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Breast Implants Too Big or Too Small?—Things to Consider

Anecdotal reports show that a significant number of breast augmentation patients who request for a revision surgery think that their breasts are too big or too small in relation to their body.

If you are one of the patients who are unhappy with their bust size after their surgery, take note that a significant percentage of women at the initial stage of recovery are not happy with their breast implant size even with a well-planned surgery.  This is a fairly common reaction as it takes time for anyone to adapt physically and psychology to her new body.

Just to be on the safe side, you should wait at least six months to a year before you consider a revision breast augmentation.  This will allow you to evaluate the final result of your surgery and decide if you really need another one or not.

Because of the post-op swelling, the breasts might appear bigger than what most patients have anticipated.  And combined with the surgery “blues” and pain and discomfort, doubts often creep in during the initial stage of recovery.

One of the leading US plastic surgeons Dr. Tarick Smaili said most of the swelling will resolve after five to six weeks, although other residual symptoms could take longer time to disappear.

After all the residual swelling has disappeared, Dr. Smaili said that some patients may even lose about ¼ cup size from their initial post-op result.

Aside from the swelling, during the initial stage of recovery most patients are also concerned with their high-riding implants that give them too much fullness in the upper breast poles and result to “fake” appearance.  While you may cringe at the thought of having a cantaloupe-shaped breast, this is just a normal part of recovery as the tissue will eventually relax and allow the implant to travel down a bit.

In many cases, it takes about nine months to a year for the breast implants to settle into their natural position.  This fact alone is enough to quell any doubt while you are still in the initial stage of your recovery.

Simply put, a waiting period is necessary to give your skin, tissue, and muscle enough time to adjust to the implants.  Also, you have to consider that skin redraping, implant shifting, and swelling and other post-op symptoms have a temporary effect on your breast appearance.

Because of post surgery blues, Dr. Smaili advises patients not to make important decisions, e.g., seeking a revision surgery too soon.  A corrective procedure is only necessary if serious complications develop or you have long been dissatisfied with the result.

Chest Wall and Hip Ratio Determines the Ideal Breast Implant Profile

Because the trend in cosmetic plastic surgery is the natural look, many breast augmentation patients want an implant that is proportional to their body.  But to achieve this, they should understand not just the implant size but also its different profile or forward projection.

Most patients mention the cup size during consultation, without realizing the way that the breast implants sit on their chest wall also has an impact on the final result.

Nowadays, many plastic surgeons consider the chest wall, waist and hip ratio of their patients, particularly those who mention that they want breast implants that are proportional to their body frame.

More often than not, high profile implants are ideal for patients with a narrow chest wall as the prostheses offer more projection but have smaller base diameter.  Their design is ideal for women who want to maintain the narrow profile of their body.

The general rule is that large breast implants, or at least those starting at 500 cubic centimeters, look great in high profile implants.  On the other hand, the same size would look “flat” in moderate profile implants, which are notable for their wide base diameter and less forward projection.

Some patients who choose high profile implants also want abdominal liposuction to narrow their waist.  With this approach, their entire body profile appears petite.

However, this is not to say that moderate implants are automatically a bad choice for petite patients.  On the contrary, they provide great results for those women who want to make their chest appear wider, making their narrow waistline and large hips more prominent.

Perhaps it is safe to surmise that moderate profile implants are ideal for petite patients who want the “hourglass” look.

But high profile implants have a certain appeal; they provide more upper breast fullness than other profile options, which is a great design for women who want to have more cleavage.

However, some patients think that too much upper pole fullness may result to fake appearance.  For this reason Mentor has introduced Moderate PLUS that provides more forward projection but less “roundness” in the upper cleavage.

Since there are many variables affecting the final result of breast augmentation, patients should only choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing the surgery for at least five years.

In addition, they should also realize that certain anatomical features also dictate the right type of implant and surgical technique for them.

Telltale Signs of Breast Implants

Gone are the days when Pamela’s busty appearance was the much-coveted look.  Nowadays, majority of breast augmentation patients want the procedure to achieve natural results rather than a “screaming fake.”

With many women opting for the natural appearance, small- to moderate-sized breast implants have become the usual request of patients.

But what really constitutes a fake-looking breast?  According to a recent survey, these are the telltale signs of breast implants as defined by US men.

1.  The breasts are too close together.

Natural breasts tend to have 2-3 inch space between them, but poorly positioned implants can significantly shrink the gap, which of course leads to the fake appearance.  Fortunately, skilled plastic surgeons know the “right” placement to create great results.

Aside from the proper placement, the implant’s base diameter also determines the appearance of breasts.  (Are they too close together or is the space between them appears realistic that it leads to a natural look?)

2. The shape of the breasts is like a cantaloupe.  The contour of natural breasts is like a teardrop—more volume on the bottom than the upper poles.  Meanwhile, excessively large breast implants often result to “unrealistic appearance” usually manifested by a perfectly round shape, almost like big, round melons.

Fortunately, small breast implants are able to recreate the appearance of natural breasts.  The rule of thumb is to make sure that majority of breast volume is composed of tissue rather than implants.

3.  High-riding breasts.  If they are set too high on the chest, it is a telltale sign of plastic surgery.  To prevent this from happening, skilled plastic surgeons ensure that they create the right size and placement of “pocket” where they position the implants.

Within the first few weeks of recovery, it is common to have high-riding breasts as the implants need some time to settle into their natural position.  But with enough time and consistent use of compression garment or medical bra, the breast contour will eventually appear normal.

4. There is a slight sloshing sound which can be heard in an “intimate” setting (only applicable with saline implants which are filled with a sterile mixture of water and salt).  This is often the result of underfilled implant shell, a problem which can be easily avoided by overfilling it.

Another way is to use silicone- rather saline-filled implants which are not prone to sloshing effect because their filler material is a cohesive gel.

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