Breast Augmentation (Boob Job) in Toronto

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures

Pricing
Starts at $11,999
Procedure Time
2 hours
Recovery Time
2-3 weeks

How Much Does a Breast Augmentation (Boob Job) Cost in Toronto?

The cost of a breast augmentation procedure or boob job in Toronto at SpaMedica starts at $11,999 and, with fat grafting, starts at $9,999. The price depends on the selected breast implant type and whether existing implants need to be removed and the pocket corrected.

Breast Augmentation Type General cost
Breast Augmentation with Implants $11,999 – $14,000
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer $9,999 – $20,500
Hybrid Breast Augmentation $5,000 – $20,500

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed in North America and uses implantable devices (breast implants) to enhance the size, volume, shape, and projection of breasts to create a more balanced, shapely, curvaceous, but natural, and attractive figure.

Breast augmentation surgery give women a more youthful appearance and restore confidence by increasing the breast size in proportion to the patient’s body frame. The procedure benefits women who want to enlarge their naturally small breasts, fix volume lost through pregnancy, or correct asymmetry.

Some goals of breast augmentation can include:

  • Restoring breast fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Feeling more confident.
  • Adding balance to complement curves better.
  • Enhancing self esteem.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Breast Augmentation?

The initial breast pain from the breast augmentation surgery lasts for just 48 hours, thereafter there is a significant decrease. Breast implants generally take 2 – 3 weeks to drop down into the pocket and assume a more natural appearance.

How Long Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Take?

Dr. Bell has spent years honing and perfecting his technique into a very accurate and refined breast augmentation procedure. The operation takes approximately 2 hours and most patients are able to return home two hours after completion of the operation.

Who is a Breast Augmentation Candidate?

You are an ideal breast augmentation surgery candidate if:

  • You are in good physical health with no infections or serious illnesses.
  • You have sagging, small, or asymmetrical breasts that you are self-conscious about.
  • You only smoke or drink a little alcohol on a daily basis.
  • You are in a healthy frame of mind with realistic goals going into the surgery.
  • You understand the risks and the rewards.
  • You are able to rest and recover after surgery properly.
  • You are at least 18 years old (or at least 22 for silicone implants).
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

Benefits of a Breast Augmentation

Correct Uneven Breasts

Balance out naturally uneven breasts to fit well into bras and clothing.

Added Volume and Curve

Add volume and curve to naturally small and flat breasts.

Post-Pregnancy and Anti-Aging

Counteract the adverse effects that aging and pregnancy can have on breasts.

Improve Self-Confidence

Making women feel more comfortable in their bodies by boosting confidence.

Breast Augmentation Risks

Small Skin Infection

Treated with an antibiotic prescribed by our team of nurses.

Smaller Breast Implant Than Hoped

Our Vectra 3D breast imaging system ensures you select the correct size and projection.

Hardening of Tissue Around the Breast Implant (Capsular Contracture)

Easily managed, usually under local anesthesia, with a revision breast procedure to remove the hardened capsular tissue.

Softening/enlargement of the Breast Implant Pocket (Pocket Expansion)

Easily managed with an enhancement breast procedure, often under local anesthesia, where the pocket is reduced and the breast internally lifted and supported.

What Are the Incision Methods for Breast Augmentation?

The incision methods for breast augmentation include:

  • Periareolar is made around the outer edge of the areola and is used for a combination with a mild to moderate breast life at the same time of the augmentation.
  • Inframammary, made in the crease underneath the breast, allows the surgeon to place silicone or gummy bear implants.
  • Trans-axillary, which is made within the armpit, and the implant is placed using a specialized camera.
  • Transumbilical, which is made just above the belly button and involves each implant being inserted through the incision and being brought up to the breast.

Why Choose SpaMedica for Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Mulholland, SpaMedica’s former Lead Surgeon, which many of our surgeons have practiced under, has had a busy and successful breast augmentation practice for over 22 years and over 2000 breast augmentations performed at SpaMedica.

In May of 2021, after 25 years as Canada’s most recognized Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Mulholland retired from active Plastic Surgery Practice. He will continue to work with the two companies he co-founded, InMode MD Electrosurgical and BoomerangFX practice management software, and teach the importance of practice management through his BoomerangFX book, webinar series, and online course.

