Dr. Peter Lennox
1000-777 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7
Phone: (604) 876-6552
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Phone hours from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Every woman has an image of her ideal body; breast size often plays an important role in that image. Whether you’re looking to enhance your body proportions, balance breast size or increase fullness after pregnancy, breast augmentation performed by Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Lennox can help you achieve the beautiful curves you’ve always desired.
Understanding Breast Implants
When considering breast augmentation, one of the first questions patients at our Vancouver practice ask is which breast implants should they choose. Dr. Lennox has experience with all the implants currently available in Canada and will work with you to choose the ones that will meet your goals. He takes the time to help each patient choose the breast implants that are best suited to her desired outcome, unique anatomy, and lifestyle. The options involved when choosing implants include:
An implant’s profile refers to how the augmentation results look from the side, or how far the implants project from your chest. It’s another way to customize your results, and consulting with an experienced breast augmentation specialist such as Dr. Lennox can help you make a decision that will look the best for you. Implants at our practice are available in a variety of profiles, including:
- Low profile
- Moderate profile
- Moderate plus profile
- High profile
Before & After Profile
This 25-year-old woman wanted a full look and selected smooth, high-profile silicone implants inserted under the pectoral muscles. Read More
One of the most important decisions you will need to make is choosing the size of your breast implants. Women have a wide range of preferences when it comes to breast size, but most desire natural-looking breasts that complement their overall figure. Dr. Lennox’s staff helps make the decision easier with sizers, a surgical bra that allows you to visualize different implant sizes to ensure you get the look you want. You can even take the sizers home to get opinions from your friends and family.
Silicone or Saline?
Dr. Lennox was one of the first physicians in Canada to begin using the new generation of silicone gel implants, which many women believe have a more natural look and feel than saline. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater and their advantages include that they generally cost less and require smaller incisions.
Understanding Breast Augmentation Surgery
In addition to implants, breast augmentation patients have choices about surgical technique. Dr. Lennox reviews the following surgical considerations during the consultation:
Breast implants can be placed directly beneath the breast tissue, called subglandular placement, or beneath the chest muscle, called submuscular placement. Placing the implants under the muscle generally provides a more natural appearance, reduces the risk that you will experience tightening around the implant after surgery (capsular contracture) and creates less interference with mammograms. Placing the implants under the breast tissue allows for an easier recovery because there is no incision into the muscle.
Incisions can be made along the bottom of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), just below the breast where it meets the chest wall, or through the armpit. The type and size of your implants as well as your body type affect which method is best for you. Regardless, Dr. Lennox’s goal is to make scars as subtle as possible.
When performed as a solitary surgery, breast augmentation is a relatively brief, straightforward procedure. During your surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia, which means you will be fully unconscious under the care of an anaesthesiologist. Following the guidelines you reviewed prior to your surgery, Dr. Lennox makes the initial incisions either around your areola, along the inframammary fold, or in your armpit crease. He then creates a pocket in your breast tissue to house the implant. Once he has placed the implants and evaluated them for symmetry, he closes the incisions with sutures. A nurse then moves you to the recovery area to allow you to comfortably wake up from anesthesia.
Meet Dr. Lennox
Engaging, well-educated, and extensively trained, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Lennox has earned the trust of his peers, his patients, and his students.Meet Dr. Lennox
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure so you’ll be able to go home after the anesthesia has worn off. Most patients feel some discomfort, but this is easily managed with pain medication and subsides within a few days. About a week later, you’ll return to Dr. Lennox’s office for reassessment. As with any surgery, your body will need time to heal but following your aftercare instructions closely is the key to a good recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of Canada’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Women who are at least 18 years old and who have realistic goals for their results are good breast augmentation candidates. Besides desiring larger breasts, it’s also important for prospective patients to be in generally good health and non-smokers. Dr. Lennox discusses your medical history with you during your consultation, to ensure that breast augmentation is a good match for you.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost of breast augmentation here in Vancouver depends on the details of your procedure, including the type of implants you choose. However, most breast augmentation procedures fall somewhere between $9,000 and $12,000. As part of your consultation, one of Dr. Lennox’s staff members provides you a written quote that reflects the precise specifications of your particular surgery. We offer financing options to ensure the procedure is within reach for all qualified patients.
