How much does breast augmentation cost?

One of the most common questions about breast augmentation is, How much does breast augmentation cost?

 

While it’s impossible to know at first glance exactly how much this procedure will cost for any one person, there are ballpark estimates available. For example, breast augmentation at Radiance Plastic Surgery can range in price from $8,500 to $10,000 CAD. But why such a broad range in pricing?

 

Breast augmentations can range in pricing due to many factors. Learning about these factors can help patients better prepare and plan for what could be one of the most life and confidence-enhancing procedures available, and everything that goes into determining the cost so that you can make the most informed decision possible.

 

Factors that determine breast augmentation cost

Type of breast implant
There is a difference in cost between silicone implants and saline breast implants. Silicone implants are more expensive than their saline counterparts because it is more expensive to manufacture and distribute medical-grade silicone versus saline implants, which is comprised of sterile saltwater. Saline implants, as a result, are much cheaper to produce.

 

Geographical location
Believe it or not, where you choose to have your surgery performed can have a big impact on how much you pay.

 

Typically, cosmetic plastic surgeries that take place in larger, metropolitan areas and cities, where the cost of living is much higher, will cost more than those that are performed in smaller cities and geographic areas. The higher cost of living plus a higher demand for these surgeries often translate into higher prices for almost everything. For example, a breast augmentation may cost more in Toronto, Vancouver, or Calgary than it does in Canmore.

 

Ultimately, it may be practical to plan to travel to a different city or state if there is a dramatic cost difference with a plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with.

 

Experience of the plastic surgeon
Another factor that impacts the cost of a breast augmentation is the surgeon and facility you choose. Often, surgeons with extensive experience, significant credentials and specialized training will cost more than those with less experience or training. This is not to say that the most expensive surgeon is the best one for you, but it is common to see higher prices from Surgeons who charge more based on their level of expertise.

 

It’s important to remember that you should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery, whose methods and aesthetic style match well with your goals. Breast augmentation can be a life-altering experience, so it’s always better to choose a surgeon based not just on cost, but experience and training.

 

Related fees
Other fees that you will encounter for implant surgery include the following:

  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical facility costs
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Post-procedure medications
  • Post-surgery garments

 

Ways to manage the cost of breast augmentation

Though breast augmentations are not typically covered by insurance, most established and reputable plastic surgeons will provide a variety of options to help make breast augmentations and other procedures affordable and accessible.

 

Look into financing options for Breast Augmentation
Because cosmetic plastic surgery has become so popular over the years, there is an increasing number of options to help patients manage the cost.

 

Radiance Plastic Surgery accepts major credit cards and has a payment plan in place to help make fees manageable throughout the course of your experience with us. Additionally, Radiance Plastic Surgery can extend financing options, such as MediCard, CreditMedical and PayBright to patients who qualify, making breast augmentations and other procedures more affordable and accessible.

 

It may also be possible to get a secured or unsecured personal loan from your bank. These types of loans usually have similar interest rates to credit cards, but unlike credit cards, the rates and timetables for repayment are fixed. This is an attractive option for anyone with decent credit.

 

Your plastic surgeon can help you reach your goals
Breast augmentation can be a wonderful, positive experience that boosts your happiness and self-confidence. If you’re concerned about the cost, consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Laliberte who can give you more information on ways to manage the financial burden so that you can take the next step in looking and feeling your best!

Breast Implant Placement – How do I decide?

Among a host of other important questions that you should ask during your breast augmentation consultation is “where the breast implants will be placed?”

 

Many patients are not aware that there is an option when it comes to the placement of breast implants. Implants may be placed either over the muscle or under the muscle, and there are several factors that help determine the best implant placement for each of our patients, including:

  • Your body type
  • Your current health
  • The actual size (cc’s) of the implants
  • Saline vs silicone implants
  • Your individual goals and desires

Board-certified and experienced cosmetic breast surgeon, Dr. Laliberte, has performed a high volume of breast augmentation surgeries and will be able to direct the best position to determine ideal implant placement, and it is extremely important for breast augmentation patients to understand the pros and cons for the two different placement options.

 

 

Dual Plane Breast Implant Placement

Dual-plane breast augmentation refers to the placement of a breast implant in a specific anatomic position — partly behind the pectoralis muscle, and partly behind the breast tissue. The layers of the breast, from external to internal, are skin, breast tissue, pectoralis muscle and ribs. Plastic surgeons have debated the best plane for implant placement over many decades — some preferring placement between the breast tissue and the muscle (the “subglandular plane”), and others preferring placement between the muscle and the chest wall (the “submuscular plane”).