By choosing Dr. Bell and the SpaMedica team, you choose one of the most pre-eminent and recognized faces of plastic surgery. Dr. Bell has performed over 5000 breast augmentations, liposuctions, tummy tucks, and body contouring procedures throughout his 25+ years of practice.

Types of Breast Implants

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants have a silicone outer shell that is filled with sterile saltwater (saline) solution. The implant can be inserted empty and filled with the solution once they have been surgically placed which means incisions can be much smaller and can be inserted through the armpit, or the areola.

Silicone Breast Implants

The silicone breast implant surgery is the most popular option chosen by Toronto patients and is known for a natural appearance and feel. Silicone implants are pre-filled with semi-solid silicone gel, a cohesive fluid, that feels similar to human fat and are also known as “gummy bear” implants. Because these implants are prefilled, they are typically inserted through under-the-breast incisional approach, called the IMF, or infra-mammary fold incision.

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

Deciding whether to choose saline or silicone breast implants is one of the most important decisions you will have to make during the planning process. The choice of breast implant plays a significant role in the results.

Silicone implants biggest advantage over saline is aesthetic and longevity. Silicone breast implants have a reputation for providing a more natural look and feel, which is why the majority of patients opt for this type of implant. Conversely, saline implants are usually filled once surgically placed, meaning they require slightly smaller incisions than silicone implants. Cohesive silicone gel implants are warrantied by the manufacturer for life, whereas saline implants, which often eventually leak, are only warrantied for 10 years.

The vast majority of patients feel the soft, natural look and feel of silicone is well worth the moderately higher fee. During the initial consultation, Dr. Bell will recommend the best size, style and shape to match your aesthetic goals and expectations for your breast augmentation surgery. And you will be offered the Vectra 3D imaging process, whereby one of the experienced SpaMedica breast imaging consultants will work with you and your 3D photos, to “try on” different sized breast implants to see how they affect your volume, projection and overall body shape. This “3D imaging” comes with your consultation.

Gummy Bear Breast Implant

Gummy Bear breast implants are named so because they are teardrop-shaped, gel-based implants known to retain their shape better than some from saline and silicone implants.

Gummy bear breast implants have the advantages over saline breast implants for being more breast-like in feel and texture, very rarely rippling, not leaking, and have a lifetime warranty provided by the manufacturer.

Which Breast Implant Options are Available to You?

During your consultation, you’ll determine your goals and desired results, as there are many types of implants to choose from for your breast augmentation surgery. When deciding upon a kind of breast implant that is best for you, you’ll want to consider:

  • Filling type. You’ll choose between saline, silicone gel, or silicone gummy bear breast implants.
  • Shape. Saline and silicone gel breast implants will give you a round, fuller upper portion of the breast, while Gummy Bear Implants have a teardrop shape which gives you a natural, gentle sloping look to the breast.
  • Profile. Patients who are more petite will need a higher profile implant to achieve the desired size increase while making sure the implants are not too wide, especially at the base.
  • Size. Breast implants can vary in size from about 150cc to 800cc or larger. The size you choose depends on your current breast size, personal goals, and your surgeon’s recommendations.

What Breast Implants Can & Can't Do

Breast implants can:

  • Change the size and shape of your breasts, making them more symmetrical.
  • Give you perkier breasts.
  • Improve your self confidence.

Breast augmentation cannot:

  • Defy gravity – your breasts will continue to age along with you.
  • Stay the same if you lose or gain a lot of weight.
  • Fix deep-rooted self esteem issues – you should go into the surgery with a healthy mindset and realistic goals.

Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation Alternatives

The main non-surgical breast augmentation alternative is fat grafting to the breast, which involves harvesting fat from zones where you don’t want the excess fat, preparing and purifying the fat cells and then injecting the fat into the breast tissue. Generally 50-70% of the fat cells will survive, providing a nice, natural, moderate increase in breast volume and projection.

How is Breast Augmentation Performed by Dr. Tom Bell?

The SpaMedica team is your best choice for breast augmentation. With more than 8 years of experience providing computer-simulated augmentation imaging for each and every patient, Dr. Bell and SpaMedica are one of Canada’s most experienced users of the VECTRA® 3-D imaging machine, thanks to their work with Dr. Mulholland, SpaMedica’s former Lead Surgeon.

In addition, Dr. Bell has performed more than 3,000 breast augments, liposuctions, tummy tucks, and other contouring procedures, and has been named by W magazine as Canada’s top cosmetic surgeon.

