Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery

Breast Augmentation

The women who visit Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery for breast augmentation in Calgary each have unique and personal reasons for wanting to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. Our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons excel at producing results tailored to each woman's body, creating attractive, natural-looking contours. Choosing an experienced surgeon who combines technical expertise with a keen aesthetic sensibility is the first and most important step in achieving the results you want.

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Begin your personal transformation by requesting a consultation online to meet privately with one of our Calgary breast augmentation surgeons, or call our office at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.

Is Breast Augmentation for You?

Cosmetic breast enhancement is one of the most popular procedures at our practice. Many of our patients contemplate getting breast implants for many months, even years, before making the decision to pursue breast augmentation. The women who visit us for breast implants in Calgary do so for many reasons. One of the primary reasons is that women feel self-conscious about having smaller breasts and want to enjoy a wider range of clothing and swimsuit options. Others choose to get implants in order to balance the size of their breasts, or to restore volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation combined with a breast lift is recommended by our surgeons in some cases to achieve optimal results. The procedure is often combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. This combination is often referred to as a "mommy makeover".

"Beautiful breast augmentation results are the result of skill, artistry, and great communication between the surgeon and the patient."
— Dr. Whidden

"The techniques and implant options available today enable us to customize breast augmentation more than ever before."
— Dr. Humphreys

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Your Breast Augmentation Choices

The key to achieving your desired result is to choose a plastic surgeon who listens and understands your aesthetic goals and offers professional advice based on a thorough physical assessment. There are many individual factors our surgeons consider when crafting a surgical plan. These include body frame, tissue elasticity, existing breast size and any pre-existing asymmetries. Your surgeon will also discuss with you options including:

  • Breast implant selection
  • Incision location
  • Implant placement

Breast Implant Selection

Women choosing breast augmentation have more options than ever before when it comes to selecting breast implants. It's great to have choices, but the decisions can feel overwhelming for some.

During the consultation, your surgeon will describe the benefits and limitations of the options based on your body type and the results you desire. You'll have the opportunity to discuss implant size; the filler material (saline or silicone gel) that will work best for you; whether you want round or anatomically shaped implants; smooth vs. textured shells; and the best profile (projection) for your goals.

We offer a thorough explanation of your choices on our breast implant options page.

Incision Location

Incision locations for breast augmentation

Although there are several possible options available for incision location, our surgeons strongly believe that the safest and most reliable options are:

Inframammary: The surgeon makes a short, horizontal incision at the crease where the breast connects to the chest wall.

Periareolar: The surgeon makes a small incision on the lower edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).

Implant placement

Subglandular
Placement

Submuscular
Placement

There are 2 options available for implant placement:

Subglandular placement: Your surgeon places implants behind the existing breast tissue, but in front of the pectoral muscle.

Submuscular placement: Your surgeon places implants behind the pectoral muscle and the breast tissue. This is also termed a dual plane placement, as the muscle only covers the upper portion of the breast implant.

The Optimal Breast Augmentation

Based on their advanced training and years of experience, our surgeons believe the optimal breast augmentation procedure involves the inframammary incision and a dual-plane, submuscular placement using cohesive silicone gel implants. Additionally, in some cases our surgeons may suggest using the patient's own fat to sculpt the final breast contours to ensure beautiful and symmetrical results. This combination produces the best results for a number of reasons:

  • The inframammary incision is associated with a significantly reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant), which is the primary complication following breast augmentation surgery. It also poses minimal risk to a woman's ability to breastfeed in the future.
  • A dual-plane placement offers the best of both worlds. The majority of the implant sits behind the pectoral muscle, which is also associated with lower rates of capsular contracture, while the lower portion of the implant is covered by breast tissue, providing a more natural breast shape. A submuscular placement also causes less interference with mammography and tends to provide a more durable result over time.

Your Procedure

On the day of surgery, your surgeon will meet with you, address any remaining questions that you have, and make some marks on your chest to guide him during surgery.

The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia. The surgeon will make the incision and create a pocket to encase the implant. After inserting the implants through the incisions, your surgeon views the breasts from multiple angles to ensure the results are aesthetically pleasing and symmetrical. He will then close the incisions and cover them with bandages before you are taken to the recovery room.

Recovery

Breast augmentation surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours. You will wake up in the recovery room following surgery where our surgeons and dedicated nurses will monitor you to ensure your safety and comfort. Typically you will be ready to head home 2 hours after your surgery is completed. Each patient receives detailed post-op instructions to make the recovery as comfortable as possible and communication with our office is encouraged in order to maximize comfort and clarify any uncertainties. Everyone's experience is different; however, typically the pain will begin to settle within the first few days and many patients return to normal activities within 2 weeks.

It is normal for the breasts to appear high and feel hard initially; in most cases the breasts soften and implants settle within a few weeks. While experiences vary, patients typically are very happy with their appearance at 6 weeks; however, it can take up to 9 months to achieve your new look.

Common Questions

Can I breastfeed after getting breast implants?

Rarely do implants interfere with a woman's ability to breastfeed her children. If that is a concern, you can minimize risk by having your surgeon make the incision at the base of the breast (inframammary incision). A periareolar incision in some cases may affect the ducts that carry milk to the nipple, so it should be avoided if you're planning to have children.

When will I see the 'final' results?

The results of breast augmentation emerge gradually, so we recommend waiting before you buy your new bras. Breast implants usually sit fairly high on the chest during the first few weeks after the procedure until swelling subsides, tissues soften, and muscles stretch. Most women will have a fairly good idea of what their new breasts will look like about 6 weeks after surgery, but they can continue to change for several weeks or even months.

Will breast implants lift my breasts?

In certain cases, breast implants can uplift slightly sagging breasts, but implants won't help women concerned about moderate to severe sagging of the breasts. Breast augmentation alone does not remove redundant, sagging skin, and the weight of breast implants can actually exacerbate sagging. Combining a breast lift with implants is common in these cases and can be very satisfying for women who have lost breast volume with age or after breastfeeding.

Can I replace my breast implants?

Absolutely. Revision breast augmentation is performed for various reasons, including the desire for new or different implants. Patients who have saline implants, for example, come to our practice to exchange them for the latest generation of cohesive silicone gel implants. Other reasons women get revision surgery is to change the size or shape of their implants, or because they've experienced some type of implant-related problem.

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Meet Our Surgeons

With extensive training and years of specialized experience, our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons are known in Calgary and throughout Canada for exceptional surgical outcomes and compassionate care. Their goal is simple: to give you the best version of yourself, whether you choose a procedure for your face, breasts, or body, or a personalized combination of procedures.

Dr. WhiddenDr. Humphreys

Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery
7425 Macleod Trail Southwest
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Main Phone: (403) 452-7953
Fax: (403) 242-5090
Monday–Friday:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery in Calgary, Canada, Dr. Douglas Humphreys and Dr. Paul Whidden offer plastic surgery for the breasts, body, and face in their capacity as Royal College-certified plastic surgeons. Procedures are performed in the safety and privacy of the Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, a private, onsite surgical facility that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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