Dr. H. Ukani Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation ModelEvery year, hundreds of thousands of women choose to enhance their feelings of femininity and their confidence with breast augmentation. Women from Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby, and other cities in Metro Vancouver have come to trust Port Moody plastic surgeon Dr. H. Ukani for beautiful, natural-looking breast augmentation results.

If you'd like to learn more about breast implants and you live in the Vancouver area, request a consultation using our online form, or give the office a call at (604) 931-1893.

Are You a Candidate?

There are many reasons for considering breast augmentation. Maybe you have never been satisfied with the size of your breasts, or perhaps you have experienced changes in your breast size due to age, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations. Breast augmentation doesn't just make your breasts bigger, it can also:

  • Improve the shape or symmetry of the breasts
  • Create more proportionate curves
  • Help you fill out bras and expand your clothing options

During the consultation, Dr. Ukani spends plenty of time with each patient, helping her define her goals and make decisions related to the surgery, such as implant type or incision location. Once he determines that a patient is a candidate, he provides a detailed overview of her specific surgery, including guidelines for good self-care both before and after the procedure. Breast augmentation can be combined with other procedures such as breast lift or tummy tuck surgeries, and Dr. Ukani can help determine whether you would benefit from other options during your consultation.

Meet Dr. H. Ukani

With his extensive training and ongoing experience, Dr. H. Ukani is known throughout Vancouver for creating stunning results through advanced surgical techniques. Learn more about Dr. Ukani's professional credentials and practice philosophy.

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Your Breast Augmentation Options

Prior to your breast augmentation, Dr. Ukani explains your options, including breast implant choices, and guides you through the decisions that are best for you. You'll have many choices to make, including:

  • Implant size
  • Implant type (saline or silicone)
  • Implant placement (over the muscle, under the muscle, or dual plane)
  • Incision location

At his practice, Dr. Ukani uses Crisalix 3-D imaging software to help his breast augmentation patients gain a better understanding of their ultimate results. Crisalix turns a standard 2-D photograph into a 3-D rendering of a patient's body. This rendering will show the predicted outcome after the addition of a particular size or shape of implant, allowing doctor and patient to work together with the same goal in mind.

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Dr. Ukani makes every effort to minimize incision size and resulting scarring. He uses short-scar incisions and instructs patients on proper incision care so that scars are inconspicuous.

Your Breast Augmentation

Dr. Ukani performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure at the state-of-the-art False Creek Surgical Centre. Though the specifics of each breast augmentation procedure vary from patient to patient, most generally follow the same process.

After the patient is resting comfortably under general anesthesia, Dr. Ukani makes an incision in one of the following locations:

  • Inframammary incision: in the crease beneath the breast
  • Periareolar incision: along the lower border of the areola
  • Transaxillary incision: in a natural crease of the armpit

Each option has advantages, and the choice that's right for you depends on your body, the kind of implant you choose, and your goals. Regardless of your incision choice, Dr. Ukani works to keep all incisions as fine and discreet as possible so that they are practically invisible once healed.

He then creates a space for the implant, called the pocket, in one of the following areas:

  • Subglandular placement: over the chest muscle
  • Submuscular placement: under the chest muscle
  • Dual-plane placement: partially under the muscle

Dr. Ukani prefers dual plane implant placement because it provides optimal coverage and support of the implant for natural-looking results and prevents sagging in the future. During your consultation, he will explain which surgical approach would best serve you.

Once the pocket is created, the breast implant is removed from its sterile packaging, washed with antiseptic solution, placed into a Keller Funnel, and then carefully inserted directly into the pocket. The Keller Funnel is an innovative medical device that compresses the implant and allows Dr. Ukani to control its placement. This "no touch" method minimizes the risk of infection and enables Dr. Ukani to use the smallest possible incisions for silicone implants.

Keller Funnel CertifiedThe Keller Funnel

Dr. Ukani prefers to use the Keller Funnel™, a device that makes it easier and safer to place silicone implants. Shaped like a pastry bag, the Keller Funnel allows the surgeon to minimize incision length and avoid direct contact with the implant, reducing the risk of infection and complications such as capsular contracture.

Once both implants are placed and the desired breast size and shape are confirmed, the incisions are closed with sutures and surgical tape.

Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, or Both?

Deciding on the best breast enhancement technique for you can be a challenge. If you feel torn between breast augmentation and breast lift, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine which is right for you.

  • Size: Think about the way your breasts look when you're wearing your favorite bra. Are you generally satisfied with their size? If you are, you may get the results you want from a breast lift on its own. A lift will reposition your breasts and reduce excess skin, tightening them up, improving their shape, and moving the nipples to face forward (rather than downward). They'll look great in or out of a bra.
  • Position: If your breasts sag only slightly, a breast lift might be overkill. A good rule of thumb is the “crease test.” Take a look in the mirror. If your nipples point downward and extend past the breast crease, you're likely a good candidate for a lift. If your breasts sag to this degree and you're unhappy with their size, a combined breast augmentation and lift might be the best option.

Keep in mind that while breast implants will help the breasts appear fuller, they will not lift the breasts on their own. In fact, augmentation can make sagging worse. A breast lift is still the best choice for raising the breasts with lasting results.

Your Recovery

Dr. Ukani performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure, which means patients may return home on the same day after a period of observation.

Following surgery, most patients notice an immediate increase in the size of their breasts. The breasts may feel high, swollen, and firm, which is normal. Over the next several months, the breasts settle into their final positions, adopting a more natural-looking appearance.

Most patients feel well enough to return to work after about 1 week, although women who have more physically demanding jobs may need additional time to rest at home. In general, discomfort is manageable with prescribed drugs, and patients are advised to avoid heavy lifting, bending, or sleeping on their stomachs for several weeks.

Dr. Ukani provides his patients with specific instructions on what to expect and how to care for themselves during this crucial phase.

To learn even more about breast augmentation, check out our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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