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Breast Augmentation: How to Do the Right Research

A woman rests on researching breast augmentation surgeons.

Having advanced technology in the palms of our hands allows us to browse and research whatever our hearts desire at a moment’s notice. But that easily accessible information comes at a price. Often, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and “spoiled for choice,” especially if you’re trying to plan a plastic surgery procedure. If you’re not sure where or how to start planning your breast procedure, I want to help you cut through the noise and move forward.

Start With the Big Picture

First, it’s important to “zoom out” a bit and think about what you want from your breast augmentation. By considering the ultimate results you want and being clear with your expectations, your surgeon can work backward to help you choose the right implants and parse out other details of your surgery.

Photos are an excellent visual aid to bring when you meet with a surgeon to discuss breast augmentation.  Laval and Montreal women come to my clinic with photos of celebrities or even cases from my before-and-after gallery. You can also browse Pinterest or print magazines to find a look you like.

Leave the Details to Your Surgeon

With online resources like RealSelf, it’s easy to get familiar with the surgical nuts and bolts of breast augmentation, but it’s seldom practical to do so. Although it can be tempting, try not to get too hung up on a specific brand, style, or even size of the implant.

One fascinating element of breast augmentation is that the same implant can look massively different depending on the body it’s in. For example, a 500cc round silicone implant can look very different from 1 woman to another depending on its placement in the body as well as the woman’s natural contours.

An experienced, qualified plastic surgeon can determine the implants most likely to give you the results you want. And deciding on your implants is a collaborative effort. You should feel empowered to speak up during your consultation and the ensuing planning process. The best breast augmentation results will occur after an open and honest discussion about your body, your goals, and your lifestyle.

Use Appointments to Your Advantage

Breast augmentation is often not planned in a single appointment. For instance, you can expect at least 1 pre-op appointment in addition to your consultation. The pre-op appointment is a good opportunity to refine your breast augmentation goals so both you and your surgeon can feel confident that you’re moving in the right direction.

If you’ve started researching breast augmentation and have more questions about how to achieve the results you’re looking for, you’re probably ready for a consultation! Contact us today to set up your appointment. We can’t wait to help you look your best!

How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

The cosmetic industry has picked up over the last few years. People no longer accept the effects of aging and other natural life occurrences on the body as an inevitable fact of life. Plastic surgery in Montreal offers hope to achieve something that many of us want badly –  eternal youth. But is that hope justified? We see celebrities who seem to never age, and many of them have gone under the knife. But does plastic surgery last forever? The reality is, many of these celebrities have had repeat procedures in order to maintain their good looks, because contrary to what you may want to believe, plastic surgery’s effects do not necessarily last a lifetime. It is worth looking at some of those procedures:

Plastic Surgery

Breast Enhancement

Breast enhancement is ideal for women who have completed breastfeeding. The average breast implant today lasts from 12-15 years. After that period, the implant begins to harden and replacements are required.

Breast Reduction

Women with exceedingly large breasts are good candidates for breast reduction. The ideal ages are between 18-25, or over 40. However, the effects of breast reduction are not permanent in all women. Some women may have to return for a second procedure in about 7 years.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

In this procedure, women undergo the knife to have excess belly fat removed. Women who have given birth and are not planning on having more children are the best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. This is one procedure where the effects are permanent, but it must be maintained with a healthy lifestyle.

Cheek Enhancement

Special gels are added to the face to give the cheeks a rounder and fuller look. The best candidates are women who, after around the age of 37, have begun to lose collagen in their cheeks. These fillers usually last between 12-18 months, after which you will need to have more procedures.

Eye enhancement

Eye enhancement procedures may reverse the aging process, but the effects are temporary. Even when excess fat and tissue are removed from the eyes, your body will develop more loose skin in time due to aging. There are some eye enhancement procedures that may actually give you more wrinkles after the initial ones have been removed. However, the results vary from patient to patient, and a patient’s hereditary background plays some role. New laser treatments are also being developed to give patients an alternative to surgery.

Patients need to be aware that most procedures may last anywhere from a few months to a number of years, but eventually, they will have to return for more sessions. Also, a healthy lifestyle is important in maintaining your results.

