Breast Augmentation in Calgary
We’ll help you adjust the size, shape and proportion of your breasts for increased self-esteem and confidence.
We want you to take pride in your body and your breasts. We can help you achieve your personal desires in relation to your appearance with a safe, simple and customized breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry. Dr. Chahal is your experienced Calgary breast augmentation specialist.
Breast augmentation surgery can help:
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve balance of breast and hip contours
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.
Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation.
Who Is Breast Augmentation For
Ideally for women who are seeking an enhanced look, change in size, shape, feeling or positioning. We require our patients to be in overall good health. Your personal preferences will always be acknowledged and thoroughly assessed to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Our procedures are suited for women who have had children and women who have not had children, who may one day become mothers. Women who have lost their breasts due to trauma, disease or cancer are more than welcome to speak to our team members on how we can help restore your natural look.
Step 1: Consultation with one of our specialists. We want to understand your goals for the procedure and your desired results. We will offer guidance and opinions on the best course of action. We will also take any necessary measurements at this time. If you have any questions or hesitations, now is the time to ask.
Step 2: Book an appointment.
Step 3: Prepare yourself by reading the educational material provided and following pre-surgical advice.
Step 4: Procedure day!
Step 5: First look at the outcome. Keep in mind there may be swelling and redness, depending on the procedure. Therefore the best approximation of final look will be after adequate recovery time.
Step 6: Recover. For best results, please follow all post-surgery advice and enhance healing with appropriate sleep, nutrition and hydration.
Step 7: Come back in for a follow-up appointment to ensure proper healing and optimal results.
How Does Breast Implants Surgery Work?
After your consultation, once we have a full understanding of your desired outcome, we will perform careful anatomical measurements, tissue assessment and devise a meticulous plan of action. Breast augmentations are performed using small and conspicuous incisions in the lower crease beneath the breast, along the lowest border of the areola, or under the arm. There are many factors that will contribute to the process of a breast augmentation procedure including, but not limited to your unique and individual shape, placement of your chest muscles, areola size, glandular density, definition, implant choice, personal preference and goals.
We consider all aspects of your body before determining the ideal method for you and provide you with minimal incision scarring. The placement of your implants can be below or above the muscle. This is something that can be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.
How To Choose Breast Implants Size?
Medically speaking, determining the perfect implant size for your breast augmentation would be to head to a professional office for a sizing session. You can easily “test” out the sizes with real implants to put in your bra—particularly ones that fit the size you’re looking for. You can also feel free to bring in your partner or a trusted friend to help you with the consultation.
You will also want to consider your other body measurements to help you decide the perfect breast implants. Larger implants may cause complications because of body contour and stress.
Should The Implant Be Placed Over Or Under The Muscle?
Although this is different depending on the client or patient, most women are recommended to get the implant over the muscle—especially if you’re opting for silicone breast implants. If you already have a good amount of breast tissue, you’ll have no problem with soft tissue coverage.
If you have more muscle than tissue, you’ll be most likely recommended to consider subglandular placement instead. If subglandular placement is suggested, you’ll also most likely be directed to choose silicone implants instead of saline implants for a more natural look after breast augmentation.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation
You do need to check-in with a plastic surgeon to ultimately know whether or not you truly classify as a good candidate.
You should be in good physical health to help with recovery—and mental health, as well. When it comes to your breasts, if they are sagging, elongated, asymmetrical or have a distortion in appearance, you’ll most likely be a good candidate. You need to be 18 for saline implants and 22 for silicone.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Typically, the average life for implants can be from 10 to 20 years. However, just know there is the possibility of having to remove them sooner because of cosmetic concerns or complications.
It’s also important to understand that breast implants aren’t meant to last a lifetime—you may have to get them removed or replaced down the line. To help you get the longest life out of your implants, we would suggest making sure you are investing in a board-certified plastic surgeon and follow all postoperative instructions.
Different Types Of Breast Implants
If you’ve decided to move forward with breast implants, your doctor will have you choose between the different types. You’ll be choosing from:
- Saline: Using sterile saltwater, these implants give a uniform shape, feel, and firmness.
- Silicone: Using silicone gel, these implants will give a natural breast tissue feel. You’ll have to visit a plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly via MRI.
- Round: With less concern of them rotating out of place, these implants appear fuller and can have more projection.
- Smooth: With the softest feeling, these can be more natural and have more natural movement.
- Textured: Using scar tissue to stick to the implant, these are the safest when it comes to becoming repositioned.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery
Everyone’s body is unique—so there is not exactly the “perfect” timeline when it comes to surgery recovery. However, the average time is about six weeks to be fully recovered.
For post-op, you may feel groggy and sore. The first three to five days are the most uncomfortable and you’ll most likely be prescribed pain medication, which can then be replaced by over-the-counter painkillers.
Although some patients feel better after just one week, your doctor should be able to assess how far along your healing has come—and generally, after two months, you can be cleared to resume all normal activities.
Can I Breastfeed Following The Procedure?
One of the most common questions received is if you can breastfeed your newborn after surgery.
If you’ve had breast or nipple surgery, you should be able to breastfeed your newborn. Even if there isn’t a lot of colostrum (first milk), you should still feel encouraged to provide your baby with antibodies with feeding. The key takeaway is that if you have functioning breast tissue and if the surgery doesn’t affect your areola, then you should be able to produce milk.
Surgery due to underdeveloped breasts, however, might not have the proper function to bring a healthy milk supply for your baby.
Does the breast augmentation procedure hurt?
No, breast augmentation does not hurt, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist.
How long does it take?
Breast augmentation procedures take approximately 1.5-2 hours.
How long does it take to recover?
Immediately following the procedure, you will be monitored by a registered nurse for 1 to 2 hours until you are fully awake. Then you can be discharged and taken home by a friend or family member. You may return to work and your usual activities about a week after the procedure.
Your breasts may appear swollen for the first and the shape and size will settle into final position after about 12 weeks. Light exercise may be resumed after one week and more vigorous activities may commence after three weeks. Standard follow-up visits are at one week, six weeks and 12 months.