As the most performed plastic surgery procedure each year, not all breast augmentations are created equal. Whether it’s complications or simply not the results you were hoping for, revision is a very real part of breast augmentation. This means your breast augmentation begins with determining the best options for you with the experience you need in a breast augmentation expert. That’s why it’s important to look at your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can make your breast augmentation results the best they can be.

For most women, breast augmentation is a way to boost their confidence in their figure. You deserve to love your breasts, and Dr. Stephanie Power is a leading breast augmentation plastic surgeon in the Toronto area with experience helping women achieve their ideal results and their ideal body.

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is a way to boost your confidence through enhancing your breast size and shape. It involves the placement of implants inside the breasts through a surgical procedure. Many women consider breast augmentation as a way to enhance their natural breasts while others opt for breast augmentation as a way to restore their breasts after pregnancy or weight loss. Some women opt for a breast augmentation procedure if their breasts are asymmetrical. There are a few different factors that will determine your breast augmentation results, and you’ll discuss these with Dr. Power during your consultation.

Implant Type

The two types of breast implants are saline and silicone. Saline breast implants can come with benefits like a slightly lower cost and smaller breast augmentation incisions. If a saline implant ruptures, you will notice a distinct loss of volume and the salt water will be safely resorbed by your body. Rippling is more common though with saline implants, particularly in thin patients. On the other hand, silicone breast implants can come with benefits like a more natural feel but require some monitoring for silent ruptures. Form stable silicone gel implants are a type of silicone implant that are filled with a material similar to gummy bear implants. These are one of the newest options for breast implant technology. This means the silicone filling won’t leak or migrate in the event of silicone breast implant rupture and can feel extremely similar to natural breast tissue.

Implant Size

Implants are sized differently than bra cup sizes, using volume instead of shape, so an important part of your consultation will be trying on sizers to determine the best size for your goals. Some measurements that will determine your best implant size include your breast base diameter since a smaller chest can mean that certain implants will look more prominent. Whether you’re hoping for a more natural, subtle look or a more dramatic increase in breast volume, finding the right implant size for your goals is an important step.

Implant Shape

Breast implants have been made in both round and anatomical, or teardrop, shapes. Many women decide to undergo breast augmentation specifically to increase the fullness of the upper breast. Round implants remain the most popular shape of implant for this goal. Teardrop implants, on the other hand, were created to mimic the natural shape of the breast with greater fullness in the lower pole. The challenge with teardrop implants though is a risk that the implant may rotate or shift. They were only available with a textured surface to lower risk of the implant rotating in the body. Plastic surgeons have raised safety concerns about textured implants and therefore teardrop implants are not currently an option. Implant size and placement also affect the final appearance, so the best choice for you will depend on your presentation and goals.

Incision Placement

There are two main incision options for your procedure. The two most common ones are inframammary (below the breast crease) and periareolar (around the nipple). Each option will leave scarring. The inframammary scars are hidden within the breast fold as the implants settle into position. Periareolar scars are concealed along the lower border of the areola. Each option also comes with benefits over the other, and the right option for different breast augmentation patients might depend on factors like their chosen implant and placement preference. In some cases, implants can be placed through a transaxillary (through the armpit) or umbilical (belly button) incision.

Implant Placement

Implants can be placed either on top of or underneath the chest muscle. Each option comes with different advantages: placing the implants on top of the chest muscle can give greater cleavage but isn’t recommended for women who don’t have much breast tissue or have a smaller chest. Placing the implants below the chest muscle can be a good option for a more natural result but can cause visible movement if you work out with upper body movements. This can also make your recovery more substantial.

How is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Dr. Stephanie Power performs breast augmentation in Toronto under general anesthesia. First, the chosen incision is made, and a pocket is created in the breast tissue. Then, the implant is carefully placed either on top of the chest muscle or underneath it. If you opt for saline implants, these can be placed through a smaller incision and then filled with saline solution after they’ve been placed. In the case of silicone implants, these are pre-filled and placed as a whole. The incision length for silicone implants may also be reduced if an implant funnel is used for insertion. Once the implants are in place, your incisions are closed and made ready for recovery.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

You’ll receive detailed instructions to follow to make sure that your recovery is smooth and successful. Since your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia, you’ll need to arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours. You can expect about one to two weeks of recovery. You’ll be given prescription medications to fill so you can manage swelling and discomfort, the worst of which is usually over the first few days of recovery. You should plan on wearing a surgical bra for around 6 weeks after surgery to support your new implants, but you can return to work or school within one week or so. You’ll return for follow-up appointments to check your progress and ask any questions you may have. You’ll also receive Dr. Power’s contact information for any questions you have at home. Click here to learn about when you can wear an underwire bra after breast augmentation surgery.

