Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery is best known for breast augmentation by many women from Calgary and throughout Alberta.
Is Breast Augmentation for You?
Cosmetic breast enhancement is one of the most popular procedures at our practice. Many of our patients contemplate getting breast implants for many months, even years, before making the decision to pursue breast augmentation. The women who visit us for breast implants in Calgary do so for many reasons. One of the primary reasons is that women feel self-conscious about having smaller breasts and want to enjoy a wider range of clothing and swimsuit options. Others choose to get implants in order to balance the size of their breasts, or to restore volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Breast augmentation combined with a breast lift is recommended by our surgeons in some cases to achieve optimal results. The procedure is often combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. This combination is often referred to as a "mommy makeover".
Breast Augmentation Safety
Choosing the right implants for your breast augmentation procedure can be an exciting process. At our Calgary practice, we help you select breast implants that are best suited for your body type and the cosmetic goals you describe during your consultation. Patients rely on the experience and expertise of Royal College-certified plastic surgeons to explain the benefits of the various breast implant options.
Begin your personal transformation by requesting a consultation using the online form to meet privately with one of our plastic surgeons, or call our office at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.
Your Breast Augmentation Choices
The key to achieving your desired result is to choose a plastic surgeon who listens and understands your aesthetic goals and offers professional advice based on a thorough physical assessment. There are many individual factors our surgeons consider when crafting a surgical plan. These include body frame, tissue elasticity, existing breast size and any pre-existing asymmetries. Your surgeon will also discuss with you options including:
- Breast implant selection
- Incision location
- Implant placement
Our surgeons explain your choices in a way that will help you make the final decision. These options are also discussed during your consultation for breast augmentation revision surgery, if you are replacing your old implants.
Breast Implant Selection
When you started thinking about getting breast implants, chances are you focused on the size you wanted. Choosing the implant size is certainly an important decision for breast augmentation patients, but there are a number of other factors to consider before making a final selection. The array of breast implant options available today enables our surgeons to truly customize the procedure to meet your aesthetic goals.
These are the characteristics you'll consider when choosing your breast implants:
Choosing the Size of Implants
Though women are used to measuring the size of their breasts based on the bras they wear, breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or grams. While you probably have a general idea about the size of implants you want based on photos or how a friend's implants look, it's best not to settle on a specific choice until after the consultation. That's because the identical size and profile of implants can produce very different results from patient to patient, due to the unique proportions of each individual's body.
Our surgeons use their training and experience to recommend implants that will achieve natural-looking results that fulfill your aesthetic goals.
Silicone vs. Saline
An implant's projection, or profile, determines how much the breasts project from the chest. Our surgeon will first determine your optimal implant width based on careful measurement of your chest wall. From this, you can adjust your final appearance and size by adjusting your implant projection. The more projecting the implant you choose, the more fullness and ultimate breast size you will achieve. This allows you to customize your look while keeping the end result proportionate and balanced.
Our surgeons explain your options in a way that is easy to understand so you can feel confident in your decision.
Although there are several possible options available for incision location, our surgeons strongly believe that the safest and most reliable options are:
Inframammary: The surgeon makes a short, horizontal incision at the crease where the breast connects to the chest wall.
Periareolar: The surgeon makes a small incision on the lower edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).
There are 2 options available for implant placement:
Subglandular placement: Your surgeon places implants behind the existing breast tissue, but in front of the pectoral muscle.
Submuscular placement: Your surgeon places implants behind the pectoral muscle and the breast tissue. This is also termed a dual plane placement, as the muscle only covers the upper portion of the breast implant.
The Optimal Breast Augmentation
Based on their advanced training and years of experience, our surgeons believe the optimal breast augmentation procedure involves the inframammary incision and a dual-plane, submuscular placement using smooth, round, cohesive silicone gel implants. Additionally, in some cases, our surgeons may suggest using the patient's own fat to sculpt the final breast contours to ensure beautiful and symmetrical results. This combination produces the best results for a number of reasons:
- The inframammary incision is associated with a significantly reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant), which is the primary complication following breast augmentation surgery. It also poses minimal risk to a woman's ability to breastfeed in the future.
- A dual-plane placement offers the best of both worlds. The majority of the implant sits behind the pectoral muscle, which is also associated with lower rates of capsular contracture, while the lower portion of the implant is covered by breast tissue, providing a more natural breast shape. A submuscular placement also causes less interference with mammography and tends to provide a more durable result over time.
About the Procedure
On the day of surgery, your surgeon will meet with you, address any remaining questions that you have, and make some marks on your chest to guide him during surgery.
The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia. The surgeon will make the incision and create a pocket to encase the implant. After inserting the implants through the incisions, your surgeon views the breasts from multiple angles to ensure the results are aesthetically pleasing and symmetrical. He will then close the incisions and cover them with bandages before you are taken to the recovery room.
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours. You will wake up in the recovery room following surgery where our surgeons and dedicated nurses will monitor you to ensure your safety and comfort. Typically you will be ready to head home 2 hours after your surgery is completed. Each patient receives detailed post-op instructions to make the recovery as comfortable as possible and communication with our office is encouraged in order to maximize comfort and clarify any uncertainties. Everyone's experience is different; however, typically the pain will begin to settle within the first few days and many patients return to normal activities within 2 weeks.
It is normal for the breasts to appear high and feel hard initially; in most cases the breasts soften and implants settle within a few weeks. While experiences vary, patients typically are very happy with their appearance at 6 weeks; however, it can take up to 9 months to achieve your new look.