Choosing Your Implant Size

When considering a cosmetic surgery procedure like getting breast implants in Montreal, sometimes the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Luckily, thanks to a wide variety of implant options, it is possible to get implants that look and feel wonderfully natural.

Breast Implant Size

The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple; there are only two things you really need to consider and that is:

  1. How you want to look, and
  2. How your implants fit into your lifestyle.


Beyond that, your surgeon will be able to help you find the exact right size for your body. But before you get started with your surgeon, here are some important things to consider:

1. Limits

One of the main limits that will affect how large you can go is your current breast size. You will need to have enough breast tissue to cover the implant so some may not fit if you haven’t got much breast tissue to share. Another hard limit to the size of your implants is your chest and shoulder width. Implants come in a large variety of base widths in order to fit your frame.

2. Lifestyle

Because implants are meant to be a long-term investment, you will want to make sure that the size you choose will fit your lifestyle. Talk to your surgeon about your activity level to ensure you do not choose implants that are too large to allow you to enjoy your favorite activities. Because breast implants are subject to the effects of aging and gravity, it is important to ensure you are wearing the right level of breast support for your favorite activities.

If you prefer to go braless most of the time, you may wish to consider smaller implants in order to lessen the effects of gravity over time.

3. Symmetry

One of the main reasons that women decide to get implants is to correct asymmetrical breasts. Undergoing this procedure is a great way to achieve the symmetrical bust you want in the size of your dreams, but it is important to discuss these issues with your surgeon during the consultation. Explain carefully exactly how you want your breasts to look in order to make sure you are both on the same page.

Many cosmetic surgeons will allow you to take a “test drive” of a variety of implant sizes during your consultation procedure. This involves using a specially designed bra to try out different sizes, shapes, and profiles to find that one that is most flattering for your body. Be sure to try on as many as possible, even ones you think are too big or too small, as it can be hard to visualize until you try them for yourself.

The Beauty of Mommy Makeover Procedures

Motherhood brings joyful changes into a woman’s life, but the progression of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and child care often cause significant changes to your physical appearance. Your post-pregnancy physiological changes can negatively affect self-esteem and confidence levels.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

For this reason, Dr. Fouda Neel offers mommy makeover procedures in order to address post-pregnancy concerns.

In the latest statistics, 20% of plastic surgery patients receive mommy makeover procedures. The ideal candidate is a woman who is in good general health and near her desired post-pregnancy weight. Additionally, patients should also have completed breast feeding and be at least 3 to 6 months post-delivery if she is considering tummy enhancement.

A mommy makeover typically consists of a combination of procedures that are individually customized to address each patient’s unique concerns. Common mommy makeover procedures can include:

  • Breast lift and/or Augmentation
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction


Each consultation is personally conducted by Dr. Fouda Neel, and a recommendation is individually customized.

Before any mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Fouda Neel will provide verbal explanation and written instructions on how the patient should prepare for surgery and what the patient can expect after the procedure. To optimize safety, patients having multiple procedures that cannot be accommodated in a single operating room session will be staged into multiple sessions by Dr. Fouda Neel.

The staging will take into account the concerns most important to the patient, as well as which procedures can be grouped in a medically/surgically appropriate manner. Our downtown Montreal clinic provides overnight facilities with two overnight nurses for those patients who may benefit from an overnight stay.

During a mommy makeover procedure, Dr. Fouda Neel highlights that non-traumatic handling of tissue is key to yield shorter recoveries. He says his patients should expect only a small degree of bruising and swelling since his surgical techniques are designed to minimize tissue trauma.

Dr. Fouda Neel’s patients make regular follow-up appointments after their mommy makeover procedure is complete. Generally, mommy makeover patients see Dr. Fouda Neel at the 1 week, 6 week, 6 month, and 1 year marks after surgery. Dr. Fouda Neel wants to ensure his patients receive the results they were expecting and enjoy their rejuvenated figures.

About Dr. Fouda Neel

Board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Fouda Neel completed his training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at the prestigious McGill University training program in Montreal. Subsequently, he enhanced his expertise by pursuing 3 different fellowships in facial and breast aesthetic surgery.

He offers a full range of plastic surgery options for facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring, and skin renewal, as well as a number of nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement treatments. Dr. Fouda Neel is an Assistant professor at McGill University and is an Attending staff at McGill University Health Center.