 

PROS: The dual plane technique comes in very handy in cases of breast deflation with ptosis (sagging), which occurs after having children, breastfeeding, losing weight, or naturally with time. In these cases, a dual plane allows the implant to be placed slightly lower to fill the lower pole of the breast and give a lifted appearance during breast augmentation.

 

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

Also known or referred to as “over-the-muscle” placement, the subglandular placement technique is where the implant is positioned between the chest muscle and the existing breast tissue areas. The over the muscle positioning is done so the implant lies below the glands of the breast, thus providing the ability for the patient to breastfeed in the future.

 

PROS: Patients tend to have less movement of the implants during physical activity, as well as less discomfort immediately following the surgery.

 

CONS: The appearance can be more artificial. In addition, during mammograms, the readings may be less accurate. Also, patients may experience a higher rate of capsular contracture, which occurs when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant.

 

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

The other option is known as submuscular, or under-the-muscle placement of the breast implant. This technique includes placement of the implant partially under the pectoralis major chest muscle.

 

PROS: Patients experience more accurate mammograms. In addition, the submuscular placement tends to produce a more natural appearance and a reduced rate of capsular contracture.

 

CONS: Some patients experience slightly more discomfort after surgery, with a longer postsurgical recovery.

 

The role of the chest muscle

The muscles in the chest play an important role in breast augmentation procedures with regard to the ideal placement of the implants. Each individual patient will vary in the amount of muscle they have and this could be a factor in determining whether subglandular or submuscular placement is best.

 

The anatomy of each patient must be factored in. For example, women who have very large or strong chest muscles will be best suited for over-the-muscle positioning of the implants. One reason for this is with larger chest muscles there will be a tendency for distortion of the breasts as the chest muscles move and are flexed. In these cases, subglandular placement is advised.

 

How much breast tissue is present
In addition to the muscle density and mass, the amount of tissue in the breast area before surgery will also have an impact on where the placement should be for optimal postsurgical results. When there is a significant amount of breast tissue, there will be adequate soft tissue coverage making the pectoralis muscle superfluous in this regard.

 

As you move through the process of selecting your breast surgeon, and during your consultation about the procedure, you will want to discuss the placement of the breast implants, going over which option – over the muscle or under – will be best for you.

 

Dr. Laliberte has quickly become one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore, Banff, and throughout Canada for Breast Augmentation because of his unique surgical approach & advanced specialized knowledge in cosmetic & reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Laliberte will choose varying techniques based on your cosmetic goals and desired surgical outcomes.

 

To find out more, book a consultation with our cosmetic breast surgery specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Laliberte.

Options for breast reconstruction following mastectomy

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that if faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, you will have choices on how, and if, you would like to undergo breast reconstruction following removal of cancer.

 

For women who opt for breast reconstruction following mastectomy, there are two main options – using implants to create a breast mound or using your own body tissue to reconstruct.

 

Breast reconstruction options

Implant breast reconstruction

When considering implant-based reconstruction, there are different approaches depending on the patient’s bodily build, breast size, and desired cosmetic and aesthetic goals. Breast reconstruction procedures work well on women who are reconstructing two matching breasts or who are reconstructing a breast to match an existing “perky” breast that is no larger than a “DD” cup size.

 

Traditionally, tissue expanders would be placed under the muscle to slowly stretch the tissue over time so that it could then be replaced with a permanent implant. This option would require the first surgery to place the expander (usually at the time of mastectomy) and then weekly or bi-weekly visits to the doctor’s office to add water to expand the skin; a second, outpatient surgery would then be performed to remove the tissue expanders and replace with permanent implants.

 

Many surgeons today are using tissue grown in a lab (ADM) to create a pocket between the chest wall and the skin where an implant can be placed. This procedure is called “one-step” or “straight-to-implant” reconstruction and it can be done on patients who have enough skin left following the mastectomy to accommodate the desired size implant. For example, this may be a good option if you want to recreate the same or smaller size breast following mastectomy and had a skin-sparing mastectomy performed.

 

Tissue/flap breast reconstruction

For body tissue (or flap) reconstruction, excess tissue will be removed from a different part of the body and transferred to the chest to recreate a breast mound. This procedure is good for women who do not want to use implants or who are trying to reconstruct a breast to match a natural, drooping breast of any size.

Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery Specializes in the Implant + Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction.

During latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction surgery, an incision is made in your back near your shoulder blade. Then, an oval section of skin, fat, blood vessels, and muscle is slid through a tunnel under the skin under your arm to your chest and formed into a breast shape. This provides added coverage over an implant and makes a more natural-looking breast than just an implant alone. This type of reconstruction can sometimes be used without an implant. Rarely, some women can have weakness in their back, shoulder, or arm after this surgery. 

