Breast Augmentation

What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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 the 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.

Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?

>There isn’t any set reason that a woman wants to augment her breasts. Reasons vary. Maybe you’ve never felt your breasts were proportional to the rest of your figure. Maybe you’ve felt your breasts were asymmetrical. Maybe you’ve never liked the shape of your breasts. Maybe you’ve lost volume due to breastfeeding. Or maybe you’d simply like to have larger breasts and a shapelier figure.

Regardless of your reasons for wanting breast augmentation, Dr. Dawes stresses during your consultation that the reasons need to be made for you, and you alone. This has to be something you want, not to please a partner, spouse, or anyone else.

Otherwise, as long as you’re healthy, these are satisfying procedures, and recovery is not difficult.

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

What are the Benefits of Having Breast Augmentation?

For many women, their breasts and their body image are intricately linked. For that reason, if a woman has always felt her breasts were out of proportion with the rest of her figure, that affects how she sees her overall figure. After these procedures with Dr. Dawes, our patients tell us how much they now enjoy buying new clothes. Shopping for workout clothes or a new swimsuit is fun again. They take new pride in their curvier figure.

If you wonder about the benefits of breast augmentation, check out these statistics from the United States. Women who have had breast augmentation are routinely surveyed in the months and years afterward. They report incredibly high rates of satisfaction. A recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 98 percent of women felt their augmentation either met or exceeded their expectations. Over 90 percent of the women also said they felt the procedure increased their self-esteem.

What Our Patients Have to Say

“Jeffrey C. Dawes is the most caring and understanding Doctor. From my very first Breast Augmentation consultation appointment until now which is 3 months after surgery he is a true professional. I am so very happy with my results. I always felt I was under the best care. Now to all the staff that works in the office… I can’t honestly say enough words to describe how amazing they are. Every time I went in they all greeted me with the warmest smile and treated me with the best care! I am and will be forever grateful I found Jeffrey C. Dawes for this very important surgery!” -Shelly N. 

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Is Breast Augmentation Painful?

Our patients are often surprised at how little pain is involved in recovery from augmentation surgery. Many patients don’t feel the need to use any of their prescription pain medication, feeling that over-the-counter options are all that’s needed. We’ve had patients equate the feeling afterward as being similar to the feeling they’ve had after a very strong upper body workout at the gym. You’ll have some soreness, not really acute pain, and this will last mainly from 2-4 days.

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 FAQs

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.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

The cost of augmentation depends on a few factors, such as the type of implant and the incision location. During your consultation, Dr. Dawes will give you an estimate of your cost once he knows your preferences.

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.

Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation with Dr. Dawes Today!

If you are interested in learning more about our Breast Augmentation procedures or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Dawes today at 403.571.3141 or fill out the form below.

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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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