10 Facts About Breast Augmentation

Are you considering breast augmentation surgery? Perhaps you’ve had a friend, co-worker, or family member who has undergone the procedure and has had not only an improvement in their looks but also a boost in self-confidence.  But how much do you really know about the procedure itself? Here are 10 facts about breast augmentation.

Fact #1: Breast augmentation is the most popular of all cosmetic surgeries.

Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery has nearly tripled.

Fact #2: It’s not just about making small breasts bigger.

While the majority of women who get implants are doing so to increase the size of their chests, there are also other reasons for implants. Some women choose the surgery to correct congenital (birth) deformities while others get implants for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Fact #3: In Canada, implants are either made from silicone cohesive gel or saline

While there are other experimental materials being used for implants in other countries, these are the only materials that have been approved and deemed safe in Canada.

Fact #4: The world’s largest implants.

When getting implants, it is recommended that you go with a size that compliments and is in proportion to the rest of your body. Still, many women push these boundaries.  Chelsea Charms has the record for the largest implants and wears a bra size of 164XXX, with each breast being almost 30 pounds in weight.

Fact #5: Shaped implants are available.

While traditional implants are round, you can also get ones that are tear dropped shape. In Canada, these implants are being used less and less because of their tendency to rotate or shift.

Fact #5: Cost of breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation surgery will likely cost you about $8500 depending on a number of factors. In the case of reconstruction after a mastectomy, this cost is covered by OHIP.

Fact #6: One breast augmentation does not last a lifetime.

On average, you can expect your implants to last approximately 15-20 years. After that time, they will need to be replaced if you wish to retain your breasts’ appearance.

Fact #7: Breastfeeding

In most cases, women who have breast implants are still able to breastfeed without any problems. In rare cases, however the surgery can cause damage to the milk ducts, affecting a woman’s ability to breastfeed.

Fact #8: Procedure details

Breast augmentation surgery takes about one-and-a-half hours to perform and most women can go home the same day. Thanks to advances in medical technology in recent years, most women have very natural looking results and no visible scars.

Fact #9: Recovery

Most women can go back to work within a week of having the surgery, however they should refrain from any strenuous activity for three to six weeks, or until their surgeon tells them it’s ok.

Fact #10: Complications

As with any type of surgery, there is the potential for complications. In the case of implants, one of the possible complications are ruptures, meaning that an additional surgery will have to be performed. Before you choose to have the procedure, make sure you discuss possible complications with your surgeon.

If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery and would like to get more facts, contact Edelstein Cosmetic in Toronto to schedule your consultation.




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