Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery

Breast Implant Options

Choosing the right implants for your breast augmentation procedure can be an exciting process. At our Calgary practice, we help you select breast implants that are best suited for your body type and the cosmetic goals you describe during your consultation. Patients rely on the experience and expertise of Royal College-certified plastic surgeons to explain the benefits of the various breast implant options.

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Begin your personal transformation by requesting a consultation using the online form to meet privately with one of our plastic surgeons, or call our office at (403) 452-7953 to schedule an appointment.

Your Breast Implant Choices

When you started thinking about getting breast implants, chances are you focused on the size you wanted. Choosing the implant size is certainly an important decision for breast augmentation patients, but there are a number of other factors to consider before making a final selection. The array of breast implant options available today enables our surgeons to truly customize the procedure to meet your aesthetic goals.

These are the characteristics you'll consider when choosing your breast implants:

  • Size
  • Implant filler
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Projection

Our surgeons explain your choices in a way that will help you make the final decision. These options are also discussed during your consultation for breast augmentation revision surgery, if you are replacing your old implants.

Choosing the Size of Implants

Though women are used to measuring the size of their breasts based on the bras they wear, breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or grams. While you probably have a general idea about the size of implants you want based on photos or how a friend's implants look, it's best not to settle on a specific choice until after the consultation. That's because the identical size and profile of implants can produce very different results from patient to patient, due to the unique proportions of each individual's body.

Our surgeons use their training and experience to recommend implants that will achieve natural-looking results that fulfill your aesthetic goals.

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Silicone vs. Saline

The latest cohesive gel implants are the choice of most of our patients because most believe they look and feel more like natural breasts when compared to saline implants. Each type of implant has benefits and limitations:

  • Cohesive gel: Unlike previous generations of silicone gel implants, cohesive gel implants are pre-filled with silicone that will maintain its consistency even if the exterior shell fails. The highly cohesive gel implants are sometimes called "gummy bear" implants because the consistency is very similar to that of the candy. These implants hold their shape better and provide a smoother surface, resulting in less rippling.
  • Saline: Saline implants are made of a silicone shell that is filled with saline (saltwater) after being inserted. If a saline implant ruptures, a volume change will become apparent as the saline solution is absorbed by the body. Saline implants have a higher occurrence of rippling and wrinkling and tend to have a less natural feel.

Implant Shape

Breast implants can be round or anatomically shaped (sometimes called teardrop-shaped), and which is best for your needs will depend on your personal preference and physical characteristics. Many patients desire a fuller appearance in the upper portion of their breasts, which round implants tend to provide.

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Breast Implant Shaped Shaped


An implant's external shell is either smooth or roughly textured. The textured exterior of shaped implants helps scar tissue to adhere to them, which prevents the implant from rotating within the pocket. Round implants may be smooth or textured.


An implant's projection, or profile, determines how much the breasts project from the chest. Our surgeon will first determine your optimal implant width based on careful measurement of your chest wall. From this, you can adjust your final appearance and size by adjusting your implant projection. The more projecting the implant you choose, the more fullness and ultimate breast size you will achieve. This allows you to customize your look while keeping the end result proportionate and balanced.

Our surgeons explain your options in a way that is easy to understand so you can feel confident in your decision.

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Meet Our Surgeons

With extensive training and years of specialized experience, our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons are known in Calgary and throughout Canada for exceptional surgical outcomes and compassionate care. Their goal is simple: to give you the best version of yourself, whether you choose a procedure for your face, breasts, or body, or a personalized combination of procedures.

Dr. Whidden Dr. Humphreys Dr. Byers

Dr. Humphreys(403) 242-5080

Dr. Whidden(403) 228-2684

Dr. Byers(403) 229-2906

Fax(403) 242-5090

Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery
7425 Macleod Trail Southwest
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Main Phone: (403) 452-7953
Fax: (403) 242-5090
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery in Calgary, Canada, Dr. Douglas Humphreys, Dr. Brett Byers, and Dr. Paul Whidden offer plastic surgery for the breasts, body, and face in their capacity as Royal College-certified plastic surgeons. Procedures are performed in the safety and privacy of the Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, a private, onsite surgical facility that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

*Dr. Paul Whidden and Dr. Douglas Humphreys are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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