 

Breast reconstruction recovery

For implant reconstruction, the surgery is usually outpatient with a 4-6 week healing time before returning to normal activities. However, if the reconstruction is done at the same time as the mastectomy, patients may need a brief stay in the hospital, typically only one night. The up-front recovery tends to be less involved than tissue flap surgery, but there is a higher potential down the road for more surgery because of changes in implant location or integrity.

In tissue flap reconstruction, the initial surgery is more involved and may require a hospital stay of 2-5 days with a 3-6 month recovery before returning to all normal activities. There is a donor site that needs to heal, as well as the chest area. But, once healed, the body flap reconstructive surgeries tend to require little-to-no maintenance surgery down the road.

 

The choice to undergo breast reconstruction is yours

Most importantly, patients should remember that they have a choice and should discuss all the different options with their board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best reconstructive option to achieve their goals and desires.

If you think breast reconstruction is right for you and you want to speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Laliberte and our healthcare team at Radiance Plastic Surgery.

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Bigger or Smaller – What is breast implant revision?

Why choose breast implant revision?

Year after year, breast augmentation surgery ranks as one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world. This is thanks to its ability to completely transform a woman’s entire body as well as her sense of self.

While most patients are happy with their initial breast implants, for some, their bodies, as well as their aesthetic interests, change. If size is the main issue, going bigger or smaller with your breast implants can typically be easily achieved with a breast implant exchange.

 

 

Reasons for breast implant revision

Dissatisfaction with the look of your initial breast implants, however, is only one of the many reasons why a patient may desire a breast implant exchange.

 

Others may include:

  • Changing aesthetic with age
  • Desire to switch from textured to smooth breast implants
  • Want to exchange the type of implant from saline to silicone
  • An issue with your breast implants such as capsular contracture
  • Need for a breast lift to address ptosis that may result from age, pregnancy and weight gain/loss

 

Furthermore, no breast implant lasts forever. Having said that, the old rule that a breast implant needs to be exchanged every decade is not clinically relevant.

 

Assuming that you are happy with the look and feel of your breast implants and are experiencing no complications such as:

  • Swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Malposition (implant has dropped out of position either below the inframammary fold or laterally towards the armpit)
  • Hardening of the capsule around the implant
  • Implant rupture

 

Breast implants can last for 10, 15, 20 years are longer. But if you are unhappy with the look of your breasts or suffering from a potential complication then it is time to schedule a breast implant exchange consultation.

 

 

Breast implant revision consultation

The journey to your ideal breasts should always begin with an in-person consultation, preferably with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery, Canmore. Thanks to its ever-expanding popularity, there are a lot of surgeons performing breast augmentation procedures in this country. Finding one that is board certified is a simple way to separate out those of us with the rigorous training and expertise to deliver exemplary results. This is particularly important whenever you are considering any kind of revision surgery.

 

During your consultation, Dr. Laliberte will listen closely to what bothers you about your breasts. It’s a good idea to bring in your original surgical report and information about your implants, if possible, as well as photos of the new “look” that are you are wanting to achieve. Dr. Laliberte will then perform a thorough physical exam, taking careful measurements. Choosing the right size implant is part art, part science, so I’m always looking for that sweet spot between your desired outcome and the physical limitations of your anatomy. No matter how big you might want to go, the width of the base of the implant has to fit within your chest wall.

 

Breast implant revision procedure

For some patients, breast implant revision is as simple as switching out one size or type of implant for another, typically using the existing incision lines to make the exchange.

However, there are exceptions for some patients:

  • Exchange a larger implant for a smaller implant
  • Have developed ptosis with time
  • Had a too large implant initially that has stretched the skin & tissues of the breast

 

These patients may require a more complicated procedure. Any time that a foreign device is placed in the body whether it’s a new hip joint or a breast implant, a capsule of “scar” tissue forms around the device. This is simply the body’s way of healing.

 

In cases where a patient is downsizing her breast implant or where there is an issue with the capsule such as capsular contracture, the capsule will need to be removed. Otherwise, the new, smaller implant will not stay in position. Then, there are those patients whose breast skin and tissue have stretched.

 

Breast lift with breast implant revision

Father Time exacts his toll on the skin everywhere. With age, your body produces less collagen and elastin. The first provides support for the skin while the latter provides “snap back.” Other changes may include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Menopause

These can all cause the skin and tissues of the breast to stretch and sag. This, in turn, can cause your breast implants to move out of their initial position. The best solution for this scenario is to combine a breast lift with a breast implant revision.

 

The lift allows Dr. Laliberte to reposition your nipple so that it’s centered on the chest before exchanging your old implants for newer ones. The end result is a perkier, more youthful-looking breast. Additionally, many patients find that their breast aesthetic changes with age. What looked great at 20 may feel too large at 40 or 50. A breast implant revision with a breast lift is the perfect procedure for addressing all of your breast aging issues at once.

