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7 Tips for Picking the Right Breast Implant Size

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Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgical breast procedure in the U.S., with close to 300,000 having been performed last year. Choosing the right breast implant size is a significant choice that requires careful consideration and thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Whether you’re considering breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons or reconstructive purposes, selecting the appropriate implant size is a critical component of a satisfactory outcome. In this blog, we’ll discuss seven essential tips to help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect breast implant size for your body and lifestyle.

1. Communicate Your Goals Clearly

Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it’s essential to clearly and honestly communicate your aesthetic goals and desires to your plastic surgeon. Don’t be shy or embarrassed by what you may truly want.

If you don’t share it, you won’t get it.

Whether you’re looking for a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic change in breast size, a qualified plastic surgeon can help you understand the options available and recommend implant sizes (and placement techniques) that will deliver your desired results.

2. Consider Your Body Proportions

When selecting a breast implant size, it’s crucial to consider your body proportions and overall physique. Choosing implants that are too large for your frame can result in an unnatural appearance, discomfort and even potential complications—short and/or long term. Your plastic surgeon should assess your body measurements and breast tissue characteristics and make recommendations that take into consideration these desires.

Selecting implants that are far too small can also lead to disappointment, especially if there is little difference or an underwhelming change in the appearance of your breasts.

3. Try Different Implant Sizes During Your Consultation

Having the opportunity to try on different implant sizes and profiles (width as related to the projection of the implant) during your consultation can be extremely helpful and enlightening. This allows you to better visualize the results that you may achieve and how various factors can impact them. This includes not only volume-related issues but also implant projection, width and overall effects on the extent of fullness and cleavage that you are considering.

4. Consider Your Lifestyle and Activity Level

When choosing a breast implant size, it’s essential to consider your lifestyle and the activities you enjoy. For example, if you lead an active lifestyle or are a serious participant in sports, you may prefer a smaller implant size for greater ease of movement and flexibility. On the other hand, if you’re seeking a more voluptuous look both for special occasions and everyday wear, you may opt for a larger implant size that provides enhanced cleavage and projection.

Your activity level and lifestyle may also affect the implant placement options.

5. Factor in Long-Term Considerations

Breast implants are not lifetime devices and may require replacement or revision surgery in the future. When choosing an implant size, it’s essential to consider the long-term implications and potential maintenance requirements associated with the implant size. Larger sizes will impact your tissues more and may accelerate the need for a future surgery. Your plastic surgeon may be able to provide you with some guidance and help you make an informed decision based on your lifestyle, age, and future goals.

6. Take Your Time and Don’t Rush

Choosing the right breast implant size is a significant decision that should not be rushed. Take your time to explore all your options, including asking your plastic surgeon any questions that may be relevant to your decision. On the other hand, be wary of input from family and friends—it may not always be helpful or given with your best interests at heart.

Remember that your decision will impact your appearance and confidence for years, so it’s essential to feel confident and comfortable with your choice.

7. Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon To Guide You

Ultimately, a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and experienced in performing cosmetic breast surgeries is your greatest resource when it comes to choosing the right breast implant size. Trust their expertise, experience and artistic judgment to guide you through the decision-making process. A reputable plastic surgeon will take the time to understand your goals, address your concerns and recommend implant sizes that are safe, proportionate, and tailored to your unique anatomy.

Your Breast Implant Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ

Choosing the right breast implant size is an essential aspect of breast augmentation surgery that requires careful consideration and collaboration between you and an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. They will be able to evaluate your anatomy and existing breast tissue to recommend the best size and any additional procedures, such as breast lift surgery, to ensure you are happy with your results.

By clearly communicating your goals, considering your body proportions and lifestyle, trying on different implant sizes during the consultation and trusting your surgeon’s expertise, you can make a well-informed decision that enhances your natural beauty and boosts your confidence for many years.

Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub is a highly respected cosmetic breast specialist who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Steven Turkeltaub provides top-level care and offers a complete range of cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Call (480) 451-3000 to schedule your consultation and learn more about your breast implant options.