Breast implant surgery is a personal decision made by countless women throughout the San Diego area. Whether implants are sought to improve the aesthetic look of the breast or to reconstruct it after cancer treatment, every woman should know the 10 most important considerations when undergoing
Because bra sizes can vary widely depending on manufacturer, padding and fabric, it’s important to think beyond the bra when it comes to the size of your implants. That’s why bra shopping is so important. One label or style will not fit like another bra with the same cup size. Furthermore, the government is not involved in bra sizing. What constitutes a “C” cup for one person can be very different from another woman’s expectations. Each cosmetic surgeon has their own technique to determine sizing. I personally like to involve patients by requesting they submit to us before surgery pictures of their preferences in the size and shape which can be a starting point for discussion.
Your body type can play a huge role in the sizing of your breast implants. Petite women, for example, may choose a more conservative implant while tall or athletic women may opt for larger implants. Narrow-chested women may prefer a higher profile implant which would minimize the border of the breast extending into the armpit area. Your surgeon should evaluate your body type and make a recommendation on implant size and shape to ensure that the implant fits your specific chest proportions.
You should understand that public perception of your breasts will inevitably change after surgery. Coworkers, friends and family members will likely notice your new look, so it’s important to be prepared for reactions in those who are close to you. I want my patients to realize that the proportional-sized breast permits them to wear normal clothing without obvious distortion. Of course, some women want to have a more enhanced breast size and shape which can be achieved with the right size and shape implant.
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A larger breast size is likely to look beautiful, but when it comes to activity, larger breasts can also have an impact on exercise, sports and other types of physical movement. Limitations post-surgery are likely to be different in light of a larger breast size. Most cosmetic and plastic surgeons in San Diego can advise you of the right size implant to ensure that you are satisfied not only with the look of your breasts, but that your lifestyle is not compromised either.
Type of Implant
With the variety of breast implants available today, most women are sure to find something that suits them in both look and fit. For example, a patient seeking reconstructive surgery is likely to opt for an anatomical implant placed above the muscle that can look and feel completely natural. On the other hand, a woman who wants a rounded, fuller breast is likely to choose a round implant which can be either silicone or saline, and usually placed underneath the muscle. Again, speaking to your cosmetic surgeon about the various options will be critical to your satisfaction post-surgery.