Breast Augmentation

Whether you are looking to enhance your breast shape, or would like to add volume to your breasts due to aging, genetics, weight loss, past breast surgery or breastfeeding, Dr. Scott Barr can help you achieve the aesthetic outcome that you are seeking. Our self-perception often influences how we interact with the world around us.  For women who are unhappy or uncomfortable with their breast size, breast augmentation performed at Barr Plastic Surgery can help to inspire confidence and improve self-esteem.

Educate Yourself on Your Procedure

The success rate and overall safety of breast augmentation has contributed to its label as the most popular plastic surgical operation in North America today.  If you are a patient considering breast augmentation, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about breast augmentation, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.

What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

While desired results will vary based on each patient’s concerns, the breast augmentation procedure is generally pursued by patients seeking one or more of the following benefits:
  • To improve the proportion of breast size relative to body size and shape
  • To feel more confident in clothing, bathing suits and intimate situations
  • To replace breast volume lost during pregnancy or breast feeding
  • To enhance the physical contour and create a more feminine silhouette
  • To boost overall self-esteem and self-confidence
Like the thousands of women who undergo this procedure every year, you too can acquire the proportional measurements you’ve always wanted, or achieve a desirable symmetry in your body contour.

Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

What is the first step in pursuing a breast augmentation procedure?

The first step when considering Breast Augmentation surgery is to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about breast implants and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery.   It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation.

You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and all current medications.

During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully assess your breast size and shape, tissue characteristics and placement of nipples and areolas. Measurements and pre-operative photographs will also be taken. He will evaluate your general health and explain which surgical approaches are best suited for you based on your breast size, body type and aesthetic goals.

The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with breast augmentation surgery will be thoroughly explained during consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not breast augmentation is the right choice for you. An instruction package will be provided to you at the time of consultation, and includes instructions for both before and after surgery.

A natural looking, beautiful aesthetic result is the hallmark of breast augmentation at Barr Plastic Surgery.

Am I a candidate for a breast augmentation procedure?

The ideal candidates for a breast augmentation procedure are healthy women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. Your breasts will be more voluminous and shapely but they will also behave like natural breasts and respond to aging in a natural way. However they maintain their shape and projection longer than natural breasts. Future pregnancies or breastfeeding are not affected by breast implants, with most women being able to successfully breastfeed. However, it is important to keep in mind that pregnancy and breastfeeding can change the shape of your breasts.

What are my choices when it comes to selecting a breast implant?

Women today have more options than ever before in breast aesthetics. Saline and silicone gel implants, varying shapes, degrees of projection and size are all options to consider when choosing to undergo breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Barr will carefully assess your body shape, tissue characteristics, concerns, expectations and personal desires for breast enhancement. Your options will be discussed and decisions will be made based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.

How are the breast implants placed?

The breast implant is placed in a pocket either directly behind the breast tissue (sub-mammary placement) or beneath the pectoral muscle of the chest (sub-muscular placement). Incisions can be placed in 1 of 3 locations: underneath the breast hidden in your breast crease, around the lower border of your areola, or in your underarm area.  Patient characteristics and goals will determine which placement best suits your aesthetic needs.

What size implant should I choose?

The volume of breast implants is measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). The implants offered at Barr Plastic Surgery include a wide range of volumes, ensuring that you will be able to find an implant to suit your specific needs and taste.  Many variables influence the size, projection and overall aesthetic outcome of breast augmentation surgery, so even identical implants placed in two different patients, will have different results.   During your consultation, Dr. Barr will suggest the appropriate attributes your implant should have in order to obtain your desired results.

Implant selection is an important part of your breast augmentation procedure.  The type and volume of implant you choose with Dr. Barr’s recommendation will be dependent on individual characteristics such as body type, shape and personal goals. At your consultation, you can use trial implants placed in your bra to get a sense of the size and projection that will be optimal for you.

