24, 5'1", 34A, 100lbs. 350 cc too small/too big? Want full D (Photo)
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Picking the right implant to achieve your goals
Implant size selection is the most common question for breast augmentation patients. In terms of picking the right implants to achieve your goals, generally speaking, I consider two factors when selecting implants for my patients:
1. Dimensional planning and 2. Gel Implant Sizing system
Dimensional planning – The measurements of your chest wall are taken. Also, the breast dimensions including the height, width, and current dimensions of each breast form the basis of dimensional planning. Based on these measurements, the implant size is recommended. This will give you a unique breast implant that is suited for your body frame. However, there are some limitations of what size we can recommend. For instance, some implants may just be too big for a narrow chest wall. Hence a physical exam is really needed to give you any meaningful advice.
Gel Implant Sizing system – During the preliminary breast implant consultation, you will be provided with an option to “try on” a variety of implant shapes and sizes. You can also visualize the possible outcomes of your surgery which helps you to get that perfect size to give you the shape that you longed for. This way your preferences are known and you can then pick a range of implants that will “fit” just right to give a soft natural fuller look. Hope this helps.
Dr. Basu Houston, TX
Implant size to go from A to D cup
The size of the implants are based on a combination of a patient's goals and objectives and her anatomy. In order to provide a natural looking augmentation, the surgeon needs to evaluate many factors including soft tissue coverage, skin laxity, chest wall width, breast imprint width, the shape of the breasts and relative level of constriction to ensure that the breast implants are appropriate for your body.
Consult in person with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.
Thank you for your clinical post and photographs. Your dilemma is a common one that is what is the best size and shaped implant to achieve, the balance and figure, shape and form that you are seeking. All bodies are different and different morphologies, shoulder girdles and pelvic inlets can be balanced with different sized implants. This often makes deciding on implant sizing difficult for patients. However, about 7 years ago I invested in the Vectra 3D imaging photo station. This has made the pre-operative process of deciding on the right implant size and shape for a particular patient much easier.
With the Vectra 3D you get a three-dimensional image of your breast, shoulder and waist and can rotate in different angles and positions in three-dimensions and try on different size implants to get a simulated post-operative view. Having done this for the better part of a decade, the simulated post-op 3D Vectra images are very very close to the actual 6 months post-op results. This allows patients the reassurance of the opportunity to “try before you buy.” You can try different height projection and shaped implants until you get the type of cleavage and lateral breast width and implant height that you want.
During the consultation I would do a thorough examination, make measurements and then provide you three or four sized implants I think will achieve your aesthetic goals. The benefit of this process is then you get to try these three or four implants on in the 3D Vectra imaging which is much more accurate than simply putting simulated implants in a bra and trying on a tight t-shirt as it gives you the actual physical appearance and shape of your naked figure for you to analyze.
Since instituting this process, I have virtually no patients who are unhappy with the size and shaped implant that have been selected.
I would encourage you to seek out several consultations to find out the surgeon and team that best fits your needs and ensure that you do some Vectra 3D imaging to help you in your decision process.
I’m sure you’ll end up with an excellent result. To find out more, please visit the link below.
R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Dimensional Breast Augmentation
Thank you for your questions and photos. It appears that you are starting from a good place and you will probably gain a lot more clarity from seeing a board certified Plastic Surgeon in person. I would examine and measure you carefully, then recommend implant type/size based on your aesthetic goals and your dimensions. This ensures a result which is proportionate with your frame and natural looking, no matter the size.
You are correct in that Implants look different on different people and if you are petite, your ideal implant choices will likely be a smaller range.
My patients find it helpful to try on implants in a form fitting t-shirt in the office to get a 3D feel for the volume they like.
The next step is to book your appointment,
All the best
Ideal breast size after surgery
Dr Rodger Shortt
Oakville Plastic Surgeon
Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training Program &
Assistant Clinical Professor,
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