Women who come to me for breast augmentation at my Vancouver practice can expect me to use my experience as a RCPSC-certified plastic surgeon to help them choose the right implants. But what can women do before a consultation? If you are beginning your research about breast implant surgery, here are a few things to take into consideration:
Choosing the appropriate breast implant size is often No. 1 on my patients’ list of concerns. After all, the reason most women undergo breast augmentation is to change their breast size, so it’s essential that the right implant size be selected carefully. I offer implant sizers for my patients to try on during their consultation. This gives women a good idea of their intended results. If you haven’t had a consultation, looking at before-and-after photos online can help you identify your preferences.
We also offer VECTRA® 3-D imaging, which uses pictures of you to create a digital image of your predicted results. While this technology can’t give an exact picture of final results, it is very accurate in show how different implants can affect your final results.
2. Silicone or Saline
Breast implants can be filled with either silicone gel or a saline solution. Both options have benefits and risks, which I will explain. I offer a newest generation of silicone implants that may be more durable and less prone to leaking. These implants also feel very similar to real breasts.
Your breast implants may be placed under or over the chest muscle. Deciding which placement is best will depend on the amount of breast tissue you have as well as the implant type you select. Over-the-muscle placement has a shorter recovery time, while under-the-muscle placement may have a lower risk of capsular contracture. I can help you make the best choice for your body.
4. Incision Method
Surgeons can place implants through 4 different kinds of incisions: under the breast crease, through an incision around the areola, under the arm, or through the bellybutton. Not every approach will be right for each patient, so you should discuss the advantages and tradeoffs with your surgeon.