A breast augmentation is geared towards women who feel that their breasts are disproportionately small compared to their body frame. This is a purely aesthetic procedure and therefore is not covered by the RAMQ. The procedure can be achieved either using breast implants or using a patients own fat tissues (fat grafting).
Good candidates for breast implants are:
- Thin patients
- No significant medical problems
- Non smokers
- Want to increase the size of their breasts
- Willing to accept scars on their breast
- Willing to accept having an implant in their body
Poor candidates for breast implants are:
- Body builders
- Significant medical problems
- Droopy breasts (need to combine lift and augmentation)
- Not willing to accept scars or implants
Post surgery, what to expect
The breast implant surgery scar depends on the type of implant and the position (in front of the muscle or behind the muscle). The scar can be in the breast fold, in the areolar skin or in the armpit.
There are many kinds of implants and these differ based on their shell (smooth, textured), their shape (round, anatomic) and their fill (saline (water) or silicone). Choosing the right implant for you is a decision to be made with your surgeon.
Recovery from a breast augmentation surgery consists of two days of pain requiring medication, two weeks for the skin to heal, two months for the breasts to settle and two years for the scars to fade. Time off work is approximately 2-3 weeks.
There is a strict restriction on upper body exercising for 4-6 weeks.
More on Breast Augmentation:
- See before and after breast augmentation photos using implants
- Breast Augmentation using Fat Grafting
- Combining a Breast Lift and Augmentation
- Implant Types
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Information for Patients