Is my breast enhancement safe?

In Ottawa

By Dr. Howard Silverman

Choosing to undergo a breast enhancement is an exciting and important decision. Making the choice to pursue the breast size and shape you’ve always wanted is likely accompanied by research, endless Google searches, and conversations with peers who may have their own experiences to share. 

While exploring your options, you’ve likely come across stories that touch on the potential risks of breast enhancement. With recent news stories about a recall of textured implants, or TV shows shedding light on the repercussions of unsafe surgeries and procedures, we feel strongly about providing our patients with all the information they need to make the right choices and feel confident in a safe, comfortable, and empowering surgical experience.

How can you lessen risks for your breast enhancement?

Here are some important considerations when evaluating the potential risks of breast enhancement:

There is no substitute for a professional surgical experience – performed with precision by a team of experts, who thoughtfully and carefully carry out every aspect of your consultation and surgery.

There is a rising popularity in aesthetic surgeries, partly fueled by incredible innovations in cosmetic surgery that allow us to modify and shape our appearance into one we feel best represents us. However, with this growing popularity comes other concerning trends – like a rise in low-budget injectable treatments and surgeries performed by individuals who are not certified professionals or trained Plastic Surgeons, respectively. The biggest risks of breast enhancement are present when experience, education, and patient care aren’t an absolute priority in your decision-making process. If a price seems too good to be true, do your research and trust your intuition when it comes to the care you’re given, right from the first consultation.

How do I choose a surgeon for my breast enhancement?

Breast enhancement is incredibly complex and nuanced. Even a qualified surgeon who has been thoroughly educated should constantly be learning and perfecting their craft. 

The best surgeons are constantly learning and continually improving their skills and expertise, even if they’ve already had years of education and experience. Look for professionals who are vocal about the need for a professional to innovate and grow in their field. The best surgeons are industry leaders who are respected by their peers for groundbreaking technique, decades of experience, and thoughtful work. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of the details.

The biggest risks in breast enhancement come when attention to detail is ignored. 

The symmetry, balance, and nuances of your body type and the tailoring of your surgery to suit those features is incredibly important. If these aspects are not properly taken into consideration, a breast revision may be required. A breast revision is a surgery that is done to correct any unwanted results of a breast augmentation, and is often a more complex, costly, and high-risk procedure than the initial surgery. This is why it is so important to choose a qualified surgeon from the start.

During your consultation with a potential surgeon, ask every question on your mind and take into account whether he or she seems to be thoughtfully considering your vision and reframing it to build a realistic plan that allows for an ideal breast shape. They should be taking your natural shape into account and hearing and responding to your questions clearly and intentionally. A great consultation lets you explore your options and presents you with a strategy that suits the specifics of your body type and breast goals. This includes an open discussion about risks, offering you time and space to answer any questions you have.

At Ottawa Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on the quality of our care, excellence in cosmetic enhancement, and superior care and results. It’s important to us that you can feel this quality of care from your very first interaction with our team. 

We prioritize a forward-thinking approach with surgeons who are constantly innovating as industry leaders. Our plastic surgeons, Dr. Howard Silverman and Dr. Kirsty Boyd, are both Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) and highly value patient care that puts your needs, safety and comfort first.

We offer a wealth of education, experience, and surgical skill that is widely known and deeply respected. Let’s begin a journey together and make your breast enhancement dreams into reality. Ready to come see us in person to discuss breast enhancement? We’d love to answer any questions you have about risks, outcomes, concerns, or simply your dream breasts! 

Feel free to request a consultation or call us to book an appointment at (613) 792-4137.

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