By using the VECTRA® 3-D before breast augmentation surgery, patients can accurately predict what they will look like post-surgery. Just like trying on a dress at a retail store, seeing your figure in 3D with the implants allows the “try before you buy” assurance — eliminating the risk of choosing the wrong size or shape of breast implant.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Bell will talk through the different options available to the patient and advise on the type of breast implants and the best incision point to match the patient’s goal. Dr. Bell himself has performed over 5000 breast augmentations, liposuctions, tummy tucks, and body contouring procedures.

The breast augmentation procedure itself is very safe and quick, often completed in 60 minutes or less. The procedure is performed as an outpatient, under light IV sedation or general anesthesia.

How to Prepare for a Breast Augmentation

Every surgical procedure requires patients to take certain simple steps to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Two weeks before the breast augmentation surgery, patients should:

  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Stop smoking 
  • Stop taking aspirin/ibuprofen

These tweaks to your lifestyle are advised to aid recovery time. Other preparations involve getting your home ready by stocking up on food, getting some loose-fitting clothes that open with buttons at the front (not pull-overs) and organizing the space.

The day before the breast enhancement surgery, wash your body and hair with antibacterial soap, take any medication prescribed to you, and don’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your surgery.

What to Expect After a Breast Augmentation

After the breast implants surgery in Toronto, you will go home in a soft, supportive sports bra which helps keep the breasts in the correct position. This needs to be worn 24 hours a day for 4 weeks post-surgery.

Other activities and habits to ease recovery include:

  • Sleep on your back or side for 6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Strenuous activity that causes breasts to bounce should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.
  • Showers are allowed after a couple of days (wounds and dressing must be kept dry) and no baths for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing throughout the recovery period.

Maintenance

Since breast implants age with you, you may need to eventually have the silicone gel implants replaced, especially if there are complications or you are unhappy with the size and shape after a long amount of time.

You should get regular mammogram screenings if you receive silicone implants, as well as an MRI or ultrasound 5-6 years after the initial surgery and every 2-3 years after that to check for a breast implant rupture. Breast implants also make it harder to breastfeed, so take that into consideration before going ahead with the surgery.

Breast Augmentation Recovery & Timeline

Every patient is different but by following the proper preparations and choosing an experienced surgeon, you can speed up your breast augmentation recovery period. As a general guide, this is a timeline you can expect after you undergo breast augmentation:

Day 1-2: focus on total rest to help your body heal. For the first 48 hours you will have breast pain. Follow the post-operative care instructions given to you by your surgeon, such as cool compresses and taking vitamins.

Week 1: At the end of the first week, there is a significant decrease in breast tissue swelling and bruising meaning most are able to return to work (so long as it isn’t physically strenuous).

Week 2: Light exercise can be resumed but more strenuous activity that directly involves the pectoral muscles should be delayed for at least 4-6 weeks.

Week 4: Breast implants will have dropped down into the pocket for a more natural appearance and swelling will have subsided.

Week 6: Patients can return to full activities, including those that involve use of the pectoralis muscle.

Month 3: The breast implants will be nearly fully settled.

Best Procedures Paired with Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is commonly performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. Mommy makeovers combine breast implants with liposuction and tummy work. Fat grafting to the buttock, or non surgical fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting, Sculpsure or Evolve Trim, or EMsculpt and laser hair removal of the armpits are also commonly combined with breast augment surgery.

Breast Augmentation surgery is commonly performed with other body contouring procedures such as:

Fat grafting to the buttock, or non surgical fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting, Sculpsure or Evolve Trim, or EMsculpt and laser hair removal of the armpits are also commonly combined with breast augmentation surgery.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Does a Breast Augmentation Leave Scars?

The secret to a good breast augmentation scar is a plastic surgeon that places the scar in the least visible location, closes the scar expertly, and uses high tech strategies to limit the length of the scar. SpaMedica offers complimentary laser scar fading after breast implant surgery to ensure the best possible scar elimination for all breast implant Toronto patients.

How Long do Breast Implants Last?

The results of a breast augmentation performed with a cohesive gel silicone breast implant, are designed to last the rest of your life.

How do Breast Implants compare with Fat Grafting to the Breast?

