When you’re planning breast augmentation, one of the most stressful factors can be picking the most suitable breast implant size. It’s not as easy as one-size-fits-all, so you may be concerned about choosing breast implants that are too small or too large.
Your board-certified cosmetic surgeon will assess your individual requirements at your initial consultation, but it’s always handy to have a few tips to help make picking your breast implant size a little easier.
1. Try a Selection of Outfits
You’re not going to wear just one outfit for the rest of your life, so don’t make the mistake of only taking one option to your consultation. A combo of your favorite comfy tank, typical workwear and a more formal outfit can give you a good idea of what those breast implant choices may look like in reality. Make sure to include a variety of fits, shapes and necklines.
Also, never underestimate the value of a simple white T-shirt. A humble cotton T-shirt is one of the best clothing options to let you see how different breast implant sizes and types affect your appearance.
2. Take an Honest Friend
If you have a great friend you can trust to be honest, take them along to your breast augmentation consultation too. Of course, the decision is yours to make, but a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a trustworthy friend can be invaluable when choosing your breast implant size.
When picking your breast implant size, don’t lose sight of why you’re opting for breast augmentation and what you want to achieve.
3. Look for 3D Imaging
One of the best tools for visualizing breast implant placement and size is 3D imaging. Using the power of 3D technology, this imaging tool can let you “preview” your breast augmentation results so you pick the implant size, type and placement that’s right for you.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.
Low, moderate, high, or something in between. Which of the breast implant profile options is right for you? Did you even know there was a choice? The appearance of your new breasts will be determined by a number of factors, including the size you choose and the profile and projection you opt for. As breast augmentation is a very personal thing, there’s no definitive correct option; it mainly comes down to the look you want to achieve.
As the name suggests, low profile breast implants have the least projection and the widest base. Low profile implants may be suggested for slight women with smaller breasts.
Moderate/Moderate Plus Profile
Compared to low breast implant profile options, moderate ones have more projection and a slightly narrower base. Moderate plus extends these changes a little further. This may be the most suitable option for natural-looking breast augmentation on a wider chest. Moderate profile implants are among the most popular.
Generally, high profile breast implants will result in rounder breasts, while others can deliver a more natural appearance.
High/Ultra High Profile
For maximum projection, high or ultra-high is the way to go. Breast implants falling into these categories will be fuller than those in the low or moderate ranges and will tend to be rounder. As such, high profile breast implants are most suited to those seeking a dramatic look.
Choosing Between Breast Implant Profile Options
As mentioned earlier, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing between breast implant profile options. Some of the factors which you may wish to take into consideration include your natural shape, the size of your frame and how you want your new breasts to look.
Women considering breast implants are likely to have some concerns as their surgery date approaches. One of the most common concerns involves the breasts looking obviously fake. Cosmetic surgery should always be carefully researched before a decision is made, and considering these factors will help you avoid noticeably fake breast augmentation.
1. Choose the Shape Carefully
Natural breasts tend more towards the teardrop shaped, so a very full, round, high implant will result in a more noticeably fake breast augmentation. Go for a natural slope and remember that breasts are closer in shape to pears than to melons.
Breast implant shape, texture and placement will significantly affect how natural your breast augmentation looks.
2. Go for Silicone Rather than Saline
Today women have more breast implant options than ever. Both silicone and saline breast implants have their advantages, but silicone is considered to be more natural-feeling. This decision does very much come down to personal preference and is not the main factor in how natural your breast implants will appear.
3. Pick the Perfect Implant Size
There is no one perfect breast size; in order to achieve a less apparently fake breast augmentation, you will need to spend some time with your cosmetic surgeon working out what size will suit your body best. Look for a surgeon who offers 3D imaging to give you a clear idea of how different implant sizes will look.
4. Position Wisely
Similar to sizing, there isn’t a hard and fast rule when it comes to positioning breast implants. The ideal breast implant placement for you will depend on your body shape. Generally, make sure the gap between the breasts isn’t too small or too large. Having the implants inserted beneath the muscle in your chest can also ensure less fake-looking breast augmentation results.
If you’re considering breast implants, finding the right implant size may feel like a challenge. You want to choose an implant size that will complement your overall figure and match your proportions, and you don’t want to go too big or too small. When it comes to breast augmentation, there is no chart or data set that clearly outlines the best implant size for your specific needs. The best breast implant size for you depends on a number of factors.
