Breast Implant Options

Size? Shape? Silicone or saline? Choosing the breast implant that’s right for you can be a challenge, and that’s why Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd will work with you to accomplish your goals without sacrificing safety or comfort.


Breast implants are as diverse as the patients receiving them. While it is important to have a goal in mind, we also remind you that there are a variety of different factors that go into your surgeon’s plan, including height and weight. Dr. Boyd or Dr. Silverman will discuss the right options for you during your consultation,

Your size, material, shape & profile

Implant size

Bra sizes vary between manufacturers and cup size is not always the best indicator for your desired result. We use grams or cubic centimeters (cc) to measure the volume of breast implants, and match selected implant dimensions to your individual measurements to ensure natural and safe results. During your consultation, it can be helpful to bring in “goal” photos of other breast augmentations to give your surgeon a better understanding of what look you want.

We also use VECTRA®️ 3D Imaging, a program that uses your measurements to generate a 3-dimensional image that will show what you might look like with the implants you selected. Remember, this is a tool to assist you in your decision and not a guarantee of your outcome.

Implant material

In Canada, breast implants are available in both silicone and saline varieties. Both materials come with their own advantages, and what works for one woman may not be the best match for another.


  • Made of soft, cohesive silicone gel
  • Look and feel more natural than saline
  • Show less rippling under the skin in women with little existing breast tissue
  • Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and projections
  • Safe (both Canada’s Health Protection Branch and the United States Food and Drug Administration have carefully determined that they’re just as safe as saline)


  • Use sterile saltwater encased in a thin, durable, silicone shell
  • Use small incisions (inserted into the body while empty and only filled once in place)
  • Not ideal for women with very little existing breast tissue (they run a slightly higher risk of “rippling,” a cosmetic complication that occurs when the implant wrinkles within the breast pocket and can be seen through the skin)

Implant shape

Both saline and silicone breast implants are round. The right option for you depends on a number of factors, which Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd will discuss during your consultation.


  • Add an equal amount of volume around the entire circumference of the breast
  • Provide a significant boost in cleavage and fullness in the upper portion of the breast for a voluptuous final result.
  • Will retain their shape even if rotation occurs


  • Sometimes called “anatomic” or “teardrop” implants because of their shape (full at the bottom and tapers toward the top)
  • Add a boost in volume while still maintaining a very natural-looking, discreet shape
  • Currently are not typically utilized in Canada due to health concerns uncommonly related to necessary texturing of the surface of shaped implants

Implant profile

An implant’s profile refers to the distance that it projects from the body related to its width at the base. High-profile implants are well-suited to petite women with narrow builds who seek larger volumes, because the implant bases will fit better on a smaller chest. Medium- or low-profile implants are often better choices for women with wider frames who seek to minimize excessive breast volume. We will help you find an implant that enhances your breasts beautifully while still maintaining their proportion to the rest of your figure.

During your consultation, our surgeons carefully evaluate the dimensions of your body and make it their mission to give you the most natural-looking and attractive results.

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