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3 Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Breast Implants

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  • November 27, 2017

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Canada. Over the next 2 months, we will be doing a 4 part blog series that tells you everything you need to know about this cosmetic surgery, so you can make the best decision when it comes to your aesthetic goals.

Breast augmentation is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures in Canada, and worldwide. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, this procedure is a safe and effective way to:

  • Correct breast asymmetry (if you have one breast that is smaller than the other)
  • Restore volume to breasts that have lost their fullness due to pregnancy or weight loss
  • Increase breast size
Breast Augmentation at our Edmonton Clinic

The breast augmentation procedure at our Edmonton clinic is a safe and effective way to help you achieve your desired shape. However, as with all cosmetic procedures, undergoing this surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

During a consultation with our plastic surgeon, we can assess your aesthetic goals and medical history to determine whether or not a breast augmentation is right for you.


How to Choose The Right Breast Implants

Unlike a breast lift, which only reshapes your breasts, a breast augmentation uses silicone or saline implants to help you achieve the breast size you’ve always wanted.

However, for the safest, most natural results, it is crucial that you work closely with your plastic surgeon to choose the correct type and size of breast implant for your body and needs.

The following factors will play a role in the decision making process:

  • Your body shape and size
  • Existing breast size and shape
  • Amount of ptosis of existing breasts
  • Amount and integrity of natural breast tissue
  • Lifestyle and physical activity

During your breast augmentation consultation, your plastic surgeon will measure your chest and breast size, as well as your height and weight, to best decide which implant will fit your existing proportions.


3 Factors to Consider When Choosing The Right Breast Implant

Apart from carefully selecting your plastic surgeon, choosing the right type of breast implant is one of the most important decisions you’ll make regarding your breast augmentation.


1. Size

While a breast augmentation is for patients who want bigger breasts, you must remember to select a size that matches your unique figure. Some key points to remember when choosing the right implant size include:

  • Body type: If you are a lean person with small breasts, you want to avoid very large-sized implants because this may lead to implant rippling.

  • Body shape: Women with a strong build can easily carry large-sized breasts. However, some lean women may suffer from back pain if their implants are too big. Your plastic surgeon can help determine what size is appropriate for your body shape.

Future pregnancy: Remember, during pregnancy, the breasts may expand a few sizes. Therefore, the desired implant size may be chosen more easily after you have no plans for another pregnancy.

​2. Material

The choice between silicone and saline is inevitably one of the decisions you will have to make when getting breast implants. Both have their pros/cons and the choice will depend on your individual needs and goals. (LEARN MORE >)

These implants are comprised of a silicone shell that is filled (at the time of the surgery) with salt water.


  • Require a smaller incision than silicone implants
  • They can be filled to fit your exact and unique profile
  • Cost-effective & pose no health threat if they rupture


  • They have a less-natural feel than silicone implants
  • HIgher rate of downward displacement than silicone
  • There is a higher risk of implant rippling

Silicone implants are made of a solid silicone shell which are filled with a cohesive silicone gel.


  • More natural look & feel than saline implants
  • They come in a variety of different sizes and shapes to fit your individual needs
  • They are less prone to rippling, giving you a smoother appearance


  • More expensive
  • Only FDA approved for women over the age of 22
  • A ruptured silicone implant can lead to health issues such as breast cancer or connective tissue disease


3. Profile

The profile of a breast implant refers to the distance an implant will project forward from your chest wall. A low profile implant is very flat, while a higher profile implant will protrude forward and create a more prominent breast.

To help determine which profile is right for you, your plastic surgeon will consider:

  • The existing size and shape of your body and breasts
  • Your breast width
  • Your aesthetic goals and the look that you desire


Call Today

When you visit our Edmonton clinic, Dr. Ladak will explain the breast augmentation process to you and walk you through all the steps for choosing breast implants that are ideal for your body and desired look.

For more information, contact 780-407-6691 or fill in our online contact form.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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