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Cost of Breast Augmentation in Canada

Breast augmentation surgery is a popular procedure among women who have decided that they would like to add more fullness and volume to their breasts. In fact, more than 300,000 women choose to undergo breast augmentation every year. Breast augmentation can be performed by two different methods: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, while silicone implants contain a gel-like substance known as silicone. Saline implants are less expensive than silicone ones, but many women find that they do not feel as natural as silicone implants.

In Canada, breast augmentation surgery is covered under the provincial health plans of all provinces except Quebec and Manitoba; however, this coverage varies from province to province. For example, some provinces cover only one implant per patient instead of both; others cover only lumpectomy patients or reconstructive patients but not cosmetic patients; and still others cover all three types of surgeries.

Cosmetic breast enhancement is one of the most popular procedures at our practice. Many of our patients contemplate getting breast implants for many months, even years, before making the decision to pursue breast augmentation. The women who visit us for breast implants in Calgary do so for many reasons. One of the primary reasons is that women feel self-conscious about having smaller breasts and want to enjoy a wider range of clothing and swimsuit options. Others choose to get implants in order to balance the size of their breasts, or to restore volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure, and one of the most common breast enhancement options available today. It is also a fairly safe procedure that can provide you with great results. If you are considering having breast augmentation surgery, then it is important for you to know some of the facts about this procedure before making your decision.

Breast augmentation surgery involves placing silicone or saline implants under the chest muscles and overlying skin to increase breast size. The implant procedure takes less than an hour and is performed as an outpatient procedure in most cases.

The cost of breast augmentation varies based on several factors including geographic location, the type of implant used and whether the patient has health insurance coverage for the procedure.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that adds fullness to the breasts with implants. Some common reasons women choose this procedure include:

  • Small or asymmetrical breasts
  • Pregnancy, weight loss, or aging has affected the size and shape of your breasts
  • You desire a better proportioned or more appealing figure
  • You’re looking for cosmetic improvements after breast reconstruction
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost In Baton Rouge And New Orleans?

The cost of breast augmentation typically ranges from $6,450 to $7,450 depending on several factors. The type of breast implants, the training and experience of the plastic surgeon, the type of anesthesia used, and the location of the practice can all influence the total price of breast augmentation. Some of our patients travel from New Orleans and beyond for a competitive breast augmentation quote. We provide patients with a detailed price after the consultation. We also offer a number of financing options to help make cosmetic plastic surgery accessible to as many people as possible.

What is Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Surgery?

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure among women seeking to increase their breast size and create fuller, shapelier breasts. Located in Baton Rouge, At Associates in Plastic Surgery has helped numerous individuals reach their body goals by providing them with personalized and beautiful results from their breast augmentation.

During breast augmentation surgery, silicone or saline breast implants are placed under the breast tissue or under the pectoralis major chest muscle for optimal appearance and symmetry. The type of implant used and the exact location of the surgical incision will be determined during your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Ideal candidates for a breast augmentation include women with breasts that are naturally small, women with asymmetrical breasts, and those who have lost volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.

Candidates must have realistic goals when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of their breasts. Patients who do not have health conditions such as breast cancer are excellent candidates for this procedure.

What to Expect During Breast Augmentation

Your breast augmentation will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite in Baton Rouge with a qualified anesthesia provider. Operative time in most cases is approximately one hour. Most breast implant procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.

The procedure will start by administering anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, incisions will be made in the target areas based on the treatment plan. The surgeon will always choose inconspicuous areas in order to camouflage and minimize post-surgical marks.

Breast augmentation incision options include the transaxillary incision (made in the armpit), the periareolar incision (made around the areola), and the inframammary incision (made in the breast crease).

Pockets are then created in the tissues of the breasts. The implants are inserted, and then incisions are closed using surgical sutures. Bandages and other protective garments are used to protect the breasts.

What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation?

Pricing for Breast Augmentation includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and anesthesia.

