What is the Best Breast Implant Size & Shape for Me?
Thanks to medical advancements in breast augmentation technology, breast implants have become increasingly popular in recent years. Thanks to safer and more natural implants, as well as less invasive surgeries with shorter recovery time, more women than ever see breast implants as the right choice for them. In fact, in 2021, more than 365,000 women received breast implants – representing a 44% increase from the year before.
Women choose breast implant surgery as a solution for many reasons: some women have always desired a fuller bust, while others want to improve a sagging appearance after child birth or weight loss or aging. Other patients simply seek a more balanced or proportionate physique, or a restored breast appearance following mastectomy or other surgeries.
The decision to get breast implants involves many factors – one of the most important of which is choosing the ideal size and shape for your unique body. But this can be a daunting task, especially with the numerous options available.
However, with the right information and guidance, a woman can make an informed decision and achieve their desired results. In this article the breast implant experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Detroit area discuss the different sizes and shapes available, and how to determine the ideal implant for your body.
Understanding the Basics of Breast Implant Surgery
Breast implant surgery, often referred to as breast augmentation, is a procedure that involves inserting implants into the breasts to enhance their size and shape. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about one to two hours. The operation involves making an incision, creating a pocket to house the implant, inserting the implant, and closing the incision with stitches.
The type of incision and its location, as well as the placement of the implant, can vary depending on the patient’s anatomy, the type of implant used, and the surgeon’s preferences. Common incision sites include under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit. Implants can be placed either directly under the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle.
Breast Implant Materials
Breast implants come in various sizes and shapes to suit different body types and aesthetic preferences. The two main types of implants are saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, while silicone implants contain a thick silicone gel. Both types have their benefits, and the choice between them depends on individual preferences and the surgeon’s advice.
You can learn more about the different breast implant materials HERE.
Breast Implant Shape
In terms of shape, breast implants can be round or teardrop shaped. Round implants are symmetrical and can give the breast a fuller all-around appearance – and also create more dramatic cleavage.
Teardrop implants, also known as anatomical implants, have a slightly sloping shape that mimics the natural breast contour. These are generally considered to be more natural and less ‘dramatic’ looking.
Breast Implant Profile Size
The size of breast implants is measured in cubic centimeters (cc), NOT “cup size.” This determines the volume or how much the breast will be augmented. Choosing the right size of breast implant is crucial for achieving a natural and proportionate look. This choice should be guided by the patient’s body frame, existing breast tissue, skin elasticity, and personal aesthetic goals.
When deciding on breast implants, it’s essential to understand the difference between CCs, breast implant profile, and and a bra cup size. The implant profile refers to how far the implant projects from the chest wall when standing. A higher profile implant will project more, giving a fuller appearance, while a lower profile implant will project less, resulting in a more natural look.
On the other hand, CCs refers to the volume of the implant, not to be confused with the bra cup size. A larger CC number means a larger implant, but it does not necessarily translate to a larger cup size, as this also depends on other factors such as the existing breast tissue and the patient’s chest wall size.
Understanding these concepts is crucial in determining the ideal size and shape of breast implants for your body. It’s not simply a matter of choosing a desired cup size, but also considering the implant profile and CCs that will complement your body shape and size.
The Ideal Breast Implant Size & Shape for Your Body
Deciding on the ideal size and shape for your breast implants is a highly personal decision that should take into account your unique body shape, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. It’s crucial to communicate these factors clearly to your surgeon during the consultation.
Your body’s frame and existing breast tissue will significantly influence the choice of implant size and shape. A larger frame can typically accommodate larger implants, while a smaller frame might require smaller implants for a balanced look. Similarly, the amount and quality of your existing breast tissue will affect how the implant will sit and look in your body.
Your lifestyle is another essential factor to consider. If you lead an active lifestyle, participate in sports or physical activities, smaller or moderate-sized implants may be more suitable. On the other hand, if you want a more dramatic change in your breast size, larger implants may be the way to go. However, it’s crucial to remember that bigger implants may come with increased risks and complications.
Why Bigger Breast Implants Aren’t Always Better
While it might be tempting to go for larger breast implants for a more dramatic transformation, bigger isn’t always better. Oversized implants can lead to various issues, such as an unnatural appearance, discomfort, back pain, and in some cases an increased risk of complications. They can also put more strain on the breast tissue, leading to sagging over time.
Moreover, larger implants may not be suitable for everyone. For women with a smaller frame or less existing breast tissue, oversized implants might not fit properly and could result in an unbalanced or unnatural look. It’s essential to choose a size that complements your body shape and size for a natural and proportionate result.
For example a 250 cc breast implant may look too big on a petite woman, but may not be big enough to ‘stand out’ on a woman with a larger frame.
Therefore, when deciding on the size of your breast implants, it’s crucial to consider both aesthetics and long-term comfort and health. Renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali had helped thousands of women choose the breast shape and size that they love. He can guide you in making an informed decision that will lead to satisfactory and safe results.
The Role of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Breast Implant Surgery
A skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon plays a vital role in the success of your breast implant surgery. They possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to perform the procedure safely and effectively. In the Detroit area, Dr. Ali is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon known for his meticulous work and patient-centered approach.
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon ensures that your surgeon has undergone rigorous training and examinations and adheres to high ethical and professional standards. They are well-versed in the latest surgical techniques and technologies and are committed to patient safety and satisfaction. It is important to keep in mind that not all doctors who are ‘cosmetic surgeons’ are actually board-certified plastic surgeons. So always check your surgeon’s board-certifications and other credentials carefully.
See Your Breast Implant Results Before Surgery with Vectra 3D Imaging
One of the most exciting advancements in breast implant surgery is the use of pre-surgical Vectra 3D imaging. AMAE plastic surgery is one of the first practices in the Detroit area to offer this amazing technology. Vectra 3D computer imaging allows you to visualize your expected breast implant results before the surgery, giving you a better idea of how the chosen implants will look in your body.
During your consultation with Dr. Ali, he will use Vectra 3D imaging to create a three-dimensional model of your body. He will then virtually place different sizes and shapes of implants, allowing you to see how each option would alter your appearance. This technology can help you and Dr. Ali make a more informed decision about the ideal breast implants for your body.
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Deciding to undergo breast implant surgery is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and planning. From understanding the basics of the surgery to choosing the ideal size and shape of your implants, it’s crucial to be
Remember, the decision to get breast implants is a personal one. It’s crucial to choose a size and shape that will not only enhance your appearance but also fit your lifestyle and maintain your comfort and health in the long run. If you are considering breast implants, take the next step and schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Ali. During this consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic goals, ask any questions, and even see your expected results with Vectra 3D imaging – to ensure you get the breast shape and size that you will love!