I'm 28, 112 lbs, 5'5 with an athletic build. I want to be a DD cup. Do you think I need a Breast Lift with Implants? (photo)

Does it look I need a lift if I want to get rather large at least to be a dd, hp, silicone implants? I am 28, 112 lbs, 5"5, athletic build with a 28" rib cage.

Doctor Answers 13

DD implants

You are borderline as to whether you need a lift or not. An in person exam and measurements wiould determine if the lift part is necessary.  I would, however, advise you against going with implants that are too large in either case.  Take the case you show.  The implants have bottomed out a fair amount and that will get worse with time.  Most women with very large implants eventually ask themselves "what I the world was I thinking?"  Large implants will cause the skin to stretch out and sag, especially in a case like yours where you have some sagging even without implants.  I would suggest no larger than 400 cc implants.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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What kind of implants for you?

Invest in a consultation with a local plastic surgeon who can provide both the textured shaped implant and the round smooth implant and let him/her know of your expectations so that he/she can inform you of what can be accomplished.  Then make the best choice for yourself.  Understand that with your thinness, your breasts will be noticeably different in temperature from you body (cooler or warmer), depending on what the ambient temperature is.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift needed or not?

Good news:  In this one photo, it doesn't look like the degree of breast droop you have is much at all.  You may be a candidate for just the implants alone, and not need the lift.  An in-person exam would be needed to sort this out.

As for the size, I would recommend something that fits your frame, using your measurements to figure out the best implant width.  It may be tricky to get you to a DD without making you look bulky or giving you "side boob".

Best to talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.

All the best,

Brast lift with implants

While an exam is needed I think you will not need a lift. A DD on you is not going to look too big if the implant base diameter is chosen well. Silicone implants under the muscle is a great option for you. Good Luck!

Gregory Lynam, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the question.

To best help you, a physical examination is required in order to determine which procedures and techniques would be best for your case.

Dr. Campos

Jaime Campos Leon, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Will a breast lift be needed with implants for a DD breast on a very thin person

It is difficult to answer your question without an in person examination and consultation.  However you do have some asymmetry and ptosis and if you have breast augmentation without a lift there is risk of the "snoopy deformity".

The very large breast implants required to make you a DD breast size in my opinion will look unnatural on your thin body.

Breast augmentation

Having very large breasts on a small thin frame may not be appropriate for you.  Because of your exceptionally thin frame you also may be prone to early rippling as well. Best to be seen in person.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the photos and your question The simple answer is NO you should not need a lift

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Brea Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift with implants

Hi and thanks for your question. While your pictures are taken from some distance, it appears that you have some asymmetry to your breasts with mild ptosis (sagging) of your right breast.  Implants will certainly restore and enhance lost volume but may not avoid the need for a breast lift at surgery. The options are best determined at your consultation where an exam and use of sizers to determine final implant volume can be made with you and your plastic surgeon. Larger implants will simply fill the skin envelope but not replace the need for a breast lift in most cases.  Make sure you seek out a board certified plastic surgeon experienced with breast surgery. Best of luck!

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift with implants?

The general rule of thumb is that if the nipple sit below the inframammary fold (the crease under the breast), then a breast lift is recommended. However, there are several other anatomic factors of the breast as well as the patient's desires and expectations that further determine whether a lift is performed or not with or without an implant. Don’t fall victim to the idea or suggestion that by simply using a large implant you will avoid the need for a lift – this only produces either large saggy boobs and/or yields a minimum lift of only a centimeter (almost negligible) that then sags over time because of the weight of the implant and lack of breast tissue support.Keep in mind however that implants frequently are used to not just add overall volume but to also restore fullness to the upper pole of the breast, which is frequently deflated after pregnancy. Once you are ready, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that can then perform an in person physical exam and help you best decide on a individually tailored beast enhancement plan. Glad to help

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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