 

If you are unhappy with your breast implants, schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Laliberte to discuss a breast implant revision. It will have you looking and feeling your best in no time!

What is capsular contracture?

Capsular Contracture refers to the formation of a “capsule” of scar tissue around any kind of implant is a normal part of the healing process. Sometimes, no matter how skilled a patient’s plastic surgeon is, complications arise during or after surgery. This is the case because everyone’s body is different. The composition of connective tissue varies widely from one patient to another, and this means that every patient’s healing process is entirely unique. This is why some patients tend to develop thicker scar tissue after any kind of penetrating skin injury, while others can sustain deep cuts and develop only minimal scarring that fades over time. Another good example of this difference is the way some women will develop severe stretch marks during pregnancy no matter what they do to prevent them, whereas other women emerge from pregnancy nearly stretch mark-free. Additionally, everyone’s immune system responds differently to stimuli, and some patients’ immune systems react differently to breast implants.

 

Complications during plastic surgery are now very rare, both because of advances in surgical techniques and because we’ve gotten better at predicting which patients are likely to experience surgical complications. Patients who are prone to developing thick scar tissue may be advised to avoid having plastic surgery, or their surgeon will use special surgical techniques that allow incisions to be placed remotely (e.g., inserting breast implants through an incision in the underarm) in order to keep scarring largely out of sight. Patients who have compromised immune systems or autoimmune diseases are often advised to forego surgery and choose less invasive forms of cosmetic enhancement

 

What is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular Contracture

 

The formation of a “capsule” of scar tissue around any kind of implant (medical or cosmetic) is a normal part of the healing process. The body automatically reacts to any foreign object it detects within it and attempts to isolate said object by creating a barrier of scar tissue around it. In the case of breast implants, this is usually a good thing – the capsule helps to keep the breast implants in place, preventing slippage. In some patients, however, this capsule of scar tissue becomes unusually hard and starts to contract around the implant. This can lead to both aesthetic problems and, in extreme cases, pain in the breasts. Research shows that about one in six breast augmentation patients experience some degree of capsular contracture, though not all cases present with obvious symptoms. The severity of capsular contracture is rated using a grading system:

 

Grade 1 Capsular Contracture: Grade one capsular contracture is asymptomatic (producing or showing no symptoms). The formation of scar tissue around the implant does not interfere with the size, shape or texture of the breasts. The breasts look natural and remain soft to the touch.

 

Grade 2 Capsular Contracture: Grade two capsular contracture usually presents itself with only minor cosmetic symptoms. The breasts will usually appear normal in shape but feel somewhat firm to the touch.

 

Grade 3 Capsular Contracture: Grade three capsular contracture presents itself with obvious cosmetic symptoms. The breasts will be firm to the touch and appear abnormal, e.g., they will be overly round, hard-looking and the nipples may be misshapen. However, this grade of capsular contraction often doesn’t cause much (if any) pain.

 

Grade 4 Capsular Contracture: Like grade three capsular contracture, grade four capsular contracture causes the breasts to become hard and misshapen. Patients with grade four capsular contracture also experience breast soreness; their breasts will often be tender and painful to the touch.
Generally, capsular contracture occurs during the healing process. About 75% of all capsular contractures will occur within two years of the patient’s implants being placed. Sometimes capsular contractures occur many years after breast augmentation surgery, but this is the exception rather than the rule. If this does occur, the patient’s breast implants should be checked for ruptures. Ruptured implants are the most common cause of late-onset capsular contraction.

 

What Causes Capsular Contracture?

Clinicians have a number of theories on what causes capsular contracture, and it’s likely that the exact causes of this condition vary from patient to patient. As a breast augmentation patient, it’s important to understand that this condition is not caused by breast implants being in any way toxic or dangerous. Saline implants contain only saline solution, which can be safely reabsorbed by the body with no ill effects, and silicone gel implants are made of medically inert silicone. Indeed, capsular contracture can happen after any kind of medical implant is inserted into the body; the condition is not unique to breast augmentation surgery. Capsular contracture is just particularly troubling when it occurs after breast augmentation because it often alters the appearance of the breasts, thereby jeopardizing the aesthetic improvements that the patient had surgery to create. Capsular contracture is not usually dangerous to the patient’s health unless her implants have ruptured (in the case of gel implants, rupture can sometimes lead to infection).

