Breast Augmentation - How to Choose the Right Size
The technology, materials, and experience cosmetic surgeons have at their disposal means patients can get amazing results no matter what they’re looking for. When a patient walks into a cosmetic surgery consultation, one of the first things they’ll realize is that there are a staggering number of options available.
Breast augmentation is no different, and implants come in a wide variety of shapes, profiles, sizes, and materials. While this is a good thing-- patients are able to receive nearly anything they’re looking for-- it also can be a little daunting.
To help you start narrowing down your options, we’ve written this blog post to help you decide what size is right for you. There are other options to consider, such as shape and material, but size is a good place to start with the decision-making process.
Consider your “hard” limitations
There are only a couple hard limitations to breast augmentation size. Your current breast size determines how much breast tissue you have, which will be needed to cover any implants. While you will always be able to get bigger implants, your tissue might limit just how much bigger you can go. Additionally, your chest and shoulder width will determine how well the implants will fit your frame. Talk to your surgeon at a consultation to determine what exactly will and will not fit within these limitations.
Consider your “soft” limitations
A lack of breast tissue can keep you from going for the largest sizes, but you also have to keep in mind more “soft” limitations-- how well a breast size is going to fit with your lifestyle. While many women daydream about having very large breasts, it’s important to remember that these may cause back pain and could sag later on in life. Neither of these are reasons to forego large implants, but they’re important considerations.
Additionally, patients should think about their activity levels. Very large breasts can be uncomfortable during certain activities like running or biking. As such, if you’re a very active person, you might want to make sure you don’t get implants that are too large. Your surgeon will be able to help you determine what size would best fit your activity level.
Tips for sizing
Of course, before you undergo any procedures, your surgeon should discuss your expectations and individualize a surgical plan that works best for you. Dr. Mucci will meet with you at least twice prior to the procedure to fully understand your goals. If you desire, you can try a few implants on to help make your decision. Wear a light-colored, low-cut shirt so that you can see what your cleavage will look like. It also helps to bring a trusted friend or partner, as they can provide a sound second opinion. Lastly, try on as many sizes as possible, even ones you think are too big or too small-- you never know what you might like best!
Interested in breast augmentation? Dr. Mucci has extensive experience with breast augmentation surgeries, having performed thousands of cosmetic surgeries over more than 20 years of practice. Call Dr. Mucci today for a consultation!