Choosing the right implant size is an important part of the breast augmentation cosmetic surgery process. Implant sizes range from 120 to 960 cc, with 300 to 400 cc being the most common range. Implants also differ according to their height and diameter.
The breast surgeon will work closely with the patient during the pre-op consultation to determine the most appropriate implant size for her. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations.
Factors to Consider
Some of the key factors to be considered while choosing the right implant size will include:
A lean woman with small breasts should ideally avoid very large sized implants. The available breast skin may not provide adequate coverage to the new breast, and may lead to implant rippling. Secondly, getting dramatically large sized implants for a lean woman would bring her sudden attention in social settings. If she is uncomfortable with such attention, she may choose medium sized implants.
The woman’s natural body shape will also define the type of breasts that will suit her. A woman with a robust build can carry larger sized breasts more easily because of their heavier weight. A lean woman who receives very large breast implants may suffer from back ache and may eventually have to consider implant replacement plastic surgery.
Future pregnancy is another determinant for women who are making a choice of breast implant size. During pregnancy, the breasts may expand a few sizes and then return to their original size after delivery. The desired size of breast implant may be chosen more easily after the woman has no plans for having another pregnancy.
How to Choose the Right Size?
The patient may consider the following tips in order to choose the most appropriate size of breast implants:
- The patient should discuss the issue with the cosmetic surgeon freely about her desired implant size. Once the surgeon has a better understanding of her aesthetic needs and aspirations, they can recommend a more appropriate implant size.
- Select photos from publications as well as the Internet, and show them to the surgeon. As long as the body profile of the model in the photos matches with that of the patient, it may be possible to have a desired implant size. The surgeon will get a better idea of the patient’s choice with these photos.
- Bra cup size may not be the best way to get the right measurement when choosing implant sizes. The surgeon may have implant size samples to help the patient make a better choice. These implants can be placed inside the bra to give a clear idea of how the breast will appear.
In addition to the breast implant size, the shape of implants will also have to be decided. The patient can choose between round and tear-drop shape in consultation with the surgeon. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.