Breast augmentation surgery can have a positive impact on one’s self-confidence and body image. Dissatisfaction with breast size, shape, volume and symmetry are all factors that can lead to the consideration of a breast enhancement procedure. We may have had these concerns all our adult life, or they may have arisen after weight loss or pregnancy. Whatever the reason for your breast concerns, there are key things to consider when making the decision to proceed with a breast augmentation procedure – one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedurbreaes.
Things to consider with breast augmentation surgery.
Proportions. Perhaps your breasts are small and you’d like them to be larger? It can be challenging to know what will suit your needs and desired outcome. During the consultation process with plastic surgeon Dr. Nancy de Kleer, considerations such as your height, weight, shoulder and hip width will be taken into account as well as your activity levels in order to establish a breast size that is cohesive with your body and lifestyle. Bringing before and after images to your consultation, along with the aforementioned factors, will help in determining the size and shape that is best suited to you.
Silicone vs saline. There are two different types of implant materials to choose from. Saline implants and cohesive silicone gel implants, which both come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The silicone implants used today are approved by Health Canada and do not pose the complications of their predecessors, which were banned in the 1990s. They have a soft and natural feel and should the implant break, they do not leak.
Saline implants have been safely used for over 30 years. The saline solution is contained within a silicone-based outer shell. The saline is filled to the desired size during the surgical procedure. The main drawback with this type of implant is the leakage that occurs should the implant break. This does not pose any health risk, but further surgery is required to replace the implant.
So long as there is no evidence that an implant has been ruptured or broken, and you’re happy with the visual results, there is no need to eventually replace the implants.
Incisions and placement. Dr. de Kleer will discuss the options for incision points and breast implant placement during your consultation. There is a choice of three different incisions points whereby the implant can be inserted: under the fold of the breast, around the areola (the edge of the nipple) and at the axilla (the armpit). The placement of the breast implant can be underneath the breast tissue (subglandular) or beneath the chest muscle (subpectoral). There are benefits to each of these placement options; however, the suitability of the placement is unique to each individual and will be determined during your consultation.
As there is an incision required for the surgical procedure, there will be surgical scars to contend with. The recovery process, including how to manage and minimize the appearance of scars, will be thoroughly discussed before and after the breast augmentation procedure.
Choosing your surgeon. Working with a highly trained and experienced surgeon that you feel comfortable with is the most important aspect of your breast augmentation surgery. Make sure your surgeon is qualified, experienced and performs their surgeries in an accredited facility with a dedicated professional team of anaesthesiologists and nurses.
These important considerations will help in your decision making process. If you’re prepared to take the next step in exploring a breast enhancement procedure, Oakville Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skincare invites you to book a surgical consultation with Dr. Nancy de Kleer, plastic surgeon. A consultation fee is required and may be applied towards your procedure. Call (905) 901-9545 or email [email protected] to request an appointment.