Procedures to Enhance Your Breast Augmentation

The most popular option to include with your breast augmentation is a breast lift. Sometimes called a breast lift with implants, this combination is a great option if you also have sagging breasts caused by weight loss, aging, or breastfeeding. Breast augmentation and/or a breast lift are also a regular part of a mommy makeover procedure in order to restore volume and youthful appearance to the breasts.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation

Breast implants will not affect your ability to breastfeed. In some cases, certain incisions used in breast augmentation can affect breastfeeding for some women. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, make sure to discuss your options with Dr. Power.

Are breast implants under warranty?

Breast implants are generally covered by a manufacturer's warranty for 10 years. You will receive an implant registration card that shows the size and type of implants, model, and serial numbers for your records.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

Generally, patients will feel comfortable and happy with their implants for many years following breast augmentation surgery. There is a low risk of capsular contracture or rupture which may cause discomfort. Dr. Power can discuss the risks of breast implants during your consultation.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Aging, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or weight fluctuation can all result in some sagging after breast augmentation. Larger implants may be more likely to develop ptosis, the clinical term for sagginess. It is important to wear a supportive bra to lower risk of ptosis and to discuss implant size in depth with your plastic surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

This is a very common myth regarding breast augmentation! In fact, breast implants may remain in place as long as there are no medical or aesthetic concerns.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

This depends on the type of breast implant. If a saline-filled breast implant is leaking, you will notice either a sudden loss of volume or a gradual decrease in size over time if a slow leak is present. Silicone-filled implants may have a silent rupture, which is detected only on breast imaging. If the silicone is less viscous, you may notice change in implant shape or symptoms such as discomfort, firmness, or swelling. Silicone implant ruptures are best detected through scans like an ultrasound or MRI.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

The first signs of capsular contracture are pain, firmness, and asymmetry in the breasts. You should see your plastic surgeon immediately if you notice these symptoms.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants can theoretically last many years. They are most often replaced because of cosmetic reasons or complications that arise later on.

how much does breast augmentation cost?

Breast augmentation in Toronto can cost between $8,000 and $10,000 depending on factors like surgeons fees, anesthesia, recovery materials, facilities, etc.

Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?

Breast augmentation comes with one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction out of any plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Power can discuss whether breast augmentation is right for you during your consultation.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

Natural breast augmentation uses fat transfer to enhance the size of the breasts. There are pros and cons to each option, so your plastic surgeon can determine which option is right for you.

What are gummy bear implant?

Gummy bear implants are a type of silicone implant where the inner material looks and feels similar to a gummy bear. It holds its form when ruptured and can feel very similar to natural breast tissue.

Will Cigna cover breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is largely considered cosmetic surgery and is not usually covered by major insurance providers.

Do breast implants interfere with breast cancer screening?

You'll need to take special steps during breast cancer screening if you opt for breast implants. When scheduling your screening, you should make sure your technicians know that you'll need specialized imaging to view your breasts with implants in place. Dr. Power can recommend your best options for breast cancer screening after implants during your consultation.

What to expect the day of breast augmentation surgery?

You should begin fasting (no food or drink) at midnight prior to surgery. If you take any prescription medications, please discuss with Dr. Power whether they should be taken on the morning of surgery with limited sips of water. Someone must accompany you on the day of surgery to drive you home afterward once discharged. You will be advised regarding the time to present at the private OR facilities at 199 Avenue Road. You will be assigned a locker for personal belongings when you check in for surgery. Routine vitals will be checked and you will meet the anesthesiologist who will be performing your general anesthetic and OR nurses. Dr. Power will see you before surgery to perform surgical markings, answer any remaining questions, and review post-operative instructions. Once you are taken to the operating room, a checklist will be performed based on standardized operating room guidelines to confirm patient and surgery details and you will be put to sleep shortly thereafter.

