Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a common plastic surgery procedure, sought by those who wish to feel more confident about their body image. This procedure is suitable for women who want to enhance the size of small or asymmetrical breasts, want to restore volume in breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding, or want fuller breasts. Smaller breasts or breasts that have lost their previous volume are enlarged using saline or silicone breast implants.

During consultation, Dr. Dawes will help determine your implant preference and take measurements. He will also discuss the size, shape and profile of implants that will best suit your body type, to help attain a natural-looking result.

Is it right for me?

A breast augmentation may be right for you if:

  • You are concerned by the small size of your breasts, feel that your breasts sag (have a flatter or elongated shape), or that your breasts have lost their previous volume
  • One breast is noticeably lower than the other
  • You are looking for a natural-looking, enhanced breast profile

Good candidates for breast augmentation are individuals who:

  • Have fully-developed breasts
  • Are healthy and maintain a stable weight
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations for breast augmentation improvement

How Breast Augmentation is Performed

Dr. Dawes will place the incisions, through which the implants are inserted, either inconspicuously along the red-white junction of the nipple-areolar complex, or underneath the breast. Most breast implants are placed underneath the pectoralis major muscle, though placement over the muscle may be appropriate in a few select instances.



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Saline Implants

Silicone Implants

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Do you offer a warranty on breast implants? Would I have to incur the cost of surgery again if they rupture, deflate or if I get capsular contracture?

Dr. Dawes purchases extended warranties on all implants he places to protect his patients against unforeseen costs in the event of a manufacturer’s defect. The coverage includes a lifetime product replacement against rupture or deflation, and 10 years against capsular contraction (Baker Grade III/IV), double capsule and late seroma. Patients are also eligible through the implant manufacturer for financial assistance with operating room, anesthesia and surgeon’s fees up to $3500 on rupture or deflation.

Will breast implants prevent your breasts from sagging?

To correct sagging breasts, you might need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.

Are breast implants guaranteed to last a lifetime?

The average life span of an implant is 10 years. Implant rupture is a possibility. Also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look. These issues will likely lead to more surgery.

What risks are associated with breast augmentation surgery?
  • Scar tissue that distorts the shape of the breast implant (capsular contracture)
  • Breast pain
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation
  • Implant leakage or rupture

Recovery Expectations

Recovery is about two to four weeks. Results are long lasting, though not permanent and may require replacement during your lifetime. Your breast augmentation results may boost confident and make clothing and swimwear easier to wear. Your breasts will still be affected by the natural aging process.

Breast augmentation patients can usually return home the day of their procedure. On average, women feel discomfort for 3 to 7 days after surgery. Some women will require drains for a few days. In most cases, stitches are internal and dissolving. Patients generally wear a compression garment for 2 days, followed by a comfortable sports bra. Push-up and underwire bras should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks.


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“My role, in part, is to assist patients through the process of determining which surgical or non-surgical options would help them meet their aesthetic goals and realistic expectations”

Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRSC

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