Month: October 2014

Three Things To Consider Before Breast Augmentation

Breast AugmentationBreast augmentation is one of the most in-demand procedures among women today. The procedure involves the insertion of implants to make a patient’s breasts larger, correcting breasts that are uneven or “deflated-looking” following life-changing events, such as pregnancy or weight-loss. While breast augmentation has many benefits, including restoring the patient’s appearance and self-esteem, there are several things women need to keep in mind before electing to undergo surgery.

Three Things to Consider Before Breast Augmentation

  • Breast augmentation is not risk-free. Like with any surgery, breast augmentation does have its risks. Some of the most common risks include changes in nipple sensation, swelling, pain, and possible scarring. However, if the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon, risks of the surgery are considered minimal. We use a infra-areolar incision, made underneath the nipple to conceal any scarring.
  • Breast augmentation will not make you perfect. While breast augmentation can help improve your appearance, as well as your self-esteem, it is still a surgery that requires downtime and a recovery period. The procedure cannot make you perfect, and ideal candidates for this surgery are those with a healthy self-image, who have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for them.
  • The results of breast augmentation may not last forever. While there is no “expiration” date on breast implants, your results may not last forever.  Weight gain or loss, as well as hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause, may cause your breasts to sag or lose their shape. As a result, some patients may need to undergo an additional breast augmentation surgery or breast lift to restore their original results.

Before your decide to undergo any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the surgery. Do your own research, and ask your plastic surgeon as many questions about the procedure as possible.

Interested in Exploring Breast Augmentation? Contact Calgary Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ryan Frank.

If you are considered undergoing breast augmentation surgery or have any questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ryan Frank today. Our office is located in Calgary, Alberta, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228.

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for You?

Breast ReductionWhen most people hear about “breast surgery,” they immediately think of breast augmentation. However, not every woman wants to make their breasts larger. Each year, many women choose instead to undergo breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of breasts which they feel are too large for their body.

Is breast reduction surgery right for you? Take a look at these common questions about this procedure.

Top Four Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery:

  1. Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery? The best candidates for this procedure are women who feel uncomfortable with the unwanted attention often associated with having overly large breasts. In addition to causing self-esteem problems, large breasts can also cause physical discomforts to patients, including back pain. Breast reduction surgery can significantly reduce these issues. During your initial consultation, Dr. Frank will evaluate your medical history and determine if breast reduction surgery is right for you.
  2. Are there different types of breast reduction surgery? Yes. Traditional breast reduction surgery is performed on women with very large breasts, while Vertical Incision Breast Reduction is used for women with moderately large breasts.  Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used as a means to reduce breast size. Dr. Frank will determine which technique will be best for you.
  3. How long will it take to recover from a breast reduction surgery? The exact recovery period will depend on the individual patient. Immediately following surgery, most patients experience soreness, swelling, and bruising, which will subside after several days. In most cases, physical activity should be limited for about two weeks after surgery.
  4. Are there any complications associated with breast reduction surgery? Complications are possible following any surgery. The most common complications associated with breast reduction surgery are scarring, infection, bleeding and a partial loss of sensation in the breasts. Fortunately, most complications can be treated without requiring further surgery.  These will all be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Frank.

Contact Dr. Ryan Frank about Breast Reduction Surgery

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, or would like to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Ryan Frank today. Our offices are located in Calgary, Alberta, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

Breast Augmentation: Is There An Ideal Contour?

Breast AugmentationIt’s no secret that breast augmentation is popular. In fact, it’s the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in Canada, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. While the effectiveness of this procedure is well-known, researchers recently set out to find out what people thought was the “aesthetic ideal of the breast.” What they found was that breasts with an “upper pole to lower pole ratio of 45:55” have almost universal appeal.

As reported in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, researchers from the Cadogan Clinic and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in London conducted several surveys aimed at discovering if there is truly an ideal breast contour. These surveys contained images of breasts of all different sizes, digitally altered to fit a number of different proportions. These proportions were based on the ratio of the upper pole to lower pole of breast, and included 35:65, 45:55, 50:50, and 55:45. The nipple was defined as the dividing line, meaning that 45% of the breast would be above the nipple, and 55% would be below.

Out of the 1,315 people who participated in the study, which also included 53 plastic surgeons, the 45:55 ratio was almost unanimously found to be the most popular — it was favored by 90% of men, 87% of women, and 94% of plastic surgeons. While there has long been a commonly-held belief that men prefer larger, oversized breasts, the results of this study have marked a change in that more people are interested in breast augmentation for natural-looking results.

So what can be taken from all of this? While the 45:55 ratio was found to be the most popular amongst several different groups, breast augmentation is still a personal procedure that’s unique to each individual patient. Together, you and your plastic surgeon will be able to decide what size and shape is right for you. If you’re ready to find out what this procedure can do for you, contact us and schedule a consultation today.

Breast Augmentation in Calgary

If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation or any of the procedures we offer, contact Dr. Frank today. Our offices are located in Calgary, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

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