Breast Augmentation Vancouver, B.C. | Seattle Plastic Surgery

The breasts are considered a vital part of a feminine physique. Due to this, breast surgeries are among the most popular among women. Whether it be to reduce their size, lift them, or increase their size, cosmetic breast surgery remains highly sought after. Breast augmentation regularly tops lists as the most frequently performed plastic surgery. For Vancouver residents, there are several breast augmentation options. Seattle Plastic Surgery offers the best breast augmentation Vancouver, B.C. residents have access to.

Breast Augmentation Summarized

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that increases the size and projection of the breasts. It also tends to enhance the overall shape of the breasts. The procedure achieves this with the use of breast implants—usually filled with either saline or silicone gel. As one of the oldest and continuously performed plastic surgeries, breast augmentation and breast implants are safer than ever before.

Dr. Craig Jonov and the plastic surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery have several decades of experience between them in breast augmentation surgery. Familiar with and skillful in all major techniques and breast implants, your plastic surgeon will work to create a customized plan to help you achieve the breasts of your dreams.

Benefits & Risks

Breast augmentation in Vancouver offers patients several benefits. While some benefits are more patient-specific, some of the common advantages and benefits patients experience include:

  • Fuller breasts
  • Enhanced cleavage
  • Rounder breasts
  • Correction of major breast asymmetry
  • Improved bodily contours
  • Increased breast projection
  • More youthful-looking breasts
  • Correction of volume loss following pregnancy
  • Mental and emotional benefits to well-being in some cases
  • Easier time finding bras and clothes that fit well
  • Help in alleviating gender dysphoria during a transgender transition
  • Surgery takes around one hour or less
  • Safe
  • Customizable and multiple options for implants, placement, and incision location
  • Long term results
  • Look and feel natural
  • Can have removed or replaced in the future if desired
  • Cost effective and financing available

Like with any surgery, there are some risks associated with breast augmentation. For the most part, the risks are minimal for the average patient and prevented. Major or untreatable complications rarely occur. Some of the possible risks associated with breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Breast implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Infection
  • Prolonged swelling or bruising
  • Movement of the implant from the breast pocket
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Thick scars
  • Breast implant illness
  • Skin necrosis
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Blood clot
  • Nerve damage
  • Permanent loss of nipple sensation (rare with methods other than periareolar)
  • Inability to breastfeed (rare with methods other than periareolar)
  • Complications associated with general anesthesia

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

Saline and silicone breast implants are the two FDA-approved options for breast implants. Both consist of an outer silicone shell. The difference is that saline implants come empty and are filled with a medical-grade saline solution during surgery. Silicone implants arrive pre-filled with a soft silicone gel. 

Ultimately, the majority of women opt for silicone gel implants, but some still do choose saline implants for various reasons. The table below compares the two types of implants.

Saline Silicone
  • Smaller incision
  • Can be safely overfilled to an extent
  • Any incision location/technique possible
  • More likely to cause rippling
  • Believed to look and feel less natural
  • Rupture almost immediately apparent; leaking inevitable if rupture occurs
  • Filling poses no threat to body
  • More likely to rupture
  • Tend to need to be replaced more often
  • Safe for implantation in people 18 and over
  • Requires larger incision
  • Come pre-filled and individual implant size cannot be altered
  • Cannot be inserted with transumbilical incision
  • Believed to look and feel more natural
  • Rupture not always apparent; leaking less likely if rupture occurs, especially with gummy bear silicone
  • Filling carries some minor risks, but only if a rupture happens
  • Less likely to rupture
  • Tend to last longer
  • Not available for those under 22 (unless voiding manufacturer warranty)

Dr. Jonov can discuss the right type of breast implant for you during your consultation at Seattle Plastic Surgery. For our Vancouver patients, we do offer virtual consultations. You will receive the same treatment as if you came into the office. The only difference is that you will finalize your breast implant size and choice during your pre-operative appointment.

Types Of Breast Augmentation Incisions

Dr. Jonov can place breast implants from a variety of access points on the body. Many of these incision locations aim to keep scarring hidden and minimal. All are great options and choosing the right breast augmentation technique is just as important as picking your breast implant. Seattle Plastic Surgery performs all four breast augmentation surgical techniques.


