What is the smallest size breast implant?
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Wanting a natural look
A modest sized implant should give you the result you desire.
Implants and breast
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An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended to discuss your options and expectations.
Small Breast Implants
Smaller breast implants
The smallest silicone implant that I have is an 80cc. It is tiny and may not give you the size that you desire. Saline implants run a bit larger.
The size of the implant does not correlate with the level of postoperative pain. The location of the implant:
Subglandular vs submuscular, does impact the level of pain and discomfort. The recovery is the same no matter what size. Placing the implants lower in the breast pocket does affect the shape and can give you the fullness at the base being a more natural appearance.
Breast implant sizing
The smallest size implants range between 125-175 depending on brand, silicone, saline, and implant projection.
Patients are often fit in bras with difference sizes to help determine the implant size.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Smallest Breast Implant?
Locate a Plastic Surgeon in your area who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Schedule a consultation and discuss your aesthetic goals. That's the place to start.
Best of Luck to you.
Breast Implants/ Breast Augmentation/ Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/ Breast Implant Revision Surgery
The size of implant best for you is dictated by your chest wall measurements. Once we determine that we can choose the profile based on what you want or need to achieve. If you are seeking a natural look, then the diameter of the implant should be equal to or, more ideally, smaller than the width of your breast. The breast width is a measurement of how wide your breast is at the base, which should be measured at the level of the nipple. Choosing an implant that is smaller in diameter than your breast width will avoid the "side breast" fullness that is often associated with a more artificial appearance. Other than that, you should choose the implant based on volume, not on the dimensions of the implant. You should choose a board certified plastic surgeon that you trust to help guide you in this decision.
Silicone will give you a fullness at the top (upper pole fullness).
Silicone implants come pre-filled with a silicone gel and are the softest implant available. They feel more natural, which makes them a good option for women with less natural breast tissue; but they require a larger incision. It may be more difficult to realize if this type of implant has ruptured, so it is important to monitor them with annual follow-up visits. Additionally, because this implant contains a more liquid silicone (less cross-linked), if this implant should rupture, it will leak only into the scar capsule formed around the implant but may cause some discomfort or implant distortion.
Anatomic gummy bear implants might be a good choice to give you volume.
These highly-sought-after, anatomic implants offer a look that more closely resembles the natural silhouette of a breast, and, therefore, are a very attractive option for individuals seeking a natural-looking, aesthetic primary breast augmentation. Additionally, these implants are an especially excellent option for patients undergoing restorative or corrective breast surgery because they provide more stability, shape, and reduced incidence of capsular contracture. Compared to other types of silicone gel implants, the silicone in the cohesive gel implant is more cross-linked; therefore, should the implant shell “rupture,” it maintains its shape and silicone does not leak.
During your breast augmentation consultation, you should feel the different types of implants available, and try on various implant sizers in front of a mirror to help you to get an idea of how you will look following the surgery. You should also bring pictures of the look you would like to achieve, as well as a favorite top to wear when trying on implant sizers.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.
best of luck!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute
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