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Breast Augmentation in Toronto, Ontario

A breast augmentation (aka augmentation mammoplasty or breast implant surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure that uses saline or silicone breast implants to increase breast volume. For many of our patients, a breast augmentation in Toronto is simply a way to enhance their image and confidence. Other times, it comes on the coattails of a mastectomy due to breast cancer. In either case, Dr. Chivers is sensitive to his patients' needs and will deliver natural, elegant results tailored to your wishes. Dr. Chivers is a board-certified breast enhancement authority whose artistic skill, precision, caring demeanor, and dedication to his craft have placed him as one of the top breast surgeons serving Toronto, Ontario.

Breast Augmentation at a Glance

  • Length

    1 to 2 hours

  • Anesthesia


  • In/Outpatient


  • Side Effects

    Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

  • Risks

    Lack of implant permanence -- surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique. (Note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)

  • Recovery

    Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

  • Duration of Results

    Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.

  • Cost


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What is Breast Augmentation?

A step towards your new self.

Women with naturally small breasts and those who have lost volume in their breasts due to breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight loss sometimes feel self-conscious about their appearances. An augmentation mammoplasty is used to increase the size and projection of the patient's breasts, beautifully enhancing the physique while boosting self-image. Women who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy may also choose to undergo breast implant surgery as a way of revitalizing the upper body. Regardless of the reason you are seeking breast enhancement surgery, Dr. Chivers creates a personalized treatment plan that strategically resolves your core concerns.

His caring demeanor, artistic vision, skill, and experience combine to deliver superior breast augmentation results customized to your unique aesthetic goals. During the planning phase of breast augmentation, there are certain factors to consider and several choices to make. While some of these depend upon the natural anatomy of your body, others depend upon your personal preference. Dr. Chivers will carefully consider each factor, consulting with you thoroughly to ensure a total understanding between your aesthetic goals and the ideal result.

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What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

  • Boosts self-esteem, which can have a positive effect in other areas of life
  • Increases satisfaction during intimacy due to feeling more comfortable with one's appearance
  • Makes the breasts fuller and increases their projection
  • Makes clothes fit more comfortably and look more appealing
  • Increases wardrobe options
  • Balances the body proportions to enhance the figure
  • Reconstructs the breast(s) or portions of the breast(s) following an injury, a lumpectomy, or the partial or total removal of the breast(s) due to cancer (i.e., a mastectomy)

Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Typically, by the time you decide to make an appointment with Dr. Chivers, you have probably already been considering an augmentation mammoplasty for quite some time. However, since breast enhancement procedures are highly personal, it is important that you choose to undergo breast augmentation for yourself and not as a way to make someone else happy.

Healthy individuals with breasts that appear deflated, uneven, or undeveloped are good candidates for breast implant surgery.

Dr. Chivers likes his patients to be fully aware of every aspect associated with the procedures they will have. Therefore, he encourages you to ask questions.

Good candidates for breast augmentation in Toronto:

  • Have realistic expectations related to their results
  • Are unhappy with the shape, size, and/or volume of their breasts
  • Have breasts that look uneven
  • Have breasts with upper poles that appear empty
  • Have breasts that have completed the growth phase
  • Have breasts that neglected to develop properly
  • Are mentally and physically healthy
  • Are free from significant medical concerns
  • Are non-smokers

How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Breast augmentation, a popular cosmetic procedure, typically lasts for approximately an hour, but for those undergoing additional treatments such as a breast lift or mommy makeover, the duration may vary. The utmost care is taken to ensure the patient's safety and comfort, and this begins with proper sedation by our highly experienced and board-certified anesthesiologist.

During the surgery, Dr. Chivers, a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon in Toronto, begins by making an incision in the predetermined location, which has been fully discussed and agreed upon with the patient beforehand. This discussion includes the shape of the resulting scar and the anticipated recovery time. Once the incision is made, Dr. Chivers creates a pocket for the implant, which is slightly larger than the chosen implant size. This allows for natural movement of the implant, contributing to a more authentic look and feel. With the pocket created, Dr. Chivers uses a Keller Funnel, a specialized device that minimizes friction and strain between the implant and incision, ensuring that the procedure is as safe and minimally invasive as possible. Precise suture techniques are then used to close the breast tissue leading to the pocket, as well as the outer incision, minimizing any scarring.

Finally, with meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled expertise, Dr. Chivers ensures that the breast enlargement is complete, leaving patients feeling confident and satisfied with their new look. With his focus on patient satisfaction and safety, Dr. Chivers is dedicated to delivering exceptional results that meet each patient's unique aesthetic goals.

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What Are My Options With Breast Implant Types?

