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Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed today, due largely to a high rate of satisfaction with the results and increasing levels of safety and efficacy. Our patients often choose breast augmentation when they are self-conscious about their appearance because they feel that the size of their breasts does not complement the rest of their body. Augmentation enhances breast fullness and shape so patients are more comfortable with their body in different types of clothing and bathing suits. The Banff Plastic Surgery team has helped women achieve their aesthetic vision for their breasts for more than 30 years, and we enjoy working with each patient individually to ensure her results are just right for her goals, body shape and proportions.
The Right Procedure
Most patients are concerned mainly with improving the size of their breasts, but when we see a patient, we are looking at many different aspects of the breast apart from size. These include shape, chest and breast dimensions, skin quality, nipple position and areola size, level of the underwire or inframammary fold and the amount of natural tissue padding that is present to cover an implant. We have to look at your body and your breasts as a whole to make sure that an augmentation will not leave you with results that look “overdone” or unnatural.
It is important to understand that there is no one right way to perform breast augmentation. The technique your friend may have had or the results your favorite celebrity achieved may not be appropriate for you. During your in-person consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay, she will review with you the various types of implants available as well as the different benefits and features of each type and style of implant. We all have different physical characteristics and we tend to view ourselves subjectively. What you see in the mirror can be very different from what we see in a photograph, so it is helpful to have an expert surgeon’s objective advice on what kind of breast shape and size might bring out the best in your body.
It is also common for our patients to experience sagging, or ptosis, of the breasts alongside dissatisfaction with their size. While some breast implants are designed to restore a visual sense of lift to the breasts, implants alone cannot truly correct sagging skin. In this case, we may recommend a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation to produce the most desirable results. To help a patient understand what the results of each of these options might look like, we will draw on photographs of the patient to show what an implant alone would look like, what an implant and a breast lift would look like and what a breast lift alone would look like. We will also discuss the pros and cons of each choice to help our patients make the right decision for their personal situation.
The Right Patient
Good candidates for breast augmentation are non-smokers in good health who want to increase their breast size. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, so you will need to be healthy enough to heal properly and to reduce and eliminate as many surgical risks as possible. If you have medication allergies, existing health conditions that impact circulation or a history of blood clots, make sure you discuss these with us to ensure that they are accounted for during your procedure and recovery.
Additionally, if you are interested in breast enhancement but you are already happy with the volume of your breasts, then you may be more interested in a breast lift. Breast augmentation is designed to address breast size and shape rather than where it sits on your chest. A breast augmentation alone will fill up the upper pole or upper half of the breast, and fill out the breast envelope, but it will not tighten or lift the remaining skin. If you are concerned about size but you have other aesthetic goals as well, you may need an augmentation alongside another breast enhancement surgery like a breast lift.
The Right Reasons
You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation if you want to feel more confident in your physical appearance – in clothing and out of it. Perhaps no matter which brassiere you buy, you notice an empty space in the upper part of the breast. Perhaps you struggle to find tops that do not gape around your breasts, or you feel as though your breasts are not proportionate to the rest of your body These concerns can make you self-conscious in revealing clothing, in bathing suits and during intimate moments, even if you are able to camouflage the issue with specialized undergarments or tailored clothing. If you feel as though a breast augmentation would improve your happiness with your appearance, it may be time for you to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon near you.
In Banff, Alberta, Dr. Hall-Findlay and the Banff Plastic Surgery team can help you regain your self-confidence and discover the benefits of feeling good about your body. We believe our experience and our aesthetic appreciation will provide you with the best result possible from your breast augmentation. We will encourage good communication between us so that we can understand what is important to you and you can develop healthy, realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure.
The Right Time
Being in good physical and mental health is necessary for optimal results. In some cases, it may be appropriate to hold off on your breast augmentation until the time is right. For example, if you are in the midst of a weight loss journey or you are not finished having children, you may want to wait until these phases of your life have ended to avoid having your newly augmented breasts change shape due to weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
Your schedule is an important consideration as well. Recovery from breast implant surgery is fairly easy, but you will need time to heal fully from your surgery. Some patients can return to sedentary work or daily responsibilities in a few days, but we encourage most patients to take a week off. Our patients are allowed to lift their babies and do some light physical work by this time, but you may still tire easily or experience some discomfort on a daily basis. We usually warn patients that it takes about two weeks to return to most other normal pursuits, and about four weeks to return to more strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. If you are unable to spend enough time away from these activities, you should not undergo a breast augmentation until you are sure that you can rest and start your recovery off on the right foot.
If you have more questions about breast augmentation or you want to find out if the procedure is right for you, we invite you to visit Banff Plastic Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Hall-Findlay. During this in-person meeting, we can fully evaluate your needs, your goals, your body type and your lifestyle to help you decide whether you are the right patient and it is the right time for a breast augmentation. Call us today at 403-762-2055 to learn more.
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“Breast augmentation surgery can help bring out your internal confidence. It can either give you what you never had, or after having children, it can give you back what you lost through pregnancy and breast feeding. Our focus is to give you as natural a result as possible, while taking into account your particular issues and desires. What is right for one woman may be very different from what another woman is trying to achieve. I have been in practice for over 30 years, so we have seen many different types of implants and many different approaches. We can use our experience to give you appropriate recommendations that fit with your individual circumstances. Patients often come in confused from what they have read on the internet or from what their friends are recommending. We want to work with you to determine what is best for you.”