeon thinks is the best option, they will suggest one of three different types of incisions. These can include transaxillary (through the armpit), inframammary (in the crease under the breast), or peri-areolar (around the nipple). Often, the inframammary incision is the recommended type as it is easy to hide any scarring and provides the easiest access to the surgical site to ensure the best placement and results.
Implants can be placed either under the muscle (submuscular) or over the muscle (submammary). Under the muscle implants are recommended for thin women without much breast tissue to cover the implant as it helps to reduce the visibility of the implant. Over the muscle implants are able to be used with certain candidates who have enough of their own breast tissue to cover the implant while still maintaining a natural look. Your surgeon will discuss with you what your preference is, the pros and cons of each, and what they feel would be the best option for obtaining the most natural results.
Prior to your surgery, your surgeon will go over the size of implant you are going to receive. Often, you will be put under general anesthetic for the procedure. The implant will be placed as discussed regarding type, size, position, and incision type, and will be stitched closed. Skin adhesive and surgical tape may also be used to help close the skin, and your surgeon may use drains to remove excess fluid. Your surgical team will give you all of the information you need to care for your breasts after the surgery, medication instructions, things to look out for, and when your follow-up visit will be. Swelling will go down over time, and the lines from the incisions will fade, leaving you with your final results.
Schedule A Consultation to Explore Your Options
If you are interested in a breast augmentation surgery, contact us now to schedule your free Personal Consultation with a UELC surgeon to discuss your options. Our specialists can work with you to find the right solution to help you achieve the results you’re after. For more information, visit our FAQ page. We have two locations in Vaughan and Brampton to help serve you better.