Breast Augmentation FAQs


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The decision to get breast implants is an exciting one. Most women feel a mix of enthusiastic anticipation and anxiety. Getting the answers to all of your questions is one of the best ways to reach peace of mind about your breast augmentation (boob job). In Vancouver, BC, Dr. Peter Lennox takes the time with all his patients to answer their questions so they can focus on achieving their new look with confidence. Below are some of the more common questions Dr. Lennox hears at his practice.

Dr. Lennox can answer additional questions about breast augmentation or how to choose the correct breast implants at his Vancouver plastic surgery practice. To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Lennox, an RCPSC-certified plastic surgeon. Or, call our office at (604) 876-6552 to schedule your appointment.

Questions and Answers

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How do I decide what breast implant size to choose?

Dr. Lennox offers breast implants in a range of sizes, and the right one for you depends on several factors that he discusses during your consultation. A good starting point is to find before-and-after photos of patients whose results are similar to your own goals. Dr. Lennox can make a recommendation based on your body's frame, how much existing breast tissue you have, and other physical characteristics. You can also try on "sizers" in our office and even take them home to get the opinion of loved ones. In addition, Dr. Lennox has one of the only VECTRA® 3-D Analysis machines in Western Canada. For many patients, a 3-D simulation of what you would look like with different implants can be done.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost of breast augmentation in Vancouver can vary widely between different patients, depending on the type of implants and the details of the surgery, such as whether any other procedures are done at the same time. The typical cost ranges from $7,000 to $10,000. Dr. Lennox strives to keep his costs affordable and comparable with other area surgeons, and he offers financing options to ensure the procedure is within reach for all his patients.

What should I look for in breast augmentation before-and-after photos?

Once you've made sure a surgeon is qualified and experienced in performing breast augmentation, there are a variety of questions to consider when looking at his/her patient photos including:

  • Do you like the "after" photos of patients whose "before" breasts were similar to your own?
  • Are there patients with a variety of body types who have beautiful results? This shows the surgeon personalizes the procedure to each patient's unique anatomy.
  • Do the patients' breasts look more symmetrical after surgery, even if they were out of balance before? While the human body is not perfectly symmetrical, results should be similar in shape and size.
  • When were the "after" photos taken? It can take several months for implants to "settle" and scars to fade.

Do I need breast augmentation or a breast lift?

There is a fairly common misconception that getting implants not only increases the size of your breasts, but also gives them a lifted appearance. Breast augmentation surgery adds volume to your breasts, but it does not lift them into a more youthful, higher position or alleviate sagging. That requires a breast lift, which involves surgical techniques designed to elevate the breasts and nipples. Dr. Lennox can help you determine which procedure would best serve you. He frequently performs both surgeries simultaneously for women who want more volume and a lifted look.

Will breast implants affect my mammogram results?

There is no evidence that implants interfere with a clinical examination of the breast. Most radiologists are confident that they can assess the breast accurately with an implant in the subpectoral plane. Experienced radiology technicians know how to take images of the breasts at different angles for patients with breast implants. Be sure to tell your technician that you have implants so he or she can take that into account during your mammogram.

Are saline or silicone implants better?

There's no universally superior implant. The choice is entirely the patient's, although it's important to know all the facts before you make a decision. Both saline and silicone implants are proven to be safe and have similar "life spans." Most doctors and patients alike agree that silicone implants look and feel more natural. However, saline implants are often a bit more affordable and typically require smaller incisions. During your consultation, Dr. Lennox will review all implant options available, and work with you to choose the best implant for you specifically.

Should I wait to get breast implants if I plan to have children?

If you are sure you want to have children in the next year or so, then it is reasonable to wait to have surgery. Your breasts will change with pregnancy and breastfeeding, so waiting will help you avoid having to undergo implant revision surgery to address any cosmetic issues that may arise. If you believe you might have children down the road but aren't sure when, then getting breast augmentation now might be best. This timeline is different for each woman, and Dr. Lennox is happy to discuss your plans and find a solution that works for you.

Will I be able to breastfeed with implants?

Yes, many women can breastfeed even if they have breast implants. Dr. Lennox always asks breast augmentation patients if they are planning to have children

Is breast augmentation surgery always performed using a general anesthetic?

Dr. Lennox works with a board-certified anesthesiologist, who assesses all of our patients. Together, the anesthesiologist and the patient make a decision that is the best in terms of safety, patient concerns, and the procedure details. Dr. Lennox performs breast surgery using a general anesthetic in the majority of operations. 

May other procedures be combined with breast augmentation?

In addition to the popular choice of adding a breast lift to augmentation, it's fairly common for patients to ask about combining body contouring procedures. For instance, a tummy tuck is a common choice among patients who have lost a lot of weight or had children. The custom combination approach is called a "mommy makeover," and it produces dramatic transformative results.

How long do breast implants last?

Unfortunately, breast implants do not last forever. Current implants have a failure rate of approximately 1% per year. Silicone implants should have some type of implant imaging/assessment done around 10 years. That said, some women have their implants for decades before they experience any issues. Dr. Lennox specializes in breast augmentation revision for patients who are ready to remove or replace their implants.

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