Every woman has an image of her ideal body; breast size often plays an important role in that image. Whether you're looking to enhance your body proportions, balance breast size or increase fullness after pregnancy, breast augmentation from Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Lennox can help you achieve the beautiful curves you've always desired.
Breast Implant Considerations
When considering breast augmentation, one of the first questions Vancouver patients ask is which breast implants should they choose. Dr. Lennox has experience with all the implants currently available in Canada, and will work with you to choose the ones that will meet your goals. He takes the time to help each patient choose the breast implants that are best suited to her desired outcome, unique anatomy, and lifestyle. Options include:
Implants are either round or anatomically shaped (often called teardrop-shaped). Your decision about implant shape depends primarily on how you want the final results to look. Round implants create a fuller appearance in the upper area of the breasts, which typically results in enhanced cleavage. Teardrop-shaped implants are designed to simulate the sloping look of natural breasts and are fuller in the bottom two-thirds of the implants. This provides volume in a more discreet, subtle way.
This 48-year-old woman chose anatomically shaped, silicone implants. Read more.
An implant's exterior shell can be either smooth or textured. Anatomically shaped implants are typically textured, because breast tissue attaches to the rougher surface. That helps prevent the shaped implants from rotating within the breast pocket. Because the anatomically shaped implants, unlike round implants, have an "up" and "down" side, any movement will look abnormal. Breast augmentation revision surgery can be done to adjust the implant, but it's best to avoid that from the start by choosing a shaped implant with a textured surface.
This 37-year-old mother of 2 chose textured, anatomically shaped silicone implants. Read more.
An implant's profile refers to how the augmentation results look from the side, or how far the implants project from your chest. It's another way to customize your results, and consulting with an experienced breast augmentation specialist such as Dr. Lennox can help you make a decision that will look the best for you. Implants at our practice are available in a variety of profiles, including:
- Low profile
- Moderate profile
- Moderate plus profile
- High profile
This 25-year-old woman wanted a full look and selected smooth, high-profile silicone implants inserted under the pectoral muscles. Read more.
One of the most important decisions you will need to make is choosing the size of your breast implants. Women have a wide range of preferences when it comes to breast size, but most desire natural-looking breasts that complement their overall figure. Dr. Lennox's staff helps make the decision easier with sizers, a surgical bra that allows you to visualize different implant sizes to ensure you get the look you want. You can even take the sizers home to get opinions from your friends and family.
Silicone or Saline
Dr. Lennox was one of the first physicians in Canada to begin using the new generation of silicone gel implants, which many women believe have a more natural look and feel than saline. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and their advantages include that they generally cost less and require smaller incisions.
See the difference breast augmentation can make in our before & after photo gallery.
In addition to implants, breast augmentation patients have choices about surgical technique. Dr. Lennox will review the following surgical considerations during the consultation:
Breast implants can be placed directly beneath the breast tissue, called subglandular placement, or beneath the chest muscle, called submuscular placement. Placing the implants under the muscle generally provides a more natural appearance, reduces the risk that you will experience tightening around the implant after surgery (capsular contracture) and creates less interference with mammograms. Placing the implants under the breast tissue allows for an easier recovery because there is no incision into the muscle.
Incisions can be made along the bottom of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), just below the breast where it meets the chest wall, or through the armpit. The type and size of your implants as well as your body type affect which method is best for you. Regardless, Dr. Lennox's goal is to makes scars as subtle as possible.
Recovery & Results
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure so you'll be able to go home after the anesthesia has worn off. Most patients feel some discomfort, but this is easily managed with pain medication and subsides within a few days. About a week later, you'll return to Dr. Lennox's office for reassessment. As with any surgery, your body will need time to heal but following your aftercare instructions closely is the key to a good recovery.
You'll be able to enjoy the new, shapelier you immediately although final results appear gradually over time as swelling subsides and the breast implants settle into place. Incision lines continue to fade for up to a year.
If you have questions about your procedure, please visit our Breast Augmentation FAQs page.
Breast augmentation is very popular, and many women choose to have additional procedures performed at the same time for even more dramatic results. When breast surgery is combined with a tummy tuck, the procedure is commonly referred to as a "mommy makeover." For women who want to improve fullness as well as the position and shape of their breasts, adding a breast lift is an excellent option. Dr. Lennox also performs revision breast augmentation to improve the results of a previous procedure or exchange breast implants.