Am I too skinny or athletic for breast implants?

Slender patients with limited breast tissue may still undergo breast augmentation. Implants are generally placed below the pectoralis muscle to lower risk of aesthetic complications (for example, implant visibility, rippling, and palpability) and to give a more natural result. The pectoralis muscle provides extra coverage for the implant, which gives a more natural result. It is important to discuss your aesthetic goals when selecting implant size. Athletic patients may also be candidates for breast augmentation. Many athletic patients often have limited breast tissue in the upper pole. Submuscular implants may also be recommended based on clinical presentation. It is important to consider that submuscular implants will shift with pectoralis muscle contraction. If you are quite active in upper body work-outs or rowing, for example, you will note shifting of the implants with pectoralis contraction, which may be apparent through tight clothing.

Can breast implants rupture and cause silicone poisoning?

Fortunately not. Silicone breast implants have evolved over time. Early generations demonstrated thin shells with low viscosity silicone. These implants were prone to rupture and leakage. The latest generation of silicone implants are made of cohesive gel. The silicone does not bleed through the implant shell or migrate if rupture occurs. If the implant shell is compromised, it is generally an incidental finding noted on imaging (ultrasound or MRI). The silicone will not travel throughout the body.

Are fat injections an alternative to breast implants?

Fat grafting is an option for breast augmentation, however does not achieve equivalent results to breast implants. The procedure involves suctioning fat from regions of excess fatty tissue (most commonly the abdomen) and then carefully preparing the fat for re-injection into the breasts. Once the injected fat has reestablished a new blood supply, the tissue may feel quite natural however the size and shape do not match results achieved from breast implants. There are risks of fat grafting in the breasts, including regions of fat necrosis (which are firm areas where the fat has not established an adequate blood supply) and limitations on size. There was initial concern whether injected fat may interfere with detection of breast cancer or cause microcalcifications, leading to false positives on breast imaging. Others questioned whether injected fat stem cells may induce breast cancer. Studies thus far have demonstrated that fat injections appear safe for both reconstructive and cosmetic cases. It may be useful in smaller volume for contouring, for example, to mask implant visibility or rippling in select cases.

Can your nipples still get hard after breast lift?

In most cases, nipples can still become hard after breast lift surgery. Nipples may lose the ability to become erect if a nipple graft is performed, which may be required in severe cases of breast ptosis or droopiness. Nipples generally will not become erect after this procedure given that nerves are divided during surgery.

Can you breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast implants themselves do not affect your ability to breastfeed, but some women experience difficulties with nipple sensitivity after breast augmentation with certain incision patterns. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, make sure to discuss your preferences during your consultation.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

To prepare for breast augmentation surgery, make sure to stop smoking as soon as possible. Dr. Power will also provide a list of detailed instructions to follow before and during your surgery date, including avoiding blood-thinning medications and certain supplements.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Most patients experience discomfort over the first few days after breast augmentation, requiring prescription pain medication. Pain is generally well-controlled after the first few days by taking plain or extra-strength Tylenol as needed.

What are Natrelle breast implants?

Natrelle breast implants are manufactured by Allergan and include a wide range of implant types and sizes. They are one of the most popular options for breast implants.

Whats the safest breast implant?

There are pros and cons to every breast implant type, but saline implants can generally be considered safer since, in the event of a rupture, the saline filling is safely absorbed by the body. Breast augmentation safety depends more on the plastic surgeon performing it rather than the implants, however.

Do breast implants cause cancer?

There's no evidence to suggest that breast implants cause cancer. In the last few years, a link has emerged between textured implants and an extremely rare form of lymphoma (anaplastic large cell lymphoma). Some numbers suggest this risk is 1 in 3800 to 1 in 30,000 women with textured implants. Textured implants are no longer an option. ALCL is treatable with the right steps so Dr. Power will make sure you understand the potential risks during your consultation.

What are different types of implants?

