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What Size Implants Should I Get?

Posted February 27, 2017 in Breast Augmentation

Of all the decisions women must make about their breast implants, choosing the right size has the greatest impact on the results. While smaller implant sizes are trending, the decision on implant size is ultimately up to you. There is no one right answer that applies to every woman. Your personal preferences, individual body shape, breast characteristics, and implant characteristics should all influence the implant size you choose for your breast augmentation.


Personal Preferences

Women undergo breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Some want a voluptuous, curvy appearance that draws attention in a crowd. Others want their breasts to be larger but to still look natural. Many candidates are mothers who want their post-pregnancy, deflated breasts to appear full and firm again. Many other reasons and motivations for undergoing breast augmentation include a desire to improve breast shape, achieve a more feminine appearance, achieve breast symmetry or better body proportions, or to look more youthful. Your personal goals should inform your choice in breast implant size. If you want a subtle augmentation with very natural-looking results, you may want smaller implants. If you want a full and round look, larger implants may be better for you. As you express your desires to Dr. Taleisnik, he can help you determine which breast implant size will best help you reach your beauty goals.

Body Shape and Breast Characteristics

Your body shape and breast characteristics should also inform your choice in breast implant size. For instance, if you feel like your breasts are disproportionately small in comparison to your hips, you may want larger implants to balance them out. Alternatively, if you have a boyish or rectangular body shape and you want more feminine curves, larger implants can help create them. In terms of breast tissue, breasts that are naturally quite small may lack sufficient tissue to hold large implants, which increases the risk of surgical complications. Furthermore, the placement of your breasts on your chest wall should also influence your decision in implant size. Dr. Taleisnik will carefully measure your breast tissue and analyze your body shape to make respective recommendations to help you achieve the appearance you desire.

Related Implant Characteristics

Other implant characteristics besides size can affect their perceived size once the implants have been inserted into the breast pockets. As an example, rounder implants that are fuller at the top may portray the image of a larger size in some women than anatomical implants would, even if the implants have the same volume. Additionally, implants that are low profile may not seem quite as large as implants that are high profile (even if they are the same volume) because high profile implants have greater forward projection. The position of the breasts on the chest wall should affect your choice in implant profile, which also affects your choice in implant size. Dr. Taleisnik will help you factor in all of these details along with your anatomical measurements and your personal goals. With his help, you can make the most educated choice in your breast implants to guarantee the highest satisfaction with your breast augmentation results.

Dr. Andrés Taleisnik is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and can help you select the best implants for your needs. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Taleisnik, call (714) 538-8549 or contact us online today.