  • Saline Implants: $4860-$5010
  • Silicone Implants: $5880-$6030

*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and scope of the procedure

If the cost of your breast enlargement procedure is not suitable for your budget, we offer convenient financing through CareCredit.


Breast augmentation surgery, which is also referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Women who have very little breast tissue may consult with a trusted plastic surgeon, like Dr. Erick Sanchez, to have a breast augmentation in Baton Rouge using silicone or saline implants. The implants are surgically placed into the natural breasts to increase size and produce shapelier breasts, too.

In some cases, it may be performed in combination with a breast lift to achieve a fuller, more lifted breast appearance, where the breast lift corrects a sagging breast. Dr. Sanchez can for the right patient perform these surgeries at the same time for optimal results. Patients, who have had this combination cosmetic breast procedures, report that they are very happy with their new and improved chest size and contour.

There are many way to perform a breast augmentation. Consideration must be made into site of the incision as well a placement location of the silicone or saline implant. Most incisions are hidden under the in the breast fold or in the nipple areola skin. Skin incisions usually are limited to 4-6 cm. The incision size can be bigger for silicone implants as they are firmer. The surgeon then decides if the implant should be placed under the chest muscle or just under the breast tissue. For patient with little breast tissue to hide the upper part of the implant, placement under the muscle helps create a smooth and natural upper breast pole appearance. Subglandular (under the breast tissue) is more common in patients with more breast tissue.


Good candidates for breast augmentation are women who demonstrate:

  • Small breast size for body shape
  • Size discrepancy of breasts
  • Breasts that have become smaller and lost their firmness after having children
  • Non-smokers or those who have ceased smoking two months prior to the procedure
  • Patients considering a mommy makeover
  • Overall good health
  • An understanding of this procedure, it’s risk, and benefits

Saline or Silicone Implants

Both saline and silicone breast implants remain popular choices among women today. The type chosen depends on a few different factors. Saline implants are filled with saltwater during surgery and this amount can be adjusted during the procedure. These implants can feel a bit firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants have a pre-filled amount of cohesive gel when placed during surgery and they have a more natural feel.

Both silicone and saline implants have a silicone shell, just the fill of the implant is different.  A lot of consideration has gone into determining the safety of silicone implants. From 1992-2006 the FDA placed a moratorium on the use of silicone implants. During that time numerous large scale studies determined that the use of silicone implants in breast augmentation is safe.

A couple of distinct differences between saline and silicone breast implants are that patients must be 18 years of age in order to receive saline implants, and 21 years of age for silicone. In addition, silicone implants usually cost about $1,000 more than saline. Also, how scar tissue forms (capsular tissue)around the implant is different between saline and silicone implants. Scar tissue will form around all implants placed in the body. In most patients this scar tissue or “capsule” is asymptomatic and causes no breast changes. In select patients, the scar tissue can tighten and cause something called a “capsular contracture”. Although rare, capsular contracture is more common with saline implants especially when placed above the chest muscle in the sub-glandular plane.

In your consultation with Dr Sanchez, he will assess the current breast tissue, as well your specific goals for augmentation and then together determine the best implant to use to attain the best long lasting result.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) updated their breast augmentation reports stating that there were more than 2 million of these procedures in 2019 alone. This procedure also has one of the highest satisfaction rates in plastic surgery. According to realself, 98% of women who received breast enlargement said that the treatment was worth it.


Dr. Sanchez places breast augmentation incisions in inconspicuous locations so that scarring is barely noticeable. The precise location of the incision will be determined by a number of factors, including the type of breast implant used, the shape and size of the implant, the patient’s unique anatomy, and individual preferences. Generally, the surgeon can choose from any of three incision placements.

• Inframammary Incision

In this type of incision, Dr. Sanchez will create an incision along the breast crease. This allows more access so that the surgeon can easily place the implants. Inframammary incisions are great in situations where a silicone implant is being used because they provide flexible access to the breast tissue and pectoralis muscle interface. This is the most commonly used type of incision among patients who have a history of favorable scarring and a well-defined inframammary fold.

