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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

What It Is

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed around the world. Breast augmentation knows no age limits. Anyone who wants to enhance her look by filling out her clothes or bikini better may be a candidate. Some are “born” with insufficient breasts and others lose size with weight changes or pregnancy. Some are unequal in size. Others want average breasts to be even larger. Breast enhancement is chosen for many personal reasons! Our job is to fulfill your wish as comfortably and easily as possible.

At McLean Clinic, we offer the latest implant styles in both saline and cohesive gel (silicone) implants. Throughout his career Dr. McLean has worked extensively with all of the implant types available in the market today.

We find that women who have breast enlargement tend to feel more confident about their image, wear more fashionable clothing and have a more positive self image. It is important for all of us to like what we see in the mirror. When we feel good about ourselves we have greater success in the world.

Treatment Areas

Breast augmentation surgery is designed to enhance the shape and volume of the breasts. Women who are interested in breast augmentation surgery are a good candidate if they are interested in achieving larger breasts, increased breast symmetry, and increased cleavage. The procedure can also be beneficial to women who would like to restore lost breast volume and shape after childbirth, breastfeeding or significant weight loss.

Breast Augmentations are most commonly performed with implants, which are used to shape and increase the size of the breast. There are 2 types of implants: saline and silicone.

Saline breast implants are a highly durable shell filled with a salt-water (saline) solution, similar to the fluid that already exists in our bodies. This type of implant is typically less expensive but require smaller incisions. However, saline implants feel slightly firmer as opposed to silicone implants, and patients are more likely to experience rippling/wrinkling under the surface of the skin.

Silicone breast implants are filled with medical grade silicone gel, which has a consistency that is very similar to the feeling of natural breast tissue. They are less likely to create a rippling effect under the surface of the skin, however incisions are slightly longer than incisions required for saline implants. The newest type of silicone implants, gummy bear implants, have a feel and shape that reflect the natural contours of a breast.

How to Prepare

Before your breast augmentation surgery, smokers should plan to quit smoking at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to their procedure date. If you have breast-fed recently, we advise patients to wait at least 8 weeks before undergoing the procedure.

How It Works

At your consultation, we listen to you to find out what you want. The doctor examines and measures you to see what implants are most appropriate and what will fit your body. You will see examples and try on different sizes in your range. We like to make it easy for you to choose the implant that works for you.

During the procedure itself you are asleep in the privacy of our cosmetic clinic in Mississauga. We specialize in procedures to enhance appearance and the nurses, doctors and front office staff are all trained to attend to your specific needs. Many of us at the McLean Clinic have been in your shoes and have experienced your same concerns. Breast augmentation is usually an hour long procedure. Implants are placed either above or below the muscles of the chest and incisions are well-hidden.

You can go home an hour or so after you wake up and you can even shower the following morning. Stitches do not have to be removed. We like to see you the next day to make sure everything is going well and that all your needs are being met. Usually you can return to work within a week and resume normal physical activities such as exercise a few weeks later.

The cost of breast augmentation varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean and his team during an in-depth consultation.

Results

Breast Augmentation Surgery will provide you with a fuller breast size and enhanced breast shape. It will allow you to fill out a bikini or swimsuit better and improve any breast unevenness, while also giving you a small lift. Breast augmentation surgery will help restore lost volume and shape from childbirth, breastfeeding, or weight loss by placing a breast implant either under or above the chest muscles with well-hidden incisions at the natural contours of your body.

Those who wish breast augmentation often have other areas they would like improved. Liposuction is a popular choice for shaping the hips, tummy, or inner thighs, for example. Oftentimes after pregnancy, women who have sagging breasts may need a breast lift as well as an augment. If you are enhancing the breasts after losing volume with pregnancy and nursing, you may also want to tighten the tummy that your baby has stretched. Combining these procedures is what we call a Mommy Makeover.

Aftercare and Recovery

Generally, patients at McLean Clinic recover from the procedure after 2 to 4 weeks. You will be required to wear a post-operative bra at all times for 1 week after your surgery date and discomfort is to be expected for 2 to 5 days. Many are able to return to work within a week after their augmentation surgery, however you should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and upper body exercises for 4 to 6 weeks.

Follow-up appointments will be scheduled with Dr. McLean to ensure your healing process is going smoothly and you will continue to experience changes in your breast shape and position of the implants for at least 6 months following your surgery.

Potential Complications

All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. For an overview of risks and concerns associated with surgery, please click here. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.

Myths and Facts

You are not at a higher risk for breast cancer after getting a breast augmentation surgery. Your risk for breast cancer does not change because of your implants and risk levels are primarily determined by 2 factors: age and family history, which apply to women with and without implants.

When it’s time to get a mammogram, it is very important to tell the technologies that you have implants. The American Cancer Society does warn women that the X-Rays used in mammograms cannot go through silicone or saline implants well enough to show the breast tissue underneath them. This means that part of the breast tissue is hard to detect on a mammogram. To help doctors see as much breast tissue as possible, women who have had breast augmentations and implants will have 4 extra pictures taken, which will allow for better imaging on each breast.