Breast Implant Options

When it comes to choosing breast implants, our patients from throughout the Vancouver area including Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford, and Port Coquitlam have more options than ever. Breast augmentation patients are often excited and curious about picking out the right breast implants when they arrive at our Port Moody practice for their consultations. Dr. H. Ukani has the experience and expertise necessary to help you choose the the implant filler, shape, size, texture, and profile to suit your needs and aesthetic goals.

If you are considering a boob job and have questions about breast implants in the Vancouver area, meet with Royal College-certified plastic surgeon Dr. H. Ukani. To get started, request a consultation using our online form, or call our office at (604) 931-1893 to schedule an appointment.

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How Do I Choose the Right Size Breast Implant?

Women seeking breast augmentation usually think about the factor of size first. You know you want larger breasts, but how do you decide exactly what size is right? This is a highly personal decision. Dr. Ukani takes measurements and asks you questions to help you understand the factors involved in that choice, including how different sizes of implants will look on your frame.

We encourage our patients to bring “wish” pictures to their consultations to help communicate their goals. That’s usually a better starting point than having a specific sized breast implant in mind, because the same size implant can produce very different results in different women. It’s also important to understand that implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) rather than bra cup sizes. As any woman who has shopped for bras knows, the sizes vary from one brand to another.

Dr. Ukani also uses Crisalix 3-D imaging to manipulate real photos of you and show you how different sizes could look on your body.

Glimpse Your Potential

See your results before surgery with Crisalix. This remarkable 3-D simulator lets you preview implant options on your own body for a realistic idea of your potential outcome. Schedule your consultation today and visualize your results with Crisalix.

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Should I Get Silicone or Saline Breast Implants?

All breast implants feature a silicone shell, but they can be filled with either silicone or saline, and the choice comes down to your priorities and personal preference. Dr. Ukani offers both Mentor® and Allergan® implants, providing a wide range of options. He also takes the time to answer any questions you have about the different implants. Both silicone and saline implants have unique benefits. Read more about these below.

Silicone Implants

Most of the patients at our practice choose silicone implants. Advances in technology have produced implants that are completely safe and that look and feel more like natural breast tissue after being inserted. Silicone implants are less likely to show certain cosmetic complications, such as rippling, so they are appropriate for placement both under and over the pectoral muscle.

There are 2 types of silicone implants:

  • Cohesive silicone gel implants: Many of our patients believe these implants feel the most like natural breast tissue. They are soft, but the cohesive gel is thicker than what was used in older silicone implants.
  • Highly cohesive silicone implants, or “gummy bear” implants: These implants earned the gummy bear nickname because the consistency of the silicone filling resembles that of a gummy candy, which retains its shape even when cut. They are firm yet remain pliable.

In the past, silicone implants required slightly longer incisions than saline because they come prefilled. However, Dr. Ukani is able to keep his incisions very short by using the Keller Funnel™, a “no-touch” device that allows him to insert even larger implants easily.

Saline Implants

Because saline implants are filled after being inserted, Dr. Ukani can keep the incisions very small and fine-tune the results to ensure the breasts are symmetrical. That also makes them an excellent choice for patients who want their incisions made in the natural crease of the armpit. Women who desire a fuller, rounder look often choose saline implants, which also feel firmer than silicone gel. Saline implants are more prone to visible rippling and wrinkling than their silicone counterparts, but they typically cost a bit less than silicone.

Dr. Ukani can talk you through the pros and cons of each option and find the right implant to match your priorities.

In this video, a Mentor MemoryShape™ breast implant is cut to illustrate how its highly cohesive silicone filling stays in place. Dr. Ukani offers these teardrop-shaped Mentor implants, as well as many other shapes and varieties.

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Dr. H. Ukani

Dr. H. Ukani’s extensive education and years of practical experience make him one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Vancouver area. His ongoing training keeps him at the leading edge of both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, and he looks forward to helping you fulfill your aesthetic goals.

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Are Round or Teardrop Implants Better?

Both silicone and saline breast implants are available in round and teardrop shapes.

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  • Round implants offer more fullness in the upper area of the breast and are popular for women who want enhanced cleavage.
  • Teardrop-shaped implants mimic the natural slope of a woman’s breasts, becoming fuller near the base of the breast. Sometimes called anatomical or “shaped” implants, these are often the choice of women who want to restore volume but still look very natural. Teardrop implants are usually placed behind the pectoral muscle, which helps prevent them from rotating.

Natrelle INSPIRA® Round Breast Implants

At our practice, many patients choose Natrelle INSPIRA round implants from Allergan. These innovative implants are specifically designed to boost fullness in the upper part of the breast, appealing to women who have lost a full shape over time or who never had the cleavage they always wanted.

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How Do I Choose an Implant Profile?

An implant’s profile is probably the trickiest option to understand. When searching for the right profile for you, Dr. Ukani’s experience as a breast augmentation specialist is particularly helpful.

“Profile” refers to how far an implant projects outward compared with how wide it is at the base. An implant with a higher profile has a narrower base than one with a lower profile. It’s helpful to see implant profiles illustrated, as shown here. These are the most common implant profile options, although some implants include additional choices. As you can see, the low-profile implant has a wider base. The base of the high-profile implant is the most narrow, and it projects the farthest.

Implant Profile Options

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Low Profile
Moderate profile breast implant
Moderate Profile
High profile breast implant
High Profile

Dr. Ukani takes careful measurements of your chest and takes your goals into account before recommending an implant profile that fits your body type.

The process of choosing your breast implants may seem a bit overwhelming with all these factors to decide on, but with the help of Dr. Ukani as an experienced guide, it can be simple and even quite fun. Our patients leave these appointments feeling excited and confident to move forward with their breast augmentation procedures.