How long before I’ll see the final results of breast augmentation?
Even though you’ll notice immediate changes to the size of your breasts, the final results appear gradually over time as swelling subsides and the breast implants settle into place. Incision lines continue to fade for up to a year.
Can I combine other procedures with breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is very popular, and many women choose to have additional procedures performed at the same time for even more dramatic results. When breast surgery is combined with a tummy tuck, the procedure is commonly referred to as a mommy makeover. For women who want to improve fullness as well as the position and shape of their breasts, adding a breast lift is an excellent option. Dr. Lennox also performs revision breast augmentation to improve the results of a previous procedure or exchange breast implants.
How long will my results last?
Generally speaking, the results of breast augmentation can last for many years. There’s no official life span for breast implants. Revisionary surgery is sometimes a requirement, as breast implants do not last forever. Over time, both silicone and saline implants can weaken and lose their shape. This, along with the natural aging process of the breasts, can lead to changes in the shape of your breasts. However, this process typically takes many years.
How do I decide what breast implant size to choose?
Dr. Lennox offers breast implants in a range of sizes, and the right one for you depends on several factors that he discusses during your consultation. A good starting point is to find before-and-after photos of patients whose results are similar to your own goals. Dr. Lennox can make a recommendation based on your body’s frame, how much existing breast tissue you have, and other physical characteristics. You can also try on “sizers” in our office and even take them home to get the opinion of loved ones. In addition, Dr. Lennox has one of the only VECTRA® 3-D imaging systems in Western Canada. For many patients, a 3-D simulation of what you would look like with different implants can be done.
What should I look for in breast augmentation before-and-after photos?
Once you’ve made sure a surgeon is qualified and experienced in performing breast augmentation, there are a variety of questions to consider when looking at his/her patient photos including:
- Do you like the “after” photos of patients whose “before” breasts were similar to your own?
- Are there patients with a variety of body types who have beautiful results? This shows the surgeon personalizes the procedure to each patient’s unique anatomy.
- Do the patients’ breasts look more symmetrical after surgery, even if they were out of balance before? While the human body is not perfectly symmetrical, results should be similar in shape and size.
- When were the “after” photos taken? It can take several months for implants to “settle” and scars to fade.
Do I need breast augmentation or a breast lift?
There is a fairly common misconception that getting implants not only increases the size of your breasts, but also gives them a lifted appearance. Breast augmentation surgery adds volume to your breasts, but it does not lift them into a more youthful, higher position or alleviate sagging. That requires a breast lift, which involves surgical techniques designed to elevate the breasts and nipples. Dr. Lennox can help you determine which procedure would best serve you. He frequently performs both surgeries simultaneously for women who want more volume and a lifted look.
Will breast implants affect my mammogram results?
There is no evidence that implants interfere with a clinical examination of the breast. Most radiologists are confident that they can assess the breast accurately with an implant in the subpectoral plane. Experienced radiology technicians know how to take images of the breasts at different angles for patients with breast implants. Be sure to tell your technician that you have implants so he or she can take that into account during your mammogram.
Should I wait to get breast implants if I plan to have children?
If you are sure you want to have children in the next year or so, then it is reasonable to wait to have surgery. Your breasts will change with pregnancy and breastfeeding, so waiting will help you avoid having to undergo implant revision surgery to address any cosmetic issues that may arise. If you believe you might have children down the road but aren’t sure when, then getting breast augmentation now might be best. This timeline is different for each woman, and Dr. Lennox is happy to discuss your plans and find a solution that works for you.
Will I be able to breastfeed with implants?
Yes, many women can breastfeed even if they have breast implants. Dr. Lennox always asks breast augmentation patients if they are planning to have children.
Is breast augmentation surgery always performed using a general anesthetic?
Dr. Lennox works with a board-certified anesthesiologist, who assesses all of our patients. Together, the anesthesiologist and the patient make a decision that is the best in terms of safety, patient concerns, and the procedure details. Dr. Lennox performs breast surgery using a general anesthetic in the majority of operations.Back to Top