One woman opts for a natural-looking bust to complement her petite body type.

14 09 10 beforeandafter 0

Name: Ana

Procedure: Breast augmentation

Performed by: Dr. Michael J. Weinberg

14 09 10 beforeandafter

 

Elevate: When did you first decide to get a breast augmentation?

Ana: I started thinking about it seriously when I was 33 or 34. It’s been in the back of my head ever since I was a teenager, which is exactly the same as my sister. Neither of us were proportioned properly, so it was a big deal growing up. My mom never allowed us to play with Barbie dolls. I got a Barbie once and she threw it out. Everyone knew her dimensions, 36-24-36, but we never did. And it helped until, of course, we went to school. Kids can be really mean.

Elevate: Was there a pivotal moment that solidified your decision?

Ana: I started seriously thinking about it in my early 30s,  due to my sister. She had been following Dr. Weinberg for about five years, and told me about him.

Elevate: Did you have any reservations about the surgery before your first visit?

Ana: No. I’ve been dealing with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis since I was 14 and I’ve had procedures done before that were not of my choosing, so I’ve been through a lot with other non-cosmetic surgeries. For me, I was just happy that this was elective for once. But I wasn’t worried.

Elevate: Why did you decide on Dr. Weinberg?

Ana: Dr. Weinberg had my size picked out long before I did. I’m a size three and he would not go too big, even though I didn’t ask him to. He takes into account your size, your height, your dimensions, your bone structure, everything. He looked to see if all my hopes were being built on this one thing and if I was realistic about the results. He was very caring and incredible at what he does, and so was his team. If you want big, big, big, he’ll refuse to do it. I find that that shows his integrity. He spoke about self-esteem and that impressed me.

Elevate: How do you feel about your results?

Ana: Absolutely phenomenal. I know a lot of women and men who are looking for a good plastic surgeon, so I always keep a stack of Dr. Weinberg’s cards with me. It’s not just Dr. Weinberg; it’s the entire team. You come out feeling like it was a positive experience.  The care that the women at the front and the nurses offer is phenomenal. I believe so strongly in what he does for women, and I’m so happy with my results. In terms of my specific health issues with arthritis and fibromyalgia, the procedure has not affected me negatively at all.

Elevate: How did you feel about your new look after the surgery?

Ana: Fantastic. It helps you see yourself in a new light. I’m now able to fill in clothing. It’s nice to put on a blouse and say “I have breasts.” I used to have to wear a double-padded bra just to look like I had anything at all.  It has made me so happy because now I wear lined demi bras without padding and I have this amazing chest. I know people are getting the surgery younger, but I’m glad I waited until I was a little bit older because now I appreciate it that much more.

Elevate: What advice do you have for women in similar situations who are thinking about breast augmentation surgery?

Ana: It’s such a cliché, but you have to do it for yourself and not to get looks. Obviously I fit into a bikini better now, and that’s fantastic, but it hasn’t affected the way I live my life. You have to be able to look in the mirror and realize that just because one part of your body isn’t what you want and you get it fixed, that’s not going to help if you don’t like yourself. If you have self-esteem issues, those are separate from image issues.

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Dr. Michael Weinberg, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic

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Elevate: What specific type of breast augmentation did you perform on Ana?

Dr. Weinberg: Ana had submuscular cohesive gel implants through an inframammary incision.

Elevate: Why was Ana a good candidate?

Dr. Weinberg: Ana was an excellent candidate as she was healthy, researched this well, thought about it for a significant period and also had the right-shaped breasts.

Elevate: What does the procedure encompass?

Dr. Weinberg: The surgery takes about an hour. An incision is made in the fold under the breast. A pocket is made under the muscle and part of the muscle is cut to make room for the implant. The implant is then gently squeezed in and the wounds are sewn.  We recommend a bandeau (a tensor-type elastic strap) to be worn for six weeks after the surgery.

Elevate: What were Ana’s biggest concerns?

Dr. Weinberg: She wanted to look natural and not “done.”

Elevate: Was Ana happy with her results?

Dr. Weinberg: She was very happy and referred several friends afterwards.

Elevate: What are the misconceptions about women and breast augmentation surgery?

Dr. Weinberg: People think that recovery will be horrific, but it’s really not.  We have patients going out on the night of surgery and most are back to work in a week. Also, there are misconceptions about size: I think that a significant percentage of women want to go too big. They look great in the beginning and then the breasts thin and the implants become visible and palpable. In addition, as women age they usually want to be smaller. Size is always the most difficult decision.

Elevate: What advice do you want to give women who are unsure about the procedure?

Dr. Weinberg: They must be really sure when they go ahead. They should do lots of reading from good sources and they should speak to their friends that have had it done. When they are getting closer to a conclusion, they should see someone who does lots of these procedures and then take some extra time to decide.