• Periareolar Incision

In this approach, the surgeon creates an incision near the lower half of the areola, which helps conceal the resulting scar. This type of incision can result in an optimal outcome when the breast augmentation is being combined with a breast lift. Periareolar incision types are commonly used on patients who have a poorly defined inframammary fold, and those who may be prone to hypertrophic scars (thick raised scars).

• Transaxillary Incision

Transaxillary incisions are far less common, but may still be used to suit the requirements of the surgery. The surgeon creates an incision under the armpit and dissects a tunnel via which to insert the implant. This technique does not create a scar on the breast itself but is usually prone to implant asymmetry (mis-positioning).
Dr. Sanchez will examine the patient and evaluate the requirements of your surgery before determining the best incision technique to attain the most natural looking results. At Erick Sanchez, MD Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, Dr. Sanchez uses advanced surgical techniques and keeps incisions to a minimum in order to reduce the likelihood of visible scarring.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

It may be possible to use fat harvested from the patient’s own body (instead of implants) for the breast enlargement procedure. This type of technique is referred to as fat grafting or fat transfer. With liposuction, Dr. Sanchez will remove excess fat from other parts of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Once harvested, the fat is then cleaned and purified before it is gently injected into the breast to form the new breast tissue. Natural breast augmentation is a complex procedure that requires the artistic eye of a skilled plastic surgeon. Keep in mind that patients who are too thin may not have enough reserves of excess fat in the donor area, and thus may not be good candidates for this procedure.

The patient’s overall health, along with the current breast size and breast shape will be discussed during the initial consultation. Additionally, we will evaluate the underlying bone anatomy of the chest, the presence of breast masses (if any), the looseness of the skin of the breasts (if any) and the patient’s overall body shape in proportion to the breasts. Finally, measurements will be taken of the breasts to help determine the best implant size. Is is important to determine a specific size range for implants based of each individuals breast tissue. Using implants to large for the underlying breast structure can cause long term tissue damage and require possible revision.

When choosing the right breast implant, the surgeon will discuss several aspects of the various implants that are offered today. Each implant is produced with varying profiles, which is the amount of projection the implant will offer. This is taken into consideration along with the chest wall and the breast base width. The goal is to find an implant that will fill the base width naturally, while at the same time offering a projection the patient will be happy with. Breast implants also come in various shapes (round or tear-shaped), and different textures (smooth or a textured surface). The incision type and the implant placement will also be addressed. Dr Sanchez typically places the implant under the pectoralis major muscle with a pre-made pocket that is created surgically. A common approach for the incision is either within the natural crease of the breast or along the nipple. Both of these techniques hide scarring and offer a natural result.

After Breast Augmentation Surgery in Baton Rouge

After breast augmentation surgery, patients are placed in a surgical support bra. Swelling is expected after surgery. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve 1-2 weeks after surgery, although this will vary between patients. Usually patients may return to work within 3-5 days depending on the nature of their work. Most patients can resume modest activity in 2 weeks and a complete recovery can be expected between 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Dr. Sanchez wants his patients to be as healthy as possible before undergoing surgery. He performs cosmetic surgery on candidates with a BMI under 32 or a body fat percentage of 35% or lower. This reduces risk of complications and ultimately gives the patient better results.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost

Breast augmentation surgery cost is typically between $5,600 and $6,600. Financing breast augmentation is also an option. is This includes implant, plastic surgeon, and anesthesia fees. Breast implant costs differ by roughly $1,000 between silicone, saline, and gummy bear implants. Thus, the cost of your Baton Rouge breast augmentation will vary in depending on the implant used, incision placement points, and if the patient needs a breast lift performed in tandem with the breast augmentation.

Achieve the Look You Want!

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed among plastic surgeons. It is a surgery that produces gorgeous, natural looking results and the majority of women are thrilled with their outcome. If you desire shapelier breasts, please call our plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with our doctor today.

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