Breast augmentation is designed to help create a more proportionate silhouette, making the breasts fuller, rounder or more balanced..
When you’re ready to take the next, exciting step to self-improvement, we’d love to hear from you. Our expert plastic surgeons are board certified and highly skilled in the area of body enhancement surgery. We’re pleased to offer our own boutique, state-of-the-art surgical facility. The fully accredited level 3 OHP operating room is equipped with general anesthesia and held to the same high standards as hospitals, however, we are luxurious, intimate and inviting as well.
What exactly will your breast augmentation involve?
Here’s the breakdown
Even though breast enhancement comes with high satisfaction and a low complication rate, we don’t believe this procedure is one-size-fits-all, and we plan a unique, customized experience for each valued client. With all the many different options available, there’s one that suits you perfectly.
Our patients are curious, avid researchers, and they not only search “implants” online, but they ask their friends and family about their BA experiences. Many people choose us because of these glowing referrals, but we know it’s hard to get consistent and accurate information about breast implants on your own. We’re here to help. The following key points outline the essential components of breast augmentation in Toronto.
Many women come to see us at Verso Surgery Centre because they want a little more cleavage, or to fill in the breast areas that have diminished after childbirth. If this describes you, read on to learn more.
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This procedure is designed to increase the size of the breasts primarily, while also affecting the shape, fullness and even firmness. What a breast augmentation is NOT intended for is to either decrease the breast size or to lift sagging breasts. Please see breast reduction and mastopexy for a further description of each of these enhancements.
At Verso Surgery Centre, we artfully augment the breasts through the placement of either saline or silicone breast implants, within the body, underneath the breast tissue. In many cases, the implant is placed underneath the breast/glandular tissue and partly under the chest muscle as well. We’ll describe the implant placement options in more detail below.
All cosmetic surgery requires incisions, and those for breast augmentation are quite small. Typically, 2-4cm long, these will be well-hidden either underneath the breast in a naturally formed crease, or at the edge of the areola- the darker pigmented area surrounding your nipple. In these locations, the incision can be virtually undetectable once healed. Depending on your anatomy, and your procedure details, your surgeon will make an ideal incision route recommendation for you.
Placement of breast implants
Perhaps you’ve heard of the options: over or under. What this means precisely is that the breast implant, once inserted, will either sit underneath your breast tissue, or under the lower aspect of your pectoral muscle, and the breast tissue. Breast augmentation surgeons discovered years ago that implants partly covered by muscle demonstrate a smooth, natural slope at the top.
The upper part of the breast is better camouflaged and natural-looking when utilizing this natural cover. Especially for those with tight skin or minimal breast tissue, the sub-muscular placement means they are less likely to see the outline of a round implant or rippling through the skin. Those with ample natural breast tissue may have completely natural results with either placement. The “over” muscle placement is referred to as sub-mammary.
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Benefits of Submuscular Breast Implant Placement
Covering and hiding the implant in thin-skinned or small-breasted women
- Reducing the chance of visible rippling
- May reduce the likelihood of developing capsular contracture (excessive formation and tightening of scar tissue)
Benefits of Submammary Breast Implant Placement
- May fill out and perk up deflated breasts more effectively
- May feel softer
- Avoids animation deformity (visible muscle contraction over the implant when flexing)
Not sure which one is best for you? Don’t worry- our experienced medical staff is trained to assess your anatomy, skin type, proportions, and existing tissue. They’ll listen to your goals and expectations, then recommend the method of augmentation and placement which is likely to deliver your desired look and suit your lifestyle. There is no right or wrong answer, but the consultation is an excellent time to ask questions and learn about the approach that will match your goals.
Are you a good candidate for a Breast Augmentation in Toronto?
Here’s a simple checklist that can help you determine if this is the right procedure for you. If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, give us a call- we’d love to talk about your body transformation.
- Do you want larger breasts?
- Do you want to fit your clothes, lingerie or swimwear better?
- Do you have uneven breast sizes?
- Did your breasts change over time due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding or age?
- Are you in good, overall health?
- Did your breasts not develop, or not grow evenly throughout puberty?
- If you breastfed, have you stopped for at least four months?
Perhaps you’re still not sure if this is the correct procedure for you- we welcome you to reach out and set up a private consultation. Your plastic surgeon will listen to you and assess your breasts and skin then let you know how we can help you feel better about your figure. Often, our clients aren’t quite sure what they need, but they’re unsatisfied with their breasts- and that’s ok! We have multiple, customized approaches to enhancement for all body types, shapes and sizes. You can decide when you’re ready to choose what works for you.
What kind of breast implants can you choose?
We offer both silicone and saline breast implants. Our clients typically choose cohesive silicone gel implants; however, saline is still popular and provides a few benefits. Below, we’ll outline important characteristics for both options.
Saline Breast Implants
These are constructed from a soft, silicone shell which is filled with sterile, saline IV fluid once they are in the implant pocket. There is a small, self-sealing port on each saline implant which allows it to be filled by the plastic surgeon during the surgery. This feature also makes it possible to insert the empty saline implant through a tiny incision and will result in minimal scar visibility once healed.
Saline implants tend to be less expensive than silicone gel, but they may feel and appear slightly less natural than silicone as well. Very thin, small-breasted patients will be less likely to achieve excellent aesthetic results through the use of saline implants because the shell can ripple visibly, and water doesn’t move the way denser tissue does. This unnatural movement and shell contouring may be visible through the thin skin.
