Breast Augmentation


  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Anesthesia: General
  • In/Outpatient: outpatient
  • Side Effects: swelling, bruising, moderate pain, temporary changes in nipple/breast sensation
  • Risks: bleeding, infection, asymmetry, capsular contracture, permanent loss of nipple sensation, implant displacement, rippling
  • Recovery:

    Return to work: 4-5 days for most patients
    Light exercise: 10 days
    Swelling completely resolves: 4-8 weeks

Breast augmentation, which involves the placement of round or shaped breast implants, is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Benchetrit, a knowledgeable and experienced breast surgeon in Montreal, can help you if you feel your breasts are too small, poorly shaped or asymmetrical. If you are interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts with saline or silicone gel implants, please contact our plastic surgery practice for more information.

Breast Augmentation Consultation

Your breast augmentation consultation is an opportunity to discuss your motivation for having the surgery and your cosmetic goals (i.e., what type of results you would like) and explore your options. Dr. Benchetrit will examine your breasts and inquire about your medical history before determining whether you are a suitable candidate.

Dr. Benchetrit will also use the breast augmentation consultation as an opportunity to discuss the surgery in detail and draw up a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. He will explain how you should prepare for surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery and what your recovery will entail. Dr. Benchetrit will also show you “before and after” photos of previous patients on whom he has performed the same procedure so you can have an idea of what to expect. You are encouraged to ask any questions or address any concerns at this point.

Vectra 3D Photography

Dr. Benchetrit is one of the very few surgeons in Canada to own the Vectra 3D photography system. This revolutionary device can take 3D photos of the patient’s breasts and simulate the results of the planned surgery on a computer screen, according to the size and shape of the implants she has selected. This makes it easier for the patient to make her decisions and, by giving a “preview” of the final result, takes much of the worry out of the process.

Breast Augmentation Techniques

You and Dr. Benchetrit will need to make several decisions about your breast augmentation surgery, including the following.

Implant Type

Dr. Benchetrit places saline or cohesive silicone gel implants in different shapes and sizes. The size and type of implant that you select is based on Dr. Benchetrit’s professional recommendations, your anatomy and your desired outcome. The Vectra 3D photos will help immensely in this decision-making process.

Incision Location

Breast implants can be placed through one of several incision patterns:

  • Around the areola
  • Underneath the breast crease
  • In the armpit

Regardless of the incision pattern Dr. Benchetrit follows, he will use techniques that produce inconspicuous scars. He can also recommend a treatment protocol of “scar helpers” — such as special dressings and ointments — to minimize the appearance of any breast augmentation scars.

Implant Placement

Breast implants may be placed either in front of or behind the chest muscle. There are pros and cons for each approach; for example, placing the implant behind the muscle may reduce the risk of capsular contracture, but can require a longer recovery. Dr. Benchetrit will recommend the approach that he feels is best for your case. The Vectra 3D photos can show the expected results of both options to help in the decision-making process.

The Day of Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis at the Lakeshore General Hospital or at an accredited surgical facility. Upon your arrival, the medical staff will make you comfortable and prepare you for surgery. An anesthesiologist will administer medication to help you sleep comfortably during the procedure. The surgery usually takes 45-50 minutes, and after it is over, you will rest in the recovery suite for several hours before going home. You should make arrangements ahead of time to have a loved one drive you home from surgery and get you comfortably situated at home.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation

Your breasts will be moderately sore, swollen and bruised after surgery, and you may also experience some loss of sensation in your breasts and nipples. These side effects are temporary and will disappear over time. Dr. Benchetrit will prescribe oral pain medication to ease any discomfort. In the days immediately following your breast surgery, it is critical to get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activities. Dr. Benchetrit will want you to wear a support bra to help your breasts heal.

You will need to return to our office several times during the recovery phase so Dr. Benchetrit can examine your breasts and monitor your healing. He will also advise when it is safe to go back to work, the gym and your normal everyday routine. Full breast augmentation recovery usually takes three weeks. The enhanced appearance is visible immediately and continues to improve over the next few months.

Why Choose Dr. Benchetrit For Your Surgery?

Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed more than 1500 breast enhancement surgeries. He has used all of the different types of implants and techniques and has obtained a very high degree of satisfaction for his patients. Dr. Benchetrit spends a lot of time in the consultation process explaining the different options and helping the patient select the right implant for her desired result. Using the Vectra 3D photo system, he can simulate for the patient what her expected result will look like on her body before the surgery to make sure that this is precisely what she wants.

