How Do I Decide How Big to Go With Breast Implants?
If you’re considering a breast augmentation procedure, you have probably already imagined what it would be like to have bigger, fuller breasts. Many women know they want to get breast implants, but not many of these women have thought about just how big (or small) they want these implants to be. After all, your breast implants will be a long-term commitment so you want to make the best choice for you. Here’s what you should know about breast augmentation before you plan your procedure and choose the implant size you want.
You Do Get a Choice
An experienced, board certified plastic surgeon knows that you’re the one who has to live with your breast implants in the years to come. He or she will understand that you have opinions, fears, hesitations, and questions about the size that is right for you. Don’t be shy about voicing your concerns or your desired results. Your surgeon is there to help you achieve the look you really want!
Consider Your Frame
While it would be nice to order your breast size like a meal in a restaurant, you can’t expect that your ideal breast size will look right on your body. When meeting for your consultation, your plastic surgeon will make recommendations for your new breast size that are in proportion to your body frame and physique. If you are petite, for example, a double-D cup size will look unnatural and may even put enough strain on your body to cause chronic pain and physical discomfort. If you are broader in the shoulders, smaller implants might now make enough difference for you and you may be dissatisfied with your results after breast augmentation surgery. Be open minded and listen to your surgeon’s advice, even if it contradicts the ideal you have in mind.
It’s Not by Cup Size
Many prospective breast augmentation patients can explain what they want in terms of cup size. For example, a woman with size B breasts might aim for a D. But don’t be surprised when your plastic surgeon tells you that it’s not possible to plan a breast implant surgery with a cup size in mind. Cup size is determined by various factors, including the existing breast tissue, skin and fat surrounding the breasts, and your other physical characteristics. While you may be able to choose an implant that roughly measures out to a D cup, it may wear differently on your body than someone else’s. Implants themselves are measured in cubic centimeters, known as cc’s, so they can’t be chosen by the same sizing methods as real breasts. Instead, your plastic surgeon will help you to choose your new breast size by approximating the size you want and taking other measurements to help balance your proportions.
Have an Idea in Mind
When it comes to planning any cosmetic surgery, it never hurts to have a result in mind before heading to your consultation. If you’re having trouble deciding what size is right for your body type and frame, start flipping through magazines to look at your favorite celebrities. Is there a celebrity who is about your height, with a similar frame? Concentrate on these women and see how their various breast sizes work with the rest of their natural physique. Bring photos and magazines along to your consultation if that will help you to better explain your desired results to your plastic surgeon.
Plan Your Breast Size With an Expert on Enhancement Surgeries
To learn more about breast implant sizes and what might work best for you, consult with an expert in the field. Dr. Ronald Lohner is a board certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia who offers customized procedures to his patients after a one-on-one consultation. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Currently, Dr. Lohner is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the past eight years. His office is located at [primary_address] in [primary_city], [primary_statefull], on the Main Line. Please call his office at [primary_phone] to schedule a consultation.