The Sizing Surprise
Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc), which comes as a surprise to many women who are accustomed to measuring their breasts based upon bra size. What’s more, it’s possible for two women to have identically sized breast implants yet end up with completely different results. This is because your natural anatomy affects how your breast implants will look on you.
Your Body Limits
Your current breast size, shoulder and chest width all play a role in how your final breast augmentation results will look. If you have small breasts, you don’t have much spare breast tissue, so breast implants above a certain size won’t give you the best results. A cosmetic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation can measure your physical dimensions and evaluate your appearance goals to find a size that works well with your frame.
Don’t Forget Your Lifestyle
Your breast implants are a long-term commitment, so it’s important to choose a size that fits with your everyday lifestyle. If you’re a naturally active person, large implants could be cumbersome and may interfere with activities that you enjoy.
So as to whether there’s a “best” breast implant size, there really isn’t one answer. The perfect implant size can’t be picked without considering your natural anatomy, your goals and your lifestyle. To get the most out of your breast augmentation, find an experienced cosmetic surgeon to walk you through each stage of the decision-making process.
One of the most common questions when a woman goes for an initial consultation for breast augmentation surgery is if she’ll get stretch marks from her breast implants. Although it’s a possibility you could get stretch marks, there are a few reasons why this isn’t a common occurrence.
Taking Necessary Precautions
Now that breast implants are getting smaller, stretch marks from surgery are very uncommon. In fact, stretch marks are rarely seen unless there is a very large increase in breast size. The other way stretch marks may be seen after breast augmentation is if they were faintly present before surgery and the swelling makes them more obvious until the skin returns to normal. These types of stretch marks should only be temporary.
During your initial consult, your cosmetic surgeon will check your tissue thickness and your skin’s ability to stretch, as well as your overall breast and chest dimensions. After measuring all these factors, your surgeon will make sure that your expectations are in line with your measurements. If the size that you want your breast implants to be is greater than your skin’s ability to stretch, then your cosmetic surgeon should properly warn you about the possibility of stretch marks.
Post-Breast Augmentation Safeguards
In addition to ensuring that your breast implants are not too big for your frame, there are other preventative tips that may help lower your chances of seeing stretch marks.
For instance, it’s important to keep your skin well-moisturized after your breast augmentation (as soon as your surgeon tells you it’s okay). Other options—like using cocoa butter, a special stretch mark formula cream, med spa treatments or even tape to support the newly stretched skin—can be used during the first couple of months after surgery to help prevent stretch marks from breast implants.
When breast augmentation results fall short of expectations, patients may consider breast implant revision. The causes for revision surgery can range from correcting implant malposition to simply updating to a new look. Here are four of the most common reasons patients consider breast implant revision.
1. Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture happens when the scar tissue that normally develops around the implant becomes excessive and overly hard. Capsular contracture can be painful to the touch or feel unnaturally firm. Breast implant revision can release or remove the hardened scar tissue to restore a soft and supple breast texture.
Symmastia occurs when the breast implants move too close together due to an incorrect breast pocket size or placement, and is evidenced by breasts that touch in the middle or skin that tents over the breastbone. To correct symmastia, revision surgery can restore implants to a natural position and add internal sutures for long-lasting results.
Breast asymmetry can either be caused by a size difference in the breasts unaccounted for by the initial breast augmentation, or a placement difference where one implant is noticeably higher or more off-center than the other. To correct this, a breast implant revision surgeon can change out implants for appropriate sizes to create a symmetrical look or improve implant placement and support to ensure natural breast position.
4. Size Changes
Many women choose to undergo breast revision surgery because they would like a size change in their implants. Women can switch out implants for either a larger or smaller volume to accommodate their updated appearance goals or lifestyle changes.
According to this recent news story, a now-deceased surgeon in Houston put these breast implants with no serial number or manufacturer in a patient decades ago.
The surgeon was sued for malpractice many times before losing his medical license in 2001, and he died in 2011, but many patients are still out there walking around with implants that may be dangerous.
No matter who put them in, if you’ve got breast implants that were put in more than 10 years ago, it’s a good idea to get checked out often. They aren’t designed to last forever.
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