FAQ's about breast implants

  • FAQ's about breast implants

1. Are breast implants and breast augmentation covered by Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) or private insurance?
Unfortunately, RAMQ does not cover cosmetic surgery expenses. Breast augmentation surgery is not insurable by RAMQ. Additionally, it is also unusual for private insurance companies to extend medical coverage to include services for cosmetic surgery. Directly contact your medical insurance carrier to learn about your umbrella of services. You should always inquire about your medical covered if you are uncertain.

Dr. Chen Lee sets global fee for surgical breast augmentation services. This "global fee" for breast augmentation includes breast implants, use of a private surgical facility, professional services rendered by a board certified anesthetist, as well as Dr. Lee's professional services. Contact us by phone if you wish to explore packages to finance your breast augmentation procedure. We will work to see if you qualify for a financial package.

2. How long can I expect my enhanced bust line from breast implants to last?
Most patients find that their breasts are augmented permanently with a single surgery. However, implantable synthetic prostheses should not be considered lifetime medical devices. All synthetic implantable medical devices (such as heart valves, brain shunts, orthopedic joints, and breast implants) can malfunction and fail.

3. Will my breast implant surgery leave a big scar?
Most breast implants can be surgically positioned through a 3.5 to 5 cm incision hidden in a natural skin crease of the body. The resulting scar is short in length and well camouflaged. Scars from breast augmentation are easily covered by beachwear and often imperceptible when nude. Your body morphology will determine the optimal incision for your breast augmentation. A personal consultation with Dr. Chen Lee will provide you with the information to make the best choice for your breast augmentation.

4. Will I have pain after following breast implant surgery? What duration of time can I expect the discomfort to last?
Patients undergoing submammary breast augmentation (implants over the muscles) do not experience as much pain as with submuscular breast augmentation (implants under the muscle). Discomfort from submammary breast augmentation is often mild, lasting less than 1 week, and usually well controlled with Tylenol. However, patients undergoing submuscular placement of breast implants may experience a greater degree of pain and discomfort. Usually an opiate medication is prescribed to control this discomfort. Fortunately, the pain subsides rapidly in the two weeks following breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Chen Lee will use your body morphology to recommend the best implant position to yield the best aesthetic outcome and least degree of discomfort expected following breast augmentation.

5. When can I return to work following breast augmentation surgery?
Most patients are able to resume light office work 2 to 4 weeks following their breast augmentation. A temporary 6 week absence is advisable for patients engaged in strenuous occupations that require extensive physical effort.

6. When may I resume sexual activity following breast implant surgery?
Wound healing is sufficiently mature to resume normal sexual intimacies and breast stimulation approximately 1 month after breast implantation surgery.

7. Will my breasts and/or nipples become oversensitive or numb following the surgery?
Following breast augmentation, patients often experience temporary loss of erotic and general sensitivity to the breasts and nipples. In most instances, normal sensation returns spontaneously and naturally within a month after breast augmentation surgery.

8. Can I breastfeed following a breast augmentation procedure?
Modern techniques of breast augmentation do not harm the breast tissue and will not alter your ability to lactate and produce breast milk. Your ability to breastfeed following surgical placement of breast implants should not be affected.

9. Will I have a greater risk of breast cancer following breast augmentation?
There is no scientific evidence that relates breast implantation to breast cancer. Thus, your risk of developing breast cancer is not altered.

10. How will breast implants affect my ability to screen for breast cancer?
While the risk of breast cancer is not elevated following breast augmentation, screening is still necessary and encouraged. Common methods for detecting breast cancer include mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mammograms can still be performed, however, modified techniques such as breast compression to enhance the view of the breast tissue is often necessary for an effective breast mammogram. To better plan your breast investigations, the physician managing your breast cancer prevention routine should be made aware of your breast augmentation.