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3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Breast Implants

Are you considering a breast augmentation? Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right implant volumes for your breast surgery. 

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular types of cosmetic breast surgeries in Canada, and worldwide - and for good reason! When performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, a breast augmentation can correct many concerns including:

  • breast asymmetry (if you have one breast that is smaller than the other)
  • loss of volume in the breast due to pregnancy or weight loss
  • breasts that are too small
  • poor projection of breasts

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How to Choose the Right Breast Implants

While a breast lift only reshapes your breasts, a breast augmentation uses silicone or saline implants to help you achieve the breast size you’ve always desired. (Learn More >)

For the best results, it’s very important that you work closely with your plastic surgeon during your breast surgery to choose the correct type and size of breast implant for your unique needs and body.

5 factors that play a role in deciding which implant is right for you are:

  • the size and shape of your body
  • existing size and shape of your breasts
  • amount of ptosis of your existing breasts
  • amount of natural breast tissue you have
  • your lifestyle and level of physical activity

What happens during the breast surgery consultation?

During your breast augmentation consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you several questions and perform some tests, including measuring your chest and breast size, as well as your height and weight, to determine which implant will best fit your existing proportions.

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3 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Breast Implant

Besides carefully selecting your plastic surgeon, taking the time to choose the right type of breast implant for your surgery is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make regarding your augmentation procedure.

Here are some things you may want to keep in mind when selecting an implant:

1. Size

While a breast augmentation is ideal for patients who want bigger breasts, you must remember to select a size that suits your unique figure. Remember to consider the following factors when selecting the right size for you:

  • Body Type. If you’re a lean person with small breasts, you should try to avoid very large sized implants, as this will not look natural and may lead to implant rippling.

  • Body Shape. While women with a strong build can easily carry large-sized breasts, smaller women may suffer from back pain if the implants are too big. Your plastic surgeon can help determine which size is right for you.

  • Pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, your breasts may grow larger. It’s best if your surgery is done after you have no plans for another pregnancy, as the right implant size can be chosen more easily.


2. Material

One of the most important decisions you make regarding your breast implants is the type of material you wish to use. You have the option of either silicone or saline, both of which have their pros and cons.

The choice will depend heavily on your needs and goals, but here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you make the decision:


These implants are comprised of a silicone shell that is filled, during the time of the surgery, with salt water.


  • They require a smaller incision than silicone implants
  • They can be customized exactly to fit your unique profile
  • They’re more affordable than silicone implants
  • They pose no health risk if they rupture


  • They feel and look less natural than silicone implants
  • Higher rate of downward displacement compared to silicone
  • You’re more likely to experience implant rippling



These implants are made of a solid silicone shell that are filled with a silicone gel.


  • They have a more natural look and feel than saline implants
  • They come in a variety of different sizes and shapes to fit your individual goals
  • They have a smoother appearance and are less prone to rippling


  • They are more expensive than saline implants
  • Only FDA approved for women over the age of 22 years old
  • If a silicone implant ruptures, it can lead to health issues such as breast cancer or connective tissue disease


3. Profile

The profile of a breast implant refers to the distance an implant will project forward from your chest. A low profile is very flat, while a higher profile will protrude forward and create a more prominent breast appearance.

To help determine which profile is right for you, your plastic surgeon will consider:

  • The existing size and shape of your body and breasts
  • The width of your breasts
  • Your aesthetic goals


Call Our Private Hospital In Kelowna Today

A breast augmentation surgery is a safe and effective way to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals. However, as with all cosmetic procedures, deciding to undergo this procedure is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

During an in-depth consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, we can examine your medical history and assess your aesthetic goals to determine if this type of breast surgery is right for you.

To find out more about the costs and benefits of a breast augmentation procedure, and how our plastic surgeons can help you make the right decision when it comes to your implants, contact our Kelowna private hospital today at 250-868-9799 or book a consultation.

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