Hi Selsem! Here are a few tips for you because this is perhaps
the hardest decision for a patient to make, as well as the surgeon. Also see the video attached to my answer. We spend up to two hours for our BA consults
to be sure there is careful communication. We do a full exam in front of a
full-length mirror taking six exact measurements. We
put your photos on a large computer screen for imaging, and go over your
“ideal-size” photos. We then save this information to your password protected
“web account.” First and
foremost the implant should fit the dimensions of your breast and tissue cover.
Balancing the implant to your
over-all body shape and tissue cover is essential. The main thing is to
have the diameter of the implant fit the diameter of your breast "foot-print".
Higher profile implants tend to have a smaller diameter. Higher is really a marketing term, but often
translates into the same volume implant with a narrower base. Saline implants actually tend to decrease in
diameter as they are inflated! The average size chosen over our last 7,000 breast implants was
“350cc”. BUT, 90% of our patients tell us they wish they were
bigger a year after BA. (We will see you
every year for routine checks at no charge.) It’s like your mind incorporates
the "new you" into your own self-image over a period of time. Cup size estimates can be misleading, but I generally advise patients
that they will experience an increase of approximately one cup size per 200 cc.
You can try on implants in the office by
placing them into a special bra. The implant is also flattened somewhat when under
the muscle, so it is a good idea to bump it up a bit. Approximately 1-ounce (25cc) is added to the final volume to account for
flattening of the implant in the partial sub-muscular pocket. Once you decide on a size you like, then add
on 25cc, because in real life the implant will be flattened slightly by your
tissues. Multiple measurements need to
be taken to fit an implant to your exact anatomy. Have your surgeon's
office show you the charts of the implant dimensions for the various profiles
of silicone and saline from the manufacturer. Then you and your surgeon
can piece together the puzzle by matching your measurements, with your wishes,
versus your tissue cover and the available implants to arrive at
a surgical plan. Keep in mind
larger implants tend to have more problems over the years. Since silicone implants wrinkle less than
saline implants, they might be your best bet. You can
also approximate this at home by measuring out an equivalent amount of rice
placed into a cutoff foot of old panty-hose, and put this in your bra. Wear this around the house for a while, and
see what you think. Implant size must
square with assessments of tissue cover, breast diameter, and chest wall width.
Multiple measurements of your chest wall
are taken (seven in total). Implant size
selection has been an issue of much discussion.
Therefore, I use a wide variety of methods, but the implant size is
always established preoperatively. Also,
patients are advised to bring reference photos demonstrating their ideal size
and shape. A photo album of patient
pictures is maintained to assist them. These photos ultimately help in determining
where the implants will be placed, since they can be shifted inside (to provide
more cleavage), to the outside, up or superiorly, and down or inferiorly during
surgery. In determining the final size
selection, I always place the highest priority on the preoperative measurements
and potential tissue cover. Finally,
your verbal requests are factored into the analysis. We use
the quick-recovery approach, so click on the web reference link below to have
this explained and you can see the list of Quick-Recovery (Flash-Recovery or
Rapid-Recovery) Breast Augmentation articles from peer-reviewed surgery
journals. It is a surgical procedure that
uses special instruments and techniques to minimize tissue damage and avoid
touching the ribs. It causes far less trauma to surrounding tissue than
traditional approaches, and it dramatically reduces pain and recovery time. In
published studies of BA patients, 95-percent of women interviewed after the
procedure returned to normal daily activities within 24-hours. Quick-recovery
BA is not a “gimmick.” These specialized
techniques, which actually speed recovery and get you back to your daily
routine, kids and work, are published in our plastic surgery journals. Because these PS journals are “peer-reviewed”
and edited, they are the gold-standard in our field as being valid science.
Therefore, these are sound techniques, not marketing hype. Be sure
to see only a board certified plastic surgeon (by ABPS - The American Board of
Plastic Surgery) who is a member of ASAPS (The American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery) and or a member of ASPS (The American Society of Plastic
Surgeons). Also, ask if the PS has an
established, high volume breast augmentation practice, performing several
hundred breast augmentations each year. Be sure the PS has been in practice for a
while, about 20-years might be a good gauge.
Does the PS offer all three incisions?