Implants may be categorized based on filler, shape, and size. All breast implants have a silicone shell as the outer layer. They may be filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone. Some patients prefer silicone implants for a more natural feel vs. saline implants, however some studies have shown no difference when they are placed under the pectoralis major muscle. There are many generations of silicone implants. Current silicone implants are made of cohesive gel, which is form stable. This means there is lower risk of bleeding through the implant shell and if implant failure or rupture occurs, it is contained within the implant pocket. Implant shape may either be round (most commonly) or anatomic (tear-drop shaped). The concern regarding anatomic implants is that they may shift in the pocket, which could lead to secondary aesthetic concerns.

How is implant size selected?

Implant size determination is one of the most important considerations. Dr. Power will ask about your goals and desired look following augmentation. Cup sizes vary widely between bra manufacturers and are not standardized measurements. You will have a range of sizers to try on preoperatively. This is not an exact science however, since the implant fits differently when inserted surgically vs. within your bra on top of your natural breast tissue. Dr. Power will also discuss the rice test, which is another tool that may guide size selection.nAt home you may fill a cut-off nylon stocking with rice to the desired size when placed in your bra. Avoid tying the nylon too tightly so that the rice moves freely and molds easier. You may then bring the rice to your clinical appointment. It will be measured and a corresponding implant size discussed. Dr. Power will ensure that there are no surgical concerns regarding desired implant size. For example, the desired size may be considered too large based on clinical examination and potentially too tight for the implant pocket. This could increase the risk of healing complications or suboptimal aesthetic result.

How many follow ups are required after breast implant surgery?

Patients generally return for routine follow up visits one day after surgery to rule out any bleeding, then at one week, three months, and one year post-operatively. Patients are welcome to schedule additional follow up at any time if concerns arise.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Breast implants can last for many years since they are designed to be life-long medical devices. They do not necessarily need to be replaced every 10 years.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Sometimes called natural breast augmentation, fat transfer is another option for breast augmentation on its own or in tandem with breast implant surgery.

Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?

You may move your arms after breast augmentation. Gentle stretching is encouraged beginning the day after surgery to maintain range of motion. This may lower the risk of developing shoulder and upper back stiffness following surgery. It is important to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activity, and exercise over the first 4-6 weeks after breast augmentation.

Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

Breast implants have been associated with very rare autoimmune disorders that are under ongoing study. Dr. Power can discuss the risks during your consultation.

What are cohesive breast implants?

Cohesive gel implants are a new type of silicone implant where the gel is form-stable rather than viscous. They come with many benefits but can cost more than traditional implants.

What can go wrong with breast implants?

There are risks that come with breast implant surgery, including complications like capsular contracture or rupture. Dr. Power will make sure you understand the risks during your consultation.

What is the average cost of a breast augmentation?

On average, patients in Toronto spend at least $8,000 on breast augmentation. This number can change based on your implant choice, plastic surgeon, location, and many other factors.

What is the difference between a breast augmentation and breast implants?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that places breast implants within the breasts.

What is natural breast augmentation?

Natural breast augmentation is a term for a fat transfer procedure that augments the breast using your own fatty tissue. Although this is a great option for some women, it doesn't achieve the same results as breast implant surgery. Sometimes, it can be effectively paired with implants if you don't have sufficient breast tissue to cover the implants. Dr. Power can discuss your best options during your consultation.

Do breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years?

You'll likely hear that your implants will need to be replaced every 10 years, but this isn't the case. Breast implants are designed to be lifelong medical devices and don't need to be replaced as long as you're happy with your results and aren't experiencing any complications.

What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is a possible complication with any implant surgery. It happens when the body recognizes the implant as a foreign body and creates a capsule of scar tissue around it. In some extreme cases, this can cause the implants to shift out of place and become hard and uncomfortable. In this case, the scar tissue may require release or removal. Risk of capsular contracture can be reduced with the right surgical techniques and aftercare steps, so Dr. Power will discuss the risks with you.

What are different incisions for breast augmentation surgery?