The inframammary fold incision is the most common and popular breast augmentation incision. From the surgeon’s perspective, it offers complete access and visibility for implant placement. For the patient, it keeps the incision hidden and can accommodate any size of incision and implant. The inframammary technique poses little risk to the nipple or breastfeeding capabilities.


The periareolar breast augmentation technique has begun to fall out of favor because of the effects it can have on the nipple and breastfeeding. Though, it does employ a minimal incision that hides perfectly within the natural change in skin pigmentation around the areola. It is sometimes preferred when placing the implant over the muscle because of the easy entry point to the breast tissue.

The surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery rarely perform periareolar breast augmentations anymore. However, they are skilled at them and can discuss the possibility with you during a consultation.


The transaxillary breast augmentation method—in contrast to the periareolar technique—is growing in popularity. It is even the standard breast augmentation method in some countries. This technique utilizes an incision in the armpit and inserts the implant through the breast tissue there. Performing breast augmentation this way does offer some benefits. For example, Dr. Jonov can place the implants behind the chest muscle without cutting through it and armpit scars tend to heal well.

Many surgeons will say that it is not possible or viable to place silicone breast implants through transaxillary incisions. However, the surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery have been doing it for years. Indeed, very large implants will likely not fit through an armpit incision on a very petite woman. However, this implant size would generally not be recommended for someone of a small frame.


One of the newest breast augmentation methods—transumbilical breast augmentation—uses an incision inside the belly button. Your surgeon then creates a tunnel just below the skin. The implants are then inserted into the breast with these tunnels. Due to this tunneling technique, surgeons can place only saline breast implants with the transumbilical incision.

It is difficult to find a surgeon skilled and knowledgeable in transumbilical breast augmentation. The surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery have performed more breast augmentations through the belly button than most other surgeons in Vancouver and Washington State.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Gummy Bear Implants?

Gummy bear implants are the newest generation of silicone implants that contain a more cohesive silicone gel. This means that the gel essentially sticks to itself. Thus, this makes it much less likely to leak in the rare event of a rupture. 

Many patients and providers consider gummy bear breast implants to look and feel the most like natural breast tissue. Additionally, they come in a teardrop shape that mimics the natural shape of the breast.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast implants can last a lifetime in ideal situations. Many women choose to replace their implants after ten or twenty years, though this is not always necessary. New breast implants often come with a lifetime warranty and are designed to last many years.

Are There Options Other Than Breast Implants?

Yes, some patients are good candidates for fat transfer to the breasts. It is a great procedure, but the main downside is that it only provides a small to moderate increase in breast size. For those wanting a subtle augmentation or to treat specific deformities, this may be the ideal breast surgery.

Why Travel To Seattle Plastic Surgery For Breast Augmentation?

Traveling to Seattle for breast augmentation may not seem worth it when there are surgeons in Vancouver. However, the surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery are some of the best in North America. They perform several breast augmentations between them every week. In addition to traditional breast augmentation, our surgeons specialize in fat transfer to the breasts and transgender breast augmentation.

Along with top-level expertise, Seattle Plastic Surgery caters to patients from Vancouver, BC. All appointments except for the pre-op, surgery, and first week of post-op appointments can be done virtually. Seattle Plastic Surgery has also partnered with local hotels to offer discounted rates.

How Much Is Breast Augmentation In Vancouver?

The starting cost of breast augmentation at Seattle Plastic Surgery is $4,995. Your implant choice may impact this. Breast augmentation in Vancouver, BC tends to start at around $7000 which is significantly more than breast augmentation in Seattle.

Outside financing is available. Find links to apply and more information on our financing page. You can also find starting pricing and costs of all of our procedures on our price list.

The Best Vancouver Breast Augmentation Surgery At Seattle Plastic Surgery

Seattle Plastic Surgery is a leading plastic surgery practice in Seattle, WA. Offering the best in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for two decades, Seattle Plastic Surgery is a mainstay of breast surgery in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Dr. Jonov specializes in tummy tucks, facelifts, and mommy makeovers. Dr. Craig Jonov and the plastic surgeons at Seattle Plastic Surgery provide the best breast augmentation Vancouver residents have available.

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, and Price Simulator.

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