Breast augmentation is an operation to enhance the size and shape of the breasts and improve body proportions. The operation can be carried out in women who are naturally small-breasted, as well as those whose breasts have changed as a result of weight loss or childbirth. The goal of breast augmentation surgery is to create a more feminine, proportioned breast. As an accomplished Vancouver breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Eric Pugash has many years’ experience delivering exceptional breast augmentation results for his patients. To view before-and-after photos of his patients, please visit the breast augmentation photo gallery.
Dr. Pugash is a talented Vancouver breast augmentation surgeon. He offers all currently-used implants, including cohesive silicone gel devices in both round and tear-drop shapes. Please note that Canadian law requires patients to be at least 22 years-old in order to receive silicone gel implants.
Dr. Pugash is also experienced in all the currently used breast augmentation incisions, including the nipple incision and the minimal-incision armpit surgery. By offering patients a variety of implant types and incision placement techniques, Dr. Pugash gives them the freedom of choice regarding their surgical procedures.
As a leading Vancouver breast implants surgeon, Dr. Pugash believes that thorough patient preparation is an important aspect of a successful surgery. He takes into consideration the size and shape of the breasts, the quality of the skin, and the placement of the nipples in helping you plan your procedure. If your breasts appear saggy, Dr. Pugash might recommend a breast lift in conjunction with your breast augmentation.
Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and Dr. Pugash determine your desired breast size. Dr. Pugash will use photographs and implant sizers to help you choose the implant that will give you the best result.
He will also talk to you about placing the implants behind or in front of the chest muscles, and suggest the best choice for you.
The discussion will also cover the type of implant that is best for you. Dr. Pugash has extensive experience with all available implants: saline, cohesive gel, and highly cohesive gel devices (so-called ‘gummy bear’ implants).
Dr. Pugash performs breast augmentation on an outpatient basis either at the False Creek Surgery Centre in Vancouver. Patients usually return to non-strenuous activities in seven to ten days, and they can resume exercising two weeks after surgery.
Dr. Pugash will provide complete care following your surgery to ensure that you are comfortable, return to your activities quickly, and obtain the best possible result. He will remain accessible during the recovery period to answer any questions you might have, and to address any concerns. His goal is to make you feel relaxed and completely cared for during the healing period.
The ideal candidates for breast implants are women with naturally small breasts, as well as women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy and nursing or through weight loss. If you are considering breast augmentation you should be in good health and have specific, reasonable expectations of surgery. You should be also able to describe the results you desire.
Please note that saline implants are approved for use in women over the age of 18, and silicone gel implants are permitted in women over the age of 22.
Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). One ounce contains a bit less than 30cc’s. In order to choose the best implant size, you and Dr. Pugash will need to consider certain factors like your anatomy and the type of results you are seeking. Dr. Pugash will use photographs and implant sizers to help you choose the implant that will give you the best result.
Dr. Pugash uses three primary incision patterns when performing breast augmentation. The areolar incision encircles the lower portion of the areola (dark tissue surrounding the nipple). The inframammary incision is placed within the crease underneath the breast. The endoscopic axillary incision is made within the armpit. The incision pattern that Dr. Pugash recommends depends on your build as well as the type and size of implant.
Dr. Pugash provides complete care following your surgery to ensure that you are comfortable, return to your activities quickly and obtain the best possible result. He will remain accessible during your recovery to answer any questions you have and address any concerns. His goal is to make you feel relaxed and completely cared for as you heal from surgery.
The breasts may be sore or swollen immediately following surgery, but Dr. Pugash will prescribe pain medication for any discomfort. He will also ask you to wear a surgical garment to help your augmented breasts heal. Most patients usually return to non-strenuous activities in seven to 10 days and may resume exercising two weeks after surgery.
The cost of breast augmentation varies, depending on the type of implants Dr. Pugash places and other patient factors. Financing options are available to make breast augmentation more accessible. For specific pricing information, please contact our office by calling (604) 522-5199.
Dr. Pugash answers the following breast augmentation questions most frequently:
Experts agree that most women who have breast implants can successfully breastfeed. However, if you are planning to breastfeed, it’s important to bring this to Dr. Pugash’s attention during your initial consultation so he is aware of your intentions and can design your surgical plan around your goals.
Everyone heals at a different pace, and it’s important to listen to your body and not force any activities if you don’t feel ready. However, most breast augmentation patients return to non-strenuous jobs a week to 10 days after surgery. If your job is more physical and requires tasks like bending and lifting, Dr. Pugash may advise you to wait longer to return to work.
Today’s breast implants are designed to last many years — approximately 10 to 15 years for saline implants and 15 years or longer for gels. As long as you are happy with the way your implants look, you do not have implant-related complications, and there are no questions related to any breast imaging you may undergo, you do not need to replace them.
Any surgical procedure will result in some scarring. However, thanks to advances in breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Pugash can place implants with smaller and more discreet incisions than ever before. The scars fade and flatten over time until they are barely visible. Also, Dr. Pugash will provide you with a scar treatment product to apply after surgery.
Although the vast majority of Dr. Pugash’s breast implants Vancouver patients recover quickly and do not experience any complications, various surgical risks cannot be eliminated completely. The potential risks of breast augmentation surgery include reactions to the anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically, and infection. Changes in nipple or breast sensation may result from breast augmentation surgery. Breast implants might also interfere with the process of mammography, although this is less a problem when the implants are placed behind the muscle.
Patients should also understand that a scar capsule forms around the implant as part of the natural healing process. This capsule may sometimes tighten and compress the implant, causing the breast to feel firmer than normal. Capsular contracture can cause discomfort or changes in the breast’s appearance. In such cases additional surgery may be needed to modify or remove the scar tissue, or to remove or replace the implant.
While the risks inherent in any surgery cannot be eliminated entirely, Dr. Eric Pugash and his medical team minimize them by adhering to the strictest safety protocols. As a result, their Vancouver breast augmentation patients consistently achieve excellent aesthetic results in a safe, speedy manner.
To learn more about the breast augmentation with Dr. Pugash, or to get more information on other procedures he offers such as Vancouver tummy tuck and liposuction, contact his practice today.
301 Columbia Street East, Suite 405
New Westminster, British Columbia V3L 3W5
ASC Vancouver Surgical Centre
7th Floor – 1200 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2C7
False Creek Surgery Centre
6th Floor – 555 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1C6