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Breast Augmentation Ottawa

If you have breasts that you consider too small or that have lost volume or shape due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss, a breast augmentation may be right for you.

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At our world-class clinic in Ottawa, breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a common procedure used to increase the size of the breasts with implants. This procedure is one of our most popular, with the goal being to make the breasts both larger and in better proportion with the rest of your body. 
The procedure is performed by our award-winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Howard Silverman or Dr. Kristy Boyd. Our surgeons strive to deliver the best breast augmentation Ottawa localities can look forward to and place patient saftey as a top priority.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. The procedure is designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. The textbook definition of the procedure is called augmentation mammoplasty, but it’s also commonly referred to as breast implants, breast enlargement, and boob job. The procedure involves using implants to reshape and increase the size of the breasts. Below, we’ve included additional information on the procedure, frequently asked questions, and more information on our esteemed Ottawa plastic surgeons.

Who are the Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation?

Patients interested in our Ottawa breast augmentation should meet the following criteria. 

  • Candidates want to increase the size or volume of their breasts
  • Patients should have realistic expectations of what the breast implants can do
  • We ask that our breast implant patients are psychologically stable
  • Candidates should be well informed about the procedure
  • Our patient should be in good overall health and not smoke cigarettes

What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

There are countless advantages to getting a breast augmentation in Ottawa with Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd. Below, we’ve included some of the best breast augmentation benefits we see on a day-to-day basis:

  • Breast implants oftentimes give our patients more self-confidence in the way they look
  • Our breast enlargement patients feel sexier in the clothes they wear and feel that the tops they like fit better
  • The surgery will increase the size and volume of your breasts
  • Breast implant surgery can improve the shape of the breasts
  • The procedure makes our patients feel more feminine
  • The surgery will reduce sagging in the breasts

What’s the First Step?

If you’re interested in this surgical treatment, the best first step is to get in touch. Our team is excited to schedule a consultation for you to come in and meet one one one with our surgeons. During the consultation, they’ll provide a thorough examination, explain the procedure, answer questions, and you what’s possible through the surgery using VECTRA3D imaging. For most patients, this process is really exciting!

If you’re happy with the recommendations from our surgeons, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative breast augmentation instructions. It’s vital that you follow these instructions, as they are designed to ensure that we can provide the most optimal results and decrease the risks of complications. 

During this consultation period, you should be very open about your desired results. Great communication with your surgeon, will help lead to the best breast augmentation possible.

What to expect On the Day of Breast augmentation Surgery

This procedure improves the size, shape, contour, and symmetry of the breasts with either saline or silicone implants. Other surgical decisions include pocket placement (above or below the chest muscle) and incision location (inframammary, transaxillary, or areolar). 

While there are several choices for incision location, such as around the areola and in the armpit (axilla), at Ottawa Plastic Surgery our surgeons most commonly use the inframammary incision. This incision is made in the fold where the lowest part of your breast meets your chest and provides the greatest success and the lowest rate of surgical complications. We occasionally make exceptions, and your surgeons will go over this in your consultation, if necessary. 

This surgery typically takes one hour. During the procedure, a pocket is created within your breast tissue for the implant, which is placed and shaped based on your specifications. Then the incision is closed and you are ready to recover.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

While today’s efficient techniques make recovery quicker and more comfortable than ever, it is important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal at home during the initial recovery period—our surgeons generally instruct patients to plan for 1 week off from work. We also recommend wearing the recovery bra provided for support and to manage any pain and swelling. 

In the weeks and months following your surgery, your doctor will gradually clear you to get back to your favourite activities, including exercise.

Why Choose Ottawa Plastic Surgery?

There are many different options you can choose from when searching for an Ottawa breast augmentation surgeon, so we appreciate you taking the time to consider us. Ottawa Plastic Surgery is the only clinic in Ottawa that has a sole focus on aesthetic surgery. Our cosmetic team is made up of award-winning plastic surgeons, in Dr. Howard Silverman and Dr. Kristy Boyd. Dr. Silverman is a world-renowned surgeon that is a pioneer in the field of plastic surgery in Ottawa. Dr. Boyd is not only an esteemed plastic surgeon but she has authored publications on breast surgery. The entire team at Ottawa Plastic Surgery prides themselves on the patient experience, from the moment you walk in the door until your last follow-up appointment. Our patients are not just a number, but valued members of the OPS family. 

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost in Ottawa?

Our Ottawa breast augmentation procedure is highly customized, so no two surgeries are priced identically. We consider several factors when estimating the cost of breast augmentation, including the type of implants used, the complexity of the procedure, and the fees associated with the operating room and surgical staff. During your consultation, we offer you a written quote that reflects the details of your particular surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation in Ottawa please contact us today. Our compassionate team of experts is excited to book your appointment show you exactly what this procedure can do for you. We look forward to joining you on your journey of helping discover the best aesthetic version of yourself! 

