Breast Augmentation


Increase Volume and Self-Confidence with Breast Augmentation

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation in 2016 alone. If you are unhappy with the size, shape or symmetry of your breasts, breast augmentation can enhance your breasts safely and effectively. Every woman deserves to love their breasts and Jeffrey C. Dawes, MD, Plastic Surgery wants to help you get there.

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Most women in good health are candidates for breast augmentation. Breast augmentation benefits those who have:

  • Lost volume due to pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Have small or asymmetrical breasts
  • Have undergone significant weight loss
  • Would like to better balance their body proportions

Women interested in breast augmentation should also be prepared to handle the recovery and discomfort that comes from healing after a surgical procedure. If you have children or responsibilities that require your constant attention, make sure to plan ahead and arrange for someone to help you while immediately recovering from your surgery.

Silicone vs. Saline Implants

You can choose from either silicone or saline breast implants depending on your personal preference and desired results. Both options have their advantages and Dr. Dawes will explain them in detail, offering his professional recommendation during your consultation.

Silicone implants are made from a silicone-based outer shell that is filled with firm silicone gel. As a result, they feel more natural than saline implants, although the placement of the implants can make a big difference as well. Silicone implants come in varying shapes and sizes, including a teardrop shape for a more anatomically natural look or a round shape that produces greater cleavage.

Saline implants are also made from a soft silicone shell that is instead filled with a nontoxic saltwater solution. As a result, saline implants have a water-like consistency. Saline implants are filled from the inside after placement and can be adjusted if necessary.

Incision Placement

In order to insert the saline or silicone implant, Dr. Dawes will make an incision to create an opening in the skin. Dr. Dawes uses either the inframammary incision or the periareolar incision during his breast augmentation procedures and will go over both options with you in advance.

The inframammary incision is made underneath the natural fold of the breast and remains hidden beneath the breast. Periareolar incisions are made around the outer red-white junction of the areola to hide the incision within the natural lines of the breast. Both incision placements are safe and result in minimal scarring.

How Breast Augmentation is Performed

Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, allowing most patients to return home the same day as their surgery. After deciding on inframammary or periareolar placement during your initial consultation, Dr. Dawes will make the incision to begin the procedure. He will then move tissue aside to create a pocket in the breast that provides space for the implant.

Dr. Dawes recommends having your implants placed underneath the muscle (submuscular) rather than underneath the skin (subglandular) for a more natural feel and appearance. He will educate you on the difference and make a professional recommendation prior to the day of your surgery to ensure you receive your desired results.

If you opted for saline implants, Dr. Dawes will fill them to your desired size after placing them within the breasts, adjusting them as needed to ensure proper symmetry. Once he has placed the implants and made any final adjustments, Dr. Dawes will complete the surgery by closing the incisions. The procedure lasts about one to two hours.

Breast augmentation can also be performed alongside a breast lift for a comprehensive approach to total breast rejuvenation. If you are also interested in a breast lift, let Dr. Dawes know during your initial consultation.

Recovery Expectations

After your breast augmentation, your body will need about one week to recover before you can return to your daily schedule and go back to work. Most patients can resume strenuous activities and exercise in four to six weeks. Results will be immediate, but final results will take a few months to develop as swelling and other side effects subside. Your scars will be placed as inconspicuously as possible and will continue to fade over the course of about one year until they fully mature.

Common side effects from the procedure include swelling, bruising, discomfort, tenderness and mild pain. These side effects will diminish over the first two to four weeks. Implants placed underneath the muscle can result in extra tenderness, but the results will be worth the slightly more uncomfortable recovery.

After your procedure, you will be placed in a compression dressing for 24 hours that will reduce swelling and provide support to your breasts as they settle into place. Once your compression dressing has been removed, you will be able to shower. You should avoid submerging your breasts, including by swimming or taking a bath, for two to three weeks or until your incisions completely heal over.

You will need to wear tight and supportive bras to provide adequate pressure that supports your new implants as they heal. Push-up bras and underwire bras should be avoided for the first couple of months, especially if your incisions were placed underneath your breasts. Dr. Dawes recommends waiting a few months before purchasing any expensive new bras as your breast size will continue to develop while swelling subsides.

Taking Care of Your Implants

While implant ruptures are rare and unlikely for most patients, you should plan on scheduling routine check-up appointments every two to three years to ensure your implants remain healthy for years to come. In the uncommon event of a rupture, saline implants will noticeably deflate as the body harmlessly absorbs the saltwater solution. Silicone implants have a much thicker consistency, meaning silicone implant ruptures may take several months before becoming noticeable. Your body will also safely absorb any leaking silicone gel.

If you notice a sudden deflation in one or both of your breasts or have detected the development of asymmetry on one side, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawes right away to receive an evaluation. Breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices, although regular observation and care will ensure you enjoy your new breasts well into the future.

One-on-One Consultation with Dr. Jeffrey C. Dawes

If you are interested in adding or restoring volume to your breasts, call Jeffrey C. Dawes, MD, Plastic Surgery today at 403-571-3141 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dawes. He will explain the breast augmentation procedure to you in detail and educate you about all of the options available, including implant size, type and shape, incision location, and implant placement. Dr. Dawes wants to help you make an informed choice so you can truly love the way you look.