 

Researchers believe genetics play a role in who develops capsular contraction and who does not. If you have a family history of autoimmune disease or you have relatives who frequently develop thick scar tissue after injury (or who have had difficulties with medical implants), then you may have a slightly heightened risk of developing this condition. However, it’s impossible to accurately predict who will develop a “random” case of capsular contracture (i.e., one that is not caused by any identifiable external factors) and who will not. Because capsular contracture is highly treatable, you shouldn’t let a fear of developing this condition hold you back from getting breast augmentation surgery.

 

Sometimes, capsular contracture is caused by something other than the patient’s own body reacting poorly to the presence of breast implants. In addition to implant ruptures, it is now believed that something called “biofilm” often leads to the development of this condition. Biofilm is a thin layer of bacteria that develops around implants after a type of bacteria (often staph bacteria) is introduced to the breast cavity during surgery. This bacterium causes a kind of chronic, low-grade infection that may not produce noticeable symptoms (such as fever or severe fatigue). However, as the body combats this infection, it produces more and more fibrous scar tissue, eventually leading to capsular contracture. The biofilm theory of capsular contracture was given credence by a recent study conducted on pigs who were implanted with medical-grade silicone implants. This study showed that there was a significant increase in the likelihood of capsular contracture in those pigs who had staph bacteria on their skin at the time of implant placement. It’s important to note that staph contamination during breast augmentation surgery does not necessarily result from an unhygienic working environment. Some people are natural carriers of staph bacteria; it’s always present on their skin and usually causes no symptoms. Only when these individuals have their skin penetrated does this bacterium have a chance to cause any serious issues. While ensuring a clean working environment can certainly help to lower the risk of staph contamination, it’s not always possible to eliminate 100% of the bacteria that are present.

 

Other rare complications of breast augmentation surgery, such as hematomas and seromas (blood clots that sometimes form after invasive surgery), are also believed to increase the risk of capsular contracture. Some researchers believe these blood clots increase the likelihood of capsular contracture by providing a rich supply of nutrients (in the form of blood) for bacteria, thereby encouraging the growth of biofilm. How can capsular contracture be prevented?

 

While it’s impossible to prevent capsular contracture from occurring in every patient, there are several ways to lower a patient’s risk of developing this condition. To that end, plastic surgeons now employ a number of different preventative strategies, as outlined below:

 

Thorough patient screening: Patients are screened for health conditions that might increase their risk of complications like hematomas. Patients are also required to give up smoking, as smoking makes hematoma formation more likely and generally impairs the healing process.

Using the correct size of implant for the patient: Placing a large implant in a patient with insufficient natural breast tissue to cover said implant increases the risk of capsular contracture. If a patient with small breasts wants to increase her cup size significantly, it’s better to do so in stages, e.g., start with a mid-sized implant and give the skin time to stretch before placing a larger one.

Minimal implant handling: The more an implant is handled prior to being inserted into the patient’s breast, the more likely bacterial contamination becomes. As such, surgeons strictly limit how much they touch any implant before placing it in the patient’s body. Board-certified plastic surgeons also work in a sterile hospital facility.

 

The use of textured gel implants: Using gel implants with a textured surface, rather than a smooth surface, has been shown to reduce the likelihood of capsular contraction. It is thought that the textured surface of the implant makes it more difficult for thick scar tissue to develop around the implant. However, textured implants are not right for every patient, as in some cases their edges may be more detectable. They are usually most suitable for use when the implants are being placed below the chest muscles.


The use of “under the muscle” placement: Placing implants under the chest muscles can significantly lower the risk of capsular contracture. Partial under the muscle implant placement results in an 8-12% lifetime risk of capsular contracture, as opposed to a 12-18% lifetime risk of capsular contracture with over the muscle implant placement. Furthermore, implants that are placed completely under the muscle are associated with just a 4-8% lifetime risk of capsular contracture.


Massage: Gently massaging the breasts while they heal from breast augmentation surgery may help to prevent capsular contracture by encouraging the breast tissue to remain pliable. However, this method has not been proven effective by any major studies. You should never disturb the tissue of your breasts while they are healing from surgery without first getting permission from your surgeon.

 

If you are interested in learning more about other breast procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation

While a number of our patients choose an implant for their breast augmentation, newer techniques and natural options have become increasingly prevalent and available. Fat grafting – or fat transfer – is growing as an exciting and natural option for small breast augmentation.

 

What is involved in breast augmentation with fat grafting?

Breast Augmentation with fat grafting involves the harvesting and transfer of fat cells to a more desirable location, in this case, the breasts. Fat is harvested via the standard liposuction technique. Typically our patients choose to remove fat from the love handles, abdomen or hips.

The harvested fat is then processed in the operating room by our plastic surgeon. The processed fat is then put into small syringes and safely injected into the breast tissue to improve the size of the breast and cleavage, and then give the upper pole fullness that is often lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

 

Who is a good candidate for fat transfer to the breast?

