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Which breast implants are best?

Dr. Ron Somogyi addresses some common questions regarding breast augmentation.

Toronto Plastic Surgery, Which breast implants are the best

There are many reasons a woman might choose to undergo breast augmentation.

Some women experience changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding, others feel their breasts are too small, uneven, misshapen or disproportionate. No matter the reason, the impact of this procedure on a woman’s self-image and confidence can be dramatic.

Breast augmentation surgery involves placing an implant behind each breast to increase its size and shape, always with the goal of creating breasts that look natural and fit with the overall proportions of a woman’s body. Choosing to undergo this procedure is a big decision, and one that comes along with many questions. One of the most common: which breast implants are the best?

Breast implant material.

When patients ask “which breast implants are best?”, they’re usually referring to breast implant material. There are two breast implant materials approved by Health Canada: silicone and saline. Ultimately, the choice you make along with your surgeon will depend on a number of factors including your cosmetic goals and body type.

Silicone breast implants are made up of a silicone elastomer shell, filled with soft, cohesive silicone gel. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, silicone implants closely mimic the feel of a breast, and are often considered to look more natural.

Saline breast implants have the same silicone elastomer shell as silicone implants, but are filled with sterile saltwater during surgery. The size of the implant shell as well as the amount of saline that is used to fill it will ultimately determine the look and feel of your breast. Because these implants are inserted into the body while empty and filled once in place, saline implants may sometimes allow surgeons to use smaller incisions.

What size suits you best?

The size of your breast implants is another important consideration when deciding whether breast augmentation is right for you. This is a highly personal decision, and in order to ensure natural, proportionate results, your height, body type, cosmetic goals, and the amount and quality of your natural breast tissue must be considered. These measurements and this discussion will usually be the more important part of your consultation and surgical planning.

At Toronto Plastic Surgery, Vectra XT 3-Dimensional Simulation will be used during your consultation, allowing you to visualize how breast augmentation is likely to appear on your own body. This is a very exciting and useful way to talk about what you like and what you don’t like about your breasts, and to ensure that your surgeon shares your vision.

Breast implant shape.

Not only are breast implants available in a variety of sizes, they come in different shapes too. The right choice will depend on your native breast shape and your aesthetic goals.

Round implants are just that – round. They add an equal amount of volume around the entire circumference of the breast, providing a significant boost in cleavage and fullness for a youthful final result. Properly sized, round implants can provide a natural breast contour. Shaped implants—sometimes called “anatomic” or “teardrop” implants—create results that mimic the shape of natural breast tissue with more fullness in the lower portion of the breast. 

Incision location.

Another question that many of our patients ask during consultation is “will there be a scar?” With all options, incisions are very inconspicuous, and scars normally fade over time. That being said, there are a few options for incision location: periareolar (along the lower edge of the areola), inframammary (at the base of the breast, in the crease where the breast connects to the chest wall), and transaxillary (within the armpit). The location of your incision is often a personal choice, but can also be influenced by the type of implant and placement you select.

Implant placement options.

Many patients don’t realize that there is more than one option when it comes to the placement of your new implants. In fact there are two unique options: subglandular (above your chest muscle), and submuscular (below your chest muscle). With subglandular placement, the implant is positioned between the chest muscle and the existing breast tissue.  Since the muscle is left untouched, recovery time is often slightly shorter. Patients with little existing breast tissue may not be good candidates for this technique as implant visibility with an unnatural appearance can occur. With submuscular placement (often referred to as “dual plane”), the implant is positioned under the chest muscle. This technique often results in more natural-looking results, though the recovery time can be slightly longer.

As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing to undergo breast augmentation, but don’t be overwhelmed. During your consultation, your surgeon will walk you through your options to help you make the decision that is right for you. If you’d like to schedule a surgical consultation, contact us today.

How much does a breast augmentation cost?

Dr. Ron Somogyi discusses the factors that come into play when considering the cost of breast augmentation. 

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation—or any plastic surgery procedure, for that matter—is a big decision. This procedure will affect your life in many ways: physically, emotionally, and yes … financially. It’s no surprise that one of the most common questions we’re asked is “how much does this procedure cost?”

Let’s start with the simple answer. A breast augmentation at Toronto Plastic Surgery, though highly individualized, ranges in cost from $9,000 to $11,000.  

Now, in order to truly answer the question “how much does a breast augmentation cost?”, it’s important that we explore the many important factors that come into play when considering the cost of a procedure like this.

Medical costs.

As you’ll learn throughout the surgical process, the cost of breast augmentation includes more than just your new implants. In addition to the cost of the breast implants themselves, fees quoted from our office include all relevant surgical fees, anesthesia, surgical facility fees, nursing fees, medical garments as required, and taxes.

Preoperative and follow-up care.

Preoperative and follow-up care are essential and important parts of your surgical journey. In reality, preparing you properly for surgery and guiding you closely through your recovery and healing will be almost as important to your result as the surgery itself. Because it’s important to us that we be with you every step of the way in your recovery journey, your investment includes all preoperative and follow-up appointments. While your surgeon is always available for you, you’ll also have access to a skilled, experienced team that includes our Patient Coordinator as well as our Physician Assistant and Nurses.

During your preoperative appointments, we will provide you with a clear and concise treatment plan. In fact, because we want you to feel that your questions were thoughtfully addressed, we encourage you to return to the office for further appointments, as required, until you are completely comfortable with your decision to proceed with surgery.

Once your surgery is complete, our staff will schedule regular follow-up visits to ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.

Experience and training.

It is true that breast augmentation is now widely available from several providers with varied amounts of experience and training. The cost of the surgery is often reflective of this experience. Finding an experienced, qualified surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will make prior to your surgery.

Verify credentials and training, confirm the surgeon’s experience with the specific procedure you want to undergo, and ask to see before & after photos of previous patients.

The right practitioner.

Getting you from thinking about surgery to the result you’ve always dreamed of is ultimately the result of synergy between you and your surgeon. You need a partner in this decision. Someone that will consider who you are, what your goals are and what can be done to help you meet those goals.

Take time both during and after the consultation to think about how you connected with your surgeon. Did you feel rushed? Did they understand your goals? Do you feel confident that your vision will become your reality? Do you feel that the surgeon and their practice will look after you before, during and after the procedure, no matter the issue?

We understand that cost is always a factor. When you decide to undergo breast augmentation at Toronto Plastic Surgery, it is our hope that you make this decision because you feel comfortable with your surgeon and procedure choice, and fully supported throughout your surgical journey. To us, that is priceless.

If you’re interested in scheduling a surgical consultation, contact us today.

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Dr. Brown’s Webinar on Secondary Breast Augmentation

Toronto Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Mitchell Brown will be conducting a webinar for the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies on Secondary Breast Augmentation.

Dr. Brown is a recognized expert on managing breast augmentation revisions and will be hosting the discussion.

Dr. Somogyi Makes EDITOR’S PICK in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal

Toronto Plastic Surgery is proud to congratulate Dr Ron Somogyi on the recent publication of his article in the prestigious Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Dr Somogyi’s article looks at the important area of patient reported outcomes following lumpectomy or partial breast removal to treat breast cancer.

Most breast cancer reconstruction takes place with patients who require mastectomy. These days, however, so many breast cancers are effectively treated with lumpectomy (partial mastectomy). In most cases the aesthetic outcomes from lumpectomy are excellent. In some cases, however, patients are left with considerable deformities that leave patients with significant physical and psychological stress. This article examines the aesthetic outcomes of lumpectomy in Canadian breast cancer patients, identifying risk factors for poor outcomes and outlining the factors that we need to address as surgeons to ensure that appropriate patients have easy access to reconstructive surgeons.

Patient Reported Outcomes following Breast Conservation Therapy and Barriers to Referral for Partial Breast Reconstruction

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