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The number one reason why women choose to undergo breast implant revision surgery is that they end up regretting the size of their implants. While breast revision is a safe and effective way to update your look, the better option is to choose the perfect implant size the first time around. Here are some tips that might help.

Sizing Your Way Up

Not every woman who wants a curvier shape hopes to end up with dramatic DD cups. The current trend in breast augmentation is a modest size increase that gives you a subtly enhanced look that’s still proportionate and flattering.

When trying to decide on the right breast implant size, wanting a natural look is only… well, natural. This can lead to many women going with a slightly smaller implant out of concern that too-large implants could look obvious or fake. In reality, your surgeon should be able to assist you in finding the right balance between your dream look and implants that could overwhelm your frame while still honoring your natural anatomy.

Questions to Ask

If your conservative breast implant size has left you wanting a little more boost in your bust, there are a few questions to ask yourself before moving forward with revision surgery:

  • Are you using cup size as a goal and coming up short? Bra measurements aren’t standardized, so your surgeon should help you choose implants by volume instead.
  • Has it been at least six months since your initial augmentation? Remember, your final results aren’t considered fully developed before that point.
  • Are your results proportionate and balanced, even if they’re smaller than you hoped for? Sometimes a breast augmentation that looks beautiful is more important than arbitrarily going bigger. Assessing your overall body contours is an essential component of the sizing process as well as your appearance in clothes. Shorter individuals may request larger implants to achieve an hour glass appearance when examining themselves in the nude or in undergarments or bikinis; however, the same implants may make that same individual look heavy in standard clothing or dresses that conceal their waistline.

Are you aware of the long term risks of larger implants that may contribute to more pronounced sagging with time (ptosis) or soft tissue thinning (atrophy)?

Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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