When trying the trial implants, it is important to note that your breasts will look larger in the trial implant bra than how they will appear once the implants are placed inside the breast at the time of surgery. In addition, implants will appear smaller when placed beneath the muscle than when placed behind the breast tissue. All of these considerations will be explained in detail so that you can incorporate these factors into your ultimate choice of implant.

Will I need to have my implants replaced over time?

Breast implants are designed to last your lifetime. They will only need to be replaced if a problem occurs. You will not need to alter your lifestyle in order to accommodate your enhanced breasts. If at any point you choose to have your breast implants removed, it is difficult to determine what your breasts will look like. The longer you have had the implant, the more difficult it will be to predict the outcome.

Can breast implants cause cancer?

There is no medical data indicating that women with breast implants are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Patients with breast implants should continue with the same routine of self testing and appointments with their family physician as they did prior to their breast augmentation procedure.

Will breast implants affect screening for breast cancer?

There is no medical data indicating that women with breast implants are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Patients with breast implants should continue with the same routine of self testing and appointments with their family physician as they did prior to their breast augmentation procedure.

Can I combine another surgery with my breast augmentation?

It is possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your breast augmentation. You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.

The Procedure

What will I need to do prior to my breast augmentation?

Prior to your breast implant surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you will need to know in order to prepare yourself for surgery.

Where will my breast augmentation surgery be performed?

Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre. The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.

How is a breast augmentation procedure performed?

Your breast augmentation procedure will be performed according to the decisions made by yourself and Dr. Barr during the consultation process. You will be administered a light general anaesthetic by a board-certified anesthesiologist and once you are comfortably asleep, the surgery will begin. The implants you have selected during your sizing consultation will be inserted either above or below the muscle through one of three incision sites chosen by you and Dr. Barr during consult. The entire surgery lasts approximately an hour.  You will then be monitored in the recovery room for several hours after surgery until you are able to be discharged. Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure so you will not be required to stay overnight at Barr Plastic Surgery. Once you are discharged, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home and care for you for the next 24-48 hours.

Who will administer the anaesthetic?

A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

During office hours our Patient Coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your breast implant surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.


How much does a breast augmentation procedure cost?

Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.

Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?

Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:
MEDICARD 1-888-689-9876
  •  Fax, online, phone application
  • Approval within 1 business day
  • Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
  • No down payment
  • Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
  • No penalties for early payments

Is my procedure covered by insurance?

Breast augmentation is considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP. However, some surgical procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.

What is included in the surgical fee?

The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees. You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.

Is a deposit required? When is it due?

There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000, a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000, and a $2500 deposit for any surgery over $10,000. This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date.  This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.

When is payment for the surgery due?

Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
  • Cash
  • Certified Cheques
  • Mastercard or VISA
  • E-transfers
  • Financing plan


Will I need to stay overnight following my surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.

How long will it take me to recover from my breast augmentation procedure?

Breast Augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. You should be up and around within 1 or 2 days and back to work soon after. Any temporary soreness, swelling or change in nipple sensation will disappear gradually. You will be required to wear a small dressing and surgical bra for 4 to 6 weeks. Beginning on the second post-operative day, you can shower daily, and you will be seen back in the office between 4 and 6 days following surgery for range of movement exercises and again for suture removal at 7 to 10 days. You should be able to return to normal work activities within 4 to 7 days, but are to refrain from more strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 3 weeks.

Will there be any loss of sensation in my breasts?

Due to the swelling after surgery there will be some loss of feeling in your nipples and breasts. This altered sensation subsides as swelling decreases over the next few weeks. However, in some patients, this numbness may last upwards of a year, and in some cases may be permanent.

Will I have scarring?

Dr. Barr takes every precaution to ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible. However, as with any surgery, there is risk of scarring from the incisions. Once your incisions have healed there are products that can be used to minimize the redness in scars as well as improve the texture. Reusable silicone strips as well as medical grade topical scar creams are available for purchase that will help to reduce the discolouration found in new scars. Precautions that should be taken to to minimize scarring will be discussed during consultation.