What Is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a procedure that is done to enlarge a woman’s breasts and enhance their shape. This is done by placing implants underneath the chest wall muscle or behind existing breast tissue. In either situation, the implants are centred beneath the nipples.
The ultimate goal is to produce beautiful, natural-looking results. A patient can expect her breasts to be lifted and become firmer, fuller, and shapelier for many years to come.
Why Do People Undergo Breast Augmentations?
Women choose to undergo breast augmentations for a variety of reasons including:
- Increasing the size of naturally small breasts.
- Improving asymmetry of varying degrees.
- Restoring fullness to breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Adding balance to complement a curvaceous figure or after experiencing weight loss.
Whatever the specific motivation, undergoing a breast augmentation can help women boost the confidence they have in themselves and their self-image.
Dr. Sleightholm’s Approach to Breast Augmentations
Dr. Sleightholm specializes in body shaping procedures, including breast augmentations, and takes great pride in working with patients to understand their needs and help them achieve their desired result.
During a consultation with Dr. Sleightholm and a surgical consultant, you can expect to discuss your goals and desired results. It is important to be open and honest about your expectations during your initial meeting, as that will allow Dr. Sleightholm to make relevant, appropriate recommendations and enhance your overall satisfaction.
Be prepared to talk about:
Saline breast implants are constructed with a silicone exterior shell and filled with sterile salt water to give them their shape. They can be either round or teardrop-shaped, round implants helping to fill the upper part of the breasts while teardrop implants create a more moderate or natural profile.
Saline implants are typically less expensive than cohesive gel ones, and they offer enhanced flexibility. They are ideal for correcting minor breast asymmetry, as your cosmetic surgeon can inject a little bit more salt water into one implant over the other, and for people who have a very small insertion point. If a petite person wants a larger implant, for example, your cosmetic surgeon can carefully and precisely fold the shell before inserting it, and then fill and expand it once it’s in place.
There are some risks associated with saline implants (rippling, deflation, feeling the movement of the saline, and scar tissue hardening), though they are rare.
Cohesive Gel Implants
These types of implants are made completely of silicone, both the outside shell and the gel inside. They can also be round or teardrop-shaped.
Cohesive gel implants do typically come with a higher price tag, but many patients say that they feel more natural than saline and risks are less likely.
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At Brampton Cosmetic, we use smooth, round implants to give women a full and proportioned appearance. The primary reason we recommend round implants over tear-drop shaped ones is due to their symmetrical shape, they can move and rotate without issue and are as a result more resilient over the long term.
The projection is an indication of how far the implant projects outwards. Low profile implants tend to have wider bases and more leveled tops, while higher profile implants have narrower bases and raised tops.
Your cosmetic surgeon will work with you to ensure the type of implant and procedure you choose is consistent with both your natural proportions and personal goals.
Breast implants range from 150cc to 800cc and above. Some patients will require a different sized implant for each breast to achieve optimal symmetry, shape, and fullness.
When choosing the best size implants, you’ll need to consider:
- Breast Width: In the majority of cases, an implant that is about the same or slightly narrower than the width of your breast will be the best fit.
- Tissue Thickness and Skin Laxity: Women who have thicker and more resilient skin will typically be better able to accommodate wider implants, as their skin will better conform to its new shape and will be less prone to stretching or rippling over time.
- Lifestyle: If you’re an athletic woman, you will want to find breast implants that interfere minimally with how you move.
Ultimately, the best results create harmony and give you natural-looking breasts that suit your body’s frame. Try not to get hung up on precise sizes and measurements. Remember—300cc implants in a patient with small breasts will look very different than they will in a patient with large breasts.
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Breast implants can either be sub-glandular (placed over the chest muscle) or sub-muscular (placed under the chest muscle). Sub-glandular implants typically have a more rounded appearance and come with shorter, less painful recovery times. Sub-muscular implants can provide a more natural look, especially for thinner patients.
Your cosmetic surgeon will work with you to assess your needs, explain the options available, and determine the approach that will be best suited for you.
One of the most important and fun sessions you will have will be the one where you get to try out different implant types and sizes. By wearing a bra designed to fit a range of styles and shapes, you will be able to get a sense of how each implant can transform your silhouette.
To get the most out of this appointment, make sure you:
- Wear a light-coloured, low-cut shirt to accentuate your curves and cleavage.
- Experiment with different options. Even if you think it might be too big or too small, try it on. Understanding the profiles you don’t want can make it easier to decide how you do want to look.
- Ask your consultant and cosmetic surgeon for their feedback. They will have a wealth of experience helping women find the right implants, which they can use to help you inform your decision.
Keep in mind that how your breasts look with the implants sitting on the outside won’t be exactly how they look once the implants are inserted, but trying them on will help you get a much better idea of the final results you can expect.