Breast augmentation with fat transfer has very different outcomes as compared to breast augmentation with implants. Fat is only able to give moderate enlargement of the breast and improvement of shape.

For patients complaining of gapping of the top of their bra, injected fat into this area will give more fullness. It will help them to fill out their bra size, but not necessarily change their bra size.

 

What if your breasts are sagging after pregnancy and need a lift?

Combining fat grafting to the breast with a breast lift is one of the most popular surgeries for new mothers. The lift will restore the shape and position of the breasts, and the added fat gives back the volume and fullness that they had lost.

 

What is the recovery like for this surgery?

Recovery from fat transfer to the breast is usually well-tolerated in patients. Liposuction sights may have a burning feeling that persists for some time, however, the breasts themselves are often less sore. There are very few restrictions after a liposuction procedure, and many patients elect to have surgery on a Friday and return to work the following Monday.

 

Starting your plastic surgery journey

If you think that plastic surgery might be right for you and your aesthetic goals, be sure to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of plastic surgery experience. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about breast procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

 

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Benefits of having plastic surgery in the winter

Men and women throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Canmore turn to plastic surgery for many different reasons. A common reason, however, is to boost their confidence by enhancing and defining the appearance of their body contours.

Most of these patients link this desire to the summer months when they can show off their physiques in bathing suits, shorts and sundresses. Unfortunately, plastic surgery is something of a multi-step process in that it requires planning, a surgical date and a recovery period. This recovery period can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

….so, what are the benefits of having plastic surgery in the winter? To ensure that your recovery will not interfere with your summer plans, consider scheduling your plastic surgery procedure during the winter months so that you have plenty of time to heal. By planning ahead, you can enjoy the warm, summer months participating in something you love, not spending it recovering inside on the couch.

 

Scars fade

While scarring is an inevitable part of plastic surgery or any other type of surgery, the scarring is always at its worst immediately after the procedure. Even after the wound heals, scars will be red, raised and swollen.

While it can sometimes take years for all of the discolorations to fade to their final appearance, a significant amount of scar healing happens within the first few months. By choosing to have your surgery during the winter, you are giving your scars ample time to heal and fade before summer, when you may want to show off your figure and expose the areas where scarring is present.

This timing can be especially beneficial for procedures such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation and liposuction procedures

 

Swelling disappears

Just as scars can take months to lose their initial redness, swelling can be noticeable for the same amount of time. The majority of swelling subsides after a few weeks, but the rest of it can take up to six months to fully dissipate. The presence of this swelling affects the overall quality of your results and hinders the appearance of your final contour.

Plan for your surgery early so that all of the expected swelling is gone before summer.

 

Cold weather allows for easier concealment

Even after you have been cleared to return to your normal activities and routines, you may still experience the visible effects of the recovery process. Winter allows for easier concealment of these recovery effects. Long sleeves, loose sweaters and scarves all enable you to hide the treatment areas until you feel ready to show off your results.

 

Starting your plastic surgery journey

If you think that plastic surgery might be right for you and your aesthetic goals, be sure to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of plastic surgery experience. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about surgical procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Is Plastic Surgery for Men?

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For many years, plastic surgery has been portrayed as a women’s interest. Now, that is a thing of the past.

More than ever before, looking young and fit is important for men. From looking to roll back the hands of time via a facelift or trimming their waist with liposuction, there are a variety of plastic surgery and med spa style treatments that can help men achieve their cosmetic goals.

 

The unique cosmetic concerns of men

While more men get cosmetic procedures done now than in the past, there is still often a lot of hesitance. Society paints men who are concerned about their looks in an unflattering light, often treating them as less masculine. This can cause guys to worry about others finding out about their cosmetic procedures and judging them for it. They also have to overcome their own prejudices.

Then there is the frequent concern that opting for a cosmetic treatment will result in a more feminine appearance. If they get liposuction on their waist, will they look curvier? While the right plastic surgeon will ensure a manly look, the concern is still there.

Ultimately, there is no reason why men cannot get cosmetic procedures to help them feel better about their appearance, while still maintaining a natural, masculine look.

 

The best plastic surgery and med spa treatments for men

Men and women are different, and as such, the best procedures for guys won’t necessarily be the same as those for women. Procedures for men are tailored to their goals and concerns. So, which procedures are the best for men?

 

Liposuction for Men

As men age, they are more likely to start carrying extra weight around the middle. In many cases, these fat cells are stubborn and do not always respond well to diet or exercise. With the right approach, fat removal can trim the waist while also crafting a more masculine V-shape.

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Gynecomastia surgery (Male Breast Reduction)

Sometimes, feminine surgical results aren’t the concern; it is the feminine features already present. This is the case with gynecomastia, which is when the male breast tissue is enlarged and looks more like female breasts. Gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction, can reshape the chest for a more masculine look.

