Choosing an Implant Size for Someone with Pigeon Chest?
- Asked by jaclynn in Kansas City
- 3 years ago
I have pigeon breast, am 5'5" and weigh 110 lbs, I wear size 32C but would like implants to improve the shape of my breast. The first surgeon recommended 400 cc stating that pigoen breast patients need a larger implant, the second surgeon wants to do 240cc which he stated would take me up to a full D cup which would be the max I would want to be. I am concerned since they are recommending very diffent sizes. How do I know what is the right decision?
Implant size selection with chest wall anomalies
Its difficult to answer your question or give any recommendations without a formal physical exam. I consider two factors when selecting implants for my patients:
2.Gel Implant Sizing system
Dimensional planning – The measurements of your chest wall are taken. Also, the breast dimensions including the height, width, and current dimensions of each breast form the basis of dimensional planning. Based on these measurements, the implant size is recommended. This will give you a unique breast implant that is suited for your body frame. However, there are some limitations of what size we can recommend. For instance, some implants may just be too big for a narrow chest wall. Your surgeon can review this with you during the consultation.
Gel Implant Sizing system – During the preliminary breast implant consultation, you will be provided with an option to “try on” a variety of implant shapes and sizes. You can also visualize the possible outcomes of your surgery which helps you to get that perfect size to give you the shape that you longed for. This way your preferences are known and you can then pick a range of implants that will “fit” just right to give a soft natural fuller look. If you have decided on saline implants, then based on the gel sizer you select, we can guide you to the saline implant that achieves a similar look.
Hope this helps.
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Choosing implant size can be tricky
Placing a breast implant to give a patient the look she wants can be tricky. There is always some asymmetry to the breast/chest and everyone's chest cavity is shaped differently.
Pectus carinatum (pigeon breast) is a deformity of the chest wall when the sternum (breast bone) is protruding convex outward.
Pectus excavatum is a deformity of the chest wall with the sternum sunken in or concave in appearance.
Scoliosis is a curve of the spine. Kyphoscolisos is an upper back arching curve, and lordosis is a lower back arching inward.
It is up to the surgeon to determine which implant would look best with a chest wall deformity, sometimes bigger (or smaller) implants are necessary to achieve the result than with a normal shaped chest.
All the tricks we use to pick implant size should be used; before and after pictures, photos, measurements, and especially implant sizers. Your surgeon may need to make intraoperative decisions regarding symmetry and final volume, but a reasonable size should be chosen before hand. The difference between a 400 cc implant and a 240 cc implant is not as great as you might think. Perhaps the correct size should split the difference between 400 and 240, 320 cc.
Breast augmentation surgery results
The outcome of your surgery depends on who performs your surgery. Your situation is different than most patients in that your implants will tend to move to the side; careful and accurate pocket dissection is critical.
It is very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C cup” or "fake looking" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
I 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 press 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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Choosing the right implant for you is a lengthy discussion and exam performed by your surgeon. An agreement and rough size range should be discussed with your surgeon.
Bony chest wall variances impact implant selection
Pectus carinatum otherwise known as "pigeon chest" is a condition in which the breast bone (sternum) articulates with the ribs at a steep angle, which some people liken to the prow (triangular front part) of a sailboat. Not only is the chest wall sharply pitched, often the pectoralis major muscles are relatively short in distribution and the skin brassiere overly elastic. The net result is a bony platform, over which implants can displace laterally, (towards the armpits).
This anatomical variant certainly increases the challenge for the PS to accomodate patient request with what is practical. I agree with the other consultants that sizing is best done, in person, choosing an implant whose "base diameter" or foot print approximates the width of each hemi-thorax (chest). Different profile implants correspond to different volumes (cc) and yet may have the same foot print, hence this is a possible explanation why one consultant may recommend a high profile 400cc while the other favors a standard profile 250cc.
Puhrlz is an online company which sells inserts and a bra, which you could feasibly wear for a few weeks, to develop an idea of what you would really like. good luck.
Try not to commit to strongly so an implant size before surgery
I say this to patients and have said it on this site many times... it is a mistake to commit yourself, or ask your surgeon to absolutely commit to an exact implant volume prior to surgery.
For a healthy perspective on this issue, please read this:
The size, the size
The appropriate size is selected based on the width of your natural breasts as well as how much breast tissue you have naturally. The width of chest can play a part if the natural breast is unusally small. Here a picture is worth a thousand words.
Breast Implants for Pigeon Breast
Pigeon breast or pectus excavatum is when, typically, the lower part or sometimes the whole, sternum is bowed outward. What is interesting with this deformity is what happens to the corresponding ribs. Much of the time the ribs are actually concave or bowed in necessitating larger implants as they need to fill the additional depression.
However, I have seen many different variations on this deformity including very prominent convex or bowed out rib or ribs, convexity on one side with concavity on the other, flat ribs etc.. An appreciation of the ribs is essential to choosing the correct implant. With that said it is often necessary to determine the best implant after the ribs have been surgically examined. You need to have a surgeon who understands this deformity and the many different variations and therefore implants that could be needed.
Bigger is NOT Always Better when it comes to Breast Implants
Professional Breast Augmentation surgeons are similar to professional Golfers or professional poker players. Although we would love to be able to change the rules on occasion, the facts are that we must play the golf ball where it lands, the poker hand dealt us and must operate on the (pigeon) chest and breasts the patient posses.
A pigeon chest ALREADY means that the plane of the chest is not flat but skewed and that the taller and wider the structure (IE implants) placed on it will lean or fall to the sides.
In your case, if you absolutely had to augment your breast volumes, I would advise you go with the smallest implants you could live with. Although the use of sizers in the OR is a good idea, I would definitely advise you NOT to go with 400 cc implants. They will do battle with your forward moving arm each time and you will look very top heavy.
Get at least one other opinion from a real Plastic surgeon (www.PlasticSurgery.org) before having this operation.
Breast implants for pigeon chest can improve the shape and contour of breasts
Hello - You do have valid concern for the different size recommendations. It's difficult to give you more advice without a photo, but I would suggest visiting several more surgeons. For my patients, pigeon chests are handled with ordering different sized implants and "sizers." This way, I can use the sizers in the operating room to see what size gives the best aesthetic result with the volume close to what the patient wants. All in all, breast implants can improve the shape, volume, and contour of your breasts
Web reference: http://www.DrSchreiberPlasticSurgery.com
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