HOW I HELP DETERMINE A PROPORTIONATE IMPLANT SIZE
BREAST AUGMENTATION DUBAI | 11 APRIL 2022
Breasts are arguably one of the most defining physical features of a woman, and their size can have both a physiological and psychological impact. A great-looking, proportionate pair of breasts can make one radiate self-confidence in both personal and professional environments.
A most challenging decision to be considered for a breast reconstruction or augmentation is how much larger you’d like to go. Size will determine not only how your new breasts will look, but also how complementary they will be to the rest of your frame.
Here are some important factors to consider when choosing your breast implant size.
1. PATIENT BODY TYPE
Each body type is different in the sizes of implants it can comfortably accommodate and look attractive with. You don’t want to end up with breasts that appear too large or small relative to your frame. Discomfort and sagging can also occur if the implants are too heavy for the body to bear, sometimes requiring revision surgery.
The overall width of your chest, distance between each breast, and base width or circumference of your bust must be carefully considered whern choosing an appropriate breast implant size. Skin thickness and firmness may also be a factor, as a heavier implant can contribute to a sagging appearance. A 200 cc (cubic centimeters, a measure of volume) implant may be just right for a woman with a slim body, but might barely be noticeable on a woman with a larger build, who might find a 350 cc or bigger breast implant more suitable.
Pre-existing breast asymmetry may be corrected by using implants of two different volumes and/or fat transfer.
2. BREAST PROFILE / SHAPE
The implant’s shape and projection has to match your body size and shape. A ROUND profile would look good on a small-bodied woman as it provides upper-pole perkiness/fullness and firmness, while a TEARDROP- or oval-shaped (also known as anatomical) profile might complement a woman with a bigger body by retaining lower-pole fullness and curvature.
Many women who receive breast reconstruction prefer a teardrop shape as it may better mimic the shape of their original breasts, while more mature patients or those would like a breast lift (mastopexy) in conjunction with their augmentation may prefer a round shape for more upper-pole fullness, which lends a more youthful appearance.
3. PATIENT AGE / SKIN QUALITY
Skin is suppler and tighter when you’re younger, and can more easily be worked on to accommodate your desired implant size. Suppler skin will translate into a firm pair of breasts that can carry its own weight well and retain its shapely look. It also helps maintain a natural feel and appearance.
There must also be enough tissue coverage for the implants to ensure that your breasts are evenly shaped (symmetrical) and retain their natural feel. Placing a large implant into a woman with thin or lax breast tissue will result in the new breasts looking bloated or stretched.
Autologous (i.e. self-derived) fat grafts may be helpful for implant coverage, shape refinements, and precise, small-scale enhancements (such as boosting cleavage). When processed and filtered using a closed system, fat grafting for appropriate patients is an excellent option to use in conjunction with smaller implants.
4. PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING
The female body can undergo some pronounced changes during pregnancy. Your breasts could grow as your pregnancy progresses, and/or also shrink after delivery and throughout the breastfeeding process.
Undergoing an implant procedure during or before pregnancy presents some drawbacks and should not be taken lightly as it can have a pronounced effect on breastfeeding. I recommend waiting until after all pregnancies and breastfeeding periods are completed to decide on size and receive a breast augmentation. This will help you avoid the need for more surgery after delivery/breastfeeding to make your breasts look as they did before.
The placement of your implants, coupled with your desired implant size and the amount of breast tissue you personally have will determine how much of an impact the procedure will have on your ability to breastfeed.
If you may wish to become pregnant and/or breastfeed, you should discuss this with me so that we can both determine the required breast implant size and surgical techniques early on.
OTHER TIPS FOR DETERMINING YOUR IMPLANT SIZE
There are multiple factors that go into determining the best implant size for you. Breast measurements, desired size, characteristics of your breast, tissue and chest wall are all critical in making the right selection.
Breast implants are measured in cubic centimetres. That’s why you’ll typically see CC when labeling size, like 350CC. Breast implants come in a whole range of sizes, from about 80CC up to 800CC. Obviously, the higher the number, the bigger the breast implant size. The width of the base also varies, fom 7.4cm to 17.2cm.
DON’T MEASURE YOUR BREAST SIZE BY YOUR BRA
Bra cup size is not an accurate way to measure breast size. It is imprecise, because bra sizing standards vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even country to country. Despite being labeled the same cup size, the actual volume may be different. That’s why it’s best if you bring in the exact bra you want to wear after your surgery to your sizing session.
HOW I HELP DETERMINE A PROPORTIONATE IMPLANT SIZE
From a medical standpoint, it’s important that I also consider your specific body measurements when deciding on what size is right for you. An overly large implant can cause complications, both right after surgery and a few years down the road. Such complications include separation of incision lines and excessive sagging. However, I also understand that an overly small implant won’t improve your body contour sufficiently.
Measurements, like your shoulder width, height and ribcage width is used to determine a range of implant sizes that would achieve proportionate improvement as well as reduce your risk of complications.
FACTORS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING BREAST IMPLANT MEASUREMENTS
There are multiple factors that come into play when selecting the right implant size. If you don’t carefully pre-plan, you could run into situations in life that would adversely affect you and your new implants. You should take into consideration the following when selecting your implant size:
FITNESS AND EXERCISE
Do you like to exercise regularly? If so, perhaps it’s best to stay conscious of the fact that breasts over a certain size can make some physical activities more difficult or cumbersome, such as running and tennis.
Are you the type of person that likes to attract attention, or are you more quiet and reserved? The larger the implants, the more attention you could attract. You may want to opt for a slight increase in size, just enough to balance out your body contour for a more natural look.
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
You shouldn’t base your decision on breast size based on an actress that you saw on the internet. They are not you. You should select a size that accurately reflects your own personality and lifestyle. Don’t base your chosen size on how your girlfriend looks, either. Her body is different and the breast size she has may not look very flattering on your body.
COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH YOUR DOCTOR
A breast implant consultation is a two-way street. You need to express your expectations and it’s my job to understand them so I can help you achieve them. If you feel that your concerns are not being addressed, don’t be afraid to ask for more clarification or explain your situation further. I’m here for you!
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
You should not agree to undergo the surgery until you’re confident that you’ll like your new look and size. If you have any doubts prior to your surgery, talk to me about them! We can also schedule another in-clinic implant sizer session.
As you can see, there are many factors that you need to take into consideration when selecting your implant size. You shouldn’t choose a size because it looks good on a friend or celebrity. You should select a size that is right for you. The process is personal and while you should take your doctors suggestions into consideration, you have the final say in the size you select.
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