How Much Bigger Implants Are Needed in Breast Implant Replacement?
- Asked by Cami111 in Albany NY
- 4 years ago
Hi. I am considering having Breast Implant exchange surgery. I have implants that are about 11 years old, and my breast are starting to sag a bit too much. I am a 38DD now, and I am scared about going bigger but I am hoping this will make my breast perkier, and my nipples higher on the breast themselves.
Does the implant have to be extremely bigger to make that type of difference, or can I go just a little bigger than the original implant?
Going with bigger implants won't lift the breasts
You actually don't need to go bigger at all unless you want to be bigger. If your nipples are heading south, going with bigger implants won't restore them northward, you need a lift to do that.
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Bigger implants no good for 38DD.
1) Don't do it! You will regret it. Trying to correct sagging breasts with large breast implants is one of the most common mistakes that I see in Manhattan. You will not look natural and you will still have sagging. Very large breast implants age very badly.
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If you need your breast implants redone, it may be time to take a close look in the mirror and see if what you really need is a lift. If the implants are soft, they may already be large enough.
The second most important question now that you've lived with implants is ... do you really need them to be any bigger? A proper lift can be done irrespective of their size. Many think they need them bigger but are perplexed at why they are dropping so much.
Perhaps the descent of the breasts is related to the sheer weight of the implant. People's breast tissues drop even if they don't hold up an implant, so consider decreasing in size. The more you decrease in size the more your lift will be necessary.
Lastly, keep in mind that expecations may be the most important element in this particular operation. Spend some time with your plastic surgeon and review EXACTLY what to expect because this time it is very different than when you had them done for the very first time.
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Bigger breast implant exchange may not work well
This is a common thought process that may not work well for many patients. You are already a DD cup and therefore probably have large breast implants in place. The bigger the implants, the less of a difference you will see with going larger. This is because if you add 100 ccs to a 100cc implant you double the size but if you add 100 cc to an 800 cc implant you may not see that much of a difference.
In addition the rate of drooping increases with increasing volume of implant. You will almost certainly be heading for a breast lift. You could have it now or you could have it later but it is quite likely that you will need one.
Larger implants to avoid breast lift
The answer is yes--larger implants will allow your nipples to be higher on the breast mount thus avoiding a breast lift. However, you would probably require a sizeable increase which will only accelerate your breast ptosis (sagging). The better solution is to have a breast lift. It is true, that a breast lift will require more scars on the breast, but you will be able to keep the same size implants. This will also allow your breasts to remain "perkier" for much longer before requiring reoperation compared to just placing larger implants. In order to get a more personalized answer to your question, a physical exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is really what you need. Good luck!
Bigger breast implants not the answer for sagging breasts
Bigger implants not the best choice for a lift
The temptation to solve the sagging breast problem with bigger implants is appealing because no one wants the scars from a lift if possible. The trade-off, however, is that bigger implants will lead to even more sagging over time. If you are already a DD then going bigger just doesn't sound like a good choice. Though every situation is different, most of the time in a situation like yours going smaller and doing a lift makes the most sense. You could of course just do the lift and leave the implants alone if you like the size you are now. Scars from a breast lift typically fade very nicely and patients are happy with the improved shape.
Breast implant size for replacement
Unfortunately, your questions are very generalized and no photos are posted. My guess is a slightly larger implant and some type of breast lifting is in order. Best of Luck.
Implant removal and replacement or lift with sagging large breasts
It is more likely that you would benefit from a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure in contrast to implant removal and replacement. In this instance, you could also decrease the size of your implant and breast tissue if you desire to minimize the risk for long term recurrent sagging.
Larger implants will not make sagging breasts "higher" or "perkier"
It is not unusual after 11 years to develop some degree of ptosis (droop) in an augmented breast. It sounds like you are already rather large (re: 38DD), so replacing your current implants with a larger version will not necessarily improve the situation. This isn't to say that in some cases, a larger implant alone is enough to fill-out/perk-up breasts that show a little bit of sag. But given the details included in your question, it seems clear that a lift is needed to achieve the result you desire, namely "higher" and "perkier" looking breasts.
Without photos it is difficult to provide a more specific assessment, but generally speaking, the best approach in your case would be to place an equal or smaller size implant and then preform a lift.
And last but not least, if the current implants were placed in a subglandular position, the replacement implants should be switched to a submuscular position at the time of the lift.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.