Factors to consider when choosing your breast implant size
Our doctors have many years of experience helping patients select the right breast implant size for their individual needs and circumstances. They can provide you with advice and recommendations, but the final decision about your breast size will be up to you. When deciding upon your breast implant size, consider some of the following factors:
Larger-sized breast implants can potentially have a negative effect when it comes to certain physical activities. If you participate in yoga or sports, for example, large breast implants may be somewhat of a burden.
Keep in mind the overall aesthetic results you are hoping to achieve, and that can help you determine the best implant size for your needs. Many individuals prefer sizes that closely match the slope and proportion of a natural breast so that others can’t easily tell that they have had breast augmentation. By contrast, some women are hoping for more spherical breasts and a more dramatic look, regardless of whether they appear “fake.” Sometimes, a combination of these two aesthetic goals can also be achieved.
The risks of implant complications are often higher with larger implant sizes. One of the more notable complications that have been associated with excessively large breast implants is known as “bottoming out.” This condition is characterized by the implants settling at a very low point on the chest, resulting in the nipples appearing too high on the breasts.
Breast implant shape
Breast implants are available in two basic shapes: Round or anatomical (teardrop). The best option will ultimately depend on your specific goals and the breast implant shape that can yield the most proportionate and beautiful results.
Round breast implants
Round breast implants can be an ideal choice for individuals who would like a more prominent degree of projection. This option can also benefit women who would like to enhance volume in the upper areas of the breasts as well as the lower regions. In addition, round implants tend to retain their shape if they shift inside the breast tissue, typically making any movement unnoticeable.
“Anatomical,” or teardrop-shaped breast implants
A teardrop-shaped implant is essentially designed to mimic the anatomical contours of the breasts. These implants can be the best option for women who are primarily concerned with adding volume to the lower areas of the breasts. They can often be ideal for very thin patients and those who have minimal breast tissue. The downward slope of teardrop-shaped implants can create a very natural-looking result. Plus, anatomically shaped implants often have a textured surface to reduce the risk of rotation inside the breast tissue.
In addition to the distinct shapes of breast implants, they also have varying degrees of projection and profile, including low, moderate, moderate-plus, high, and ultra-high. For women who have a narrower chest and those who would like the breasts to achieve a more forward projection, high-profile breast implants may be the best choice. During your initial consultation, one of our plastic surgeons can talk with you about the many options available and help you determine the best implant shape and projection for your needs.