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4 Factors to Consider Prior to a Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Edmonton
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  • March 31, 2017

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments requested at our Edmonton clinic. It is particularly ideal for women:

  • Who want to increase their breast size to suit their frame better
  • Whose breasts have lost their fullness as a result of pregnancy or weight loss
  • Whose breasts are asymmetrical

Unlike a mastopexy (breast lift) which only reshapes breasts, a breast augmentation uses silicone or saline implants to help you safely and effectively achieve the breast size you have always wanted.


4 Things to Consider Prior to a Breast Augmentation

When performed by a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon, a breast augmentation is a safe and successful cosmetic treatment to help you achieve your desired shape.

However it’s important to be fully aware of all aspects of the procedure before deciding if it’s the right choice for your aesthetic needs.

Here are some factors you should consider prior to opting for a breast augmentation:

1. Selecting The Right Implant For You

Choosing the right material, size and shape of implant for your breast augmentation is key to achieving the aesthetic results you want.

With the guidance of your plastic surgeon, you’ll have to make several decisions about the type of implant you want including:

Silicone vs Saline

The choice between silicone vs saline is often one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make when getting breast implants.

Saline implants are filled with saline while silicone implants are filled with a type of gel that very closely resembles breast tissue.

Each has its own pros and cons and it’s important to discuss your options in detail with the plastic surgeon before deciding which product is best for you.


Breast implants that are too wide or large may interfere with your movement.

In general, small to moderately-sized implants will be the lightest and least likely to hinder your movement.

Unsure of what size you want? Use ‘sizers’ - a bead filled pack - in your bra to give you a better idea of what shape and size implant best works for you.

Implant Placement

As part of your breast augmentation consultation, be sure to discuss with your doctor the placement of your implant.

Your surgeon can create a pocket for the implant that is:

  • Directly under the breast tissue
  • Partially under the chest muscle

The latter option works well for patients who are more athletic, as it can help with stability.


2. Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a plastic surgeon who has the appropriate training, skills and experience for the breast augmentation procedure is key to getting safe and satisfactory aesthetic results.

There are 3 factors you should ALWAYS consider when choosing a surgeon for your cosmetic treatment:

  • Board-certification
  • Experience
  • Trust

Not taking the time to carefully research and ensure you are working with a plastic surgeon who is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, can have serious consequences including surgical complications, a wasted investment and undesirable results.

3. Consider the Recovery Period

It is important to remember that a breast augmentation is an extensive procedure and will require a significant recovery period. You should:

  • Expect some discomfort and pain
  • Wear a post-op surgical bra for at least 6 weeks after surgery
  • Avoid any strenuous physical activity for up to 1 month after your procedure
  • Stop smoking at least 3 weeks before and after your breast augmentation

Remember that following your plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions and getting plenty of rest is crucial for great results.

So before you decide on a breast augmentation, be sure you are ready for the extensive recovery time.


4. Know the Risks Involved

As with any plastic surgery, there are always possible risks and potential complications when it comes to a breast augmentation. These include:

  • Fluid accumulation
  • Capsular contracture
  • Surgical complications e.g. infections, bleeding or swelling
  • Change in breast sensation

Although working with an experienced surgeon can significantly lower your risk of any complications, be sure to discuss all the potential risks of the breast augmentation surgery with your doctor prior to undergoing any treatment.


Learn More

To find out more about the costs, benefits and risks of the breast augmentation surgery, contact Dr. Ladak today at 780-407-6691.

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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