Implants may be placed through different skin incisions. The two most common approaches are inframammary vs. periareolar. Placement through an inframammary incision results in a short scar hidden in the fold below the breast. The periareolar approach leaves a scar at the lower half of the areola-skin junction, which is generally inconspicuous once healed. Some studies have shown lower capsular contracture rates and fewer complications if revision surgery is needed following the inframammary approach. Less commonly implants may be placed through transaxillary (underarm incision) or umbilical (belly button) approaches. These approaches make implant positioning more difficult due to less visibility during surgery. There is also an increased risk of bleeding since it is more difficult to carefully control during surgery due to the remote access.nScars in the underarm region may also be more visible when wearing certain clothing (e.g. tank tops, sleeveless dresses) and should be carefully considered before opting for this technique.

What are different planes for breast implant placement and how is this determined?

Implants may be placed either above or below the pectoralis major (chest) muscle. Several factors are considered when selecting implant placement, including body habitus and amount of natural breast and soft tissues, aesthetic goals, and level of athleticism. If patients are quite slender and do not have adequate breast tissue to provide coverage for the implant, placement under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular plane) may be recommended to improve the aesthetic result. If an implant is placed above the muscle in a patient with little natural breast tissue, there may be higher risk of implant visibility, rippling, and dissatisfaction with aesthetic outcome. If patients have adequate breast tissue to provide implant coverage u2013 generally corresponding to 2cm of tissue when pinching the upper pole of the breast u2013 implants may be placed above the muscle. This is referred to as the subglandular (under breast tissue, above muscle) plane. For patients who are quite physically active in upper body activities (for example, rowing, personal training), it is important to know that submuscular implants will shift with contraction of the pectoralis muscle.nIf wearing form-fitting clothing, you may notice the movement of the implants when performing these activities.

What to expect during consultation for breast augmentation?

During the consultation, a detailed history will be performed. This will focus on your aesthetic concerns and surgical goals. It is also important to know about your past medical history, pregnancy history, whether you have breastfed or wish to breastfeed in the future, and whether there is any personal or family history of breast disease or cancer. A detailed physical examination will also be performed to assess breast and torso measurements, which will help to determine appropriate implant measurements. Dr. Power will also inquire regarding weight history and lifestyle. If significant weight gain or loss is experienced after surgery, breast appearance may also change.

What is the anticipated recovery after breast implants?

Patients returning to office based work or academic programs are usually able to return within a few days to one week after surgery. Once no longer taking prescription pain medication and comfortable performing upper body movements, you may resume driving. To lower risk of bleeding, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and exercise for one month after breast augmentation. Although the risk of bleeding decreases as more time passes after breast augmentation, avoiding activities that increase your blood pressure and heart rate is important during this time period.nThere will be swelling following breast implant surgery. Although final results will not be apparent until one year post-operatively, the majority of swelling will settle within the first few months.

What are potential complications of breast augmentation?

Early complications of breast augmentation include bleeding, bruising, hematoma formation (collection of blood or ongoing bleeding into the implant pocket), and infection. There is also risk of altered nipple sensation, delayed wound healing, hypertrophic (thickened) scarring, and potential need for revision surgery. Aesthetic complications include rippling, implant distortion, malposition, and capsular contracture. Capsular contracture refers to scar tissue that develops around the implant since it is a foreign body. It ranges from a mild capsule that does not cause any distortion of the implant or pain to an implant that is fixed, painful, and high on the chest wall. Revision surgery may be required to address moderate to severe capsular contracture. Device failure may also occur, ranging from an asymptomatic silicone leak noted only on imaging (“silent rupture”) to a deflated saline implant which is fully decompressed and flattened.nImplant failure may be related to ongoing friction at an implant fold or potentially valve failure on a saline implant. There is no “lifespan” of a breast implant. If a patient remains pleased with the aesthetic appearance and does not report any symptoms, it may be observed over time. Revision surgery is not required unless complications or concerns arise.

Are there any risks associated with larger breast implants?

Larger implants generally lead to more ptosis (lowered position on the chest wall) over time than smaller ones. They may also lead to greater thinning of your natural breast tissue over time. Some studies have found lower capsular contracture rates for implants 350cc or less.

Is there a link between breast implants and lymphoma?

This has been a hot topic over the last few years. There does appear to be a very rare association between breast implants and an uncommon type of lymphoma u2013 anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Fortunately the risk is extremely low and the particular type of lymphoma is treatable. Some reports have shown less than 100 cases worldwide. It may occur in approximately 1-3 per million breast augmentations performed. Implant-related ALCL has been documented following cosmetic breast augmentation as well as breast cancer reconstructions. It is important for any patient who develops late swelling or pain of one breast a year or more after breast augmentation to discuss the very low but potential risk of ALCL with your surgeon.

