What to Do when PS Went Bigger Than I Asked with Breast Implants?

I am 29 and underwent a primary breast augmentation on 4/13/10. The first thing that my PS said to me when I came out from surgery is, "I used 400cc." During preoperative we had discussed using 300-325cc. When I asked him why he had used that size he said that when he sat me up they fit my body better. I started off a 34A/32B (5'3", 105 pounds)and had desired a 32C. Now I am afraid that I will be bigger than I had desired (I'm a yoga instructor, I can't be big). Transaxillary, subglandular, 400cc, memory moderate-plus. What now?

Doctor Answers 11

Implant size larger than expected.

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Choosing breast implant size is a collaboration between you and your surgeon.  Some patients come in with a specific size request.  Others are more comfortable with the surgeon recommending a size.  I try to work with patients either way to come to an agreement about a size or in some cases, a range of sizes that we will work.  If a patient is comfortable with me recommending a certain size, then I will do so.  This is done with a combination of asking what the patient's goals are, what their body frame is, and the original size and dimensions of their breasts.  It is not uncommon for patients to be a bit surprised at first because the change is immediate and noticeable.  I find that nearly all patients are satisfied with their implants after about a month or so.  I would encourage you to give this a few months both for the swelling to go down and to get used to the body change.  If you are still concerned, then you should speak to your surgeon about possible solutions.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants larger than expected

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First, wait a few weeks for your swelling to go down, and then asses your size.  Immediately after surgery, your breasts will appear 1/2 cup size larger secondary to swelling.  If you feel that your breasts are still too large after that point, speak to your surgeon about your concerns.  An exchange could be done to reduce the size of your implants, but this is something you and your surgeon would need to discuss in detail, especially if he felt that the smaller implants were not appropriate at the time of the initial surgery.  Good luck, /nsn.

Choosing the right size needs to be a collaboration

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It is early in the healing process. Allow yourself 6 months to heal and then assess. Based on your assessment and healing, reoperation is possible between 6 - 12 months.

The size decision especially for primary breast augmentation needs to be a collaboration between the patient based on her needs/objectives and the surgeon based on his or her experience/expertise.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

What to Do when PS Went Bigger Than I Asked with Breast Implants?

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What to Do when PS Went Bigger Than I Asked with Breast Implants? Take a look at your chest. You will be, on avearge 10-15% smaller in 6-9 months. If this is bearable, then wait for the swelling to resolve..  If this is unacceptable to you, ask your surgeon to replace them sooner.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Breast implant size

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Now, you have to give it time to heal and settle down. There will be a lot of swelling and waiting 6 months or longer will give you a better idea of how they will look long term.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast implant's too large?

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Wait.  Give it at least 6 to 12 months.   Mention to him/her that you are concerned but willing to wait.  If you are still unhappy after that time period, discuss it with your surgeon.  Most reputable surgeons will make every effort to see that you are pleased with your result.

Kevin F. Hagan, MD (retired)
Nashville Plastic Surgeon

How to pick breast implant sizes.

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Sounds like bad communication.

1) This is the most common type of question on RealSelf.

2) It is the surgeon's job to pick the right breast implants, not the patient's. Implant selection is really pretty technical.

3) Make sure your surgeon REALLY understands the look you want. Mentioning a cup size is not enough. Show your surgeon pictures of breasts you like.

4) Then your surgeon has to tell you if your chosen look is realistic for your anatomy. The most common mistake is to go too big.

5) I recommend that the surgeon NOT make a final implant choice in advance, because this is just an educated guess.

6) The surgeon should have a large inventory of different size and shape implants available in the operating room.

7) Then the surgeon can put sterile disposable implant SIZERS in your breasts during surgery, to see what a particular implant really looks like inside you. This is how to make the best choice. A sizer costs only $45, and takes all the guess work out.

8) Finally, the sizer is discarded, and the correct breast implants (based on what you want and on your anatomy) are opened from the operating roon inventory, and put in your breasts to complete the operation.

Web reference: http://www.drberaka.com/proc_performed/breast_aug_surgery.html

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Too early to discuss the isze

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I would suggest that you wait at least 3 months. You had enough trust in your doctor that you let him operate on you, now you need to trust his judgment and wait till the swelling is resolved. If you think your breast are too big after the healing period, then you can sit down with your doctor and discuss the replacement.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Breast implants too big after surgery

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As Dr. Naidu said, you need to wait 3-4 months until all swelling is gone and you really know what the result is going to be.  At that point you might be just fine and very happy.  If they are still to large, you should discuss options with your surgeon and find out about downsizing and why exactly they changed the plan during surgery. 

Implant size selection prior to surgery

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Different plastic surgeons do things differently in terms of sizing. I prefer to choses the implant with you and unless it is a revision case and we don't know what size we are starting with, I actually have patients sign a consent indicating they know what size to anticipate. We put so much time into this selection I can think of 2 patients in my practice who feel as though they are bigger than they wanted to be.

You are very early after your surgery so I would recommend giving your recovery time. Follw your plastic surgeon's instructions and I would be willing to bet you will be happy in the long run with your outcome.

I hope this helps.

Dr Edwards

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