The world of breast implants offers a variety of options for patients seeking a more enhanced and confident appearance. Three of the most common implant types available are silicone implants, saline implants, and gummy bear or "form stable" implants, each with their unique advantages and characteristics.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants, known for their versatility, are available in a range of sizes, widths, and levels of projection. These implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel that closely resembles natural breast tissue in terms of weight, bounce, look, and feel, providing patients with a more natural appearance.

Saline Implants

Saline implants offer a slightly heavier alternative to silicone. These implants feature a silicone shell, but instead of silicone gel, they are filled with saline. One of the benefits of saline implants is that they require a smaller incision since they are filled after they are placed.

Gummy Bear or "Form Stable" Implants

Gummy bear or "form stable" implants are designed to resemble the teardrop shape of natural breasts. The gel within these implants is thicker and firmer, which allows them to maintain their shape even in the rare case of implant rupture. These implants offer patients a more natural appearance while providing an added level of durability and longevity.

Ultimately, the choice of implant type will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient's unique needs and desired outcome. Consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon in Toronto, such as Dr. Chivers, can help ensure that patients make informed decisions and select the implant type that best suits their aesthetic goals and overall health.

Your Breast Implant Sizes

When it comes to breast augmentation, there is often a discrepancy between how women perceive breast size and how implants are measured. Instead of cup size, implants are measured in cubic centimeters, or cc's. The size of the implant that will best complement a patient's frame is determined by various factors, including the base width of their natural breasts and the width of their ribcage.

Choosing the right implant size is a crucial aspect of a successful breast augmentation procedure. Patients typically have an idea of how much larger they would like their breasts to appear, and it is essential to select the implant that will best achieve their desired outcome. The experienced and knowledgeable team at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre in Toronto, led by Dr. Chivers, can help patients navigate this decision-making process and select the implant size that will provide optimal results.

By taking into account a patient's individual anatomy, such as the size and shape of their chest wall, Dr. Chivers can help ensure that the chosen implant size not only enhances the patient's appearance but also looks natural and proportionate. With the right implant size, patients can enjoy increased confidence and satisfaction with their new look, ultimately leading to a more positive self-image and improved quality of life.

Your Breast Implant Shapes

Breast implants offer a wide range of options in terms of size, width, and levels of projection. Selecting the right size is crucial in achieving natural-looking breasts following an augmentation procedure. In addition to size, the placement of the implant can also impact the overall appearance of the breasts. When placed beneath the natural breast tissue, the breasts may appear slightly larger than when placed below the chest muscle.

For patients seeking a more natural breast shape, teardrop-shaped implants, also known as "form stable" implants, were specifically designed to more closely resemble the natural curvature of the breast. These implants feature a thicker and firmer gel that is less prone to sagging over time, providing patients with longer-lasting results.

At the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, Dr. Chivers and his team are committed to helping patients select the optimal implant type and size based on their individual needs and desired outcome. Through careful evaluation and personalized consultations, Dr. Chivers can provide patients with the information and guidance needed to make informed decisions and achieve their aesthetic goals. Whether a patient is seeking a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation, the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre offers a range of implant options to help patients achieve their desired look.

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Your Breast Implant Placement

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The placement of breast implants is a critical component of breast augmentation surgery and is based on the type of implant and the amount of existing breast tissue. The implants can be placed in a surgically created "pocket" in various ways, including subglandular and submuscular placement.

Subglandular placement involves positioning the implants beneath the natural breast tissue. This placement is appropriate for women who have sufficient natural breast tissue to cover the implant and achieve a natural-looking result.

Submuscular placement, on the other hand, involves positioning the implants below the chest muscle. This placement is often preferred for women with limited natural breast tissue, as it helps to hold the implants in place and can create a more natural-looking breast shape. Additionally, submuscular placement can reduce the risk of visible rippling or wrinkling of the implant, which can occur with subglandular placement.

Dr. Chivers and his team at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre offer personalized consultations to help patients determine the optimal implant placement for their individual needs and goals. By taking into account a patient's anatomy and desired outcome, Dr. Chivers can help ensure that the chosen implant placement results in a natural-looking and proportionate breast appearance. With his extensive experience and expertise in breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Chivers is dedicated to helping patients achieve the look they desire while maintaining their safety and well-being.

Breast Augmentation Timeline

The Day of the Surgery

You should arrive early in loose, front-opening clothing. You will be prepared for surgery, and anesthesia will be administered. When you awaken, your new breasts will be in place, and you will not experience any pain.

Immediately After the Surgery

You will become aware in the recovery area, where you will be closely monitored. Once fully alert, you will be released to return home under the care of a responsible adult.

One Week Post Surgery

At one week post-surgery, swelling and bruising will have diminished, but not completely. You will wear a surgical bra and be required to sleep on your back.