Breast augmentation using a patient’s own fat stores is quite commonly performed by Dr. Bell. However, the breast augment volume that can be achieved with fat grafting is a function of the size of the existing gland and its blood supply available to nourish the transplanted fat cells. Although no artificial implant is required for fat grafting breast augmentation, the volumes achieved are usually less than ½ of the size that using a cohesive gel implant could achieve. Fat grafting is only a good option for those patients who have excess fat collections they want removed AND, would be happy with only a small to moderate increase in breast volume and projection.

If you undergo breast augmentation with a fat transplantation, there’s a natural loss of fat substance and volume as women age and there may be a loss of breast shape and volume over the 5-10 years following the fat grafting to the breasts.

How do I know if my Breast Have Stopped Growing?

Breast augmentation surgery performed in Toronto isn’t advised until your breasts are fully developed. In most patients, this is at 18 years of age, but it can be older.

If you are unsure if your breasts have stopped growing, consider if growth has been stable for 1 or 2 years. If you think your breasts are still growing and developing, it is best to delay implants.

What if my Breasts Are Two Different Shapes or Sizes?

Having different shaped or sized breasts is extremely common. Those dissatisfied with their asymmetrical breasts have plenty options available to them.

Breast surgery can be used to reduce the size of the larger breast, augment the smaller one, or have different sized breast implants placed into each. Depending on the goals of the patient, breast augmentation can be used to increase the size of the breasts to match, or breast reduction can be used to size the larger breast to match the smaller one. Patients with significant breast asymmetry can use the Vectra 3D computer-simulated augment surgery to try different size implants in each breast to find the optimal symmetry.

Will I Be Able to Breastfeed After Surgery?

Breast augmentation Toronto patients who then get pregnant have an over 85% probability of breastfeeding successfully. The inability to breastfeed after breast implants may be related to factors other than the implants themselves.

Should I Combine a Breast Lift with a Breast Augmentation?

Combining breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift can be done safely and effectively. By adding a lift to the breast implants, patients further enhance the size and appearance of their breasts. The procedure results in larger breasts that are higher and firmer, too. A breast lift does involve visible scars on the breast, so a thorough discussion of the location and quality of these scars needs to be part of the preoperative process.

Adding a breast lift to the procedure is particularly effective when the patient loses volume due to sagging and there is very significant droopiness of the breast tissue. For this reason, it is particularly useful for those over 40 who have breastfed or had weight fluctuations.

It is important to remember that a well-selected and performed breast augmentation procedure alone provides a “lift” effect to the breast and increases the volume and projection. 

By using the Vectra 3D, you will have a very good understanding if a breast implant alone provides the kind of lift you are looking for, or if you need to consider a formal breast lift operation (Mastopexy).

Can OHIP Cover Breast Augmentation?

Through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), OHIP will help cover the cost of external silicone breast prostheses for individuals who have experienced a mastectomy (the complete removal of one or both breasts) or lumpectomy (removal of part of a breast). This program helps those dealing with mastectomy-related side effects such as physical, emotional, and social disparities regain their body confidence while feeling comfortable with their new appearance. (source)

What Is Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness (BII) is a complex set of symptoms commonly reported by individuals with breast implants. Although not recognized as an official medical diagnosis, many individuals have expressed difficulty managing the symptoms, which can include fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, dry eyes and a variety of other health concerns. It is important to note that BII is a controversial topic in the medical community due to lack of scientific consensus regarding its causes and treatment. 

Do They Remove Breast Tissue During Breast Implant Surgery?

The effects of breast augmentation on the surrounding breast tissue can be quite varied. Generally, the areas that are affected by the implantation process will experience some degree of stretching and thinning due to displacement. This is because the space for the implant must be created and held in place by pushing aside existing breast tissue. Depending on individual anatomy, some women may experience more pronounced thinning than others. Over time, however, the thinned-out tissue tends to stabilize and return to its initial state.

At the same time, any swelling or inflammation caused by the breast implant surgery may temporarily reduce blood flow to the surrounding tissue, leading to a decrease in circulation as well as an increased risk of infection or scarring. The effects of this can usually be managed with appropriate medications and follow-up care from a physician. Additionally, if a woman chooses saline implants rather than silicone gel implants, she runs less of a risk of having her tissues thin out significantly after the procedure.

Although any changes associated with breast augmentation are typically minor and temporary, it’s important for women considering this operation to understand how it could affect their bodies over time. Women should discuss their particular medical history at length with their surgeon before making any decisions about augmentation so that they can make an informed choice about what’s best for them as individuals.

Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8


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