Hi - Am planning for implants and am starting to wonder if 450 are too large and will look fake or droopy. I also do a lot of sports so am not sure if they will drive me insane. Was thinking high profile silicone under the muscle but not sure if moderate plus would be better. Any thoughts based on the photo would be so appreciated. Height 5'7" Weight 135 Age 35
Is 450 Cc Too Large - Will They End Up Droopy and Weird if I Go High Profile Silicone? (photo)
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High profile is NOT recommended! 450cc is on the high side, but could be just fine at 5'7" tall!
You have very pretty breasts with a natural teardrop shape, and submuscular silicone gel implants will give you a fabulous result because you look that way now. But high profile implants will look high, round, and with an unnaturally-wide cleavage ("Baywatch coconuts"), especially if you go slightly smaller than 450cc.
Based on your photograph alone, 450cc may be a bit on the big side of "best choice," especially since you are active in sports, but I would reserve that recommendation until an in-person examination was possible, and would even base my final decision on the actual skin and muscle tone found at the time of surgery.
Regardless of the final implant volume chosen in accordance with your pre-operative photographic goals, sizing with implants in a bra and stretchy top, and discussion with you, I would choose the widest, lowest-profile implants possible to give you the most natural look, normal (not wide) cleavage, and "fit" to your pocket base diameter. I suspect that will be moderate or perhaps moderate plus implants, but NOT high profile!
Lots of plastic surgeons seem to prefer HP implants for the upper pole fullness they provide, but the increased projection and narrower base give an unnaturally-high, round, and wide-cleavage look that to me is decidedly "fake" looking. If that is what you prefer, then OK, go for it! But if you want soft, natural, and aesthetically-beautiful breasts that mirror your pre-operative breasts (only larger), then follow my recommendations above. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
How to choose breast implant size? - make it fit your existing breasts and lifestyle
The best thing is to see a board certified plastic surgeon and try different implant sizes. Discuss your goals with your surgeon and make sure you understand the reasoning why he/she will recommend a certain size and shape of breast implants.
In general, for a natural look, you want an implant that is about as wide as your existing breast. Going too big will give you un-natural bubbles, while going too small will just look like small lumps on your chest.
Once you chose the right 'base diameter', you can adjust the volume by adjusting the projection. An ultra-high profile implant will have most volume for a given implant width, but that will give you very fake looking protruding breasts.
Once again, the best thing is to go in and try out different implants. Some surgeons offer 3D software that predicts what you would look like after the surgery but always remember it's just a computer guessing at what you might look like, its not a 100% reliable prediction of your outcomes. In our practice we have used these programs and stopped using them because the feedback we got from patients.
Martin Jugenburg, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute
Best Breast Implants For Me?
Thank you for the question and picture.
Although I think this is an excellent forum for patients to receive general advice regarding plastic surgical procedures, for more specific advice pertaining to your situation you will be best off communicating with your chosen plastic surgeon.
I suggest that you choose your plastic surgeon based on appropriate training, certification, and (most importantly) the ability to demonstrate significant numbers of “results” that appear to be aesthetically pleasing to you. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work ( preferably in person).
You will find that you will be bombarded with information online; this information will be probably conflicting and/or confusing.
Communication with your plastic surgeon will be key to achieving the results you are looking for. Unfortunately, the use of words such as “fake or natural” means different things to different people. .
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
In my practice I use goal pictures to communicate with patients. With this technique patients are able to demonstrate what they are trying to achieve and what type of looks they do not like as well. I also use intraoperative sizers and place the patient in the upright position to evaluate breast size. Use of these sizers also allow me to select the breast implant profile (low, moderate, moderate plus, high-profile) that would most likely achieve the patient's goals. The patient's goal pictures are hanging on the wall, and allow for direct comparison. I have found that this system is very helpful in improving the chances of achieving the patient's goals as consistently as possible.
By the way, the most common regret after this operation, is “I wish I was bigger”.
I hope this helps.
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Sizing for implants before undergoing breast augmentation is a little tricky when you confine yourself to the "cup-size" method especially that bras of same cup size differ and there is not a constant rubric to follow.
Therefore, the best bet is to try on different sizes during your consultation with your surgeon. Wearing a tight shirts is important as it helps showing a fair approximation of how your breasts size will look like after surgery.
Taking into consideration your active lifestyle, trying out different sizes (especially the 450cc) will be sufficient for you to make a decision in terms of weight how the implants will feel on you while being active.
That being said, please remember that commendable results require an exceptionally skilled surgeon to perform the surgery and settling for anything less than that increases the chances of additional corrective surgeries dramatically.
I hope this helps and please feel free to check the website below.
Thank you for your inquiry.
The best of luck to you.
Breast implant sizing requires precise measurements of your current breast dimensions, the dimensions of your chest wall, as wel
Getting sized for breast implants is much more involved than it seems at first thought. It requires a full consultation with detailed questions to see exactly what your goals are, short and long term. It also requires precise measurements of your current breast dimensions, the dimensions of your chest wall, as well as preoperative photography, standard or 3D imaging.
To see what the best options are for you, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery. I hope this helps.
Is 450 cc High Profile Too Big?
Based on your photo and info you have provided, 450 cc may be a bit large for you. This will give you a DRASTIC increase in breast size and will likely not look natural on your athletic frame. Agree with your choice of silicone and placement at least partially under the muscle. Deciding on a profile is best done in consultation with your surgeon.
Large breast implants
Thanks for your question. Without exact measurments of you breast width it is hard to advise with certainty. In my practice I would advise you that that is too big given that you you sound like you are going for a leaner, fit look that suits your lifestyle. Please see your surgeon again to discuss.
Is 450 Cc Too Large
Thank you for your question in the attached photo.
Without some additional information is not easy to answer questions. 450 cc probably be a rather large augmentation for you. A smaller size is more likely to appear natural. In terms of profile, your surgeon we'll probably advise you to choose an implant that is no wider than your breast tissue. this is just a guess but I imagine a moderate plus implant the size will be wider than her native breast tissue, and if so, a high profile would be a better choice.
A consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you select what is best for you. Best wishes.
Best Breast Implant Size
Thank you for your question and photograph. From your photograph you appear to have very naturally shaped normal appearing breasts. You should be able to achieve your desired shape and size with breast augmentation.
I concur with Dr. Pousti that your decision about the size of breast implants is best made after consulting with and choosing your plastic surgeon who will perform your operation.
There are many options available to help you make this important decision. If you visit the Mentor and Allergan breast implant manufacturer's websites you can see before and after pictures of patients who have had various sizes of breast implants placed and try to find ones with your pre surgery breast size. In addition Mentor makes a breast sizing system which allows for the placement of various sized properly shaped implants into your bra to give you an idea of what different sized breast implants will look like on you. In addition if you check the link to the article at the end of this answer it describes a home test called the Rice test which you can do privately in your own home.
You state that you are concerned that 450 may be too big and that you are very active in sports. It is always important to trust your instincts and generally speaking women who are very active in sports are often more more comfortable with implants below the 400 to 450cc range.
Most importantly consult a plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experienced in cosmetic breast surgery, and to have an excellent reputation in your local community.
Best of luck to you.
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