Size Matters: How Breast Implants Are Customized to Your Physique


Cosmetic surgery is a personal thing. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to any procedure, and rightfully so—surgeons who don’t take the unique characteristics of their patients into account produce the kind of results that end up on bad reality TV shows and plastic-surgery-gone-wrong websites.

A breast augmentation that creates the head-turning, quality outcome that women seek can only be achieved with careful measurement and personalization of their procedure.

Customized Techniques There are a variety of measurements your doctor can use to tell what type of implant should give you the best results.

There’s a fun process known as “dimensional planning” that is used by plastic surgeons during their initial assessment. Dimensional planning takes into consideration:
  • Structures inside the breast pocket
  • Current breast size, shape and base width
  • Chest and shoulder width
  • Skin thickness and available tissue
  • Age, and how the implants will adjust over time
All of this information lets your surgeon to determine the range of breast implant sizes and styles that should work best for your body. Implants that are inappropriately sized could look unnatural, may not sit correctly in the breast pocket, and can even create medical issues.
This is why it’s so important that you do your research and pick a board-certified surgeon who will take a full assessment of your entire body to deliver the highest quality results possible.
Great Expectations A common trap that many women fall into when deciding on breast implants is focusing on specific sizes as an end goal rather on appearance. It’s easy to think of breast implant results in terms of bra size, but this isn't a reliable estimate of how your results will turn out. Bra and lingerie sizes vary based on the manufacturer, so basing your decisions on that is out.

Implant sizes are measured by their cc volume, but this is only an indicator of how much filling the implant has. A 300 cc implant, for example, could look drastically different on the frame of a broad-shouldered 5’11” woman
compared to a petite 4’11” woman.

Dimensional planning and proper measurements are critical in figuring out what size implant is best for you. Your procedure will always need to be customized; just because your friend had great results with her 375 cc implants, it doesn’t mean that the same size will work for you.
Breast Implant Proportionality Instead of getting hung up on size, women should focus their goals on a proportionate look rather than simply going indiscriminately larger.

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to breast augmentation, and going into surgery with the goal of getting the hugest breast implants possible won’t likely leave you happy with your results. Women who are most satisfied with their final outcome use their doctor’s recommendations to choose implants that complement their existing proportions.

For example, many women are able to achieve an hourglass shape with the help of breast augmentation, even though the implants themselves are only a moderate size. This applies to women with broad frames as well as small frames—women with wider shoulders may be able to accommodate larger breasts and still maintain a natural look, but achieving a natural look with large implants can be more difficult for smaller women.

The large amount of variance in the human body creates a need for exact measurements and careful planning when determining the size of breast implants. Keeping an open mind and remembering your overall proportionality is the best way to get breast augmentation results that bring out the best in your appearance.
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Charlotte Plastic Surgeon