I am 6 feet tall, 150 lbs, but have slender upper body. I went for a consult today expecting the dr would recommend an impkant in the range of 550-600cc. Instead he suggested 700-800! Does that seem excessive or would it look normal because of my height?
Implant Size for Tall Women
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The Perfect Implant Size
There isn't a correct size for every patient. What looks right to you will not necessarily look right to the next patient, even if her height and weight are the same as yours. Your surgeon should be able to give you some insight into what range of sizes would fit you without causing an obvious "augmented" look, but only you can decide what looks right to you. Your surgeon may be able to provide you with some sizers to try out.
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Breast Implant Size Should Be Proportionate Regardless Of Height
While the selection of breast implant size in breast augmentation is a personal one, there are several considerations in helping choose a good size for all women regardless of height and weight. One of the most important considerations is the patient's natural breast diameter or width of their breast. In general, most women do not want augmented breasts that go too far to the side or are wider in diameter than their own breasts. Therefore, matching the diameter of an implant to the patient's breast width will almost never create a breast size that is too big. At 6 feet tall and only weighing 150 lbs, it is very likely that the width of a 700 or 800cc breast implant will be too big for your natural breast width...and thus may be oversized for you.
The "right" implants for your body type
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. Even your fitness levels and other relevant criteria are taken into consideration. It is you who will decide what you are comfortable with.
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 we can then pick a range of implants that will “fit” just right to give a soft natural fuller look.
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Implant Selection Process
Generally speaking,larger implants increase the risk of complications such as implant malposition, which can be very difficult to correct longterm. In order to make an accurate size recommendation, I would need to assess your chest wall and breast mound measurements and characteristics. Unfortunately, there is not a general rule of thumb or objective criteria to implant selection.
Your plastic surgeon will perform several measurements of your chest wall and breast anatomy and determine a range of implants that both fit your chest wall and reach your desired goals.
The next step is to try on this range of implants in the office with your doctor. The key to this success is showing your surgeon the body proportion you desire with a bra sizer and allowing your surgeon to guide you to the right implant. It will be much easier to communicate in implant cc's than cup size when determining the appropriate implant for you.
I wish you a safe recovery and fantastic result.
Implant sizing and body types
There are certainly a number of conflicting opinions about breast size and body types. My approach to sizing implants is to suggest a size that balances a woman's figure from a proportion standpoint and then let them try on different size implants to determine how they really want to look. Having a surgeon pick an implant without the patient trying it on seems to me like buying a car without first driving it. If you are six feet tall and only weigh 150lbs I would think a 700-800cc implant would be a bit big. However, not having a picture to see what your breasts actually look like makes it is impossible to be more specific.
How big is too big
6 foot is tall, but it's not that tall. That size sounds incredibly large. Unless you asked your plastic surgeon for implants that will look like a coconut split in half and placed on your chest, that's not a good choice. You have to remember that your tissues will need to support this implant for the rest of your life. Many patients come in asking me for a fake and unnatural result. If that is your priority and all that you care about, the sky is the limit on size (up to about 880cc).
Best of luck
It is difficult to say without any photos; however, it seems a bit too large, from my perspective. You may be tall, but your weight does not seem to be too much for your height, hence, you may not have much breast tissue which would make a large implant not the best choice.
Implant Size Is One Factor
Without a physical examination it's hard to second guess implant volume recommendations. That said, it might be good for you to know that the volumes of the breast implants are measured in CCs and that 30cc = 1oz. The most popular implant size is 300ccs (or 10oz). As Dr. Casper mentioned, you can get a rough idea of how big you might look by placing the desired volume in a freezer bag and placing it in the lower part of your bra.
Although implant volume (cc’s) is important, the shape of the implant is just as important. Implant shape has two components. One is the base, or how much space the implant occupies on the chest wall. The other is projection, or how much the implant stands out from the chest wall.
Your board certified plastic surgeon should have various breast implant samples so that you can try on the implants to get a better idea of how various volumes and profiles will look on you. Implant size and profile are not things you want to try and guess! If you don't feel comfortable with your current doctor's recommendations, seek another opinion. You should have the opportunity to select the breast implant that will give you the look you want.
You'll also want to consider the type of implant, the location of the incision, and other factors. See me discuss the things you need to consider before breast augmentation surgery in the video.
Implant Size for Tall Women
A posted photo would be extremely helpful. Otherwise a 700 cc could be the correct size. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski
Large breast implants
As stated by others, each woman's body differs and it's always been my feeling that the surgeon is doing the patient an injustice if an implant is chosen prior to the procedure. The tissue distensability and the aesthetic result should be assessed with "sizers" and with the patient in a semi-upright position while under anesthesia.
One thing that few people seem to think about is the effect of larger implants on skin and breast tissue over several years. Implants in the size range that you are considering will both thin your breast tissue and stretch your skin such that in a few years you may find emptiness in your upper chest area (from skin stretching and implant descent) and mistakenly think that you need an even larger implant. This leads to a "slippery slope" causing the eventual need for a skin reduction (full uplift) and the necessary surgical incisions.
Just a little advice to be cautious based on 25+ years experience!
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