Once you decide to have a breast augmentation, you have another big decision to make: What size implants are right for your body?
Breast augmentation can improve a woman’s confidence and make her feel good about her appearance. They have been the leading cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. since 2006, with more than 290,000 performed in 2016, according to ASPS’ latest Plastic Surgery Statistics Report.
Picking the best size can be challenging for many women. The American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that changing implant size is one of the main reasons that women undergo breast implant revisions – and most choose to go bigger. Women tend to think of size based on the cup size of bras, and don’t consider how different that can be with each manufacturer of implants!
Understanding how the look they desire translates to implant size can be confusing, and many patients have a hard time visualizing the final results.
Choosing the right size implants is important – but doesn’t have to be stressful. By following these tips and working with a skilled plastic surgeon, you will find the best fit for your body size and shape.
Keep your lifestyle in mind
The size of your implants needs to fit your lifestyle! For example, if you often do high-intensity workouts, long-distance running, or certain sports, you may want to steer clear of very large implants. It also important to consider the type of clothing do you like to wear. Do you need more dramatic cleavage to fill out the tops and dresses you prefer? Or do you like to go bra-less? Do you want people to notice your newly enhanced breasts, or do you want to keep them under the radar? These are all important lifestyle considerations that should factor into your implant sizing decision!
Consider shape and position along with size
Many women who undergo breast augmentation also need a breast lift to correct sagging, deflated breasts. When our board-eligible or board-certified surgeons remove excess, sagging skin and tissue during a breast lift, the result is uplifted, perky breasts that may be slightly smaller due to the tissue removal. You may want implants that simply re-create the look of your breasts, or you may want to increase volume more dramatically.
Bring a friend to your consultation
It’s always nice to have a second opinion from someone you trust! Bring along a good friend or loved one to your consultation to get a different perspective on your implant decision. But remember, it’s your body, so it’s ultimately your decision.
Consider the long-term
While breast implants—like most medical devices—are not designed to last a lifetime, you are going to have these implants for a long time. It’s important to take into consideration how they will impact your life over many years. Will you be happy 5 years from now with the look you’re choosing today? Try to choose implants that will make you happy now and in future phases of your life.
Consult with our board-eligible or board-certified plastic surgeons
It is important to consult with a board-eligible or board-certified plastic surgeon and to follow their guidance. Our surgeons aim to help you reach your aesthetic goals and want what is in your best interest. They will be able to give you a recommendation that is based on their collective years of education and experience. There is no “perfect” size. Rather, there is a range of sizes that will work well.
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If you want to discuss your options or are ready to take the next steps, call (512) 244-1444 and schedule your complimentary consultation today!