All You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

From understanding different implant types to navigating preoperative consultations, explore the intricacies of cosmetic surgery with the expertise of surgeon Dr. Mirko Gilardino and 

uncover the truths and insights surrounding breast enhancements.

What you will learn in this article:

  • What is breast augmentation?
  • Why do breast augmentation?
  • How much does breast augmentation cost?
  • Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
  • How is breast augmentation surgery done?
  • Does breast augmentation surgery hurt?
  • How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation?
  • How long does a breast augmentation last?
  • What age is best for breast augmentation?
  • Breast augmentation : before and after   

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty or BBA, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. It typically involves the placement of implants (such as silicone or saline implants) to increase breast volume or improve breast contour. This procedure is often sought by individuals who desire to achieve a fuller bustline, restore breast volume lost due to weight loss or pregnancy, or improve breast symmetry.

Why do breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is pursued for various reasons, including:

  • Enhancing confidence and self-esteem: Many individuals seek breast augmentation to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing figure, which can boost their confidence and self-image.
  • Correcting asymmetry: Breast augmentation can address breast asymmetry, where one breast is noticeably smaller or differently shaped than the other.
  • Restoring breast volume: Women may opt for breast augmentation to restore lost breast volume following weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
  • Improving body proportion: Some individuals seek breast augmentation to achieve better body proportion and balance, particularly if they feel their breasts are disproportionately small compared to the rest of their body.

Overall, breast augmentation is a personal choice made to address individual concerns and preferences regarding breast size, shape, and overall appearance.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost of breast augmentation can vary widely depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s fees, the type of implants used, the surgical facility, geographic location, preoperative consultations, anesthesia fees, and post-operative care. With Dr. Gilardino, the cost of breast augmentation is anywhere between $9500 to $13000 for the surgery. The treatment plan will be determined in consultation and precise pricing will be provided at that time.

It’s essential to consider all associated costs when budgeting for breast augmentation, including pre-operative appointments, laboratory tests, prescription medications, and follow-up visits. 

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Determining whether you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation depends on various factors, including your medical history, aesthetic goals, expectations, and overall health. 

Generally, good candidates for breast augmentation:

  • Are in good overall health: Candidates should be in good physical and mental health, with no underlying medical conditions that could increase the risks associated with surgery or impede the healing process.
  • Have realistic expectations: It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of breast augmentation and understand that the procedure can enhance breast size and shape but may not achieve perfection or address underlying psychological issues.
  • Desire to enhance breast size or shape: Candidates typically seek breast augmentation to increase breast size, improve breast shape, correct asymmetry, or restore lost volume due to factors such as pregnancy or weight loss.
  • Are emotionally prepared: Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a significant decision that can impact both physical and emotional well-being. Candidates should be emotionally prepared for the changes that breast augmentation may bring and have a support system in place.
  • Have fully developed breasts: Breast augmentation is generally recommended for individuals whose breasts have fully developed, typically around the age of 18 or older. 

Before undergoing breast augmentation, it’s crucial to consult with Dr. Gilardino who can evaluate your candidacy, discuss your goals and expectations, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you. Dr. Gilardino will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical history, perform a physical examination, and discuss the various options available to help you achieve your desired results.

How is breast augmentation surgery done?

Breast augmentation surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Gilardino’s recommendation and the patient’s preferences. The surgical technique may vary based on factors such as the patient’s anatomy and the desired outcomes. 

Here’s an overview of the general steps involved in breast augmentation surgery:

  • Anesthesia: The patient is administered anesthesia to ensure comfort and pain control throughout the procedure. This generally involves general anesthesia, where the patient is asleep, or intravenous sedation combined with local anesthesia to numb the surgical area.
  • Incision placement: Dr. Gilardino makes incisions in predetermined locations, which can vary depending on factors such as implant type, desired outcomes, and patient anatomy. The most common incision location is inframammary – along the natural crease beneath the breast. The scar in this location is thus hidden in the inframammary fold and heals well in this location. Other incision locations (periareolar or transaxillary) are rarely used.
  • Implant placement: Dr. Gilardino creates a pocket either behind the breast tissue (subglandular placement) or beneath the chest muscle (submuscular placement) to accommodate the breast implants. The choice of implant placement depends on factors such as the patient’s anatomy, implant type, and desired outcomes.
  • Insertion of breast implants: Dr. Gilardino carefully inserts the breast implants into the previously created pockets, ensuring proper positioning and symmetry. The implants may be filled with saline solution or pre-filled silicone gel, depending on the patient’s preferences and Dr. Gilardino’s recommendation.
  • Adjustment and assessment:Once the implants are in place, Dr. Gilardino evaluates the breast appearance, size, and symmetry to ensure optimal results. Any necessary adjustments may be made to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Closure of incisions: The incisions are meticulously closed using buried (hidden) sutures and a small dressing.
  • Post-operative care: After the surgery, the patient is monitored closely in the recovery area before being discharged home. Patients receive instructions on post-operative care, including medication management, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments with Dr. Gilardino.

Breast augmentation surgery typically takes 1-2 hrs to complete, and patients can expect some degree of discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the days following the procedure. It’s essential to follow Dr. Gilardino’s post-operative instructions carefully to promote proper healing and achieve optimal results.

Does breast augmentation surgery hurt?

During breast augmentation surgery, patients are typically under general anesthesia, which means they are unconscious or in a deeply relaxed state and do not feel pain during the procedure. Additionally, the surgical area is numbed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort both during and after surgery.

After the surgery, some degree of discomfort, soreness, and swelling can be expected, which is common after any surgical procedure. However, the level of pain experienced varies from person to person and depends on factors such as individual pain tolerance, surgical technique, and post-operative care.

How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation?

It’s essential to understand that breast augmentation results are not permanent and may be affected by factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and lifestyle choices. Some individuals may choose to undergo implant revision/exchange or breast lift surgery to address changes in breast appearance or implant integrity over time.

What age is best for breast augmentation?

The ideal age for breast augmentation is typically when breast development is complete, usually around 18 years of age or older. It’s crucial to ensure physical maturity to achieve optimal results and minimize the risk of complications. Stability of body weight is another consideration, as fluctuations can affect the appearance of breast implants. Overall, candidates should be in good physical and emotional health, with a positive body image and self-esteem. Consulting with Dr. Gilardino can help determine if breast augmentation is appropriate and establish a personalized treatment plan.

If you are considering breast augmentation to enhance your confidence and achieve your desired aesthetic goals, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilardino. With his expertise and personalized approach, you can explore your options and receive a tailored surgical plan that aligns with your unique needs and aspirations. Take the first step towards realizing the silhouette you’ve always dreamed of by booking a consultation today.

Get in Touch With Our Team

For more information on the breast augmentation surgery and to find out if it would be right for you, we invite you to book a consultation at Clinique Le 1620.