How to Choose a Good Breast Implant Size
What size breast implants are the best for you? Here are some factors to think about as you try to decide.
Getting breast implants is an exciting process but there are many things to decide before you have breast augmentation surgery. One of the biggest questions you have to answer for yourself is how big do you want to be and what is your optimal breast size?
One of the most common things that surgeons hear from patients after breast augmentation is that “I wish I had gone a little bigger.” In fact, when women who had breast implants were asked what they would change about their procedure, a majority, over 60% wish they would have chosen a larger implant. That doesn’t mean that you should go larger than what you feel you need, but it is something to consider.
A trick that you can try at home to help you get a ball park figure is to fill plastic bags or stockings with rice and place them in your bra. Then measure the volume once you find the right amount that gives you the look that you want. Your plastic surgeon can also help you figure an implant size that will meet your goals. It is important to communicate what you want and showing a photo or photos of breasts that you think look good can often help. A plastic surgeon will also be able to give you a range of implant sizes that are most appropriate for your anatomy based on his assessment of your anatomy taking in your stature and chest wall dimensions.
It‘s possible, of course, to go too big, that’s why it’s important to consider your New York City plastic surgeon’s recommendations to avoid long term complications and medical issues. When thinking about the ideal cup size (remember cup size varies by bra manufacturer for the same breasts), you’ll want to keep several things in mind. First, do you want your new breasts to look natural? Do you want them to look like breasts that someone of your size and build would naturally have? Or, are you less concerned about them looking natural, and more concerned with making a statement, even if your breasts have a “fake” look to them? (Some women definitely don’t want the fake look, while others are completely accepting of it.) It really depends on why you’re getting breast implants, and only you know the answer.
Secondly, think about your lifestyle. If you’re extremely active (such as a runner), very large breasts could be a hindrance to you. The size of your breasts can impact your day-to-day activities. Fitness models, for example, sometimes get breast implants. Their end goal is to create a pleasing aesthetic that complements their physique, but doesn’t get in the way of their workouts.
Lastly, keep in mind that breast implants — like real breasts — will sag with time. A breast implant is not the same thing as a breast lift. The bigger your implants, the more chance you have of sagging. Of course, some women choose to have a lift along with their implant, Dr. Hamawy can help you decide if that’s the right option for you.