Discuss the implant type (gel or saline), shaped "gummy bear"
or non-shaped, smooth or textured, implant pocket (over or under the muscle)
and the "quick-recovery approach."
Ask to see their before and after photos if you didn’t see any on their
website. If they are experienced, they should have several 100 breast
implant patients for you to view. I would also recommend that your doctor
offer you the chance to talk to past patients who would be happy to discuss
their experience with you. You need to feel comfortable, so make sure the
environment is safe as in an accredited surgery center. Also, ask a prospective surgeon if he or she
has ever published journal articles in professional peer-reviewed journals,
which they can provide you. All the best, “Dr. Joe”
You did not mention your height or weight, so it is a little difficult to ascertain whether you will be able to carry off that size implant. That is a large implant when looking at patients across the board. Realize too that as you go larger and large with implant size your complication rate of nipple numbness and inframammary fold bottoming out increase.
I hope this has been helpful.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
It is very difficult to determine the best lift you will need (recommended based on your photos) or the exact size and shape implant you will require to best match your ideal breast image without an examination by a board certified plastic surgeon. Not just any board certified plastic surgeon, but one with many years of frequently performing breast augmentation surgery including different approaches, techniques and implant choices. This is because several measurements not to mention your breast characteristics are needed to determine the optimal implant size to obtain your goals. Without knowing these dimensions it would be difficult to make this determination. For example, the existing base width of your breast will determine, in many cases, the maximal volume per implant profile that you can accommodate. To illustrate; a 100 cc difference may make a significant difference with a narrow base width breast, but much less of a difference if you have a wide chest wall and wide breast “foot print”. Therefore, just because your friend may have a great result with let’s say a 300 cc implant to make her go from a “A” cup to a “C” cup size does not mean that you will have the same result with the same size implant. The same process goes for just filling in the upper part of your breast without becoming much larger. Further simply placing implants in a bra to determine the size best for you is not always accurate as the bra often distorts the size, is dependent on the pressure the bra places plus the implant is outside your breast and not under it among other variables. Computer software morphing programs that automatically determine the best implant size can be helpful in some but not all cases (e.g. doesn’t work well in my experience with existing implants, sagging or asymmetric breasts). Using “want to be” photos however are useful if simply provided to the surgeon as I will further explain in the link below including silicone vs saline implants
Thank you for your photo. 650 cc is a large implant but it could potentially look very good on you if you desire to have very large breasts. The implants will ride high for a while and when you do place very large implants like this there is always the risk of double bubble and bottoming out. You should certainly see a board certified plastic surgeon for this case.
Thanks for the question! It appears form the photo on the far right that you are seeking a full look. You have some breast tissue and ptosis which will give you a natural appearing breast after your implants settle. 650 might be a little large for you. It appears that you have a 13 cm base width form the drawings. I use Sientra implants for breast augmentation. Their Moderate Projection and Moderate High projection 650 cc implants have a width of 15.8 cm and 15.1 cm respectively. The issue with implants that large in you would be that the breast will assume the shape of the implant and give you a round and potentially “Baywatch” look that may be unnatural. Implants in the mid 500 cc range might be a better choice for you. Good luck!
An exam in person would help determine which implant is right for you. This depends a lot upon skin stretch and dimensions.
Thanks for the detailed post , pics and numbers. Great question,I think that would achieve what you are seeking per your pic, good luck and be sure to visit with a BC PS
Thank you very much for enquire.
After having analyzed all the information and photos provided to us, I realize that you have small breasts. In this regard, you need volume (implants): Breast Augmentation.
I recommend you to use microtexturized highly cohesive silicon implant ("gummy bear" implants), with high projection, and 550ml will be excelent on you, to fill the breasts properly.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
Thank you for your question. Size of implant depending on your chest measurements and your goal. It will be determined by your PS with your measurements. Best of luck
Thank you for you question. You are a good candidate for a breast augmentation. You obviously would like to go larger. That may bevery possible but you really need a consultation in person. Once your surgeon has accurate measurements, they will be able to tell you how large you could safely go. You may also benefit from a peri-areolar mastopexy ( doughnut around the border of he areola) that would make the areolar diameter smaller and possibly lift it if needed. Make sure that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.