Two Weeks Post Surgery

Two weeks after surgery, your breasts will begin to take shape and look as you imagined. The implants will take some time to settle into place, but you should feel well enough to return to work.

One Month Post Surgery

At one month, your breasts should be looking great, but it is important to continue to avoid strenuous exercise until the incisions have fully healed.

Three Months Post Surgery

At three months, you should be enjoying your new figure and feel confident in low-cut clothing or swimwear.

Six Months Post Surgery

By the six-month mark, your new breasts will feel like a natural part of your body, and you may not even remember what your old breasts looked like.

One Year Post Surgery

At one year post-surgery, your breasts will be completely healed, and any scars will have faded. You will be enjoying your new figure and increased confidence every day.

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What Are the Different Types of Breast Augmentation Incisions?


Inframammary incisions are created along the breast crease and offer optimal pocket creation. While this technique does result in visible scarring, scars typically fade over time and can be concealed with clothing.


Periareolar incisions are created along the lower portion of the areolas and allow for optimal pocket creation. This technique results in scars that are typically easy to conceal.


Transaxillary incisions are placed within the armpit and do not leave any visible scarring on the breasts. However, this technique can result in more significant scarring in the armpit area.


Transumbilical incisions are placed in the belly button and do not leave any visible scarring on the breasts. While this technique may seem appealing, it is not commonly recommended due to the difficulty of achieving optimal implant placement and limited access to the breast tissue.

Ultimately, the choice of incision location is based on several factors, including the patient's anatomy and the size and type of the implant. During a personalized consultation, Dr. Chivers can help patients understand their options and make informed decisions that will result in a natural-looking breast appearance and minimal scarring.

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Breast AugmentationFrequently Asked Questions

  • Do I Need to Have My Implants Replaced in 10 Years?

    It is a common misconception that breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years. In reality, if you are satisfied with the appearance of your breasts and are not experiencing any discomfort, there may be no need for a breast revision procedure. However, it is important to schedule regular appointments with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the implants are in good condition and to address any concerns that may arise.

    Although breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, their lifespan can vary depending on several factors, including the type of implant, the patient's anatomy, and their lifestyle. Some patients may experience complications or changes in their breast appearance over time, which may require a revision procedure.

    Dr. Chivers and his team at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre are committed to helping patients maintain optimal breast health and appearance. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Chivers can help ensure that the implants are functioning as intended and address any concerns that may arise. With his extensive experience and expertise in breast revision surgery, Dr. Chivers can help patients achieve natural-looking and long-lasting results, providing peace of mind and confidence in their appearance.

  • Will My Implants Affect Mammogram Tests?

    Breast implants do not interfere with the ability to undergo mammogram tests, but it is crucial to inform the technologist about their presence before the procedure. The presence of implants can make it more challenging for doctors to obtain clear images of the breast tissue since the X-rays used cannot penetrate silicone or saline.

    To ensure accurate results, additional images may be required during a mammogram for women with breast implants. These additional images are taken with the implants gently compressed against the chest wall, allowing the technologist to obtain a more comprehensive view of the breast tissue.

    Dr. Chivers and his team at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre understand the importance of regular breast health check-ups for all patients. Patients with breast implants may require additional monitoring to ensure that any changes or complications are detected early and addressed promptly. Dr. Chivers can provide personalized guidance and support to help patients maintain their breast health and achieve the best possible outcomes. By working closely with patients, Dr. Chivers can ensure that they receive the care and attention they deserve.

  • What Can I Do to Help Minimize Scarring After Surgery?

    Breast augmentation surgery typically involves incisions that can result in scarring. Although these scars can usually be concealed by clothing or bathing suits, many women want to minimize their visibility as much as possible.

    To help minimize the visibility of breast augmentation scars, Dr. Chivers recommends that women take the following steps:

    Avoid sun exposure on the incisions for up to one year. Exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause scars to become darker and more visible. It is essential to protect incisions from direct sunlight by covering them with clothing or sunscreen.

    Keep the incisions clean for at least two to three weeks after surgery. Proper wound care is crucial in preventing infection and promoting healing. Women should follow their surgeon's post-operative care instructions carefully and keep the incisions clean and dry.

    Keep the incisions dry for at least 14 days. It is crucial to avoid getting the incisions wet or sweating excessively, as this can lead to bacterial infections that can delay healing and increase the risk of scarring.

    By following these guidelines, women can help to minimize the visibility of breast augmentation scars and achieve the best possible results. Dr. Chivers and his team at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre offer personalized care and support to help patients throughout the entire breast augmentation process, including post-operative care and scar management. With his expertise and experience, Dr. Chivers can help patients achieve natural-looking and long-lasting results that enhance their confidence and overall well-being.

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