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Eyelid surgery for Men

After the hairline, the eyes are often the next place men show signs of aging. From wrinkles to drooping lids to bags under the eyes, this is a spot that ages you in a number of ways. Eyelid surgery can help to lift the skin and address under-eye bags, delivering a more awake and energized look.

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Botox® for Men

Botox has long been known for its use by the Hollywood elite, but it works for the everyday man just as well. In addition to addressing frown lines and wrinkles, Botox can also be used to improve the appearance of a drooping brow, a common cosmetic concern for many men.

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So guys…what’s next?

If you are a prospective male patient who would like to improve your appearance, there are a few things you must bear in mind. First, you want to ensure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery,  who has extensive experience in male procedures with incredible results. Second, based on their assessment, you must be open to the possibility that your surgeon may recommend a different course of action than the one you initially had in mind. Lastly, you must be committed to following all post-operative instructions and guidance, including maintaining a long-term healthy diet and exercise regimen to sustain your results.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is a key stage in your decision-making process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally,  a trained specialist in male surgical procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about body procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

Which breast surgery is right for you?

Breasts, much like everything, can come in a broad variety of shapes and sizes. Body and image confidence aside, embracing what you are naturally gifted isn’t always easy. Whether you happen to feel insecure about your breasts, not liking the way clothing fits you, or breasts getting in the way of your daily activities, there’s a chance that there may be some aspects that you may not like about your chest.

Knowing which breast procedure to choose for a specific situation can be the tricky part, especially for people who are new to the idea of plastic surgery.

Breast Augmentation With Implants

Statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have shown that breast augmentation remains the most popular plastic surgery procedure throughout North America. More than 300,000 women chose this surgery in 2018.

Breast augmentation sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants to increase the size of your breasts. Breast augmentation is a common surgical procedure, 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 the sub-glandular or sub-pectoral placement of silicone (gummy bear) breast implants.

Additionally, there are many options to consider, including the size, type and shape of the implants, their position in the chest area (in front of the pectoral muscle, partially in front of the muscle or behind the muscle) and where the incision will be made. Dr. Laliberte can help you make these decisions by assessing your body shape, lifestyle, and your overall cosmetic and aesthetic goals.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Traditional breast implants may not always be the best solution for every person. Fat transfer breast augmentation (occasionally referred to as fat grafting, lipo-filling or living fat transfer) could be an ideal choice for you if you are desiring a more subtle increase to your breast size of half a cup to one full cup.

Fat transfers make use of a common form of fat reduction surgery known as tumescent liposuction to remove small amounts of fat from stubborn pockets on the body. This can be taken from the thighs, abdomen or flanks. The fat is then purified and carefully re-injected into the breasts in layers to sculpt the patient’s requested shape.

Breast Lift

Breast augmentations and fat transfers are primarily chosen for making the breasts larger, but what they can’t solely achieve is to correct issues related to drooping or sagging. A breast lift or Mastopexy can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, or be an underlying hereditary factor.

If you have noticed that the skin of your breasts has a significant degree of laxity or maybe that your nipples are pointing toward the floor, you may be a good patient for a breast lift. Breast Lift surgery comprises of making an incision on the breast, shifting the position of fat and other tissues, cutting away excess skin, and repositioning the nipple where necessary. While this is a reliable and effective plastic surgery procedure, results are visible primarily as soon as the surgery is over, however, it does not prevent breasts from becoming saggy in the future if there are future weight fluctuations or further changes to the skin’s elasticity.

Many women will choose to increase the volume of their breasts using either breast implants or their own fat via fat transfer in conjunction with a breast lift procedure.

Breast Reduction

Chronic back, shoulder or neck pain caused by larger, pendulous breasts is a problem faced by many women throughout Canada. You may wish to make your breasts smaller to relieve physical discomfort or to get them to look more proportional when compared to the rest of your body. A breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, comprises extracting excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts through incisions, liposuction, and the removal of other tissue.

Although breast reduction is often performed to address medical issues, patients who do not have the symptoms of macromastia but are unhappy with the size of their breasts can still pursue breast reduction as an aesthetic procedure. Patients choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery for cosmetic reasons may cite any number of factors, including social stigmas and wardrobe concerns.

The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction.

Areola Reduction

Areolas are the pigmented areas surrounding your nipples. Similar to many body features, areolas can vary widely in size, color and shape. It’s relatively normal to have large or differently sized areolas. If you are uncomfortable with the size of your areolas, an areola reduction procedure is possible.

Areola reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can reduce the diameter of one or both of your areolas. It can be performed independently or in conjunction with a breast lift, a breast reduction, or breast augmentation.

