Breast Augmentation Vancouver, BC
Breast augmentation is a very popular cosmetic surgery for many women to enhance their breast appearance. This involves the placement of breast implants to increase the fullness and projection of the breasts.
Common reasons for breast augmentation and enhancement are to:
- Enlarge a naturally smaller breast
- Restore fullness following pregnancy or weight loss
- Achieve better symmetry in breast size and shape
- Help balance the breast appearance with other body proportions
Every woman has an ideal image of how they would like their breasts to look and this is a very personal decision. Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss the options and details with you and help you decide if breast augmentation is a good option to help you achieve your individual goals and feel great about the way your breasts look and feel.
Take a look at the photo gallery for some before and after examples, to see how breast augmentation can enhance your breast appearance. To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Seal, or call our office at (604) 569-2895 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn more about the procedure on the road to achieving all of your aesthetic goals.
Breast Augmentation Considerations
When considering breast augmentation, there are several factors to think about. During your consultation, Dr. Seal will initially focus on understanding your individual concerns and goals, and then discuss what options exist to help address these.
Important factors to consider include:
- What type of implant is desired for the breast enhancement.
- Where the incisions are made to allow the implants to be placed behind the breast.
- Where the implants are placed, either above the chest muscles, or below the chest muscles.
- What size implant will safely achieve the desired breast appearance.
1. IMPLANT TYPE
The first decision is whether to use silicone gel implants or saline implants. There are several different type of gel implants within the category of silicone gel implants, and Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss with you how all of these implants differ from each other, and what the benefits and considerations to each type are. In general, many women find the silicone gel implants have a more natural look and feel, compared with the saline implants. Saline implants are essentially a silicone shell filled with sterile salt water and can potentially be placed through smaller incisions.
One of Dr. Seal’s goals for your breast augmentation is to make your incisions as unnoticeable as possible. The most popular incision site options include making the incision along the lower border of the areola (peri-areolar incision), where there is a natural colour change from the areola pigment to the breast skin, or through a small incision in the breast crease, where the shape of the breast helps to cover this area. The implant type and size, and your breast size and shape, can influence which method may be best suited for you, and Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss this with you to help you make the right choice for your individual goals.
The breast implants can be placed either directly behind the breast tissue, or behind the chest muscles. Part of this decision depends on the aesthetic goals you may have for your breasts and your starting breast size. Placing the implants directly below the muscle provides more coverage over the upper portion of the implant. This can potentially create a more natural breast appearance. There is a spectrum of looks that can be achieved, from a natural breast appearance to a very augmented look to the breast. One of the main goals during your consultation is to determine where you feel your ideal breast appearance is on this spectrum. Depending on your goals, both techniques of implant placement can be used with different size and shaped implants to help achieve your desired appearance, and Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss the details with you.
4. IMPLANT SIZE
The size of the implants for your breast enhancement is one of the most important and exciting decisions for you to make. Your ideal breast size, shape and appearance is a very personal decision, and through your consultation, one of our focuses is to provide you with a safe range of implant sizes that would be compatible with your chest and body proportions. As part of your consultation, with the use of sizers and a custom sizing bra, you can visualize in the office how the different size implants will augment your breast appearance, and help ensure you achieve the beautiful look you desire.
What to expect during your recovery
Breast Augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure at a private surgical facility. You will be able to go home after the procedure to relax and recover. In general, most women recover well over the first week, and we provide you with all the medication and supplies to help you through this process. When thinking about time off work, or away from social commitments, 2 weeks is most likely a safer window of down time. You will have some comfort garments provided to help you through the recovery period and ensure optimal implant position. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks. Dr. Seal will see you in the office over the recovery period to review all the important information with you and ensure that you are doing well. The final results can appear gradually over the first few months as the implants settle into the correct position and the swelling subsides. The incisions continue to fade over the first year, and all the important things you can do to help optimize your results are reviewed during your follow-up visits.