How narrow can I go?
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How narrow can I go?
Thanks for your question. Without an in-person exam and measurements, as well as a discussion of your goals, it can be hard to give you specific advice regarding implant choice. If you are very tall and thin, with small breasts, then a shaped silicone implant may be an excellent choice for you. If you are looking to pick an implant, then rather than choosing too narrow, I would advise something to maximize your base diameter in the size range that you want for volume. Since you are looking at what I presume are Mentor implants, I can try to offer some advice.
If you are looking at shaped implants in the 225 cc range, then you have looked at the mod plus and the base of that implant is 10.5 cm. If you drop the profile to moderate, then you could choose a 245 cc implant that would have a base of 11.5 cm, which would better match your base diameter. In the end, I am not sure why you would be looking to choose an implant with a significantly more narrow base? The palpability of the implant is dependent on the soft tissue coverage, not the size and dimensions of the implant chosen. This can be helped by placing the implant under the muscle and also the implant covering can be augmented by technology such as ADM and/or fat grafting, but those are usually reserved for fixing problems rather than prospectively preventing them.
Hope this helps!
How narrow can I go?
Obviously the implant, like the true breast tissue, needs to be centered behind the nipple. Half of 10.5cm = 5.25 cm. Measure your own chest and see where the edge of the implant will be 5.25cm from the nipple center towards the breast bone. If that is wide enough for you, you may be OK. Or you may fid it leaves an excessively wide gap. None of the surgeons on this site can help you pick a specific implant without an exam.
How narrow can I go? - Breast impmplants
The best cosmetic result in any
particular breast augmentation patient depends on a variety of factors,
including: your individual anatomy, realistic expectations, a thorough
discussion with the plastic surgeon about the options, and an understanding of
the pros and cons of any particular implant choice. Proper sizing is not just
about the number of cc’s. The thickness of your tissue, breast dimensions which
include the width, height, and projection, as well as chest wall width all need
to be considered when choosing an implant. Trying on implant “sizers” of
various shapes and volumes while wearing a tight t-shirt, bra, or bathing sit
at a preoperative visit will help you and your surgeon choose the optimal
There are no manufacturers' standards for cup sizing in the bra industry. The cups of a 32 Band a 36 B are significantly different. Cup size varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even within styles from any particular manufacturer. There is no direct correlation between implant number of cc's and cup size in any particular patient.
Keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest that your plastic surgeon be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
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Best breast implants for me?
Thank you for the question. Online consultants will not be able to provide you with specific enough advice to be truly helpful. Ultimately, careful communication of your goals (in my practice I prefer the use of goal pictures, direct examination/communication in front of a full-length mirror, and computer imaging) will be critical.
Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering breast augmentation surgery ( regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:
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 are 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 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. For example, I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "healthy sized B cup” etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. Again, the use of computer imaging has been very helpful during the communication process, in our practice.
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, after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers.
I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes.