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A breast augmentation is performed to improve contour of the breast by inserting silicone gel or saline implants to enhance or enlarge the beasts. A breast augmentation may also be combined with a breast lift (Mastopexy) to treat breast ptosis (sagging). Ptosis may occur after childbirth or with significant weight loss, or may occur naturally with time.
Dr. Dickie will assess your breasts to determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both.
Your consultation and surgical procedure will be performed by Dr. Dickie. When considering a breast augmentation, it is important to ensure that your surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who is among the most educated, experienced, and well trained medical surgeon in the field.
Dr. Kenneth Dickie, M.D., F.R.C.S. [C] • Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Kenneth Dickie, Director of the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and a member of both the American and Canadian Societies of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery. As Chief of Plastic Surgery at Royal Victoria Hospital and a member of the teaching faculty of U. of T., Dr. Dickie will guide you in making the right decision.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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[pane title=”Who is a candidate for breast enlargement?”]
- women with underdeveloped breasts
- women, who had more breast tissue at one point in their life, but developed
- sagging breasts through weight loss, pregnancy or aging.
[pane title=”Can a woman breast feed after breast augmentation?”]If a woman would be able to breast feed without implants, YES, is the answer.
Various studies have shown that breast feeding can be an issue for small breasted women. It is likely that implants will not have an effect either way. Regardless of the type of implant used, there is no known risk to the infant.[/pane]
[pane title=”Do breasts with implants sag over time?”]Factors such age due to the loss of elasticity, weight loss, or even the weight of the implant can cause the breast to relax and can cause sagging. However, though the implants can add some weight to the breasts, the surrounding scar tissue can provide some support for the tissue in the breast.[/pane]
[pane title=”What is a mastopexy?”]A breast lift can be performed surgically if a woman with or without implants feels that her breasts have sagged. If there is excessive sagging, then a breast lift may be performed at the same time as an augmentation.[/pane]
[pane title=”Are silicone implants safe in the body?”]The FDA and thousands of accredited researchers have approved silicone gel implants and saline filled implants for breast augmentation.[/pane]
[pane title=”Which implant lasts longer, saline or silicone?”]The failure rate of a saline filled implant and silicone filled implant is the same. This stands true only if the saline implants are filled to their optimum value. Saline implants, filled below the optimal suggested value, may experience excessive rippling and will consequently not last as long as the silicone filled implant.[/pane]
[pane title=”Which implants are more natural?”]When saline filled implants are filled beyond the manufacturer’s so-called maximum volume, the breast will appear the same as a silicone filled implant. However, some women prefer the very natural feel to the touch of a silicone implant.[/pane]
[pane title=”How is the correct implant size chosen?”]Dr. Dickie will discuss your desired implant size, not by comparing yourself to your friends, who will most likely have a different body type than you, but by a thorough discussion of your expectations and desired look. In your discussion with Dr. Dickie, you will be deciding upon the desired bra size. Your band number won’t change with a breast augmentation, only your cup size. Dr. Dickie will take measurements of your breast, in particular, the diameter of the base of the breast. This will determine the amount of CCs that your chest wall is able to accommodate. [/pane]
[pane title=”Do the implants ripple or wrinkle?”]In general, the degree of wrinkling or rippling can become more apparent in the patient if the patient is thin with a thinner fatty layer in the breast, a smaller pre operative breast size or whether the implant is saline or silicone.
Factors that will help to decrease apparent rippling would be if the patient has a thicker fatty layer, larger pre operative, silicone rather than saline filled and smooth surfaced implants.
[pane title=”Can I take my herbal medication before my operation?”]Prior to surgery, Dr. Dickie will ask you to refrain completely from taking any medication containing an anti inflammatory agent. For safety reasons, herbal medication should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery.[/pane]