Contact Dr. Benchetrit Today

Learn more about breast augmentation during a personal consultation with Dr. Benchetrit. Contact us today at 514-695-7450 to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation

Q:Are breast implants safe?
A: The issue of breast implant safety has been a hot topic throughout the last few decades. As a result, more stringent standards have emerged in order to protect patients. Current breast implant procedures at our Montreal Plastic Surgery Clinic primarily use cohesive gel (silicone) implants. There is also the option to use silicone shell implants filled with a saline solution.

Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak. With saline implants, the saline is safely absorbed into the body. With the new cohesive gel (silicone) implants, they are of a “gummy bear” consistency and cannot leak. When using saline implants, if rupture or leaking is detected early, the implant can be easily replaced.Other possible complications from breast implant surgery may include blood clotting or pooling, overly sensitive breasts or loss of sensation in the breasts, and capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant). Dr. Benchetrit and our team is dedicated to making your operation a smooth one.

Special studies have been done and have determined that much higher levels of silicone have been found in cows’ milk and commercially available infant formula than are found in the breast milk of women with implants. The Institute of Medicine concluded that:

“There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives.”

For more information regarding the safety of silicone please refer to the Institute of Medicine Report (IOM) at: www.nap.edu.


Q: Is there a relationship between the occurrence of breast cancer and breast implants?
A:No studies have ever shown this to be a concern for humans. There is no evidence that implants cause cancer.

Q: Will breast implants affect a mammography?
A: Women with breast implants must undergo mammography and other imaging techniques just as do women without implants. With breast implants, routine screening mammography may be more difficult. Women with breast implants must inform mammography technologists about the presence of their implants so that the technologist can use special techniques to get the best possible views of the breast tissue.

Q: Are Breast Implants Permanent?
A:Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices. You will likely undergo implant removal with or without replacement over the course of your life. When deciding to undergo augmentation, be aware that breast implantation is likely to not be a one-time surgery. You are likely to need additional surgery and doctor visits over the course of your life.

The average life expectancy of an implant varies from woman to woman. Some women need replacement surgery in only a few years while others may go 10-20 years.


Q: Will the Feeling in my Breasts or Nipples Change?
A:It is possible that breast augmentation will change nipple sensation. Sensation in the breast and nipple can permanently or temporarily decrease or actually increase.

Q: How long should I wait before I can start exercising after surgery?
A:It is best to listen to the advice of your doctor. On average, resuming full activities is four to six weeks. It is best that sweating into the incision is avoided while it heals, activities that induce sweat should be avoided, such as sun tanning or rigorous physical activity.

Q: After I’ve healed, can I suntan?
A:Visiting a sun tanning salon or sunbathing will not hurt the breast implant, but the implant may become warm while tanning and cool down more slowing.

Sun tanning may adversely affect the scar, so you should avoid getting sun or tanning rays on the incisions for at least one year after surgery as tanning rays may turn the incisions dark permanently.


Q: When can I start flying or scuba diving?
A: Many women scuba dive and fly in airplanes with implants. There may be slight expansion and contraction of the shell with changes in pressure. This may result in a small amount of air bubbles in the implant. With saline filled breast implants, you may feel or hear fluid sounds (gurgling). This should correct itself within 24-48 hours.

Q: After the surgery, when can I start wearing under wire bras again?
A:For about 3 months, scar tissue will form around the breast implant. As a result, pressure from an under wire bra may form a permanent indentation in the scar. Most physicians recommend women wait for at least 3 months, and should only wear under wire bras intermittently after this healing time.

Q:Will my breasts still move like normal breasts?
A:It depends on the type of implant, how your body holds it, the existence (if any) of capsular contraction, and other such factors.

Q: Does smoking affect the healing process after surgery?
A: Smoking is quite detrimental to the healing process. Healing requires unrestricted flow of the blood supply and the oxygen with it to the healing area. However, smoking can cause blood vessels to constrict, hindering this process. Your doctor will know how long you should refrain from smoking prior to and following breast augmentation surgery.

Q: What will happen during pregnancy?
A: Breasts with breast implants will naturally enlarge during pregnancy and you will go through all of the usual changes associated with pregnancy.

Q: Can I still breastfeed?
A: Many women with breasts implants have successfully breast fed their babies. Current studies indicate that women with implants, either gel or saline, do not have higher levels of silicone in the milk than women without breast implants. Breast implants can, however, interfere with the ability of some women to breast-feed. The peri-areolar incision site is more likely to affect this ability. Some women experience mastitis, inflammation in the breast ducts, during this time. You should always report signs of inflammation to your physician.

If you have any other questions about breast augmentation, or other plastic surgery procedures, please feel free to contact us at 514-695-7450.