Choosing the Right Breast Implants: FAQs

Choosing the Right Breast Implants: FAQs

In this article Troy, MI area double board certified breast implant surgeon Dr. Ali answers some commonly asked questions about choosing breast implants.

How do I know if I should have my implants placed over or under the muscle?

Generally, you should choose submuscular (under the muscle) breast implant placement if you have saline implants, a smaller amount of natural breast tissue, or a strong family history of breast cancer.

Typically, you should choose subglandular (over the muscle) breast implant placement if you want silicone implants, have a larger amount of natural tissue, or require a breast lift.

How do I know if I need a breast lift?

Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to determine if you will also need a breast lift at the time of your implants. However, one way to get an idea if you need a breast lift is to stand in front of a mirror and look at your nipples in relation to the natural crease beneath your breasts.

If your nipples sit lower than your breast crease, adding breast implants without a breast lift to remove excess skin will generally make them more saggy – so you will probably need a breast lift.

Should I get round or teardrop-shaped implants?

Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to help you determine which shape of breast implants are best for you. However, generally, round implants are the most commonly used implants. Round implants are totally symmetric so that their “orientation” (placement location) is always even and symmetric. Round implants are also less expensive than teardrop implants.

Anatomic or teardrop implants, on the other hand, are not symmetrical, with a greater projection at the bottom of the implants than at the top. So in some women, they may have a tendency to rotate causing problems.

Additionally, keep their rounded shape making them look somewhat more natural when you are lying down.

Will I get more cleavage from a breast implants?

Yes, breast implants can give you more cleavage. However, it’s important to that increasing the size of your breasts is not what gives you cleavage. Cleavage is a result of the width of your chest and how close your breasts are together – not how big they are.

If your breasts are set wide on your chest, you will have more fullness after your implants, but not more cleavage. On the other hand, if your body is narrow below your shoulders and your breast implants are placed close together, you can achieve greater cleavage even with a small implant.

What cup size should I choose?

Women tend to think of breasts in terms of cup sizes, because that is how we buy our bras. But cup size is a very subjective measurement: everyone wears their bras differently and every bra manufacturer makes them differently. A woman may be a 36C in one bra and a 34D in another.

Breast implant sizes are actually measured in cc’s. Implants range from 120 to 960 cc, with 300 to 400 cc being the most common range. Implants also differ according to their height and diameter.

Your breast implant size should be proportionate to your body in both size (number of cc’s), projection (height) and width. For example, a 200cc implant may look large enough on a petite woman with a narrow chest, while it would look small on a tall woman with a wider chest area.

Dr. Ali will work closely with you during your consultation to determine the most appropriate implant size for you.

Top Troy Area Breast Implant Surgery

Dr. Ali is a double board certified plastic surgeon, who has helped thousands of women get the beautiful breasts they want with breast implant surgery. He will offer you a consultation so you can understand what the best surgical options are for you. He will take the time to carefully answer all of your questions, and make sure that you have an understanding of the best techniques for achieving your appearance goals.

Troy Area Breast Implant Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200