What size implant would be right to achieve a natural look. I posted this question before with less detail
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Implant sizing depends on several factors. One of the most important factors is your breast width. Generally, your surgeon will measure your breast width, and then provide you with a range of implant sizes appropriate for your native breast size. There are more nuances to it than just what I've described, but this approach works for most women.
I usually have my patients bring in a large bra and a tight t-shirt to do sizing. I'll then choose 3-4 implants that I feel are appropriate, and have my patients place them in the bra under the tight t-shirt. My patients can then look in the mirror and get a good sense of what they will look like with the provided implant sizes. My patients like this approach and get a great idea of how they will look.
By using this technique, your surgeon can outline a range of appropriate implant sizes that will be aesthetically pleasing, and you make the final decision.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
1. Dimensional planning
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. Hope this helps.
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However if your breasts have sagged after pregnancy you may need a lift to be able to have the implant placed beneath the muscle. Generally speaking moderate profile plus breast implants in the 250-300 cc produce a natural look and most women however breast implants 350 cc range may be required for a medium C cup..
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Regarding size of implants, I think you should have a say in what volume will fit. That's why I use the VECTRA 3-D imaging system which allows you to see your own body with different shape, size, profile and style implants in and out of clothes. Your measurements will help guide the process but I think there is great freedom and relief in knowing that your implant will fit your body the way you want it to.
Preferred implant size depends on a few factors...
With two past pregnancies, and considering you described the breasts as 'deflated', I wonder if you can do an implant by itself or not.
Its easier to estimate this with images and best with an exam. The specific size implant for you will be based on your desires and individual anatomy. It sounds like you have researched this and that is an important first step!
I think it is great that you are able to list your concerns and have an intelligent understanding of many of the technical aspects of breast augmentation surgery. However, every patient is truly different, and from the surgeon's viewpoint, much of the success is mixing science and art and avoiding a "one-size-fits-all" type of approach.
Based on what you have said, it is quite possible you need a lift (mastopexy) in addition to implants. But as I mentioned before, everyone and everyone's anatomy is different. Only a good evaluation and a thorough discussion of your options can really dictate what you need to give you the desired look. Good luck on your surgery.
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