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Breast Implants: There Is Such a Thing as Too Much Research

February 11th, 2019 Share

If you’re thinking about getting breast implants at my Toronto clinic, I’ve got a bit of advice that may surprise you: Don’t spend too much time on the internet doing research. With so much information available online, many patients research exhaustively before their consultation. But when it comes to deciding on the particulars of breast implants, it’s best to have an open mind when you meet with your plastic surgeon.

Natural curiosity leads most patients to spend time investigating the breast augmentation procedure before scheduling a consultation. That’s fine. But I encourage you to focus most of your time on finding a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic breast surgery, such as breast augmentation.

Research That Helps

It’s also helpful to view before-and-after photos showing patients of the surgeons you’re considering because the photos will provide a good idea of the kind of results you can expect. I also recommend spending time considering some issues that may influence your decision about the size of implants you want. Specifically, think about:

  • Your lifestyle: If you are physically active or exercise regularly, larger breasts may interfere with running and other activities
  • Style of clothes you want to wear: Some women want breast augmentation so they can have a more versatile wardrobe
  • Increased attention: Women who get larger breast implants may feel uncomfortable with the type of attention they attract
  • How you envision yourself in 10 years: The implants you choose today may not be what you want later in life

Research You Can Skip

Many patients come to the consultation with their minds made up about implant size and placement, plus the location of their incisions. Even though I pay close attention to the cosmetic goals my patients describe and educate them on the specifics of the procedure, it’s important for patients to keep an open mind about issues involving the surgery itself so they can achieve the results best-suited for them.

Why is that? Your body is unique, and even if you love the results of a friend’s breast augmentation, the size of her implants likely will produce very different results for you. Most women want natural-looking results, so I carefully consider the frame of the patient’s body, how much existing breast tissue she has, the quality of her breast skin, and the look she wants to achieve before recommending an implant size or whether to put the implants above or below the chest muscle.

I also consider the issues listed above, such as whether or not a patient leads an athletic lifestyle, if she wants more cleavage, or if she aims for her breasts to be fuller in the lower two-thirds. All of these factors, taken together, are important to consider. I’ve trained for years and have performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures, so I’m confident that patients will get the results they want by following my recommendations.

To get started on your journey, contact us using the online form to request a consultation, or call our Yorkville office at (416) 929-9800.