Pre- & post-surgery

The info you need to plan your breast augmentation surgery.

Frequently asked questions

  • What incisions do you offer?

    We offer all incision types, but our preferred is inframammary (under the breast). With this incision, scars are subtle, there is minimal disruption to existing breast tissue, and it allows easy access to place the implant with the most accuracy. 

    Incisions are determined on a patient-by-patient basis. We also offer areolar (around the nipple) or axillary (under the armpit) incision types, although areolar incisions are associated with a higher rate of complications, and axillary incisions can make it difficult to place the implant precisely and may also result in a more visible scar.

  • Should I have my implant placed above or below the chest muscle?

    In general, it is preferable to place the implant either under the muscle or partially under the muscle. This depends on individual patient factors, such as their build, breast shape, or amount of pre-existing breast tissue.

    Placing the implant under the muscle will provide extra soft-tissue coverage to the implant, which is especially important in the upper portion of the breast when there is a small amount of pre-existing breast tissue. The implant is better supported over time, and the edges of the implant will be less easy to see and feel after surgery in the sub-muscular location. As well, some women can develop excess scar tissue around the implant after surgery, known as a capsular contracture, which can make the breast hard or distort its shape. This adverse occurrence seems to be less likely, or at least less visible when the implant is placed under the muscle.

    Placing the implant above the muscle (sub-glandular]\) is also possible, and some surgeons feel that this approach is preferable. Subglandular placement is best indicated for those patients who already have a moderate or large amount of pre-existing breast tissue present, or who have a breast that is located low on their chest wall, where there is little to no muscular coverage.

  • What size breast implants should I choose?

    This is the most difficult question for many women. Most women state that they do not want to be too large, and do not wish to look “fake”, and that their greatest fear is that they will look unnatural after surgery. Fortunately, our patients tend to feel very comfortable with their results.

    There are many different strategies that can be employed when helping you to select an implant size during consultation. Your preference of final cup size will be discussed, and the dimensions of your breasts and chest wall will be determined, as well as your overall body shape and physique. From all of these factors, sizes will be suggested. Trial implants will then be worn inside a bra, in order to give an approximation of how you might look after your surgery.

    Additionally, we routinely employ computer imaging technology to assist in evaluation, planning, and communication with our patients. This can be very helpful in visualizing what your ultimate results might look like.

  • What shape breast implants should I get?

    Implants can be either round or tear-drop-shaped (anatomical). Round implants are recommended for most patients.

    Sometimes, implants can rotate inside the breast, and if they have a specific shape, this can affect the projection of the breast, whereas a round implant is unaffected by rotation. In many patients, it is often quite difficult to notice a significant difference between the round and anatomic-shaped implants after surgery. Additionally, there have been recent health concerns related to the use of textured surface implants leading to a withdrawal of these implants from the Canadian market, as well as many other countries. Shaped implants must be textured to avoid rotation, so the use of a shaped implant is not generally recommended at present in our practice.

    These decisions can be best discussed during your personalized consultation with Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd.

  • What’s the difference between saline and silicone gel implants?

    Both implants can give excellent results, and the choice between saline and silicone depends on individual preference. Both saline or silicone implants are safe and approved for use in breast augmentations in Canada and the United States.

    Saline and silicone implants seem to have a similar lifespan of about 20-25 years, though this can vary amongst patients.  Silicone implants can have a softer and more natural feel in women with small amounts of breast tissue and will show less rippling 25 years compared to 10-15 with saline), and have a softer, more natural consistency and feel. They will also show less rippling in the implant shell in patients with small amounts of pre-existing breast tissue and can provide a more durable and long-lasting result. However, silicone implants require a slightly larger incision for placement.

  • Can I get breast implants while breastfeeding?

    We recommend our patients wait until after they are done breastfeeding their children before getting breast implants. It’s best for your breast to stabilize in shape and volume before getting the procedure.
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  • How long will a breast augmentation last?

    Unfortunately, the results don’t last forever. Every patient is a little bit different. We have some patients who are able to enjoy their breast implants for approximately 20 years.

  • Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?

    Absolutely! One of our specialties is our mommy makeover procedure. In a mommy makeover, we typically combine breast augmentation or breast lift with a tummy tuck or liposuction. While motherhood can be one of the greatest gifts, it can sometimes be very tough on a woman’s body. In these cases, a mommy makeover procedure is perfect to rejuvenate both the breast and body.

  • How long does a breast augmentation operation take?

    On average, the procedure usually takes approximately one hour to perform. However, some procedures can take a bit longer. During your consultation, the surgeons will be able to explain the process and how long the procedure should take, as well as how long your recovery process should be.

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