Silicone cohesive gel implants
The newest generation of silicone implants are all cohesive. The firmer of these are often referred to as “Gummy Bear” because the consistency of the gel is similar to the gummy candies. The more reactive, softer varieties are still semi-solid and not liquid, which dramatically reduces the risk of silicone moving out of the implant pocket in the case of a rupture. If you were to cut an implant in half, you’d see the cohesive gel stay in place, within the implant shell. While this is excellent for safety and longevity of silicone implants, it is recommended that you have regular breast exams because the rare event of a breach would be difficult to notice. Breast imaging such as ultrasound and MRI are helpful to assess an implant shell and pocket.
Silicone implants have skyrocketed in popularity since they were extensively tested, redesigned and brought to market in 2006. They move and react like real breast tissue, meaning they look and feel more natural, even under thin skin. They are less likely to show rippling than saline implants, but they do carry a slightly higher price tag. Silicone implants come pre-filled in an extensive array of sizes and projections. Whether you want a dramatic size increase or very subtle enhancement, there is a silicone gel implant suited to you and your body dimensions. They can be compressed very effectively during implantation and still only require an incision roughly 3-4 cm long.
What are the risks associated with breast augmentation?
Our plastic surgeons pride themselves on an honest, transparent approach that ensures our patients are well-informed and comfortable with their procedure choices. After all, your body and your health are of paramount importance for you, and us as well. We know that ultimately, each patient has a better surgical experience when they know what to expect and understand the risks and considerations related to their procedure.
No matter how routine and straightforward, every cosmetic surgery comes with inherent risks such as bleeding, infection or scarring. Some operations are more extensive, lengthy and complicated, so they may present higher risk factors. The individual patient, their health picture and influences outside the surgical centre will also influence how they heal, so it’s imperative that you have an open dialogue with your plastic surgeon about your lifestyle, medical conditions, mental and emotional health, and any medications or supplements you take.
We provide our patients with detailed instructions to guide them when recovering at home. We are also unique in that we offer 24/7 care post-operatively with the availability of overnight suites and the personal contact of an OR nurse to call on day or night. We virtually eliminate many risk factors for our patients because of the stringent surgical protocols we follow and the abundant, thorough aftercare we provide. When you’re recovering, all you need to do is relax, catch up on your reading and Netflix.
Are breast implants safe?
We believe breast augmentation in Toronto at Verso Surgery Centre, and today’s advanced medical devices are safer than ever before. However, there is always a slim possibility that a medical device can fail. In Canada, breast implants are rigorously tested and reinforced with multiple, durable shell layers to withstand impact and stress far beyond what they will encounter in most people’s bodies. Having said that, rare implant defects can occur, and trauma to the breast that damages tissue will also put the implant at risk.
The possibility of deflation or rupture increases by roughly 1% each year after the surgery, though many people will have their implants for a lifetime with no issues and no need for a replacement. There is no longer a set time for replacement and no expiry date. Most people who choose to have a second breast surgery do so for a change of size, a breast lift procedure, or to remove the implants that they’ve had for decades. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your long-term plans and expectations to help you make your decision.
Can I have any breasts that I want?
It may be hard for you to gauge just what is achievable for you. Many women considering breast augmentation in Toronto collect “wish pics” with great interest, highlighting the size, shape and breast characteristics they find the most appealing. Wish photos can be helpful to show your surgeon and describe your vision. However, they also mislead some people into thinking they can order any breasts they want, just like a product in a store. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way as we are all so unique and special in our anatomy and characteristics. You may be surprised to learn that your friend who had a BA at the same height and weight as you, had very different breasts and therefore different implants be are recommended for you.
Patients often ask for a particular type of cleavage, or nipples in a specific position. Natural chest anatomy is wonderfully diverse, so we see clients with nipples far apart, low, or high. We treat women who have very little existing breast tissue and cleavage, and those who have close-set breasts. Some are perky; some naturally droop a little. Whatever the size and shape you present with, you should understand that a breast augmentation on its own will not dramatically alter your breast characteristics. If you have wide set nipples, for instance, the implants must be centred under them, and this means your breasts will remain a little far apart- without tight cleavage. Likewise, if you have minimal space on the breast under your nipples, it won’t be realistic for you to achieve full, bottom-heavy breasts with nipples that sit high on the breast mound.
Your skin elasticity, glandular tissue, nipple position and breast dimensions inform the selection of implant and the placement of its pocket. Your experienced breast augmentation plastic surgeon is a skilled artist who takes into account all your unique factors, and preferences, when creating a comprehensive surgical plan for you. They want to ensure your existing breasts look even better, and to encourage you with the real possibilities for enhancement available to you.
Let’s chat about your Toronto breast augmentation!
Communication is essential to ensure every cosmetic patient feels heard, and well-informed. We’ll never mislead or over-sell you on a procedure. You want to know what the real benefits and real limitations are when you choose cosmetic enhancements, so our experts spend considerable time discussing goals and expected outcomes with you, easing concerns and making your experience worry-free.
Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your consultation with us. Our plastic surgeons are renowned for their innovative and advanced methods in cosmetic surgery. They partner with experienced and compassionate patient care coordinators to walk you through each step of your journey and ensure you not only look fabulous but feel great about your experience. We welcome your questions, and we look forward to meeting you.