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Breast Augmentation: What You Need To Know

Alberta Plastic Surgery - Breast Surgery — Breast Augmentation - What You Need To Know
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  • April 20, 2021

One of the most common types of cosmetic surgeries is breast augmentation. Augmentation (from a Cosmetic standpoint) is for individuals that want to increase their breast size, shape, even out asymmetrical breasts.  If you are someone considering breast augmentation surgery, you understand how big of a decision it is. There are many things to be aware of before committing to the procedure. This article discusses more about breast augmentation and if it's the right choice for you. 

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Gain Confidence In The Procedure Before Committing

Are you considering breast augmentation? If so, it is very important you make an educated decision. Choosing to have a cosmetic procedure is a big deal. Not only will it change your physical appearance but will also require a financial and time investment. Here are some things you should consider: 

Why Get A Breast Augmentation?

Different people elect breast augmentations for different reasons. Here are the common motivators for this procedure:

  • Improve breast fullness
  • Correct asymmetrical breasts
  • Correct volume loss in the breasts due to weight loss or childbirth
  • Change the shape and projection of your breasts
  • Balance out your hip to breast ratio

Choosing Your Implants: Silicone Vs. Saline

If you have decided to move forward with breast augmentation, you will need to have a consultation with your plastic / cosmetic surgeon.  Through this consultation, you will discuss the areas of concern and how to make your desired improvements.

Another decision you will most likely have to make before your surgery is the type of implant you would like. The two common implant types are silicone implants and saline implants. Both implants are made by creating a shell out of silicone. What sets them apart is how the shell is filled. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel by the manufacturer. Once they are made they are ready to be implanted. Saline implants are filled with a saline solution that can be filled by the manufacturer or by your doctor at the time of insertion. These key differences impact many different aspects of your final results. 

Learn more about the difference between silicone and saline implants


The Surgery

Once you and your doctor have decided the appropriate course of action to meet your expectations, you will be scheduled for surgery to complete the procedure. Understanding how you can prepare yourself will help settle nerves and allow you to go into the procedure feeling excited and confident. 

Here are some things you can do:

  • Ask as many questions as you need to gain clarity among all aspects of your procedure
  • Plan a safe ride to and from the appointment
  • Dress comfortably and warmly
  • Follow your doctor's pre-surgery instructions diligently 


The recovery process varies among patients but on average, it takes 6-8  weeks to fully recover. You will feel better within a week or so but must restrain yourself from any strenuous activities until you are fully healed. Failure to do so will result in recovery complications that will add time to your recovery and possibly leave more prominent scarring. If you follow the guidelines your doctor sets for an efficient recovery, your scarring will be minimal and become less and less apparent over time. 


Do You Want A Breast Augmentation? 

Breast augmentations are common procedures within the cosmetic surgery industry and provide many benefits. If you are considering breast augmentation, ensure you make a decision after being educated on the subject and choose an educated doctor that will provide thorough support throughout the entire process. To book a consultation contact us at 780-407-6691  or click here to complete the contact form.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast augmentation cost?

The complete cost of a breast augmentation will vary depending on your doctor, implants, and procedure needs.

Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery? 

Ideal candidates should be:

  • At a healthy and stable weight
  • Nonsmoker
  • Not breastfeeding or pregnant
  • Over the age of 18

What are the risks of the procedure?

Much like other surgical procedures, there are several risks to be aware of such as:

  • Infection 
  • Implant leaks or ruptures
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Excessive scar tissue 

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