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Is the Breast Implant Size I've Decided on Too Large to Acheive the Results I Desire?

I am 5'2, 132 pounds, 34in around the chest. I would like to add about 3in to that. I am thinking a 425cc high profile round smooth silicone implant at my pre-op. I would like to be a full C to full D (cup size is all I have to go on). In between that would be best. Not a DD. I want to have full realistic breasts, not round balls on my chest. I want a noticeable change for myself but don't want people to notice a HUGE difference. I also worry about drooping later. What size would you recommend?

Doctor Answers (2)

Best Breast Implant for Me?

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Although you provide a very precise description of your body type, it is not possible to give you precise advice without direct examination and a full communication of your goals. The best advice I can give you online:

1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully.  Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you're looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.


2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals  with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining which operation and/or breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals.
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 "huge"  etc 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.


3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly,  allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals.  Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery.


I hope this helps.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Implant Selection Process

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The larger the implant, the higher the risk of complications.  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.
Dr. Gill

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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