Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a popular surgical procedure that uses implants or fat transfers to increase the size and shape of the breasts. This procedure helps restore lost breast volume following weight loss or pregnancy and gives the breasts a more rounded and symmetrical appearance.
We offer many breast augmentation options in our centers, including the use of implants, fat transfers, or both. The procedure is also sometimes combined with a breast lift.
What are the benefits of breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation may be beneficial if you are looking to:
- Change the appearance of small breasts.
- Restore balance to asymmetrical breasts.
- Reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy or injury.
- Boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Am I a suitable candidate for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a procedure performed purely for cosmetic reasons. Our plastic surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation and what type of breast augmentation is right for you.
To be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation, you should be physically healthy and not pregnant or breastfeeding. Breast augmentation is appropriate for you if you are not satisfied with the small size of your breasts or if your breasts are asymmetrical.
If you are considering undergoing this surgery, spend some time reviewing before and after pictures to know what to expect during recovery.
Early preparation helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.
What are the types of implants?
Silicone gel-filled breast implants or cohesive gel silicone gel-filled breast implants are filled with elastic, soft gel. They are pre-filled and require a slightly longer incision than saline-filled implants. Cohesive gel silicone gel-filled implants have been used since 1992 and were approved by the FDA in 2012.
Saline-filled implants may be pre-filled to a predetermined size or filled during the procedure. They are filled with sterile salt water. At Novomed, we offer saline-filled breast implants and structured saline-filled breast implants. Structured saline-filled breast implants were approved by Health Canada and the FDA in 2014.
Your doctor will explain the two types of implants and help you decide which type is best for you.
What distinguishes breast augmentation surgery at Novomed?
At Novomed, we strive to take the standards of cosmetic services to a whole new level, so you can rest assured knowing that your health and safety are our top priority and that we will provide you with the highest level of care while you are in the hospital. But that is not all; our pre- and post-operative care is uniquely customized and includes comprehensive pre-operative care notes and detailed after-care instructions so you can enjoy a one-of-the-kind experience that achieves your cosmetic goals. The surgeon performing the surgery will be the same person you will continue to see after the surgery, meaning that our care will not end after the procedure is over and you can contact Novomed at any time if you have any concerns before and after surgery.
What to expect during the consultation for breast augmentation?
You will meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your breast size, feel, and cosmetic choices. The surgeon will ask you why you want to have the procedure, whether you are taking any medications, and if you smoke or drink alcohol. These questions will help ensure that the surgery is right for you and give you a good idea of the surgery. The doctor will also assess your general health, examine your breasts, and explain all potential risks of the procedure.
Consultation is the best time to ask your doctor about any concerns you might have. It is necessary to understand all aspects of breast augmentation surgery, and it is perfectly normal to be nervous about it. Whether you are excited about your new look or feel afraid before surgery, do not be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
How to prepare for breast augmentation surgery?
When preparing for breast augmentation, you may need to:
- Do some blood tests.
- Take certain medications or adjust the use of your current medications.
- Stop smoking for about four to six weeks before and after the surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs because they may increase bleeding.
- Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night after surgery.
How is breast augmentation surgery performed?
After preparing you for surgery and giving you the appropriate medications, the anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic, which means you will be sleeping for the procedure.
The surgeon will make an incision in the armpit area to not leave scars on the breast. They will then insert the implant into a pocket under or above the pectoralis muscle. The method of insertion and placement of the implant depends on the type of implant used, the desired level of augmentation, and your body type.
After inserting the implant, the surgeon will repair the incision with stitches and close it with skin adhesive and surgical tape. The incision mark will become less visible over time, and its location under the arm will keep it hidden.
What happens after breast augmentation surgery?
You will be taken to the recovery area immediately after surgery to monitor your condition. After making sure that your condition is stable, you should be able to go home, usually after an hour or so.
Before leaving the hospital, you will be given specific instructions for your recovery period. The doctor will prescribe some medications to improve the healing process, including pain relievers and antibiotics.
During the recovery period, you will wear a supporting garment (a bra or an elastic bandage) to reduce swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Since it is possible to bleed into the pockets around breast implants in the early days, you should avoid strenuous activities and wait until you get permission from your physician to increase your activity level. Acute pain usually subsides after one to five days, but you may have mild pain and swelling for a few weeks.
What are the expected results after breast augmentation surgery?
Although breast augmentation gives immediate results, the final results may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside and the skin to stretch.
Breast augmentations are a long-term solution for achieving your ideal figure. You will look better in swimwear and clothes and feel better about yourself. You will have a more youthful-looking figure, and your new appearance will change your outlook on life for the better.
At Novomed, we are committed to providing the highest standards of care before, during, and after surgery. Our plastic surgeons will make sure that you are fully informed of what is happening and feel comfortable throughout the entire process. We hope you enjoy your experience with Novomed as much as we are happy to help our patients have a unique experience.
Schedule your breast augmentation consultation at Novomed today!
If you think you might be a good candidate for breast augmentation at Novomed, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Our qualified plastic surgeons are happy to discuss your surgical goals to determine which type of implant is right for you and if you also need a breast lift. We want to ensure you choose the right procedure to achieve your goals and that you are healthy enough to undergo this procedure at this time.