Is there increased risk of developing autoimmune disease from silicone breast implants?

Fortunately not, although this was a major concern many years ago and remains a frequently asked question.

Do breast implants affect screening for breast cancer?

Studies have interestingly found lower incidence of breast cancer in patients with breast implants. Augmented patients generally have less natural breast tissue than non-augmented patients, which may partially explain this finding.nSome theories have questioned a protective effect of silicone.nStudies have not found any delay in breast cancer detection following breast implant surgery. It may actually be easier to palpate any abnormalities on self-breast examination, since there is a firm implant backing to press against.nResearch has shown that patients with breast implants often detect breast tumors at a smaller size than patients without implants. This may be attributed to frequent self-examinations when massaging the breast implants.nSpecial mammogram views are required following breast augmentation. It is important to find a breast screening center that is accustomed to imaging patients with breast implants to ensure the breast tissue is appropriately visualized. Given that breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery, these centers are becoming increasingly widespread.

Who is A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation?

The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are in overall good health and have realistic expectations from breast augmentation. Most women who opt for breast augmentation are looking to improve their confidence with larger breasts and feel like their natural breasts don't flatter their figure. Other women opt for breast augmentation as a way to restore their figure after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

Any weight gain from breast implants is unnoticeable. To maintain your results from surgery, make sure to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Breast implant surgery is most often considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not covered by most insurance providers. We encourage each patient to check with their provider ahead of their consultation for details.

How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation comes with risks like any other surgery. The best way to mitigate risks is by selecting an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?

Your breast augmentation incisions may feel tender and sensitive for about two weeks after surgery. This will subside as they heal.

Is breast enlargement possible without surgery?

Natural breast augmentation, or fat transfer breast augmentation, is a minimally invasive method of enlarging the breasts. However, this still requires a liposuction procedure.

What is the most common breast implant size?

Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Most patients opt for breast implants in the 300-500cc range.

Who's a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Good candidates for breast augmentation are those in good overall health and looking for larger, more symmetrical breasts. Additionally, candidates should be finished having children and at a stable, healthy weight.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast implants themselves don't affect your ability to breastfeed. However, some women have trouble breastfeeding after breast augmentation because of changes in nipple sensitivity. Fortunately, certain incision patterns can make it more likely that you can successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation, so Dr. Power can recommend your best options.

What to expect after breast augmentation surgery?

You will wake up from surgery in the recovery room. Pain medication is administered during surgery and will be supplemented in the recovery room if any discomfort is experienced. Dr. Power will have provided a prescription for post-operative pain medication prior to surgery. It is recommended to fill the prescription in advance to avoid needing to stop at the pharmacy on the way home.nYou will be discharged an hour or two after surgery once drinking well and medically fit. Please arrange to have someone stay with you for 24 hours after the general anesthetic to ensure personal safety. You may require prescription pain medication for a few days following surgery and may then transition to Tylenol plain or extra-strength as needed. You may resume showering the day after surgery.nA detailed instruction sheet will be provided outlining appropriate incision care and activity restrictions. It is important to wear a sports bra full-time (even when sleeping) for one month following surgery.

Can breast implants change nipple sensitivity?

There is risk of increased or decreased nipple sensation following breast augmentation. The majority of cases resolve over time, however some studies quote up to 15% risk of permanent sensation changes. The risk may be lower with smaller implant sizes and when placed below the pectoralis muscle through an incision in the inframammary fold.

Should I avoid breast implants if I'm an athlete involved in contact sports?

Playing contact sports is not a contraindication for breast augmentation and does not increase risk of implant rupture. Contact sports may be resumed once you have healed well following breast augmentation. You may generally resume exercise and routine sports after one month following breast implant surgery.

What is a normal breast shape?

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. A natural breast resembles a pear shape, with a sloped appearance of the upper breast and more volume near the breast crease. Some women prefer the appearance of upper pole fullness, which is a common request of patients considering breast augmentation.

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