An Areola reduction is a good option for any man or woman who is dissatisfied with the size of their areolas. This procedure works particularly well if you have lost a significant amount of weight and, as a result, have stretched areolas. It also works well if your areolas have changed following pregnancy or breastfeeding. Other ideal candidates can include people with puffy or protruding areolas. Some people with asymmetrical areolas choose to get one reduced to match the other.

For women, areola reduction surgery shouldn’t be performed until breasts have finished growing, on average, around late teens or early 20s. Adolescent males may be able to have this procedure at an earlier age.

Next steps on your breast surgery journey

Women considering any of these breast surgery options are encouraged to get answers to their questions and find out more about their procedure of choice by consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is absolutely key to your decision process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes to certify doctors in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally, a Harvard-trained specialist in surgical breast procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific frame, goals and circumstances. Whether you are looking to regain breast fullness, lift or shape or desiring breast enhancement, reduction or reshaping, you are in excellent hands with Dr. Laliberte.

If you are interested in learning more about breast procedures, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover

So…you have heard the term before, but what is a mommy makeover exactly?

The mommy makeover procedure is one of today’s most popular procedures throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff and is a combination of plastic surgery procedures, tailored specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Mommy makeover’ is actually a catch-all phrase that refers to a specialized combo of body contouring procedures, performed in conjunction to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy. One reason for its widespread popularity is that the mommy makeover has no set components; each individual procedure is personally tailored to fit each patient’s unique cosmetic goals. Typically, the surgical approach starts with a breast and abdomen contouring procedure, then adding additional elements as required.

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The different aspects of a mommy makeover

As the abdomen and breasts are the key areas of change during pregnancy, a mommy makeover will often center around the form of an abdomen and breast procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts will enlarge, increasing as much as a full cup size or larger. Sometimes, returning back to normal can mean a significant loss in breast volume and noticeable sagging. Additionally, throughout the course of a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles, skin, and tissues will stretch to safely accommodate the growing baby. Unfortunately, after childbirth, these layers may not rebound to their pre-baby shape.

Your makeover may include:

Breast augmentation can restore fullness and lost volume, while a breast lift helps to lift sagging skin for improving shape. Today’s breast augmentation is safer and more effective than ever before, with many surgeons utilizing the Keller Funnel as a touch-free method to reduce the chance for infection and capsular contracture. For those with disproportionately large, uncomfortable breasts, a breast reduction surgery can create a smaller, more ideal appearance.

To further improve the figure, commonly added techniques can include abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck, a circumferential abdominoplasty and liposuction. Additionally, a mommy makeover can also include a thigh lift and an arm lift. Depending on the individual surgeon and the recommended set of procedures, a mommy makeover.

8 things you need to know about the mommy makeover

The mommy makeover will be performed as outpatient surgery – This allows you to recover at home. Commonly, for additional assistance during the first 24 hours, Dr. Laliberte may recommend an overnight recovery suite.

Your recovery will usually take around one to two weeks, however, this will depend on the procedures included in your mommy makeover. It is recommended that you plan on your recovery taking up to two weeks, during which time you will be sore, bruised and swollen.

You will need help around the house – You will be tired and tender for several days after your mommy makeover, making routine chores difficult. It is recommended to request assistance around the house from a family member or friend during this time.

Dr. Laliberte will prescribe the necessary pain medications for a comfortable recovery. Swelling can last for six months or longer – While some results of a mommy makeover are immediate, the full results cannot be assessed until all swelling has subsided; this can take up to a year.

Heavy lifting is strongly discouraged and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks after your mommy makeover; including carrying babies and children over 10 pounds.

As with most surgeries, a mommy makeover is best suited to non-smokers – Smoking inhibits circulation, delaying wound healing and substantially increasing the chance for serious complications to occur; It is highly recommended to stop smoking for at least eight weeks before and until the healing process has completed.

You will still need your exercise time – To ensure the results from your mommy makeover are long-lasting, resume your healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and routine exercise schedule.

Get ready for a considerable boost in your self-confidence – Your mommy makeover will be life-changing, restoring confidence and pride in your appearance.

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Your personalized mommy makeover

The mommy makeover is ideal for bringing a post-baby body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. The best way to learn about the mommy makeover procedure is to do your own research. Our website has a multitude of information regarding the individual procedures, and the overall mommy makeover procedure. When you are ready to take the next step, schedule a consultation with Radiance Plastic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Laliberte. At this time, Dr. Laliberte will determine the exact procedures of your mommy makeover, as well as discussing the overall cost, payment options, and the possibility for health care financing.

If you are interested in learning more about a mommy makeover, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.