What Is the Best Way to Choose the Size of My Breast Implants?
Aside from choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation surgery, there are many crucial decisions to make regarding the procedure itself. For instance, you need to decide which type of implants to get: saline or silicone. You will also need to choose an incision approach, of which there are three: periareolar (i.e., around the areola, the darker-pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), transaxillary (i.e., in the armpit) and inframammary (i.e., under the natural breast fold). In addition, you must decide whether you would like the implants positioned under or over the chest muscle.
One of the most important decisions you must make regarding your breast augmentation is what size implants you would like. To help you decide what size is right for you, Woodlands / Katy breast augmentation surgeon Sugene Kim, MD, shares some tips.
Take Your Body Type and Frame Into Account
One of the biggest mistakes a breast augmentation patient can make is choosing breast implants that are too large for her body type and frame. For instance, thin women with little excess skin and fat should not opt for the largest breast implants available. There must be a sufficient amount of skin, breast tissue and fat to cover the implants properly or the patient may experience visible rippling underneath the skin, as well as other cosmetic complications. Also, a woman with a narrow frame should not choose overly large breast implants that have a wide base, or the results will look disproportional to the rest of her body.
Bring Photos to Your Consultation
When discussing your aesthetic objectives for breast augmentation surgery at your consultation with Dr. Kim, it is helpful to have photos of breasts that match the look you are aiming for. Photos are a great reference point to make sure that both you and Dr. Kim are thinking along the same lines, in terms of size and overall look. However, when choosing photos, be sure to pick pictures of women who have not only the breast implant size you desire but also a body type and frame similar to yours.
Avoid Using Bra Cup Size as Your Only Reference
Referring to a bra cup size when describing your size objectives for breast augmentation surgery can be tricky, because cup size can vary greatly between bra manufacturers. What one bra manufacturer refers to as a C cup may be called a B cup by a different manufacturer.
Come in for a Consultation
When choosing an implant size and making other decisions related to your breast enhancement surgery, it is best to come in for a consultation with Dr. Kim. Come prepared to discuss your aesthetic desires, and bring any photos and questions you may have. That way, Dr. Kim can review both your aesthetic goals and anatomical requirements with you, and help you decide which breast implant size is most appropriate for your unique body type and needs.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Kim to find out more about your breast augmentation options, please contact SGK Plastic Surgery by calling (281) 363-4546 now.